Runners and supporters alike took to the streets of Charm City as the Baltimore Running Festival commenced this past Saturday. Since its revival in 1995, the marathon returned to the city for its fifteenth consecutive year.
More than 24,400 people spanning all 50 states and 29 different countries registered and turned out for this year’s festival. The festival included the traditional full marathon, as well as four shorter-distance races that runners could select instead. A half-marathon, a 5K, a Team Relay, and Kid’s Race all took place Saturday as well, which worked perfectly to accommodate all types of athletes.
The Neon Run, a fun and family-oriented race, came to the Frederick Fairgrounds on July 25th. The Neon Run focuses more on fun than speed in this nighttime 5k that you will remember for a lifetime. This year, around 2,500 participants came out to take part in “the run that will simply blow your mind!” Continue reading
The Baltimore Marathon, hosted by Under Armour is a part of the Baltimore Running Festival that takes place every 3rd weekend of October, this year falling on Saturday October 13th starting at 8 a.m. through scenic areas of Baltimore. This event has been in place for 12 years now and has set the bar high. This is an event for everyone, ages of participants range from 1 to 86 and representing 25 different countries! Now, let me shed some light on some meaningful numbers that this event has produced. There will be 27,000 runners this year (record breaking). There was 30.5 million dollars in revenue generated last year for the city of Baltimore and the State of Maryland and we look forward to what this year will bring.
The running festival includes the following events: the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Half-Marathon, Legg Mason Team Relay, The 5K and The T. Rowe Price Kid’s Fun Run – “a race for everyone.” For more details about each specific race visit: www.thebaltimoremarathon.com. This event has sold out for 6 consecutive years! This is such a popular event that on September 17th both the 5k and the Team Relay were sold out. The deadline to register for all other events is Sunday October 7th at 11:59 p.m. There are 26 sponsors for this world known event, the major ones are Under Armour, Legg Mason, Care First, M&T Bank and Medstar Sports Medicine. If you would like to become a sponsor for this event please contact www.corrigansports.com
Before the race the Baltimore Sun is hosting a Health and Fitness Expo is open Thursday, October 11 from 10 AM to 9 PM and Friday, October 12 from 10 AM to 9 PM and is located at M&T Bank (Ravens) Stadium. It is opened to the public and they will be selling shoes, apparel, active gear and health care products. After the races, at the finish line there will be a Celebration Village which is open to the public with a live band, interactive games as well as food and drinks. Over the past 12 years there has been 7 million dollars raised for several different charities including: Special Olympics Maryland, The United Way of Central Maryland, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Helping Up Mission, Parks and People, Sadie’s Gift, Badges for Baseball, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Maryland. Keep Supporting Maryland and Check out the Baltimore Marathon!
With the temperatures outside taking a dip (and holiday decorations popping up), most Marylanders are realizing that fall is winding down and old man winter will soon be knocking on our doors. Some local athletes are taking advantage of what little good weather we have left, while some have begun to migrate their activities indoors. This weekend marks the inaugural Annapolis Half Marathon, taking place in Maryland’s historic capital city. The Annapolis racers will be braving whatever Mother Nature throws their way while some running enthusiasts in Howard County have moved their event indoors.
Mother Nature might have thrown a wrench into your weekend plans, but the rain, sleet and snow didn’t stop this past weekend’s big running events on the Eastern Shore. The MEAC Cross Country Championships and the Seaside 10-miler went on as planned despite a mean Nor’easter that wreaked havoc along the coast. No amount of flooding or gusting winds could stop the runners that turned out for both events.
The weather is cooling down, but the sports scene on the Eastern Shore is still hot hot hot! If you’re headed to the Eastern Shore this weekend, check out some of the great running events going on down the ocean.
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cross Country Championships are this Saturday at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, MD. The championships are free and open to the public. The MEAC is encouraging everyone to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. All of the athletes competing will wear pink bibs, while the coaches will wear pink ribbon pins.
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.