Bob Cawood: 9/11 Heroes Run unites communities

The fall brings dozens of races to our area, with runners taking advantage of the cooler weather. Here are just a few of the local events that Anne Arundel County runners flocked to this fall.

9/11 HEROES RUN

The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K benefiting the Travis Manion Foundation was held Oct. 28 and was a great success, with over 400 finishers on a rescheduled date. The 9/11 Heroes Run unites communities internationally with the goal to never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of Sept. 11 and the wars since: veteran, first responder, civilian and military.

Tim Jordan, 20 years old, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 16:52; and Annapolis Strider Storrie Kulynych-Irvin, 14 years old, of Annapolis, 17:20, were the male and female overall winners. Storrie’s race became especially interesting when she slipped in the mud on the last turn before the finish and scraped her knee up. But Storrie still managed to get a personal record at the distance. Great job Storrie; there are many more personal records in your future!

The Annapolis version of the race is one of over 50 such races throughout the country, with 50,000 participants come together to support the Travis Manion Foundation.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Annapolis 9/11 Heroes Run,” said Race Director Natanya Levioff. “What started as memorial run here for Travis with a small group of his family and friends numbering just under 100 participants and three laps around Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium has turned into an incredible annual event.”

This year’s edition also included a GoRuck edition, where competitors complete the 3.1 mile distance where the competitor wear a backpack with up to 50 lbs. of weight in it. Rucks are based on Green Beret training where one is trained to shoulder heavy loads, either alone or in a group, to develop strength, endurance and character. If you are interested in a rucking event, check out goruck.com

Congratulations too all the participants, organizers and volunteers for putting on a great event to honor those who have made sacrifices for our country.

MARINE CORPS MARATHON

The 43rd annual Marine Corps Marathon was held on Oct. 26. This year’s event had a local flavor for two reasons. First, members of the Annapolis Striders marathon training group, Moore’s Marines (named after Strider Ben Moore), used it as the annual graduation race. For 17 weeks, these runners have been training in all sorts of weather with a group of dedicated volunteer coaches. Congratulations to the Strider veterans and especially the first timers on the completion of your 17 week journey and your well-earned medal.

Second, the overall winner of the race was Jeffrey Stein of Washington, D.C. with a time of 2:22:50 (5:27/mile). Well, what is so “local about that,” you ask. Jeff was also the winner of the Annapolis 10 Mile Run in August. In fact, the winner of the Baltimore Marathon, Julia Roman-

Duval, was also the female winner of the Annapolis 10 Mile Run. And in 2017, the male winner of the A-10, Desto Morkama, also won the 2017 MCM. It goes to show that the Annapolis 10 Mile Run is the proving ground for the October marathons. If you can win at the August A-10 in the heat, humidity and hills, you can win anywhere.

WOMEN’S DISTANCE FESTIVAL

Every year, the Maryland chapter of the Road Runners Club of America sponsors the Women’s Distance Festival, a series of 5K (3.1 miles) races throughout the state, including the 34th annual WDF held in West Annapolis, for women runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. These annual runs were started in 1979 in response to the lack of distance running events in the Olympics Games for women. The first Women’s Distance Festival events were held on July 13, 1980, the date of the men’s marathon at the Moscow Olympics.

Today, the Women’s Distance Festival celebrates the history of women’s rights to participate in running events at any distance and at any age. The Women’s Distance Festival continues to serve as a celebration of the determination and dedication of women runners across the country. Congratulations to all those the completed the series, and to our local race director, Kathy Hanson, for a great WDF race in West Annapolis.

PATAPSCO VALLEY 50K

Imagine planning a hilly, rocky trail 50K (31 miles) in Patapsco State Park. You buy all the supplies, get your volunteers lined up and secure shuttle buses. The runners are excited to tromp across mountains and streams, enjoying a day running on the dirt.

And then it rains. For days. And a few days before the event, the park is forced to cancel the event for concern over erosion and further damage due to an impeding rainstorm. What do you do? If you are the directors of the Patapsco Valley 50K, you come up with an alternate course, in this case three 10.5 mile laps of the BWI trail. Now that is nothing like Patapsco State Park. It is now a road race in exposed conditions around an airport; the exact opposite of a trail ultra.

But to the credit of the runners and volunteers, the race was a success, proving, yet again, that if you offer a shirt and a nice award at the end, ultrarunners will do just about anything and have fun along the way.

RUNNING CALENDAR

Nov. 10 – Annapolis Running Classic Half Marathon and 10K, Annapolis, MD. Information: www.annapolisrunningclassic.com

Nov. 10 – Rosaryville 50K, Rosaryville Park. Information: annapolisstriders.org

Nov. 11 – Ripley Race 5K at Navy Marine Corps Stadium. 8 a.m. Information: ripleyrace.com

Nov. 16 – Lights on the Bay 5K, Sandy Point State Park, 6:15 p.m. Information: annapolisstriders.org

Nov. 18 – Cold Turkey 10K, 8 a.m. Odenton Information: annapolisstriders.org

Nov. 22 – Camp Letts Turkey Trot 5K and 10K Information: campletts.org

Nov. 24 – NCR Marathon and Half Marathon Sparks, MD Information: ncrtrailmarathon.com

Dec. 9 – Annapolis Striders Anniversary Run, Quite Waters Park. 10 a.m. Information: annapolisstriders.org

Bob Cawood writes about running for The Capital. Contact him with items for his column or the running calendar at rhbc@cawoodlawfirm.com.

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