The ALCS kicks off tonight, and, for the purposes of this race, I’m now officially an Orioles fan. (I promise this is just a meaningless fling, Red Sox.) Caveboy and I received emails from the Baltimore Marathon race director yesterday detailing the various race contingencies, particularly if the series goes to Game 6, and I’m now rooting for a quick and successful O’s sweep. There really should have been a flow chart, but the main points boiled down to this: As designed, the course starts and finishes at Camden Yards, so to accommodate stadium activity (regardless of the ALCS outcome), all race activities on Saturday will be moved an hour earlier. I’m fine–actually happy–about that. The cooler the course is, the better. Things start to get tricky with a Baltimore Game 6 scenario, though. The stadium could potentially be in use, so the finish will be rerouted away from Camden Yards and will close 6 hours after the start. My heart goes out to anyone who is now faced with coming in close to the cutoff time. Additionally, the Expo on Friday will be seriously limited. There will be zero expo parking, and runners are “strongly encouraged” to pick up their race packets on Thursday or early Friday morning. I realize this race is largely run by locals, but Caveboy and I are not leaving New York until early Friday morning. It’s not that big of a deal, but I do like a leisurely Expo before the race…it’s one of those pre-race rituals that helps me calm my nerves a bit. I look forward to the camaraderie with the other runners, and it’s fun to geek out over high performance socks with like-minded people. The Expo always makes me feel like we’re all in this together. I have a feeling this one will be in and out and leave nagging worries like whether my chip timer is fully functional. I don’t like feeling rushed on race weekend, particularly in critical matters like whether to spend $13 on a sparkly headband.
None of this is earth-shaking of course, and it seems like race direction is on the ball. Personally, though, I’m still hoping for some speedy Orioles dominance and very celebratory finish line.