The Governor’s Bay Bridge Run is limited to 3000 entries each year, and is one of the most scenic road races in the US. It begins on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, crosses the East bound span on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and ends on the Western Shore. You climb about 200 feet up during the first half of the race and then descend as you head towards the finish.
The Bay Bridge run is one of the finest and most scenic runs in America! The Eastbound span of the Bay Bridge is closed to traffic while 3000 runners start from the Eastern Shore side of the Bay and race 10 kilometers to Sandy Point State Park. There are water and potty stops every mile on the span. It is a unique experience to be running 200 feet above the Chesapeake Bay while sailers and boaters wave to you and sea gulls are wheeling right over your head. This year the Whitbread Round the World Race started a leg from Baltimore the same day as our race. It was quite an experience to see the Bay filled with sail boats of every size and shape. In this year’s Bay Bridge run we fielded more than a dozen runners. Every year we field a bigger team.
Continuing their journey southwest, students in the Chesapeake Semester left the Eastern Shore of Virginia and crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to arrive at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester Point on the north side of the York River. Exploring the aquarium, students met with faculty to discuss environmental degradation through pollution, sea level rise, and compromised wetland habitats. A visit to the Mariners’ Museum afterwards included a guided tour of the Chesapeake Bay Exhibit. The day concluded in Williamsburg in preparation for the following three days delving into Historical Colonial America.