Earlier this year, the wizards inside Under Armour’s South Baltimore-based headquarters put out a shoe called the UA SpeedForm Gemini 2 RE that could track runners’ performance using a tiny sensor. The company seems to have been pleased with the results, as it released three more of those tech-connected shoes yesterday.
Here at Catch of the Day, we pride ourselves in only recommending those things we’re personally intrigued and excited by. We figure, if we think it’s cool, maybe you’ll think it’s cool. And likewise, we try not to pass along anything that makes us go, “Dear God, NO!” Well, today’s the big exception. Because surely there are those of you out there who’ve been waiting your whole lives to register for the Cupid’s Undie Run. And more power to you. Yes, the run is what it sounds like. A whole lot of people running (about a mile). On Valentine’s Day. In their underwear. Sound like your kind of thing? Read on.
Alright. If people want to throw tomatoes at us for recommending a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, fair enough. We’ve personally spent enough Thanksgiving adamantly rejecting the suggestion that we do anything but alternate between lying on the couch and feasting. So sure, if the idea of exercise on that particular day offends you, feel free to skip it. But if you’d like the opportunity to get your blood pumping (and build up a hearty appetite before the feast) signing up for a little 5K walk or run may just be the ticket.
The Baltimore Running Festival website provides plenty of information for Saturday’s event, like road closings, water station locations and a schedule of events. For spectators, there’s also a guide about what not to say to runners.
If you’ve already planned your hangover for New Years Day, maybe this one’s not for you. But if you’re hoping to make 2014 a healthier year—or to at least start it off that way, the Resolution Run may be just what the doctor ordered. Whether you’re ready to dive in for the full 5K run, or would rather take it slow with the one mile walk, you can mark the year’s beginning with a promise to take good care of your body these next 12 months.
On March 28, 2013, Dr. Ted Houk was commuting to work, as usual, with a morning run. For years, the Lutherville doctor had become a familiar face to commuters on Charles Street as he jogged past traffic in black bicycle shorts, briefcase in hand, with a long braid down his back. But that March morning nearly six months ago, he was jogging down Charles Street when he was hit on the right leg by the bumper of a car, cracked the car’s windshield, and was immediately flown to Maryland Shock Trauma. The accident left him with numerous fractures in his right leg, two fractures in his right collarbone, four cuts around the left knee, and a chip fracture in his left hip.
Since the accident, Dr. Houk, an internist who practiced independently, has endured surgeries, therapy and more. After months of tender care from his wife – and office manager – Pamela Jenkins, he’s been making a wonderfully rapid recovery. He will return to practicing medicine in January 2014, and hopes to be up and running by 2015.
Under Armour seemed like the perfect title sponsor for the Baltimore Running Festival (the annual October event comprising the marathon, half–marathon, and a host of other, shorter races). After all, it’s a locally-based maker of athletic apparel — who better to fund a celebration of Baltimore fitness?
(Actually, as the Baltimore Sun notes, most other marathons in the country are sponsored by financial institutions; it’s relatively rare for an athletic gear company to fund this particular kind of athletic event.)
While this is sad, of course, the race must go on. Here are some ideas for other Baltimore institutions that might benefit from having their name/logo plastered all over a bunch of runners.
UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun reports that Dr. Houk suffered multiple leg fractures and bleeding on the brain, but his condition has improved. His family reports “excellent progress” since last week’s collision. He has undergone two surgeries on his leg and will face another. Well-wishers can send Dr. Houk a message at [email protected], and the family is providing updates on his condition at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/tedhouk.
Originally reported March 28, 2013: We are sorry to report that dear, friendly Ted Houk, who we wrote about last year in Charles Street Runner Jogs His Commute and Inspires, was hit by a motorist this morning while jogging to work from his Lutherville home to his office in Towson. The Baltimore Sun reports that a 65-year-old woman operating a 2005 Toyota RAV hit the physician at Chestnut Avenue and Charles Street. He was taken by Medevac to Maryland Shock Trauma.
We are shocked and saddened by this news. We will give you an update as soon as we know anything.
It’s official: Johns Hopkins has the swiftest women in the country. At the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country championship in Terre Haute, Indiana, the Blue Jays zipped along the course, accumulating a total of 153 points — 63 more than their nearest competitor — to win the national championship. This is the first-ever national title for Johns Hopkins’ women’s sports; the last time the school won a Division III title was back in 1979, when the men’s swimming team emerged victorious from the pool.