Baltimore Running Festival

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Tickets $50–$260

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Distances in this event

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    $120
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  2. Baltimoron-a-thon

    Run 26.1km
    $155
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  3. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    $110
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  4. Marathon Relay

    Run 26.2mi
    $260
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  5. 5K

    Run 5km
    $50
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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.

Event details

  • Road
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Race packs collected on the day
  • Undulating
  • 20000 participants

From the organizer

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 wont want to miss the 19th Baltimore Running Festival!

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
Raceday Logistics

PACKET PICK UP

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

Spectators are welcome and encouraged!

Volunteers

We need your help to support your community and local charities as well as thousands of Baltimore Running Festival participants by registering as an Expo or Race Crew volunteer.
Individuals like you, your family, friends and colleagues are key to the success of the Baltimore Running Festival.

More than 1,500 Expo and Race Crew volunteers are needed to make the Baltimore Running Festival successful. Volunteer opportunities are available at the pre-race Nava Health and Vitality Expo and on race day. All crew member volunteers will receive an Under Amour volunteer t-shirt.

Head over to the Baltimore Running Festival website to volunteer, or email Geron at [email protected] for more volunteering information!

FAQs
Age Requirements:
Marathon: At least 16 years old
Half-Marathon: At least 14 years old
Team Relay: At least 14 years old
5K: No age restrictions

  • Waiver must be signed – waiver at bottom of registration form (if participant is under 18 years old, parent or guardian must sign the release).
  • Entry fees are non-refundable (sorry, no exceptions)
  • No-shows will NOT be sent t-shirts
  • For your safety, the following are NOT permitted on the course: strollers, skates, hand-held radio/tape/CD players, pets
  • Race numbers and chips required for all races
  • The decisions of race director are final in all matters
  • Marathon participants ONLY: you must be able to complete the course in seven (7) hours
  • Half-Marathon participants ONLY: you must be able to complete the course in five (5) hours
  • There is NO race day registration
  • There is NO race day packet pick up
  • You may defer your entry until next year’s race for any reason until Friday, October 12; HOWEVER you will be charged a $25 processing fee.
AWARDS

Overall Winners: Trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female champions as well as to the and the second and third place finisher.

Awards Ceremony: The Awards Ceremony will take place at the Main Stage in West Shore Park at 12:00pm. Only the Overall Winners from the full marathon, half marathon, team relay, and Balti-Moron will be awarded at the ceremony. Age group awards will be mailed. (5K Awards Ceremony will be at 9:00am).

Age Groups: Prizes go to the top three non-elite male and female age group finishers for the marathon in each of the following divisions: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35- 39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 +

Age group awards are mailed in November after race results are declared official.

NO DUPLICATION OF AWARDS

Disclaimer: We will not ship age group awards internationally

Drug Testing: Because the Baltimore Marathon is a USATF sanctioned event, random drug testing may be required for selected individuals

Baltimore Running Festival weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

64°F
Predicted highs
54°F
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 7mph

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