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Baltimore Marathon participants plan practice run Saturday morning

Several hundred runners readying themselves to participate in the Baltimore Running Festival in October are planning an organized training run Saturday morning.

The run, which will include water stops for participants along a 10- to 20-mile loop that roughly follows the planned marathon course, is expected to begin at 7 a.m. at the Pulaski Monument in Patterson Park.

Falls Road Running is coordinating the run, which is open to participants who pay a $10 registration fee.

Though more than 300 runners are expected to participate, streets will not be closed and intersections will not be blocked along the course route, which runs north to Lake Montebello, then west to Druid Hill Park before turning south through downtown and out Key Highway. Runners will then loop back along the waterfront, Little Italy and finally Canton before turning north to Patterson Park.

The running festival, which includes a marathon, half-marathon, relay, 5K and kids fun run, is Oct. 12.

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