Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Battle of Baltimore Running Tour

Defender's Day Run! War of 1812 Running Tour

Sunday, September 8, 2013 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230
Register - $10 for members, $15 for non-members

When Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry as a captive aboard a British ship, he was one of thousands of Baltimoreans who waited anxiously through the night uncertain if the city would fall before the British attack. Baltimore's endurance through the battle is remembered still today in the Star-Spangled Banner and in Maryland's annual observance of Defender's Day.

On Baltimore's first Defender's Day Run, we'll take a heritage running tour of the people and places touched by that night in 1814. Enslaved men worked on the massive fortifications that still stand in today's Patterson Park. Recently arrived German immigrants heard the warning bells ring out from Old Otterbein Church on the news of the British approach. An enterprising seamstress on Pratt Street sewed the famous flag that became our nation’s Star-Spangled Banner. Follow us beyond the ramparts of Fort McHenry and join our Defender's Day Ride & Run past the landmarks that tell the story of how the city lived and fought through the Battle of Baltimore and the War of 1812.

At a moderate pace of a 10 minute mile, our guide Dustin Meeker will take us around Baltimore's once fortified harbor up to the Battle Monument and back to Fort McHenry on an energetic 10K tour. Dustin is doubly prepared for the task as a former ranger at Fort McHenry and a competitive distance runner.

Questions? Contact Eli Pousson at Baltimore Heritage at pousson@baltimoreheritage.org or 301-204-3337.

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