5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    River Valley 5k
    Participants will run the scenic and shady country roads of Caroll County in this 5k race.  Runners will finish by crossing the Gunpowder Falls river through our covered bridge.  Participants will receive a virtual race bag, featuring printable coupons and deals, as well as post race refreshment and entry into a giveaway.  There is an additional cost for the Under Armour race shirt.  This race has a corral start, organized by estimated minute per mile.  Race begins at 7:45am and is part of the River Valley Run Trail festival.
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    Manchester 19 August 2017 Maryland Trail Run Festival
    ERR Labor Day 5k
    Eldersburg Rogue Runners will host the 14th annual Labor Day 5k.  Proceeds go to the Eldersburg Rogue Runners programs including group runs, Youth Track and Cross Country Programs, scholarships and more. Race shirt is guaranteed if registered before August 15th.  Race begins at Liberty High School at 8:30am.  Packet pickup will be on Saturday and Sunday at Tri Sport Junction.
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    Eldersburg 4 September 2017 ERR Labor Day Race
    Donate Life Family 5k
    The Donate Life Family Fun Run hopes to raise awareness about organ donation and celebrate the lives of donors and transplant recipients.  The race is timed and is open to all ages. Light post race refreshment will be available for all participants, but there will also be food trucks with food and drink for an additional cost.  Register runners will receive a t-shirt and will be able to customize it at T-shirt Row booth. Medals will be awarded to overall winners as well as age group winners.  Race begins at 9:00am.
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    Baltimore 9 September 2017 Donate Life Family Fun Run
    Pet Day 5k
    Bring your dog to this pooch-friendly 5k race! Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Calvert County, a not for profit no-kill shelter.  Cost for registration is $25 without a dog and $35 with a dog. Kids are $20. Race begins at 7:00am at Our Lady of the Sea Church. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and leash cannot be retractable.
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    Solomons 9 September 2017 15th Annual Pet Day 5k
    PanCan Twilight 5k
    The race will start at twilights, around 7:22pm, at Hog Neck Golf Course. Participants will run in the moonlight with purple glow sticks, in remember those impacted by Pancreatic Cancer. Proceeds benefit the benefits the Mid-Shore Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. Registration cost is $25.
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    Easton 9 September 2017 PanCan Twilight 5k
    Skipjack 5k Run
    Start and finish your race at the Deal Island Bridge in this 5k! The Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet, the last commercial sail powered fishing fleet in North America, will be at the start line in the harbor.  Register early - first 100 registrants will get the ultra soft long sleeve tech race shirt.  All participants will have access to post race refreshments. Dogs, walkers and strollers are welcome! Proceeds of the race benefit local charities.
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    Deal Island 9 September 2017 Skipjack Run 2017
    Discover Downtown 5k
    Take a tour of Columbia in this 5k race! Runners will begin at The Mall of Columbia, weave through Downtown Columbia and finish at the beautiful Lakefront.  Stick around for the post race party including food, drink (including free beer for participants) and live music! Race begins at 9:00am.
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    Columbia 10 September 2017 Discover Downtown 5k
    Charm City Beer Run
    You'll find plenty of beer and a beautiful view in the Charm City Beer 5k race.  Runners will begin and finish at Inner Harbor in Baltimore. All participants will receive a tech shirt and free beer at the Beer Garden. Post race party also includes live music and games. Dogs are not allowed at this race, but strollers are welcome. Race is capped at 2000 runners, so register early!
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    Baltimore 16 September 2017 Charm City Beer Run
    Race for Freedom 5k
    Justice Ventures International will be hosting the 3rd annual 5k. Proceeds benefit JVI's fight to end fight modern slavery in India, China and Nepal.  The race is walker, stroller and dog friendly. Participants will receive a shirt, goody bag and post race breakfast at the Race for Freedom Celebration. The race is timed and begins at 9:00am.
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    Silver Spring 16 September 2017 Race for Freedom 5k
    Run for EveryMind 5k
    Come run (or walk) this trail 5k race on the trails through Meadowbrook Park!  Stick around for plenty of post race festivities including breakfast, smoothies, fitness demos, giveaways, music and more! Pre race festivities begin at 8:00am and race starts at 8:30am.
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    Chevy Chase 17 September 2017 Run for EveryMind

    About 5k races

    A 5k is the shortest of the common running event distances, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and new-comers as well.

    How did we choose the best 5k events in Maryland? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 5Ks in the Baltimore area?

    There are many to choose from here as Maryland is host to many 5k races throughout it's many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5k running events include Donate Life Family 5k, Charm City Beer Run and Baltimore 5k . These are just a few of the many 5K events in Baltimore Area.

