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Overall Rating (22 Reviews)
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(22 Ratings)(22 Reviews)
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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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    lancenull FIRST-TIMER '19

    Ample free parking for the race and expo. Free shuttle from parking to expo and back, or a .75 mile walk. Same walk on race morning. Excellent medals - Crab … MORE

    Ample free parking for the race and expo. Free shuttle from parking to expo and back, or a .75 mile walk. Same walk on race morning.

    Excellent medals – Crab theme.

    Combination medal opportunities such as the Baltimoron (5k+half – same day) or with other races in the area.

    Plenty of aid stations, stocked with water and electrolytes, along the course. Great volunteers. Plenty of post race food, and an area to stretch out and to get a massage.

    Beautiful scenery during the race, including a few iconic Baltimore sights.

    Don’t forget to get your post race photo by the USS Constellation.

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    BillyD0021 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This one got my addiction started. It's definitely hillier than I expected. Great volunteers, and the event production as a whole was awesome. Inner Harbor finish was great. Save a … MORE

    This one got my addiction started. It’s definitely hillier than I expected. Great volunteers, and the event production as a whole was awesome. Inner Harbor finish was great. Save a little gas in the tank for the second half, way tougher than the 1st.

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    MissPatRuns REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I was excited to do this race and to go to the expo. I ran the 5k in 2017 as my 3rd one ever. I enjoyed it then and had … MORE

    I was excited to do this race and to go to the expo. I ran the 5k in 2017 as my 3rd one ever. I enjoyed it then and had the same expectation. Although my training had lagged because of leg and knee pain, I decided to continue with my plan to do the Baltimoronarhon, 5k then half. So the expo was pretty good, mostly had race goodies from Corrigan. Packet pickup is smooth. You pick up your bib and bag first then you have to pretty much walk through the whole expo to get your shirt at the end. I was lucky to get to exchange both my shirts because I got a large but they were cut bigger than some of the other Corrigan shirts, so I exchanged for mediums. All of the volunteers were nice and helpful. The weather was pretty good for a run to me. I ran the 5k with not much of a problem and felt pretty good about it. The course is fairly flat. The half did not start until 9:45, which is pretty late but I heard that was so that the elite runners in the marathon would be able to get out ahead of the crowd. Logistics worked pretty well considering it was downtown Baltimore at the Harbor, beautiful skyline and sun rise. My only real issue is that non-runners come into the corrals and are in the way. There were plenty of barriers, but that didn’t keep them from crossing. As part of the challenge, I was able to choose my own corral. It was nice being able to cheer on the marathoners as we waited to start and they passed around their halfway mark. The half and full end up merging around mile 3 of the half. It worked out pretty well. The half marathon course is very illy, which for some reason I forgot because I had done the Charles St 12 miler and the Baltimore 10 miler. Police managed the traffic well and the route was clearly marked. There were plenty of porta pots at the start and unfortunately my bladder was having fun so I had to stop 2 or 3 times along the race and never had to wait for one. I do think there could have been a couple more water stops, but after coming off of OCNJ half a couple weeks ago, I guess I was spoiled because they had overload of water stops. The volunteers and spectators were awesome! The run around Lake Montebello was challenging because by then I was really hurting. Getting to the finish line was my goal because I wanted to complete the King Crab series and the Maryland Double, which involves running events that take place in Baltimore and Frederick since March and major bling. I completed the day with 5 medals! And the huge crown that has a light at the top. This medal is so big, it also has a kickstand in case you do not want to hang it. The finish festival was ok. Regular snacks, though the chips were gone, then I saw many runners walking around with boxes that contained chips and pretzels…had they been allowed to just take these from the tables without regard for those who would not get any? I don’t know what happened. The good thing was that there was homemade Maryland crab soup! Truly a Baltimore thing and it was awesome, they did not give 2nd rate soup just because it was for so many people and for a race. There was a beer garden…I dislike beer a lot, so I got canned vodka and sparkling soda at the hospitality tent for the King Crabbers. Now waiting for the date of the party to celebrate. All in all, a nice time even though I struggled so much. I may have to run again next year because it will be year 20 and it’s a hometown race, which makes it nice.

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    8istheman FIRST-TIMER '19

    Awesome running weekend. Multiple distances to choice from. Crab soup at the finish line, with other top notch food and drink options. Will be running this race every year. MORE

    Awesome running weekend. Multiple distances to choice from. Crab soup at the finish line, with other top notch food and drink options. Will be running this race every year.

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    GOLEAFS FIRST-TIMER '19

    Since I use RaceRaves for reading reviews for my future races I figured after running over 100 half marathons it's about time I start sharing my own reviews. So here … MORE

    Since I use RaceRaves for reading reviews for my future races I figured after running over 100 half marathons it’s about time I start sharing my own reviews.
    So here we go..
    This is the second CSE produced race that I have ran the first being the Fredrick Half a few years ago. I can say they do a very good job at what the do. The expo at the convention center was well organized and easy to get to by public transportation or free parking at the nearby Ravens stadium parking lot. I was in and out in less than 10 minutes.
    The Half starts at 9:45 am at the Inner Harbor and parking is also free at the nearby stadium lots. I stayed downtown so can’t comment on how the traffic situation was. But it could be a issue with road closures due to the full marathon 8 am start time. The race started exactly on time and had no problem with congestion at the start. The course runs through several different types of neighborhoods with pretty good crowd support all the way expecily the final half mile. Aid stations were very well organized and placed in ideal locations.This course has lots of hills throughout except for a 2 mile flat section at mile 8 that loops around a lake.
    The finish line is also at the Inner Harbor, that also is the location for the post race festival.
    The medal was a nice looking Crab design that opens up. Post race food was quite good with fruit, protein bars, granola bars and assorted snacks.This is a race that I really enjoyed and will probably run again in the future.

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    musical23 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The course is hilly and difficult, but not too difficult if you train for hills. Start line was at Camden Yards and was very nice. I wish they would have … MORE

    The course is hilly and difficult, but not too difficult if you train for hills.
    Start line was at Camden Yards and was very nice. I wish they would have a wave start, because the start was a bit congested. the course was nice with lots of community support. It seemed like every neighborhood we traveled through had crowds cheering us on.
    The finish at the harbor was nice but a little crowded. Medal was awesome.
    Overall, very nice race…

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    jboro89 FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was my first half marathon, I ran it with my mom and had a great time. A little hot for October and the race doesn't start until almost 10am … MORE

    This was my first half marathon, I ran it with my mom and had a great time. A little hot for October and the race doesn’t start until almost 10am so it was pretty warm, but a fun experience. There were some challenging hills, but the best part was running through new parts of the city and seeing every neighborhood come out to support the race.

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    glenberger FIRST-TIMER '18

    It was a great race and running around the city was nice. A LOT of support and fantastic water stations with fans cheering everyone on. The hills got the best … MORE

    It was a great race and running around the city was nice. A LOT of support and fantastic water stations with fans cheering everyone on. The hills got the best of me at times.

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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… MORE

    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." Tulsa, OK LESS

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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!…

    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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