Glen Burnie Improvement Association 5k

“Slow down you crazy child

Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while

It’s alright you can afford to lose a day or too (oooh)

When will you realize…Vienna waits for you?”

Billy Joel – Vienna

It is hard to resist a Saturday race that is less than 5 miles from my house, starts at 9am and is a flat course on the B & A trail.

Second time around for this race, and just like last time, I probably should have skipped it and taken some time off.  My heel has been sore the last two weeks and there was no reason to throw an extra race into the mix.  But  I did.  I continue to be my own worst enemy.  I swear I will rest this stupid heel for the next three weeks if not longer.

This didn't help my heel much

This didn’t help my heel much

The Basics

Location- Glen Burnie

Timing- Chip Timing

Course – 5K , Flat, out and back on paved trail (B&A trail)

Pre-Race: I signed up for this race about 2 weeks ago. I didn’t receive any pre-race emails, but  GBIA maintains a website and Facebook page that they use to post important information about the race.

Race Day: Beautiful day.  I arrived at 8 for a 9 o’clock race start.  I parked across the street in a parking garage (free) and walked about 50 yards to the registration table.  There was no line and I received my packet immediately. Simple, like it should be.

Start / Finish Line

Start / Finish Line

The Race: The course takes you down the B&A trail from the center of Glen Burnie. It doesn’t get much flatter than this section of the trail.  I started out feeling pretty good and my first mile was 6:50.  It went downhill from there.  I haven’t been running the last two weeks and it showed as the race went on.  My second mile was slower, and by the start of the third mile my heel throbbed. I had no gas in the tank and huffed and puffed to a 22:46 finish time.  That time is in my usual 5k range, but I had started so strong I thought I might be under 22:00 minutes.  Such is life.

The B&A trails is open to the public so you have to watch out for walkers, runners and bikers doing their own thing.  It wasn’t a big deal for me during the race, but you need to be aware of your surroundings.  Bikers are usually pretty careful, but if you make a crazy or sudden moves you could get hit.  The race staff did a good job keeping runners off the trail at the Finish line to keep disruptions for other trail enthusiasts to a minimum.

Awards and Raffles

Awards and Raffles

Post Race:  They had bananas, oranges, some bagels and water.  They had chairs setup for the awards (I don’t think too many other races have that..).  They had an excellent array of gift certificates as raffle prizes (local restaurants, and sports stores) that they gave out between the awards.

Goodies: The race excelled at this last time and they didn’t disappoint this year.  The shirt is just a plain cotton T, but you get all sorts of knick-knacks in your swag bags.   3 pens, 1 highlighter, 6 packets of Advil, 2 first aid kits, a key chain, 2 pouches you can tie to your shoelaces, 1 pedometer, a water, a coupon for a Gino’s shake, a coupon of Bruster’s ice cream, and a coupon for an appetizer at Mutiny Bar and Grill. Also a menu for Mi Pueblo which is some of the best Mexican in the area.



*********I enjoyed this race again.  You get your money’s worth every year.  This is an awesome course for a first 5k. If you are local to the Glen Burnie area you should check this race out.  It is for your community and the goodies, coupons and raffle prizes are worth the price of admission.



—I need to “take the phone off the hook and disappear for a day or two..” so I can get my foot healthy and be prepared for my two races in November.  Of course there are a couple of nearby races in mid October….


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