Baltimore 5k Race Recap (Baltimore Running Festival Part 1)

2 Nov

On Saturday October 21st I ran the Baltimore 5k and Half Marathon (The Baltimoron-athon challenge).  But first, lets back up a bit.

I have always wanted to run a race in the Baltimore Running Festival but the timing (or pricing) never seemed to quite work out. This year my dad and I planned way ahead and were able to register for the half marathon at the lowest price that was offered. A few months later the BRF facebook page advertisted their “Baltimoron-athon” opportunity, which meant signing up for the 5k, in addition to the half marathon, and running them on the same day, for a total of 16.2 miles. I am never one to back down from a challenge and had never run two races in the same day, so I convinced my dad and we signed up. 🙂

We drove to Baltimore on Friday the 20th and walked from the hotel directly to the expo, getting there around 5pm.  The expo was honestly a bit smaller than I expected, but there were booths selling all of the typical amenities. Picking up our Baltimoron-athon bibs was a breeze (no lines at all).Baltimore Packet Pickup (4).JPG

We received one bib for both races, and then the race shirt for each race.  The shirts are AWESOME, nice quality Under Armor shirts — short-sleeved for the 5k, and long sleeved (with thumb holes!) for the half marathon.

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After exploring the expo we decided to head right to Little Italy to get an early dinner, in order to beat any of the dinner rush.  But not without a stop at the Inner Harbor for a bib photo!

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For dinner, we ate at Amiccis of Little Italy which was fantastic. I had a Caesar salad, lots of fresh, warm bread, and gnocci with a creamy pesto sauce.

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We got back to the hotel, I set out my running clothes, and fell asleep before 9. It.was.glorious.

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The next morning we woke up around 5:30, got ready and grabbed breakfast in the hotel before walking to the race village area at the Inner Harbor.  The sun was coming up over the water and it was gorgeous.

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However, it was already a “comfortable” temperature for wearing a tank top. I knew this meant it would just keep getting warmer as the day went on.

My dad and I decided to check bags so that we would have a place to drop things and store things for both races.  The bag check was well organized and every time we dropped off our bags or picked them up we didn’t have to wait long at all, which was great!

After a port-a-potty stop (there were plenty, and short lines!), we got in the starting corral for the 5k.  The 5k started off with announcements by the Mayor of Baltimore, and the National Anthem.  It started right on time at 7:30.

My plan was to have fun during the races and look for the photographers (since I knew the photos were free!!) and just enjoy myself.

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Mission accomplished! 🙂

The 5k couse was flat and a simple out and back. It was really scenic and a nice way to start the day. It was in the high 40s, so I knew it was some of the most perfect running weather we were going to have all day, and just enjoyed myself.

My only real complaint was the crazy amount of crowding during the first mile. It was the worst I have ever experienced. Despite announcements to line up according to pace and only span two across if you were running with a group, there were times when we were forced to walk (after crossing the start line) because people did not line up appropriately, and honestly it was pretty frustrating.

Despite a rough first mile, I really enjoyed miles 2 and 3 and felt really good.

My splits were 9:56, 9:22, 9:56, 1:06 (9:05 pace). Official Time: 30:44, which I have zero complaints about. I had a good time, and to almost break 30 minutes on an “easy” run is pretty awesome.

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I grabbed my crab shaped medal (from a Baltimore police officer handing them out!), some snacks to refuel with later, and waited in line for an official photo!

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After the photo, I headed to the bag check to meet my dad and to drop off my medal and snacks, and grab my chews to start fueling up for the half marathon.  But, since this recap has gotten so long already, I’ll end part 1 here, and the half marathon will be up tomorrow in part two!

One Response to “Baltimore 5k Race Recap (Baltimore Running Festival Part 1)”


  1. Baltimore Half Marathon Race Recap (Baltimore Running Festival Part 2) | Diary of a slow runner - November 3, 2017

    […] When we last left off  I had just finished the 5k, and was hanging out between that finish and starting the half marathon. (I recommend you check out the previous post for all the context about the Baltimoron-athon!) […]

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