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Cockeysville: Run, walk at Oregon Ridge honors memory of Dustin Bauer

Cockeysville

By MaryLee Saarbach, msaarbach1@gmail.com 410-299-0885

11:47 PM EST, November 13, 2012

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The Dustin Bauer Memorial 5k and 1-mile walk — also known as Run 4 Life — will be held Sunday, Nov. 18, at Oregon Ridge Park, Hunt Valley, beginning at 4 p.m. Registration is available online at http://www.charmcityrun.com.

The event is named in honor of Dustin Bauer, a former resident of Lutherville and a former student at Calvert Hall College High School. He was set to graduate from Mount Saint Mary's University in May 2008 with a sociology and criminal justice degree.

Bauer approached life with great energy and enthusiasm and had a strong passion for running. While only beginning to focus on running in high school, he quickly excelled. "Run in front, stay in front," was somewhat of his motto.

Dustin spent much of his time training and running locally through the wooded campus of Goucher College. During high school, he was all-metro and all city/county for the cross country team, along with being named to the all MIAA team for cross country, indoor and outdoor track.

With an strong performance in his freshman debut at Mount Saint Mary's, he was named athlete of the week and rookie of the week for the cross country team.

Locally, Bauer was part of the Baltimore Road Runners, and was employed at Charm City Run in Lutherville. Josh Levinson, owner of Charm City Run, was a big part in developing and helping Bauer become more involved in local races — including his membership in the Charm City Run Racing Team.

In 2006 Dustin won the Hopewell Cancer Survivors Race in Towson, then he won the Cal Ripken "Run to Cooperstown" race in Aberdeen.

Bauer was known to his friends as a fun loving, big hearted and caring person that was always smiling and trying to make others happy. He was a student at Mount Saint Mary's University when he was critically injured in a fall over a railing on campus. He died a few days later.

Recently, residents at Mercy Ridge hosted children residing at St. Vincent's Villa — who share the same campus — for the annual trick or treating event.

Both adults and children look forward to this special time of the year, and it has become a wonderful intergenerational event. Prior to visiting Mercy Ridge, the children have a morning of fun Halloween activities at their residence at St. Vincent's.

Students from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, host the Halloween party, complete with face painting, pumpkin painting and games and prizes, while employees of Harkins Builders host a Haunted House for the children and staff to visit.

Local students from Dulaney High School's Key Club, as well as students from Maryvale Preparatory School and Calvert Hall volunteer time to interact with the children during these events, as well as participate as inhabitants of the Haunted House. A fun time was had by all.

This week, schools in the area are celebrating American Education Week, and many of the schools are celebrating with a wide variety of programs showcasing the students and their work. Please check with your child's school for the dates and times of these activities and events.

Special birthday greetings to my lovely nieces, Maddy and Franny Brancati, who are juniors at Dulaney High School and will be celebrating their sweet 16 birthday in November. They share their birthday with their mom, my sister-in-law, Dr. Liz Jaffee, and my best wishes for a wonderful day for her as well.

Another November birthday we will be celebrating this year belongs to my future daughter-in-law, so congratulations and best wishes to Jennifer Ragus.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and may we all share in this special time with our family and friends while giving thanks for the blessings we have.