Saturday, October 9, 2021 • Baltimore, MD • Course Map
With a route that takes runners past some of this harbor city’s most well-known tourist attractions, civic buildings, urban parks and cultural centers, the Baltimore Running Festival is set to mark its 20th annual running in the fall of 2021 with a slate of race events that includes a full marathon, half marathon, 5K, marathon team relay and fun run for kids age 12 and under.
One of the D.C. and Baltimore area’s most popular road races, the Baltimore Running Festival saw more than 16,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors cross the finish line in all races combined last year.
Just over 8,000 finishers ran the event’s CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Half Marathon, on a course that starts and finishes the near the city’s now-legendary Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the home field for Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles.
From the starting line for the 13.1-mile half marathon near the corner of Conway and Light Streets, runners follow what is roughly a counter-clockwise out-and-back loop course through the city, which takes them first from the waterfront along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area through downtown neighborhoods toward Patterson Park.
The park is one of the city’s oldest public parks, and its history dates back to the Civil War, when it was used as a place to house troops, as a hospital for treating wounded soldiers, and even as a military lookout post.
Once runners make their way around the southern and eastern edges of the park, the half marathon then starts a long, steady uphill climb between mile markers 3 and 7, along a stretch that takes runners northward along Washington Street, through more downtown neighborhoods as well as past Clifton Park, all the way up to the park road that rings Lake Montebello, one of the city’s most popular routes for runners, joggers and walkers.
The park road around the lake keeps runners on mostly even terrain before sending them back out onto the slightly hillier East 33rd Street, which takes the field past Venable Park, where Memorial Stadium — once known as “the world’s largest outdoor insane asylum” — once served as the home field for both the Orioles baseball team and the NFL’s now-defunct Baltimore Colts.
After the pass by Venable Park, runners then keep heading west along 33rd toward the campus of Johns Hopkins University, and then turn south on Guilford Avenue to start the final three miles of the race, which follows a mostly downhill descent back to Camden Yards for the race finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the Patapsco River portion of the Chesapeake Bay in central Maryland, roughly an hour’s drive northeast of Washington, D.C., Baltimore typically experiences some of its mildest temperatures of the year during the month the race is held.
On race day (Oct. 9), the average low is 44ºF and the average high is 66ºF.
- 2019 Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Baltimore Festival Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Baltimore Festival Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Baltimore Festival Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Baltimore Festival Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Baltimore Festival Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Baltimore Festival Half Marathon Results
- 7:30 AM – 5K
- 8:00 AM – 10K, full marathon
- 9:45 AM – half marathon
Course Time Limit
- $110 – $130 for the half marathon
- $120 – $140 for the full marathon
- $65 – $75 for the 10K
- $50 – $60 for the 5K
- $45 – $60 for the virtual race
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of the Baltimore Running Festival Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K & Relay race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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