by Lisa Tome
With just a few weeks notice, the staff at Barnes Corner Fitness (BCF 24) convinced nearly two dozen people to Burn the Bird.
Burn the Bird, the first ever 5K Fun Run/Walk was held the day after Thanksgiving. The goal was to get people moving after they presumably over ate the previous day.
"It's for fun. And to burn off those excess pieces of pie," said Mike Montgomery, owner of BCF 24. There were no age or fitness requirements for participants. Montgomery did ask those who signed on to bring non-perishable food items which were donated to charity. The course had the runners/walkers starting at Barnes Corner Road and navigating about three miles of roadway in the area of West Nottingham Academy and Liberty Grove Road. A Maryland State Trooper directed traffic and followed the runners to ensure safety.
Melissa Bartholomew of Port Deposit signed on for the event. "It's my first ever 5K and I'm nervous. I didn't do too bad (on Thanksgiving). But I love my stuffing and the desserts and sweet potatoes," said Bartholomew.
Tom Montgomery, his wife Kathy, daughter, Kelly Sheep, and two grandchildren, made Burn the Bird a family event.
"I'm doing 2.5K because I'll probably get tired. I'm walking it," said Tom Montgomery. His grandson, Corbin Sheep, 5, was doing his first 5K. The youngster said he was hoping to work off the cheese, bread, and crackers he ate the previous day.
Malcolm Harward said he prepared for the 5K. He has done similar runs in the past, but said now he's serious about it. "On Thursday (Thanksgiving), we ate around 1 p.m. I shut it off after that. Once dinner was done, I didn't eat after that because I wanted to do this today," said Harward, who is in the U.S. Air Force.
Janice Gamble also turned Burn the Bird into a family event. Gamble, her husband, George, two teen daughters, and her sister-in-law Jill Gupta, and brother-in-law Sunil Gupta, did the 5K together. "We ate a lot and are going to burn it off," said Janice Gamble. Madison Gamble, 18, was the top finisher in the non-timed event.