“Ride for Mom” a 5-kilometer run/walk race and 20-mile group ride raised nearly $2,500 for the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The fundraiser took place in Wilmer Park through the collaboration of the Student Events Board, the Recreation Department and the ingenuity and drive of Andrew Laux ‘11. Biology major and avid cyclist Andrew Laux was the sole creator behind the event. Unfortunately for Andrew, he observed the way cancer impacted his family last year. Even though it was just a scare to the Laux family, Andrew decided he wanted to help the cancer cause. At the beginning of the year Andrew teamed up with the Recreation Department to create a cycling event revolved around Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The cycling event soon turned into a running race along with a 20-mile bike ride that would follow Quaker Neck Road to the town of Cliff City. Through the help of donations made by the Zeta Tau Alpha and SEB, Andrew was able to custom design a bike for the event. The bike was then raffled off with all proceeds going to the two foundations.The race was a huge success with nearly 50 runners and 25 bikers.
Every American knows that the patriots of Boston disguised themselves as Indians and threw British tea into Boston Harbor to protest the excessive taxes on tea without the benefit of representation in Parliament What most Americans don’t know is that when the patriots of Chestertown heard the news about the dust-up in Beantown, they marched straight down High Street to the town dock and after boarding the British bark Geddes, threw the King’s tea right into the Chester River. Unlike their Boston counterparts, however, the Chestertown patriots made no attempt to hide their identity behind a mask. We still have that same pluck today at Washington College, both in the classroom and on the athletic fields. Chestertown is a place where history is alive. We celebrate our patriotic heritage each year in May during the Chestertown Tea Party. There is a reenactment of the ‘tossing of the tea’, a parade by marching bands and soldiers in authentic colonial garb, several blocks full of craft shops, musical events by the score, and a food festival that runs the gamut from crab cakes to ribs, lamb-ka-bobs, fish sandwiches & funnel cakes. Before we tuck in to all that fine food, we have to earn our meal and that is where the race comes in. The Chestertown Tea Party 10 mile race is one of the finest races in the Delmarva area. Each year we field a team of faculty, coaches, students and alumni and every year our team is larger. We each run our own pace. Most importantly, everyone has fun!
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.
Men in four-inch heels led the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes international march to stop gender violence.