Baltimore Running Festival set for Oct. 16

Scheduled a week later than usual to avoid medical convention

March 11, 2010|By Mike Klingaman |

This year's Baltimore Running Festival will take place Oct. 16, one week later than usual, race organizers announced at a news conference Wednesday. The event has been pushed back to avoid a conflict with a national medical convention in the city Oct. 9 and 10.

"I hope we have perfect running weather on Oct. 16 - though, after the winter we've had, I'd be happy just for it not to snow," Baltimore Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake said.

The festival, which features a marathon, half-marathon, 5K and other races, is expected to draw a record 22,000 runners, organizers said.

This year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event, a free concert will be held at the Pier Six Pavilion the night before the Saturday races. Also, runners and race volunteers who have participated in every festival to date will be honored in a VIP tent. They number nearly 100, said Lee Corrigan, director of the event.

For the first time, no changes in the marathon route are anticipated, Corrigan said. In addition, runners will be allowed to use iPods this year.

For her part, the mayor said she is gearing up to run in one of the races this fall.

"Every year, when the marathon gets announced, I use it as an opportunity to try and train," Rawlings-Blake said. "I'd like to at least do the 5K in October.

"I didn't really make it up to a run on my treadmill this morning - it was more of a stroll - but I'm getting there."

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