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March 28, 2024 Issue 7

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2024 B&A Trail Marathon & Half-Marathon recap!

Thank you to all who participated in our 33rd annual B&A Trail Marathon & 29th annual B&A Trail Half-Marathon last weekend– especially to the many volunteers who helped make this year’s event such a success! 785 runners wound up crossing the finish line at Severna Park High School, with 286 marathon finishers and 499 half-marathoners. Runners enjoyed a bright, cloudless sky and cool conditions, albeit with a frustratingly shifty breeze. But it could’ve been worse, as anyone who braved our soggy Saturday packet pick-up can attest.

The seemingly ageless Michael Wardian of Arlington, Virginia earned his third B&A Trail Marathon win in 2:37:26, having first won this race twenty-three years ago! Last year’s women’s winner, Joy Lewis of Columbia, returned to successfully defend her title, finishing in an impressive 2:56:01.

Last year’s men’s marathon winner, Daniel Rowe of Baltimore, opted for the half this year and took the win in 1:12:38, while Laurel’s Samantha Merkel nabbed the women’s victory in 1:25:55.

 Preliminary race results, courtesy of Maryland Timing

Please e-mail with any results issues. 

Visit  Race photos by Enduro Photo!

New race director Tom Lyden put so much work into this year’s event and did an outstanding job. Thanks, Tom! And a big thank you to all the volunteers who supported him all weekend. We are an all-volunteer organization, and it’s your help that makes the Annapolis Striders such a great club.


Cherry Pit is only a week and a half away and we are very low on volunteer help so far. If you are not running on Sunday, April 7th, please, please consider helping out! Visit or e-mail as soon as possible if you can pitch in on race day.

 It always feels good to give back to the running community

by volunteering at a race!

Cherry pit

Registration is open for the

2024 Cherry Pit 10 Mile Race!

2nd Leg of the Championship Series

Sunday, April 7th, 2024, 8:00 AM

South River High School

201 Central Ave East

Edgewater, MD 21037

Join us for the 45th running of the region’s OTHER “cherry”-related 10 miler! Ours may not be the flattest of routes, but you’re sure to enjoy the scenery of Anne Arundel County’s countryside, and the preregistration fees of $10 for Striders members or $15 for non-members are a bargain. (Note: If you signed up for the full 2024 Champ Series, you are already registered for Cherry Pit and you do not need to sign up again!)

For more information & registration:

For more information and registration

To volunteer at Cherry Pit, Sign up to volunteer here! or






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

Keep an eye on this section for announcements about training programs!

Annapolis Strider 2024 Spring 10K Training

Tuesday, April 9th – Sunday, June 16th

A 10-week build-up program for beginner, returning and intermediate 10K runners


This low-key program will guide the participants from a base of 2-3 miles up to a long run of 6.2 miles in 10 weeks. The goal will be for all who complete the program to be able to complete the Dawson’s Father’s Day 10K. You must sign up for the race on your own. If you are signed up for the 2024 Championship Series, you are already registered for the race!

Every Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM and every Saturday morning at 7:00 AM from April 9th, 2024, through June 11th, 2024 (Saturday, June 15th will be a rest day and Sunday, June 16th is RACE DAY!), we will meet at the B&A Trail near the Park and Ride lot at Jones Station Road and Route 2 in Severna Park. You will be coached by qualified Strider coaches.

For more information and registration

Annapolis Striders Spring 5k Beginning Running Training

class registration is OPEN!

Class starts Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 6 PM 

Bates Athletic Complex – Weems Whelan Field.

E.T./Evan Thomas Jesters

In memoriam for Coach Emeritus and 5k class founder, former Annapolis Striders President, marathoner Evan Thomas (a.k.a. E.T.), we will call ourselves “E.T.’s Jesters”. We will continue his mission and love of running with a healthier lifestyle. “Regular exercise has saved my life,” Evan wrote in his farewell Capital column in 2018. “Mostly, however, it has brought a joy I have tried to share with others.”. In 1993 he formed the first Annapolis Striders Beginning Runners Program class. He has coached thousands of participants in the sport of running. Evan was well known for his humorous antics and quirky behaviour during class and even wearing a jester’s hat to always follow Rule #1: “Have FUN!” during class. The program is a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) award winning beginning running class. We will have “E.T. made me do it!” on the back of our spring class shirts.

For more information and registration



TUESDAY, April 2nd, 2024

Severna Park Library

45 W McKinsey Road

Severna Park, MD 21146

Please remember that ALL Annapolis Striders members are welcome at our monthly Board Meetings, the first Tuesday of each month beginning at 7:00 pm.

