Baltimore Running Festival: “City Tradition Unlike Any Other”

Baltimore’s Largest Running Event Has Raised More than $14 Million for charity since 2001

BALTIMORE, MD —  Tens of thousands of people are expected in downtown Baltimore on Saturday for the Baltimore Running Festival. The festival, entering its 19th year, has become part of the sports fabric of the city, woven into Baltimore’s most storied sports traditions. However, the first running of the Baltimore Marathon came at an uncertain time for both the city and the country, held just one month following the September 11th terrorist attacks. 

“It was a challenging period of uncertainty for our city and country as people were unsure what to do,” said Dave Gell, Director of Communications for Corrigan Sports Enterprises. “That first edition eventually launched us down a road of tremendous local pride, and we’ve been able to build on that momentum every year.”

With up to 20,000 runners expected from across the United States, and 17 foreign countries, the event has grown into something much larger than a day of racing. “We host dozens of events throughout the year across the country, and the Baltimore Running Festival is our biggest event in terms of participants, scope and economic impact. This event has evolved into a city tradition unlike any other as we approach our 20th anniversary next year, and we’re thrilled to write the next chapter,” Gell added.

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Baltimore Laces Up Its Sneakers for the 11th Annual Marathon

As the city is just getting back to normal following the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, another race is about to roll into town: The Under Armour Baltimore Marathon.  The marathon is just one facet of the Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival that kicks off today with the Baltimore Sun Health and Fitness Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is open to the public and free of charge.

This year’s Running Festival will feature 25,000 runners from all 50 states and 24 countries.  The field of 25,000 is the largest ever in the 11-year history of the event.  All the adult races are completely sold out, and waiting lists have been created for some of the races.  This marks the fifth straight sell-out of adult races.

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