Lake Montebello

Logged a slow and steady 3.9 miles around Lake Montebello this afternoon after work.  I felt guilty at first for abandoning my hills, but the fierce wind I was forced to fight against easily made up for any shortcomings. 

The man-made lake was created in the 1880s for drinking purposes and while still owned by the Department of Public Works, most simply know of it as a great place for a stroll (a rarity in Baltimore city).  The pedestrian path around the lake measures 1.3 miles around and has clearly defined lanes for cyclists and those on foot.  Both the Baltimore Marathon and Half Marathon courses loop around the lake, offering runners a much needed reprieve as it is perhaps the only flat stretch of road in all of Baltimore.

I snagged this photo from SeeDaneRun.  Read about his experience as a Charity Chaser at the Baltimore Marathon in 2008.  He passed all but 99 runners (out of 5,887!) raising $12,000 for the United Way – very cool.


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