Half #193 is in the books!
Today I ran the Freedom Half marathon in Georgetown (DC.) The charity for this race was Wounded Warrior!
The race was put on by Bishops Events. They give 25% of each race’s profits to a specific charity and organize around 150 events in the Virginia and DC areas.
This was the 6th Bishop race I have done, and the 5th at this location, the C&O Canal towpath in Georgetown. Their races are usually small, 75 to 100 participants but this had around 200! The races are “low frill” (shirt and small medal) and have generous time limits. They even have a “back of the pack“ division.
For those of you who have never done a Bishop race, hear is a shorten version. For those of you who have, this review will sound really familiar! (See Spring Cleaning review 4/24/21)
The race started near the Key Bridge boathouse and was an out and back on the towpath. It is all gravel and hard-packed dirt, and flat with only a small bit of shade. There were water stations every two miles or so.
The remains of the C and O Canal (it operated from 1830-1924) are right next to the towpath on one side and the Potomac River is on the other. Pieces of the Canal’s history remain as you can see remnants of inland locks and the accompanying lock houses, some of which have been restored and are available to rent as a vacation stay.
This race was especially enjoyable, even if hot, because of running with Da is David Grudzien, Seher Akin-Swenson, David Larson, David Pinnick, Jen Stolfo MacPherson with Sue Ledwith volunteering for the race! We all met for lunch later after the race (except Jen and David Larson) Pinnick’s wife Lydia did the 5K and joined us for lunch as did Mike (Sue’s boyfriend)
This race was hot AND humid! I ran mostly with David Grudzien but when I got to mile 11, I was toast! I finished but it was a struggle!
David Clark wasn’t able to meet us on the course, which was a bummer but he did liven up the finish line for everyone! We did do a picture with the four David’s but we couldn’t find a fifth one fir the Dave Clark 5… though David did meet one later during the race!
Bishop races on the C&O Canal towpath are like an old friend. Sometimes you enjoy them and sometimes you don’t but you always know what to expect. I plan to be back for another one before too long.