Wendy McCord

Catonsville resident Wendy McCord is a member of the Charm City Roller Girls league. The next home bout at Du Burns Arena is Nov. 17. (Submitted photo / October 3, 2012)

"There's going to be blood," Wendy McCord warned her parents before they watched the bouts against Mobtown Mods, Speed Regime, Junkyard Dolls and Night Terrors on Oct. 13 at the DuBurns Arena in Canton.

McCord, a Summit Park resident, is a member of the Charm City Roller Girls, Baltimore's only all-female flat track roller derby league.

Originally from New Jersey, McCord came to Catonsville 20 years ago to attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Her skating nickname on Fresh Meat is "Towering Inferno," because she's -feet tall and works as Howard County firefighter.


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She also completed the Baltimore Marathon in under 5 hours last weekend.

It's not easy to join the Charm City Roller Girls. After tryouts in the spring, candidates must graduate from a 10-week roller derby boot camp that costs $100. There, candidates learn basic skating and roller derby skills, such as power glides, skating on one foot and crossovers (in both directions). Wendy also had to learn to fall correctly, jump and skate in a pack. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and be able to skate 23 laps in five minutes on the derby track.

The next home match is Nov 17. Tickets at $15 at the door, $12 in advance. For information, go to http://www.charmcityrollergirls.com.

A good run

According to the Baltimore Marathon website, 31 of the 3,024 runners in the recent Baltimore Marathon were from Baltimore. In that group were Catonsville sisters Sally Grace and Maggie Grace and Ann Croom of Osborne Avenue.

Among the 10,232 half-marathon runners were Catonsville's husband and wife team of Rachel and Elliott Balis. "We trained for 12 weeks, running all over Catonsville," said Rachel, from Oak Forest who thanked her mom for baby sitting their two sons.

Rod Burke's family, ranging in age from 16 to 46, ran together in the 5k race. His wife, Tonika, daughter, Tonya, and sons, Eric and Marcus, took on the challenge and had a blast. After the race, they visited the yoga tent at the running festival and stretched out, then went back to their Ellicott Mills home and jumped in the hot tub. Tonika likes to keep her family active. Marcus is a junior at Catonsville High School and runs cross country. Tonya is a senior at the University of Maryland, studying Spanish and Arabic on the College Park campus. Eric graduated from Towson University two years ago and works at T. Rowe Price.

There are two upcoming opportunities to run in Catonsville.

The St. Mark School 5k Monster Dash and 1-mile Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 27. The Fun Run will start at 8:45 a.m. on a course around the perimeter of the school grounds. The 5k will begin at 9:05 a.m. on a course around Catonsville. Register at http://www.runningmaryland.com. Registration form also available at St. Mark School, 26 Melvin Ave. For information, contact Virginia O'Malley at vpomalley@gmail.com.

Catonsville High School's cross-country program will host the 9th annual Catonsville High School and Catonsville Y Family Center's Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 22. Race Director Sandra Gallagher, a cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track coach at the school, anticipates a field of close to 1,000 runners this year. For information, go to http://www.IRunTons.com.

Troop leader Sharon Loving and 26 Girl Scouts and moms from Troop 628 ran in the Fort McHenry Tunnel Run for Maryland Special Olympics. The 5k walk/run presented by Maryland Transportation Authority included a stretch through Bore 4 of the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Girl Scout Amy Blum finished third.

In addition, Catonsville High School coaches Chris Cobb and Brandi Layton participated, along with several students from the school.

The Troop will be busy in the upcoming months. In November, the girls will help load a truck with shoe boxes donated for Operation Christmas Child. They also plan to make a gingerbread village to donate to the Kennedy-Krieger Festival of Trees in late November, and collect winter accessories (hats, mittens, scarves, etc.) to donate to a city shelter during a Three Kings visit in January.

Craft work

The 20th annual Catonsville High School PTSA Craft Fair will feature more than 60 crafters selling handmade jewelry, purses, hair accessories, rocks with sayings, Christmas items, Ravens-themed items and more. In addition, there will be pit beef for sale, a performance by students from the school's music department, face painting and henna tattoos. For information about the Nov. 10 event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., contact Marian Reymann, PTSA Craft Fair chairwoman, at marianreymann@gmail.com.

Calling all artists! Applications are being accepted for the Dec. 15 Holiday ARTravaganza 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bloomsbury Community Center, 106 Bloomsbury Ave. The B'more Artists Guild (BAG) invites you to showcase your handmade, family friendly, original artwork for patrons doing their last-minute holiday shopping. You will be able to bring a table to display and sell your work, or submit one or two single pieces of art for the gallery of individual artists. There will be a stage for performance art and music by local artists. Images of artwork must be submitted to bmoreartistsguild@gmail.com by Nov. 12. You will be notified by Nov. 30 if your work is accepted. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Catonsville, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and We Love Catonsville for sponsoring this wonderful event. Join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/bmoreartists.guild.