If the training rigors of the marathon or half-marathon are too much, the ShopRite 5K is an excellent alternative.
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Race Start: 8:15 AM; 1 hour time limit
Start Line: Paca and Pratt Streets
Race Limit: 4,200
Restrictions: No age restrictions for 5K; Must complete course by 9:20AM
Changes for 2014:
SHOPRITE 5K MEDALS & OTHER IMPROVEMENTS: In 2013, thanks to our wonderful new sponsor ShopRite, 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 require walkers who are not at the 3/4 marker at MLK Blvd after 25 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.
Chip Timing: The event will continue to utilize the newest timing technology. The B-tag technology offers runners a more streamlined race experience than the traditional chip system. B-Tags are attached to participant bib and clearly marked with the corresponding bib number. This eliminates the need to scan your chip at the expo.
In addition, runners do not need to return the tag and can dispose of it at their convenience. This means no more sitting down to undo your shoe lace just after your run and it also means you no longer have to worry about the $30 charge for a lost chip.
Tips to have your time accurately recorded:
- Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso
- Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
- Race bib is pinned in all four corners
- Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)
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 in The Baltimor Convention Center Hall G. for more details, click here. THERE WILL BE NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP.
Amenities: Runners participating in the 5K will receive the following: Under Armour 5K performance shirt (men's and women's stlyes available) along with post-race food and beverage. Adult runners over the age of 21 will received two complementarty Michelob Ultra beers.
For an Under Armour Size Chart, click here. 2014 Shirt: TBA
Course Amenities include: baggage check at M&T Bank Stadium, free parking for those who arrive early, one (1) fluid stations on the course, toilets at start/finish
View a 2013 5k Course Map and Elevation Chart HERE
View a 2013 5k Turn-by-Turn HERE
Age Groups Prizes: Prizes go to the top three male and female age group finishers for the 5K in each of the following divisions: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+.
This year MedStar Sports Health will provide medical support on the course and in the finish line area. The Medstar staff will include certified doctors, registered nurses, physician assistants and EMTs and will provide the necessary medical attention to any patient in need. We are grateful to have MedStar Sports Health associated with the event.
Gatorade Endurance Formula (Lemon-Lime flavor) will be served at each aid station along the course of this year’s race. Gatorade Endurance Formula is a specialized sports drink that contains approximately twice the amount of sodium (200 mg per 8 ounces) of Gatorade Thirst Quencher, along with chloride, potassium, magnesium and calcium to help sustain hydration by more fully replacing what is lost in sweat. Gatorade Endurance Formula also contains a 6% carbohydrate solution (14 grams per 8 ounces), just like Gatorade Thirst Quencher, which research shows is optimal to help speed fluid back into the body and fuel working muscles. Gatorade Endurance Formula is available in 34 ounce and 24 ounce sport bottles at major grocery and convenience stores nationwide, and Gatorade Endurance Formula powder is available at specialty athletic stores and at www.gatorade.com/endurance. For more information about Gatorade Endurance Formula, please visit www.itsonthecourse.com.