On December 31st, we renewed a yearly Creek Road Runners tradition that we had to pull the plug on in 2020. Sixteen participants and two dogs showed up to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather. We managed to get a decent group shot and keep a reasonable social distance.
On December 31st, the 20th annual “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in nearby Maryland boasted 19 participants,… if you include the three canines, one biker, and a photographer.
Gender equality was finally achieved with eight women and eight men this year, certainly a record for the number of female runners (7). Never had there been as many dogs running the loop as this year either, not counting those who may have been “dogging” the course—you know who you are, CRR Bill Rose.
The weather was crisp, but there was a delightful absence of wind (unlike last year), and everyone seemed to have a good time.
…or the crazy. You decide.
Record low temperatures greet 11 intrepid runners in the 19th annual “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area.
Organizer and CRR Mark Deshon is having some cause for concern that the current course is too difficult to follow, something he’d never really given much credence to before today. What with many opting to cut the loop course short for one reason or another and several “newbies” participating each year, we may need to come up with a fool-proof system for ensuring the integrity of the “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run. The purpose was achieved, however—that is, to have fun!
Sporting the course map shirts, CRR Mike Shay (left) listens as Deshon gives some pre-event tips—like don’t get lost.
The powerful El Niño that is in play this winter in the U.S. made this—the 17th annual “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New”—trail run at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area one of the most comfortable, if not the most, in the history of the event, weather-wise. Despite two days of rain leading up to today, the course was not nearly as muddy as it could have been.
For the third consecutive year, the event attendance record was broken. With the addition of 11 “newbies,” a record 25 people (and one eager canine) came out to run/jog/walk all or part of the loop course.
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