Sherry Stick decided cross-training would help her recover quicker when it came to long-distance runner, her passion for the past 20-plus years.
Competing in triathlons, "just for fun," as she says, comes in handy. Adding swimming and cycling to her workout regimen seems to be a big part of her recipe for running success.
Stick is still going strong, with her Aug. 2 win at the Casey Cares 5K at Camden Yards as a prime example. The Eldersburg resident crossed the finish line, on the warning track inside the ballpark, in 18 minutes, 4.7 seconds.
"There's always some pretty good competition there, so I was surprised to win," said Stick, a Westminster graduate and Carroll County Sports Hall of Famer. "Pleasantly surprised."
Stick, 36, said she ran in the Baltimore-based distance run for the third time, and for the second time she got to end her journey inside Camden Yards.
"The big draw is finishing on the field," she said. "I think it's a great cause."
Casey Cares raised more than $100,000 for children and their families dealing with critical illnesses, according to information from Maroon Public Relations. Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis and his wife Christina served as race ambassadors.
Stick finds a balance between her day job as fitness and aquatics instructor at Carroll Lutheran Village and being outdoors as much as possible — Stick said she still runs 35-40 miles a week and adds in swimming and biking when she can.
She starred in three sports at Westminster High School and went on to run at Salisbury University, where she earned all-conference and MVP track and field honors, and set Sea Gulls records in the 800-meter run, 200 and 800 relays, and the sprint medley. Stick was a national qualifier in the 800 in 2000 and finished ninth in the country among Division III runners.
She was inducted in the Carroll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Stick said she's still passionate about running, and she tries to compete in various 5K events as often as she can. Adding other elements to her fitness routine has paid off, she said, and it's part of the reason why she's not slowing down any time soon.
"The cross-training really helps my body recover, especially now that I'm getting older," Stick said. ""I still love to do it."
ERR to host first color run
This year's Labor Day Rogue Race in Eldersburg, set for Sept. 1 at 8:30 a.m., will finish in a colorful fashion. That's because the Eldersburg Rogue Runners is hosting its first color run, a one-mile "fun run" which will begin around 9:15 a.m., or after the 5K is completed.
The Rogue Race is in its 11th year, and ERR community outreach director Pete Lester said he's expecting a solid turnout of around 350 runners at Liberty High School. Lester said the Rogue Runners got involved in a similar event in Reisterstown during the Memorial Day weekend, and some inspiration was sparked.
"Having watched the success of that race and how festive it was ... we thought bringing the color run to Eldersburg would be a fun thing too," Lester said. "Every now and then, it's just amazing to me how quickly people cover that course. It's terrific to see."
Lester said runners can expect to be at times doused with colored powder during the race, with hues of green, gold, and blue to represent Century, South Carroll, and Liberty high schools. Participating in the Rogue Run 5K will cost $25 ($20 for ERR members), with the color run costing an additional $5.
Proceeds from the day's events go the ERR organization, which in turn creates scholarships for each of the three southern Carroll schools, Lester said.
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