The race itself is part of the Frederick Running Festival.
Thousands of runners took the streets on Sunday morning for the Frederick Half-Marathon. Hundreds lined the roads on a rather chilly morning to cheer on their favorite runners.
The top male finisher in the race was Dave Berdan, 33, of Owings Mills, Maryland. "I came in here with the goal of winning, but I didn't think, training wise, how it would go. I'm doing a marathon in two weeks up in the Pocanos so this is a good tune up," Berdan said, moments after he crossed the finish line. His time was 1-hour, 5-minutes and 39 seconds, according to the Frederick Half-Marathon website.
The top female finisher was Sage Norton, 33 of Frederick. Her time was 1-hour, 22-minutes and 29-seconds. That information also comes from the Frederick Half-Marathon web site.
The course took runners from the starting line out in front of the Frederick Fairgrounds on East Patrick Street. It then went down East Street to Monocacy Boulevard, up North Market Street, and down Bentz Street, through the Downtown, Baker Park, passed Frederick Memorial Hospital and then up North Market Street. It goes down East Street and ends up once again at the Fairgrounds, in front of the grandstand.
Norton says she was very familiar with this course. "It's the roads we train on. I pretty much knew every turn, every pothole, every house, every street number," she says. "Sometimes it's good to know what's coming ahead, especially those last couple of miles can be really hard. It's good to know the street names and how long they are. When you finally get to East Street, it's a huge sign of relief."
Berdan also found the course "challenging" with a lot of "turns and ups and downs."
Norton was tired after she finished the race, but she says "it's nice to win your hometown half-marathon."
Although nothing out of the ordinary occurred during the Half-Marathon, the events which happened at the Boston Marathon in April were on everyone's minds. Mayor Randy McClement mentioned it in his opening remarks, and said it was not going to stop the city from putting on the Running Festival. "We want to remember all of those in Boston. We appreciate the fact that nothing's going to let us stop a great race," he said.
Two explosions at the Boston Marathon killed three people, and seriously injured hundreds of others.
The blasts hit home for Berdan. "I knew a lot of people who were actually up there. Fortunately, none of them were hurt, but they are all affected in some way. One of the people from Maryland that was hurt was the daughter of a massage therapist I used to see," he said.
Norton says she was confident in all the security measures taken at the Frederick Half-Marathon. "The races have a lot of planning," she says. "It's never really the runners you worry about because they are the ones that are good and hard that are just here doing what they love. I didn't see anything suspicious and I never felt unsafe so that's always a good thing."
There were signs everywhere that said "if you see something, say something" and "Boston Strong." One runner wore a tee-shirt saying "I run for Boston."
The Frederick Running Festival raised $4,000 for the Lillard family, who lost two little girls in a house fire in January. "We did a nice little promotional program here with the event, and we donated $5.00 for everybody who registered the week of the event, and then we matched it as well," says Lee Corrigan, President, Corrigan Sports Enterprises, which puts on the Running Festival. "It's something the whole community can feel good about."