The meetings are a hybrid format.

Use the Zoom Link if you cannot attend in person.

Meeting ID: 945 9400 7107

Passcode: 075740

Stay tuned to the E-Streak for future meeting locations.

Meet & Greet Your Fellow Annapolis Striders

at our Monthly Socials

Bring friends or potential new members!

Check here for future gatherings!



See “quick links” above to submit a race.

Please check the provided links below for updated information about the community races, including fee structure, race details, cancellations, etc.

Once posted, community race information is not updated in the



Local Group Runs

Are you looking for a group of friendly faces to meet consistently and with which to run? Here is a consolidated list of local area group runs open to anyone interested. While most of these groups have members of the Annapolis Striders in them, this is not an endorsement by the Annapolis Striders, Inc. It’s a way to find other people to run with almost every day of the week.

If you know of a group not listed here, Please contact Tess.

Check here for the list of runs


Emily Schindler Memorial Scholarship Triathlon

Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Emily Schindler Memorial Scholarship Triathlon will be held on Saturday April 13 at the Woods Community Center beginning at 7 am. The race consists of an 800 yard pool swim, a 9 mile bike and 3 mile run on the B&A Trail. Individual and 2 or 3 person teams can participate.

 For more information and registration


Sunday, April 14, 2024

Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Inc., (CTR) is a registered non-profit in Harford County, MD. We dreamed up our first-ever charity 5K as a fundraiser to help us support the programs we offer veterans and children and adults who live with disabilities.

The Hoofin’ It 5K will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2024. The race will begin and end at The Pavilion at Poplar Grove Park (3519 Conowingo Road, Street, MD 21154) and go through our farm and facility!

For more information and registration

Huntingtown High Boys’ Lacrosse Fun Run

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Come run with the boys’ lacrosse teams on a 5Kish trail and road fun run. All proceeds benefit the Varsity and JV teams in their upcoming season.

Team webpage

For more information and registration


Hero Dogs 5K9

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Puppy raisers and volunteers for Hero Dogs, Inc. are excited to present the 4th Annual Hero Dogs 5K9, our 2nd year with an IN-PERSON option this year hosted at Congressional Cemetery in Washington DC. We learned a lot from last year’s event and are excited to be back and better than ever!

Our 5K course is flat, fast, and USATF certified. Start and finish are within the cemetery, and the course goes out on the adjoining Anacostia Trail for a quick out and back. Water is available at the start/finish line and at a water stop around the halfway point of the 5k course.

For more information and registration

Woodley House 5K Run, Walk and Roll

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Rock Creek Park

Join us Saturday, May 18th for a family-oriented event to encourage fitness while funding our work providing supportive housing and services to DC residents living with mental health disorders.

The morning will begin with a half-mile (approx.) Kids Fun Run from Picnic Grove 24 to Morrow Drive and back. All participants in the Fun Run will be presented with a medal after crossing the finish line.

Our 5K Run, Walk, and Roll will follow an out-and-back route through paved roads beginning near Picnic Grove 24. This USATF-certified course runs entirely on paved park roads (closed to traffic) to accommodate participants of all abilities.

For more information and registration

MFR Mindful Miles: 5K for Health and Wellness

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Landover, MD

Maryland Family Resource, Inc. (MFR) is hosting its inaugural 5K race to promote mental, physical, and spiritual wellness and to raise funds for our summer programs for youth. The 5K event will consist of the race/walk followed by a wellness fair with vendors and informational tables, food, live DJ, moon bounces for kids, and much more! 

 For more information and registration


The Crofton Kiwanis Club and Foundation annual community 10K and 5K races

Saturday, June 8th, 2024

The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Crofton Country Club.

The certified 10K course includes a great tour around our tree-lined community with some challenging hills and is a good tune-up for fall marathon training or even first time 10K participants. The 5K course goes completely around Crofton Parkway. All profits from these races are put towards the many community charities that the Crofton Kiwanis Foundation supports.


For more information and registration


 Marine Corps Marathon

October 27, 2024

Don’t miss out – MCM, MCM10K and MCM50K registration increases Dec 26! Recognized for impeccable organization on an iconic course managed by the US Marines in Arlington, VA and the nation’s capital, the Marine Corps Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the US and the world. Known as ‘the best marathon for beginners,’ the MCM is the largest marathon in the world that doesn’t offer prize money, earning its nickname, “The People’s Marathon.”

 For more information and registration

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