That’s a wrap!

Come Run With USBy all measures, the 2013 Baltimore Running Festival was the biggest and best yet. We had perfect weather–thank you rain gods for holding off–and a perfectly executed set of races, leaving participants more than happy with the results. Perhaps the most poignant moment of the weekend was the official start of the marathon, led by local Boston Marathon bombing survivor Erika Brannock, who returned to a road race for the first time since last April. Her incredible spirit and strength served as true inspiration for all those toeing the line on Saturday.

How did things wrap up at the races? Let’s take a look at some stats:

  • Marathon winner (male): David Berdan with a 2:30 (first Maryland-based winner)
  • Marathon winner (female): Elizabeth Perry with a 2:58
  • Half marathon winner (male): Stephen Febish with a 1:11
  • Half marathon winner (female): Jen Ecker with a 1:25
  • 5k winner (male): Luke Rodina with a 16:12
  • 5k winner (female): Jennifer Bleakney with a 19:06
  • Male and female relay teams: Falls Rd. Running Store

Those are the running stats. Now lets look at the random stats that make a running festival of this size a success:

  • 27,000–the number of runners in the festival this year
  • 1,000–the number of volunteers
  • 500-the number of Baltimore City police officers working the event
  • $1.7 million–the amount raised for local charities
  • $38 million–the estimated economic impact of this event
  • 17,000–gallons of water on the course
  • 6,700–gallons of Gatorade on the course
  • 12–the number of countries represented running the races

As you can tell, a lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into making an event like this successful. It’s that joint community effort, though, that landed the running festival among the top 15 fall marathons by the Daily Burn website. We’re guessing you agree.

So tell us: how was your race-day experience? We want to hear your stories!


  1. I noticed a lot if runners with cramping muscles this year. I have ran this race 4 times and this year my muscles had issues any reason why?

    • Hi Dennis,

      I have to agree! I had a great race and shaved 20 minutes off my last half time-whoo hooo! However, I was cramping in the worst way! I dressed in a tshirt and capris so I know I wasn’t overheated, but I would love t learn how to avoid those cramps in the future.

      That being said, it was a fabulous race as usual, my hometown is really the best place for a race. The crowd support is AMAZING and the countless hours put in by the staff and volunteers are obvious-thank you, thank you thank you!

    • Could be because they were not handing out GU at the 20.5 mile mark as they had advertised. The Gatorade cups were also only about 25% filled. I know, I could have really used more nutrition / calories.

  2. Amanda Loudin says:

    Hi Dennis–my only guess would be a combo of overdressing and perhaps not taking in enough sports drink. While it wasn’t a hot day, it was warmer than most expected and a bit humid. Overdress and you lose more sweat–if you’re not replacing it, it can lead to cramps.

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