The millenium version of Chestertown’s famed tea party race was run under perfect conditions in late May of 2000. A team of faculty, coaches and alumni all stepped to the starting line which was right in front of the Johnson Fitness Center at WC and took off at the gun. The finish line was right at Wilmer Park, next to the Leila Hynson boathouse where WC men and women’s crew teams train to beat the stuffing out of the competition. A beverage truck was situated right on the finish line, dispensing foaming cups of frosty post-race refreshment to thirsty runners. After the race, the runners went one block to the tea party to enjoy food, crafts, food, clogging demonstrations food, historic reenactments and, of course, food.
The Bay Bridge run is one of the finest and most scenic runs in America! The Eastbound span of the Bay Bridge is closed to traffic while 3000 runners start from the Eastern Shore side of the Bay and race 10 kilometers to Sandy Point State Park. There are water and potty stops every mile on the span. It is a unique experience to be running 200 feet above the Chesapeake Bay while sailers and boaters wave to you and sea gulls are wheeling right over your head. This year the Whitbread Round the World Race started a leg from Baltimore the same day as our race. It was quite an experience to see the Bay filled with sail boats of every size and shape. In this year’s Bay Bridge run we fielded more than a dozen runners. Every year we field a bigger team.
Going up against six other teams in head-to-head racing, Washington dominated during three full round robins for a total of 63 races. The performance qualified Washington, along with second-place Cornell, for one of the final two spots at the Prosser Trophy, the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s Team Race Championships, to be hosted April 6-7 by Hobart and William Smith.