Marathon fin­ish line moved to In­ner Har­bor

Scenic charm gets up­grade for fes­ti­val’s five races

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS -

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

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