Annual Trail Run strives to raise support for church youth programs
Delmarva’s most scenic trail run is back for the11th straight year, next Sunday, Nov. 3, hosted by Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church. The event will offer a 5K and 7-mile run, as well as a 1- or 3-mile walk. There is also a Kiddy 1K for children.
As always, the Seashore Striders-sanctioned run will incorporate the scenic views of Camp Barnes and the Assawoman wildlife area.
“I run out here three to four times a week,” said event coordinator Bill Lord. “There’s nothing else like it.”
The event will begin and end at Camp Barnes in Bayard and will feature a home-cooked lunch, live music and an awards ceremony at the enclosed pavilion after the race. All the food for the lunch will be donated, and volunteers from the church will help prepare it.
“They can really cook,” Lord commented, looking forward to the event’s festivities.
According to Lord, he and Race Director Tim Bamforth are expecting a similar turnout as they have experienced in recent years, which is typically around 400 participants. One of those participants will be national Clydesdale division triathlon champion and Ocean View native Lance Fargo, who is enthusiastically looking forward to race day.
“It’s the best trail run in southern Delaware, and the food is plentiful!”
All proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the church’s CRASH youth programs, ministries and mission trips for the upcoming year. Pre-registration is available online at www.seashorestriders.com and will close on Nov. 1. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. on race day, and the race will begin at 1 p.m., but participants are being encouraged to show up early.