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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 315th 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 276th 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)


Ratings & Reviews for the Baltimore Marathon

5 Stars from 5 Reviews

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 2015 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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 2013 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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


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

review of 2013 Baltimore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Overall race environment, organization.

Race Tips

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

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