Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Mar 16 2008 - Saint Patrick's Day 5k Run (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): John Putman
Participants:John Putman, Chuck Hildenbrand, Nate Payer, Stacy Murphy, John Meagher, Janine Yieh, Sarah Greenblatt, Jen A, Michael Eppert, Colin Babb, Sandra Stabler, Maureen Wingfield, Joe John, KC Yi, Kim Hanft, dana krivogorsky, Jason Dickey, Keith Ellis, Tracy Ward Wright, Pete Lombardo, Heidi Sowers, Tiffany Duvall, Kim Buhrman, Roshanak Nateghi, Jackie Putman, Justin Orr, Brian Hand, Bhavani Pathak Sutherland, amanda brewer, Christie Bodine, michael bodine, Kerri Smith, Sandra Henning, Jennifer Huergo, John Magee, Gina fisher, Eric Mullin

Write Up:
It was pretty darn chilly the morning of the Kelly's Saint Patrick's Day 5k Race. At least it wasn't raining, although it looked like it could throughout the day. As the hearty souls gathered in front of the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Cathedral Street, they shivered and danced and tried to stand in the sun. It didn't help that the library didn't open until 1:00. We eventually made our way over to the race start on Charles Street and awaited the gun or the whistle or whatever device they would use to signal the start of the race.

The run started easily enough as we trotted downhill along Charles Street. The MOC group quickly came apart as everyone found their pace. There were pockets of cohesion, but for the most part, it was chaos! 4,000 of us jogged, ran, and walked along the route. Some of us did all three before the end. Some of us had to actually stop and give his ancient knees a break. My thanks to my running buddy for not leaving me to be devoured by wolves. When I say 'wolves,' I actually mean superfit moms running behind their high performance jogging strollers.

By the end of the race, many MOCers had finished in great time. They then proceeded to have a great time at the crowded post-race party.

During the party was the Kelly's Saint Patrick's Day 5k Race awards ceremony. The sponsoring family, the Kellys, read off the top three finishers in every single age/gender category, and there were a lot of categories. Finally, after what seemed like 6 hours, they got to the important award: the Kelly Cup. This chalice is awarded to the largest team in the race. We waited anxiously for the results. With 34 participants, we won! Yay MOC!

Thanks to all who came out despite the chilly temps. Through your efforts, the MOC is now officially an award-winning club! I hope you enjoyed yourselves and will consider joining me again next year to defend our Kelly Cup title. If we win it enough times, maybe they'll call it the MOC Cup.

For full race results, visit: http://www.charmcityrun.com/eventResults.cfm?eventid=710

- John



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