Sunday evening I headed up I95 to hit Maryland wine country. The Boordy Vineyard Trail 5K is a race I’ve been trying to run for a couple years now. There are only 800 spots available so it becomes a premium race and sells out pretty quickly. I missed signing up last year but with Lindsey’s reminder was determined to make it this year!
Let me just start by saying the race is put on by Charm City Run and I love everything about this organization. It is absolutely worth driving the hour or so it takes to get to their events (most are in the Baltimore area). That said Charm City Run + Boordy Vineyard + 3 mile Run = wine at the end. 🙂
The main road closes at 5:30 pm for a 6 pm race start so I wanted to leave the house with enough time to pick up my bib before then. Before I left though I received an unexpected text from my buddy Salt (Lauren). She remembered I was running this race and lives thisclose to the vineyard so she met me there to cheer on the runners (well, and drink wine). I love her!! I had already made plans to connect with Lindsey so this just made my day even more.
One of the things I loved about running at the vineyard is parking is right there. I was able to leave my stuff in the car and walk mere feet back to retrieve it. Given it was in the 90s throughout the day I knew it’d still be hot at 6 pm so brought an extra shirt and a towel – which was much needed! I found Salt and we hung out for a bit, then I hit the porta-potties and met up with Lindsey and her friend before runners began to make their way to the start.
Everything was prompt and soon we were on our way! The course is combined trail and road and we started out in the vineyard. It was uneven terrain the first half mile on grass, rocks and gravel then up a small hill to hit Long Green Pike – main road – which was closed to traffic. It was mostly flat, save for tiny rolling hills, but man was it HOT.
There was a water station around the 1.5 mile mark and I took 2 cups. One to pour over me and the other to drink! Several feet later we hit the turnaround and headed back towards the vineyard. I stopped again for more water and the tiny rolling hills actually seemed higher on the way back. I made it to mile 2.25 before the humidity really started to kill me and I had to stop and walk a couple of times.
We entered the vineyard again back through the uneven terrain to the finish! Salt was cheering on the sidelines and I pushed through with a time of 30:42. Huzzah! Splits: Mile 1 — 9:47 | Mile 2 — 9:42 | Mile 3 — 10:35 (boo). Honestly, when it’s hot and humid and I’m running partial trail my sub-30 minute 5K goal goes out the window. In any case it was a really FUN run! I immediately went for a bottle of water and Salt came behind me with a glass of wine (thanks, friend!!) Best tasting wine ever. 😉
I went back to the car for my bag and to towel off. Even sitting down sweat was dripping from everywhere! The finish line party did not disappoint though. We were each given a Boordy Vineyards wine glass and got free tastings as well as treated to a live band and the best finish line spread I’ve ever seen with wine, cheese, grapes, crackers, crudite… oh my!
Salt and I got to catch up and then I hooked up with Lindsey again as the sun was setting over the vineyard. We made our way back to the parking lot and headed home. This was one of the more fabulous 5K’s I’ve ever run and I’m glad I finally got a chance to do so. Organized, timely and the wine at the end certainly didn’t hurt! Would definitely run this again!!