Accessible only by boat, Smith Island offers a unique getaway -- just not by car. While you're there, be sure to grab a slice of Smith Island cake, the official state dessert of Maryland.
Accessible only by boat, Smith Island offers a unique getaway -- just not by car. While you're there, be sure to grab a slice of Smith Island cake, the official state dessert of Maryland. (ALGERINA PERNA / Baltimore Sun)

Hunter safety courses

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 14: Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will conduct a free hunter safety course on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. The session is Sept. 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sept. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Class size is limited to 60 seats. Register at register-ed.com/events/view/70508 and register-ed.com/events/view/70509.

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Chesapeake Summer Slam

Through Saturday, Sept. 17: Anglers in Virginia and Maryland target big-five gamefish in the Chesapeake Bay in hopes of putting together the largest three-fish slam. Register at technicalfisherman.com.

Runners point to trail system, marathon as ways to improve city’s running scene

On Tuesday, Runner's World magazine unveiled its ranking of the 50 best running cities in the United States.

Flounder tourney

Saturday and next Sunday, Sept. 17-18: Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association's sixth annual Mid Atlantic Flounder Tournament will be held on coastal bays and the Atlantic Ocean. Register at mssa.net.

Tunnel 5K Run/Walk

Next Sunday, Sept. 18: The Maryland Transportation Authority and the MdTA Police will host the eighth annual Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk in northbound Bore 4 of the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Participants will run, jog, or walk in the tunnel to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports events for Maryland's children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Register at tunnelrun.org. For more information, call 410-242-1515.

Local climbers find exercise, community in a rising sport

Lying on the ground after a mild fall off a boulder in the middle of the woods, Robin Close lets his self-deprecating sense of humor show.

Living reef

Sept. 20: Rick Elyar, chair of the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland's habitat committee and the force behind CCA-Md.'s Living Reef Action Campaign, will speak at the Patuxent River chapter's meeting at 7 p.m. at Stoney's Kingfisher's Restaurant. The LRAC recently placed more than 70 concrete reef seeded with oysters near Tilghman Island.

Dock Day on the Bay

Sept. 24: Dock Day on the Bay, celebrating Crisfield's maritime history, will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Somers Cove Marina. Boats, arts and crafts, children's activities, live music, and a blessing-of-the-fleet ceremony. Details: Call 410-968-2501 or go to crisfieldheritagefoundation.org.

Fishing Forecast: North of Magothy is best bet for rockfish

Well, it certainly wasn't as bad as some expected — and that's a good thing — but Tropical Storm Hermine sure knew how to spoil a perfectly good party. Prior to the wind and rain — especially along Atlantic coastal waters though hereabouts Chesapeake conditions saw almost no rain; not terrible just annoying — the variety of fish caught was perhaps at its seasonal zenith. Understandably, anglers are chomping at the bit to get back out and fish. That said, as you'd expect

Wooden boat race

Sept. 24-25: The National Sailing Hall of Fame and Chesapeake Traditional Sailboat Association will host the seventh annual Classic Wooden Sailboat Rendezvous & Race. Owners of wooden-hulled sailboats designed before 1970 can learn more at bit.ly/nshof-classicwoodensailboatrace. Registration closes Sunday, Sept. 18.

Red trout tournament

Sept. 24-25: CCA Md.'s fourth annual Red Trout Catch & Release tournament will be held with an awards ceremony at the American Legion in Crisfield. Register at ccamd.org.

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For White Marsh family, youngsters at the top of their game in BMX racing

Jenn Catron is woken up most mornings by her son, Brian. He's 5 years old, so this is nothing out of the ordinary. His reason, though, is anything but.

Ducktoberfest

Oct. 1: Anne Arundel County North Chapter of Ducks Unlimited's first Ducktoberfest will be held at Earleigh Heights VFD, 161 Ritchie Highway. Severna Park. Details: Call Jamie Roell at 410-215-1425.

Hunter sight-in

Oct. 1: Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will hold a hunter sight-in for muzzleloaders from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. Fee: $5 per muzzleloader. More information: Call Robert Batchelor at 410-592-9276.

Duck season

Oct. 15-22: First split of regular duck season. Maximum six ducks; no more than four mallards (only two hens), three wood ducks, two scaup, two redheads. No black ducks.

Rocktober Cup

Oct. 22: The CCA Baltimore chapter's Little Havana Rocktober Cup will be held at Little Havana restaurant at 1325 Key Highway. Register at ccamd.org.

LUNGevity walk

Oct. 22: The Orioles will host the third-annual LUNGevity Foundation's Breathe Deep Baltimore, a 5K walk at Camden Yards to raise money and awareness for lung cancer in memory of late public relations director Monica Pence Barlow. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude on the field. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and participants will receive a T-shirt and refreshments. Registration fees are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for youth. There is no race fee for lung cancer survivors and children 4 and under. Register at orioles.com/lungevity.

Key School run

Oct. 23: The annual Key School 5K/10K Run and Family Fun Run will be held in Hillsmere Shores. Sponsored by the Key School Parents' Association, the races will begin at 9 a.m. at the school's campus, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis. Register at keyschool.org/5K10K through Oct. 21 or at the race.

Komen Race for the Cure

Oct. 23: The 24th annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Race for the Cure will be held in Hunt Valley at Shawan and McCormick roads. As the state's largest charitable footrace, the 5K is expected to draw 15,000 registrants and spectators in the name of taking #OneStepCloser to a world free of breast cancer. Registration required. Details: race.komenmd.org.

8th annual Hurd race

Oct. 29: The eighth annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Run & Kids Trick or Treat Walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Harford Community College. Registration for the 5K will be 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Susquehanna Center. The walk for children 10 and younger will begin at 8 a.m. The race honors the memory of Heather L. Hurd, a history major at Harford Community College from 1999 to 2003, who was killed in 2008 by a distracted driver who was texting. The race was founded to raise funds for Remembrance Book Scholarships for Harford Community College students and to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. For details and to preregister, go to harford.edu/heather. More information: 443-412-2449.

'Fish For A Cure'

Nov. 5: "Fish For A Cure" Rockfish Tournament. Details at fishforacure.org.

Hunter sight-ins

Nov. 5, 12, 13, 19, 20: Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will hold hunter sight-ins for shotguns and rifles on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. Hours: Nov. 5, 12 and 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Nov. 13 and 20: noon to 3 p.m . Fee: $5 per shotgun or rifle. More information: Call Robert Batchelor at 410-592-9276.

Duck season

Nov. 12-25: Second split of duck season. Black duck season open.

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Bay Fall Classic

Nov. 18-20: MSSA's 24th annual "Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic" will be held. Anglers are allowed to fish two of three days with a lay-day rule in effect. Register at mssa.net.

Goose season

Nov. 19-25: First split of migratory (Atlantic population) Canada goose season. Daily bag limit is two geese and the possession limit six.

Duck season

Dec. 13-Jan. 28: Final split of duck season.

Goose season

Dec. 16-Feb. 4: Final split of migratory (Atlantic population) Canada goose season. Daily bag limit is two geese and the possession limit six.

For more outdoors events, go to baltimoresun.com/outdoors. Please email listings to sports@baltsun.com with "Recreation & Outdoors" in the subject field.

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