Overall Rating
Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
4.6
(10 Ratings)(10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.3
SCENERY
3.8
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.7
Tucked away in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., the Frederick Running Festival is one of the hidden gems of the running community. The festival features four races, which all finish at the Frederick Fairgrounds. Runners can experience a big time race with small town charm with the added value of … MORE
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    randy-lohman REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I ran the Half Marathon as part of the Nut Job Challenge (Running the 5K Saturday night then the Half Marathon Sunday morning). The Premium was a very nice Camo … MORE

    I ran the Half Marathon as part of the Nut Job Challenge (Running the 5K Saturday night then the Half Marathon Sunday morning). The Premium was a very nice Camo Sweatshirt with a Maryland Flag Design in the hood. The medal was the same as last year which I was not thrilled about but nevertheless it was a sweet medal in the design of the Maryland Flag and a place to put a race photo. The Nut Job medal is also very nice. Race Day went fairly smoothly considering it had been raining/storming since late Saturday night. The parking lots were half flooded so the race had to change plans to avoid people getting stuck in mud. This caused huge lines when parking and trying to get to the race. I waited in traffic for probably 30mins to get a parking spot. Thankfully I made it to the start line in plenty of time. Race organizers were very understanding of the traffic delay and kept the start line open for 30mins after the start to allow late arrivers to start and even offered to add runners start times manually to the results if they start after that. It was slightly raining nearly the entire time except for probably 3 miles of my race including the very start where it started pouring down rain as they started playing the national anthem. Despite the rain there were a ton of spectators cheering for us and all the aid stations seemed to be fully manned. I highly suggest running this race sometime and I plan on running it again, hopefully it won’t be as wet though.

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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    randy-lohman FIRST-TIMER '19

    I ran the 5K as part of the Nut Job Challenge(Running the 5K Saturday night then running the Half Marathon Sunday morning). The shirt was a nice short-sleeved shirt and … MORE

    I ran the 5K as part of the Nut Job Challenge(Running the 5K Saturday night then running the Half Marathon Sunday morning). The shirt was a nice short-sleeved shirt and we got a nice small medal for finishing. Parking was very easy to find. Packet Pickup was very quick despite the long line. I had to wait a little bit at the premium pickup because they were looking for the correct sizes. The course was very easy and I believe there were some hills but I did not even notice them.

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    1
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    5
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    2
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    5

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    paytons REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Good challenging race with great volunteer support. However... two suggestions. The number of porta-potties near the starting line were not close to being adequate. There were twice as many in … MORE

    Good challenging race with great volunteer support. However… two suggestions. The number of porta-potties near the starting line were not close to being adequate. There were twice as many in the finish line area with no one in line. So I would reallocate more to the start. Also the finish area food was not what one can expect to see based on other area races. I had a bottle of water, a banana, and a granola bar, and that was it. I may have missed something but seriously ?

    DIFFICULTY
    4
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    3
    SCENERY
    4
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    2

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    MissPatRuns FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my second half marathon in a week. I am part of the Big Freakin Deal (BFD) and King Crab Challenges and I also did the Nut Job at … MORE

