A Day for the Horses

With so many sporting events going on around the state this weekend, I, of course, picked the wrong one to attend.  As a proud Maryland alum, I chose to head down to College Park for, what I thought would be, a good football game between Temple and Maryland.  Instead, I watched my beloved Terps get drubbed by a surprisingly good Temple team.  I should have stayed closer to home and headed up to Shawan Downs in Hunt Valley for the 11th annual Legacy Chase.

With the recent poor weather playing a factor, organizers were forecasting a crowd of about 5,000 people for the race.  Instead, the bad weather held off and an estimated 8,000 people showed up for a day of fun, low-key horse racing.  The only cost was a $30 parking fee that went directly to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson.

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The Few, The Proud, The Savage

Today we have a guest blog from Suzanne Nicolas, Event and Special Groups Coordinator at Adventure Sports Center International in Deep Creek.  She helped organize the Savage Man Triathlon and gives her perspective on the race!

This past weekend more than 1200 athletes from 32 states and 7 countries (including more than 150 from Maryland) came to Garrett County to participate in the “World’s Hardest Triathlon” – The 5th Annual SavageMan.  The brainchild of local athlete, Kyle Yost; the event is managed by Greg Safko of the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation based in Westminster, Maryland.  Their event monies all go directly to research and education.   Team Z – coached by Ed Zerkle – led the fundraising with over $31,000 as of Sunday.

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Seeing Red

There was a spirited discussion yesterday about the value of hosting a Capitals exhibition game in Baltimore. No one disputed that it was a pretty cool thing to do, but there was a question of the financial impact. Was it indeed a “million dollar” hit?

While there are numerous economic indicators beyond ticket sales and admission taxes, the one I’ve always found most reliable is both visual and palpable, and best measured in the hospitality community.

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Impressions from the World Championships

Terry was part of the Deep Creek 2014 Delegation that attended the 2011 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. He went with the folks from Maryland and USA Canoe Kayak. Today we have another guest blog from Suzanne Nicolas, Event and Special Groups Coordinator at Adventure Sports Center International in Deep Creek and member of the leadership team for Deep Creek 2014!

The 2011 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships are over, and it was such an incredible experience on so many levels. The “Wow” factor of watching athletes compete at the Super Bowl of Whitewater was compounded by the pressure of claiming a spot for their country in the 2012 London Olympics next year.  This was summed up by a huge banner that was placed at water level, just before the athletes paddled to the start line, reading, “Your Ticket to London”.  The US Team’s Carolyn Queen and Scott Parson’s both secured boats for the US in Women and Men’s kayak.

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Stevenson Opens New Stadium in Owings Mills

A new era in sports began at Stevenson University this school year. The Mustangs are now officially a football school, and they proved it at the opening of the brand new Mustang Stadium this past Saturday. The SU Mustangs, who compete in the Middle Atlantic Conference (D-III), notched their first football victory before a sellout crowd (3,500 capacity) at Mustang Stadium. The team won in dramatic fashion, beating Christopher Newport 46-43 in double overtime.

The stadium was built and renovated using existing facilities that once belonged to the Baltimore Colts, the Baltimore Stallions of the CFL and, most recently, the Baltimore Ravens.

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More from Bratislava

Terry is part of the Deep Creek 2014 Delegation attending the 2011 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. He is there with the folks from Maryland and USA Canoe Kayak.  Today we have a guest blog from former US Olympic Coach, Bob Campbell!

Saturday, September 10

An exciting day of racing at the Cunovo Sports Center where the 2011 Canoe Slalom World Championships are continuing outside Bratislava, Slovakia. After a couple of days of inclement weather with intense winds, the sun has returned and shed strong light on the intensity of competion among these top athletes. Fierce racing yesterday whittled down the field to 20 and 30 boats, respectively, in the Men’s double canoe (C2) and the women’s kayak (K1W) events. Times were amazingly close, as more than just making it through to the semi-finals, paddlers were also vying for Olympic berths for their home countries.

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Thoughts on Day One From Bratislava

Terry is part of the Deep Creek 2014 Delegation attending the 2011 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. He is there with the folks from Maryland  and USA Canoe Kayak.  Today we have a guest blog from the executive director of USA Canoe Kayak, Joe Jacobi!

For the first time ever, the Canoe Slalom World Championships are being held in Slovakia. Coming off three Olympic Gold Medals in Beijing (out of a possible four,) the home team is anxious to set the tone for the next year’s Olympic Games in London.

Over 400 athletes from 49 countries will take to the man-made rapids of the whitewater channel in Cunovo, a small village on the outskirts of Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava. Many of the competitors have spent many weeks here learning every square inch of the river in hope of a podium finish.

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