CBRC - 2012 LPR10 - Weekend Update


Hello Runners,

Only two days and a wake-up until the 5th Lower Potomac River Ten-Mile Run!  The forecast looks fine for race day, partly sunny with a high of 73.  Temperature at race start will probably be in the upper 50s/low 60s.

Chesapeake Bay Running Club, the Friends of the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, the Chesapeake Bay Field Lab, and our lively and attentive volunteers look forward to welcoming back our regulars and meeting new runners.  Most of the runners on this year’s roster are first-timers at the LPR 10-Miler, but we’re delighted to welcome back defending bronze medalist John Piggott (also 3-time champion and consistent medalist at the Lower Potomac River Marathon); defending silver medalist Holly Graf; defending two-time bronze medalist Paula Fernandes; and defending CBRC champions David Raley and Valinda Nwadike.  There’s also some formidable competition in the men’s Grandmaster (over 50) division.

Top finishers will compete for modest cash prizes, and awards will be provided to the top 3 finishers in 10-year age groups.  CBRC members will again compete for the coveted Flying Pirate award.

Pre-race packet pickup will be held at the race venue on Saturday, October 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.  We’ll be at the picnic tables at the museum park at the end of Lighthouse Road.  CBRC member Perry Rapp will be on hand to lead an informal run on Lighthouse Road.  You may also pick up your number on race morning starting at 6:30 a.m.

We strongly encourage carpooling to the race.  Parking is at Blanton Field, about ¼ mile down Lighthouse Road from Rte 249, on your right.  The start/finish is about a mile away at the end of Lighthouse Road, providing a beautiful warm-up run along the water and maybe a gorgeous sunrise over the river.  Just keep the water on your left and run to the end of the road.  If you prefer, you can hitch a ride with one of our volunteers, who’ll be providing shuttle service in their personal vehicles.  The last shuttle will leave Blanton Field at 7:30.  If the parking lot is full, continue driving to the start, and we’ll find a spot for you to park.  You can stash your gear at the picnic tables at the park. – we don’t have formal bag check.

Race morning registration starts at 6:30, and the race starts promptly at 7:45.  Bathrooms are located inside the museum building, and there will also be a portable toilet on the grounds.  Please note that the indoor toilets cannot keep up with constant flushing within a short period, so please use the portable toilet when possible. 

The course is open to vehicular traffic.  Although there will be marshals on the course, runners must be constantly aware of their surroundings and be able to hear instructions from the marshals. Headphones/portable listening devices are strictly prohibited.  Any participant found to be in possession of headphones or a portable listening device while in the race (including through post-race photos) will be disqualified.  No warning will be given on the course; your name will simply be deleted from the results.

There will be water/Gatorade stations at the parking lot by the St. George Island Bridge (approx. Mile 2 and Mile 8), and at the Thomas Road intersection on St. George Island (approx. Mile 4 and Mile 6).  The Gatorade flavor is Frost Glacier Freeze (blue).

The race is manually timed.  Please ensure that your bib number is visible on the front of your clothing when you approach the finish line.  Do not remove the tear-off tag at the bottom of the bib, and heed the instruction not to pin the big hole on the tag.  Once you have crossed the finish line and your bib tag has been removed, do not cross the line a second time.  Please be considerate of runners finishing after you by staying clear of the middle of the road and ensuring that no runners are approaching before you cross.

The appetizing smell from the charcoal grills should be wafting your way as you approach the finish.  Help yourself to burgers, grill-baked potatoes (regular and white sweet potatoes) and trimmings, served with smiles and congratulations by the Friends of the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum.

Travel safely!  See you all soon!


Liza Recto, Race Director



Chesapeake Bay Running Club
P.O. Box 635
Solomons, MD 20688