    This was my second half marathon in a week. I am part of the Big Freakin Deal (BFD) and King Crab Challenges and I also did the Nut Job at this race, which is the 5k the night before then the half on Sunday. The race was very organized. Small expo, but it was at the fair ground, which made parking easy and Corrigan gave a wonderful discount for those of us involved in the challenges. You get a button that says “I earned an F today” if you are part of the previously mentioned BFD challenge (run an event in the Delaware marathon, the Frederick Running Festival, and the Baltimore 10 miler for an extra medal) which gets you $5.00 of your total purchase at the expo. They also give a button with a Game of Thrones theme that said “game on king crab challenge” and was worth $5 off as well. The cool thing was that you could use them together, so I purchased a half marathon shirt and a race sticker and got $10 off! Warning, their apparel, including those given as race swag, seem to run small. Even for the Delaware Half, my shirt fit too tight, especially on the arms, with the size I normally get. You get a lovely hooded sweatshirt for the half with the Maryland flag design on the inside of the hood. I had to exchange my medium female for a men’s medium because no women’s large was available, but there were many women’s mediums given back and watching the exchange area, it seemed to be the main issue.
    The 5k started on the race track, which is gravel because it is a horse track, and it was a nice course with a couple of hills, but 81% humidity! The next day for the half was cooler, but RAIN! I have trained before in rain, so that was not a huge deal. The only thing was that Mother Nature decided to give us a downpour right before we went to line up to start. So some of us were hold up in one of the buildings, but when it was time to go out as we started to see the line moving at the start, the walking area was a river, so your feet started out wet before you even ran…lol! My Brooks and Balega’s held up well, along with me doing some extra lubing up with Body Glide on my toes and pads of my toes to try to keep blisters from forming. I thought that with the rain, constant drizzle and down pours around my mile 4 and somewhere around 9 or 10, there would not be spectators, but there were some brave souls out, including children. They were on their covered porches and out on their lawns cheering and even giving high fives.
    Along the course were many,many water stations with Gatorade, there was a munchkin mile with Dunkin’ munchins, one had pretzels and Starburst candy, another had chips and energy bars. The volunteers were awesome! To say the least. They were friendly and encouraging and I never heard one complaint. Now, the HILLS…so I said earlier I did not mind the rain so much, but throw in the brutal hills and that course was challenging beyond words, especially for me because I had run a half the previous weekend and was undertrained then, so of course I was not going to be trained up in a week! The scenery was nice, mountains in the distance, lovely homes, etc., but the hills were brutal! I do run/walk intervals and after being steady in the 5k and feeling so proud of myself, I had hoped to do the same for the half…no such luck! I mostly walked the last half because my legs got really heavy, I was having a shin problem (besides wearing my normal knee brace to help support my knee), and during the last 5 miles, I felt light headed. It was silly to keep going, but I just kept telling myself I had gone that far and was not going to willingly quit, especially with my challenges on the line. By the time I got to the finish, I gave a thought to going to the medical tent because I really felt bad and had to take the 45 minute ride home. But I decided to get some Gatorade, which I normally do not,like and makes me nauseous during runs, but seemed to agree with me on this day, and have some orange slices and potato chips to help me recover. I actually felt like I was somewhat out of my head. I even got confused about how to get out of the finish festival and walked back into the area of the finish chute and was asked what I was looking for, I said the exit, and it was pointed out with a smart remark about how I should not be coming back in that way after leaving out (this was security, not a volunteer) and I sternly let him know that I was trying to get my mental faculties back. The field where the finish festival was being held was very muddy, so I did not walk across to the beer, which I hate, or the wine, which I would have liked to have tried. I really did not need the alcohol though with my state after the race and with driving. Parking was on the fair ground lots, but I decided to park in a garage that was about a .20 mile walk as suggested by the race coordinators. They provide a detailed runner’s guide. I did not want to take a chance on being directed to park on the grass with all of the rain and getting stuck, which evidently did happen to someone who had help to push his car out. They said the garage was free on Sunday, but it was actually a dollar, not bad for the time I was there and the easy in and out. I also met a nice young lady who was walking to her car and was telling me that it had been her first half marathon. Even though the weather was wet, but luckily not hot and humid, the course was really hard, and I was not at my best, I still managed to be only 5 minutes past my normal half time, so I will take it! I am a turtle, so no I am not discussing my actual time…lol…I felt pretty accomplished given the circumstances and those 3 medals were definitely hard earned! I feel like this particular combination of circumstances was harder than my first marathon last year, the Marine Corps Marathon, but it was well organized just like Delaware and I liked the route (I didn’t mention we ran through Hood College). I might do this one again when I am better trained. I would recommend it.

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    5
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    4
    SCENERY
    4
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    5

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    dmkimball FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first time running this event. The race organizers didn't overdue it. The expo was small, but still had the necessities. The race swag was awesome...the shirt is … MORE

    This was my first time running this event. The race organizers didn’t overdue it. The expo was small, but still had the necessities. The race swag was awesome…the shirt is one of the best I have ever received to date. The course was mostly rolling hills with one bigger hill at mile 12, but none of it phased me as this became my PR. I will definitely run this race again.

