- 3 miles/5K, 13.1/Half Marathon, Relay
- Road Race
Let me be up front and say that I ran a nice PR at the Frederick 5K, so I have very fond memories of it! There is plenty of parking at the race location, and you can pick up your packet the night of the race, which is a big plus in my book. The scenery along the race is great - nice back country roads - and the start and finish are at the same place, making for easy race logistics. Additionally, there is a nice festival at the start/finish line where you can indulge in some beer once you complete your race (or your family can pass the time while you run).
Only negative -- the corrals. I wanted to move my legs before starting so I jogged around the track that it starts on for a bit and got in line to start very very close to the gun going off. The way they had corrals organized was basically a big chute, so I was stuck in the very back and had to do a lot of weaving in and out of people during the beginning of my run. As I was going for a PR, this was a big negative to me, but could be avoided by getting into the corrals sooner.
Would I recommend this race? Yes! Would I do it again? Yes, absolutely! The free beers at the end certainly don't hurt! :) Go out to Frederick and give this race a run!