Running Festival presents more than a marathon

[your mile-by-mile guide] to the 3rd annual baltimore marathon: start here

October 16, 2003|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

Marathons aren't for everyone.

But this weekend's third annual Baltimore Running Festival is an event that people of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy, organizers said.

Spokesman Lee Corrigan said that a variety of scheduled activities will keep even the most casual running enthusiast engaged and interested.

"We want everybody to come out and have a good time," Corrigan said.

The three-day celebration begins today with a Health and Fitness Expo that will include a showcase and sale of athletic gear, health-care products and programs.

The event, which takes place on the Northside Club Level of M&T Bank Stadium, will be up and running through 9 p.m. tomorrow.

And the fun will continue on race day, when the Celebration Village opens at 8 a.m.

The festival area, in Parking Lot C of M&T Bank Stadium, opens at 8 a.m. Saturday and will have food vendors and music by Hugh Feely, Talk is Cheap and other local acts.

The party atmosphere will welcome racers and spectators alike, Corrigan said.

That all-inclusive, "something-for-everyone" atmosphere was important to Corrigan, whose company, Corrigan Sports Enterprises, has organized the annual event since its inception.

"We are trying to build a tradition [in which] everybody can participate," he said.

His team of planners has also made an effort to ensure that children will stay entertained throughout the day.

A Kids' Fun Zone, with interactive games and activities such as obstacle courses, football tosses and field-goal kicking stations, will keep the younger set occupied for hours, Corrigan noted.

"Nothing's worse than going to a sporting event and having your kids say, `Can we go now?'" he joked.

The M&T Bank Stadium is at 1101 Russell St.. For more information on the events, visit www.thebaltimoremara

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