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Discover a Hidden Gem, the Frederick Running Festival
Come join the fun May 1st and 2nd in scenic Frederick, Maryland for the eighth running—marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, twilight 5K, kids’ fun runs, music, and entertainment.

Discover a Hidden Gem, the Frederick Running Festival

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By Chris Russell
Posted Wednesday, 31 March, 2010

Yes, it is a festival! The party at Frederick lasts all weekend with continuous entertainment and happenings to keep everyone occupied and engaged. The expo and kick-off party, and twilight 5K will get things going, with a running option for all. Then the finish line party features live bands, free beer and interactive games for the kids. You can bring the whole family and make it a weekend get-away.

Running friends and running clubs and groups will find the festival a great way to celebrate running. This festival is designed to give you everything you need for a memorable event that is entertaining, enjoyable and hassle free.

The CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival is brought to you by Corrigan Sports, the same organization that brings you the highly successful Baltimore Running Festival and the new Oakland Running Festival. You get all the professional management and amenities, “The Bells and Whistles”, of a major race with the down-home feel and size of a smaller venue. Like Corrigan Sports other Running Festival events, the Frederick Festival has five race events; a full marathon, a half marathon, a four-person marathon relay, kids’ races, and a Saturday night twilight 5K. But it is wrapped around a much smaller field size and is conveniently located at the spacious and historic fairgrounds in Frederick, Maryland.

“This was my second full marathon and I found it to be challenging, but rewarding. I loved the start in historic Frederick. There were many spectators supporting us throughout the race. I usually run with music, but left my ear buds out the entire race to enjoy the spectators. I drove the course a few days before, which mentally prepared me for all the hills between miles 17-22. I loved having those hills run through a neighborhood with supportive spectators handing out oranges and cheering us on. I did achieve a PR on this run, which I am very happy about!!!! Thanks to all the supporters and volunteers!!” - S.B. MO

The economy may be slow but there has been no slow down in registration for the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival. The event is looking forward to another year of manageable growth with 1,000 participants in the marathon and 2,500 in the half marathon. This is a much-loved event that has sold out for the last few years and is on track to do so again this year. So sign up early and put it on your list of must-do races.
The Frederick Running Festival is convenient and family friendly with something for everyone. Everything is in one location and easy to get to.

“I really enjoyed both the race and the overall race experience. I recommend this marathon to others. Online registration was easy, packet pickup was effortless, the race course was scenic, the volunteers were great and the police provided excellent traffic control” - D.M. KY

Location, Location, Location…
The beautiful thing about the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival is that all the events, everything, is in one location at the Frederick Fairgrounds. This single location makes logistics easy and hassle free for runners and spectators.

The fairgrounds provide a super venue designed to handle pedestrian traffic. Parking is plentiful and free. The race expo has moved to the fairgrounds and is housed in a newly renovated building.

The full and half marathon—and relay--start and finish on the fairgrounds race track in front of the grandstand. The grandstand provides comfortable and plentiful seating for fans as the runners stream down the track to the finish. Just like the horse races at the fair, runner’s finishing photos are taken in the winner’s circle. You can enjoy the exhilaration of a champion as you enter the grounds and kick it in on the track to the cheers of the crowd!

Participants come from all around the world and all 50 states, but many also come from the Eastern Seaboard. Frederick is centrally located to many of the East Coast US population centers. Frederick is close to Washington D.C. and Baltimore. This makes the Frederick Running Festival easy to get to. Dulles International Airport,
National Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport are all an easy drive away via I70 and I270 (Frederick is conveniently located just off I70); and there is plenty of reasonable hotel space with great rates from race partners.

The Premiums, Special and Unique
The medal for the Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield Running Festival is an outline of the skyline of Frederick that has been well received by runners. Each year the runners of each race receive a different premium gift as well. Last year’s full marathon premium gift was an excellent full length fleece jacket, while the half marathon runners received a long-sleeve performance shirt. Please see the Race Website for details on gifts.

In addition, the Frederick Running Festival is the first leg of the “Maryland Double.” More than 2000 runners have registered to take the Double Dare since its inception in 2007. The double: Complete in the full or half-marathon (any combination) in both the Frederick Running Festival in May and the Baltimore Running Festival in October.