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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5
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    I think this race was outstanding! Frederick didn't try to overdo it with gimmicks, crazy innovation, etc. It truly was a classic running festival with various distances, strong support, great … MORE

    I think this race was outstanding! Frederick didn’t try to overdo it with gimmicks, crazy innovation, etc. It truly was a classic running festival with various distances, strong support, great medals and premiums, and a lovely course. If you’re looking for a nice midsize race with a small town feel, this is a great option. I am looking forward to returning for another go at it in the future!

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    3
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    5
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    4
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    5

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    navywrslr REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The Frederick Running Festival is held in a beautiful part of MD. Runners have The chiose of doing a 5k,half marathon,or doing both and earn THE NUT JOB MEDAL. the … MORE

    The Frederick Running Festival is held in a beautiful part of MD.
    Runners have The chiose of doing a 5k,half marathon,or doing both and earn THE NUT JOB MEDAL.
    the swag is great,a half zip pull over for the Half.
    The medal was large,and had a spinner section,with a space for you to put your picture.
    After the 5k and 10k,there was food and entertainment.
    I highly recommend this event.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    randy-lohman FIRST-TIMER '18

    The race had a small expo but was very easy to find your way around. I do wish the expo was open a little later the day prior(Saturday). The race … MORE

    The race had a small expo but was very easy to find your way around. I do wish the expo was open a little later the day prior(Saturday). The race started early in the morning at 7AM on Sunday but they recommended arriving by 5:45 to avoid road closures. At the start they had race pace signs so that slower runners did not get in the way of faster runners and it worked great. There were about 4000 people in the race ensuring that there were always people around you. They had water stops about every two miles except for the last 3 miles where they had one every mile. There were also a lot of locals outside cheering on the runners with some offering water and one household even offering strawberries. The course was scenic although mostly through the beutiful city of Frederick. The course was fairly flat and although the elevation shows a few hills they are mostly small and I actually only remember 2 of them with the one being fairly early in the race and the second being around mile 12. The medal was fairly big and the design was the Maryland flag which should speak for itself with how awesome it is. The medal also has a spot on the back to place a wallet sized picture. The shirt is also very nice. The race finished on the track at the Frederick Fairgrounds giving plenty of room for spectators at the end of the race. The race also gave out free race photos taken by multiple photographers at the start, in the middle of the race in various points, and the finish. The race also offered race tracking where you could have the race post or text your time, pace in 3 areas into Facebook which is a great feature. I signed my parents up for the texting and they loved it allowing my mom to know when to go to the track to watch me finish and my dad to keep up to date on how I was doing despite being unable to make it to the race. This feature also sent a picture of you finishing the race. Overall, it’s a very well organized race and is very worthwhile to run. I highly recommend running this race sometime.

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    2
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    5
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    4
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    DebbyH REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Small expo. Very easy to find/park. Great aid stations. Must finish by 3:30 Offered pacing. Finish on the track of the Fair Grounds. Loved the medal. Offer a 5K on … MORE

    Small expo. Very easy to find/park. Great aid stations. Must finish by 3:30 Offered pacing. Finish on the track of the Fair Grounds. Loved the medal. Offer a 5K on Saturday. Complete both for the Nut Job Medal.

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    3
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    4
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    4
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    5

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    Trevinds REPEAT RUNNER '07

    I will never forget this race, and it is sad that the Frederick Running Festival no longer has this race - the longest distance now is just the Half. 2007 … MORE

    I will never forget this race, and it is sad that the Frederick Running Festival no longer has this race – the longest distance now is just the Half. 2007 was a good year for me – I ran my 1st Boston and had a good run. 3 weeks after Boston, my body was crying out for another run – so, I ran Frederick. Frederick had a series of rolling, steep hills at the end, which made the course very challenging. The night before the race I had a dream that I would come in 2nd in my age group, and set a new PR – BINGO! The dream came true. Must be truth that dreams are often tomorrow’s realities – still can’t get over it.

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
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    5

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