Striders' 5Ks beckon all to go the distance


July 05, 1999|By Jeff Holland | Jeff Holland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE ANNAPOLIS Striders are planning a Women's Distance Festival 5K race at 8 a.m. July 17 at West Annapolis Elementary School on Annapolis Street.

The scenic 3.1-mile course covers a double loop around West Annapolis. It's a relatively flat course on residential, tree-lined, paved streets. Water will be available along the way, and refreshments will be served at the finish line.

"After the second or third year of running this event, somebody suggested that we have a men's run afterwards," recalls the Striders vice president, Tom Bradford, who lives in Millersville. "So now men are invited to celebrate women's running with an identical race we call the `Run After the Women.' "

The men's race starts at 8:45 a.m.

Last year there were 293 finishers. Carla Pastore of Annapolis won the women's race with a time of 19 minutes, 44 seconds. Mark Jones of Odenton won the men's race with a time of 16 minutes, 47 seconds.

If you'd like to join in the fun, you can register by mail before Saturday for $10. You can download a registration form at http: // and send it to Annapolis Striders, P.O. Box 187, Annapolis 21404-0187. Or register in person at 7 a.m. on race day for $12. The entry fee includes a cool T-shirt. Information: 410-268-1165.

Summer spat planting

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that the Oyster Recovery Partnership is looking for volunteers to help plant oysters on a new reef at the mouth of the Severn River as soon as the baby oysters, or spat, are ready to be transferred from their nursery.

Alice Neily Mutch of Annapolis has announced that the spat are, indeed, ready to go. She's organizing two daylong excursions by boat from Cambridge to deliver them by barge on Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17. The effort is sponsored by the Oyster Recovery Partnership and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

If you'd like to go along, you'll want to wear old clothes and bring an extra change of clothes, a good hat, gloves and sunscreen. It'll be hard work, but a lot of fun: a great boat ride across the bay and a chance to help bring back the oysters. Information: 410-263-4228.

Pub Date: 7/05/99

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