By completing both events runners get an additional special Maryland Double medal, a discounted entry and well-deserved bragging rights!

The Course…
This course is a fair but challenging route that winds through historic Frederick. It is flat to begin. After starting at the fairgrounds the course travels through historic downtown Frederick. The first half is flat and scenic through attractive and historic neighborhoods.

There is an excellent eccentric quirk to the course. Due to traffic flow constraints the organizers were forced to route runners behind a big box store. Seizing the opportunity the store put up retail-themed support station with a ‘snack aisle’ and ‘express lane’. This is now one of the runners’ favorite spots. Many like the way the non sequitur nature of this landmark at mile 9.5 breaks up the course and keeps it interesting.

The course provides some hills to test you later in the race. It winds through local parks, and is a primarily scenic trip that will keep you interested and keep your spirits up until your reach that famously big finish line party at the fairgrounds.

In its eighth year the race draws more and more spectators along the course, especially in the residential neighborhoods, to cheer and support. Neighbors are embracing the race and making it their own. Runners consistently praise the neighborhood groups at the later stages of the race for the timely needed support such as the kids handing out oranges.

Like any well managed event Frederick has all the tactical race amenities that you have come to expect to make your race stress free. There are plentiful aid stations and porta-potties on the course, digital clocks, race photographers and great support from police and volunteers.

There are experienced pace group leaders ready to help you achieve your goal time. Pace Groups, sponsored by GEICO, will be provided for the following marathon times: 3:10, 3:20, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, and 5:00.

You can’t go wrong with the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival. It’s a big-time race presented in a manageable sized package. It has everything you need without the tens of thousands of people to crowd and trip over!

Corrigan Sports, Expanding On Success
The Frederick Running Festival is presented and managed by Corrigan Sports. This professional race management team is known for listening to runners. Corrigan produces the Baltimore Running Festival and has recently expanded to start the Oakland Running Festival in California. Corrigan invented the popular “Running Festival” format with plenty of fun, plenty of entertainment and something for everyone.

“Kudos to the organizers for listening to past years' comments and making significant improvements such as easy parking, efficient expo/packet pick-up, and well-run start and finish areas. The course has great variety in both terrain and atmosphere.” - B.A. NY

One of the big reasons that the Frederick Running Festival continues to gain in popularity is that the Corrigan Sports surveys the runners each year. The survey identifies runners’ desires, concerns and suggestions for the events so that tweaks can be made; it gets better every year.

The Corrigan team considers it their trademark is to listen to runners and make adjustments to following years for continuous improvement.

An example is the streamlined packet pickup. Runners will be e-mailed their confirmation card to cut out a step and make life easier. This is one of only three events that Active Network does this with; the others are the Marine Corps Marathon and the Baltimore Running Festival. Another change this year is a tweak to the course to allow easier parking egress based on participant suggestions. The race has also adopted the D-chips that are built into the bibs and are much more convenient for participants.

Weekend Schedule
Saturday, May 1st
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Packet Pick-Up, Sports Expo, and Late Registration
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Kick-Off Party with Live Music, Irish Dancers, Bag Pipers and more!
6:00 p.m. Twilight 5K Race
7:00 p.m. Twilight 5K Awards Ceremony
Sunday, May 2nd
6:15 a.m. Opening Remarks and National Anthem
6:30 a.m. Marathon, Half-Marathon, and Team Relay Races Start
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sports Expo and Celebration Village Activities
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Live Music on Stage
12:00 noon Awards Ceremony

The entire Festival, all events and activities take place in the Frederick Fairgrounds.

Experience the Hidden Gem that is the Frederick Running Festival!
This event truly has it all: A race for everyone with the full marathon, half marathon, four-person marathon relay, kids’, races and twilight 5K; professional and experienced support: an interesting course; live music; a great party before, during, and after the races. Yet all of this is on a comfortable and intimate scale that you will enjoy. Frederick is the place to be on May 1st and 2nd 2010; experience this gem and judge for yourself!



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