Assateague Coastal Trust – Keeping Sediment Out of Local Watersheds

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Assateague Coastal Trust

J. Christopher Llinas lives and works in Maryland, where he is an attorney in private practice. Outside of his professional life, Christopher Llinas spends his time running triathlons and supporting environmental causes. He was able to raise $2,000 for the Assateague Coastal Trust in 2014, thanks to his success in the Louisville Ironman that year.

The Assateague Coastal Trust exists to protect and care for the coastal watersheds in the Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia areas. The region, known locally as Delmarva, is delicate and prone to change. Protecting the coastal watershed is critical to the region’s overall health.

One of the organization’s projects, the Get the Dirt Out campaign, fights against contaminant-laden runoff. Construction and development in the area often adds sediment to local water, which presents a significant environmental concern. To keep dirt, sediment, and toxic chemicals out of local waterways, the trust trains volunteers to monitor water quality in their area. These volunteers act as watchdogs, helping to ensure that major construction sites are operating within the law and not polluting the water.


Prayer Vigil for the Earth in Washington, DC


Cycling Tips – How to Ride in Heavy Winds

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Attorney J. Christopher Llinas practices law in Ocean Pines, Maryland. When not tending to his professional duties, Christopher Llinas can often be found running or cycling. He enjoys triathlons, and most recently completed a remarkably windy Ironman in Maryland.

Whether you are battling severe headwinds in a competitive race or just trying to ride around town, windy conditions can complicate any bicycle ride. For best results, consider these tips.

1. Pay extra attention to aerodynamics. Pull your elbows in, lower your head, lean forward, and tuck yourself down as much as you can. Tight clothing can be beneficial as well. Any reduction in drag improves speed and safety in the wind.

2. If riding in a group, consider riding single-file. Even if you do not draft aggressively, taking turns facing the headwind makes it easier for everyone. In severe crosswinds, riders can drop back and to the side. This formation is known as an echelon, and it protects cyclists from sudden gusts.

3. If crosswinds are particularly hazardous, consider using shallower rims, no larger than 50 millimeters. The further the rim extends, the greater its surface area becomes, and the more it catches wind like a sail.

Assateague Coastal Trust Keeps an Eye on Stormwater Runoff

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Assateague Coastal Trust

J. Christopher Llinas (Chris) serves as corporate counsel at Royal Plus, Inc., a company dealing in disaster restoration based in Snow Hill, Maryland. Outside of work, Chis Llinas is an avid philanthropist and spends much of his time supporting local charities and foundations such as the Assateague Coastal Trust.

The Assateague Coastal Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and health of Delmarva, a coastal area spanning Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) has been in place since the 1970s and has since looked to preserve the state of the coastal bays in the Delmarva area for the animals there and for future generations through a mixture of advocacy and fundraising.

One way in which ACT works to accomplish its mission is through its Get the Dirt Out program, an effort let by the COASTKEEPER (focused on advocacy and education) branch of the organization. Get the Dirt Out focuses on monitoring construction companies around the protected bays to make sure that their regulations are on par with requirements regarding stormwater runoff. If the companies are not complying fully, toxic runoff could easily get into the bays and damage them extensively. Get the Dirt Out relies on volunteers to check up on these companies periodically.

IRONMAN’s Community Efforts



J. Christopher Llinas (Chris) is an experienced attorney based in the Maryland area. Currently working as a corporate counsel at Royal Plus, Inc., Chris Llinas is also an avid athlete and has competed successfully in multiple IRONMAN competitions in the past while also raising money for numerous charitable organizations through his participation.

The IRONMAN triathlon is an athletic competition and event, known by many as the world’s most challenging endurance test. The triathlon first began in 1970, when three of the harshest endurance events in Waikiki, Hawaii, were combined into one huge event. These competitions consist of a two-and-a-half mile swim, a 112-mile cycling race, and a marathon run–all without a break for the athletes.

However, IRONMAN can be more than just a race: participants are encouraged to engage in the IRONMAN foundation, a branch of the organization that offers a multitude of fundraising projects and programs. One of these programs is the Community Fund, for which athletes can raise money for in their IRONMAN journey. The program then targets worthwhile and deserving initiatives within the athlete’s local community to fund. To learn more, visit

Four Ways to Travel the Camino de Santiago

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Camino de Santiago

A Maryland lawyer with over two decades of legal experience, J. Christopher Llinas provides criminal and traffic-related legal services. An avid traveler in his free time, Christopher Llinas has hiked the Camino del Santiago in Spain.

Also known as the Way of St. James, the Camino de Santiago consists of a network of routes that wind throughout Europe and converge at Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain, the supposed burial place of James the Apostle. The first pilgrims traveled the route in the ninth and 10th centuries, despite the risk of doing so in Muslim-ruled lands that were hostile to Christians. Today, pilgrims travel along four main routes: the French Way, the Northern Way, the Silver Way, and the Primitive Way.

The French Way begins on the French side of the Pyrenees and winds through northern Spain. The most famous route, it hosted over 180,000 pilgrims in 2004. The trail’s popularity is due in part to its flat terrain and pleasant weather.

The Northern Way is known for being quiet and picturesque, giving pilgrims beautiful views of the Bay of Biscay. It snakes along the northern coast of Spain, through the mountains of Asturias and presents the greatest physical challenge to travelers.

Starting in southern Spain at Seville, the Silver Way follows an ancient Roman trade route that served as a thoroughfare for the transport and trade of silver. The Silver Way is the longest route of the Camino de Santiago.

Beginning in Asturias, the Primitive Way is the first pilgrimage route. It is an exceptional route for nature lovers, giving them views of beautiful scenery and taking them through numerous hospitably quaint villages.

Benefits of the Ocean City Running Club

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Ocean City Running Club

An alumnus of Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law), J. Christopher Llinas functioned from 2007 to 2015 as a corporate counsel for disaster recovery specialist Royal Plus, Inc., in Snow Hill, Maryland. An avid runner, Christopher Llinas has competed in numerous marathons, half marathons, and Ironman Triathlons and maintains membership with the Ocean City Running Club, for which he operates as the treasurer and provides pro bono legal services.

The Ocean City Running Club hosts two weekly runs for runners of all ages and ability levels. While some runners are inexperienced and looking to get some exercise, others are training for marathons or half marathons. Whatever the experience level, every runner is looking for the motivation that comes from running as part of a group. On Wednesdays, a group of runners gathers at the Ocean City Boardwalk. On Saturdays, the group runs through Ocean Pines and finishes at a local bagel shop.

Members are eligible for various discounts at events and for merchandise. They also receive exclusive access to comfort stations at select race events, invitations to social events, and a T-shirt.