9/13/14: BWI Loop

posted Sep 11, 2014, 7:11 AM by Alex Fuller   [ updated Sep 11, 2014, 7:18 AM ]
This Saturday we're heading to the airport for a long run on the BWI Trail. This is a fun, paved path with rolling hills and great views of planes taking off and landing. You may even see horses! There will also be breakfast afterward at Lisa's place in Elkridge. AND we may have a few runners from the UMBC running club, so say hi!


Meet at the Thomas Dixon Jr. Aircraft Observation area on Dorsey Road at 8 AM. There is plenty of parking and two portable toilets.


Half-marathoners will run one loop (about 10.6 miles) and marathoners will run two loops. For the most part the trail is well marked. Stay on the asphalt path and follow the signs for "Bike Route." But there are a few tricky parts where you might make a wrong turn.
  • Right after mile 3: The trail turns left on Stoney Run Road, passes over Aviation Blvd, and then turns right and downhill to continue parallel to Aviation Blvd.
  • Shortly after mile 4: The trail turns right at a pedestrian crosswalk to cross Amtrak Way, then continues into the woods. If you miss it, you will arrive at a parking garage for the MARC train. Go back and look for the painted white crosswalk.
  • Just before mile 5: The trail forks and you want to go left, away from the airport. If you go right, you will cross Aviation Blvd on a pedestrian bridge and arrive at a parking lot.
  • A little after mile 9: Turn right to leave Stewart Ave and continue into the woods. If you find yourself crossing a major highway (I-97), you missed the turn, so go back and find it!
Here's another nice map of the trail.


  • There are no water fountains on this route and not much shade either, so bring lots of water. People running two loops will also want calories.
  • Sign up for carpooling if you need a ride or can provide one. If possible, try to carpool with people running the same distance. That way you won't have to wait for someone to run another loop.
  • Combustion engines require gasoline, so please compensate your drivers.