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.
As the leaves change color and the air grows brisk, runners across the Chesapeake Bay area prepare for the highly-anticipated 4th Annual Across the Bay 10K. Across the Bay 10K includes not only one of the largest mid-distance events in the nation, but also a Kid’s Fun Run at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and a live concert at the finish line. Continue reading →
The triathletes’ journey is nothing but rewarding when swimming, biking and running through one of the country’s oldest colonial towns. With breathtaking views of all the amenities Cambridge has to offer, triathletes keep coming back every year for a scenic and successful IRONMAN Maryland. Continue reading →
In FY16, Maryland Sports touched 317 events generating $176,641,000 in direct spending. But this is only the beginning and we are working to make the coming years bigger and better than ever.
Terry Hasseltine, the Executive Director of Maryland Sports stressed the importance of the video to highlight Maryland as a world-class sports destination. “The video highlights the continued focus of Maryland Sports to promote Maryland as a sports destination and to highlight the strategic alliances we have created in order to achieve that goal. At the same time, emphasizing the importance of the sports tourism industry in the State of Maryland.”
With topography as varied as the U.S. itself, Maryland is primed and ready to host any event a sports planner has in mind. From mountain biking and whitewater kayaking in Western Maryland, to marlin fishing in Ocean City, to soccer in the plethora of sports-field complexes spread across the state, to cheerleading and gymnastics events in the Baltimore City and Ocean City Convention Centers, to indoor or outdoor tennis complexes to baseball in no less than nine minor league ballparks and more, the state has much to offer. It’s also accessible to travelers using any mode of transportation. In short, according to Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, it’s a perfect location, and one planners should be considering in their site selection decisions.