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Training, Tenacity And Tired Feet

Oct 17, 2014

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Well, for a while, we held out the hope that tomorrow would be a day for Orioles baseball. The Kansas City Royals had different ideas, so there won't be a game tomorrow. But that's not to say that Camden Yards won't still be a busy place. The 14th Annual Baltimore Running Festival kicks off at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning with a full marathon, followed by a Half Marathon that launches from the Inner Harbor at 8:45 a.m.

Folks will race, jog, roll and walk the streets of Baltimore, from the Inner Harbor to Druid Hill Park; through South Baltimore, Patterson Park, Clifton Park, and Lake Montebello, culminating at a raucous finish line at Camden Yards. In addition to the full and half marathons, there's a 5 K race, and even a Kid's Fun Run.

In all, about 27,000 runners of all ages, shapes and sizes will challenge themselves to conquer the vagaries of sore feet, and that nagging little voice in your head that says, "This is too hard.  Let’s quit."  Here in Maryland, lots of runners have prepared for the big event by training with various groups of like-minded people, and enjoying the camaraderie and shared understanding of the particular trials and tribulations that attend the runner's life.

Joining Tom Hall is Bob Hilson. He is one of four people who, in 1998, started a running group that we call the Pacemakers. For anyone interesting in joining the running group, contact Hilson by email:

The full marathon starts at 7 a.m. from South Paca Street near Camden Yards. The 5K starts 20 minutes later from just south of Camden Yards.  The Kids Fun Run starts next, followed by the Half Marathon. There will be about 11,000 folks in that one, which launches from the Inner Harbor at 8:45 p.m. If you're in a car anywhere near the race route, you'll be stuck for a while. The course maps for each race can be found here.