Message to 2020 B&A Runners and Volunteers

B&A Marathon, Half Marathon and Volunteers:

The rapid and unprecedented reaction to the spreading of the Covid-19 virus has affected everyone.  School and college closures, NBA, NCAA, NHL, MLS, dozens of other races, big and small, are cancelling or postponing events. 

Yesterday, the Maryland Department of Health made the correct decision to disallow our event.  Today, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education issued a statement indicating that no outside groups will be permitted use in indoor public school facilities.

Our race starts and ends in a public high school and requires the coordination and participation of dozens of County police officers and medical personnel, hundreds of well-meaning volunteers, and is attended by 1,100+ runners from over 30 different states.  

In that context, it is easy to understand and agree with the Department of Health and the Anne Arundel County Board of Education decisions. 

In order to advise the participants as soon as possible, including those travelling from  out-of-town, the Annapolis Striders sent a brief message, within 10 minutes of being notified, cancelling the race as directed by the authorities.  

We are an all-volunteer, non-profit club of runners, hosting races for runners.   We do it because it makes better communities and citizens, and because we enjoy the fellowship and sense of achievement the events create.  

We start our preparations for the B&A months in advance; the medals, premiums, permits, awards, supplies are pre-paid and non-refundable.    

In the coming weeks, after we settle all financial obligations, we will make the decision about what comes next, including making premiums available to the runners. 

We thank you for your patience and understanding.  

Race Directors, B&A Marathon and B&A Half Marathon

Congratulations B&A Marathon and Half Marathon Finishers!

Race Photos now available!

Thanks to the Herculean efforts of our volunteer photographers, race photos are now available for download. These photos are made available free for non-commercial, personal purposes; public/promotional/commercial use is not permitted without specific permission from the photographers. Go to our results page to get the links to the photos by course location.

B&A Marathon and ½ Marathon finishers:

Thank you for participating in another successful race; it was great to hear so many positive comments and warm wishes.

Many runners familiar with the course may have noticed the mile markers seemed off. This was due entirely to a course error in the first mile in which the runners were allowed to proceed directly from the Start onto Evergreen Road, instead of turning left onto Robinson Road We immediately recognized the error and where able to make the necessary adjustments to the course by adding distance to the ½ marathon mid- point turn-around and an extension in the school parking lot. The effort was validated by dozens of runners’ GPS, which recorded the ½ and full marathon at very slightly longer than the required distance.

We have already begun the process of officially certifying the distances for both races and will send additional updates when the certification results are available.

We regret any anxiety this created for our runners.

Thank you for your patience in this matter,
Christian Zazzali and Joshua Harriman
Co-Race Directors
View race results here.

Attention B&A Marathon and 1/2 Marathon runners, Fans and Volunteers

The Annapolis Striders Race Committee is monitoring the weather very closely. We will attempt to make a definitive announcement regarding the status of the race no later than Noon on Saturday 4/7.

This Announcement will be on the Annapolis Striders Website, the Facebook home page as well as a mass email to all runners on file.

We appreciate the anxiety of the uncertain “weather” situation, and we will do everything in our power to communicate all information as soon as we know it.