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April 10, 2003

On your feet!

Give your legs a workout at one of two races this weekend. The 25th annual Clyde's American 10K race on Sunday starts at 8:15 a.m. at Columbia Town Center near Clyde's restaurant at 10227 Little Patuxent Parkway, followed by an awards ceremony at the lakefront and a Clyde's brunch. A free 1-mile run, sponsored by Feet First, will begin at the lakefront near Tomato Palace at 8:25 a.m. Fees: $25 through April 12; $28 race day. Packet pickup: At Feet First, April 9-12, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; April 12, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; April 13, 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. near the starting line on Little Patuxent Parkway near the Columbia Town Center, across from the Columbia Mall. Call Howard County Striders at 410-964-1998 or visit the Web site www.active.com for more information.

If a 10K is a little too much, register for the Believe in Tomorrow/Home Port to Fort 4-Mile Run/Walk, benefiting the Believe in Tomorrow National Children's Foundation, a charity that provides services to children with fatal diseases. This scenic course takes walkers and runners through historic Baltimore. Beginning at 9 a.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the race loops around Fort McHenry and back to the finish line at the museum. Post-race party includes food and drinks. Fees: $20 for the general public and $10 for students, military and Home Depot employees, and $25 on race day. Call race director Dave Cooley at 410-377-8882 or visit the Web site www.active.com for more information.

Baysox, Shorebirds play ball

Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks as the Bowie Baysox minor league baseball team kicks off its 2003 season today and all this weekend at Prince George's Stadium. Today's game against the Harrisburg Senators starts at 7:05 p.m., followed by a fireworks spectacular and a 2003 Baysox magnet schedule giveaway that will last through Sunday. Tomorrow there will be a Sports and Entertainment Career Fair at the stadium from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with representatives from more than 25 sports and entertainment organizations, followed by a game at 7:05 p.m. On Saturday, the first 1,500 fans who come to meet the team before the game starts at 1:05 p.m. will receive a free Baysox T-shirt. For tickets and directions visit www.baysox.com/new/boxoffice or call 301-805-6000. Located at 4101 N.E. Crain Highway.

Buy some more peanuts (and maybe even a hot dog) at the Delmarva Shorebirds' Opening Day ceremonies today. The team will take on the Kannapolis Intimidators at 6:35 p.m., followed by a fireworks extravaganza. Festivities include a magnet schedule giveaway to the first 2,500 fans who come before game time tomorrow, another post-game fireworks show Saturday, and on Sunday, a pre-game autograph session and post-game run of the bases for kids. Call 410-219-3112 or visit www.theshorebirds.com for tickets. Located at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, past the U.S. 13 Bypass at Hobbs Road.

Racing on the Potomac

Celebrate the 91st anniversary of Tokyo's donation of 3,000 cherry trees to Washington in 1912 at this year's 2003 Cherry Blossom Festival. Among the festival's events are the 16th annual George Washington University Invitational Crew Classic on Saturday. More than 400 rowers from 10 universities will participate in the event, the D.C. area's largest collegiate rowing competition. Watch rowers glide on the Potomac River to Washington Harbor in Georgetown. Preliminary heats begin at 9 a.m., and finals begin at 1 p.m.

The event takes place at the Thompson Boat Center, at Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Avenue Northwest. Metro to Foggy Bottom-GWU (blue and orange lines). Call 202-994-6650 for more information.

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