Take a Run Through History
Take a Run Through History
by Jennifer LB Leese
More than 300 runners showed up for last year's Run Through History 10k Race and 2-mile Fun Run at the beautiful and historic Antietam Battlefield. This year they celebrate their 28th race at the battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland.
The race is set for Sunday, June 3. Starting time is 8:30am for both the 10K race and 2-mile Fun Run. Packet pick-up begins at 7am in front of the Dunker Church, near the Visitor Center.
On September 17, 1862, one of the most important battles of the Civil War took place at the battlefield. It was the bloodiest day ever on American soil as over 23,000 casualties were recorded as killed, wounded or missing.
The course rolls out and back on paved roads in picturesque, Antietam National Battlefield Park. The race starts at the historic Dunker Church proceeding past the West Woods, The Cornfield, winding by the Mumma Farm to Bloody Lane, looping around the Observation Tower and returning to the Dunker Church, via the same route. The roads are not closed during the race. The coordinators ask that you "Please keep watch for vehicle traffic" and that you help keep Antietam Battlefield as neat and clean as possible.
Runners of all ages participate in ther ace, coming from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and as far as Texas. "We get some top-notch runners," said Dick Snyder, race director. Our "runners are setting records, having run, and sightseeing.
"There are many who have raced in this race for many years - one family for 25 years and another for 10."
Dick has been the race director for 19 of the twenty-seven years the race has occurred, he also was on the board for Head Start, working as president, for several years. "It's [the race] a good community event. It's a way to get physical activity in a beautiful location" ... "it's the best of both worlds for the serious runners."
Dick used to run in the race. "I've become involved because I used to run a lot and I think it's a great event for the community and the runners. I help out with the 50k JFK race (through the Appalachian Trail) that is in November each year. That one and the Run Through History race are the two big races for this area."
Husband and wife team, Mike DiLeo and Carrie Smith are long-time Antietam runners. "We've run about a half dozen Antietams," Mike said. Roughly three years ago Mike and Carrie's boys, Vincent (now 11) and Dominic (now 8), started running with them. Their daughter, Sierra (now 6), rode her bike. "We had entered them in a few 'fun' runs and even did the Antietam Fun Run 2 miler, when we thought the boys could run a 5k, which they did in May '06," said Mike. "They both ran the Frederick Run Festival 5k and both did well-so well, that my wife and I thought they might be able to run a 10k. So, we entered them in last year's Antietam while Sierra ran the Fun Run 2 miler. Dominic placed 2nd in his age group and Vincent right behind him in
3rd! It happened to be Dominic's birthday so, at 8 years old, he completed his first 10K and took home the silver medal!"
Vincent said, "When I got done last year's race, I thought it was the hardest thing I had ever done. The course is very hilly and there is almost no shade from the sun. It was tough, but I just kept telling myself that it would have to be over sometime!"
Dominic said, "I thought that it was the hardest course ever run. Even though it was on my birthday, I thought I would try it. When we got to the race, I saw the hills and thought I would get a bad time, but I just tried my best and got a good time of 1:09."
Mike said he ran with them last year-just to make sure they would be OK!
"This is a tough race...there are two runs - the 10k and the 2-mile Fun Run," said Dick. "The 2-mile Fun Run is great for families. We give all kids under the age of 10 who enter a medal and everyone who runs gets a T-shirt."
"It's longer than most of the races around here," said Fanny Crawford, executive director for APPLES for Children.
"The prizes are pretty good too," said Dick. There will also be numerous random prize drawings, delicious refreshments following the race, additional T-shirts and other race items can be purchased or ordered on race day.
"The door prizes include baskets, running gear, books, and more," said Fanny. Fanny has raced in the Run Through History race for several years. "I race because of the health issue, but that's not the only reason. I also race cause it really feels good. It's kind of like flying. I really get the sense that I'm in tune with the world. ... Running is a spiritual thing."
All proceeds benefit APPLES for Children, Inc, a non-profit early care and education advocacy organization serving Western Maryland that provides childcare referral services, training, and technical assistance to local residents and agencies and Head Start of Washington County. Head Start of Washington County was recently named one of America's top Head Start Programs.
APPLES for Children has been an independent agency since February of 2002, but the child resource center has been around since June of 1991 under the umbrella of Head Start of Washington County. The child resource center helps parents find the right day care for their child(ren).
APPLES works with child care centers, Head Start programs, family child care providers, nursery schools, camps - anyone that is regulated by the state as well as the Judy Center at Bester Elementary School. "There are 350 to 400-licensed child care providers in Washington County," said Fanny.
A $300 cash & trophy award is presented to 1st place male and female 10k runners. Two hundred dollars is given to male & female runners coming in 2nd place, and $100 is given to male & female runners coming in at 3rd place. One hundred and fify dollars will also be presented to male and female runners who are in the 40+ age group, plus $200 cash is given to any runner, male and female, who establishes a new course record.
1st place gold medallions, 2nd place silver medallions, and 3rd place bronze medallions are awarded per age group. The top three finishers and all children 10 and under in the 2-mile Fun Run/Walk will receive medallions. Refreshments and random prize drawings for all participants will be held following the race with the awards ceremony beginning at approximately 10am near the Start/Finish line (Maryland Monument).
If you would like to run in this year's 10k or 2-mile Fun Run, a $25.00 mail-in registration should be postmarked by, Wednesday, May 31, 2007, but if you decide to race the day of the event, then there is a $30.00 registration fee. The fee does not include admission to park services and facilities. You will be directed to parking near the registration area. Do not park in the Visitor's Center parking lot, this is reserved for other park visitors.
For more information call APPLES For Children, Inc. at 301-733-0000 x100 or call Race Director Dick Snyder at 301-797-6464. You can also visit APPLES online at www.applesforchildren.org or Race Through History at www.applesforchildren.org.
Directions to Battlefield
From points East or West, take I-70 to Hagerstown, exit 29. Go south on Rt. 65 to Sharpsburg, MD. Antietam Battlefield is approximately 10 miles. From points North or South, take I-81 to I-70 east, then follow directions above.