Date / Time

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Start Line


Finish Line

Pratt Street- McKeldin Sq.

Race Limit




Based on the popularity and sold-out status of this year’s Baltimore Running Festival virtual 10K, Corrigan Sports announced today the permanent addition of the distance to Charm City’s biggest celebration of running. The team relay has been phased out to accommodate the new 10K distance, but relay participants from previous years are encouraged to form a social team. Social teams allow runners of all distances to partner up and earn discounts and other benefits.

In addition to an Under Armour race shirt, every registered runner will be awarded with the event’s iconic Crack the Crab medal featuring a limited-edition red shell which opens to reveal a commemorative 20th Anniversary logo.  Registration for the Baltimore Running Festival is currently open. Those who run the 10K virtually, will have the option to run wherever they chose! For more information on running the 10K virtually, visit HERE.


  • Any new registrants who want to take on the 10K distance are welcome to register HERE.
  • Those who are signed up for a the marathon or the half-marathon and their training is not going as planned are able to downgrade to the 10K by following THESE STEPS
  • Any one signed up for the 5k who would like to take on the 10k can upgrade by paying the difference in the entry fee by following THESE STEPS.

2021 MEDAL

We are going all out for the 20th Anniversary Medal. All runners will receive a special red “steamed crab” with the 20th Anniversary logo inside. And for the first time, all four distances will be able to “crack the crab” with the opening shell!

2021 Race Shirt



When registering, all will have the option to sign up and run virtually. All virtual participants will have the option to upgrade to join the live event until September 1.

All virtual runners will receive their race premium and medal in the mail and be able to submit their times online.

Learn more HERE

Still want to run with a team? Join a social team!

Having the support of your friends during your training and race is priceless, but we decided to add an extra incentive! Regardless of when your teammates register, the entire group will get a $10 refund/discount once your team reaches 10 or more members.  (The 10th member, and anyone after that, will automatically receive the discounted price. Members 1-9 will get a refund directly back to the card used to  pay for registration.)



  • Under Armour performance shirt (men’s and women’s styles available).  For an Under Armour Size Chart, click here.
  • 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
  • fluid stations on the course (water and Gatorade),
  • Toilets at start/finish and various points on the course.

Packet Pick Up

Live participants will be given the option to have their race bibs mailed to them in order to limit travel and personal exposure. All you have to do is cover the postage and handling fees.

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. For more details, click here.

THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP. Please plan accordingly.


The event will continue to utilize the best timing technology available. The B-tag technology offers runners a streamlined race experience with timing tags attached to participant bib. This method eliminates the need to scan your chip at the expo or to return the chip following the race, which means no more sitting down to undo your shoe lace just after your run and you no longer have to worry about a 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.)

Virtual runners: The 2021 virtual race will be self-timed.  You will have the opportunity to print a race bib and report your finish time into the official race results. 

Medical Support

Our wonderful medical partner Medstar Sports Health is there for you, even during your virtual race.  Learn more HERE.

Once we return to a live event, 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.

Union Memorial

Course Nutrition

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

Hüma is the Official Race Gel and is available for your virtual run at

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  For more information about Gatorade Endurance Formula, please visit




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 who complete the official course live on race day.

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 who complete the official marathon course live on race day 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 70-74, 75 +

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


Disclaimer: We will not ship age group awards internationally

Past Age Group Awards


Age group awards are engraved key chains.