TEAM Maryland Tuesday: Anne Arundel County

Home of the State’s Capital, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County offer 17 sprawling turf fields with lighting, a 38,000 seat Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, a nationally recognized Chesapeake BMX Arena, and 100 plus multi-use fields and parks.

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2nd Annual Across the Bay 10K was bigger, better, and breaking records!

Just last year, on November 8, 2015 the 2nd Annual Across the Bay 10K took place in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s counties catering to 25,000 participants.  Last year the race became the 6th largest 10K event in the United States and one of the only races in the world that allow runners to cross an iconic bridge. Continue reading

USA BMX East Coast Nationals

CBMXECNats_1If you’re looking for intense competition and fast BMX racing, you should be at the East Coast Nationals this weekend in Severn, MD. BMX is a fast-paced race run on a dirt track loaded with hairpin turns, multiple rollers, step-up, step-down and table-top jumps. Riders push their bodies to the absolute limit running against the clock, and only the top competitors move on. It is an exciting sport to watch, and you never know who the victor could be, one crash could ultimately alter the entire race. Continue reading

Another Exciting Weekend for Elite Tournaments

Every year the SAC Columbia Invitational Memorial Day Tournament has grown in size and numbers, and this year was no exception.  Reaching its largest numbers to date, the tournament reached the peak of what can be supported without expanding into other facilities and counties.  According to Matt Libber, the VP of Operations and Business Development, “the tournament is currently spread over 4 counties in Maryland with over 1,000 games played in 16 different locations on 54 fields.”

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Frostbite Series is Underway In Annapolis

With cold temperatures predicted to stay at least five more weeks here in Maryland, the Annapolis Yacht Club sets sail to carry on the second half of their 2014-2015 Frostbite Series. Frostbite racing, or Frostbiting, is another term for sailing in the winter and as “America’s Sailing Capital”, sailing enthusiasts are not about to let a little cold weather keep them from their boats. Local sailing aficionados at the Annapolis Yacht Club have been producing numerous sailing events to help grow the sport since its’ inception in 1866 as the Severn Boat Club, located in a small-one story frame shack on an oyster pile. In the late 1930’s to early 40’s the Boat Club was changed into what is now known as the Annapolis Yacht Club. In following years, around the early 1960’s, the creation of the Frostbite series was implemented by Club.

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USA Gymnastics Acro competition astounds

This past weekend I had the opportunity to experience the 2013 USAG Acrobatics Gymnastics Region 7 Competition at 1st Class Gymnastics. Competitors from New England to Virginia converged on the facility, Anne Arundel County and State of Maryland for two days of competition. On the line for these athletes and their teams: a chance to qualify for Nationals at the end of July in Louisville, KY.

I was absolute amazed by the skills these competitors, whose ages ranged from 8-18; the discipline and concentration needed to perform these acrobatic feats was remarkable. The event incorporated three sessions and 21 total rotations where the athletes and their teams performed in the disciplines of dynamics, balance and combined disciplines. I witness amazing tumbling, great choreographing, extreme trust and tremendous athletic skills as these athletes performed.

As it is said, a picture can say a thousand words. The pictures shared here only capture a small amount of what these athletes’ capabilities truly are.

I want to congratulate the athletes their performance as my family was truly engaged in their feats and abilities on the floor however I would be remised if I didn’t give a shout out to the team of Juli Eicher, Amy Grear, Sarah Thomas, Emily Ruppert, Kevin Grear, Jackye Herzfeld, Lewyn Garret and the judges for a job well done!

2013 USA BMX East Coast Nationals- Severn-Danza Park

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This past weekend almost 800 BMX riders participated in the 2013 USA BMX East Coast Nationals hosted by Chesapeake BMX (Anne Arundel County). On hand to welcome the crowd of racers and spectators was our very own Terry Hasseltine, representatives from USA BMX, Rick Anthony (Director of Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks) and Kate Roth (Sports Manager for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County CVB). The event drew riders from numerous states including California, Texas, Tennessee and even a few from Canada.

Quick tip for BMX newbies like me: Races are organized in classes by age and skill levels. Each class races in a moto which is composed of a series of heat races. There are normally three (3) rounds to a moto. Each round consists of one lap around the track from start to finish. The overall winner of the moto is either determined by the aggregate finish in all three rounds or by winning a main event.

On Friday there were 68 registered motos, 185 on Saturday, and 165 on Sunday. This was the third time Chesapeake BMX has held a national event in 5 years, and it was also the largest race at Chesapeake BMX to date!

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While on a tour of the track I was given a look at the new spectator viewing area that was added around the track. Included in this viewing area were new bleachers- Chesapeake BMX was lucky to be chosen from a drawing to receive bleachers from the United States Naval Academy’s Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

I was able to see a few races including a group of 5 and under racers called ‘striders’. Racers can be as young as two years old and can continue in the sport late into adulthood. The youngest of racers who make up the 5 and under race group use bikes that don’t have pedals so they scoot along the track with their feet (imagine how many pairs of shoes they must go through in a single racing season!)

photohjkBMX proved to be a very family oriented sport, with many families having multiple members competing in different races throughout the weekend including parents. All throughout the park, large tents could be seen with families settled under them waiting for their race times to start. You also had to be careful navigating your way through the park, as there were riders in every direction you turned, either on their way to a race or heading for a little down time in between races. One thing proved to be certain; this community of racers are more than passionate and dedicated about what they do!

To find out more about Chesapeake BMX and upcoming races visit www.chesapeakebmx.com/.