As Covid-19 continues to make changes to our lives, we wanted to reach out and update you on upcoming Annapolis Striders events. First is the Cherry Pit, the 2nd race in our Champ Series, scheduled for April 5th. We are in contact with County officials regarding the race and, as of today, we are proceeding with the Cherry Pit. Please note however that this may change as the situation evolves and we will notify participants as soon as possible. Second are the upcoming 5k and 10k trainings scheduled for April 28th and April 11th respectively. Again, we are hopeful that the trainings proceed as scheduled since they are over 3 weeks away. We will continue to reevaluate and update members on the status of events as the situation evolves and we receive more guidance from public health officials and local government.
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.
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.