Running Start; Fort Meade Run Series takes off with Earth Day 5K and 1-mile walk

Ashley Oehlerking, of Glen Burnie, poses with her sons, 9-year-old Owen (left) and 7-year-old Carson after completing Fort Meade’s Earth Day 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk Saturday at Burba Park. (Photos by Steve Ruark)

Mother Nature held off the downpour on Saturday for the installation’s first run of the year.

Runners of all levels participate in the first event of the Fort Meade Run Series.

About 200 runners and walkers participated in the Earth Day 5K and 1-Mile Walk.

“The run went great,” said Beth Downs, sports specialist for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “It was a strong start to the 2017 Run Series.

“Fortunately, despite a little bit of rain while staff were setting up the equipment, it held off until after the run was over,” Downs said. “It should be another great run series for the Fort Meade community as they provide an opportunity for runners of all skill levels to come out and participate.

“We have a wide variety of runners come out who are running in their first 5K to those who use these runs to help train for longer distances.”

(Left) Leighton Anglin, 5, of Upper Marlboro; Olivia Boehmer, 7, of Odenton; and Nathalia Zacarkim, 7, of Potomac Place, hug a Chick-fil-A mascot.

The best overall male and female runners each received a water jug “to tie in the Earth Day theme of a reusable water bottle,” Downs said.

The next installment of the seven-run series, which concludes in December, will be the Run to Honor 5K/10K Run/1-Mile Walk on May 20 at 8 a.m. at Murphy Field House, 8451 Zimborski Ave.

Preregistration closes May 9 at 5 p.m.

Find more information about the Run Series online.

Earth Day 5K results

Best overall male runner: Sidney Perry, 17:49

Best overall female runner: Leyla Kosalowski, 21:28

Second-best male runner: Kris Buchanan, 19:38

Second-best female runner: Alex Szkotnicki, 22:53

Third-place best male runner: Michael Mallow, 20:57

Third-place best female runner: Amy Runner, 23:13

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