Baltimore Running Festival

October 11, 2008|By TODD KARPOVICH

RUNNERS TO WATCH

Men

John Itati, 34, Kenya: : Itati (right) is a two-time winner of the Baltimore Marathon. He set the course record in 2004 when he finished in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 51 seconds. He won last year in 2:16.24. He finished fifth in the Houston Marathon in 2006.

Andrew Letherby, 35, Australia:: Letherby has run in some of the world's biggest marathons. His best time is 2:11.42, which he set in Berlin in 2005. He finished eighth in the 2005 Boston Marathon (2:16.38), 19th in the 2006 New York City Marathon (2:19.53) and 14th in this year's London Marathon (2:13.50).

Joseph Mutinda, 34, Kenya: : Mutinda's best time is 2:16.10. He has had four top-five finishes in the past two years. He placed second in the Twin Cities Marathon (2:20.12) last year and took third in the AT&T Austin Marathon (2:20.43) this year. He was fifth in the Baltimore Marathon in 2006.

Kyle Smits, 29, Baltimore: : Smits, a third-year dental student at the University of Maryland, had his best finish in the National Marathon, where he took third with a time of 2:31.27. He was the 2002 IC4A indoor 5,000-meter track champion. Smits ran for Georgetown from 1997 to 2002.

Women

Maria Portilla, 35, Peru: : Portilla set a national women's record at the 2008 Olympic Marathon in Beijing with a time of 2:35.19. She had consecutive first-place finishes in the Salt Lake City Marathon this year (2:40.47) and in 2007 (2:39.00). Portilla finished second in the 2006 Baltimore Marathon (2:36.23). She finished second in the Grandma's Marathon in Minnesota in 2006 (2:38.20).

Anzhelika Averkova, 39, Ukraine: : Averkova had her best time in the 2007 Detroit Free Press Marathon when she finished in 2:35.57. She finished first in the Ponzan Marathon (2:37.07). Averkova took fourth in the 2006 Dallas White Rock Marathon.

Christine Ramsey, 25, Baltimore: : Ramsey, a student-researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, finished ninth in the 2006 Baltimore Marathon (3:00.26). She was 17th in the Philadelphia Marathon in 2007 (2:52.32).

FACTS & FIGURES

* Event: Under Armour

Baltimore Running Festival

* When: Today

* Number of runners: 17,922 (an event record)

* TV: Ch. 11 beginning at 5 a.m.

BALTIMORE MARATHON

* Distance: 26.2 miles

* Time: 8 a.m.

* Starting point: Paca and Pratt streets

HALF-MARATHON

* Distance: 13.1 miles

* Time: 9:45 a.m.

* Starting point: Light and Conway streets

5K

* Distance: 3.1 miles

* Time: 8:30 a.m.

* Starting point: Paca and Pratt streets

TEAM RELAY

* Distance: 26.2 miles

* Time: 8 a.m.

* Starting point: Paca and Pratt streets

Note: All races end at the Ravens' Walk between M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park.

STREET CLOSINGS

Baltimore transportation officials have announced temporary street closures and parking restrictions today across the city for the eighth Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival. The main event, the 26.2-mile marathon, will begin at 8 a.m. at Paca and Pratt streets.

Traffic along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will remain open in both directions during the marathon. These streets will be closed today:

5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Paca Street from Pratt Street to Lombard Street

5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Russell Street from Hamburg Street to Pratt Street

6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Eutaw Street between Madison and Monument streets

7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.: Eutaw Street from Pratt Street to Camden Street, and Camden Street from Russell Street to Howard Street

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Paca Street from Lombard Street to McCulloh Street

7:10 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.: McCulloh Street from Paca Street to Druid Park Lake Drive

7:15 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.: Druid Park Lake Drive from 28th Street to St. Paul Street

7:35 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Key Highway from Light Street to Lawrence Street to Fort Avenue

7:40 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Fort Avenue around Fort McHenry and back to Lawrence Street

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Light Street from Lombard to Key Highway

8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.: Key Highway from Lawrence Street to Light Street

8:05 a.m. to noon: Light Street to Pratt Street, Pratt Street to President Street, President to Lancaster Street

8:10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Lancaster Street to Aliceanna Street to Boston Street

8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Boston Street from Lakewood Avenue to O'Donnell Street, to Linwood Avenue

8:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.: Linwood Avenue from O'Donnell Street to Madison Street

8:25 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Madison Street from Linwood Avenue to Washington Street, Washington to St. Lo Drive

8:35 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.: Harford Road from St. Lo Drive to Hillen Road, Hillen Road from Harford Road to 33rd Street

8:40 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Lake Montebello to 33rd Street, 33rd to Guilford Avenue

8:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Guilford Avenue from 28th Street to Howard Street

8:55 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Howard Street from 28th Street to MLK Boulevard

9:05 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.: Eutaw Street to finish

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Key Highway from Cross Street to Light Street

11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Central Avenue from Gough Street to Bank Street

12:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Pratt Street from Calvert Street to Exeter Street, Exeter Street from Pratt Street to Bank Street, Bank Street from Exeter Street to Central Avenue

The department of transportation also announced no-parking areas. They are:

2 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Both sides of Linwood Avenue from Eastern Avenue to Fayette Street

6 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Both sides of Camden Street from Russell Street to Howard Street

7 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The north side of Boston Street from Aliceanna Street to Lakewood Avenue

8 a.m. to noon: Both sides of upper-level St. Paul Street from Franklin Street to Saratoga Street; the east side of William Street from Warren Street to Key Highway; and both sides of Cuba Street from Towson Street to Hull Street

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: 33rd Street from Hillen Road to Guilford Avenue

Towing will be in effect in those areas, according to the city.

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