Date / Time

Saturday, October 17, 2020 or whenever 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 fair yet challenging course travels through the many diverse neighborhoods including the scenic Inner Harbor waterfront area, historic Federal Hill and charming Fells Point. The route also travels through the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore right past the penguin exhibit who will undoubtedly be dressed in their tuxedos awaiting your arrival. Miles 16-20 of the marathon route have been compared to Boston’s famed “Heartbreak Hill” but runners are rewarded with a loop around Lake Montebello which provides some relief and flat terrain.

The final 5 miles are mostly downhill and boast some of our most friendly spectators who have been known to hand out gummy bears and open their homes for bathroom emergencies. Then it’s a left turn onto Pratt Street to a finish in the shadow of the USS Constellation and a celebration of your run along the waterfront promenade through McKeldin Square, West Shore Park and Rash Field.


1) Participants in the Marathon must be at least 16 years old
2) Participants must be able to complete the course in 7 hours (16 min/mile pace)

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 Entry

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

  • Under Armour performance shirt (men’s and women’s styles available).  For an Under Armour Size Chart, click here.
  • Free race photos courtesy of CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield [learn more]
  • 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
  • 15 fluid stations on the course (water and Gatorade),
  • Fruit, pretzels, potato chips, energy gel and other snacks (2 locations on course),
  • Toilets at start/finish and various points on the course.

2020 Medal



  • As a two-timer I can attest to that no other race has as much community support along the length of the course and staying out for us slow pokes. Baltimore residents are truly awesome! Thank you.

    Runner from Fairfax, Va.
    Runner from Fairfax, Va. after 2016 event
  • I had a fantastic experience running Baltimore. The course is challenging but the tour of the city and surrounding areas was amazing. Loved the spirited people cheering for runners everywhere.

    2018 Marathon Participant
    2018 Marathon Participant
  • I so appreciate that this course takes in so much of the city, and that Baltimore all but shuts down to allow us runners to have our day. Yes, a tough course, but that fast finish and turn onto Pratt Street was fabulous!!! Reminscent of the turn onto Landsdowne Street in Boston. -- Oh, and getting waved at by a Penguin at the zoo was fun too.

    2018 Marathon Participant
    2018 Marathon Participant
  • This was one of my favorite of the ten marathons I've run. Great course in a beautiful city. I would love to return to visit for longer! The pace groups were incredible - most races I've done have 1 pacer. The offered cheerleading and local tips. I accidentally dropped my fuel near the beginning of the race, but there was so much on course food available it wasn't a problem. Great medal. I didn't realize the medal opened like a locket right away - what a fun surprise. There were some small ways you could improve, but all in all it was a great experience and I'd highly recommend it to other runners. Maybe I'll come back for the half some day! Since I'm doing 50 states, I'm trying to not repeat marathons just yet 🙂

    2018 Marathon Participant
    2018 Marathon Participant

Course Maps

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:

Walkers: Walkers are welcome to participate in The Baltimore Marathon. Please be advised of the following:

  1. Walkers will start at the back of the field. There will be designated pace signs for walkers.
  2. Walkers must complete the full marathon course in the 7-hour time limit (16 min/mile pace). 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) finishing the marathon course off the road and on the sidewalks as a pedestrian.
  3. As a courtesy to runner participants, we ask that walkers not be more than two abreast so runners can easily pass.

Elite Runners: Clay Shaw is the organizer of the Elite Runners for the Baltimore Running Festival. To qualify as an Elite Runner, males need to post a sub 2:22 and females a sub 2:48 in the marathon. For more information, or for consideration as an elite runner, please contact Clay at 717-887-6716 or [email protected].   If you are registered as an Elite Runner, you may not be eligible for Age Group Awards.

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]

Wheelchair Athletes:  Wheelers in both the Rim and Crank categories are welcome to participate. However, some pace restrictions may apply to ensure the safety of all competitors in all race distances.



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.

RaceSafe Large Color Logo(1)

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.

Pace Groups

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

The Baltimore Running Festival will once again be offering Baltimore Marathon Pace Groups. In past years, as many as 900 participants signed up for the Pace Groups. A huge thanks is extended to the Baltimore Pacers!

For more information on the Pace Groups, CLICK HERE.

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

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.



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 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 for the marathon 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

Drug Testing: Because the Baltimore Marathon is a USATF sanctioned event, random drug testing may be required for selected individuals

Past Age Group Awards


Age Group Awards are engraved key chains.