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Baltimore Running Festival: What runners can expect and what's new

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With 10 successful years under its belt, the Baltimore Running Festival continues to disprove those who thought a successful marathon in Baltimore could not be done. On its 11th consecutive year with numbers on the rise, the BRF will be host to over 25,000 runners in all its events.

The first year only brought in 6,000 runners since then the BRF's number continue to soar.

This is the fifth consecutive year in a row that ALL ADULTS EVENTS (marathon, half marathon, 5K and relay) HAVE SOLD OUT!

A total prize purse of $145,000 with $25,000 going to the winner both male and female.

As it was said at today's media event held at the Under Armour headquarters, the elite runners who win the Marine Corps Marathon (no prize purse) could not contend with the elites that race for the award at our Baltimore Marathon. Also, studies have shown that those who begin their running career at the BRF's 5K 83% come back to run the same or other events held this weekend.

Marathon Course: Beginning at Camden Yards at Russell and Camden St. This year the marathon course will take you into the Baltimore Zoo around mile three. After passing JHU, marathoners will head down St. Paul Street for a nice downhill cruise for over three miles. Marathoners will then enjoy the flat routes throughout the Inner Harbor until the marathon joins up with the Half Marathon at mile 16 around Patterson Park. course map

Half Marathon Course: Starts at Light and Conway just in front of Harbor Place. Out of the start gate, runners head straight uphill. The half converges with the full around Patterson park, or mile three. After the merge, runners make they way toward Lake Montebello on rolling hills with the final climb just before the flat and sunny 1.5 mile loop around the lake. The last three miles of the half are mostly downhill with a brief climb over the Howard Street bridge to come into the into the finish. Don't be deceived by the fun portion through Camden yards; though a good place to start picking it up, the finish line is deceptively much further than expected! course map

Start times:

Marathon 8:00 am

5K 8:30am

Kids fun run 9:20

Half Marathon 9:45

The BRF is one of only five marathons with 5 hours of live coverage, thanks to WBALTV. Also runners can be tracked via text or email thanks to T-Mobile. Sign up to track runners before 7am on race day.

Remember to check back here for more BRF coverage, results and recap. You can follow the Baltimore Running Examiner on Facebook.

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