Today’s theme for the Friday Five link-up is “5 Races to Run in 2015”, so I thought I would share my 5 favorite Baltimore races!
We will go in order from shortest to longest distance; I tried to include some variety in this list!:
1. Run to Remember 5k (9/13/15) I haven’t done too many 5ks that go through downtown Baltimore, but this is a good one. It is a net uphill course though (ending at the top of Federal Hill) so not necessarily a fast course. It can also be hot in early September. But it’s to remember 9/11 and it is always a good time. I just saw on the website that there will also be an 11k this year…which is an interesting distance for sure!
2. Sole of the City 10k (4/18/15) I have only done this race once but it was really fun! It goes downtown through the inner harbor area and it’s where I have my current 10k PR. I’m hoping to return this year and beat that time!
3. Baltimore Ten Miler (6/6/15) This isn’t exactly an easy course but it’s not terrible either…and it’s an out and back so you know exactly what you are in for. It starts at Druid Hill park and takes you through some Baltimore neighborhoods and around Lake Montabello. I think the best part is that they give out watermelon at the finish!
4. Charles St. 12 Miler (9/5/15) I did this race last year when it was held in August and we got really lucky with the weather! Moving it to September should help, but you just never know what you will get in those months. The course is advertised as “downhill” because it starts up in Towson and takes you straight down to the inner harbor area and ends at Power Plant Live. However, don’t be fooled- there are a few uphills in there too! It’s a great, scenic course and the perfect way to see different Baltimore neighborhoods.
5. The Baltimore Running Festival (10/17/15) This is Baltimore’s biggest running event and includes a marathon, half-marathon, 5k and relay. I have done the full marathon once and the half-marathon three times. The full marathon starts earlier and then merges with the half runners shortly after they start, so everyone finishes together. This can make for a hectic finish line, but I think they improved it last year. The 5k goes on right after the full starts and is a pretty flat course. The full/half/relay course is rather hilly. It takes you all around Baltimore and there is great crowd support.
Will I be seeing you at any of these races this year?
Have you ever done a race in Baltimore? What is your favorite?
If you have never raced in Baltimore, what is your favorite city to race in?
I’m also linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday!