Saturday, October 19, 2019
40th Marathon, 36th State
Runners: 1751 (1085 men, 666 women)
Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Course: VERY HILLY ... 1,079 ft of elevation gain
Weather: 48F, very little wind
SWAG: Short sleeve tech shirt
Race Organization: Very good
Crowd Support: Really good, very above average
Volunteer Support: Very good
Water Stops: Great, very well organized
Food: Typical post race fare
Finish Time: 3:53:41
Average Pace: 8:53/mile
Place: 360/1751 overall, 18th/109 50-54 AG
|"Free" race photos were a nice feature of the race|
|United States Capitol Building and the Capitol Reflecting Pool|
|Arlington National Cemetery|
|Jefferson Memorial overlooking the Tidal Basin|
|Lincoln Memorial at sunrise|
|National Mall view from the Lincoln Memorial|
|Lincoln Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool|
|United States Capitol Rotunda ceiling with George Washington Statue|
|Library Of Congress|
|Baltimore waterfront area|
|Gaby & me at starting line|
The gun then sounded and we began to run. Uphill. Seemingly forever. As I recall, we made a loop, of sorts, back to the starting line in about the first 8 miles. After that, we headed out on what seemed to be another loop and a couple of out and backs ... but you should probably refer to the race course map, because I'm trying to remember this 90 days later. I remember when we looped back around at the 8'ish mile mark, we were near the finish area and there were people everywhere. It was a nice distraction. Also, Baltimore is home to the Under Armor headquarters, and we ran by their offices at some point in this time frame.
|Michael & me at the finish line|
Even though the race was really hilly and somewhat congested at times, I really enjoyed the race. All of the water stops were extremely well organized, and the volunteers were very helpful. I wish I had more details about the race, but it's been awhile since I crossed the finish line. I can tell you that the bag check retrieval is about a quarter mile from the finish line ... I remember that specifically, lol. But in spite of the half hour it took to get my gear back, the post race area was huge and awesome.
I would highly recommend the Baltimore Running Festival. It's very well organized and gives you a wonderful tour of the historic city. But absolutely be prepared for the hills ... there's a lot them!