Ocean City Today

Storm Warriors 5K supports resort museum

Race kicks off Saturday at 9 a.m. on OC Boardwalk; cost $25 per participant
By Kara Hallissey | Nov 09, 2017

(Nov. 10, 2017) Preserving history and the upkeep of exhibits such as sea creatures in the aquarium room are a few of the special offerings participants of the fourth annual Storm Warriors 5K run and walk will be helping to support and fund on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Registration takes place at 8 a.m. at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, which is located on the southern end of the Boardwalk. The race will begin an hour later.

“It is a cool event,” said Nancy Howard, event coordinator. “You get to walk on the Boardwalk and have an early start to your day while supporting a wonderful museum. It does a lot to preserve the history of local families, wildlife and the lifesaving service.”

As of Monday afternoon, 75 people had signed up and Howard hopes to attract at least 150 participants.

“We have the same number signed up as we did this time last year,” Howard said. “We hope close to 50 people register on Saturday.”

The cost to participate is $25. Pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt and there will be a limited amount available for participants who register on Saturday. Organizers team up with Tri-Running Sports, who supply timing gear each year.

Plak That in West Ocean City will be providing plaques for race winners in a number of categories including top male, top female and age group awards.

“The runners seem to like the plaques,” Howard said. “They are different than what they receive in other races.”

All proceeds from the event will go to the Life-Saving Station Museum for designing exhibits, artifact collection and building upkeep. The museum has been a staple in Ocean City since 1978 and is designed for visitors to experience the role of surfmen in addition to resort history. The museum is a nonprofit that primarily receives funding from donations and fundraisers.

“There are so many good causes in Ocean City,” Howard said. “The museum is unique in trying to preserve history and let people know where Ocean City has been and where it’s going.”

The museum was built in 1891 and replaced an earlier station house. It housed crew and equipment used to rescue vessels and stranded people off the coast.

In 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service combined with the U.S. Lifesaving Service to become the United States Coast Guard, and the station was used until 1965. In 1977, the landmark was relocated from Carolina Street to the inlet.

“We hope people will come out and join us,” Howard said. “Get their day off to a good start and then enjoy all Ocean City has to offer.”

Today, the museum features exhibits on the history of Ocean City and its Boardwalk, a children’s interactive play area, sand collected from beaches all over the world, an aquarium and a new Native American on the Eastern Shore display.

Visit www.octrirunning.com for race information or call 443-235-4405. To learn more about the museum, visit www.ocmuseum.org.

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