- 10 miles
- Road Race
For this review, I'm separating my personal experience from the actual race! (Things started out great but once three guys who were doused in cologne stood beside me at the starting line ... oh my gosh. Nausea city.)
But the Baltimore 10-Miler is a lovely race with a semi-challenge course, great scenery and swag plus a killer after party. Rather than an expo, bibs can be picked up at various locations the week prior to the race. (One different location per day.) You can sign up for race day packet pick-up but this option does sell out.
On race day, there was plenty of parking but a long walk to the starting area. No biggie, I arrived super early and had plenty of time. As with most races, there were long lines for the port-o-potties, but if you keep walking to the ones on the end, the line is minimal. The course started near Druid Hill Park, goes through some neighborhoods and the Baltimore Zoo, and then loops around Lake Montebello before backtracking to the start. There's not as much crowd support as with the Baltimore Running Festival, but that's okay, once you finish it's a total party with a kicking band, lots of post-race food, and two free beers.
The line for race shirts and Baltimore 10-Miler towel, (loved, btw,) was lengthy for a while there, so I'd recommend getting your beers, relaxing, and waiting until the line is minimal. One criticism for the 2018 race was how there were a couple aid stations with no volunteers, leaving runners to fend for themselves and pour their own water. This is a rare oversight, however, since stations in the 2016 were well attended. Plus their was Santa and lots of elves at another water stop that made up for it!
All in all, while my personal experience at this race was rough due to nasuea, I love this race. I'm also a big fan of the King Crab Challenge that consists of the Frederick Half Marathon, Baltimore 10-Miler, and Baltimore Running Festival. I also appreciated how race photos were free thanks to Carefirst! If you'd like to see more, visit my blog or YouTube channel for photos and a video recap!