Marathon No. 4 is on the schedule: Baltimore

I have wanted to run the marathon at the Baltimore Running Festival for a while, but I didn’t make it my first marathon because of the hills. My first marathon was the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon in 2013, which was a great experience.

According to the race map, the start and finish of the race are near Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where I was when I took this photo at an Orioles game. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
According to the race map, the start and finish of the race are near Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where I was when I took this photo at an Orioles game. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

And then, when I signed up for the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon again for 2014, I didn’t want to run two marathons so close together.

But 2015 looks like it will be a good year to run Baltimore. I love Baltimore — it’s a great city. Growing up in Carroll County, I wasn’t too far away — although I didn’t go there all the time as a child. I got to experience more areas of Baltimore hanging out with my boyfriend there, sometimes going for runs.

It’s a great place to run, and it will also be my first marathon in a city atmosphere. I’m looking forward to the variety of places we’ll run throughout the city as well as hopefully having a good amount of crowd support.

I’m running the Big Sur International Marathon across the country in California next month, so I’m glad that this year, I’ll also be able to run a marathon in my home state of Maryland. It’s the fourth marathon I have signed up for, but as I’ve noted before, I can’t see myself wanting to do more than about two per year.

The race isn’t until Oct. 17, but I registered now because the cost goes up after the end of the month. It’s currently $100. (If you want to register, here’s the link.)

Having visited Baltimore many times, it will be a whole new experience to be able to run 26.2 miles through the city. Here’s the course map.

Hopefully, training during the summer weather will make me ready for the hilly course. But mostly, I’m in it for the experience.

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