Celtic Solstice Five Miler

               Photo by Crista Gilbert

Druid Hill Park
8:30 AM Dec 15, 2007
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2007 Final Results

Photo Essay by Jeanne Larrison
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The 2007 Premium was a Brooks Tienken Running Jacket with the race logo embroidered on the back.  The jacket is a silver-gray tone with black side panels and the 2007 race logo embroidered with burgundy threads on the back. The Brooks logo on this jacket will also be in matching burgundy on the left chest pocket.

Shirt designs and Snowflakes by reknowned Celtic artist Cari Buziak

8:30 AM Dec 15, 2007
Winter Solstice Race
 ChampionChip Timing!

Druid Hill Park

Stieff Silver Building

Parks and People Foundation

800 Wyman Park Drive

Baltimore, MD 21217


          Expect spectacular views!!!    
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Fees: $10 No Shirt, $45 Race Jacket
More information about the jacket: The optional race shirt is a London grey Brooks Tienken jacket with Cari's logo in silver.. In past years we have had men's and women's sizes, so make sure that you order the appropriate size for your gender. If you are female register for a medium, then you will receive a men's medium jacket. If you wanted a men's medium and want to trade for a men's large, you may be out of luck due to limited availability, first come, first served. Be careful when you make your jacket selection.
Shirt Details: This brushed polyester jacket was built with chilly Runday mornings in mind; sporting it either for a run or sipping coffee at your favorite café, is your choice. The weight of the jacket is perfect as a post-run weararound, or as an outer layer on wintry arctic days. The jacket is a custom factory make-up for this event only. It is a silvery-gray tone with black side panels. These neutral tones will complement almost anything you happen to match from blue jeans to track pants.
Special Orders: There will be no special orders of this jacket post-race. We ordered two thousand this year, and expect to sell completely through once again, so register early.
The course: The course starts with a brief uphill climb that will elevate your heartrate, but then settles into a fairly flat route with a slight uphill grade to the Mansion House intersection. Turnaround at the arboreteum and return to Druid Lake, flat around the lake, and a downhill finish.
Is this anything like the Dreaded Druid Hills?: No. This course is a gently rolling course through Baltimore's famed Druid Hill Park with spectacular vistas of the city and the park. The Summertime Dreaded Druid Hills race take runners into the wicked hills in the backside of the park. These hills area avoided altogether during the Winter Solstice, primarily because the prospect of ice on the course in the back hills would make the event unrunnable. Check back this summer if you want a true challenge.
Directions: From I 83 take Exit 7 28th Street/Druid Lake Drive Exit.  Follow signs to the Maryland Zoo.  After you get to the end of the lake, make a right turn onto Swann Drive.  Go through the first three-way stop sign.  At the second three-way stop sign turn left into Mansion House Drive.  Park Staff will direct you to parking, and we will have a shuttle bus to take you to the starting area about a mile away.
Packet Pickup: Pre-Race Packet Pickup will be held at the Falls Road Running Store the week of December 10 through  Friday December 14, from 11 to 7 pm.  The goal is to distribute as many packets as possible to alleviate race day congestion at the Parks and People Foundation. The Falls Road Running Store is located at 6247 Falls Road, which is the building behind 6305 Falls Road, 1 1/2 miles north of Northern Parkway and 3 miles south of I-695.
Special Premium Pre-race pickup locations Pre-Race Jacket Pickup will occur for pre-registered runners who are in the database by December 4th.  Gotta Run running stores in Annapolis and Pentagon City will have jackets for pre-registered residents of Anne Arundel County at their Annapolis Store, and for DC and NoVA residents at their Pentagon City store on the weekend of December 8th & 9th.  Howard County residents may pick-up their jackets at Feet First in Columbia the same weekend.  Gotta Run - Annapolis 410 263 0010, Arlington 703 415 0277.  Just added : Montgomerty County runners can pick-up at the new Pacers store in Silver Spring.
Invited Runners If you run at a level that you believe qualifies you to be an invited runner, email jim@baltimorerunning.com with details.  Past race winners automatically qualify.
Kilts: Kilts are available at the Falls Road Running Store and may be rented for $20 or purchased for $40.
 $10 pre-registered, no premium
$45 pre-registered with premium
$15 race day /$ 45 with premium if available

ChampionChip Timing - The Celtic Solstice Five-Miler is happy to announce that a special arrangement with the Annapolis Striders and the Howard Country Striders will allow us to utilize Championchip timing again.  Our association with these RRCA Clubs helps us to keep ChampionChip costs down, but we do ask that everyone be especially cognizant of the need to return the Chip after the race, and especially if you do not run the race.

The start and finish of the race is on the I-83 overpass on Wyman Park Drive just outside of Druid Hill Park. The serpentine course winds through the "Bowl", heads to the Arboreteum, and returns around Druid Lake, the Moorish Tower, to a downhill finish.

Maryland RRCA Grand Prix Series - The Celtic Solstice is the final event of the  Maryland RRCA Grand PRix Series.  For more information about the series, visit the Maryland RRCA site.

Shirt Design History

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