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Closing the Door on 2012


Thanks once again for making the 12th Annual Baltimore Running Festival a huge success.  We had our largest field of runners ever and we were able to help generate an event record of more than $1.7 million for charities who participated in the race day activities.

While there are many successes that we can point to, we know that we also had some shortcomings that we intend to fix in the future.   Your participation in the post-race survey often helps us to see areas that we need to improve on and this year is no different.  After reviewing the constructive criticisms in the survey we have identified the following areas that we will correct for next year.

LIMITING THE FIELD SIZES:  At this point we feel that we have reached our capacity in all races and will limit the number of participants in each.  Our focus in 2013 will be to provide the very best experience for our runners operationally and logistically speaking. Next year's race fields will be limited to the following: 

  • FULL MARATHON:  4,000 runners
  • TEAM RELAY:  1,200 teams
  • HALF- MARATHON:  11,000 runners
  • 5K RACE:  4,200 runners
  • KIDS FUN RUN:  600 runners

 In some cases these numbers represent a decrease in the field size; in others, just holding pat.  Ultimately, we want to assure that we are able to focus on the personal experience of each and every runner and limiting the field size will help us to do that. 

IMPROVED FINISH LINE LAYOUT:  While we believe the limited field sizes will help in this area as well, we do plan to make further adjustments to the finish line shoot area.  As already reported, we experienced significant lines in our Runners Village just beyond the finish line.  To address the challenge in 2013, our plans include:

  • Extend the length of the finish line shoots
  • Widen the chute area
  • Create more  lanes for runners to pass thru
  • Place the medals at the opposite side of the lines just before they exit
         (runners will still have immediate access to water and Gatorade)

5K MEDALS & OTHER IMPROVEMENTS:  In 2013, we will begin distributing medals for 5K participants.  This will make us one of the only 5k races that honor our runners in this way and we are excited to do so.  With our multi-race festival concept and our "City for Everyone. A Race for Everyone". event slogan we want every one of our  participants to be able to proudly display a medal that they worked hard to earn.

We will be making additional changes to the 5K including a hard time limit of one-hour to complete the 3.1 mile course.  However, we will allow walkers who are not at the Mile 1 marker after 40 minutes to take a shorter route (about 2 miles) to help them attempt to cross the finish line and earn a medal prior to the time limit.  This change will allow us the needed time to change our focus toward the Kids Fun Run and other races and address safety concerns with the Wheelchair Marathon participants who often finish by 9:30 am. 

TEAM RELAY IMPROVEMENTSAs we have previously addresses, we unfortunately had issues with our relay buses as they took the wrong route and at one point crossed the 5K course itself. Some runners also experienced unacceptable delays in being returned to the stadium once their leg was complete. Ultimately, we concluded it was a communications breakdown that can be resolved next year by:

  • Better communicating in advance with the police and bus company in regard to which routes to take from M&T Bank Stadium to the relay exchange points
  • Supervisors on site on race day from the bus company who can communicate with the bus drivers in a more effective manner in case buses need to be diverted to a different location at any given time
  • Assign a Team Relay liaison volunteer to direct runners where to go once they've completed their leg and are back at the stadium.

THE MERGE & COMBINED FINISH LINE:  This is an area we monitor very closely each and every year.  Once again we believe the limited field sizes and adjustments to the finish line area will help alleviate many of the concerns that some runners have mentioned.  It is also important to note that 72.5% of those who completed the survey say that the merge did not affect them, including 21.9% who say the merge had a positive effect on their run.    That being said, we will continue to look at ways to improve the merge and the combined finish line to make it more enjoyable for everyone. 

PLEASE NOTE :  Many runners point to other races that have a combined start line for the full and half marathon distances.  While this is an option we have looked at, we have several reasons for doing what we do. For one, adding 11,000 runners to the morning commute as well as the start line area would cause for some major traffic concerns.  Also, the logistics of our urban city course would force us to finish the half-marathon in the Inner Harbor.  This would cause additional logistical issues and pull away from the excitement at the current finish line.  Further, as one of only a handful of races that enjoy live race day television coverage, it is important to us and our television partner that the first person who crosses the finish line be a full marathon runner.   


Once again we appreciate you caring enough about the future success of our event and taking the time to complete our survey.    We do have some other things in the works for 2013 including plans to switch to a new online registration platform (RaceIt.com) and exploring alternate expo venues and hours.  We will report on these as information becomes available.  In the meantime, we encourage you to check our website and facebook page   for further updates and the announcement of the opening of registration for our event on October 12, 2013!


