On Nov. 9th, I will be running across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge with a goal to raise at least $500 for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, an organization committed to restoring the Bay and the 50 major rivers that pour into the Bay (a 64k sq mile watershed covered with forests, farms, and wildlife habitat).
I am incredibly grateful to those able to contribute to this cause. I also speak for the crabs (your future crab cakes!) when I say thank you. Here are some fun facts to arm you with interesting cocktail conversation about the Bay:
1. A person 6 feet tall could wade through more than 700,000 acres of the Bay without becoming completely submerged. The deepest part of the Bay, called "The Hole" is more than 170 feet deep.
2. The Bay holds about 18 trillion gallons of water. That amount of water would fill more than fifty billion bathtubs to the brim.
3. Seventy to ninety percent of all striped bass, known locally as rockfish, were spawned in the Bay.
4. The Bay's fishing industry used to harvest tens of millions of bushels of oysters. Today, harvests have fallen to less than one percent of historic levels.
5. It has taken me longer to drive across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge than it will take me to run it on Nov. 9.