No Flat Five on the Fourth in Rock Hall this year

Race director Dennis Herrmann, left, presents a canvas bag to Jim Reid, who won his third consecutive Flat Five in 2019. Overall, Reid has won four of the last seven Flat Five races.

ROCK HALL — The run of consecutive Flat Five races has been halted at 38, race director Dennis Herrmann confirmed in an email Sunday, May 10.

The nearly 5-mile footrace is a popular feature of the Town of Rock Hall’s extended Independence Day celebration. Traditionally it is held July 4 with an 8 a.m. start, a precursor to the parade along Main Street and all sorts of activities at the Civic Center.

In an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rock Hall officials last week postponed the annual fireworks and parade until further notice.

“I feel I have to cancel the Flat 5 this year as well,” Herrmann wrote in Sunday’s email.

Given the mayor and council members’ vote last week to pause the July 4 festivities, Herrmann said he didn’t think the town would support the race this year.

And, he added in the email, “I think entrants would be way down, since many come for the race AND for the parade and other 4th of July festivities.”

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