The half-marathon start line is a party on the shores of Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor, the 13-mile mark of the marathon. Complete with a live band and 11,000 of your new best friends, this unique set up allows for the fastest marathoners and those attempting to qualify for Boston to pass and assures that the marathon champion will be the first to cross the finish line for the LIVE television coverage on WBAL-TV. The half-marathon will split from the marathon at Pratt Street and merge later in the race with marathon. From that point, marathoners and half-marathon participants will run the same course to the finish line in Baltimore’s famed and iconic Inner Harbor!
Restrictions: 1) Participants in the Half-Marathon must be at least 14 years old and 2) Participants must be able to complete the course in 5 hours.
What Past Participants Have Said
This was the first time I ran this event, but seriously [the fans were] the best part of the race. What an encouragement!! Thank you Baltimore residents. I drove 800 miles one way for the crab and it was absolutely worth it.
Baltimore is officially the favorite race I've ever done (out of 47 halfs). The neighborhoods were fabulous. Thank you Baltimore!
The crowd support and volunteers was AMAZING!!! The sites and sounds and community support of Baltimore was UNBELIEVABLE! It really made a difference in my run! I can still hear the cheers and I remember all of the supporter's signs that I saw!
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!
The support from other runners and the community as a whole was overwhelmingly positive. This was my first half and it was probably one of the greatest experiences. Everything was done well and I will definitely be running this for years to come!
(Minor route changes may still occur up until race day.)
UPDATED September 13, 2017
2018 will use the course established in 2017. Click on the Street-by-Street above to see highlighted course changes made in 2017
Walkers: Walkers are welcome to participate in the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Half-Marathon. Please be advised of the following:
- Walkers will start at the back of the field in wave 5. If you plan to walk but have not been assigned to this wave, please start here anyway.
- Walkers must complete the half marathon course in the 5-hour time limit. Any walker who does not keep this maximum pace throughout the race will have the option of 1) getting on the SAG vehicle to return to the Inner Harbor or 2) or finishing the course off the road and on the sidewalks as a pedestrian.
- As a courtesy to runner participants, we ask that walkers NOT BE MORE than two abreast so runners can easily pass.
Wave Start: In order to maintain a comfortable and safe race experience for all participants, the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Half Marathon uses a wave start. Bib numbers will be issued based on expected finish time and will correspond to the holding pen you have been assigned. There will be five (5) holding pens and we ask that all participants adhere to this policy and start with their assigned wave. Please keep in mind that with the B-Tag system, your time will not start until you cross the start line.
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]
Participants are strongly encouraged to securely store and share personal medical history in case of emergency for any race using RaceSafe. We encourage all runners, especially those who have a previous medical history to log on and complete the form. RaceSafe is secure, private, and takes less than 5 minutes. For your health and safety, please share your information by visiting the link below. RaceSafe respects your privacy and is committed to maintaining your confidentiality.
Runners participating in the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Half-Marathon 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 BlueShield
Course Amenities include:
- Baggage check at the Inner Harbor near the Baltimore Visitor Center
- Free parking in select stadium lots
- Mile Marker sign at each mile
- Clocks at various splits on the course
- Fluid stations on the course (water and Gatorade)
- Fruit, pretzels, potato chips, energy gel and other snacks (1 location on course)
- Toilets at start/finish and various points on the course
2017 Half Marathon Race Premium
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 at the Baltimore Convention Center. For more details, click here. THERE WILL BE NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP.
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 eliminates the need to scan your chip at the expo or to return the chip following the race. 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 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.)
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.
Age Groups Prizes: Prizes go to the top three male and female age group finishers for the half-marathon in each of the following divisions: 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35- 39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 – 74, 75 – 79, 80+ There will be no cash purse for the Half-Marathon