Mark your calendar – Saturday, October 9 – the 20th Anniversary Baltimore Running Festival. We hope you look forward to this day with a sense of pride, as the Baltimore community will once again be on display for runners from around the country and the world to see.
You have not disappointed in the first 18 years of the event. The runners greatly appreciate the enthusiasm you have shown as they pass through your neighborhoods – the cheering, the candy and fruit, the colorful balloons, the cool mist from a garden hose – all great gestures that make this event so wonderful.
We understand the race impacts your routine for a few hours on a fall Saturday, but we’d like to share with you the positives aspects of the race of which you may not be aware. Did you know that the Festival has also helped generate more than $14 million for charity? More than
20 local and regional charities such as Back On My Feet, Mercy Medical Center and One Love Foundation to name a few, will all benefit from participating in the event.
As we make plans for this year’s race, we would welcome any input from you so that the event has a positive impact on your community.
Please use the interactive map below to view road closures and times.
The chart below gives the times marathon and half-marathon runners should be in your neighborhood. If you live on Mile 17, you could expect to see the first runner arrive at 9:25 AM and the last runner to pass at 12:47 PM (times are approximate).
Friday, Oct. 8th
- 11am – 8p @Baltimore Convention Center
- Heath & Fitness Expo–You will find great prices and information on apparel, shoes, active gear, nutritional supplements & health care products. The Expo is FREE & open to the public.
Saturday, Oct. 9th
- 7:30a @ Pratt & Light Sts.
- Start of the ShopRite 5K
- 8a @ Gate A of Camden Yards
Start of the Baltimore Marathon & 10K
- 9:45a @ Pratt & Light Sts.
Start of the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Half-Marathon
- 8a – 2p @ Inner Harbor
Celebration Village Finish Line Party- Watch the racers finish and enjoy live music, interactive games, food and drink. All Village activities are FREE & open to the public.
- 8a – 2p @ Rash Field
Charity and Corporate Village Post Race Celebration
- 10a – 12p @ West Shore Park in Inner Harbor
- The Awards Ceremony will take place on center stage located in the Celebration Village.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE BALTIMORE RUNNING FESTIVAL–A GREAT COMMUNITY EVENT
BGE Home Celebration Village
We encourage the Baltimore community to make a “party” out of the day. Join us in the Celebration Village on race day, Saturday, October 21 where we will have live music from 8 AM to 2 PM, interactive games, food and drink. The Village is FREE and open to the public. Come on down to the Village to cheer your family, friends and neighbors as they cross the finish line. The Awards Ceremony will take place on center stage located in the Village.
The Festival needs about 1,000 volunteers to support the racers. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help with the 9th Annual Baltimore Running Festival, it is not too late to sign up.
Volunteers are needed at the Health & Fitness Expo for Packet Pick-Up as well as on race day for a number of different duties. Your support is great appreciated.
We have established an online registration form for all volunteers and encourage you to be a part of this great community event. To access this site visit the Volunteer Link.
Host a Marathon Yard Party At Home- If you can’t make it to the Celebration Village, here are some suggestions for hosting a marathon party at your house:
- Lawn decorations including signs, balloons and banners.
- Play music from a radio.
- Knock the cobwebs off the trumpet, sax or drum set and make some noise.
- Create a party cheer to yell as the runners pass.
- Coordinate a team wave.
- Fire-up the barbecue and invite the neighbors
Unofficial Water Stops
One way to show support for the marathon is to set up an “Unofficial Water Stop” in your neighborhood.
The marathon provides 15 water & Gatorade stops along the course for runners. The stops are spaced at miles 2, 4, 6, 8, 9.5, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17.5, 19, 20.5, 22, 24 and 25 (see course map).
Your “unofficial water stop” does not need to provide water … other suggestions include candy, sliced fruit and granola bars. You’ll be surprised by the smiles and appreciation you’ll receive from the runners.
Here are some words of encouragement to offer runners as they pass your Cheering Section onsite or at home:
- “Way to Run”
- “Looking Strong”
- “Looking Good”
- “Enjoy Baltimore”
- “You Can Do It”
- “You’re Flying”
- “Keep it Up”
NOTE: Unless you are at the Stadium near the finish line, please DO NOT cheer “Almost there”, “Not far to go” etc. After running 26 miles, “almost there” is a few hundred feet from the finish line.
MTA BUS RIDERS
To accommodate the race routes and street closures, MDOT MTA will divert the following Core Bus routes from when they pull-out of the garages in the morning to the end of the event at 3:00PM:
CityLinks Blue, Brown, Gold, Green, Lime, Navy, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, and Yellow
LocalLinks 21, 22, 51,52, 53, 54, 56, 63, 65, 67, 71, 73, 76, 78, 80, and 94.
Please allow extra travel time, or if possible, take Light Rail or Metro Subway. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience