South Carroll: Runners to blaze fast path down Sykesville Main Street for Coolest Mile

On June 30, come to the Coolest Small Town in America, Sykesville, to participate in the Coolest Mile and run or walk with your family and friends starting at 8 a.m.

Jane Linde and Donna Larkin, the owners of Tri Sport Junction, believe that every Main Street needs a mile race.


According to Linde, since the beginning, they partnered with the Downtown Sykesville Connection to host this event, which is now going into its third year.

Linde explained that they used to host the afternoon race followed by the Fourth of July parade, but the weather was too hot for the participants to run.


After the town won the "Coolest Small Town in America" contest, they decided to host the “Coolest Mile,” but now at 8 a.m.

Linde said the first year of the Coolest Mile, they hosted Chris Conlon, a local who suffered a stroke due to a blood clot after a knee surgery.

She said Conlon has been recovering and that he is an inspiration to many.

On Saturday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. at the TriSport Junction in Sykesville, participants will be able to enjoy the Coolest Miles on Main Street with live music, giveaways, and the chance to exercise and meet the finish line with stroke survivor Chris Conlon.

This year at the Coolest Mile, Linde said they will have a participant who had to overcome many obstacles this past year. This participant went through a knee surgery and she had to lose weight.


Linde said this participant will be walking with her family at the Coolest Mile.

“We celebrate all the ones that have had surgeries and have worked their way back, the ones that could not walk a mile before and now can run a mile, we celebrate the weight loss, the body toners, the healthy lifestyle choices, and the families just doing something together,” Linde said.

Tri Sport Junction is very happy for all the support they have been receiving from Downtown Sykesville Connection and the merchants on Main Street.

Linde explained that these organizations have been working hard to create events to encourage families to get together on Main Street, and she emphasized that this creates a fun and safe environment for our community.

“The event is a community event. It brings out our fastest runners, getting that fast time on the downhill course, and our families looking to encourage a healthy lifestyle for their kids. It’s also a time of celebration for some,” Linde said.

The race starts at 8 a.m. in the back of Sykesville Middle School, at 7301 Springfield Ave.

At the middle school, they will start with a lap around the fields and then a fast downhill that will end on Main Street by Tri Sport Junction.

Those who would like to participate will have the option of participating in either the Heat 1 timed race or the Heat 2 untimed race.

Sykesville's charming Main Street has sprouted new businesses within the past few years, drawing in crowds from all over the state to experience the slew of restaurants, shops and entertainment situated in a less than a mile stretch. Here, you're bound to bump into the same tourist and resident more than once in a day, but that's what makes it great.

The Heat 1 timed race is for the participants who are 11 years and older and who are able to run 10 minutes per mile or faster. Please note that this is a fast-paced race, especially at the front. They recommend that younger and slower participants line up toward the back.

The Heat 2 untimed race is for kids 10 years old and younger, and for the slower participants. This race will not be timed or scored.

The Heat 1 participants will start the race at 8 a.m. and then, the Heat 2 starts at 8:10 a.m.

Also, they will have two packet pickup dates. The first one is on June 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tri Sport Junction, at 7568 Main St. The second is on the day of the race, June 30, from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., at Sykesville Middle School. Please note that the start line is 1 mile from packet pickup, so allow yourself enough time to get to the start line.

You may preregister online at https://sykesvillecoolestmileonmain.itsyourrace.com/register/ or at Tri Sport Junction.

In addition, they will have refreshments at the end of the race, such as bagels from Kismet Cafe and smoothie samples form Smoothie King. Parking will be available in downtown Sykesville and at the middle school.

For more information, you may contact Julie Della-Maria at her email, juliedellamaria@gmail.com, or visit the Downtown Sykesville Connection’s website, www.sykesvillemainstreet.com/.

Dog Days at Linganore Winecellars

This Thursday, all dogs are welcome at Linganore Winecellars from 5 to 8 p.m. at their newly constructed dog park.

This event is hosted every Thursday and throughout the event, the dog owners will be able to enjoy a glass of the Linganore wine selection.

In addition, they will have local animal vendors, live music and a food truck.

Please note that all pets must be friendly, leashed and under the control of a responsible adult. They also ask that the owners display a current rabies vaccination.

The attendees are welcome to bring their own dog toys.

For more information, you may visit their website, www.linganorewines.com/

Linganore Winecellars is located at 13601 Glissans Mill Road in Mount Airy.

Transitioning to Medicare

Come to the Eldersburg library on Thursday, and learn about Medicare and benefits that they offer for those who qualify at the Transitioning to Medicare Part 1 program.

The program starts at 6 p.m., and it will cover the four parts of Medicare, including Parts A, B, C, and D, as well as the Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans and the Medicare Advantage plans.

In addition, they will be going over the available preventative services and how to protect yourself from health care fraud.

Also, they will be covering Medicare Savings Programs, which help pay for Medicare beneficiary out-of-pocket costs. Please note that these are not all low-income programs.

For more information, you may contact the library at 410-386-4488.

The Eldersburg branch library is located at 6400 W. Hemlock Drive in Sykesville.

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