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.
Just last year, on November 8, 2015 the 2nd Annual Across the Bay 10K took place in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s counties catering to 25,000 participants. Last year the race became the 6th largest 10K event in the United States and one of the only races in the world that allow runners to cross an iconic bridge. Continue reading
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.