Marathon or longer number 145, the Baltimore Running Festival Marathon in Baltimore, Maryland. A hilly big city marathon through Washington’s Brooklyn, or as they’d prefer “the Charm City.” I can tell you the man extending his middle finger to every single runner holding up his commute left a little to be desired in the charm department. A late start (8 for the marathon, 9:45 for the half) led to more traffic issues and some toasty temps. Also a heavy police presence made it feel almost martial at times (mind you, I’ve done a marathon in Jerusalem and I thought security was lax there by comparison). Yeah, there’s a crab medal I didn’t bother to take a picture of. If such things are your thing. I probably would not repeat this race. It was meh. Fun fact: Maryland has its own state anthem, “Maryland, My Maryland”. It was written by a confederate sympathizer. It calls Lincoln a “tyrant” and the Union “Northern scum”. It was adopted in 1939. Can we all agree to take a knee on that bullsh-t?