Overall Rating
Overall Rating (14 Reviews)
3.7
(14 Ratings)(14 Reviews)
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3.6
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SWAG
4.4
Join us at the event that many are calling one of the best races on the East Coast, NOW FINISHING AT THE INNER HARBOR. With five distances to choose from, and all runners snagging a great Under Armour shirt for participating, this event is for you! You won’t want to … MORE
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    BrooklandRunner FIRST-TIMER '07

    I targeted Philly in November, and since I got this entry free, I treated it like a long run. It was a fun time running with friends and not caring … MORE

    I targeted Philly in November, and since I got this entry free, I treated it like a long run. It was a fun time running with friends and not caring too much about my result. The hills are real, though.

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    Baroquen131 REPEAT RUNNER '14

    Ups and downs - literally. The course is tough, with a good number of hills, and the potential for windy, cold October weather. I've done the Running Festival numerous times … MORE

    Ups and downs – literally. The course is tough, with a good number of hills, and the potential for windy, cold October weather.
    I’ve done the Running Festival numerous times and at all distances. The expo is always solid. Between nice clever medals (usually crab themed) and Under Armor shirts (used to be REALLY soft tech shirts – more traditional now), the swag was a plus.
    Back in 2014 – the course ended at the stadiums, now it ends at the harbor. Being a sports fan, I enjoyed running through Camden Yards more. The finish celebration back then, was in the stadium parking lots. Now, it’s at the park near the harbor. A nicer location, but a bit more crowded, from what I hear.
    Overall – the race still has sentimental value to me as my hometown event. And even though the course is challenging, the festival is well-run and what I would pick for my Maryland race, even if I didn’t live here.

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    randy-lohman FIRST-TIMER '18

    Overall the race weekend was good and pretty well put together. The expo was a fair size and had great and long hours. Parking for the expo was available in … MORE

    Overall the race weekend was good and pretty well put together. The expo was a fair size and had great and long hours. Parking for the expo was available in some of the M&T Bank Stadium(Baltimore Raven’s) Parking Lots which were about .75 mile away from the expo. I chose to walk but there was also the option of Light Rail to get there. There are 3 different races: a 5K at 7:30, Marathon/ Relay at 8, and Half Marathon at 9:45 with all of them starting within what’s probably a .5 mile from each other. Like the expo parking was at the stadium lots with the lots opening at 5:30am. Since I was running the half marathon my race started at 9:45. Because of this late start time and the marathon starting much earlier the roads would already be closed so Half marathoners had to either take light rail to the start line or arrive and park much earlier than the race start times otherwise you would not make it to the race. Since I was staying in northern Baltimore city my only option was to arrive way earlier than the race start time which was a little bit of a pain. The actual start of the race was supposed to be in waves but there was no stopping people from being in earlier waves. The course was fairly hilly and harder than I expected and being in the middle of the city did not have great views other than Lake Montebello about halfway through. There were a few residents out cheering but most of them were on the second half of the course. The finish was right by Inner Harbor and served as a perfect place for the Celebration Village. The medal was in the shape of the crab with Run 13.1 on the front and it opened up to a view of the Inner Harbor which is really nice. The shirt was a blue long sleeve under armour shirt. I ran this race as the final part of the King Crab Challenge (Running the Frederick Running Festival, Baltimore 10-Miler, and Baltimore Running Festival in the same year) and got 2 additional medals which make the race even more worth it.

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    pkroon FIRST-TIMER '18

    Baltimore pulled out all the stops for the race weekend. It's by no means a flat course, but the hills weren't too taxing in my opinion. The Inner Harbor was … MORE

    Baltimore pulled out all the stops for the race weekend. It’s by no means a flat course, but the hills weren’t too taxing in my opinion. The Inner Harbor was a great post-race celebration village. A revamped course finish takes the runners back to the Inner Harbor area instead of finishing in a parking lot as was the case in years prior to 2017. I have not run Boston yet, but it’s been compared to making the turn onto Boylston street. The medal given to the finishers is one of the most unique I’ve ever earned (the Run 26.2 crab opens up to show a picture of the Inner Harbor from the Fort McHenry vantage point). Even at the end there was crab soup waiting for everyone to taste! It was a good choice for my Maryland marathon.

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    amarchet FIRST-TIMER '15

    See wonderful Baltimore running throughout the city. Enjoy the several hills and flat areas. One of the best races I have ever completed. Great swag especially if you do the … MORE

    See wonderful Baltimore running throughout the city. Enjoy the several hills and flat areas. One of the best races I have ever completed. Great swag especially if you do the King Crab Challenge (Federick 1/2, Baltimore 10, Baltimore 1/2).

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    ivy164 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Overall good race. Good organization, swag, and expo. It was extremely hot and with a hilly course I didn't do my best. My biggest complaints were there weren't enough water … MORE

    Overall good race. Good organization, swag, and expo. It was extremely hot and with a hilly course I didn’t do my best. My biggest complaints were there weren’t enough water stations and too many people on the course. Its extremely frustrating when walkers don’t pull to the side per racing etiquette….they had marshals on the course telling us to stay within lines but they they should have also taken care of the walkers…

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    klucht FIRST-TIMER '17

    I enjoy hill courses and Baltimore did not disappoint. The course takes you through a number of residential areas and finishes at the waterfront. The finish area had a number … MORE

    I enjoy hill courses and Baltimore did not disappoint. The course takes you through a number of residential areas and finishes at the waterfront. The finish area had a number of snacks and treats. The only downside for this races was the heat. The half starts at 9:45 so if you are slow runner like me you are running in full sun and the course had little shade.

