Date and Time

Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

Start Line

Paca & Camden Streets

Same as previous years

Finish Line

SAME AS 2017!

McKeldin Sq @
Inner Harbor

Race Limit



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 providing runners with 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 St. 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.

Restrictions: 1) Participants in the Marathon must be at least 16 years old and 2) Participants must be able to complete the course in 7 hours.

2017 Medal

We’ve brought back the popular opening shell design. This year the interior of the medal will feature a new Baltimore icon…Fort McHenry. The outer shell opens to uncover the amazing detail of the fort. The marathon finish is nickel and measures 6 inches wide.  Now that you’ve seen what you’ll earn, it’s time to register!


  • 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
  • This was my 7th time running in the festival.  Spectator support was better than ever. Thanks Baltimoreans for making a great event even better.

    Runner from Bel Air, Md.
    Runner from Bel Air, Md. after 2016 event
  • I love this race. I love the people that come out and the spirit of the city. Thank you for putting it on each year. And thank you for allowing Athletes Serving Athletes to participate. Our athletes LOVE being part of this mainstream event and it is amazing to see what one morning can do for them for days, weeks, months afterwards!

    Charity Runner
    Charity Runner after 2016 event
  • Finisher medal & course support among the best in the 54 marathon events around the USA I've run.

    Marathon Maniac Runner
    Marathon Maniac Runner after 2016 event
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Course Maps

(Minor route changes may still occur up until race day.)
UPDATED Sept. 13, 2017

Click on the Street-by-Street above to see highlighted course changes that took place 2017. 

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. 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 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.  [READ MORE].



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)


Runners participating in the Baltimore 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 Chartclick here.

Course Amenities include:

  • Baggage check buses at Camden Yards (moved to Inner Harbor for finish)
  • Free parking on race day in select stadium lots
  • 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.

2017 Full 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.

Pace Groups

The Baltimore Running Festival is pleased to announce that we will once again be offering Baltimore Marathon Pace Groups. Last year, more than 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 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.)

Medical Support

Once again 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.

Union Memorial


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



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 and the first masters finisher in both the male and female divisions.

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: 16-19, 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+


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