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    Elliot City Labor Day Classic 10k
    This year marks the 14th annual Elliot City Labor Day Classic 10k & 5k. Register by August 11th to ensure you get a race t-shirt! Race begins and finishes at the Shrine of St. Anthony and features a mix of road and trail.  Note that this race course is open to traffic. Post race activities include a DJ, giveaway and moon bounce. Packet pick up will be at Road Runner Sports both Thursday and Friday.  Race begins at 8:00am.
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    Elliot City 2 August 2017 Elliot City Labor Day Classic 10k & 5k
    Dreaded Druid Hills 10k
    As the name suggest, runners will be challenged by the hills in Druid Hills Park in this 10k race. Be prepared not only for the hills, but summer heat and humidity too! Refreshing post race food includes watermelon, popsicles and fruit as well as bagels. Race t-shirt is available for an additional cost.  Race begins at 7:30am.
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    Baltimore 26 August 2017 Dreaded Druid Hills 10k
    Mike Sterling Crab Derby 10K
    Runners will begin at the Crisfield City Dock during the annual National Hard Crab Derby for this 10k race. This flat and fast course goes through the city of Crisfield and along the waterfront. All participants will receive a shirt as well as post race refreshments. This race is walker friendly and begins at 7:30am.
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    Crisfield 2 August 2017 Mike Sterling 10K
    Race for Our Kids 10k
    Enjoy the rolling hills of Mt. Washington at the Race for Our Kids 10k! The course is USATF certified and will have water and sports drink available on course. Race begins at 8:00am.  Pets and strollers are not allowed at this event. Runners will receive a long sleeve tech shirt and a goody bag. Proceeds of the race benefit the Samuelson Children's Hospital.
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    Mt. Washington 17 September 2017 Race for Our Kids
    Home Run 10k
    Join fellow runners for a good cause at the Home Run 10k race! There will be complimentary parking available for participants at Federal Plaza. Race begins and finishes at East Jefferson Street at Federal Plaza. Participants will receive a shirt and post race refreshments. Race benefits the residents at the Charles E. Smith Life Communities.
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    Rockville 15 October 2017 2017 Home Run
    Key School 10k
    This race is perfect for beginners and runners of all ages!  The course is flat and fast, and goes through the community of Hillsmere Shores, with views of the South River.  Register before October 5th to be guaranteed a shirt. Water and sports drink will be available on course. There will also be post race refreshments.
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    Annapoilis 22 October 2017 Key School 5l/10k & Family Run
    Across the Bay 10k
    Run the 5th largest 10k in the United States! Runners will begin at the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay and run the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  The finish is near Terrapin State Park.  The course has a 2.5 hour time limit and begins at 7:00am. This is a cupless event, so be sure to bring your own cup or hydration container.  Participants will receive a shirt, unique finishers medal, post race food and drink as well as shuttle to the start line and free bag drop off.
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    Annapolis 5 November 2017 Across the Bay 10k
    Turkey Chase 10k
    Start your Thanksgiving off with the Turkey Chase 10k! Race begins and finishes at the B-CC YMCA. Race will have a wave start.  First wave begins at 8:30am. There will be 3 aid stations on course.  All participants will receive a race shirt.  Proceeds benefit children and family programs through YMCA programs and local Rotary charities.
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    Behteseda 23 August 2017 Turkey Chase
    ASA RunFest 10k
    Join ASA, Athletes Serving Athletes, for their 2017 RunFest! Costumes are strongly encouraged! First 1000 participants will receive an event shirt. Stick around after the race for post race food, games and entertainment.   Not only will there be overall awards and age group awards, but an award for best costume too! Race begins at 10:00am
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    Hunt Valley 28 October 2017 ASA RunFest

    About 10k races

    A 10k is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are twice the distance of the 5k and still  relatively short in distance. Less runners tend to participate then the 5k, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10k events in Maryland? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 10Ks in Maryland?

    There are many 10K  races to choose from in Maryland! Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 10k running events include the Across the Bay 10k, Turkey Chase 10k and Dreaded Druid Hills 10k. These are just a few of the many available events.

