Photos by Ron Bailey

Solomons, MD – The Seventh annual Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) Run for Research 5 Kilometer (K) race was held Saturday morning, Sept. 20 in Solomons. Money raised from the event is used to support graduate student research for the Chesapeake Bay.

According to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the race receipts provide travel funds for graduate students who work on the Chesapeake Bay and related environmental issues at CBL.

Jenna Luek of CBL reported 80 racers participated in the 5K, which started at CBL, proceeded through Solomons to the turnaround point—Calvert Marine Museum—and ended back at CBL. Luek said the race is expected to raise around $2,000.

Topping the field was Raffaele Simpson with a time of 18 minutes and nine seconds. Eric Stow finished second, logging a time of 19 minutes and 46 seconds. The third-place finisher and top female runner was Amanda Smith, who completed the course in 21 minutes, 27 seconds.

Times of all the finishers are posted on the event’s Facebook page, which can be accessed at