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In response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, restrictions on large gatherings have become increasingly strict, affecting sporting and cultural events all over the nation. Given the uncertainty of vaccine and/or therapeutic availability by race date, we have decided this year to hold the event virtually.
The safety of our runners and volunteers is our primary concern.
On behalf of the Frederick Steeplechasers, we hope that you and your families remain safe and healthy during this difficult time.
As the Frederick Market Street Mile goes virtual, we are offering two challenge-type events in addition to a virtual version of our regular one-mile distance. The challenges “tour” Maryland and Pennsylvania covered bridges.
The Challenges are meant to be completed through a series of runs during the two-month period of September and October. You will be provided with the ability to upload each completed segment of your challenge as you make your way along our virtual course. Run a little bit at a time and spread it out, or put your pedal to the metal and get it done more quickly. It's completely up to you!
You have up to two months to complete this challenge (Sep 1 thru Oct 31) by running as many times as you need to complete 78.6 miles. Starting at the Market and South Streets in Frederick, virtually head south on Market street to pass Lincoln Elementary, the home of FSRC’s very own Lincoln Panther Program (an MSM beneficiary), then follow Center and South back to Market Street, past our other beneficiary City Youth Matrix at 22 S Market, then continue up Market Street past the YMCA to the Utica Covered Bridge (1850) in Thurmont. It’s not too far to the Loys Station Covered Bridge (1880) and a quick jog to Roddy Road Covered Bridge (1856), and then on up to Pennsylvania. You’ll pass Jacks Mountain Covered Bridge (1890) near Liberty Mountain Resort and on to Sachs Covered Bridge (1854) near Gettysburg. Then head South passing Loys Station Covered Bridge again before finishing at the Market Street Mile finish line on Market Street.
You can read more about these covered bridges in Maryland and Pennsylvania at https://www.visitfrederick.org/things-to-do/tours/historic-covered-bridges-driving-tour/ and https://uncoveringpa.com/covered-bridges-of-adams-county-pennsylvaina respectively.
You have up to two months to complete this challenge (Sep 1 thru Oct 31) by running as many times as you need to complete 253.6 miles. Starting at the Market and South Streets in Frederick, virtually head south on Market street to pass Lincoln Elementary, the home of FSRC’s very own Lincoln Panther Program (an MSM beneficiary), then follow Center and South back to Market Street, past our other beneficiary City Youth Matrix at 22 S Market, then continue up Market Street past the YMCA to the Utica Covered Bridge (1850) in Thurmont. It’s not too far to the Roddy Road Covered Bridge (1856) and a quick jog over to Loys Station Covered Bridge (1880) before making the long trip across the state. You’ll take a little side trip to the Jericho Covered Bridge (1865) in Kingsville (purported to be haunted!), head past the Gilpin’s Falls Covered Bridge (1861) in North East, before wending your way back across the state and finishing at the Market Street Mile finish line on Market Street.
You can read more about the these covered bridges in Maryland at http://www.mdcoveredbridges.com/existingcoveredbridges.html
The Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club has been supporting runners, hosting races, and volunteering in the Frederick community since 1975. We promote running as a fun and healthy activity, and welcome runners of all ages and abilities.
If you are a member of a Maryland RRCA running club or DC Road Runners, please provide your club affiliation during the registration process.
Market Street Mile kicks off Celebrate Frederick's In the Streets festival. For more information, see https://www.celebratefrederick.com/events/in-the-street/
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