Due to mandatory maintenance on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the 2019 Across the Bay 10K will be a Virtual Run. A virtual run is a race you will complete in your own time and place – around your neighborhood, at the gym, on the beach – you choose! Complete your 6.2 miles prior to November 3rd, 2019 and you will receive your medal and t-shirt in the following weeks. The Across the Bay 10k is one of the largest, most exciting mid-distance events anywhere. 4.35 miles of the 10k course takes place over water on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near Annapolis, Maryland. The event lasts all weekend and will include a 10k, kid's fun run during the race expo at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and a live concert on race morning at the finish line in Queen Anne's County that is free and open to all. This 10 kilometer, 6.2 mile point-to-point course will take runners over the eastbound span of the 4.35 mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which reaches 186 feet at its tallest point. Runners will experience water vistas dotted with sailboats and cargo ships from atop a major dual-span bridge that doesn't allow pedestrian traffic at any other time of the year. This event happens once a year and is the only way to cross this majestic span on foot. After departing the start line near Northrop Grumman Bay Side campus, participants travel about a half mile over MDTA property before they leave the western shore and begin ascending the eastbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. There is a gradual but sustained climb for approximately 1.7 miles until you reach the midpoint of the bridge and the first water station. During those first two miles, runners will climb to nearly 200 feet above sea level. The climb isn't overly steep and has a maximum grade of only 3 percent. You will be almost 200 feet above the bay—so don't forget to check out the view! The race is open to participants of various levels of fitness and physical abilities as long as you are able to complete the event in under two and half hours. Fortunately, what goes up must come down. After passing through the water station, runners descend the same 200 feet over the course of two miles before reaching the eastern shore and our legendary finisher's celebration.
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