Baltimore Running FestivalFriday, October 21st, 2011
Organizers estimated that 25,000 people participated in the Baltimore Running Festival on October 15, 2011. Among the pack of runners was P. Flanigan & Sons President Pierce Flanigan, who has participated in the festival four times, twice taking on the 26.2 mile half marathon race format. While running the course, which included downtown streets, the Maryland Zoo and Under Armour’s Headquarters, Pierce Flanigan passed over the ever changing infrastructure on which he has worked during much of his career.
The race began on the asphalt pavement placed this year by P. Flanigan & Sons in preparation for the Baltimore Grand Prix race. Although runners did not reach speeds of 180 mph, the course was as smooth on foot as it was for the Indy Cars.
During the third mile, participants ran up to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore over pavement that P. Flanigan & Sons placed in 2010 as a part of the installation of the new tramway.
For mile six, participants ran down St. Paul Street over glassphalt, which was manufactured and placed by Flanigan. This product is a mix of conventional hot mix asphalt with a percentage of recycled glass and is a durable surface for automobilists, cyclists, and runners alike.
Mile ten circles back around the Grand Prix project and onto an area of Key Highway that P. Flanigan & Sons repaired in March. Runners continued onto a stretch of Key Highway which was an extension project that was constructed from 2004 to 2007 and included asphalt, concrete and utility work.
Mile eleven passed a parking lot P. Flanigan & Sons constructed for Under Armour’s headquarters. This project included a 100% recycled pavement mix that was produced at Flanigan’s Winchester Recycling Facility.
During the fourteenth mile, participants ran back through the downtown streets and through Harbor East by the Kaytn Memorial Fountain. P. Flanigan & Sons constructed this memorial project which included the streetscape of the area.
Participants ran down Boston Street for mile fifteen where Flanigan constructed a major streetscape in 1998.
Mile nineteen passes by the P. Flanigan & Sons headquarters, which has been located on 25th street since the company started in 1885.
The twenty-second mile of the race passed by the 33rd Street YMCA, where Flanigan donated the labor and materials to help construct a new playground.