Around 20,000 runners are expected to participate in the 19th Baltimore Running Festival on Oct. 19, and here's what you need to know.
With five distances to choose from, runners can see some of the most popular tourist destinations, including the race's start at Camden Yards and finish at the Inner Harbor.
Runners can choose to participate in a marathon, a half-marathon, a 5K, a team relay or the BaltiMORON-a-thon, in which runners complete the 5K and the half-marathon in one day!
Each race does require the runner to register ahead of time and pay a fee. Each fee helps fund many local and regional charities that support individuals and families going through a personal crisis. Since the festival's conception, the Baltimore Running Festival has helped raise more than $14 million to help fund charities, according to the BRF website. Some of the charities benefited this year include Back On My Feet, Mercy Medical Center and One Love Foundation.
The event runs from 7:25 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, starting with the national anthem and presentation of the colors and ending with a race champions award ceremony.
WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5's Bobby Trosset will be at the festival Saturday!
Many street closures will begin as early as Friday evening in preparation for the race.
Friday, Oct. 18, 2019: Pratt Street will be closed from Charles to Light Streets starting at 9 p.m. Friday until the event ends Saturday afternoon.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019: The following streets will be closed to through traffic on Saturday.
Paca Street from Pratt to Lombard Streets 5:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Camden Street from Paca to Howard Streets 6 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Eutaw Street from Pratt to Camden Streets 7 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Russell Street from Lee to Pratt Streets 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Russell Street at Hamburg Street 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Hamburg Street Bridge from Russell to Leadenhall Streets 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Key Highway from Cross to Light Streets 8 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Southbound Light Street from Lombard Street to Key Highway 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Northbound Light Street from Henrietta Street to Key Highway 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Pratt Street from Green to Eutaw Streets 7 a.m. to 1 pm (until marathon and half marathon clear the area)
Pratt Street from Howard to Light Streets 1 p.m. to clear
Southbound Jones Falls Expressway exit ramp to 28th Street 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Runners can view the full runner's handbook here in preparation for the race.
On Thursday, Oct. 17, 98 Rock will sponsor the 5th annual .05K race. The race begins at 7 p.m., starting at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and run an exhausting 162 feet!
It costs runners $15 to enter the race, but all proceeds will benefit the One Love Foundation. Runners will be given a commemorative t-shirt, race bib and a free beer after pushing through the finish line! Read more about the event here.