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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Saturday, October 21, 2017

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: 97.72
Course Score: 97.72

Race Size

2017: No Results
2016: 2,352 Finishers
2015: 2,511 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 Bostonís "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 Ravenís Walk in the shadows of M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.

Marathon Rankings

The Baltimore Marathon was the 35th 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 339th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 288th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 97.72 ranks it as the 336th 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 97.72. This PR Score ranks it as the 289th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Maryland.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 345 feet (105m)
Min Elevation: 2 feet (0m)


Recent Baltimore Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 19 Reviews
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review of 2017 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Very well organized race that even brings you through the Baltimore Zoo! Spectators throughout the course have tons of energy and volunteers provide you with plenty of nutrition.

Race Tips

Don't go out too fast. This course is hilly, but moreso in the second half of the race.

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

review of 2016 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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


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!

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

review of 2016 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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


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.

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