Marathon finish line moved to Inner Harbor
Scenic charm gets upgrade for festival’s five races
The 17th Baltimore Running Festival is getting a face-lift. Gone is the finish line at Ravens Walk, in the gritty parking lot between Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. Come race day, Oct. 21, runners of all five races will finish on Pratt Street, at the Inner Harbor.
Organizers of the event announced the Oct. 21, 8 a.m. Races: Marathon, half marathon, team relay, 5K, kids fun run Registration: thebaltimoremarathon .com change Wednesday, citing the scenic charm of the new locale and the expected economic impact on city coffers.
“What a great backdrop it’s going to be for all of those finish-line photos,” executive race director Lee Corrigan said. “Now we’ll have runners drinking a beer in the iconic Inner Harbor, instead of standing in a parking lot under [Interstate] 395.”
Moreover, he said, out-of-towners will be more likely to linger overnight after the race, given the draw of Harborplace.
Mayor Catherine Pugh called the change “an economic generator that will certainly attract more runners to our city.”
Pugh helped establish the event 17 years ago and has run two marathons there.
“I’m very protective of this [festival], but this was an easy decision,” she said. “It’s important to reinvent yourself from time to