This was the first time that I've run the Baltimore 10 so I didn't know much going into the race. The race begins at Druid Hill Lake Park which is also home to the Maryland Zoo. There was plenty of parking for the race, even if traffic was backed up for quite a distance as parking is not the easily accessible large lots that you'll find by M & T Bank Stadium for the Baltimore Running Festival. The race begins with a steady downhill as you wind down the park and towards 28th Street. I was hoping that some part of the race would take us through the zoo, but that didn't happen. The run through downtown didn't offer much scenery, but it was well supported with ample water stations and plenty of locals out to cheer us on.
The race is an out and back course. Runners enter Lake Montebello around mile 4 and exit near mile 5. Adding to the excitement of passing the halfway point, there was a DJ blasting fun music to keep you motivated as you enter the mostly uphill second half of the race.
Then comes mile 8.
Oh, mile 8.
The brutality of mile 8.
Mile 8 is a tough uphill battle when your legs are burning and your chest is about to explode and the humidity is suffocating you. Luckily, mile 9 flattens out and you finish back at the start line where a cold towel, fruit, and a few beers await all finishers. This race is also well known throughout the area as having one of the best premiums around. Between the nice jacket, fun medal, and challenging course, runners will walk away feeling a great sense of accomplishment.