(Nov. 9, 2018) The fifth annual Storm Warriors 5K Run/Walk will kick off this Saturday, at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, at 9 a.m.
Participants will run or walk from the museum, at the southern end of the Boardwalk, to 15th Street and back.
The event is sponsored by OC Tri-Running Sports and a fundraiser for the museum.
“About six years ago, I went to a conference for small museum tourism people and one of the directors was from Tennessee and said they came up with an idea to have a 5K, and it was really a wonderful fundraiser for the organization,” said Nancy Howard, Ocean City Museum Society president. “So, I came back and thought, ‘Hmm ... I wonder.’ So I took it to our board and they agreed and it does do well.”
Last year, the 5K raised approximately $15,000 for the museum. As of earlier this week, more than 70 participants had already registered for the fundraiser.
“It’s not the number of runners or people who participate, it’s the generous people who are [our] sponsors,” Howard said. “And in this town where we have so few people but so many causes and so many opportunities to give, the town just gives until it hurts. In Baltimore, they have the exact same number of causes, but they’ve got thousands more people. We have a small number of people and they just give ... I don’t know how they do it but they do.”
Plak That in West Ocean City is providing plaques for race winners in a number of categories including top male, top female and for age groups 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over.
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 the resort’s history. The museum is a nonprofit that primarily receives funding from donations and fundraisers.
“The Ocean City Life-Saving Museum is a jewel in the Ocean City crown,” Howard said. “I think it is an underappreciated gem. It’s fun but it’s a different kind of fun. It’s a learning kind of fun.”
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. This station predated the Coast Guard, and men would even live inside the station while they performed their duties, Howard said.
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.
This is the museum’s 40th anniversary and it offers several interactive exhibits and programs, especially during the summer, with educational entertainment for guests of all ages, according to Howard.
“It’s something a lot of people don’t associate with Ocean City but certainly those of us who live here should have an appreciation for what the museum stands for,” she said.
Race registration costs $25. Participants can register online or day off at 8 a.m. Registration includes a race T-shirt. A packet pickup will also take place from 8-8:45 a.m. on Saturday. Light refreshments will be provided after the race.