The DeCecaris/Prout Cancer Foundation Jingle Bell Run took place Dec. 2 in Quiet Waters Park. This annual event, now in its seventh year, is designed to raise awareness for lung and ovarian cancer and is geared to provide an incentive to participate in a healthy lifestyle while offering an opportunity to educate them about early detection of lung and ovarian cancer. The race featured a 5K run and a 3K walk — truly something for everyone.
Hundreds of runners and spectators enjoyed a beautiful morning at Quiet Waters Park and got a little health training in too. This year’s event raised over $65,000, which the DeCecaris/Prout Cancer Foundation uses to benefit entities such as the Anne Arundel Medical Center Lung Screening Program and the AAMC Hackerman-Patz House. Congratulations to the organizers, runners and volunteers for another great community event.
DEVIL DOG 100 MILER: The Devil Dog 100 Miler — and 100K (62 miles) if you so desire — is a worthy challenge that many local runners took up this year. The ‘Dog is held in the Prince William Forest, just outside Quantico, Virginia.
The race features a single track trail run with occasional roots and rocks for five loops. The first loop for both races is 23 miles, and subsequent loops are 19.5 miles. Every trail race, especially one of these distances, highlights the season’s weather condition This year’s event showcased the predominant Mid-Atlantic weather trend of 2018: rain. And mud. And rain. And mud. Facing the 100 mile challenge can be daunting, as this race shows with 55 folks that completed 100 miles, and 66 folks who did not finish.
Congratulations to local ultra-runners, and their ever-patient crews and pacers, for showing us that the mind and body can do amazing things when pushed “beyond all due limits.” Those stalwarts of the trail include Jim LeClare (27:55, 6th overall) Jackie Fritsch and Jimmy Wilson (tied in 30:11, 23rd and 24th overall (well actually Jimmy was 2/10ths of a second behind Jackie) and Kurt Stein (31:45, 51st overall). Jackie Fritsch’s race was further special as she is now welcomed into the brother and sisterhood of 100 miles, as this was her first time attempting and completing the distance.
BEGINNER 5K TRAINING CLASS: The Annapolis Striders started their annual Beginner 5K Training Course on Dec. 2. This class is intended for all who are looking to “get off the couch with no running experience at all” and do a 5K (3.1 miles) distance race, which in this case targets the Annapolis Striders Valentine’s Day 5K at Kinder Farm Park. The program is free to Annapolis Striders members and lasts 10 weeks.
Now don’t be daunted by running 3 miles with experienced runners, or if the class has already started, or if you cannot attend every session. The coaches and mentors are there to help, and the training plan includes training sessions such as 2 minutes walking, 1 minute running, repeated a few times. And you will have folks to run with, as all speeds are paces are represented. The training sessions are held at the Bates track, Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m. Information is at annapolisstriders.org.
Dec. 9 — Annapolis Striders Anniversary Run, 10 a.m., Quite Waters Park Information: annapolisstriders.org
Dec. 15 — Celtic Solstice (19th year) Druid Hill Park Information: active.com
Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day Unofficial Gathering at City Dock, 9 a.m.
Jan. 26, 2019 — Eternal Winter 6 Hour Run, 8 a.m., Greenbury Point, Information: annapolisstriders.org
Bob Cawood writes about running for The Capital. Contact him with items for his column or the running calendar at firstname.lastname@example.org.