7th Annual Heart of the Potomac Valley Biathlon

What bet­ter way to show your Brunswick pride than a biathlon! Run the hills of Brunswick and swim a few laps in the pool! You can pre­tend the pool is the Potomac if you want. This is the 5th year that BARC has hosted the Heart of the Potomac Val­ley Biathlon and we encour­age every­one to come to this great event.

Chal­lenge your­self with laps in the Brunswick Pool then run on the Brunswick High School Cross Coun­try track.

We hope to see you there!

Heart of the Potomac Val­ley Biathlon Reg­is­tra­tion Form and Event Details.

7th Annual The Great “Deadman’s” Downhill Mile Run

The Fastest Mile You May Ever Run!”

  • Sat­ur­day, June 7th, 2014
  • Reg­is­tra­tion Starts at 4:00 pm at Square Cor­ner Park
  • Race Starts at 5:00 pm

Cost:

  • Youth (5 — 12) — $5
  • Teen (13–17) - $6
  • Adult (18+) - $7

Event Details:

  • Park­ing avail­able at MARC Train Lot
  • Event reg­is­tra­tion and race end will be at Square Cor­ner Park, Down­town Brunswick, MD 
  • Take a hayride or jog to the start point for the race
  • Enjoy fun DJ music in the park at the con­clu­sion of the run
  • Free ice cream sun­dae for participants
  • Visit local shops, restau­rants or take a stroll on the nearby his­toric C & O Canal in his­tor­i­cal Down­town Brunswick

About the Course:

Brunswick Area Recre­ation Coun­cil (BARC) will be co-hosting this Main Street  Event.  All pro­ceeds from this event will ben­e­fit Brunswick Area Recre­ation Coun­cil (BARC) and Main Street.

For More Information:

8th Annual “Freezin for a Reason”

BARC, is one again spon­sor­ing the highly suc­cess­ful “Freezin for a Rea­son” event on Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 1, 2014 with the actual river plunge start­ing at 1 PM.  Note the new start time to give all a chance to get to the loca­tion and still have a more relaxed morn­ing after New Year’s Eve celebrations.

It is the pur­pose of the event to pro­vide finan­cial sup­port to three very wor­thy groups in our area.  As in the past, peo­ple can choose who they wish to sup­port with their dona­tion.  The Brunswick Food Bank, that serves many fam­i­lies in the area, the BEACON, the Emer­gency Relief fund that sup­ports fam­i­lies in need, and a new group this year, The Fred­er­ick County Spe­cial Olympics Pro­gram that sup­ports youth and adults with intel­lec­tual chal­lenges by pro­vid­ing a healthy and fun-sport program.

All funds donated, after basic expenses, will stay in Brunswick and, or Fred­er­ick County to directly help these groups that are always in need of our sup­port.  The event grows larger every year with this being a great way to start the New Year help­ing those in need who are on our minds.

You can get involved in two ways:  you can become a pledge gath­erer and river plunge, or you can donate to a per­son who is doing the actual river plunge.  Either way you can des­ig­nate the group you wish to sup­port or split you dona­tion between all three great organizations.

Freezin For A Reason

A pledge sheet with all the pro­ce­dures can be found at barcmd.com, sheets will be placed in many local down­town Brunswick busi­ness’, you can con­tact the direc­tor of one of the three ben­e­fit­ing groups (Shirley Shores, Sandy Cox, or Keith Zecher), or you can con­tact event direc­tor Lee Zum­bach at 301–834-8045 or zum50@hotmail.com.

If you decide to col­lect pledges and do the plunge in the river, you are strongly encour­aged to pre-register by mail­ing in the sim­ple reg­is­tra­tion form or mak­ing a con­tact listed above by Decem­ber 15th, 2013.  Many plans need to be made in terms of shirts, food, and other needs to work with the antic­i­pated increase involve­ment this year.  All pre-registered par­tic­i­pant s will get a plunge t-shirt designed by a local high school artist Melanie Bam­brick.  Light food and hot drinks will be pro­vided.  Gift cards will be given to the top three fundraisers.

