Where Are You Running This Weekend?

The Baltimore Road Runners Club (BRRC) wants to make sure you have every opportunity to run with the Greater Baltimore running community. Here is our updates on running opportunities for the weekend and near future.

Saturday
NCR Trail Snails/ BRRC Long Run

Meet up with the NCR Trail Snails running at the Loch Raven Reservoir. The snails meet at McFauls Restaurant at the corner of Loch Raven Drive at Cromwell Valley Road. 7:30 am start. Good parking as long as we leave by 11am. Various paces are likely- perfect for new runners as well as moderately faster runners. The full loop measures 10 miles if you stay on the roads. Some may opt for a trail option. More info go to http://ncrtrailsnails.com/.

Pacemakers

The Pacemakers is a great group that meets in different areas of Baltimore City and County. Bob Hilson has mapped out every inch of the Baltimore area and knows every small coffee shop and diner. The group varies from 20-50 on any given Saturday and a runner can usually find a suitable pace with others. Bob also has a written direction map for those who might need it. And, as an extra bonus- he collects old but usable running shoes to be shipped to Haiti. Here is Bob’s info for this week:

Hey, The Run is on for Saturday, a gentle and always pleasing jaunt through bits of the Charles Village, Station North, Lake Montebello, Johns Hopkins University, Inner Harbor, Ednor Gardens, Mt. Vernon, Waverly, Federal Hill and Morgan State University communities.

We launch at 7 a.m. from Towson Hot Bagels, 3208 St. Paul St., and, surrounded by friends, get to run distances of either 3, 6.6, 10, 14.6, 15, 17 or 20 miles. What a bargain.

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Many congrats to all who raced last weekend, especially. . .

** Matt Beach, who traveled to Morocco for the half marathon at the International Marathon of Marrakech festival. Despite the sun and the heat, it was Matt’s second best half marathon.

** Maura Guedouar, who placed fourth in her division at the Town of Celebration Marathon in Celebration, Fla.

Shoes for Haiti?

RIOT Squad (“Running Is Our Therapy”) is hosting its 4th Annual Black History Run Tour! The runs start on Sundays in February at 8 a.m. and visit different landmarks that are significant to Baltimore Black history each week.

February 12 is a particularly special event because Morgan Lynch’s former boss, Judge Sylvester B. Cox, will speak at Thurgood Marshall’s childhood home. On Feb. 12, the group will take off from University of Maryland Law School at 8 a.m. All other runs begin at Rash Field at 8 a.m.

All runners and walkers welcome! Contact Morgan Lynch with any questions: 301-335-4272.
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Also, a bunch of Pacemakers are running the York Marathon or York Half Marathon on May 7. It’s a nice race with a flat route, not too far from Baltimore and less than $100. Here’s the link:
https://runsignup.com/Race/Info/PA/York/YorkMarathon

Froggy Hollow 5 and 9
Saturday, February 4, 6 am Start
Clarksburg, MD
Set in scenic Little Bennett Regional Park, the Froggy Hollow 5 & 9 presented by Altra is a timed trail ultra event with a 9-Hour, 5-Hour or “More than a 4 Miler” option. Froggy Hollow 5 & 9 offers the perfect setting for newbies and veteran trail runners to push their limits and achieve their new personal best. All participants will complete the 4.3-mile loop through Little Bennett Regional Park in Clarksburg, MD. The runners with the most mileage (most loops completed in their allotted event time) will be eligible for awards. We’ll have a fully stocked aid station directly on course and 9-Hour participants can set up trackside for ultimate convenience (more info to come on this).

This endurance event will offer unmatched camaraderie and a stellar vibe. We hope you will join us for this inaugural trail ultra brought to you by Charm City Run Events and Altra!

https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/Clarksburg/FroggyHollow
Sunday
RUN OF THE WEEKEND
Cupid’s Crush
February 5, 2023 8 am Registration and Packet Pick-up, 9 am Race
Back in the hands of Race Directors Rob and Jenna Santoni! Cupid’s Crush is a 5 mile road race that takes place around the Valentine’s Day holiday. The race will take runners around (near) the lake and over the hills of Druid Hill Park. Debuting in 2015, this race has definitively become the Baltimore Road Runners February classic. Join us for questionable Maryland weather and a challenging and fun race. And remember…love is in the air this time of year so wear your favorite Valentine’s race attire (keep it classy). You may win a prize!
To sign up-
https://runsignup.com/cupidscrush

