Baltimore RunFest Introduces Cupless Racing in 2021
THE 2021 BALTIMORE RUNNING FESTIVAL IS A CUPLESS RACE.
COVID has forced everyone to look at new and inventive solutions to race day challenges. In order to reduce touch points for our volunteers and participants and to keep disposable cups out of the Baltimore community and waterways, we are initiating A CUP FREE POLICY for the 2021 Baltimore Running Festival. We have utilized this program at all of the other Corrigan Sports events and have received solid reviews. Traditional waterstops require lots of volunteer groups that are hard to come by in the current climate. It’s also good for our Bay, the environment and safe for runners!
RUNNERS ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY THEIR OWN WATER BOTTLE DURING THE RACE AND BRING IT TO THE START LINE FILLED AND READY TO GO.
WHAT IS A CUP-LESS RACE?
A cup-less race means that there will be no paper water cups between the start and the finish line like you’d typically see at road races.
WILL THERE BE FLUIDS ON THE COURSE?
There will be water available in the start area. On the course, there will be self-serve refill stations that can also be accessed along the route. At the finish line, each runner will get a bottled water and Gatorade.
HOW DO I GET WATER ON THE COURSE?
There will be several self-serve fluid stations on the course–depending on the event you are running—offering numerous valves allowing you to fill a 20-ounce water bottle in just seconds. Participants will be responsible for bringing and carrying their own container with them during the event. Handheld containers can include a bike bottle, a hand-held running bottle, Camel-bak, a Hydra-Pouch, or any type of non-glass water bottle of your choosing.
WHERE WILL THE REFILL STATIONS BE LOCATED?
In general, they appear about every 4 miles.
- For the marathon, refill stations are near mile markers, 2, 6, 10, 13.5, 16, 20.5, 24 and 25
- For the half-marathon, refill stations are near mile markers, 3, 7, 11 and 12
- For the 10k, refill stations are near mile markers 2 and 5
- For the 5k, the refill station will be near mile marker 1.5
Refill stations near marathon miles 10 (mile 1.5 of the 5k) , 20.5 (mile 7 for the half) and 25 (mile 12 of the half & mile 5 of the 10K) will have self-serve coolers for both Gatorade and water. (MARKED IN BOLD ABOVE)