Date / Time

Saturday, October 17, 2020 or any time you wish!

Start Line

Your Race.  Your Course.

Finish Line

Virtually Anywhere!

Race Limit


This year, the race will be run virtually on the course of your choice.  As we approach race day, we will provide tips on how to create your own race route.

Once the race returns as alive event, here is what you can expect:

The Belcara Health 5K race has grown in terms of the number of participants each of the past few years and we look for that trend to continue this year. Many RunFest participants start with the 5K one year and increase their race distance the following year.

The Belcara Health 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 runners also enjoy the same amazing home stretch as the other race distances – finishing their run along Pratt Street near McKeldin Square!  

5K finishers receive a finisher medal, just like all the other race distance finishers, which makes us one of the only 5K races that honors 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.

1) No age restrictions for 5K
2) Must complete course by 9:15am (~90 minutes) or course may be shortened

The 5K race will start promptly at 7:30am. Runners are asked to stage themselves along Calvert St. beginning at 7am. Yellow Flags will mark waves 1-5. We ask that you seed yourself in the appropriate wave according to the following expected finish times:

  • WAVE 1: Under 30 min.
  • WAVE 2: 30 min. to 35 min.
  • WAVE 3: 36 min. to 44 min.
  • WAVE 4: 45 min. to 59 min
  • WAVE 5: 60 min. or Longer

Please do your best to run with the appropriate wave. This will help everyone have the best on-course experience. We will start the waves with a 1-2 minute separation to allow the crowd to spread out. Remember, timing mats will be located at the start & finish lines recording each racers exact time and place

2020 Medal Details

We are so excited to be able to share this AMAZING medal with you!  All finishers will earn our famous “Crack the Crab” medal with special inner and outer messages to inspire you during this trying year.The outer shell challenges you to RUN as well as to BMORE. The inner shell revels our Charm City Toughness and reminds us that do not face our challenges alone.


Participants in the 2020 virtual event will receive the following benefits:

  • Participate virtually by running your distance and on your own course at your pace on your preferred date in accordance with your local or state social distancing guidelines.
  • We’ll ship virtual participants their Under Armour shirt and collectible Crack the Crab finisher medal with unique opening shell design.  Shipments are schedule prior to Oct. 17, 2020 (no additional charge; USPS tracking # to be provided)
  • Opportunity to upload race times & participate in an online virtual experience that only Corrigan Sports can deliver.
  • Engage in social media promotions such as photo contests and trivia
  • Additional random prizes will be included in mailings such as free or discounted 2021 race entries and merchandise.
  • Priority Registration and a 15% Discount off your 2021 Race Entry

Once we return to a live event in 2021, runners participating in the Full Marathon can expect the following:

Runners participating in the Belcara Health 5K will receive the following:

  • Under Armour performance shirt (men’s and women’s styles available), and post-race food & beverage. A medal will be given to all finishers.  For an Under Armour Size Chart, click here.
  • Free race photos courtesy of CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield
  • Collectible finisher medal with unique crab 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 near the Baltimore Visitor Center in the Inner Harbor
  • Mile Marker sign at each mile
  • Dedicated 5K clock at the finish
  • Fluid station on the course
  • Toilets at start/finish and various points on the course

2020 Medal


What Past Participants Have Said

  • Perfect weather and the Baltimore police at every corner cheering us on along with the spectators and residents on their front porches waving. I saw Baltimore city in a whole new light! Thank you Baltimore

    Runner from Pittsville, Md. 
    Runner from Pittsville, Md.  after 2016 event
  • The spectators were AMAZING!!!! Their generosity was awesome! I got bananas, gummy bears, Swedish fish and Natty Bo!!!! I felt better after this marathon than I have at any of my others. I give all of the credit to everyone cheering on the streets for entertaining us. Best race ever!!!  

    Runner from New Cumberland, Pa. 
    Runner from New Cumberland, Pa.  after 2016 event
  • This race had the largest participation of any race I have ever run, and the crowd support was amazing. I loved that the half marathoners and marathoners ran together for the last half, and everyone was encouraging one another along the way. Love! Love! Loved this race.

    Runner from Mooresville,  N.C.
    Runner from Mooresville,  N.C. after 2016 event
  • I have completed 13 Full Baltimore Marathons and would love to keep going for as long as I can. While I am a trail ultra runner, I come back every year for CSE's events b/c you provide runners with a first class experience in a city I love!

    Runner from Eldersburg, Md.
    Runner from Eldersburg, Md. after 2016 event
  • Awesome race - the only one I do over & over from year to year. I love the challenging course, crowd support, and superior race organization!

    Runner from Columbia,  Md.
    Runner from Columbia,  Md. after 2016 event

Course Map

This year, the race will be run virtually on the course of your choice.  As we approach race day, we will provide some tips on creating your own race route.  Once we return to a live event in 2021, here is what you can expect:

Minor route changes may still occur up until race day.

Click image for a printable version.

Walkers Always Welcome!

In 2020, you can walk, run, crawl or skip your virtual race with no restrictions.  Walk with your dog?  Sure!  Push a stroller?  Your bet!   Do your miles inside on a treadmill?  You got it! 

Once we return to a live event in 2021, here is what you can expect:

 While we welcome and encourage walkers in our 5K, the 3.1 mile course will close at 9:00am, giving a time limit of approximately 90 minutes. In addition, we will require walkers who are not at the 1 mile marker after 30 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 shift our focus toward other races and address safety concerns with the multiple course routes running along Key Hwy and the Inner Harbor area. 5K runners over the time limit may be permitted to finish, but required move to the sidewalks in order to make way for other race participants.

Charity Groups: The Baltimore Running Festival welcomes charity groups to utilize the event to fund raise and raise awareness of their cause.  For more information on charity groups and the requirements involved, visit our Run for a Cause page or email [email protected].

Packet Pick Up

In 2020, we’ll ship virtual participants their Under Armour shirt and collectible Crack the Crab finisher medal with unique opening shell design.  Our target shipment date is prior to Oct. 17, 2020 (no additional charge; USPS tracking # to be provided)

Once we return to a live event in 2021, here is what you can expect:

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.

Chip Timing

The 2020 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. 

Once we return to a live event in 2021, here is what you can expect:

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.)

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

We encourage you to plan out your hydration program when running the 2020 event virtually.  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



Due to the nature of the time yourself element, there will be no age group awards awarded during the 2020 virtual race.  However those who register will be eligible for random prize giveaways throughout the training period on our social media pages as well as in the packet mailing when we will give away hundreds of free or discounted entries as well as other prizes and deals from our sponsors.

Once we return to a live event, runners can expect the following:

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 5K Awards Ceremony will take place at the Main Stage in West Shore Park at 9:00am. Only the Overall Winners will be awarded at the ceremony. Age group awards will be mailed.

Age Groups Prizes: Prizes go to the top three male and female age group finishers for the 5K in each of the following divisions: 16 and under, 17-19, 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.