- 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Relay
- Road Race
Just ran the Baltimore Marathon today. Got into town yesterday evening for the expo, which was big and nice. The shirt was a very nice UA long sleeved tech shirt. That was it for grab bag, but that shirt is super nice.
Race was Marathon, Half, and Relay. In a nutshell, lots of crowd support, and tons of hills. Highlights include running through the Maryland Zoo at Baltimore, the Under Armour HQ, Inner Harbor, and maybe a dozen or more neighborhoods.
Did I mention hills? Hilly first 5 miles, then a wicked grind from 15-20. At the top is a huge pond you run around, then some downhills, before a series of hills from 23-25. To be fair, Baltimore Marathon touts its hills.
Aid stations were great until the 20s, when they started running out of Gatorade and Water. It was still there, and the volunteers were awesome and tried their best, but runners kept bunching up at the last remnants of drinks.
I love finisher medals, and this one's my favorite. Big crab that opens up to reveal what I think is Fort McHenry. Cool ribbon on there too. No better way to celebrate then eating a Baltimore classic softshell crab sandwich! Ate mine at Luna Del Seas on the walk back to the hotel.
Overall, very challenging, but very good marathon. Also, wear sunscreen of you're a middle of the pack'er like me. Race starts at 8, which puts you out there in the funniest part of the day. Should've known better - got a little red. Thank you to Baltimore for a great race.