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Baltimore Marathon

Baltimore, MD


Race Dates

2017: Saturday, October 21, 2017
2016: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Mostly Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 67°F (19°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.81
Course Score: 97.81

Race Size

2016: 2,352 Finishers
2015: 2,511 Finishers
2014: 2,764 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 6.3%
2015: 7.3%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Baltimore Marathon course is a bit challenging with two relatively hilly to rolling sections connected by 6 miles of flat terrain.

The course travels through the many diverse neighborhoods including the scenic Inner Harbor waterfront area, historic Federal Hill and Fells Point. The route also travels through the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore right past the penguin exhibit.

Miles 16 through 20 of the course have been compared to Boston’s “Heartbreak Hill,” but runners are rewarded with a loop around Lake Montebello providing runners with some relief and flat terrain. The final 5 miles are mostly downhill. Then it is back downtown to an inspiring finish through Camden Yards ballpark, home of the Baltimore Orioles. Runners finish on Raven’s Walk in the shadows of M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.


Marathon Rankings

The Baltimore Marathon was the 34th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 31st largest in 2015.

Last year 6.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Baltimore Marathon the 340th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 297th highest percentage in 2015.


Its Course Score of 97.81 ranks it as the 317th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in Maryland.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Baltimore Marathon a PR Score of 97.81. This PR Score ranks it as the 278th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Maryland.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 341 feet (103m)
Min Elevation: 3 feet (0m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the Baltimore Marathon

5 Stars from 17 Reviews



review of 2016 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

It's in Baltimore, duh!

Race Tips

Be prepared to party afterwards and experience the friendless of the locals

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2016 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

A city marathon with a small, friendly atmosphere! The full marathon field is small enough there are no waves, and runners are allowed to self-seed by pace. The course offers a great tour of the different neighborhoods of Baltimore, decked in fall colors if the weather is right. There are supportive spectators from the community all along the course, with especially exciting crowds at the Inner Harbor (miles 9 and 13) and Patterson Park (mile 16).

Race Tips

The Baltimore Marathon has awesome pacers who will guide you through the whole race, so your best strategy may be simply finding the right pace group. The biggest hill is a gradual ascent right from the start to mile 4, when you're feeling fresh. Miles 9-15 along the waterfront are completely flat, with occasional harbor views. But be sure to save some energy for the second major climb at miles 17-20, which feels much more taxing!

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review of 2016 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Hilly but lots of crowd support

Race Tips

Train on hills

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Excellent expo



review of 2016 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This is a challenging course with a tough uphill stretch on the back side, but it goes through some great neighborhoods and parts of Charm City. And the crowd support is sensational. It's a well-organized and fun event.

Race Tips

Don't go too fast early on. You'll be tempted to fly through the zoo area where there is a downhill stretch, but you have to remember that it is uphill from Miles 16-20!

Lake Montibello is at Mile 21 or so. Once you reach there, it's relatively easy coming home. So stay focused on getting to the Lake, then you know you'll be able to finish strong.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I would advise taking light rail into the city instead of parking. Give yourself plenty of time.



review of 2016 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Community spirit, finishing through Camden Yards, the after party by the two stadiums.

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review of 2016 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great crowd, great city, great course. Start by Ravens Stadium and finish by sprinting past Camden Yards. I PR'd my time by 11+ minutes!

Race Tips

Don't let the relay teams throw off your pace. They are well marked but can help push you too early if you're not careful.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Park at M&T was easy



review of 2016 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

It is a challenging course. It also takes you around the best sights for Baltimore. It is also very well equipped to handle the masses.

ONLY negative is that getting to the start is not well marked. Course is well marked though.

Race Tips

Train hills. Lots of them.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay in a hotel close to start.



review of 2016 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Courses are available for all types of runners beginner to advanced!

Race Tips

Enjoy the views!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Arrive early, find your start line since there are several.



review of 2016 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

The crowd is awesome and the energy from the city keep you going!

Race Tips

Practice with HILLS! There is a lot of incline in this race.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Free parking runs out quickly. But plenty of places where you can pay about $15 to park for the day.



review of 2016 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

The weather was beautiful and there were so many supporters throughout the race. The medal is SO awesome! I will be running it again!

Race Tips

train if you're not a runner.

there were some inclines so definitely train in areas with some hills to be prepared.

lots of people but it was very well organized; prepare ahead of time how you will get to the start line.

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review of 2015 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Loved the course. Gentle uphill for the first 3 miles, then a nice coast down. The roads were large enough for the runners, but not so wide as to feel all alone. Some people did not like the merge with the 1/2 marathon crowd at mile 16. The expo was disappointing and difficult to navigate, but they promised to improve location for 2016!

Race Tips

Watch out for the loop around the lake near on the last third. It is only a mile (or less), but it is flat and feels like it takes forever.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We stayed within walking distance of Camden Yards. Hit the Inner Harbor and Little Italy!! If you like beer, Heavy Seas Brewery is about a 15 minute drive from Camden Yards. The Marathon is much smaller than the 1/2, so getting into the corral is not an issue.



review of 2015 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Lots of uphill.

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review of 2015 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Love the underarmour sponsorship and running through the zoo!

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review of 2015 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This is a great, challenging and hilly marathon. The race takes you through all the great sites of the city, historical monuments and attractions. Allows people to see how beautiful this city really is - not how the media portrays.

Race Tips

This is a hilly course right from the start. Pace yourself and save your energy for the bridge at about mile 23. Once you climb that final hill you can use your saved energy to coast the last leg downhill straight through to Camden yards!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Plan to arrive about an hour early if you drive. Out of town runners have many hotel options close to the start/finish or have the option to take the light rail that runs all the way out to the suburbs. Night before the race head over to little Italy for great Italian food perfect to carbo load!



review of 2013 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Lots of fan support and colorful neighborhoods. Funny signs and cheering crowds really kept me going. Loved getting candy throughout, because I'm such a sweet tooth. Healthier options, like bananas, were also available. The pacers are great, very encouraging and knowledgeable. The course is challenging with rolling hills, but hey, it's a marathon. It's not supposed to be easy. One thing I really liked were the changing rooms to put on clean dry clothes afterwards. Great race!

Race Tips

Take it easy in the beginning because there are some hills in the second half. Smile for the photographers, even if you don't feel like smiling.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Take the light rail instead of trying to park at the start.



review of 2013 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great race to see the wonderful city of Baltimore and Starts and end near Camden yards and Ravens stadium. Very scenic in many parts and every part of the marathon is a different section of the City.

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review of 2013 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Overall race environment, organization.

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