To Market to Market, a 5-mile road race that will begin in Fells Point on Aug. 18, will accomplish something that has been difficult for The Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fells Point.
"Fells Point and Federal Hill are two separate communities separated by the water, and it's difficult to have an event for them on the same day," Bea Haskins, special events coordinator for The Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fells Point, said last week.
To Market to Market will link the two communities through a race that begins near the Broadway Market in Fells Point, runs through Little Italy and the Inner Harbor, around the Cross Street Market in Federal Hill and back to Broadway Square in Fells Point.
"We're excited. It's going to touch on both of our neighborhoods, which are both national historic districts," Haskins said. "We are going to get to show people both districts. And because the race will go through the Inner Harbor, we'll be able to show how the Inner Harbor anchors the two historic districts."
Although it will be the inaugural running of To Market to Market, the race will not be without experience. Les Kinion, Maryland Marathon commissioner and local race entrepreneur, is race director. And Haskins, the race coordinator, was the coordinator of the Charles Street Chase for two years and, before that, the Great Neighborhood Race for four years. Like To Market to Market, the Charles Street Chase and the Great Neighborhood Race were fashioned through some of Baltimore's more historic neighborhoods.
"When I came over here [to the preservation society], we got to talking about a road race," Haskins said. "A lot of the people brought over to help with the [Fells Point] fun festival were people I had worked with on the Great Neighborhood Race and the Charles Street Chase. As the committee began to look at the 25th anniversary festival, the idea came up to have a road race. It's a way of doing things in both communities on the day."
The name To Market to Market is the brainchild of preservation society executive director Carolyn Donkervoet.
"She just woke up with it one day," Haskins said.
* NOTES: For information on To Market to Market, call Haskins at 675-6756. . . . Cynthia Kereluk, the dairy industry's fitness educator, will lead warm-up exercises before the race. . . . Cathy Stanmeyer won the Annapolis Striders' Women's Distance Festival 5K in 17:47 Saturday. . . . The week's top finishers:
SATURDAY Annapolis Striders Women's Distance Festival 5K 1. Cathy Stanmeyer, 17:47; 2. Maureen Hall, 18:32; 3. Susan Cain, 19:33; 4. Pam Boteler, 19:46; 5. Minda Whiteman, 20:05; 6. Debbie Nielsen, 20:47; 7. Meredith Bonta, 20:53; 8. Shelly Rogers, 21:05; 9. Katie McCullough, 21:08; 10. Renee Culbenson, 21:11.
Annapolis Striders' Run After the Women 5K 1. Greg Keller, 15:38; 2. Marvin Ramon, 15:58; 3. Dave Wall, 16:07; 4. Joe Blackman, 16:13; 5. Pat McCoy, 16:38; 6. Jeff Juberia, 16:44; 7. Scott Connwell, 16:56; 8. Matt Mace, 17:04; 9. Scott Boetig, 17:10; 10. Mike Van Buren, 17:15.
Tomorrow, BRRC Track Series No. 4 (440Y, 880Y, 1,320Y, 2M), McDonogh, 6:30 p.m., 544-2849.
Thursday, WRRC Twilight Series #5, Sells Mills Eight-Mile Run, Taneytown, 6:30 p.m., 857-5154.
Saturday, John Laughland's Long Distance Lunacy 18M, Urbana, 6 a.m., (301) 662-4500.
Saturday, MCRRC Women's Distance Festival 5K, Kensington, 8 a.m., (301) 353-0200.
Saturday, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven, 8 a.m., 566-RUN2.
Sunday, RASAC Cherry Hill 5-Miler, 8 a.m., 836-1554.Sunday, 2nd National Summer Biathlon (3 run, 20 bike, 3 run), Cambridge, 10 a.m., (301) 228-2505.
Sunday, Bon-Ton/York Newspaper 5-Miler, York, Pa., 8:30 a.m., (717) 334-7456.
Aug. 3, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven, 8 a.m., 566-RUN2.
Aug. 3, 24-Hour Relay, Howard High School, 6 p.m., (301) 353-0200.
Aug. 3, Sri Chinmoy 2-mile fun run, Patterson Park, 8 a.m., 467-3223.
Aug. 4, Susquehanna 5K, Susquehanna State Park, 8 a.m., 879-9812.
Aug. 7, BRRC Track Series No. 5 (distance medley, sprint medley, 4 x 1,600M, 4 x 400M), John Hopkins, 6:30 p.m., 544-2849.
Aug. 8, WRRC Twilight Series #6, Sullivan Road Ten-Mile Run, Westminster, 6:30 p.m., 876-9294.
Aug. 10, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven, 8 a.m., 566-RUN2.
Aug. 10, MCRRC Upcountry Climb, Damascus, 8 a.m., (301) 353-0200.
Aug. 10, Asbury Park 10K, Ocean, N.J., 8 a.m., (201) 922-9479.
Aug. 11, BRRC Women's Distance Festival 5K, Goucher College, 8 a.m., 566-RUN2.
Aug. 11, Annapolis Striders' Dog Days of Summer 8K Cross Country Run, Anne Arundel CC, 8 a.m., 268-1165.