On The Horizon

Superbowl Trail Race

February 12th, 8:30 am start, Cromwell Valley Park
Yes, the Superbowl Trail Race is back in action at Cromwell Valley Park. The race starts at the Talmar area with parking just to the east. 8 miles of fun trails with Bart Rein throwing in a curveball or two. If we are lucky he will bring some most excellent pork barbecue. It’s too late for the Ravens, but you can still have a good time.
Volunteers always needed- contact Bart at Bartrein@comcast.net.
For Sign Up-
https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=101366

Mid Maryland 50K and Relay
Saturday, February 18, 8 am
31 miles/50k will be 6 loops of about 5.179 miles like the last couple years! This means 6 loops to finish the 50k and relay teams can be up to 6 people this year. Lots of options if you want to be a part of the Mid-Maryland Ultra – run the whole 50k, or get some teammates and split up the distance with your friends to run the whole 50k, run 5 loops, 4 loops, 3 loops, 2 loops or 1 loop. Saturday February 18, 2023 at the Rockburn Branch Park, 6145 Montgomery Rd, Elkridge, MD 21075, follow road behind Rockburn Elementary School to pavilion at the end of the road. Race starts and finishes at the pavilion. No parking on grass. *Be aware that the Rec & Parks can make us cancel due to weather related issues. *50k run will follow a 5.167 mile loop through the wooded trail. Email coachlang@hotmail.com if you want to see a map of the course. *Let others know about a relay team option, made up of 2 to 6 people, exchange options after each 5.167 mile loop. *Both the relay and the full 50k will start at 8:00am sharp. Late packet pick up begins at 7am since park doesn’t open till 7am so please consider picking up at Feet First Friday between 4pm-6:30pm.
https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=98887

Hot Chocolate 5K
Sunday February 19th, Stevensville, MD
This chocolate themed 5K is put on by the Kent Island Running Group. Catherine Leclerc is pictured in their promo shot so it must be a great race. For info-
https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/Stevensville/HotChocolate5K?rsus=100-200-42d742d7-ef2a-496f-aa1d-4e223b723cc3

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Fun Run
Tuesday February 21, 6pm
Stay tuned for details on this fun run organized by Henry Peck and Missy Coatrieux. Likely possible sites include the Full Tilt Brewery on York Road in Govans with a festive run through Homeland. You can atone the next day.

2023 MD-DC RRCA 10 Mile Club Challenge and GPS Race
Sunday February 26th
Registration is LIVE for the 2023 10 Mile Club Challenge! BRRC Members can register following this link:
https://register.chronotrack.com/r/70373…
Like last year we’ll be providing a 75% discount for all BRRC members. If you’re not a BRRC member, you can join by signing up here: https://runsignup.com/…/Baltimore/BaltimoreRoadRunnersClub
Start training and let’s have a great club showing for this classic event! And Yes- it counts as a GPS Series Race!

Baltimore’s Saint Patrick’s Day 5k
Friday March 17th, 6:30 pm
This version is a road race in Patterson Park on Friday, March 17th, 2023. The Baltimore Road Runners Club (BRRC) will be hosting this race for its 5th time. We hope you celebrate your Irish, or your not so Irish, heritage with us with a run through Baltimore’s most historic park. Feel free to wear your favorite St. Patrick’s Day garb or dress like a leprechaun! Celebrate the run with beer after the race in the courtyard behind Patterson Park Public Charter School (PPPCS)! It’s Saint Patrick’s Day after all.
Course: Want to chase a PR? This might be the course for you! This net-downhill, 100% asphalt course drops 40 feet from start to finish and stays on the wider sections of roadway (no vehicles) through Patterson Park. There is one large climb in the 2nd mile but you’re rewarded with a run-by of the Pagoda and a long descent to the Pulaski Monument before finishing. We will have mile marks and split times.

Cost is $25 for BRRC Members and $40 for Non-members.
Further info and sign up will soon be available on our website- BRRC.com
Race director is Graham Peck at gpack89@gmail.com

HAT Run 50K
Saturday March 25th
March 25th, 2023 will mark the 33rd running of this iconic spring ultra-marathon on the trails of Susquehanna State Park, in Havre de Grace, MD. The 50-kilometer course traverses single-track trails, intermixed with open fields, dirt roads, and as few steps as we can manage on black-top. Our course covers nearly every inch of the park over two identical loops with nearly 4,300 feet of climbing. Be ready for 4 stream crossings – (read: your feet will get wet!)
Sign up at-
https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=97105

Hurdles Coach Wanted

Jason Ruby, coach at Notre Dame Prep is looking for a coach for track hurdles. If interested contact him at jasonruby83@gmail.com