The Brennans were among the first of a handful of special needs entrants to complete the Baltimore Marathon, many of them sponsored by Athletes Serving Athletes, a Cockeysville nonprofit that matches disabled athletes with race-day volunteers, or wingmen. One entrant, James Banks, bubbled over after finishing in 4:15:43.
Brian Rosenberg, a 37-year-old from Mechanicsburg, Pa., won the Baltimore Marathon, finishing in a personal-best two hours, 33 minutes and 27 seconds. Alex Wang, a 23-year-old University of Maryland graduate from Ellicott City, was the women's marathon champion, finishing in 2:58:41.
After the Orioles were swept by the Kansas City Royals this week, Lee Corrigan said he was "relieved" the Baltimore Running Festival finish wouldn't have to be altered. That doesn't mean he wouldn't want to change it in the future.
As the running festival looms on Saturday, the marathon is again without a title sponsor and Owings Mills' Dave Berdan is the favorite to repeat. Lee Corrigan, president of race organizer Corrigan Sports Enterprises, is excited about that.
The Orioles' 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday ensured Baltimore marathon participants would finish their race with the downhill jaunt down Eutaw Street and through Camden Yards that veteran runners are accustomed to.
Barry Goldmeier is a jogger who juggles - anything from footballs to baseball bats - while running. Or maybe he's a juggler who jogs. For short, folks call him The Joggler and, on Saturday, he'll strut his stuff in the Baltimore marathon.
The Baltimore Running Festival consistently generates about $40 million in economic impact each year, according to official estimates, and at its peak, the Grand Prix of Baltimore pumped $47 million into area hotels, restaurants and stores. But city officials say this week's Star-Spangled Spectacular — which marks 200 years since troops in Baltimore beat back a British invasion in 1814 — could surpass all those totals.
At a pasta dinner before Saturday's Thunder Road Marathon, Nicole Gross said she would be celebrating survivorship this weekend as she walks across the finish line with her sister, Erika Brannock, and her husband, Michael, and her mother, Carol Downing.
Participation in Sunday morning's Komen Maryland Race for the Cure dipped from last year, the second time in as many outings that the signature fundraising event for cancer research has experienced such declines.
Early Saturday morning Officer Vinny Julio stood in the intersection of Chase and Washington Streets idly twirling a wooden police baton on his first assignment since graduating from the police academy the day before.
City police and organizers of this weekend's Baltimore Marathon say they are stepping up security after explosions shook the end of the Boston race this spring, joining other recent running events that have placed restrictions around the finish line.
With the Baltimore Running Festival and other popular fall footraces fast approaching, local runners have struggled in recent weeks with daylight has grown scarce on either side of normal business hours.
Erika Brannock has not been to an organized race since April, when the first of two homemade bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line so badly injured the 29-year-old Towson preschool teacher that doctors were forced to amputate her left leg above the knee.