Event gives fund-raisers run for their money


March 28, 2002|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A KEYMAR COUPLE has found a new way to raise money for their daughters' recreation council: Hold a fun run.

"Basically, my wife and I got tired of buying candy bars and pizzas for fund-raisers," said Brian Schutsky, the run's coordinator.

Schutsky, and his wife, Lisa Beebe, decided to organize a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race. The money would be raised through registration fees.

Beebe, a runner, said Woodsboro/New Midway Recreation Council is small and doesn't have a lot of money. "But we've been able to keep soccer registration fees at $35, which is probably the lowest in the county," she said. Woodsboro and New Midway are in adjacent Frederick County.

Beebe said she thought of the idea after she saw an increased interest in walking and running among other soccer parents.

She figured if they were going to walk and run anyway, why not do so together as a fund-raiser?

Last year, the couple organized the Woodsboro/New Midway Recreation Council 10K Run/Walk. They had 49 runners, many of whom were the parents and coaches of players.

Beebe said the kids enjoyed watching their parents run in the race.

"They'd line the end of the course to cheer them on," she said.

But the race also attracted more serious runners. Among them, members of Frederick Steeple Chasers Runners Club.

"They called me this year to see if we were doing the race again," Schutsky said. "When I told them we were, they put us on their Web site."

Schutsky would prefer to ride a bike. "That's how I ended up coordinating the event," he said with a laugh.

But Beebe's interest in running coincided with when she started coaching.

"My girls were getting older and I wanted to improve my endurance," she said. "Now, I'd rather run than do anything else. Except swim."

The couple has three daughters, Elizabeth, 11, Emily, 10, and Carollyn, 6.

This year's race will start at 8:30 a.m. April 13 at Woodsboro Park on Route 550, one-quarter mile off Route 194 in Woodsboro. On-site registration is at 7:30 a.m. To guarantee a T-shirt in the desired size, entrants must send in a registration form postmarked by Saturday.

Registration is $15 for age 19 and younger, $25 for age 20 and older. Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners. In addition, a light breakfast will be served after the race. All money from registration fees goes toward the recreation council.

Information: 410-775-7048.

Easter egg hunts

Taneytown Community Center will hold an Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Roberts Mill Park. Information: 410-756-2677.

American Legion Post 120 will hold its egg hunt at 2 p.m. Sunday at the football field at Memorial Park. If it rains, the egg hunt will be held at the American Legion Hall at 9 Broad St. in Taneytown.

Turkey, oyster dinner

Tom's Creek United Methodist Church will hold its turkey and oyster dinner from noon to 6 p.m. April 6. The cost is $10 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 5 to 10. The church is on Tom's Creek Church Road off Route 140 between Taneytown and Emmitsburg.

Information: 301-447-6384.

Car show

The 25th annual Rod and Custom Show will be held from noon to 10 p.m. April 6 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7 at 100 Eisenhower Drive in Hanover, Pa. The cost is $3 for adults and children get in free.

Golf, anyone?

Francis Scott Key High School Athletic Boosters will hold its third annual Birdies4Eagles Golf Tournament starting at 8 a.m. April 27 at the Links, 605 Mason Dixon Road in Gettysburg, Pa.

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The cost is $100 per person, which includes entry fee, range balls, beverages, lunch and prizes.

Information: Debbie Frazier, 410-756-2278.

Reserve space now

Taneytown is taking reservations for its home and garden show, "Swing into Spring." The cost is $15 a space. The show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at Memorial Park, according to Pam Harlow, who is coordinating the event.

Information: 410-751-1100.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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