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Annapolis Striders Newsletter
Issue 5
February 28th, 2019   
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All Annapolis Striders events and races are organized and staffed by volunteers!
All Annapolis Striders members are encouraged to do their part and volunteer.  Encourage your family members to also volunteer! 
Medical Volunteers Needed For Annapolis Striders Races! 

Finish Line and Timing Crew
(Annapolis Striders races)

B&A Trail Marathon and Half Marathon
(Sunday, March 31st)



Valentine’s 5K February 9th  Thank you to Denise Hyde for the photographs!

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The Annapolis Striders Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet
Sunday, March 10th at Union Jack’s, Annapolis
The Annapolis Striders Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet is fast approaching. We hope that you will be able to attend. This is a great opportunity to join your friends at a non-running event, celebrate accomplishments, talk shop and just have fun.
The change in venue was not embraced by all last year. With increasing costs, the Annapolis Striders were no longer able to underwrite the costs at the Double Tree Hotel. In prior years the club contributed well over $7000 in costs above and beyond the $40 ticket price. Striving to maintain a balanced budget, responsibly keep race costs and membership fees low, and maintain our strong philanthropic contributions to local organizations and the running community, we made the decision to move the event to Union Jack’s.
While the Annapolis Striders still must underwrite part of the event cost at Union Jack’s, the club is more than willing to facilitate an evening of camaraderie and celebration. Please join us for a fun evening. The more the merrier. Your $40 includes two drink tickets, appetizers, a buffet dinner, the company of your favorite running friends and a chance to make new friends.
Please sign up now so we can make this a night to remember.

Annual Meeting begins at 5:30PM. 

Please take part as we elect new officers & board members, report on major events of 2018, review the condition of the club, and look to 2019.
Please plan to attend the Annual Meeting even if you are unable to attend the dinner and Awards Ceremony.


Join fellow Annapolis Striders, family and friends for some fun:
Reception and cocktails at 6:00PM. 
Buffet Dinner at 7:00PM with Annual Awards Ceremony until 9:00pm
Music and Dancing.

Price: $40.00 per person.

Reservations must be received by Friday, March 8th, 2019

Our finish line crew of Al Stott, Bob Burash, and Whitey Gross retired at the 40th Anniversary Run held December 9th, 2018.  This team brought 49 years of combined experience to timing our races.  Thanks to Al, Bob, and Whitey for keeping order as runners came full speed to the finish chute while getting our bib tear-offs, and for all the other support they have provided through the years.

The Annapolis Striders are now looking for volunteers to step up and learn the timing process. This job is interesting and important, which is why Al, Bob, and Whitey kept at it for so long. Interesting, because it allows you to see the entire field of runners cross the finish line in every condition, from completely exhausted to totally unfazed, and everything in between. But also extremely important! If we don’t have a finish line and timing crew, we don’t have a race! So please give it a try. Interested members please contact Dan Symancyk. The first race for the new crew would be the Cherry Pit 10-Miler in May.



In accordance with the Annapolis Striders by-laws, the Nomination and Board Development Committee presents the following slate of officers to the general membership:

Officers 2019-2020
President: Eva Coale
Vice President for Administration: David Phipps 
Vice President for Races: Irene Myers-Thompson
Vice President for Training and Education: Michael Myers
Treasurer: Brian Robinson
Secretary: Ashley Reed
Directors, Term Expiring 2021:
    Andrea Clappsy
    Lauren Colvin
    Dewitt Kneass
    Dan Mandeville
    Larry Puglisi
Directors (continuing), Term Expiring 2020:
     Rick Aulbach
     Kim Burke
     Tom DeKornfeld
     Kelly Gardner

Annapolis Striders 
2019 B&A Trail Marathon and Half Marathon 

The race will be held at Severna Park High School on 
Sunday,  March 31st, 2019.

The 2019 edition of the B & A Trail Marathon and Half Marathon will be at the new Severna Park High School for the third year, with a starting time of 07:30 AM. It is the 28th year of the marathon and 24th year of the half marathon. Come join us as we celebrate almost 30 years of running the marathon on this great rail to trail course.

For more information and registration

Volunteers are needed!  Click below!

Cherry pit

2019 Cherry Pit 10 Mile Race
2nd Leg of the Championship Series.
Our 40th year!

Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at 8:00 AM
South River High School

201 Central Ave 
Edgewater, MD

Registration is now open!

If you are registered for the Championship Series, you are good to go!


Young couple jogging in park at morning. Health and fitness.



Annapolis Striders membership required to participate in these training programs. There is no fee for the training programs but you must register.

As coaches provide information, check back here for current Annapolis Striders Training programs!

Save the date! It’s Up to You! 

Beginning Runners – Couch to 5K  

10 week Class starts Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 6 PM 

at the Bates Middle School track. Registration opens early March.

