Lock 2 Lock Marathon

Lock 44
C&O canal towpath
Williamsport, Maryland 21795

2022 Race weekend timeline of events

Friday, Sept. 9
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.– Packet pick-up (location TBD)

Saturday, Sept. 10
6:15 a.m. to 7:20 a.m. — Packet pick-up at Lock 44
7:30 a.m. — Marathon start
8:00 a.m. — Half Marathon start
8:15 a.m. — 10K start
3:00 p.m. — Cutoff time for all three distances

Photo of Lock 44 courtesy of National Park Service
Marathon – race details – click here for course map (Strava link)
The race will start at 7:30 a.m. on September 10, 2022. Cutoff time is 3:00 p.m. (allowing for a pace of 17 minutes and 11 seconds per mile. Runners will start near Lock 44 and travel in a generally southeasterly direction for 6.56 miles to Lock 43 (exact point to be specified, marked and staffed by event volunteers), then turn around and travel back to Lock 44. Course elevation is no more than 40 feet for the entire distance. Runners will complete this out-and-back loop twice. Aid stations will be at miles 3.1, 6.56, 9.67, 13.1, 16.2, 19.68, 23.1 and the finish line.

The view from the starting line.
Half Marathon details – click here for course map (Strava link)
The race will start at 8:00 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2022. Cutoff time is 3:00 p.m. Runners will start near Lock 44 and travel in a generally southeasterly direction for 6.56 miles to about Lock 43, then turn around and run back to Lock 44. They will complete this out-and-back loop one time. Course elevation is no more than 20 feet for the entire distance.Aid stations will be at miles 3.1, 6.56, 9.67 and the finish line.

10K details
The race will start at 8:15 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2022. Cutoff time is 3:00 p.m. Runners will start near Lock 44, run 3.1 miles on the towpath towards Washington D.C., turn around and run 3.1 miles back to Lock 44. Course elevation is no more than 10 feet for the entire distance.Aid stations will be at miles 3.1 and the finish line.

Course/terrain description
From a cycling site, here’s a general description of what runners can expect along the towpath: “The (running) surface of the towpath varies from section to section but most of it can best be described as a dirt road … The surface is not terribly rough, but be prepared to navigate around potholes, roots, rocks and mud. Expect conditions to be a bit rougher than your typical crushed limestone surface found on rail-trails. The (towpath) tends to gather water on the trail forming sometimes unavoidable puddles.”

Staging area
The start/finish line for all three races will be about 0.2 miles north of Lock 44 (mile 99.5) on the towpath in Williamsport, Maryland. Lock 44 will serve as a landmark for where morning packet pick-up takes place and where all awards will be given out after the race. There will be a few tables set up for packet pick-up, T-shirts, aid station fare, and other race needs.

Parking for race participants
All participants will be required to park either in the Cushwa Basin parking lot or in the Williamsport Park parking lot.

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