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At the Races

Baltimore Running Festival, October 18, 2014–John Harvey

On October 18th 2014 I felt like I was coming of age in my running life. That was the day I completed my 18th marathon – billed as the Baltimore Running Festival. The first 11 I ran in Trinidad and Tobago, the rest in the USA. In 6 different states.
The race is described as “a fair yet challenging course which travels through the many diverse neighborhoods including the scenic Inner Harbor waterfront area, historic Federal Hill and charming Fells Point.  The loop around Lake Montebello will also remain giving runners flat terrain near mile 21” what is not mentioned is that the hill leading up to the lake is over a mile long starting around mile 19!
I left home at 2:20 am and drove down to Baltimore with my co-pilot Faye and a friend from my church. Arrived in good time at 5:15 am for the7am start.  Met up with my WET Warrior running buddy, and fellow ERC member, Randi Cohen who was doing the Half marathon with her daughter. Her son was also running his 2nd marathon. Thanks for collecting my bib Randi and saving me hotel expenses!
The day turned out to be perfect for runners and spectators.
I joined the best 4hr pace group ever (the pace leader took us on a virtual running tour of Baltimore) and was on target for my 2nd sub 4hr marathon – up until that hill I mentioned at mile 19! A pain in my left pirifomis kicked in and slowed my pace. I lost the pace group but managed to keep running. I walked through 2 water stops to ensure I was properly hydrated and was able to run the last 3 miles without issues.
Seeing Faye and my friend for the first time in the finishing chute was a huge boost.
I would highly recommend this race. It was very well organized, not too large (capped at 4000) and had a great after party.
My finish time was 4:19:28 – I’m happy with that.

Ps. The wording on the back of the medal made me say a lot less about the ‘hill’. See pics
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