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Baltimore Running Festival

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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!

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Corrigan Sports Enterprises (CSE) was established in 1991 with the goal of creating, managing and implementing sports and event marketing opportunities for the corporate community. In that time, CSE has grown into one of the strongest marketing organizations in the area. The addition of the Oakland (Ca.) Running Festival and the partnership with the IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association)not only enhanced CSE’s already impressive resume but has expanded CSE nationwide.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Sat Oct 19 2019

What's included:

Runners participating in the event will receive the following:

  • Under Armour performance shirt (men’s and women’s styles available).
  • Free race photos courtesy of CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield [learn more]
  • Collectible Crack the Crab finisher medal with unique opening shell design
  • Free race & expo parking in select M&T Bank Stadium lots (other paid lots also available during race weekend)

Additional Amenities include:

  • Baggage check buses at Camden Yards (moved to Inner Harbor for finish)
  • Mile Marker sign at each mile
  • Clocks at various splits on the course
  • 15 fluid stations on the course (water and Gatorade),
  • Fruit, pretzels, potato chips, energy gel and other snacks (2 locations on course),
  • Toilets at start/finish and various points on the course..
  • Two free beers following the event
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12:00am Sat 19th Oct 2019

Run 26.2mi

12:00am Sat 19th Oct 2019

Run 26.1km

Half Marathon
12:00am Sat 19th Oct 2019

Run 13.1mi

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Route description
Route description

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.

Logistics and schedule


All runners are required to pick up their packets at the Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday or Friday prior to race day. The expo is located at the Baltimore Convention Center

There will be a bag check at the race. Runners are required to place belongings in the clear bags given out at the expo. No oversized bags or luggage will be accepted. All bags are subject to search. Please arrive extra early if you plan on checking a bag due to increased security.

Packet Pickup: October 17th (3:00 - 7:00 pm) and October 18th (12:00 - 8:00 pm)

Bag check will be open from 6:30a-1:30p. After this time, unclaimed bags will be relocated to the information tent.

Marathon & Relay Runners: bag check buses will be available near the stadium lots, after the start of the marathon and relay the buses will relocate to the Inner Harbor behind West Shore Park and the Visitors Center for bag retrieval.

Half Marathon & 5K Runners: bag check tent will be available behind the Visitor Center, near your start line


Spectators are welcome and encouraged!

How to get there

325 W Centre St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA

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  • The Maryland Stadium Authority will offer Lots F and G for DISCOUNTED PARKING during the expo. These lots are within a walking distance from the convention center– about .75 mile. There is also the option to take the Light Rail from the Hamburg St. station located Lot G two stops to the Convention Center stop. Several paid lots are located near the Convention Center if you choose to pay to park. (see map on the previous page of this booklet.)
  • We will be providing a free courtesy shuttle to the expo from lots F and G. It is about a 15-minute bus ride each way. The shuttle stop will be located on the curbside island between lots G & H (see the adjacent map and look for the shuttle bus flag) from 11:30am-8:30pm each day of the expo.
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Half Marathon
12:00am Sat 19th Oct 2019
Marathon Relay
8:00am Sat 19th Oct 2019
12:00am Sat 19th Oct 2019

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