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August 19, 2004|By Annie Linskey

10K challenge

Early risers can test their brawn against members of the armed forces in the fourth annual Spectrum Challenge 10K Race on Saturday. The race -- sponsored in part by the Annapolis Naval Station -- is open to military and civilians.

The course is mostly flat, but there is one hill around the three-mile mark. The race starts and ends at the Greenbury Point Nature Center, and runners will get views of the water and Bay Bridge. Several water stations will be along the route.

Registration is 6:30 a.m.-7:40 a.m., and the starting gun goes off at 8 a.m. The cost is $12.

Greenbury Point Nature Center is at the U.S. Naval Station in Annapolis. Call 410-293-9211 or visit www.

From Ritchie Highway (Route 2), cross U.S. 50 onto Route 450 toward Annapolis and the Naval Academy. Turn left at the light immediately before the Naval Academy Bridge onto Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. Stay straight, road will turn into Greenbury Point Road. Go past USNA Golf Course and proceed until you see signs for parking.

Revisit the Great Fire

Running not your thing?

The Maryland Historical Society is sponsoring a 90-minute walking tour Saturday of the district that burned in the 1904 Great Fire. .

More than 1,500 buildings burned in the fire, according the historical society's Web site. Some are still standing -- including the Alex Brown building, which was exposed to extremely high temperatures during the fire. The walking tour is 1.5 miles.

The cost is $10 per person for the 10 a.m. tour. Advance registration is required. For location and other information, call 410-685-3750 ext. 321 or visit

-- Annie Linskey

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