April 23rd, 2019 -July 13th, 2019

Extra Mile Winter Distance Training

January 5th, 2019 – March 30th, 2019
This program targets long distance runners who wish to improve their race performance for spring distance events such as the RRCA 10 Mile Club Challenge (February 24th), B&A Marathon and Half-Marathon, and other spring marathons. This is a “fat-ass” style training program: participants are expected to provide their own hydration and nutrition on group runs, and will include long, recovery, interval, and tempo runs. 
Half Marathon Winter Training Program

January 12th, 2019 – March 31st, 2019

3D illustration of  GOOD to KNOW  script on road signFuel Your Stride

by Shannon Costello, RDN,  Annapolis Strider, #fuelyourstride

ELECTROLYTES – Water is our best friend when it comes to staying hydrated but what’s the buzz on electrolytes? We see most endurance races supplying a sports drink along the course and cartons of bananas at the finish line to help replete lost electrolytes, but why? What are electrolytes? These small but mighty minerals are found in our bodily fluids, not just in sweat. Our body relies on them to maintain blood volume, contract muscles, send messages through our nerves and more. If the blood lacks a balance of electrolytes, we may experience muscles cramps, mental confusion or decreased performance.
Sweating will deplete both fluids and electrolytes. The most famous electrolyte among runners is sodium. Together with potassium and chloride, these three electrolytes are especially important in triggering muscle contraction but are easily depleted with sweat loss. Magnesium and calcium are other electrolytes lost in sweat but in much smaller amounts so they’re typically replenished with eating balanced meals throughout the day. Shorter runs can easily replace lost electrolytes with a small sports drink or post-run snack, while running for more than 60 minutes may need extra care with total electrolyte replenishment.
The best way to ensure your body is fully equipped is by fueling, of course! Add a sports or electrolyte-enhanced drink during longer runs, when exercising in a hot or humid environment, or if you consider yourself a heavy sweater. There are a variety of electrolyte-enhanced chews, gels and tablets but never underestimate the power of real food. Whole foods provide additional nutrients and satiety. Try some salty snacks before and after your run such as pretzels, low-fat chips, crackers, tomato juice, or broth-based soups. Choose from a variety of potassium sources including bananas, potatoes, oranges, cantaloupe, and dried fruits like prunes, dates, and raisins. Keep in mind that sodium may increase your thirst so sip sports drinks slowly or snack on small portions at a time. Be mindful of adding salt to regular meals throughout the day. Preparing fresh meals with whole foods will typically be naturally low in sodium, while most processed and convenience foods already have added sodium.

Shannon is a Dietician Nutritionist and Annapolis Strider

Thank you for joining us at our
 Annapolis Strider Socials!! 
Mark your calendar!!
Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!
Location, location, location-please tell us your favorite spot-we are preparing for 2019!! Save the Dates, 2019 Annapolis Striders Socials, 2nd Thursday of Each Month from 6:30pm-8:30pm with the locations to be determined: April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14 & December 12.

We look forward to seeing you at our socials in the future. Your ideas are encouraged; please alert Carrye Massey, 410-627-8246.

Annapolis Striders February, Valentine’s Day, & 5K Graduation Social
Believe it or not, we had an amazing turnout on Valentine’s evening with 32 folks at La Sierra Inc., 2625 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. Thank you Joan Schramm for your suggestion and David Castillo, Manager, for reserving our space.
The staff was very accommodating and friendly; the food was delicious!! Thank you to all who came out…it was so wonderful to see so many friends.  Photos courtesy of Leslie Sparks.

 Rodney Thompson and VP of Races, Irene Myers-Thompson



 Representing the 2019 5K Class:
 John Purgason, 2019 5K Coach Paul Thorn, Sandy Crouse, Laura Muscella, Connie Musgrove and Ann Garvey

Doreen Byrne, Delia Edelman, John McLaughlin, Brenda Stansbury and Jim Stansbury


Carrye Massey and Co-owner of The Brass Tap Craft Beer Bar, Gregory Hill

Sandy Crouse, Social Photographer, Leslie Sparks and Connie Musgrove

 Martin Shpuntoff, Kara Reese, Mary Martin Smith and 2019 5K Coach, Paul Thorn

Krissy Robinson and 2019 Going the Extra Mile:Winter Distance Training Coach, David Dold

Thursday, March 14, 6:30-8:30pm
6:30-8:30pm-meet us at Annapolis Market House, 25 Market Space, City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
Thank you to Sandy Guntert Kellstrom for your suggestion and Cherish Brooks, Manager, for reserving our space.

Thursday, April 11, 6:30-8:30pm
6:30-8:30pm-meet us at Newks Eatery, Annapolis Town Centre at Parole, 2077 Somerville Road, Suite 150, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Thank you to Ms. Laney, Catering Manager, for reserving our space.

Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8:30pm
6:30-8:30pm-meet us at Krissy & Brian Robinson’s house, 1919 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401. Krissy and Brian are very excited to host the Annapolis Striders May social  at their recently renovated home. The Robinsons will provide food and drinks. Please bring beer and/or wine of your choice.
Plenty of street parking and if desired, Brian will provide running routes for those interested.

