Winter Track Lights

Once again this winter the Howard County Striders have arranged to have the stadium lights on during the winter! Every Wednesday night starting on November 1st, the track lights will be on at Oakland Mills High School from 6:00-7:30pm. The Striders provide the lights using part of your membership dues to provide a safer place to run and workout during the dark winter months.

Annual Awards Nominations

The end of the year is quickly approaching, which means it will soon be time for our Annual Awards Banquet and Club Meeting! Each year at our banquet we give out awards to our members in a variety of categories. The nominations committee is now accepting nominations for this year’s awards!

Make your nominations today!

Here are the rules:

  • Nominations will close on December 1, 2017
  • You may nominate as many times are there are categories. Please submit each nomination on a separate form.
  • Nominees must be a current member of the Howard County Striders (check membership status here)
  • Previous year’s winners are not eligible to win the same award for the current year (check last year’s winners here)
  • You may nominate yourself for an award
  • Include as much information and data to back up your nomination as possible.
  • Only races between November 15, 2016 and December, 2017 will be considered for award qualification
  • Hall of Fame members are eligible to win annual running awards.
  • Board members are eligible for all awards, except Volunteer(s) of the Year.
  • For Coach of the Year or Volunteer(s) of the Year submissions , please use the same form but make sure to fill in the person’s name and the nomination category in the comments section to tell us about why they should be receive the award.
  • Annual awards for recognition of excellence in support of the club are: Jr. Striders Coach(es) of the Year, HC Striders Coach(es) of the Year and Volunteer(s) of the Year. The President may also give the President’s award(s) for material service and contribution to the club. The Howard County Striders’ Board of Directors will choose the Volunteer(s) of the Year.

We are accepting nominations for the following categories:

  • M/F Runner of the Year
  • M/F Master Runner of the Year (40+)
  • M/F Grand-Master Runner of the Year (50+)
  • M/F Senior Grand-Master Runner of the Year (60+)
  • M/F Ultra Runner of the Year
  • M/F New Runner of the Year
  • M/F Next Step Runner of the Year
  • M/F Most Improved Runner of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Coach of the Year

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Footprints Fall 2017

The Fall 2017 edition of Footprints is now available!

Footprints Fall 2017

Footprints – July 2017

The latest edition of the Footprints newsletter has arrived!

Footprints Volume 41 No. 3: July 2017

Metric Marathon 2017

After careful consideration, the Howard County Striders regret to announce that the 2017 Metric Marathon has been cancelled. Planned construction will cause the pedestrian bridge over Route 29 to be closed for several months when the race is typically held. As former Metric runners know, the bridge and bike path form the final miles of the course and provide a safe way for runners to cross over Route 29. Alternate courses were considered, but none were viable due to safety concerns, which the race directors take very seriously. The race will be on hiatus and the Striders will evaluate if the race can resume in 2018. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Howard County Striders Picnic Announcement!

The Howard County Striders Picnic will be on Sunday July 30th from 11am – 4pm at Centennial Park Pavilion G.  See our event page for more details.

Summer Striders

Registration for the Howard County Striders / Bullseye Running Summer Striders training program is open! The program is for high school and college age runners looking for longer distance training through the summer. For more information and to register, visit the training group page

Junior Striders Spring Track

The Bullseye Running / Howard County Junior Striders spring track program is open for registration!

For program information and registration, visit the Striders page or Bullseye Running page. You can also contact Phil Lang for more details.

Penguin Pace 5K Community Notice

To Columbia residents:

The Howard County Striders will be hosting the Penguin Pace 5K on Sunday February 5th, 2017. Runners will be on the roads in certain areas of Howard County between 7:30am and 9:00am. Please be prepared for any traffic delays around Harpers Farm Rd, Eliots Oak Rd, Hesperus Drive, and Castle Moor Drive. No roads will be closed, but police officers may stop cars at certain points to allow runners to pass safely.

For detailed information on which roads will be impacted, you can view the race course map.