Despite the Weather, the Race Must Go On

Mother Nature might have thrown a wrench into your weekend plans, but the rain, sleet and snow didn’t stop this past weekend’s big running events on the Eastern Shore.  The MEAC Cross Country Championships and the Seaside 10-miler went on as planned despite a mean Nor’easter that wreaked havoc along the coast.  No amount of flooding or gusting winds could stop the runners that turned out for both events.

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Running to the Shore

The weather is cooling down, but the sports scene on the Eastern Shore is still hot hot hot! If you’re headed to the Eastern Shore this weekend, check out some of the great running events going on down the ocean.

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cross Country Championships are this Saturday at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, MD.  The championships are free and open to the public.  The MEAC is encouraging everyone to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.  All of the athletes competing will wear pink bibs, while the coaches will wear pink ribbon pins.

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Mr. Oriole Immortalized in Bronze

We talked about the famed Brooks Robinson statue months ago, and this past weekend all was finally revealed.  The legendary Orioles third baseman (at least the bronze version of himself) has a permanent home on the plaza between Washington Boulevard and Russell Street, standing guard outside Camden Yards.  In fact, the plaza has now been renamed in his honor: Brooks Robinson Plaza.

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Baltimore Laces Up Its Sneakers for the 11th Annual Marathon

As the city is just getting back to normal following the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, another race is about to roll into town: The Under Armour Baltimore Marathon.  The marathon is just one facet of the Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival that kicks off today with the Baltimore Sun Health and Fitness Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is open to the public and free of charge.

This year’s Running Festival will feature 25,000 runners from all 50 states and 24 countries.  The field of 25,000 is the largest ever in the 11-year history of the event.  All the adult races are completely sold out, and waiting lists have been created for some of the races.  This marks the fifth straight sell-out of adult races.

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Zombie Jamboree — the Latest in 5K Fun

My oldest son, whose idea of exercise is strumming his guitar, recently informed me he was in “training” for a 5K race this fall.  I could not have been more shocked if he was auditioning for the Sugar Plum role in our local Nutcracker.

So it was with immense curiosity I looked up Run For Your Lives, a 5K obstacle course race where you combine physical challenges and sloppy terrain with dodging the zombies who are out to eat your brain.

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