Join us at the event that many are calling one of the best races on the East Coast, NOW FINISHING AT THE INNER HARBOR. With five distances to choose from, and all runners snagging a great Under Armour shirt for participating, this event is for you! You won’t want to miss the 19th Baltimore Running Festival!
How to enter the Baltimore Running Festival
- Run 26.2mi
- Run 26.1km
- Run 13.1mi
- Run 26.2mi
- Run 5km
Baltimore Running Festival routes
Marathon: The fair yet challenging course travels through the many diverse neighborhoods including the scenic Inner Harbor waterfront area, historic Federal Hill and charming Fells Point. The route also travels through the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore right past the penguin exhibit who will undoubtedly be dressed in their tuxedos awaiting your arrival. Miles 16-20 of the marathon route have been compared to Boston’s famed “Heartbreak Hill” but runners are rewarded with a loop around Lake Montebello which provides some relief and flat terrain. The final 5 miles are mostly downhill and boast some of our most friendly spectators who have been known to hand out gummy bears and open their homes for bathroom emergencies. Then it’s a left turn onto Pratt Street to a finish in the shadow of the USS Constellation and a celebration of your run along the waterfront promenade through McKeldin Square, West Shore Park and Rash Field.
The half-marathon start line is a party on the shores of Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor, the 13-mile mark of the marathon. Complete with a live band and 11,000 of your new best friends, this unique set up allows for the fastest marathoners and those attempting to qualify for Boston to pass and assures that the marathon champion will be the first to cross the finish line for the LIVE television coverage on WBAL-TV. The half-marathon will split from the marathon at Pratt Street and merge later in the race with marathon. From that point, marathoners and half-marathon participants will run the same course to the finish line in Baltimore’s famed and iconic Inner Harbor!
The ShopRite 5K race has grown into the second largest distance in terms of participation. Many RunFest participants start with the 5L one year and increase their race distance the following year. In 2019, the 5K will once again start at Light and Pratt Streets in Baltimore’s iconic Inner Harbor. The flat 5K course will show off the scenic view of Charm City’s most famous landmark. 5K finishers also enjoy the same amazing home stretch along Pratt Street and finishes at the same finish line as the other race distances near McKeldin Square, giving all participants a similar thrilling experience when completing their race.
MarathonStart Time: 8:00am
Half MarathonStart Time: 9:45am
Marathon RelayStart Time: 8:00am
5KStart Time: 7:30am
Baltimore Running Festival weather forecast
Clear throughout the day.
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