Baltimore Running Festival Weekend

Baltimore Running Festival festivities started off on Thursday with a visit to the expo to pick up my race packet and register for that evening’s .05k sponsored by 98 Rock. The .05k was set up at Power Plant Live, complete with bibs, inflatable start and finish lines and a water station half way through. Everyone who participated was super into it which added to the fun and it was a hilarious event! You can see pictures from the race on the 98 Rock’s instagram. Afterward, Burnt Sienna, a cover band based out of Philadelphia, performed and they were fantastic! They played everything from the Killers to Queen to Imagine Dragons to The Weekend.

Burnt Sienna Band

Friday night we went to Brendali for dinner and enjoyed a tasty chicken parm before laying low the rest of the night and catching up on the Mindy Project. Brendali was PACKED and we witnessed many groups turned away if they didn’t have a reservation, we lucked out and beat the rush but definitely remembering to make a res next time.

Saturday was the 5k which was a blast (probably even more fun than the .05k Thursday! :D). I walked over to the start in time to see the marathoners begin which was really cool. It was fun to run a 5k that was part of a larger festival because it certainly makes the race seem more momentous: the expo, the crowd at the start, the medals, the celebration village at the end – all things that you don’t typically see when it’s just a 5k.  The weather was perfect for running and the course was great – slightly uphill for the first half and slightly downhill for the second half – my time was 34:57 (11:15 min/mi) which may not sound impressive but is really good for me (almost 2 minutes faster than the Baltimore Women’s Classic that I ran in June). Adam met me at the finish and we walked to Starbucks for breakfast and cheered on the half marathon runners at their start. It was inspiring to see runners all over our neighborhood and everyone was friendly and full of encouragement.

5k medal post race starbucks

Saturday afternoon was spent in Virginia at a friend’s pig roast. She and her family go all out for this annual event with moon bounces and face painting for kids, a ton of food and drinks and this year they even added a coat drive for charity! It was great to catch up with friends and we had a blast watching all of the kids go crazy running around the backyard.

fall pig roast

The weekend was rounded out with a lazy Sunday – brunch with family, football and grocery shopping.

What was the highlight of your weekend?


Baltimore Running Festival – Oct 17

I’ve heard from multiple people lately that registrations are down for the upcoming Baltimore Running Festival, possibly due to the unrest that occurred in the city this spring. The race organizers have made a major push over the last few days and are encouraging runners to share their Bmore pride and tell neighbors and friends about the race. Well, as a very proud Baltimorean and first time runner of the 5k, I wanted to give you a few reasons to sign up for one of the races that are part of this awesome event!

  1. Something for everyone –  the festival includes a marathon, half marathon, team relay (5.9-7.1 miles), 5k and kid’s fun run. And everyone – from marathoners to kiddos – gets an Under Armour shirt and a medal.
  2. Great gear – If your free race t-shirt isn’t enough, you can also order this baller Bmore Pride t-shirt for just $20 and the proceeds go to local charities. I just ordered mine and can’t wait to rock it around town.                        bmore pride baltimore running festival
  3. Support your friends – back in 2009, a friend of mine ran the Baltimore marathon and we had an amazing time cheering her on and looking out for her at various spots on the course. The way the events are timed allows 5k runners to finish and then go back to support the runners of longer races still on the course. I love the camaraderie of race day and cheering on the talented runners! And a girl from my honor’s frat in college actually won the women’s division of the marathon last year which is crazy! She is incredible! running festival
  4. Give to charity – a lot of runners use the race as a way to raise funds for charity. My friend Jamie is running the relay and raising money for the Cool Kids Campaign. Donate money to support Jamie’s team here and learn more about the organization that helps support pediatric cancer patients here. The race also supports a number of other charity groups.              running marathon baltimore
  5. Explore a different side of Baltimore – the city is not defined by the events you saw on TV this past spring. The race brings locals and visitors together for a weekend of fun activities and the marathon course takes you from the beautiful Inner Harbor through the city to the Maryland Zoo (so cool!!) and Druid Hill Park. I’ve run two races in Baltimore, the Baltimore Women’s Classic and the Ravens 5k and I have been super impressed by how supportive everyone was along the course. Running through residential areas meant people out on their stoops waving, smiling and cheering and providing an extra boost of encouragement to runners. I expect runners will be pleasantly surprised by the local support they’ll receive on race day. Other weekend events include a health and fitness expo and a kickoff event on Thursday the 15th at Power Plant Live with live music and drink specials. And if you’re coming into the city for the race and are looking for places to eat you can check out our restaurant recommendations!


Baltimore Running Festival

Saturday, October 17

Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay and 5k

Register Now!