Dorchester YMCA Crab Run Half Marathon

Saturday, April 8, 2017 • Cambridge, MD • Course Map

Around 200 runners cross the finish line each year at the annual springtime running of this race, which helps raise both money and awareness of the mission of the Dorchester County Family YMCA, which serves more than 3,000 in the local community through a range of athletic, fitness and mind-body health programs.

Runners start the half marathon — which follows an out-and-back course that past participants say is very flat and fast — at the Dorchester County Y, on the Somerset Avenue side of the facility.

From there, runners make their way out toward the banks of the Choptank River, one of the major tributaries off the Chesapeake here on the Delmarva Peninsula, and follows the same course that’s used at the annual June running of the Eagleman Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, which ends with a 13.1-mile run after a 1.2-mile swim and a 56-mile bike ride.

Thanks in part to its location along the river, most of the course follows a flat and fast route, and includes some stretches through the wooded forest areas just outside town. Once they make their way along the out-and-back route, runners finish the race back at the YMCA.

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay, about an 85-mile drive southeast from Baltimore, Cambridge tends to experience mild to occasionally cool weather conditions in the mid-spring, usually with drier weather in April than in March or May.

In April, the city’s average monthly temperatures range between 67°F and 46°F, while rainfall amounts average just over 3.8 inches for the month. On the day of the race (April 8), the average high is 65°F and the average low is 42°F.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Dorchester YMCA Crab Run Half Marathon here.


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To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Cambridge’s Dorchester YMCA Crab Run Half Marathon race, visit the event website below.

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