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Baltimore Running Festival was a winner | READER COMMENTARY

The start of the Baltimore Running Festival outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards. This was the 20th anniversary of the event. October 9, 2021. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun).
The start of the Baltimore Running Festival outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards. This was the 20th anniversary of the event. October 9, 2021. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun). (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun)

Watching the marathon and half-marathon during the 20th Baltimore Running Festival this past weekend, I saw many instances of outstanding public service by the Baltimore uniformed services (”Jeremy Ardanuy, Joanna Hayes win marathon in 2021 Baltimore Running Festival,” Oct. 9).

Dealing with traffic control and sometimes irate and abusive drivers, the police were professional and competent, keeping the runners and drivers safe and the traffic moving as well as possible when thousands of runners are suddenly sharing the roadway. I interacted with several officers throughout the event, and they were unfailingly pleasant and good humored, even after a few drivers were rude to them.

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So, thank you to the men and women who helped Baltimore pull off such a large event — and to all the many residents who took time to cheer the runners going past their homes!

Chuck Heckman, Harrisonburg, Virginia

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