The Frederick Running Festival, Another Corrigan Sports Enterprises Celebration of Movement
Runners rejoice – race day in Frederick, Maryland just got easier! The CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival, running Saturday, May 7, is changing. It’s different and convenient, and maybe even better; it is the best choice for your spring event.
Posted Monday, 7 February, 2011
Ah yes, running in the spring in Maryland. You should add the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival to your plans on Saturday May, 2011. There are many reasons why you and friends and family will want to run the Frederick Running Festival. Here are the top three:
First, The Convenience: This entire event is built around the concept of convenience for the participants. From packet pickup and the excellent fairgrounds venue to the Saturday schedule – it’s all designed for your convenience.
Second, it’s an event for the whole family. Yes, it is! You often hear “an event for all”, but with Frederick it truly is. With the awesome half marathon, team relay, open 5K, kids’ fun run, and their Celebration Village and Expo at beautiful Frederick Fairgrounds, there is a race and activity for everyone and something for everyone to do.
Third, they have a great location, the lovely city of Frederick. Frederick is a quaint old town with lots of history and charm, a lot to offer, and is a great venue for running. Yes, this race provides an enjoyable running tour through a wonderful small city.
Changing to better serve runners (and walkers); it’s all about convenience.
There are big changes to the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival for 2011. The marathon has been dropped and the half marathon has been moved to Saturday. These changes were made primarily for the safety of the runners, but will also increase the convenience and enjoyment for participants. This decision has not dampened interest because registration is up by 40% and the half marathon is on track to fill up the 5,000-runner field. And they kept the popular “Maryland Double”, combining with the Baltimore Festival in October.
Lee Corrigan, President of CSE, said, “These early numbers support our decision to focus our efforts on the half-marathon distance. We anticipated a high percentage of runners who previously participated in this event’s full marathon would simply sign-up for the half-marathon and that seems to be the case at this stage.”
The CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival has always been known for runner convenience, and now has taken steps to create an even better experience this year. Runners can now pick up their race packets Monday through Thursday at various off-site locations in Baltimore, Montgomery County, Howard County and Northern Virginia. This gives runners the option of picking up their bib number and chip in a convenient location for them, easing the stress (and lines) of race weekend.
“It’s about the runners,” says Race Director, Rachel Ridgway. “We focus on pleasing the runners. Being runners ourselves we try to anticipate their needs and incorporate them into our race so we can put on the best event possible,” she continued.
Last year 6,000 runners participated in the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival. Organizers expect the same or more on Saturday May 7th. Registration is already tracking significantly above previous years.
And a new Saturday start!
Moving the races to Saturday makes the whole weekend more convenient in this case. With the Saturday start the half marathon will now go off an hour later at 7:00 a.m., giving runners time to sleep in a bit. And those traveling to the event have another day to recover or tour scenic Frederick, and refuel and recover at one of the great restaurants. The new configuration increases the convenience for everyone and should make for a better all-around experience for runners.
“The race was well organized, start was not too congested, and aid stations were well-stocked,” said a 2010 participant.
The marathon was dropped after long and careful consideration by the race organizers. It was a tough call, but they felt that course, which ran on the shoulder of a major roadway, wouldn’t support the growth that the festival has seen over the last few years, and was an accident waiting to happen. This change will allow the organizers to focus on making the other events (half marathon, team relay, 5K and fun run) even better; with a new course layout and all the premium race experience you’ve come to expect from the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival and Corrigan Sports. Corrigan listens carefully to feedback from runners, and they are willing to make changes and adjustments accordingly.
With this much convenience what’s stopping you from trying The CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival?
Frederick is easy to get to…
Frederick is uniquely situated in the Mid-Atlantic for convenience of travel too. It’s easy to get to from many locations and east coast metro areas. Frederick is Maryland’s second biggest town. The race venue is located close to several major airports and arteries.
Something for everyone…
All runners of all abilities are welcome at Frederick. There is something for everyone. The event is friendly to all members of the family with the Kid’s Fun Run at 11:00 and the 5K at noon. In fact there is a special extra shirt- dubbed the Nut Job- for anyone who runs the half marathon AND the 5K!
Said another runner from last year,"It's the perfect race for the beginner and experienced runner alike!”
Scenic, flat, and fast course…
The course starts and ends at the Frederick Fairgrounds and is 100% closed to traffic—another positive change.
Runners head out the first mile on a wide new section of road. The course then tours through the historic part of downtown Frederick. It has been tweaked to spend more time downtown and is much more scenic.
Runners will cruise past historic buildings, including the famous Maryland School for the Deaf, housed in an old Hessian barracks. The old stone building was constructed in the late 1770s. It later housed Revolutionary prisoners of war, served as a hospital for Civil War wounded and became the first Maryland School for the Deaf schoolhouse in 1867. That’s history, and an example of the interesting locales of Frederick.
The race route passes along the North-South thruway from Washington to Gettysburg for you Civil War buffs. Runners continue around Baker Park and by Hood College before circling back to the finish.
“The race course is great; there is plenty of varied scenery from start to finish. The rolling terrain and great spectator support made the Frederick Half Marathon a delightful experience,” stated Hannah Hanson, who has run at Frederick many times.
Frederick is Maryland’s hidden gem. The course is flat, fast, convenient, historic, and has easy access. Frederick is different. They’ve got something for everyone with different races, but they are each held in one convenient central location at the fairgrounds. And walkers are welcome.
Celebrate at the Fairgrounds…
The races will finish on the race track at the fairgrounds and there is plenty of seating in the grandstands for your family and friends to cheer you in. With all events conveniently on Saturday this year, runners will be finished and taking advantage of the rest of the weekend by Saturday afternoon.
Runners finishing in the fairgrounds will receive their premium custom medals and tech shirts and then move on to the celebration and expo. The Celebration Village is full of food and entertainment for all to relax after the race. There is plenty of room for you and your family to kick back and enjoy. There is beer for the adults and games for the kids.
The Health and Fitness Expo will be open on Friday and Saturday to make sure you can have time to visit with the new Saturday start time. The Expo is inside Building #9 at the Frederick Fairgrounds. This is the Fairgrounds' main expo hall and has recently been renovated. There will be plenty going on so plan on spending some time going through the Expo and the lovely grounds—pretty place the first week of May.
Friday, May 6th
12 – 8 p.m. Packet Pick-Up, Sports Expo, and Late Registration
Saturday, May 7th
6:00 a.m. Race Day Packet Pick Up (must be requested in advance)
6:45 a.m. Opening Remarks and National Anthem
7:00 a.m. Half-Marathon and Team Relay Races Start
8 a.m. – Noon Sports Expo and Celebration Village Activities
9:30am Awards Presentation (NOTE: Age Group awards will be mailed)
12 Noon The 5K Run
1:00 p.m. 5K Awards Presentation
Runners, enjoy this convenient, well planned event – race day just got easier!
“The race has a small town feel with charm and yet a good competitive spirit which brings me back year after year. I've had nothing but great experiences with the Frederick Half Marathon and 5K, and I always recommend this race to all of my friends," said Hannah P. Hanson.
Everything is easy and convenient at the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival. It’s a well run, well organized race in a scenic and historic place. As noted, the organization has made changes to make the event even better this year. So you have no excuse for missing the Frederick Running Festival in Frederick, Maryland on Saturday, May 7. The CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival is your kind of spring race—everything is just right.