Sunday, October 14, 2012

Baltimore Running Festival 2012

I attended, but did not participate in, yesterday's Baltimore Marathon and Running Festival. Personally, running for running sake and I never really got along. But I am impressed with those people who can run long distances without coughing up a lung.
Jeremy and Mike after the Half Marathon

Jeremy and Mike ran in the half-marathon and both completed it with really respectable sub 10 minute mile times. We were near the finish line outside Orioles Park to cheer them as then ran by--within sight of the finish line and they both looked really good running.
Baltimore Marathon October 13, 2012
Nine Mile Point

As we were waiting for their race to start we had the opportunity to see the world class runners pass the 9 mile marker about 40 minutes after the race began. They had significantly separated themselves from most of the other runners and were clearly in the lead.

These guys didn't even look tired.

The winner, from Kenya, finished the race in about 2 hours and 13 minutes.  We had a friend who ran the full marathon in just under 3 hours and 15 minutes--fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Congrats Kevin!

It was a beautiful day. The sky was clear and although very cool in the shade, the sun was warm and the humidity was low. A more perfect day for a run would be hard to imagine.

It was fun to be in the city and celebrate the joy of running and health, and pushing oneself to achieve difficult goals.

It was a celebration of life!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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