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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, October 20, 2018
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: 2,113 Finishers
2016: 2,352 Finishers
2015: 2,511 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 4.5%
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.

This year 4.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Baltimore Marathon the 336th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 276th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 97.72 ranks it as the 336th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 7th 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 288th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 7th fastest in Maryland.

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


Elevation Chart

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

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Recent Baltimore Marathon Reviews

4.9 Stars from 21 Reviews
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review of 2017 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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 2017 Baltimore Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

The course is hilly, but not impossibly so. I trained on much harder hills-however, the course changed this year and it ended in the Inner Harbor, and had a few trying if not small hills after Lake Montabello. The course was busy throughout due to the relay teams and their exchanges and the half marathoners joining in at mile 16. For a "small" marathon, it felt pretty crowded and I spent plenty of time and energy dodging people. The crowd is upbeat, and I enjoyed the experience despite the aforementioned things.

Race Tips

Save energy for the last push after mile 20. The roads are hilly and not perfectly smooth, so tread carefully. The beer tents had a long wait, and the inner harbor felt a bit crowded for me, if not festive. Easy to walk to food places.

Stay local and walk to the starts, due to high fees for parking and many road closures making cabs and rideshare less efficient. Each race has a different starting line and time.

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

See above.



review of 2017 Baltimore Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

Considering the volume of people there, it was fairly well managed. There are different starts for the different course which made it extremely difficult for an out-of-towner like myself to find the start line... I also found other people in the same situation. People were pointing me in several different directions due to the varied starts and finish lines and I had to start five minutes after everyone else. This made dodging people a nightmare for the first half of the race and then just when it started getting better at mile 16, we merged with the half marathoners going at a much slower pace. There are also a lot of relay runners and many of the teams did not run a consistent pace, which worsens the weaving problem. As a result of all of this weaving, my GPS clocked my distance as my longest marathon. So be on time, or you will pay more than necessary.

Race Tips

Those first three miles straight uphill really messed up my pacing. I just couldn't get my proper flow after that slow, long, gradual uphill run. I don't know if there is a way to prepare yourself for that though...

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




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!

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




Finish Time Equivalent

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