Track Meet #3 Rescheduled
One last ditch effort to hit the track! Come join us for the final track meet of the season this Wednesday, 8/17 at 6:30. Tots, toddlers and junior sprinters--don't forget to wear your race bibs. Special awards for you!
Goucher College has requested that we stay off the infield due to recent repairs. Please use the bleachers and stay behind the fence until your events are called. The weather forecast will be closely monitored. In the event of any near event time cancellation we will post on BRRC Facebook page and thank you in advance for your understanding. BRRC would like to thank all of the volunteers who worked our summer track meets. A special shout out to Nut Hall, Tom Jennings, and Ray Reed for timing and scoring! See you on Wednesday! And in 2017!
Do you prefer to run solo, with a partner, or with a group?
We'll post the results next month!
2016 GPS Series
Too Hot to Trot 10k
NCR Trail - Sparks, MD
August 21 - 7:30 AM
Email Robin Goodwin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Registration for the 2016 NCR Marathon is now open via UltraSignup. Join us this year for the 27th running on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
BRRC has staffed a waterstop at the Baltimore Running Festival since the inaugural run in 2001. Suzie Boltz is leading this year's effort and BRRC is looking for a few more enthusiastic volunteers. If you're interested in representing please reach out to Suzie. All volunteers are provided a shirt by the race organizers.
It's time to get your team together for the 37th annual Executive Stampede 5k - just over a month away! The race will be held on Sunday, September 18th at 8:00 a.m. in Hunt Valley. The 5K race, which features teams (of at least 3 people) from various organizations, including companies, non-profits, government agencies, and more, benefits the Charlie Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund. Individual runners can join us, as well.
'We Run This' 5k Tune-up
Have you signed up for a fall 5k and now find yourself lacking the motivation to dust off your sneakers and ‘get out there’?
Live in Baltimore City and need a fun group to run with on Wednesday nights close to home/work?
Training for something longer but would still like to come out and focus on your technique?
SIGN ME UP!!
The “We Run This” 5k Program is designed for runners that have some running experience and are looking to fine tune their training and their race strategy before the Baltimore Running Festival. Runners will meet at Druid Hill Park on Wednesday nights at 6:30 from 9/7 to 9/28!
Our twice-a-year Couch to 5K Training Group started last week, with the Baltimore Running Festival 5K as the target race. There are three groups,
* Walk to Run, which teaches and ramps up to running,
* Runners, for those who can run and want to improve.
Participants meet at the Visitors parking lot at Goucher College on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 PM, and at Loch Raven Reservoir on Saturday mornings at 7:00 AM.
Leads Ginnie Welsh and Laurie Amatucci and the rest of the C25K welcome you! To register, click here.
As with all BRRC training, it's free with an up-to-date club membership.
Lyme Disease Prevention
by: Jenny Carlson
Running has been a part of my life since my high school days when I was training for cross country in the Black Forest of Germany. Since then, I have had the opportunity to live and run in Colorado, California, and most recently Maryland. Had you asked me nine months ago what my running bag would consist of, I would tell you simply my running shoes, iPhone armband, and my workout clothes. Since I moved to Maryland, however, I find myself adding an additional item when I go trail running: insect repellent. Why? Because of Lyme disease (LD). LD, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, was the fifth most common nationally notifiable disease in 2014. But why was I not concerned about this before? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 96% of the confirmed cases of LD were from 14 states, spanning the northeast coast from Maine to Virginia with the addition of Minnesota and Wisconsin. So now that I run in Maryland, it is important to take preventive measures against tick bites and also be aware of symptoms in case one is bitten by a tick.
What can you do to protect yourself? When running, especially in heavily wooded areas, keep the following prevention tips in mind:
- 1. For outdoor activities that result in a lot of sweating, including running, I suggest Ultrathon by 3M. This particular repellent contains 34% DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) in a polymer base (identical to those used by the U.S. military). To see more information on the safety of DEET, you can visit the EPA webpage. This is just my personal preference, but other effective alternatives to DEET are picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus. For additional helpful information for these repellents, visit the consumer report publication on insect repellents.
- 2. In addition to using repellents on your skin, you may also consider using an insecticide known as permethrin on your clothing and gear. You can purchase 0.5% permethrin from most outdoor stores and treat shoes, socks, running clothes, and any gear you may bring along with them. The advantage of treating your gear with permethrin is that it retains its effectiveness after several washes.
- 3. Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and try to run/walk in the center of the trail. Ticks wait for a new host by holding onto leaves and grass with their third and fourth pairs of legs and waving their front legs (see figure 1). This is also known as questing and typically occurs at the wooded or grassy edges of a trail.
- 4. After spending time outdoors, check for ticks on your body – especially behind ears, on the back of the neck, scalp, and in the groin area.
- 5. Shower within 2 hours of running to remove any ticks that have not attached yet but may be difficult to see.
- 6. Remove attached ticks as soon as possible with tweezers (see figure 2). Ticks must be attached for at least 24 hours before they can actually transmit LD, so removing them soon after attachment reduces your risk.
- 7. After coming indoors, tumble your clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on the clothing. If your clothes are soiled and require washing first, wash in hot water if possible.
Because blacklegged ticks can be very small and are not always detected, being aware of the early symptoms of LD is also helpful. Early symptoms (3-30 days after tick bite) include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. The most classic symptom of LD is the erythema migrans (EM) rash, also known as the “bull’s-eye” rash. EM occurs in about 70- 80% of infected persons, so not necessarily everyone will develop it, and it won’t always look like a bull’s-eye. EM begins from the site of the tick bite (usually appears 3- 30 days after being bitten by an infected tick, but the average is 7 days) and expands over several days. The rash may feel warm to the touch, but it rarely is painful or itchy, and can appear anywhere on the body (see Figure 3 for an example). Contact your health care provider if you develop any of these symptoms, and be sure to mention if you found an attached tick or were recently in tick habitat. LD can be treated with antibiotics.
Running outside is my way to connect with nature and to let all of my worries and stress of daily life slip away with every step. Being one with nature also means being conscientious of what you will find in nature, including ticks. But I don’t let that worry me, because I know that if I follow the prevention tips listed above, the risk of LD can be greatly reduced. So get out there, enjoy your runs and protect yourself!
Jenny Carlson is a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health studying the transmission of malaria, dengue and zika in mosquitoes, and is a volunteer with CDC’s Lyme Corps program. The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Figure 1. Questing tick
Figure 2. Proper removal of ticks, courtesy of CDC. With tweezers or forceps, the base of the tick should be grabbed steadily near the skin and pulled directly upwards. Home remedies, such as the use of matches, should be avoided.
Figure 3. Erythema migrans (EM), courtesy of CDC. This is one example, but to view more examples of possible EMs, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/signs_symptoms/rashes.html