Run for a cause or run to benefit your health, but get out and about in Baltimore while the weather’s beautiful. Whether you are a beginner, a pacer or an experienced athlete, these area races have something for everyone.
Sole of the City 10K
1713 McHenry Row
Baltimore, Md. 21223
Hours: 9 a.m.
Price: $35 to $75
This is the 10th anniversary of running the streets of Baltimore and finishing at the newest Charm City location at McHenry Row. Sole of the City benefits The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. After-run festivities include live music sponsored by Greene Turtle, a food plate for racers and complimentary beer. Expect roughly 2,500 fellow participants. Contact Kelly Dees at email@example.com for questions about registration.
Believe In Tomorrow’s Port to Fort 6K Race
The Baltimore Museum of Industry
1415 Key Highway
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Hours: 9 a.m.
Price: $15 students, military, Believe in Tomorrow families and Home Depot employees/$25 general public/$35 virtual runners and race-day registration
Cut-off for online pre-registration is April 25
This 3,000-participant event is sponsored by Home Depot, providing housing assistance to families with critically ill children through a Baltimore-based nonprofit hospital and respite programs. Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a premium race T-shirt and timing chip. Contact Kate Sachs at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Frederick Running Festival
797 E Patrick St
Frederick, Md. 21701
May 5 and 6
Hours: kids fun run – 5 p.m. May 5; 5K – 6 p.m. May 5; half marathon and team relay – 7 a.m. May 6
Price: $105 two-person relay team/$80 half marathon/$35 5K race/$10 fun run
This funfest is for the whole family featuring a Health & Fitness Expo sponsored by The CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. This is a 3,250 participant event. The marathon travels the streets of the historic district of Old Town and countryside which is the second largest city in Maryland. You can also run for a cause by forming charity teams. For more information contact Christine Brus at (410) 605-9381 ext.232.
The Columbia Triathlon
10000 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, Md. 21043
Hours: 6:40 a.m.
Price: $150 USAT annual members/$160 non-USAT members/$135 USAT military/$145 non-USAT military members
This is the 29th annual Columbia Triathlon and is one of the longest-running, most challenging races in the United States. Its main distance is an Olympic 1.5K swim, 41K bike and 10K run with 2,400 participants. Amenities for athletes include Health and Fitness Expo, T-shirt, imprinted swim cap, water bottle, goodie bag, commemorative medallion, customized awards, raffle prizes and complimentary post-race massage. Contact Robert Vigorito at email@example.com for more information.
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Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon
Great Marsh Park
Cambridge, Md. 21613
Hours: 6:30 a.m.
Price: $10 USAT day-long membership required
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This is one of the most popular triathlons in the country and is a qualifier for Ironman World Championship. Its main distance is a half Ironman: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. This event is 2,600 participants strong, and packed with world-class pros from all over the world. Competitors are encouraged to form charity teams for this event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional registration information.
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