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Parks Half Marathon
    A beautiful course and some premium swag, what's more to love?  The Parks Half Marathon course takes runners the beautiful Montgomery County parks system. Runners will receive a Brooks running shirt, and finisher's premium.  And don't miss the great food post race at the Runner's Village. Runners must finish within 2 hours and 45 minutes and starts at 6:45am.
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    Rockville 10 September 2017 Parks Half Marathon
    Brush Tunnel Half Marathon
    The course takes place on the Great Allegheny Passage and runners will run through the 914 foot brush tunnel 10 tines.  Runners will begin and finish at the GAP Trailhead parking area. Note that this is a no-shirt race. There is an 8 hour course limit. This event is part of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Marathon and Half Marathon Series.
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    Cumberland 20 September 2017 Brush Tunnel Marathon and Half Marathon
    Bachman Valley Half Marathon
    Take in the beauty of Carroll County in this half marathon. Runners will make two loops on the scenic, rolling country side course. Race begins and finishes at Bachman Valley Farms. Each finisher will receive a special finishers award.  Register before September 7th to be guaranteed a shirt. Race begins at 8:00am.
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    Westminster 24 September 2017 Bachman Valley Half Marathon
    Chester River Challenge Half Marathon
    This race benefits the Chester River Association & Sultana Projects.  Participants will be begin at Wilmer Park and run 13.1 miles of rolling country roads.  Water stops will be about every 2 miles. Participants will receive a shirt and post race refreshment.  All finishers will receive a medal.  Stick around after the race and visit the Sultana Projects Downrigging Weekend Tall Ship & Wooden Boat Festival.
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    Chester 29 October 2017 Chester River Challenge Half Marathon
    Schaeffer Half Marathon
    This trail half marathon course features semi-technical single track right at Schaeffer Farm. Make sure to register early as the race tends to sell out! Aid stations will have both water and Gatorade. Participants will receive a shirt and great post race food!  There will be both awards for overall winners as well as age group winners.
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    Germantown 4 November 2017 Schaeffer Half Marathon
    Baltimore Inner Harbor Half Marathon
    Get in the holiday spirit while taking in views of the Inner Harbor in this holiday-themed half marathon! Runners will begin and finish at Canton Waterfront Park, running in Inner Harbor as well as Fells Point. Stick around after the race for refreshments. Participants will receive a gender specific tech race shirt and finishers will receive a medal! Race begins at 7:00am and runners must be finished by 10:30am.
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    Baltimore 2 December 2017 Baltimore Inner Harbor Half Marathon
    River Valley Run Trail Half Marathon
    If you are looking for a challenge, check out the River Valley Run Trail Half Marathon.  Course features include rocky terrain, 4 steep climbs and river crossings. Participants will receive an Under Armour 1/4 zip race shirt, a finishers medal, post race food and drink including a hot breakfast and post race massage.  Race begins at 7:30am.  This is a cup-less event, so be sure to bring your hydration vessel of choice.
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    Manchester 21 April 2018 River Valley Run Trail Half Marathon
    OCMD Island to Island Half Marathon
    With spectacular ocean views, the OCMD Island to Island Half Marathon is a must-do half marathon! Runners will begin at Assateague Island and run the scenic route 611 before finishing at downtown Inlet. There will be 6 aid stations on course, and be sure to vote after the race for your favorite one! Finish area will have plenty of food for participants.  Race begins at 7:00am.
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    Ocean City 28 April 2018 OCMD Island to Island Half Marathon
    St. Michael's Half Marathon
    You are sure to PR in this super flat and fast half marathon!  This race implements a wave start, beginning at 7:10am.  Course features beautiful water views and country lanes.  There will be 8 water stations on course.  There will be post race food, beer and music for participants. All finishers will receive a medal.
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    St. Michael 19 May 2018 St. Michael's Running Festival
    Annapolis Running Classic Half Marathon
    Runners will begin and finish at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Water, Nuun and Glukos gels will be available on course. Post race food includes bananas, bagels, award winning Country Tomato Soup and vegetable broth.  Runners over 21 will also get a choice of beer. The Timmie Metz Band and Dublin 5 will provide live music at the post race party.  Finishers will receive a medal and tech shirt. Start time is 7:00am.
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    Annapolis 18 November 2017 Annapolis Running Classic

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon which is a total of 26 miles. The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states. The growth rate of participants for the half distance is currently higher than that of the full.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in Maryland? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Half Marathons in Maryland?

    You are sure to pick a good Half marathon in Maryland! Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Half Marathon running events include the Parks Half Marathon, Baltimore Inner Harbor Half Marathon and Annapolis Running Classic Half Marathon.  There are many other Halfs, so these are just a sampling of the races available.

