Four reasons to run the Salisbury Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K on 4/4

Here I am about to finish the Salisbury Marathon last April. This was a free race photo!

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I’m so pumped that BibRave and the Salisbury Marathon have joined forces for 2020! I have been a BibRave Pro for about three years, and this is the first BibRave partner race since I’ve joined (and I would guess ever) that has been held right in my hometown. It’s exciting — and I’m hoping some other members of the BibRave community will be in town.

Since this year’s RunSBY Events — the marathon, half marathon and 5K — are on April 4, which is 4/4, I figured I’d share four reasons to run one of these races here in Salisbury, Maryland.

This photo was being used to promote the race, which I think is pretty cool! Here I am posing with some of my Eastern Shore Running Club friends at last year’s event.

I ran the marathon last year and am signed up to run the half this year. Since I’m the coach for this race (more on that later), I got a free entry through that, but I figured I would also promote it through BibRave as I would love to have you join me on race day.

  1. It’s flat. It doesn’t get much flatter than Salisbury, Maryland. You will be treated to a nice, flat course if you run here. If you’re shooting for a Boston Qualifier, you won’t have to contend with any real hills, only a few tiny inclines that would probably not even be noticeable to someone from outside the area. And, the course is certified.

    Maybe you’re not going for a BQ — I know I’m nowhere near a BQ time. But the courses are nice if you’re going for a personal record, too. The marathon course will be open for seven hours and the half marathon course will be open for three-and-a-half hours, so as long as you stay at a 16:00/mile pace or below, you’re good! Early April weather should ideally be nice, too (knock on wood — no guarantees there!).

  2. It’s fun. I am super involved with the Eastern Shore Running Club, and we have an amazing running community here in Salisbury. We’ll have plenty of members out again, as participants and I’m assuming at an aid station as well (we’ve had an aid station the past two years that the race has existed — this is the third year). Enjoy plenty of aid stations along the rural course that ends in Downtown Salisbury. Then, once you’ve crossed the finish line, hang out at the post-race party, which had beer and live music last year.

  3. It’s stress-free — or at least, less stressful. You might be stressed about running your race like you would be with any race, but you don’t have to stress about much else. At this event, you don’t have to worry about logistics as much as you may have to at a big-city race. It’s so close to my house that I actually ran to the start last year.

    Of course, not everyone can do that. But parking is free in Downtown Salisbury on weekends, and you can either catch a shuttle from there to the full and half marathon start or run or walk the half-mile. There are also three opportunities to get your race packet — on Thursday, Friday and on race morning.

  4. I’m the coach! OK, so I might be a little biased on this one in particular. But seriously, how many races have a coach who will interact with you? I’m a Road Runners Club of America certified coach, and I wrote training plans, which are available here. I also post weekly check-ins on the Salisbury Marathon Group Discussions Facebook group, where I’m also available to answer any questions. If I don’t know the answer or am not qualified to answer, I will at least try to point you in the right direction.

And I know I said four reasons, but there are also free race photos (a nice perk) and I’m excited to see what food will be available at the finish this year.

Here I am finishing the Salisbury Marathon, with my boyfriend, Mike, to the left side. He served as the race volunteer coordinator.

I also work for Wicomico County Tourism (the county that Salisbury is located in), so I would personally love for you to explore our area if you have not been here! The race begins right near the Salisbury Zoo, which has free admission, and Wicomico County is also home to beautiful parks, historical sites, the Delmarva Shorebirds minor-league baseball team and more. You can also view accommodations information on the Wicomico County Tourism website.

So, are you ready to sign up? Be sure to use the code BIBRAVE2020 to save 10 percent! The registration rates will increase Feb. 1, so get your registration in before that.

Salisbury Marathon
Date: Saturday, April 4
Time: 7 a.m.
Start Location: Near 521 S. Park Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804
Current Registration Fee: $105 ($94.50 with code)

Salisbury Half Marathon
Date: Saturday, April 4
Time: 7 a.m.
Start Location: Near 521 S. Park Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804
Current Registration Fee: $80 ($72 with code)

#RunSBY 5K
Saturday, April 4
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Start Location: Downtown Salisbury (you can use the address of 125 N. Division St., Salisbury, MD 21801)
Current Registration Fee: $30 ($27 with code)

All Races
Packet Pickup: Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Evolution Craft Brewing Co. and Friday from 3-8 p.m. at Salisbury University’s Guerrieri Student Union. Marathoners and half marathoners can pick up their packets from 5:30-6:45 a.m. race day by the Salisbury City Park Bandstand and 5K runners can pick up their packets by the Government Office Building at 125 N. Division St. from 6:15-7:15 a.m. race day.

Visit the RunSBY website and register here.

Hope to see you there! Let me know if you’ll be running, as I would love to meet some readers!

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