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Runners Endure Rain and Cold for Rudolph 5K

Waldorf, MD- On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs hosted the Rudolph Reindeer Stampede 5K, followed by their Breakfast with Santa Claws event.

The weather was cold and rainy for both events that were being held on the same day for the second year in a row. “We had almost 60 people register for the event, but due to the weather only 30 people ended up running,” stated Blue Crabs Creative Services Coordinator Hayley Bingham.

The runners gathered in front of the third-base gate, waiting for the run to begin. Once the announcer said “go,” over the stadium’s speakers, the runners took off around the outside of the stadium. After completing one circle of the outside, the runners moved into the stadium where they ran the perimeter, exiting through the main gate. They then ran around the parking lot and out onto Piney Church Road. Once the runners reached Billingsly Rd., they completed their trek back where they started-–outside of the third-base gate.

Both Chris Zabriskie, 49, and Jefferson Clark, 51, are avid runners who live in Charles County. “It was great to see such a good turnout for a weather day like this. It’s a good sense for the community for people to come out and support the Blue Crabs for this event and make good use of the stadium,” said Zabriskie as he ate breakfast at the “Santa Claws” event. Clark runs marathons “yearlong,” and stated that the 5K helps with training. Clark also elaborated that he doesn’t do anything too special the morning of a run like the 5K,stating, “I warm up, stretch, grab something to eat, there’s usually a bathroom break in there somewhere, and then just go have fun.”

The race’s entry fee was $30, which covered the price of antlers, two tickets to the Blue Crabs opening day, a medal, and a hot breakfast after the run. The runners were also encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to the Children’s Aid Society, as a part of the Breakfast with Santa Claws event.

Bingham stated that the Blue Crabs intend to hold the race “as long as people want to keep running in it.” The baseball organization held a 5K in the past under a different name, the Santa Spectacular 5K, that was on a separate day from Breakfast with Santa Claws.

For more photos from the event check out the Blue Crabs Facebook album here.

Contact Jerold at staffwriter@thebaynet.com.

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