Race Recap: YMCA of Frederick County Lucky Leprechaun 5k/10k/1mile ()

Below is a race recap  by one of our newest members, Danielle Douglass! Danielle is looking forward to running more races in the future with the Steeplechasers. Ordinarily, she trains for obstacle course races, but she is willing to try new things, such as this fun and local 5k. Continue reading to hear about Danielle’s experience running the YMCA of Frederick County Lucky Leprechaun 5k/10k/1 mile!

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Frederick Steeplechasers 2022 Annual Awards ()

The Steeplechasers held their 2022 Annual Awards Banquet at the Arc of Frederick County on Saturday January 28, 2023. 108 people were in attendance. The banquet recognizes Steeplechasers who have had an exceptional year of running or service. The Competition Committee solicits nominations for awards each year, and combs through the submissions to select award recipients. 

Find out more about this year’s award recipients!

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FSRC Grand Prix Race: Forest of Needwood 5-Miler History ()

By Lee Zumbach, Jennifer Odom Memorial Forest of Needwood 5-Mile Race Director

Much in life has transpired over the past 40 years, but one constant has been the Forest of Needwood 5 mile road race, in Petersville, Maryland. Needwood is the oldest continuous road race in Frederick County. While the pandemic and several snow storms have tried to end the event, the sponsors and directors have found a way to keep the tradition alive.

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Frederick Steeplechasers Member Spotlight: Claire Heasman ()

This amazing member has done so much for the Steeplechasers over the years! She has been on the Steeps Racing Team, was a Spires Coach in 2021 and 2022, is serving on the Volunteer Appreciation Committee and the Competition Committee reporting Scoretility, volunteers at races, and always has a smile on her face! She also won the 2022 Steeplechaser’s Woman Runner of the Year Award. Meet Claire Heasman!

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Frederick Steeplechasers Member Spotlight: Rob Prokop ()

This week’s spotlight features one of our new directors, Rob Prokop.

Rob Prokop began his running journey in 2001, in his early 30s.  Instead of starting with a 5K, he jumped right in and decided to run the Marine Corps Marathon for his first race (NOT his best move). Since then, he has completed the MCM 10 times, earning him recognition from the race.

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Phunt 2023 Race Recap: In Which I Exploded in a Spectacular Fashion and Am OK with It ()

In January 2022, I ran the Phunt 25K trail race in Elkton, Maryland, for the first time. And I loved it. It’s a great, runnable course – similar to Little Bennet’s trails. I hadn’t trained adequately, in my opinion, but still had a great race and finished in 3:57. I was pleased, but knew I could do better. And so I immediately signed up to run the race again in 2023.

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Frederick Steeplechasers Member Spotlight: Paul Lively ()

Paul Lively

One beautiful morning in January 2013, when I took my two-year-old son to his doctor’s appointment, I decided to step on the scale. 292 poundsWOW!! I was huge, larger than I have ever been.

As a former college lacrosse player, I was shocked how heavy I was, so I decided to do something about it. Diet and running were going to be my new hobby! 

The only issue was, I couldn’t run more than a quarter mile before I was gassed, so baby steps it was!

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