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    Jenlovestorun FIRST-TIMER '13

    My least favorite race; city race seemed like from one ghetto to the next; seemed like a dangerous city; dead rats on the course; I liked the Under Armour shirts-best … MORE

    My least favorite race; city race seemed like from one ghetto to the next; seemed like a dangerous city; dead rats on the course; I liked the Under Armour shirts-best shirts.

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    SlowJuan FIRST-TIMER '17

    All the rumors were true: It's a hilly, challenging course! But, it's a well-organized, scenic, festive event and one to include on your bucket list. The Marathon Start at Camden … MORE

    All the rumors were true: It’s a hilly, challenging course! But, it’s a well-organized, scenic, festive event and one to include on your bucket list. The Marathon Start at Camden Yards had a powerful, respectful presentation of the National Anthem beneath a massive American flag. And, I was impressed by the number of technical wheelchair racers (over 15) and moved by the handicapped children in wheelchairs with handlers (more than 20) at the Start. Great priorities, Baltimore! You KNOW the race shirt is going to be good when Under Armour is a sponsor. And the Baltimore medals are the best. Not a medal that will languish in your sock drawer. So….. quit crabbing about missing out and sign up for next year!

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    SlowJuan Jan 16, 2018 at 12:18pm

    I'm always impressed by anyone who correctly spells and uses the word, "piqued." Nicely done!
    Here's a link from the Baltimore website of the 2017 medal. https://www.shoppesatcorrigansports.com/collections/baltimore-running-festival/products/2017-replacement-medals
    Thanks for the kind words!
    Slow Juan
    Race motto: "Start slow......and taper."
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    M_Sohaskey Jan 16, 2018 at 12:05pm

    Congrats Juan! And thanks for your review, though as a medal nerd you've now piqued my curiosity – hope you'll upload a photo for the rest of us to admire! :)

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    kel400 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    i vowed never to do the half again after last time. it is a very challenging course going through the streets of baltimore with lots of hills. but it is … MORE

    i vowed never to do the half again after last time. it is a very challenging course going through the streets of baltimore with lots of hills. but it is great going around the city and the crowd support is awesome. this started at 9:45am so it was hot. the shirt you get is nice and the medal rocked! it is my new favorite medal. no issues with packet pickup or parking on race day. get there early. all in all it was a great day and i did better than expected. i would recommend doing the race at least once.

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    Trevinds REPEAT RUNNER '06

    This was my 2nd time running the Half at Baltimore, and I really enjoyed them both. The only downside was the Expo - somewhat small, but that was then - … MORE

    This was my 2nd time running the Half at Baltimore, and I really enjoyed them both. The only downside was the Expo – somewhat small, but that was then – today may be different. What I remember the most about this race was that the start began around the Baltimore Ravens football stadium, and finished at Camden Yards – home of the Baltimore Orioles. The post festivities were nice with plenty of good eating.

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    HeatherJ FIRST-TIMER '12

    This was my second marathon and was pretty awesome for several reasons: 1) I'm originally from the area, 2) I ran it with my entire family, and 3) the race … MORE

    This was my second marathon and was pretty awesome for several reasons: 1) I’m originally from the area, 2) I ran it with my entire family, and 3) the race is known for taking feedback from its runners to improve the event year after year.

    Memorable Moments:
    – Running through Birdland, aka Oriole Park (Camden Yards) and M&T Bank Stadium (Ravens).
    – Zoo keepers out with penguins who were flapping their wings as we ran by – LOVED IT!
    – The Under Armor headquarters entertainment. There’s nothing like an athletic company from the streets of its home town cheering you on.
    – Crossing the finish line with my Dad (his first marathon).

    Tip:
    – Practice your hills, there will be plenty. And the race directors reminded us of them on the medal – “what hills don’t kill you make you stronger”.

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    MadelynMarino FIRST-TIMER '11

    I completed this race in 2011. This race was one of the toughest races I have ever run. Not only was it incredibly hilly throughout, but the wind was crazy. … MORE

    I completed this race in 2011.

    This race was one of the toughest races I have ever run. Not only was it incredibly hilly throughout, but the wind was crazy.

    The race started at 9:45 which is later than usual. It begins in downtown Maryland at the outside of Camden / Baltimore Orioles Arena. As soon as the race began there was a big hill.

    There were many positives of this race as well. There were many people outside cheering us on throughout the race. The course also takes runners through many beautiful sights including the inner harbor.

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    geddings FIRST-TIMER '15

    This was a good race as Baltimore puts a lot in this race. A lot of the race is in the outskirts of town. Start of the race at the … MORE

    This was a good race as Baltimore puts a lot in this race. A lot of the race is in the outskirts of town. Start of the race at the harbor, with the finish at Orioles Park at Camden Yard and M&T Bank Stadium.

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