12/13/2014: Patapsco Valley State Park

posted Dec 10, 2014, 5:54 PM by Alex Fuller   [ updated Dec 10, 2014, 6:22 PM ]
This week we'll run through Patapsco Valley State Park just southwest of the city. The half marathon group will run 6 miles and the marathon group will run 11. That's a big jump from last week, so pace yourself out there. The weather will be partly cloudy and 34°F at the start. You will warm up naturally while running, but so will the actual air temperature. To avoid over- or under-dressing, bring a couple of layers and pick the best combination right before you start.

Lisa will host breakfast after the run at her house, conveniently located only 10 minutes away. RSVP if you can come so she knows how much food to prepare. And sign up for carpooling if you need a ride or can provide one. WE NEED MORE DRIVERS. So if you're planning to run, please offer a spot in your car. Thanks!

Meet-up

We'll meet at 8 am in the parking lot under the railroad on Ilchester Road. If you're using GPS, the address is "98 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City". Keep an eye out for "no parking" signs. If the parking lot is full or off-limits, there are other places to park along Ilchester.

Route

Half Marathon
  • Follow Grist Mill Trail until it ends at a road (2.5 miles) and then continue on the road.
  • At 3 miles, turn right on Gun Road (no street sign) and cross the river.
  • Turn right again onto River Road.
  • Continue on River Road until it ends at a footbridge (4.9 miles). Use the bridge to cross back over the river.
  • Turn left on Grist Mill Trail and follow it one mile back to the start.

Marathon
If you're running 11 miles, bring water. You can dehydrate even on a cold day.
  • Follow Grist Mill Trail until it ends at a road (2.5 miles) and then continue on the road.
  • At 3 miles, turn right on Gun Road (no street sign) and cross the river.
  • Turn right again onto River Road.
  • Continue on River Road until it ends at a footbridge (4.9 miles). Continue on the paved/gravel trail.
  • Turn around at 5.5 miles and return to the start.
  • Alternatively, run another quarter of a mile to the dam, where the trail ends, and make it 11.5 miles!
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