The actual plunge is an excit­ing thing to take part in, as the par­tic­i­pant sac­ri­fices their com­fort to help those in need, while hav­ing a lot of fun in the process.  Many come in cos­tume and bring friends and fam­ily along to cheer on the icy plunge in the his­toric Potomac River.  The event will take place at the Brunswick Fam­ily Camp­ground with a heated chang­ing shel­ter and rest rooms pro­vided.  Thanks to River & Trail out­fit­ters for their sup­port in pre­sent­ing the event at the camp­ground 1 mile south of Brunswick on the C & O Canal.

6th Annual Heart of the Potomac Valley Biathlon

What bet­ter way to show your Brunswick pride than a biathlon! Run the hills of Brunswick and swim a few laps in the pool! You can pre­tend the pool is the Potomac if you want. This is the 5th year that BARC has hosted the Heart of the Potomac Val­ley Biathlon and we encour­age every­one to come to this great event.

Chal­lenge your­self with laps in the Brunswick Pool then run on the Brunswick High School Cross Coun­try track.

Reg­is­tra­tion will open at 8 am at the pool. The first heat will start at 9 am.

We hope to see you there!

Heart of the Potomac Val­ley Biathlon Reg­is­tra­tion Form and Event Details.

6th Annual The Great “Deadman’s” Downhill Mile Run

“The Fastest Mile You May Ever Run!”

  • Sat­ur­day, June 8th, 2013
  • Reg­is­tra­tion Starts at 4:00 pm at Square Cor­ner Park
  • Race Starts at 5:00 pm

Cost:

  • Youth (5 — 12) — $5
  • Teen (13–17) - $6
  • Adult (18+) - $7

Event Details:

  • Park­ing avail­able at MARC Train Lot
  • Event reg­is­tra­tion and race end will be at Square Cor­ner Park, Down­town Brunswick, MD 
  • Take a hayride or jog to the start point for the race
  • Enjoy fun DJ music in the park at the con­clu­sion of the run
  • Free ice cream sun­dae for participants
  • Visit local shops, restau­rants or take a stroll on the nearby his­toric C & O Canal in his­tor­i­cal Down­town Brunswick

About the Course:

Brunswick Area Recre­ation Coun­cil (BARC) will be co-hosting this Main Street  Event.  All pro­ceeds from this event will ben­e­fit Brunswick Area Recre­ation Coun­cil (BARC) and Main Street.

For More Information:

31th Annual Forest of Needwood

BARC is proud to be the prin­ci­ple spon­sor of the 31st Annual For­est of Need­wood Road Race to be held on Sat­ur­day March 16th, 2013. This event is put on to honor the mem­ory of Jen­nifer Shafer Odem. Jen­nifer is a Brunswick High School and West Point grad­u­ate. She gave her life in the ser­vice of our coun­try while on a mis­sion in South Amer­ica in 1999.

The race raises funds in her name to sup­port a stu­dent / ath­lete schol­ar­ship fund to be given each year to four Brunswick grad­u­ates who have taken part in track and cross coun­try while attend­ing Brunswick High and mov­ing onto college.

The event is one of the old­est road races in the state of Mary­land and bring run­ners from the region to the Brunswick area to take part in this Grand Prix event with sup­port from The Fred­er­ick Steeple­chasers Run­ning Club. The event is open to all age groups with t-shirts, prizes and awards being offered.

