TRAGEDY HAS STRUCK THE KINGDOM. TO HONOR THE FALLEN KING WE HAVE CREATED A NEW CHALLENGE TO HONOR HIS STORY!
One fine day, the King was reveling in what his mighty army had accomplished over the past year. The battles in Frederick & Baltimore were complete and the King was contemplating the next conquest. He walked out on his castle veranda to take in the beauty of his vast domain and to smell the sweet nectars of his Royal Garden.
The Garden was filled with wonderful fruit trees and florals spread over acres and acres. This time of year, the Black-Eyed Susan were in full bloom. The King was especially fond of these black and gold blossoms as they were the state flower of his Kingdom.
As he stood on the balcony of his castle taking in the sights and smells of all that he commanded, he felt a harsh prick on his hand. He immediately felt woozy and began to stumble. Clutching his chest he fell to the ground and began to swell like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man. It did not take long and the King breathed His last breath right there that day.
No one knew that The King was allergic to bee stings. The King was the master of his domain but the bees were the rulers of the vast gardens of Black Eyed Susans behind the castle. It was not a malicious attack. The King had accidently placed his hand near a flower that was being pollinated at that exact moment. The bee only did what Mother Nature had taught him.
(This challenge replaces the King Crab Challenge beginning in 2024.)
RIP TO THE KING! LONG LIVE THE BLACK EYED SUSAN CHALLENGE! The Black Eyed Susan Challenge will honor the King and his reign over the kingdom for the past ten years. We hope that you join us in celebrating the dawn of a new era! Take on the Black Eyed Susan Challenge in 2024.
Members of the community who finish the Frederick Running Festival , the Baltimore 10-Miler and the Baltimore Running Festival will take home a honey pot of goodies! Runners can complete the challenge by running the 3 required races virtually OR live (or a mix!) in the same calendar year At the Frederick Running Festival, challengers must take on the half or a higher distance (nut job challenge) at the 10 miler they must take on the full 10 miles and at the Baltimore running Festival, challengers must take on the half or a high distance (including the Baltimoron-a-thon challenge or full marathon).