The Annapolis Striders will conduct the 16th annual Annapolis 10-Mile Run at 7:45 a.m. Sunday.
The race will start at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and will take the runners through historic downtown Annapolis, the U.S. Naval Academy, crossing and recrossing the Old Severn River Bridge and finishing at the stadium.
More than 3,500 runners from 25 states, the District of Columbia,Canada and Austria have signed up for the race. It is the fifth-largest 10-mile race in the country and annually is ranked among the top 100 road races.
The race benefits the American Heart Association and other charities. More than 400 volunteers will assist runners along the course.
The women's Open category is expected to be especially exciting this year because at least 10 runners capable of finishing in under one hour are entered.
The men's Master (over-40) recordcould be broken this year. Past men's Open champions Jerry Clapper of Columbia and Jim Hage of Lanham are expected to duel late entrant David Keene of Tallahassee, Fla., for the overall title.
Last year's wheelchair winner, Ken Karnes, returns to defend his title, and 84-year-old Ed Behnam is the man to beat in the 70-and-over age group.
Information: Annapolis Striders hot line, 268-1165.