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Brush Tunnel Marathon
    Marathon runners will run through the 914 foot long Brush Tunnel 20 times!  The course is out and back on the Great Allegheny Passage in the beautiful hills of Cumberland. There will be no-shirt for participants at this race, but will have a special finishers medal for all who earned them. Race starts early - 6:45am. Runners will have 8 hours to complete the race. Race caps off at 40 runners so register early!
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    Cumberland 20 September 2017 Brush Tunnel Marathon
    GAP Marathon
    This course will be completely on the Great Allegheny Passage in Maryland. Runners will begin and finish at the Frostburg GAP Trailhead and the course itself is predominately crush stone. Runners can expect a little over 2000 feet of elevation gain and loss in this race. There is an 8 hour course time limit.  Race shirt is optional and will be available for an additional $10.  Finishers will receive a finishers medal.
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    Frostburg 21 September 2017 GAP Marathon and Half Marathon
    Cumberland C&O Towpath Marathon
    This race is the final race of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Marathon and Half Marathon Series as well as a Trail Runner Magazine 2017 Trophy Series event.  The marathon will use a 3.28 mile section of the C&O Canal path, which marathon runners will make out and backs.  The course is flat and the start/finish line starts near the C&O Canal Towpath Cumberland Visitor Center. Race shirt is optional and can be purchased for an additional $10.  Finishers receive a medal.
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    Cumberland 24 September 2017 Cumberland C&O Towpath Marathon
    Baltimore Marathon
    Many consider this one of the best races on the East Coat!  The course is challenging and highlights include the Baltimore Zoo, Inner Harbor, Fells Point and more. Runners will have an epic finish at the Camden Yards ballpark. Course has a 7 hour time limit and is walker friendly. Participants receive an Under Armour tech shirt, post race food & drink and a finishers medal to those who earned it. There will be Gatorade and water at 15 aid stations on course.  Fruit, energy gels and other snack will be at 2 aid stations. There is no race day packet pick up.  Runners must go to the Health & Fitness Expo to pick up their packet. Race begins at 8:00am.
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    Baltimore 21 October 2017 Baltimore Marathon
    Potomac River Run Marathon
    The Potomac River Run Marathon will be celebrating the World Laughter Day this year! The race begins at Fletcher's Cover and takes place completely on the C&O Canal Towpath.  There is an early start for runners who expect to take more than 5 hours to finish. This course is flat and fast! Participants receive a performance shirt and finishers medal.  Post race food courtesy of Dunkin Dounts, The Runners Pantry, King Zachary's Royal Barbeque, and Whole Foods Market of Arlington.
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    Washington D.C. 6 May 2018 Potomac River Run Marathon
    NCR Marathon
    This marathon takes place on the Northern Central Railroad Trail.  Course highlights include the Gunpowder River and farmland and the course itself is a mix of dirt and fine stone.  Water and Gatorade will be available about every 3 miles on course. Participants will receive a NCR blanket and finishers medal! Start time is 8:30am and there is a 6 hour course limit.
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    Sparks Glencoe 25 November 2017 NCR Trail Marathon
    George Washington's Birthday Marathon
    Celebrate George Washington's birthday by running this marathon! Runners will make 3 loops through Greenbelt, Maryland.  Start time is 10:00 am and the course has a time limit of 6.5 hours. Participants receive a long sleeve performance shirt, finishers medal and refreshments at the post race party.
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    Greenbelt 18 February 2018 George Washington's Birthday Marathon
    Western Maryland Rail Trail Marathon
    This pretty flat course features great views of the Potomac River!  Runners will complete two out and backs on a section of the Western Maryland Rail Trail. There will be water aid stations as well as aid stations with usual race food such as cookies, chips candy, etc.  Runners will have 7 hours to complete the marathon.  All runners will receive a shirt and finishers will receive a medal. Race caps at 250 participants so register early!
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    Hannock 15 April 2018 Western Maryland Rail Trail Marathon
    SBY Marathon
    Participants will start at City park and run the beautiful trails of the Urban Greenway as well as River Drive and through Downtown Salisbury. This race is a Boston Qualifier and is flat and fast! Post race will have local craft brews and live music.  There is also a half marathon option as well.
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    Salisbury 28 April 2018 SBY Marathon
    Independence Series Day 2 Marathon
    This marathon takes place at Fair Hills Natural Resources Management Area.  Runners will make 14 out and backs on the 1.87 mile trail section. Race begins at 6:00am, but there is an early start option available for 5:00am. This race has a "no runner left behind" policy so walkers are welcome.    Aid station will be stocked with a variety of food.  All participants will receive a shirt and medals to all finishers.
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    Elkton 9 May 2018 Mainly Marathons

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and in 2107 there are currently more than 800 events being held, and that number is consistently growing.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in Maryland? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Marathons in Maryland?

    Whether for charity or fun, the best marathons in Maryland all come down to the runners.  Some of the notable Marathon running events include the Baltimore Marathon, the George Washington's Birthday Marathon and the Potomac River Run Marathon.

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