ROC Race Jumpstarts Summer Season

Marylanders of yore marked Memorial Day as summer’s start, with the opening of community pools and annual migration to the shore.  Bikini frolics in the Preakness infield moved the season up a bit, and Sunday’s ROC Run pushed the envelope even further.ROC_group

Imagine an obstacle course at a water park, with the squeal factor of Chuck E. Cheese, and you can grasp the concept of the ROC Run. Reality TV with game-show hosts narrating each contestant.  And once again, the perfect place for staging a production-driven event — Camden Yards.

Enormous inflatable structures (which withstand both weight and water) were stationed at various locations on the 85 acre complex.  Twelve “challenges” over a 5k course ended with a glorious water slide under the 395 overpass.

(Like the Dew Tour of long ago, this had to be an eyeful for unsuspecting Light Rail and car passengers.)

While not as messy as some of the mud run options available to intrepid runners, ROC Run still had plenty of water hazards.  Toughest appeared to be the tandem wrecking balls that send most contestants into the drink with a bop on the posterior.

Fortunately, the weather cooperated.  Temps climbed to nearly 70 degrees after the day began with cool breezes.  The thousands who left Camden Yards, soaked and sloppy, would agree that summer must really be underway.

It’s also saying something about the popularity of Camden Yards as a venue when you get on the Light Rail with a trio of tutus and the operator says “some kind of race goin’ on at the park?”

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Next up:  the Electric Run July 19, where we’re certain to see fluorescent tutus glowing in the dark.

Roc, Roll, and Run for Fun — Spring at Camden Yards

They are looking for many photos as there will be a standalone photo gallery for this event as well as the usual 6 or so for the rewThe vernal equinox brings more than migrating Birds to Camden Yards. While our 85 acre urban complex is best known as a professional sports venue, its size and location make it the perfect site for other spectator and participatory activities.

As the temperatures (finally!) rise, so do the number of Camden Yards visitors for something other than baseball. This spring marks the return of one instant crowd favorite and the inaugural appearance of another.

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It was a dark and stormy night . . .

It snowed most of Tuesday at Camden Yards, a relative rarity for a Maryland spring.  To our friends and teammates at Sports Legends, it was an eerie reminder of the event they were observing later in the week – the anniversary of the ignominious departure of the Baltimore Colts, early on the snowy morning of March 29, 1984.

For the fund-raising fete, Sports Legends welcomed guests to the scene in Owings Mills where the Mayflower convoy began their trek westward.  What was once the Colts training facility and team headquarters is now Caves Athletic and Wellness Center, home of the 2013 NCAA Division III Lacrosse champions, Stevenson University.

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Scenes from Opening Day 2014

Hope springs eternal on Opening Day, so the adage goes.  Anything is possible.  Even sunshine.  After an interminable winter and two days of the dreaded wintery mix, Monday dawned with bright skies, moderate temps and a brisk breeze.  Spring and the Orioles are back.centerfield deck

Even before the faithful flock to Camden Yards, Opening Day is underway.  The ground crew, led by Nicole McFayden, makes sure every blade is in place and every basepath smoothed to perfection.  Hard to imagine after the mercurial weather of the past few weeks, but the field looks perfect long before the morning interviews begin.
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