Greetings, Baltimore Road Runners Club!
The North Central Railroad was one of the first railroads in America, dating back to 1832. It ran all the way from the Baltimore harbor in Canton to Sodus Point, New York on Lake Ontario. It is interesting to me that about 20 miles from Sodus Point the tracks run right through the back yard of my family’s farm, where I grew up, as a 6th generation Peck. For 140 years, trains compacted and groomed what was to become our NCR trail. That’s a lot of compacting and grooming! No wonder it is perfectly packed dirt and limestone!
In our lifetimes, there has been quite a renaissance of Rails to Trails, and the NCR trail was among the first. I remember how cool it was to have the 20 mile stretch of NCR trail in Baltimore County opened to us in 1982. The NCR trail is a fantastic community resource for Baltimore County and for all of us to share and enjoy. An alternative to pavement, but faster than the cinder track at my high school, our club has hosted over a hundred races on the NCR trail.
This week, Sunday, April 9th, at 8AM, we will be hosting our Grand Prix Series Freeland 15k run on the NCR trail. Like all of our races, this run is open to all. The entry is just $2 for members. Early April weather is typically favorable, so come out and enjoy a safe and scenic spring run at any pace. Or, you can have at it- this is a FAST course, and we have bragging rights and some cash at the front for members! Like all of our road events, this run is perfectly measured and timed. This is a classic BRRC run. Make your day, enjoy the NCR trail!
One last shout out for Baltimore’s Saint Patrick’s Day 5k by BRRC! I am not sure if we had a party and a run broke out, or the other way around, but there was plenty of both! After a spirited run in Patterson Park, it was off to Kislings, where the lines to spend our finishers’ swag were busy with the BRRC clan all evening. If you missed it, you missed it!
Our club has many age group fans, including yours truly. Many of us have marveled at the accomplishments of the Canadien Ed Whitlock. One of his unbelievable accomplishments, Ed is the only 85 year old to run a sub 4 hour marathon. Unfortunately, Ed passed away last month at the young age of 86. It is a tribute to running that we say that Ed passed well before his time.
Our club is the oldest running club in Maryland and one of our founders was Les Kinion. If you have not spent some time reading about Les, here is a good tribute.
The Cherry Blossom Run also annually awards The Outstanding Service Award in memory of Les Kinion. You can view the press release here.
Join us for a run or volunteer so others enjoy the gift of running! You will feel great. If you have not yet joined for 2017, join and support BRRC today! Sign up is by the calendar year, $22 for a whole year!
More Pictures from Baltimore's Saint Patrick's 5k Fun!