Westminster celebrates the 38th running of the Main Street Mile

Westminster celebrates the 38th running of the Main Street Mile


The Westminster Road Runners Club is a non-profit organization, based in Carroll County, Maryland. The goal of the club, according to information obtained from its website, https://sites.google.com/site/wrrclub/, is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle through running. Courtesy Westminster Road Runners Club

April 10, was the scene of the 38th annual Westminster rite of spring – the Westminster Road Runners Club Main Street Mile

April 10, 2019 by Kevin Dayhoff, kevindayhoff@gmail.com

https://patch.com/maryland/westminster/westminster-celebrates-38th-running-main-street-mile

Main Street in Westminster on Wednesday evening, April 10, was the scene of the 38th annual Westminster rite of spring – the Westminster Road Runners Club Main Street Mile – co-sponsored by the Westminster Recreation and Parks Department.

Main Street in Westminster on Wednesday evening, April 10, was the scene of the 38th annual Westminster rite of spring. Kevin Dayhoff | http://www.KevinDayhoff.net

The annual event dates back to 1981 and is known as one of the fastest one-mile courses in the world, because it begins at the top of East Main Street at Fair Avenue and follows Main Street west to the Westminster Branch of the Carroll County Public Library – all downhill, with a total vertical drop of 144 feet.

This year the weather was nearly perfect as friends, families, and neighbors gathered on Main Street to take part in the historic event. In keeping with tradition the first heat began at 7 p.m. The race is run in two “heats.” Heat #1 is officially timed and scored with prizes awarded. To qualify for Heat #1, you must be age 11 or older and be capable of running a mile in less than 10 minutes.

Heat #2 is the “Connor Smith Memorial Fun Run.” It is neither officially timed nor scored. A clock showing an unofficial race time, however, will be at the finish line.

Because so many young people participate, the Main Street Mile is really quite a fun family event.  Even the “race numbers” are fun, since everyone under the age of 10 wears a race identification badge, which bears the number “1.” 

The cheers for the “number 1’s” always seem the heartiest, since finishing is quite an accomplishment for the little runners. Every “number 1” is awarded a medal at the finish line.

Hats off to the Westminster Road Runners Club – WRRC. The Main Street Mile is a five-star community event that brings together many different folks for an enjoyable family-oriented experience.

The quality of the WRRC and the greater Westminster community shines through as the race itself has regional “cult” status in the running community and brings many visitors to Carroll County.

Organizing the Main Street Mile is a feat all to itself. The race seems simple enough – a one-mile straight shot. But organizing the race is deceivingly complicated as it involves closing Main Street and many intricately moving gears which all need to come together perfectly at a precise time.

Fortunately, getting complicated things done for the greater benefit of the community is something that is second nature for Carroll County. Thanks to over 50 volunteers and the help of the Westminster Police Department and Fire Police, this year’s event was another great success.

Credit also belongs to the “Race Director.”  There have been many great Main Street Mile race directors over the years, including Beth Weisenborn, Liuda Galinaitis, and one of the founders of the event, the late Dave Herlocker.

This year’s race director extraordinaire is once again the totally unflappable Sandy Cole Matthias.

The very busy Westminster Family Center in the Jerome Day historic armory building on Longwell Avenue graciously opened its doors for pre-race registration and the after-race ice cream and results.

Yes, ice cream, the key ingredient of all successful community events.

Ice cream is distributed after the race. Yes, ice cream, the key ingredient of all successful community events. Kevin Dayhoff | www.KevinDayhoff.net

For additional information the Westminster Road Runners web site can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/wrrclub/

Our correspondent Kevin Dayhoff has covered the Westminster Main Street Mile for over 20-years. Some portions of this article have appeared in previous stories in previous publication.

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The Westminster Road Runners Club is a non-profit organization, based in Carroll County, Maryland. The goal of the club, according to information obtained from its website, https://sites.google.com/site/wrrclub/, is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle through running. Courtesy Westminster Road Runners Club

Main Street in Westminster on Wednesday evening, April 10, was the scene of the 38th annual Westminster rite of spring. Kevin Dayhoff | http://www.KevinDayhoff.net

Ice cream is distributed after the race. Yes, ice cream, the key ingredient of all successful community events. Kevin Dayhoff | www.KevinDayhoff.net

https://patch.com/maryland/westminster/westminster-celebrates-38th-running-main-street-mile

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Downtown Westminster, Maryland https://www.facebook.com/DowntownWestminsterMD/

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