For more infor­ma­tion, please call Lee Zum­bach.
For­est of Need­wood Reg­is­tra­tion Form 2013

Scottish First Footing 2013

Scottish First Footing  2012

Scot­tish First Foot­ing 2012

A Scot­tish First Foot­ing is a unique way to cel­e­brate the new year. The first-foot, or known as quaal­t­agh or qual­t­agh in Gaelic, is the first per­son to cross the thresh­old of a home on New Year’s Day. This per­son was a bringer of good for­tune for the com­ing year and offered gifts to the house­hold to ensure this good for­tune. The tra­di­tional items given were a coin, bread, salt, coal, or a drink, which respec­tively rep­re­sented finan­cial pros­per­ity, food, flavour, warmth, and good cheer (or drink).

This tra­di­tion has found roots in Brunswick, Mary­land. The Brunswick Area Recre­ation Coun­cil has kept this tra­di­tion alive and well offer­ing their res­i­dents and guests the oppor­tu­nity to par­take in a fam­ily friendly New Year’s celebration.When you hear the pound­ing of the the drums and trum­pet of the bag­pipes, then come down to the Cor­ner Square Park to count­down to the New Year and receive your first foot­ing offer­ings for a year filled with good for­tune.  The fes­tiv­i­ties begin around 11:30 pm on Mon­day, Decem­ber 31st.

6th Annual Freezin for a Reason 2013

Freezin For A Reason
Why would any­one jump into freez­ing cold Potomac River water on New Years Day? The

answer is sim­ple: To HELP OTHERS. On Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 1st, 2013, brave peo­ple will again take on the chal­lenge of plung­ing into water that if they are lucky, will be more than warmer than last year. The Freezin For a Rea­son Plunge money will help local char­i­ties that have a very seri­ous need this time of year.

As the par­tic­i­pants gath­ered on the boat ramp for pre-jump pic­tures, it is a party atmos­phere with all wish­ing each other good luck and Happy New Year. Many of the par­tic­i­pants wear fun cos­tumes like Cut­ter Hadley most out­ra­geous cos­tume last year dressed as a 6 foot 4 inch mer­maid includ­ing a tail!

Funds pledged to these brave peo­ple will be used to help the local BEACON orga­ni­za­tion, the Alan P. Lin­ton cold weather shel­ter in Fred­er­ick, and BARC.

BARC would like to express its thanks to the Brunswick Ambu­lance Crew who help make our event safe and to the City of Brunswick for allow­ing us to use the camp­ground. A spe­cial thanks to all who con­tributed in sup­port of those who entered the river. Many are going through some dif­fi­cult times dur­ing this win­ter and the funds raised will help the food bank, the emer­gency relief fund, and those with­out a warm shel­ter to call home. You can still donate to this cause by con­tact­ing a per­son listed in the arti­cle or call 301–834-8045 and set up a con­tri­bu­tion. No mat­ter how bad times may feel for you, remem­ber there are many in much worse shape who need help with their fam­i­lies and children.

Down­load the Reg­is­tra­tion Form for Freezin’ for a Rea­son Form 2013.

Haunted Halloween Hayride

BARC Haunted Halloween Hayride 2012

Haunted Hal­loween Hayride 2012

For many. Many years it has been a tra­di­tion in Brunswick around Hal­loween that the Brunswick Area Recre­ation Coun­cil per­forms the Thriller dance and con­ducts a haunted hayride. Over the years we have seen this event grow and flour­ish and this year is no exception.

We are ask­ing for vol­un­teers to come help us with the Thriller dance. You don’t know how to do the dance? No prob­lem! We have classes avail­able for vol­un­teers to come learn how to dance like Michael Jack­son.  Join us for lessons on Octo­ber 24th from 6:30 until 8:30 pm.

Haunted Hal­loween Hayrides Information:

  • Fri­day, Octo­ber 26, 7:00—10:00 PM
  • Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 27, 7:00—11:00 PM
  • Cost: $5 per person
  • At MARC Train Station
  • Maple Ave, Brunswick, MD
  • Events at Square Cor­ner Park
  • Mon­ster Mash, Bahiya, and Thriller Per­for­mance 8:15 PM

More info: Bob Ward—301–834-8215