Governor's Bay Bridge Run

Race Canceled for 4th Time in Six Years

Monday, May 7, 2007

High, gusting winds forced cancellation of the 22nd Governor's Bay Bridge walk and 10K run yesterday. The Maryland Transportation Authority made the decision to cancel the race at about 6:30 a.m., according to race director Melissa Currence. The race will not be rescheduled.

"There were extremely high winds on the bridge, and the concern is for the runners and walkers," Currence said.

This marked the fourth time in six years that the race, conducted by the Annapolis Striders with support from the MTA and the Department of Natural Resources, has been canceled. In 2002, bad weather was the culprit and in 2003 and 2005, security concerns kept runners off the span. The race marks the only time each year that the public can cross the bridge on foot and glimpse views from 186 feet above the Chesapeake Bay.

An alternate 5K race was conducted by the Striders within Sandy Point State Park for those runners who remained after the cancellation. All those who ran the 5K received the medals they were to receive upon completion of the Bay Bridge Run.

"I'm used to going through whatever -- rain, sleet, snow," said Patrick Reaves, a former University of Maryland track team member who ran the alternate 5K after having his debut Bay Bridge 10K put on hold for a year. "You never like the conditions to hold you back."

Registration fees for the race will not be refunded.

-- Dave Yanovitz

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