Congratulations are due Clarksville's Tyler Reed and her friend Kate Lewis. The ladies successfully completed a marathon at Walt Disney World on Jan. 11.

Those not into running may find it hard to believe, but well over 100,000 runners of all ages competed in the four-day Run Disney event for varying race distances. By 3 a.m., they made their way to an Epcot parking lot where the marathon starts and ends after passing through theme parks. Some compete as individuals. Others run with friends and family, even three or four generations of a family.

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Fireworks announced the start of the marathon at 5:30 a.m., when those in wheelchairs entered the course. (They finish in just over two hours.) Moments later fireworks announced the start of the first runners and you would have seen more fireworks as each corrall entered the course. It takes about an hour for all runners to cross the start line in the dark chilly morning.

Tyler did not share her race time, but all runners must maintain a minimum 16-minute mile pace for the entire 26.2 miles. Tyler and Kate finished and are the proud owners of marathon bling. They went through darkness, chilly weather, heavy drizzle and steamy sunshine in the course of the run. The weather offered a little bit of everything as a challenge.

If you are into running, you might take the Goofy Challenge and run a half marathon on Saturday followed by the full marathon on Sunday for a total of 39.3 miles. There is also a Dopey medal for those who complete a 5k and 10-mile race in the days before the half and full marathon for a total of over 52 miles.

After the marathon there is an awards ceremony and enthusiastic dancing in the EPCOT parking lot. Where do they get all that energy?

A Longabarger Basket Charity Bingo sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be held in the St. Louis Church social hall on Friday, Jan. 30. Doors open at 6 p.m. with games beginning at 7 p.m. Good food will be available. The cost of admission is $22.

For more information, contact 410-531-6162 or ustranch@verizon.net.

The Howard County Office of Citizen Services will sponsor a Preschool Information Fair, "Children On Board" right here in Clarksville at the Ten Oaks Ballroom on Saturday, Jan 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but you are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Howard County Food Bank.

All parents, grandparents, guardians and child care personnel are encouraged to attend. The new 2015 Parent's Guide to Howard County will be distributed free to attendees.

To learn more, contact 410-313-1940 or children@howardcountymd.gov.

Registration is now open for the Spring Session of Pathfinders (ages 10-16) and Adventurers (ages 4-9) at New Hope Adventist Church on Hall Shop Road. These co-ed clubs are similar to Scouting clubs.

To learn more contact info@lookingforachurch.org.

New Hope is also gearing up for Kids Camp, a teacher-run, six-week summer day camp from June 22 to July 31. Camp includes weekly field trips, swimming, sports, creative arts and crafts, academics and nature activities.

To learn more, call or text 410-541-NEWH (6394), e-mail info@lookingforachurch.org or go to http://www.lookingforachurch.org.

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