ABOUT THE COURSE
The fair yet challenging course travels through the many diverse neighborhoods including the scenic Inner Harbor waterfront area, historic Federal Hill and charming Fells Point. The route also travels through the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore right past the penguin exhibit who will undoubtedly be dressed in their tuxedos awaiting your arrival. Miles 16-20 of the marathon route have been compared to Boston’s famed “Heartbreak Hill” but runners are rewarded with a loop around Lake Montebello providing runners with some relief and flat terrain. The final 5 miles are mostly downhill and boast some of our most friendly spectators who have been known to hand out gummy bears and open their homes for bathroom emergencies. Then it’s a left turn onto Pratt St. to a finish in the shadow of the USS Constellation and a celebration of your run along the waterfront promenade through McKeldin Square, West Shore Park and Rash field.
Restrictions: 1) Participants in the Marathon must be at least 16 years old and 2) Participants must be able to complete the course in 7 hours.
Walkers: Walkers are welcome to participate in The Baltimore Marathon. Please be advised of the following:
Walkers will start at the back of the field. There will be designated pace signs for walkers.
Walkers must complete the full marathon course in the 7-hour time limit. Any walker who does not keep this maximum pace throughout the race will have the option of 1) getting on the SAG vehicle to return to the Inner Harbor or 2) or finishing the marathon course off the road and on the sidewalks as a pedestrian.
As a courtesy to runner participants, we ask that walkers NOT BE MORE than two abreast so runners can easily pass.
Elite Runners: Clay Shaw is the organizer of the Elite Runners for the Baltimore Running Festival. To qualify as an Elite Runner, males need to post a sub 2:22 and females a sub 2:48 in the marathon. For more information, or for consideration as an elite runner, please contact Clay at 717-887-6716 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are registered as an Elite Runner, you may not be eligible for Age Group Awards.
Charity Groups: The Baltimore Running Festival welcomes charity groups to utilize the event to fund raise and raise awareness of their cause. For more information on charity groups and the requirements involved, visit our Run for a Cause page or email email@example.com
Wheelchair Athletes: Wheelers in both the Rim and Crank categories are welcome to participate. However, some pace restrictions may apply to ensure the safety of all competitors in all race distances.
PREPARE YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION FOR RACE DAY
Participants are strongly encouraged to securely store and share personal medical history in case of emergency for any race using RaceSafe. We encourage all runners, especially those who have a previous medical history to log on and complete the form. RaceSafe is secure, private, and takes less than 5 minutes. RaceSafe respects your privacy and is committed to maintaining your confidentiality.
Runners participating in the Baltimore Marathon will receive the following:
Under Armour performance shirt (men’s and women’s styles available), and post-race food & beverage. A medal will be given to all finishers.
Course Amenities include:
Baggage check buses at Camden Yards (moved to Inner Harbor for finish)
Free parking on race day in select stadium lots
Mile Marker sign at each mile
Clocks at various splits on the course
15 fluid stations on the course (water and Gatorade),
Fruit, pretzels, potato chips, energy gel and other snacks (2 locations on course),
Toilets at start/finish and various points on the course.
Once again this year, MedStar Sports Health will provide medical support on the course and in the finish line area. The MedStar staff will include certified doctors, registered nurses, physician assistants and EMTs and will provide the necessary medical attention to any patient in need. We are grateful to have MedStar Sports Health associated with the event.
Gatorade Endurance Formula (Lemon-Lime flavor) will be served at each aid station along the course of this year’s race. Gatorade Endurance Formula is a specialized sports drink that contains approximately twice the amount of sodium (200 mg per 8 ounces) of Gatorade Thirst Quencher, along with chloride, potassium, magnesium and calcium to help sustain hydration by more fully replacing what is lost in sweat. Gatorade Endurance Formula also contains a 6% carbohydrate solution (14 grams per 8 ounces), just like Gatorade Thirst Quencher, which research shows is optimal to help speed fluid back into the body and fuel working muscles. Gatorade Endurance Formula is available in 34 ounce and 24 ounce sport bottles at major grocery and convenience stores nationwide, and Gatorade Endurance Formula powder is available at specialty athletic stores and at www.gatorade.com/endurance.
Overall Winners: Trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female champions as well as to the and the second and third place finisher and the first masters finisher in both the male and female divisions.
Age Groups: Prizes go to the top three non-elite male and female age group finishers for the marathon in each of the following divisions: 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35- 39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 – 74, 75 – 79, 80+
NO DUPLICATION OF AWARDS
Drug Testing: Because the Baltimore Marathon is a USATF sanctioned event, random drug testing may be required for selected individuals