CONQUER THE CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE AT THE ACROSS THE BAY 10K

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ALISON SALLITT

APR 15, 2019

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Most of us have driven over the iconic Chesapeake Bay Bridge en route to vacation on the Eastern Shore. You know, that 186-foot-tall and 4.3-mile long one that could give anyone a fear of heights — you can’t miss it. Well, it’s time again to conquer the beast—on foot—with the fifth largest 10k in the country, Across the Bay 10K.

OVER THE BRIDGE YOU GO

The Bay Bridge’s sky-high beautiful views are reserved for runners once every November. One side is totally closed down to car traffic to make way for some serious foot traffic. In this 10k/6.2-mile race, you’ll join around 20,000 runners (yep, this race is THAT big) as they trek up the bridge’s lengthy incline in the first half.

Not to fear… what goes up must come down. You’ll catch your breath on the way down and finish off running through a stretch of land on the other end. In other words, pace yourself — as your quads will quickly find out, the toughest stretch is that beginning two miles.

There will be a water station on the bridge, but in the name of keeping our Chesapeake Bay litter-free, you’ll have to bring your own container to run with.

TREAT YO’SELF

Beyond the finish line, they’ll provide you with a few well-earned containers — stick around for a Maryland-style after-party to throw back Natty Bohs, listen to a live band, and indulge in food tent eats like fresh oysters and shrimp. And when you’re ready, hop on a bus that’ll take you back across the Bay.

Though the race isn’t until early November, it’s never too early to watch the sign-up, start your training, and beat the bridge. Don’t miss this one, Bmore.

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