Lee Corrigan and the Corrigan Sports Team  

Order Online Until Then

Join us on Saturday, Dec. 1  for our Annual Tent Sale at Corrigan Sports (Visit here for directions).  The sale will be held from 8am - 2pm.  We will have all the left over Official Event Merchandise -- shirts, mocks, shorts, mugs, hats, t-shirts -- available at discount prices, plus you may purchase a second (or third) Under Armour Performance Race Shirt from this year's event.



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And Print your Finisher's Certificate

Through a partnership with MarathonFoto, each marathon and half-marathon runner now has access to a personalized post-race website.  This site has a ton of cool features including personalized photos of you on the course, access to the full searchable results, a printable finisher's certificate, downloadable desktop wallpaper and much, much more. 

To access your personal site visit  http://community.marathonfoto.com/1747/  and log in with your last name and bib number (the LOG IN in the lower right hand side).  The site will be easily shared and able to be included on all your social media outlets.  We hope you enjoy reviewing your race memories and sharing it with your friends and family. 

at the Tent Sale

If you are interested in exchanging your Baltimore Running Festival race shirt, you will have the opportunity at the tent sale on Dec 1. ALL EXCHANGES ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE and you are not guaranteed your size. 


Simply bring the shirt you received at the expo and we will exchange it if the siaze is available.





If you cannot make it to the tent sale on Dec. 1 or just can't wait to get your favorite item, most of the gear selection is available in our online store.  VISIT THIS LINK TO PLACE AN ORDER


We had added some new items online in the past few days so CHECK IT OUT!


Note:  The online store will be temporarily closed during the tent sale so we can track inventory but will reopen immediately after.


Great Savings and Incentives for Participating in Both Races


If you are looking for a Spring race to complement your running of the Baltimore Running Festival, we encourage you to consider participating in the Frederick Running Festival held Sunday, May 5, 2013.  Frederick is Maryland's second largest city and the race is a hidden gem.   We are working on some exciting enhancements to our registration process and race registration will open very soon.


If you choose to do the Maryland Double by completing the half marathon Frederick & the full or half-marathon in Baltimore in the same year you will receive a special third medal.  Runners who register for the double online receive an additional $10 savings and are permitted to sign up for Baltimore before that race opens for registration at the best price .   Runners who do both half marathons will receive the smaller medal, while those who do the half in Frederick and the full marathon in Baltimore will receive the larger Double Medal.  Registration for the Double can only be done through the Frederick site. 


For additional information on the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival, visit www.frederickrunfest.com  




Prize & Raffle Winners From the Weekend

Throughout the race weekend, there were several contests and drawings where you could win great prizes.  Below are some of the winners of some of the contests:

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield conducted a prize drawing at their booth at the expo and on facebook.  Three great prizes were awarded to these participants

  • Faye Weaver of Ellicott City, MD won the GRAND PRIZE of a trip to a marathon of his choice.
  • Emily Winning of Baltimore, MD won SECOND PRIZE of a treadmill.
  • Lydia Shell of Bowie, MD won THIRD PRIZE of a $250 Gift Card to Sports Authority.

Legg Mason Director of Corporate Citizenship, Kristin Kosmides  annouced the winners of the Legg Mason School Spirit Competition.    Providing Baltimore City elementary school students, teachers and administrators with the opportunity to compete for additional school funds is an effective way to increase involvement at the local level, provides schools with much-needed financial assistance, and allows students to participate directly in improving their schools," she said.    All of the schools that participated should be commended but the winners of the LEGG MASON School Spirit Competion are:

  1. Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School ($2,500)     
  2. Federal Hill Prep ($2,000)
  3. Baltimore Montessori ($1,500)
  4. Patterson Park Public Charter ($1,000)
  5. James McHenry Elementary/Middle School ($500) 

Winners of a free individual Baltimore Running Festival race entry in 2011 for completing the survey are:

  • Joanna Barbee of Greensboro, MD
  • Timothy Stadler of Sparrows point, MD
  • Anne Maxson of Baltimore MD

Age Group Awards and Prize Money

The 30-Day waiting period for results discrepancies is almost over.  Once we reach that threshold, we will have a list of local award winners who will be able to claim their prize at the Tent Sale or at CSE Headquarters.  Non-local runners can have their award mailed to them.  Stay tuned for the official posting of the awards on Nov 15th.

Relay Prizes

If you participated in the team relay and finished among the top teams, STAY TUNED.  We have gathered some awesome prizes from some of our sponsors including Oriole memoribilia and T-Shirts, Gift Certificates from Prastt Street Ale House, Pols Audio, and several other prizes.  We will be mailing these out to the team captain of the winning teams in the coming weeks.

We will contact you soon about your prizes.  CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR WINNERS!







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