In order allow our Team Relay participants to complete their distance at their own pace and time while socially distancing from their teammates, all team members have been moved to the 10K.
In a typical year, each team relay member completes about 6 miles for their leg. Because we cannot offer the same relay logistics in a virtual race, we have made the decision to offer a 10k (6.2 miles) so relay members can do the same distance on their own. All registrants who previously registered as a member of a relay team have been switched to a 10K. There is no further action steps that need completed.
Once the race returns as alive event, here is what you can expect:
One of the more popular races of the Baltimore Running Festival is the team relay. Running the same course as the marathoners, the team relay consists of four participants per team with each runner selecting a portion of the marathon course to run. The legs vary in length from 5.9 to 7.1 miles.
1) Participants in the Team Relay must be at least 14 years old.
2) Teams must complete the course within 7 hours.
HOW IT WORKS
Each relay team will be issued four bibs with an identical number and ONE D-Tag and a velco strap. Runners are to pass the velcro strap to their teammates at the exchange points. Runners may carry the velcro band in their hand but DO NOT crush or bend the orange D-Tag as this may damage the timing responder.
The first runner (Leg #1) will start with the marathon field. There is not a separate start for the Relay Teams. The other three team members will need to be at their exchange zone well before the fastest runners pass by, as area roads will close. (DETAILS ON TRANSPORTATION ARE BELOW).
On the course, signs will designate the location of the upcoming exchange point. Upon entering the exchange area, incoming runners should make sure their bib number is visible. A volunteer will announce the incoming runner’s bib number to the waiting runners via megaphone and signs will mark the bib number ranges.
Each relay runner will pass the Velcro band to the next relay runner at the relay exchange point. Depending on the exchange location, timing mats may be located before or after the exchange area.
- Know your teammate’s pace, keep track of the race time, and know when to expect him/her.
- Wear or carry something easily identifiable by the incoming runner at the exchange.
- Assist your fellow runners by shouting all incoming bib numbers.
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.
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 in The Baltimore Convention Center Hall G. for more details, click here.
THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP. Please plan accordingly.
Transportation and Exchange Points
This does not apply for the 2020 virtual race. However, when we return to a live event in 2021, here is what you can expect:
The first exchange point location is on Art Museum Drive near the campus of Johns Hopkins University. The second exchange point is on Key Highway at Rash Field (near Maryland Science Center) and the third exchange point is at Lake Clifton High School.
|Relay||Start||Finish||Bus Departs at|
|Leg 1 (5.7 mi)||Russell & Camden||Wyman Park Dr.||NO BUS|
|Leg 2 (6.4 mi)||Wyman Park Dr.||MD Science Ctr||7:30 AM for Wyman Park Dr.|
|Leg 3 (6.7 mi)||MD Science Ctr||Clifton Park @ St Lo Dr||NO BUS|
|Leg 4 (7.4 mi)||Clifton Park||McKeldin Sq||8:30 AM for Clifton Park|
All buses leave from the west side of M&T Bank Stadium (Russell St.). Runners may provide their own transportation/carpool to their exchange points but be aware there will be limited parking and access at each site and throughout the course. THERE IS NOT TRANSPORTATION FOR THE RELAY EXCHANGE AT RASH FIELD. RUNNERS FINISHING LEG 2 AND RUNNERS STARTING LEG 3 FROM THIS LOCATION MUST WALK TO AND FROM THE STADIUM/INNER HARBOR.
BUSES WILL LEAVE PROMPTLY AT POSTED TIMES. ALL BUSES LEAVE AT ONCE AT THE POSTED TIME. IF YOU MISS THIS BUS, YOU WILL HAVE TO FIND YOUR OWN MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION TO THE EXCHANGE. DO NOT MISS THESE BUSES!!!
Buses will bring runners back from the Wyman Park Drive and Clifton Park at St Lo Drive locations and will drop runners off at the corner of Howard St and Pratt St.
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.
Once we return to a live event in 2021, runners participating in the Full Marathon can expect the following:
Runners participating in the 4-Person Team Relay will receive 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 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)
Course Amenities include:
- Baggage check buses at M&T Bank Stadium in morning
(buses will be relocated to behind Visitor Center after start of race)
- Mile Marker sign at each mile
- Complementary bus transportation to select relay exchange points
- 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
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.
On 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 www.gatorade.com/endurance.
Hüma is the Official Race Gel and is available for your virtual run at https://humagel.com/
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. For more information about Gatorade Endurance Formula, please visit www.itsonthecourse.com.
HUMA: OUR OFFICIAL RACE GEL
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: Trophy for overall winning 4-person teams in the male, female and mixed categories.
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. (5K Awards Ceremony will be at 9:00am).