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President's Message


Greetings, Baltimore Road Runners Club!

 
If I were to pick one race distance that defines running, it would be the marathon.  It is arguably the oldest, and the gold standard of runs.


THE Marathon, the oldest race?
 
26.2 miles is a ridiculous distance to run.  There is no cheating the distance, it takes planning and commitment to training.   There is little purpose for so many of us running that far, except that we really, really like running!  Have you noticed that when we meet someone who has run a marathon, they are preapproved as having done something special?  It is reasonable to want to be part of that.

I trolled the internet, and found that these are the estimated number of marathon finishers in the US, by year:

1976       25,000
 

One of 25,000!
 
1980       143,000
1990       224,000
1995       293,000
2000       353,000
2005       395,000
2010       507,000
2013       550,000

One of 500,000!
 
No surprise, that’s a lot of growth!

I was there in 1976, and I do not recall the half marathon even existing as a race.  But, the half marathon is now even more popular. Here is data for the half:

1990       303,000
1995       420,000
2000       482,000
2005       658,000                                                               
2010       1,385,000                        
2013       1,960,000
                                                            
So over my running life, the half marathon has gone from nothing to 4 times as popular as the marathon.  That is interesting.

Spring and fall are the marathon seasons, and the fall is THE marathon season.  At this time of year, we are looking at our fall running calendar.  There are so many marathons and half marathon choices out there to run.  Too many great races, and too little time!

At BRRC, our RACE is the historic NCR Marathon.  NCR has been our flagship event for almost 30 years!   You may find it fun to check out the historic results here, back to 1990.  Here is great data from our Hall of Famer, Nut Hall: http://www.mdrun.com/?q=node/27

This year, you will be delighted to know that the NCR Marathon has accommodated our changing times.  We have eliminated the crossing and running on Route 45, York Road.  We have our start and post run gathering at the beautifully renovated gym at Oldfields School.  And, we finish on the NCR trail, eliminating entirely any uphill finish.  The new course is significantly net downhill, a certified Boston Qualifier, almost all run on finely crushed limestone, virtually without turns, and tree lined protected from winds.  This is a FAST course, and if you do not want to run on pavement, we believe it is uniquely and remarkably fast.   
 
Finally, we have added a half marathon option! ENJOY that!

For permitting reasons, we will never have a thousand runners at NCR.  What we have is a unique, fast and superb, boutique event.  Our events have become so popular that we have had sellouts, and having the NCR sellout would not surprise us.   

Check us out here http://ncrtrailmarathon.com/

And, sign up here: http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=47742

Our fall training groups are up !  Along with our popular Couch to 5k and Trail Running Groups, our Mid-Distance Training Group’s target race is our very own NCR Marathon on November 25, 2017.  The training focus will be on the Half Marathon.  So come on out and train with us for the 1/2 marathon or grab a buddy and train together for the Relay.  See the BRRC website for details.
 

I hope you are all healthy and are getting ready for a great fall of running!
 
Henry Peck
President


2 of 500,000 2017 Marathoners
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