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Maryland Half Marathon Preview

May 5, 2012 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: mdhalfmarathon.com

Photo Credit: mdhalfmarathon.com

maryland half marathon Maryland Half Marathon Preview

Photo Credit: mdhalfmarathon.com


Maryland Half Marathon

8161 Maple Lawn Blvd.
Fulton, Md. 20759
(410) 328-3637
www.mdhalfmarathon.com

Price: free to watch
Hours: Sun, May 6 – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In addition to encouraging the whole community to stay fit – The Maryland Half Marathon raises money to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.  New this year, Dozer’s Dash at the five-mile marker honors the Goldendoodle who raced into the fun in the 2011 race.

finish line md half marathon Maryland Half Marathon Preview

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Maryland Half Marathon Start/Finish Line Area (Great place to watch)
8161 Maple Lawn Blvd.
Fulton, Md. 20759

Price: free to watch
Hours: Sun, May 6 – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The start/finish line area of the race is a nice place to see the runners take off from the jump, and wind down to the finish. This position sits right near the post race festival in the commercial district of Maple Lawn. Set up camp at the five-mile marker, then move down to the start/finish area to see the winner of the marathon cross the finish line.

Five Mile Marker (Great place to watch)
Near corner of Lime Kiln Road and Browns Bridge Road

Price: free to watch
Hours: Sun, May 6 – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If you’re looking for a place to camp out at along the Maryland Half Marathon course, the five-mile marker is the best place to be.  Expect to see a pooch on the loose because this is where Dozer, the goldendoodle, joined the race last year.

Related: Organizers Planning Bigger, Better Maryland Half Marathon

dozers dash Maryland Half Marathon Preview

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Dozer’s Dash
Near corner of Lime Kiln Road and Browns Bridge Road

Price: free to watch
Hours: Sun, May 6 – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In the 2011 Maryland Half Marathon, Dozer escaped from his owner’s yard and ran alongside the race participants from the five-mile mark to the finish line. He made national news last year with his dash, and his 2012 commemorative run marks the occasion. In this leg of the marathon, the man and woman with the lowest time will receive an award as the Top Dog of Dozer’s Dash.

Kid’s One Mile Fun Run
Starts at approximately the 12-mile mark

Price: free to watch/$15 for participants
Hours: Sun, May 6 – 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Watch kids 12 and younger duke it out in a one-mile marathon. In the Kid’s One Mile Fun Run, children will race to the same finish line as the half marathon runners. Runners in the Kid’s Fun Run will receive T-shirts as well as medals for their participation.

md half marathon post race Maryland Half Marathon Preview

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Post Race Festival
commercial district of Maple Lawn

Price: free for runners/click here for additional pricing details
Hours: Sun – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrate the race with family and friends at the post race festival. Enjoy plenty of food and beverages as well as a free concert. All ages are welcome. It’s a great way to mingle with the marathon participants and sponsors.


Nearby Restaurants


Venega’s Prime Filet

8191 Maple Lawn Blvd.
Fulton, Md. 20759
(301) 490-2290
www.venegasprimefilet.com

Price: $31 to $50
Hours: Sun – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Venega’s is the perfect way for you or your guests to enjoy a prime steak with a nice glass of wine. If you crave a different selection of post-race grub, fret not. Venega’s offers a variety of menu items to its patrons, including lamb chops, pasta, crab cakes, sandwiches, salads, shrimp, fish and lobster to soothe your soul.

Facci Italian Restaurant
7530 Montpelier Road
Laurel, Md. 20723
(301) 604-5555
www.faccirestaurant.com

Price: $7 – $13 (Brunch menu price range)
Hours: Sun – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Brunch); Sun – 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Dinner)

Facci Italian Restaurant is the premier spot for wood-fired pizza. Facci provides Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when you may enjoy anything from Italian omelets to traditional pancakes and Facci Specialties. Order from the lunch menu between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on race day, or wait until after 3 p.m. to have dinner.

Related: Dog Raises Money For Cancer Research In Md. Half Marathon

As a Life Development Strategist, David Newby works with spiritually-minded business owners and other professionals who are looking to improve their quality of life and make positive contributions to society. David was born, and currently resides, in Baltimore, Md. His work can be found at Examiner.com.


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