Race Review: Charles 12

Hey friends! Hope everyone had a nice, relaxing Labor Day weekend! Why can’t every weekend be 3 days?! I definitely needed the extra day to rejuvenate and recover because this past Saturday, I ran the Charles 12 in Baltimore!

This is my third time doing this race and I absolutely love it. Thinking about doing it next year? Here are the details:

Course:

The race starts at The Shops at Kenilworth in Towson and ends at the Under Armour headquarters in Locust Point in Baltimore City (12 miles. Hence the 12 lol).  In previous years, the course ended at Power Plant Live.  So you had to run about a mile past Power Plant Live into Federal Hill and turn back around to run back to Power Plant Live.  Talk about torture! I much prefer the finish at Under Armour because it’s a straight point-to-point course and finishing at Under Armour makes you feel a little badass.

Miles 1 through 4 are pretty hilly, but after that?  Smooth sailing all the way down hill! Makes for a pretty fast time. I mean look at this elevation chart!

Race Logistics:

Charm City Run (the race host) offers a shuttle (additional $5 at time of registration) from the finish line to the start line. Ideally you’d park at finish area and then catch the shuttle to the start. While this is a great idea and works for many people, it doesn’t work for those who live in Towson or west of Towson. I would have to drive past the start, get to the finish area early to catch the shuttle, and then schlep back to the start on the bus. My running partner and I opted to drive to the start, park our car next to the shops, and then catch an Uber back to the car from the finish. So was this a better solution? Not really. The Uber wind up costing us $45 and to wait for it to arrive took forever! Next time we will just wake up 2 minutes earlier.

The weather forecast for race day was pouring down rain. Luckily, the race offered bag check so you can check warm and dry clothes to have at the finish.  What a lifesaver!  By the time I finished, I was soaking wet and after a few minutes, got VERY cold.

My runner partner and I in our best trash bags 🙂

Premium:

The race always hands out a nice premium by Under Armour and is worth the cost of the race entry alone.  This year, we received a very nice and thick Cold Gear hoodie.

Food:

This year the race had a selection of food trucks at the finish area and a meal ticket was on your race bib to redeem at any truck you choose.  While I really like this idea, it was poorly executed. There were 4 food trucks and they all seemed to serve the same breakfast sandwich? Maybe I’m wrong but that’s all I saw posted on each truck and that’s what everyone was munching on. Plus the lines were incredibly long. So I didn’t eat anything because the wait was crazy and we were ready to go.

Other things to note:

  • The National Anthem was sung by an incredibly talented young girl. Like, she could sing at a pro-football game good.
  • The police support was on point! Thank you police officers for keeping us safe!

Bottom Line:

This ranks up there as one of my favorite races.  Army Ten Miler holds the #1 spot for me but Charles 12 is in the top 5. Definitely sign up!

Me, all smiles, with my race medal!

So tell me, what’s on your fall race schedule?