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Maryland > Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon, Relay & 5K
Frederick, MD  •  Sunday, May 4, 2014  •  Course Map

Part of a weekend-long series of races that includes a full, 26.2-mile marathon, a marathon relay, a 5K and a fun run for kids up to age 12, the Frederick Running Festival half-marathon race features a fast course with gently rolling hills that winds through the streets of this city in west-central Maryland that lies about an hour's drive north of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

The half marathon is limited to 5,000 runners, and the out-and-back course for the race starts and finishes at the Frederick Fairgrounds. More than 3,500 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon alone in 2013, out of more than 5,000 runners overall in the event.

From the starting line at the fairgrounds, runners follow a roughly clockwise route along the loop course for the half marathon, running along East Patrick Street and turning first on East Street, which is followed by turns on Monocacy Boulevard, Market Street and 6th Street, followed by a turn south onto Bentz Street, which brings runners south toward Baker Park. Runners follow the Carroll Parkway along the southern edge of the park, past Frederick High School into Fairfield and the Waterford Park area.

The route takes a brief detour through the park across West College Terrace and then back onto Carroll Parkway before turning onto Kline Boulevard and then Fairview Avenue, which runners follow all the way around to the northern side of Baker Park, and then onto 2nd Street for the route that leads back into neighborhoods and city blocks.

Runners follow the next several turns around to the northern end of Baker Park and through a combination of residential streets and stretches through more commercial districts, as the course takes them past the Frederick Memorial Hospital and through Staley Park.

The course brings runners back onto Market Street for a stretch into the tree-lined residential neighborhoods of Fredericktowne Village, the neighborhood where they'll run through a pair of parks before heading back onto East Street. Next, the course brings runners south along East Street all the way to Third Street Park, where they turn left and head back toward the finish line at the Frederick Fairgrounds.

Race Weather & Climate

Located near the state's northwestern corner, about 45 miles northwest of Baltimore and roughly 48 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., Frederick typically sees its wettest weather of the year in May, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 30 degrees (in 1956) and as high as 97 degrees (in 1996).

May Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 54°F Low: 50°F Rain: 4.18 in.
High: 77°F High: 73°F Snow: N/A

Course Map

See the race route map for the Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon

Starting Time

7:00 AM

Half Marathon Course Time Limit

3 hours, 30 minutes -- a pace of about 14 minutes per mile


$65 for the half marathon, if registered by September 30, 2013
$75 between October 1 - February 28, 2014
$85 after Feb. 28
$100 at the race expo and bib pick-up


To reserve your spot in the late spring 2014 running of Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon, 5K or Relay, register online at RaceIt.com.

Official Race Website


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