Friends Of AA Trails Hosts Inaugural Run

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By Maya Pottiger

For the first time, the Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails is hosting a run that will specifically benefit beautification projects along the trails.

“We were trying to find an event that would bring more awareness to the trails in Anne Arundel County and the Friends’ efforts to support their mission, which is to promote trail use and trail development and beautification projects along the trails,” said Barb Smalls, the chairman for this event.

This new run, called Run for the Trails, will be held March 17 around the BWI Trail. The 10-mile run around the circular trail will offer good practice for anyone training to run a half or full marathon.

“There’s a lot of interesting artwork and rest areas the Friends have established around the BWI Trail, and I don’t think a lot of people realize that’s a great trail to either walk on, bike on or run on,” Smalls said.

For the inaugural run, the Friends volunteers are trying to raise $10,000 to fix the pond at Hatton Regester Green. There’s a leak, and the water feature needs to be refurbished, Smalls said.

“Anything left over will be divided in the manner in which any other project needs to be addressed,” Smalls said.

The Friends hope to make this an annual event featuring a different trail every year.

“We’re finding that people are excited that the Friends are finally sponsoring a race on the trails,” Smalls said.

To register for Run for the Trails, visit www.active.com and search for the run. Registration fees increase as the date approaches. Regular registration is $75, and race day registration is $100. T-shirts and medals will be given to participants.

To sponsor the run or volunteer on race day, email friendsofaatrails@gmail.com. If you would like to make a donation to the Hatton Regester Green project but are unable to participate in the run, you can mail a donation to P.O. Box 464 in Severna Park. Make a notation on the check that the donation is for the Hatton Regester Green project.

Run for the Trails kicks off at Lindale Middle School, which is located at 415 Andover Road in Linthicum, at 8:00am. The run ends at the same spot.

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