Patapsco 50k Race Report – Wesley S

Race: Patapsco 50k

Runner: Wesley S

Race Date: 10/27/2018

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Results: 74th, 5hr 46 min

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

They had a back up plan. They also had lots of food and were very supportive and helpful.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

The change of course or the lack of time they told us about the change.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

Nothing seemed normal to me.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

The ending of my last loop I found a few guys to run with, and we all encouraged each other to run to the finish through our last 10 miles.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Find a buddy to run with near the end helps you build confidence in yourself to finish and learn how to start a little slower.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Run slower in the beginning.

Expect the pain.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

It’s the BWI loop and it’s about 10.5 miles long.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

The beginning you will see a nice view of the Airport.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

No, very easy course.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Very organized they had a back up plan and plenty of food.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Yes, I wasn’t running for placing but there were top guys out there going at it.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

You can drive down day of. I got a hotel so I wouldn’t (drive down the day of) and it’s not a huge race so finding a hotel wasn’t hard at all.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Had coke, grilled cheese, oreos, red bull, and chips. They had lots of food ready for you.

Weather and typical race conditions

This one was wet, rainy and windy.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?

2 pairs of shoes extra socks. Extra gear for drop bags.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

The road one yes, my wife got to see me every 10 miles.

How’s the Swag?

Awesome, great people.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

4 stars because they had a back up and it was amazing despite everything.