Sandy Spring Museum Partners with DC Road Runners to Bring Historical 9K Race to Town, Saturday, May 7

WHAT: Combine a lesson in local history with some exercise at the Sandy Spring Nanty Narking Nearly 9 K Run. This trail run takes participants past seven historic sites in the Sandy Spring community.

WHO: This event is hosted by Sandy Spring Museum. Partners include DC Road Runners, Sandy Spring Friends School, The Journey School, Underground Railroad Experience Trail, and the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission.

WHERE: The race beings at the Sandy Spring Friends School [16923 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860] where the starting pistol will be fired by Governor Thomas Holiday Hicks (1798-1865). Runners will pass the 19th century Ashton Meeting House, which was moved to the Friends School in 1983. Then, the adventure begins. With costumed interpreters pointing the way, runners will wind their way through the Underground Railroad Experience Trail, past the Sandy Spring itself, historic Harewood (once the home of Secretary of State Dean Acheson), and then stop for a quick water break at the 19th century Sandy Spring Meetinghouse before turning around and heading back.

WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 2016
7 am: Packet pick-up at the Sandy Spring Friends Athletic Center
8 am: Nanty Narking Nearly 9K start
9 am: 2 Mile Fun Stroll
The race will be held rain or shine

WHY: “We think this is the only run of its kind. It combines rural history sites and a trail run,” says Allison Weiss, Executive Director of Sandy Spring Museum, who created the event as a way to call attention to these local historic sites. “Nanty Narking is a Victoria expression for ‘having a good time,’ which of course, is part of the event as well! Nine K is a pretty short course, about 5.5 miles, so it’s great for walkers as well.”

DETAILS: Registration is $35 for adults and $25 for runners under age 12. This includes an UnderAmour technical t-shirt for the first 150 registrants, swag bags, and plenty of post-race snacks.

About Sandy Spring Museum

The Sandy Spring Museum is located at 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860. Sandy Spring Museum is a gathering place where people can develop meaningful connections by exploring community history through the visual, literary, and performing arts. The museum is open to the public Wednesdays – Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm. For more information, call (301) 774-0022 or visit