Marathons and half marathons on the brain

This is Baltimore Marathon week, so if you’re a runner and live around here, it’s hard not to have marathons and half marathons on your mind. My friends and I will be fielding two teams for the marathon relay this year, something we’ve been doing for 10 or 11 years now. And with the Ravens and Orioles both on a roll right now, the marathon is asking participants to wear either orange or purple this weekend at the races. I know I don’t need to explain which color goes to which team, so I just won’t.  ;  )

Also somewhat local this coming weekend is the Freedom’s Run line up of races. Race directed by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, these races (a marathon, half, 10k, 5k and kids’ run) are all set in the beautiful countryside near Harper’s Ferry, WV. You get to run through battlefields and national parks and the whole thing finishes off with an Oktoberfest–what’s not to like?

Speaking of fun and challenging race courses–I’ll be giving away an entry to the Blue Ridge Marathon, billed as America’s toughest road marathon, later this week. Keep your eyes peeled for this if this sounds like your cup of tea.

Finally, as many of us gear up for half and full marathons this fall, I’m writing about carbohydrate gels and their overuse today over at DietsinReview. Go check it out and see if you’re a user or an abuser!

Anyone doing any of the races I mentioned this fall or spring? If not, which half or full do you have planned?


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  1. says

    Thanks for the post. We are a beautiful old school event close to you. I’d recommend shoes for the Canal but Antietam is great for barefoot :)
    Here is a brief descriptor- Mark

    4th Annual Freedom’s Run
    Oct. 13, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
    Here’s your chance to explore Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, The C&O Canal, Antietam National Battlefield and the Potomac Heritage Trail with a variety of races. The 4th annual Freedom’s Run features a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and kids run. The courses are encased in National Park land, with some brief detours through the country roads and preserved historic towns. Events finish in historic Shepherdstown, W.Va. and feature a post-race Oktoberfest party—and it’s only 60 miles from Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
    All proceeds from the event return to the community to support fitness trails at local schools and activities surrounding our history and heritage.

  2. Michele @ nycrunningmama says

    I’m signed up for the NJ marathon in early May….the Blue Ridge marathon sounds pretty awesome..if I weren’t planning on trying to PR in May, I would 100% consider running it!!! Maybe next yr =)
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  3. says

    Your guest post is on a fascinating topic, heading over to check it out! I’m doing a local TriGirl half in December, (hopefully) the Houston full in January, and either the Austin half or Woodlands have in Feb/March. All this marathon talk with Chicago last weekend and now Baltimore is giving me marathon envy!
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  4. says

    Just have to share my excitement in finishing my first half marathon this past Sunday. The Urban Cow in Sacramento, CA. LOVED IT!!! Hopefully the first of many. Enjoyed your article on gels.

  5. says

    I’m not doing any of the above mentioned marathons or half marathons, but I do have a trail relay this weekend put on by Ragnar Relay down in Zion National Park and then on 11/3, I’m doing the Really BIG Free Marathon in Las Vegas. The races you mentioned above do sound fun though.
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  6. says

    My last race of the year is a local one here in Anchorage this coming weekend. It should be festive, as it has a Zombie theme. I wish I could swing a destination fall half, but that’s just not in the budget this year.
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  7. says

    Have fun! You are going to be wearing purple, I presume? My mom is an Orioles fan and she and I were talking about what we would do if it was Giants v Orioles in the World Series. Do you wear Orange? Or black? How can you tell which fans are which?
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