Today is the 2nd anniversary of the very first meet-up and skate!
How about a 5k for charity? Sounds good right? How about a 5k where everyone wears bright colors and glow sticks, there is a DJ and bonfire? Sounds even better, what is the twist? How about running a 5k in the dark on a farm – the glow sticks are making sense now aren’t they? Sounds a little more difficult now doesn’t it. Well, that is exactly what we did.
On October 19th a bunch of us gathers at the Summerseat Farm in Mechanicsville, MD to wait for the sun to go down and then run a 5k. Why did we do this? For charity of course. The reason for the event to exist was to raise money and benefit the Community Mediation Center of St. Mary’s County and Summerseat Farm. A good time for a good cause.
Decked out head to toe in glow sticks and brightly colored clothing that would test the best of sunglasses, we were ready to tackle the course. But what would an outdoor event with us be without a little rain. Much like the Karb Kings event, we were standing in the drizzle waiting for the sun to go down and get the party started. Luckily the clouds decided not to add a new level of difficulty to running in the dark and the rain stopped before the first wave of runners were released.
With the sun down, the rain stopped and us hanging out with a few thousand of our closest friends the horns blazed and we were underway. Some of us jogged and some of us walked the course but all of us finished without injury! We hovered at the front of the line because our anticipation in getting the event underway was all our patience could handle.
So not only did we help raise money for the charities but we also had a SMRD flyer in the packet that each participant received – over 2000 people at the event now know of our existence.When the first wave of our team returned they noticed that the organizers were still releasing waves of runner to the course. Needless to say there were a lot of people there to participate in the event.
After the traversing the course everyone was ready for some food and refreshments and warmth from the fire. Tired, a little sore and feeling accomplished it was time to make our way to the vehicles and meet our next challenge – departure from the farm at the same time as most everyone else.
A good way to spend the afternoon and evening and for a few good causes.
We have had an incredible 2013!
We held three amazing bot camps which has lead to the team growing by leaps and bounds. Just recently we participated in an interleague scrimmage which was the first time some of our skaters rolled against different people. But the year is not over yet. We still have a few more scrimmages to jump in to!
While our main objective has been training and growing the team, we have also participated in other, non-derby related, activities. We had a strong showing at the Karb Kings 2013 Rockabilly Event and participated in a charity 5k.
Even with the rain, we made a strong showing at the 2013 Karb Kings event in Fredricksburg, VA. And by despite the rain I don’t mean drizzle
all day, it vacillated between clear and downpour during the entire event. How do we show the determination of our team? By sticking it out and, despite the leaky tent, standing our ground so that all could see the awesomeness that is Southern Maryland Roller Derby.
And how are we rewarded for our efforts? We reached out to potential vendors and sponsors, made contact with others interested in joining us on the track and – and this is the cool part – receiving a hand painted, pinstriped, bowling pin trophy for being the best Derby showing at the event (just don’t ask how many other derby groups were there). We are now on the radars of more people, and that is what made sticking it out through the rain worthwhile.
We are still working on the details on SMRD’s first season of bouts for 2014. Until then be sure to come check us out as we participate in some of the scrimmages in the DC Metro area.