On one autumn morning every year at Creamy Acres Farm, the corn stalks shake from more than an early breeze. They are beset by monsters: vampires, werewolves, zombies, all racing through a winding trail as though in pursuit of the same quarry. They aren't hunting, though. They're vying for first place. Runners sweat underneath their faux fangs and matted fur as they compete in the Costume 5k. They zoom through the farm's corn maze and Night of Terror attractions on their way to the finish line, their shoes the only telltale sign of their human roots. Once they reach the race's end, they kick off a celebration, sharing refreshments and listening to music as the staff doles out awards. The race's chief concern is holiday spirit; therefore, its prizes honor top finishers as well as those who wore the best costume, devised the best group costume, and sang "Monster Mash" the least amount of times.
For the last two years, runners from across Maryland have gathered for the Be Great 5K Run & Fun Walk to benefit the Annapolis Boys & Girls Scholarship Trust. The trust has provided financial support to more than 25 students to help them attend college over the last 10 years, and proceeds from the race go toward the scholarship fund. Before the race, runners are given a bib that tracks their time and pace better than an hourglass taped to their torso. After crossing the finish line, racers are rewarded with refreshments, and a lucky few are awarded prizes.
There's room for all types of workouts in Nexxt Level Sports' 22,000-square-foot, climate-controlled facility. Basketball players can hone their technique on two NBA-length hardwood courts, and baseball players can perfect their swings in 70-foot batting cages instead of going to an orchard and waiting for regulation-sized apples to fall. In group-training classes, meanwhile, gym patrons can focus on strength or build endurance with varied circuit workouts, including strength and resistance training. For a more private workout, personal trainers also lead one-on-one sessions, tailoring their exercises to the clients' fitness goals.
Certified fitness instructor Lisa Bishop leads the charge at The bFIT Studio, where she helps people achieve their fitness goals. Lisa is certified in Tae Bo, a fitness regimen that combines martial arts and boxing techniques to improve strength, speed, and coordination. To augment workouts, the studio also offers nutritional guidance to help clients decide what to eat and what to leave under the couch cushion.