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Maryland National Guard Members Organize BWC Shadow Races in Afghanistan and Kuwait
Special Addition to 2011 Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K Festivities: Maryland National Guard Members organize BWC Shadow Races in Afghanistan and Kuwait
June 2011 – By the time Baltimore Women’s Classic (BWC) 5K participants lace up their shoelaces on June 26, more than 200 women and men of the Maryland Army National Guard and fellow service men and women will have run in BWC 5K Shadow Races in Afghanistan and Kuwait.
Major Kathryn Masters of the Maryland National Guard came forward with the Shadow Race idea because of her love of the Baltimore Women’s Classic. When asked what inspired her idea she replied “I have run the BWC for about six years and it is a race I truly enjoy. The camaraderie of women of all skill levels always gives me a boost. I didn’t want to miss it this year because of deployment, so I approached Carrie Sauter and Tom Amatucci (BWC race co-chairs) about the idea of holding a similar race in Afghanistan. They were immediate supporters. This gives the BWC a truly international flavor since there are 48 nations represented on the post where I am assigned.” Major Masters is currently stationed at North Kabul Afghanistan International Airport NATO base.
Although the BWC 5K is traditionally run by women only, race organizers opened up the Shadow Races to our men in uniform to build awareness of BWC’s mission, promote health and fitness and to boost morale for our men and women serving overseas. Runners completed courses on post in the early morning since temperatures exceed 120 degrees this time of year!
BWC was thrilled when another supporter, Captain Jennifer Hahn, accepted an invitation from BWC to extend the BWC Shadow Race concept to the Maryland National Guard unit stationed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. “I took a chance that Captain Hahn and Major Masters knew each other and before we knew it we were planning two BWC Shadow Races! It’s really inspiring that we’re able to partner with such remarkable women in supporting our troops and BWC” says Board member Meghan Ray Virro.
According to Captain Hahn, “it has been an honor to organize a shadow BWC run here in Kuwait! We are excited to support the BWC even though we’re thousands of miles away. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the BWC for all they do for women and their families in and around the greater Baltimore area.”
As a token of BWC’s appreciation, Shadow Race participants received a specially commissioned BWC technical t-shirt and top finishers received medals.
Photos and video from the BWC Shadow Races will be displayed on race day at Rash Field in Baltimore and on our website at www.baltimorewomensclassic.com.
BWC wishes to extend special thanks to College of Notre Dame of Maryland for their generous sponsorship of BWC and the BWC Shadow Races!