Father's Day race dedicated to woman who first directed it


June 07, 2000|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE ANNUAL Father's Day and B&A Trail 10K may take place on a day honoring men, but the race is dedicated to a woman.

Patricia O'Brien, a Severna Park resident and nurse at North Arundel Hospital for about 15 years, began her medical career teaching nurses. She later moved to a position in the critical care unit.

Despite a congenital heart defect, she was a record-setting runner.

She combined her dedication to the hospital and her passion for running as the first director of the Father's Day Race, which is co-sponsored by North Arundel Hospital and the Annapolis Striders. A mother of one, she died in 1991 at age 38 while running on Benfield Boulevard.

"The race has been dedicated to her since her death. She was the one who was responsible for bringing together the hospital and the B&A Trail for the race," said Kevin Murnane, director of marketing and communications at North Arundel.

This year's race benefits the hospital's cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program. On June 18, beginning at 8 a.m. on Hospital Drive, runners will follow a 6.2-mile course round-trip route through residential streets and the pathway of Baltimore-Annapolis Trail Park.

Registration is $12 in advance or $15 on race day on the hospital parking lot from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. There will be awards in age groups and categories, and for the male and female winners.

Water will be available during the race, and a post-race party, with fruit, bagels, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, cookies, soda and beer, will follow.

All runners will receive long-sleeved T-shirts.

Last year's race attracted 531 runners and raised more than $7,000 for the hospital.

Information: 410-760-9188or 410-987-5649.

NARFE recognition

Two members will be honored Tuesday at the monthly meeting of Glen Burnie's National Association of Retired Federal Employees chapter.

Charles Collins and Gerald Hutchinson will receive certificates and special membership cards for the honorary life memberships recently conferred on them by the organization's national headquarters.

To be eligible for the award, an individual must be 85 or older and must have been a member for 20 years.

The meeting, to begin at noon at Club 4100, Fourth and Edison streets in Brooklyn Park, will also include induction of the chapter's new officers by Charles Saylor, second vice president of the state organization.

Officers are Ed Thomas, president; Stan Jacobs, first vice president; Norma Beauchamp, second vice president; Bill Gaston, secretary; and Barbara Jacobs, treasurer.

The meeting will also include a buffet lunch costing $11 for members and $16 for guests.

Information: 410-969-5980.

Soccer signups

Harundale Youth League has scheduled a fall soccer registration for children ages 4 through 14. The cost is $35 for the first child, $25 for the second child in the same immediate family and $20 for each additional child.

Registration will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the North County Area Library on June 14, 21, and 27, and from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and June 17 at the Corkran Middle School field house.

Information: Jackie Snead at 410-760-2081.

Skater update

Despite a midrace fall and nosebleed, in-line skater Eric Lisica returned to Glen Burnie last week with two gold and two silver medals from the U.S. Association of Roller Skating's 2000 Outdoor National Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"He had a really bad fall to start out, and a nosebleed in the middle of another race," said Fran Lisica, Eric's mother.

The Marley Middle School pupil competed in six events.

Racing on both "road" (flat) and "bank" (raised) tracks, he earned the golds in the 300-meter and 10,000-meter road races.

He won silvers in the 5,000-meter road event and the 300-meter bank race.

He has been invited to try out for the Junior World Team next year, a steppingstone toward Olympic competition.

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