Course Notes

Detailed course notes from our Race Diretors:
Mike Early & Dave Cooley

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The race starts on Union Avenue near Millard Tydings Memorial Park. It proceeds down the tree lined street abundant with Victorian architecture.


The course turns on Water Street providing the first unobstructed view of the Susquehanna River and the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge.  After a few up and downs along Erie Street, you climb to cross the Hatem Bridge.  

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As you ascend the Hatem Bridge, you will be able to see the Conowingo Dam and the CSX Susquehanna Bridge to the North. To the south, you will see sweeping views of the Amtrak Susquehanna River Bridge, Perry Point, and the City of Havre de Grace.


Completing the 1.7 mil trip across the bridge, you turn right and descend on Aiken Avenue through the Town of Perryville.  Making another right onto Broad, you go under a pair of railroad bridges.

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The route will pass Rogers Tavern, at the water stop, where revolutionary troops used to wait to cross the river by ferry. 



The route passes under the AMTRAK bridge across the Susquehanna River. There are no stops in Perryville over the weekend, so any trains will be moving fast.

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The Perry Point VA Medical Center is a leader in providing comprehensive mental health care to Maryland’s Veterans. The medical center offers long and short-term inpatient and outpatient mental health care.


As you enter the campus you will go to the right along the mouth of the river. On your left you will see houses built to provide for homeless veterans. This is built by Help USA. In 2020-2021, the campus will also have a Fisher House. 

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There will likely be some veterans out walking on the pathway. Please be mindful of their presence as we are permitted on their campus.

You will pass a grist mill museum on the water.   



You will briefly leave the VA campus and enter a park for the half way point and relay exchange. Watch the runners and watch for the person who will run the second leg of the relay.

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You will leave the park and re-enter the VA campus. As you pass the veterans watching the race, please wave and recognize them for their service. As you leave the VA campus remember that Friday 21 September 2018 is POW/MIA Remembrance Day.



You will go back through Perryville and cross the Hatem Bridge. You will travel down Erie and make a left turn to see the Lock House Museum. There was a canal here and this was the lock house.

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The route then turns towards the business and marina section of Havre de Grace. Many recreational sail and motorized boats are here where owners enjoy the upper Chesapeake bay. The marina rates are less here than in Philadelphia.  

You are getting closer to the finish but there is one more turn down towards the water near the light house.  

The course was to pass the light house but there is a wedding at 11:00am. Waive as you go by.

Get to the top of the hill then sprint to the finish.

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At the finish you will find water, drink and snack food. There is also a beer area for those of age.

You will notice that a community carnival is in the parking lot at the marina. You are invited to stay for the carnival or explore Havre de Grace.