Thursday, June 13, 5pm-8:30pm
5:00pm-8:30pm-yes this is the correct time. We are starting at 5pm!! Meet us at the Light House Bistro, 202 West Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
5-7pm-interested in an adult beverage or light snack, please visit our guest bartenders in the bar area
5-8:30pm-interested in dinner, please make your dinner reservation at 410-424-0922.
Thank you and shout out to fellow Annapolis Strider and Catering Manager, Marie Friedland for reserving our space and including us in with their ‘Guest Bartender’ event.




Information about races may be sent to us by visiting the 

Annapolis Striders webpage.  Under “Contact Us”  select

 “Submit Community Race”.


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right-arrow-icon3.gif  The Rec Deeds Challenge 5K and 1 mile Funwalk will be held Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at Downs Park in Pasadena. 

This is the signature annual event!  The organizers look forward to seeing you out on the trails at Downs Park in Pasadena.  All proceeds go toward special needs athletes and families to assist with sports scholarships as well as summer camp programs.


 The Salisbury Marathon/Half Marathon/5K Race will be held Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at Salisbury City Park in Salisbury, MD.

These flat-as-a-pancake courses are USATF certified, so if you have your eyes on Boston or NY, the organizers have just the qualifier for you!

There is a 10% discount for Annapolis Striders members  STRIDERS2019.


right-arrow-icon3.gifThe Emily Schindler Memorial Scholarship Triathlon  will be held Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at the Woods Community Center in Severna Park, MD.

The swim portion of the triathlon will take place in the Community Center pool and the bike and run will be on the B&A trail. The two distance events will the main triathlon (800 yard swim, 9 mile bike, 3 mile 

run) and the Flamingo Feat (1,660 yard swim, 18 mile bike, 6 mile run).

right-arrow-icon3.gif The MCJROTC 5K and SEMPER FIT DAY will be held 

 Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at Northeast High School 

in Pasadena, MD. 


 Marines will be holding Combat Fitness tests. There  will also be HIIT instructors. There will be an obstacle course for attendees to try.   Vendor and other concession stands will be available throughout the day. There will be something for everyone.
All proceeds benefit the NHS MCJROTC and a local charity.
right-arrow-icon3.gif The Escape Through The Cape 5K/ 1 mile fun run will be held
Saturday, April 13th, 2019  at the Cape St. Claire Elementary School.

The Cape St. Claire Parent Teacher Organization (CSC-PTO) is dedicated to supporting the education and well being of the children in attendance at the Cape St. Claire Elementary School, and also to supporting the efforts of their teachers and families. To that end the organization raises funds, organizes social events, sponsors enrichment programs and coordinates volunteer efforts.

right-arrow-icon3.gif  The Junior League of Annapolis will hold the 12th Annual Jennifer Summers Barrett Memorial Volunteers on the Run 5K on Sunday, April 14th, 2019 at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.

Open to the public, the proceeds from the race benefit the community programs of JLA. This includes JLA’s work with the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families to establish a Community of Hope in Brooklyn Park, and the Coaching for Life partnership with Serenity Sistas, which supports women in recovery from alcohol or substance abuse, providing them with a chance to re-enter life.

right-arrow-icon3.gif  The Road to Recovery: Sober Truth 5K Run and Family Trot will be held Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at 8:00 am at Baugher’s Fruit Farm in Westminster, MD.

This run will take you through the rolling hills of Carroll County and the beautiful Baugher’s Fruit Farm.  You will have a birds eye view of the valley below on your last lap of the race through the fruit orchard itself.  The race will help  raise funds for Sober Truth, a substance abuse treatment program that provides treatment for adults suffering with addiction.
If you sign up before April 1, 2019 you will receive a free Sober Truth T-shirt.

The 2019 Riva 5K Run and Walk will be held Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at Reichardt Park in Annapolis Landing, Riva, Maryland.

The Riva 5K Run & Walk is a fun community event in Riva, Maryland. This is the 5th annual event led by volunteers from: Berkshire, Annapolis Landing and Waterford to foster community bonds and to raise money for a local charity. Proceeds and all donations from the 2019 event will benefit Gigi’s Playhouse Annapolis. (No awards are given at this fun family event.)



right-arrow-icon3.gif The  2019 Race for Hope – DC will be held Sunday, May 5th , 2019 in Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.

The Race for Hope-DC, a 5K course in the nation’s capital, is a fun and inspiring way to join forces in the fight against brain tumors by raising funds for research. It is one of the largest fundraisers in the country benefiting the brain tumor community and the proceeds support the National Brain Tumor Society.
For more information and registration

Annapolis Striders members:

As a courtesy, members will  receive a reminder e-mail at the beginning of the month when their membership expires!

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Please remember that ALL Annapolis Striders members are welcome at our monthly Board Meetings, the first Tuesday of each month 7:00 pm.  
2019 dates are:
 March 5th, April 2nd,  May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, September 3rd, October 1st, November 5th, December 3rd.


All Board Meetings are held at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in the

Belcher Pavilion, 7th floor, Conference Room B or E.  Park in Garage E.   

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