Date / Time

Sept 25 thru Oct 9, 2021 or whenever you wish!

Start Line

Your Race.   Your Course.

Finish Line

Virtually Anywhere!

Race Limit


Cover 26.2 Miles Over 2 Weeks!


Join the new Virtual Baltimore 26.2 Mile Challenge.  Participants will be challenged to run, walk or jog 26.2 miles over the course of several days. Our target date is for you to complete the challenge within 2 weeks, but we invite you to make the challenge your own and set you own goals for completion!  You can choose to complete their miles wherever they feel most comfortable– on a road, a track or a treadmill. The goal is to knock down the barriers and invite as many people as possible to join the fun. Runners will be able to begin tracking their miles online on September 25, with the target that you will finish by race day, October 9.

Walkers Always Welcome!

In 2021, you can walk, run, crawl or skip your virtual race with no restrictions.  Walk with your dog?  Sure!  Push a stroller?  You bet!   Do your miles inside on a treadmill?  You got it! 


There is a saying- A rising tide lifts all ships.  With the number of gyms, yoga studios, and cross fit centers that have shut down for social distancing as well as some tennis, pickleball and basketball courts being off limits, there are more people out there running, jogging and walking than ever before.

Just think, if we can add more participants to the race day mix maybe that running specialty store around the corner can get back on their feet a little faster.  And maybe there will be enough runners to add a new RRCA club to your area.  Maybe your favorite charity can increase their fundraising by partnering with a running event like the Baltimore Running Festival. Or maybe a new passionate runner will start a Girls on the Run chapter at your local elementary school.


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!


Participants in the 2021 virtual event will receive the following benefits:

  • Participate virtually by running your distance and on your own “course” at your pace over the course of several days 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. 9, 2021 (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 2022 race entries and merchandise.

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.

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Course Nutrition

We encourage you to plan out your hydration program when running the 2021 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

The Baltimore Running Festival has a new partner! Hüma is the Official Race Gel of the event and will provide gels for free at the two on-course locations during the full marathon.