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The 11th Annual Frederick Running Festival--Corrigan Sports Enterprises Celebration and Innovation in Maryland
The CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival, taking place Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, offers a terrific Health and Fitness Expo, the Gazette Twilight 5K and Kids’ Runs on Saturday; and the Half Marathon and Wells Fargo Two-Person Half-Marathon Relay on Sunday. It’s innovative with numerous medal/race combinations and inventive amenities—an excellent choice for your early May running.

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Thursday, 14 March, 2013

Add the Corrigan Sports Enterprises Frederick Running Festival to your plans for the weekend of May 4-5, 2013 in Frederick, Maryland. It is an event for the whole family. Truly! It includes the awesome CareFirst Half-Marathon and Wells Fargo Two-Person Half-Marathon Relay, the Gazette Twilight 5K, the three kids fun run distances, and the Celebration Village on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Things will get underway with the Health and Fitness Expo at beautiful Frederick Fairgrounds and the recently renovated Expo Building #9 on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The full schedule is below, but there is a race and activity for everyone; and something for everyone to do. This is the 11th year for the Frederick Running Festival, which has grown and evolved into one of Maryland’s top spring running events since the inaugural in 2003.

There is an option for you, so be one of about 8,000 participants. If you are up for more than a 5K but not ready for a 13.1-mile half marathon, you can team up with a partner and go for the relay--7.9 miles on the first leg or 5.2 on the second. Further, if you are ready for more than the half marathon, take up the Nut Job Challenge, and run the 5K Saturday evening and the half marathon Sunday morning—discount too. Last year 238 women and 174 men completed the Nut Job Challenge. How about you this year?
Events also provide a great combination for spectators, with all events finishing on the track right in front of the Fairgrounds grandstand—and a lot will be happening while the races are in progress.

More Challenges, More Bling: If you, like many runners, are looking for new and different challenges and an opportunity to collect a lot of bling—numerous combinations of events and medals—this is the place. They have some very inventive ideas and combinations that have become very, very popular.
Beyond the Nut Job, other innovative challenges include the following for additional medals and conversation starters: For Women Only, the Titanium Woman Challenge—run the Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon on Sunday, April 28, in Columbia, Maryland, followed a week later by the CareFirst Frederick Half Marathon on May 5. And/or run the Maryland Double—there are four possible combinations:
Frederick Half Marathon – Baltimore Half Marathon
Frederick Half Marathon – Baltimore Marathon
Frederick Nut Job Challenge – Baltimore Half Marathon
Frederick Nut Job Challenge – Baltimore Marathon

Health and Fitness Expo and Packet Pick-up
Regional runner convenience: Corrigan Sports Enterprises was built on the idea of convenience for participants. From packet pickup and the excellent fairgrounds venue to the weekend schedule it is set up for ease and convenience. The schedule for Frederick Running Festival is below, but even before the weekend begins they have made arrangements for packet pickup in several regional Sports Authority locations: Monday, April 29 at Tysons Corner, Vienna, VA; Tuesday, April 30 at Laurel, MD; Wednesday, May 1 at White Marsh, Nottingham, MD; and Thursday, May 2 at the Bowie, MD store.
Of course packet pickup is available at the Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the 5K and Nut Job Challenge, extending to 6:00 p.m. for the Half Marathon and relay. (It is possible to pick up the Half Marathon bib and packet on race morning, but that requires a special, very limited registration—please check the race website for details.) There is no race day registration.

They have a great location and venue for the races and the Expo, the famous Frederick Fairgrounds in lovely city of Frederick. The Fairgrounds is located at 797 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701, just off Monroe Avenue and bordered by Highland Street. This is home to the Great Frederick Fair (September 13 to 21, 2013), one of the oldest agricultural fairs in the country.

The Health and Fitness Expo will be held on Saturday, May 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. inside the Frederick Fairgrounds Building #9. This is the Fairgrounds' main expo hall. Please plan on spending some time going through this great Expo. Local and nationally known vendors will be on-hand selling products, giving out goodies, and offering special services. Be sure to visit the booths of event sponsors, who help make the festival possible, and definitely visit their Frederick Running Festival Merchandise booth featuring exclusive, custom apparel and souvenirs. 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.


"This is a great place for a race. They have thought of everything!"


The Half Marathon: The course starts and ends at the Frederick Fairgrounds and is 100% closed to traffic; the finish is on the track in front of the grandstand. The course tours through the historic part of downtown Frederick on a flat, fast loop. It is now designed to spend more time downtown and is very scenic.
Elena Orlova of Gaithersburg, Maryland won the women’s race last year in 1:18:42; Will Christian of Annapolis led 5,000 registrants to take the men’s contest in 1:07:55. There are cash awards for the first three women and men, and also for the first female and male masters runners. There are gift certificates (mailed) for the top three in each of 24 age divisions (5-year age groups). All participants receive a finishers’ medal and a special race premium (see the event’s facebook page for photos). The course has excellent support with 10 aid stations. And they kept the popular “Maryland Double” as noted above, combining with the Baltimore Festival in October. The completion of the “Double” will earn you a very large, very attractive and unique medal following the Baltimore race. The “Double” was introduced in 2007 and, of course, has expanded with the introduction of the Nut Job categories.

The Gazette Twilight 5K: Don’t delay on this registration for either the individual race or the Nut Job Challenge, because they can only take 1,500 participants. It is basically an easy out and back to the airport with very little elevation. Cash awards are presented to the top three women and men overall, and gift certificate awards (mailed to winners) will be provided to the top finisher in five-year age group categories—9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24 and five-year through 70+. Daniel Christiansen led more than 1,000 participants to win the men’s race in 16:45 on his home streets of Frederick in 2012. Annie Noffsinger of Middletown, Maryland captured the women’s 5K with 21:22.

The Wells Fargo Half Relay: This event is for two teammates with the first running 7.9 miles and the second the final 5.2. Both runners stay with the half marathoners for the full distance with a simultaneous start. It is for 14 years of age and over with women’s, men’s, and coed teams. There are cash prizes for each of those divisions, first, second and third place. All participants receive a medal and a premium prize. There are buses to and from the exchange point at the North Frederick Elementary School.

"I just love Frederick, and really appreciate the way they have it all set up here."


Frederick is a quaint old town with lots of history and charm, a lot to offer, and is a great venue for running. It has historically been a crossroads going back to colonial times, with lots of activity during the American Revolution and the Civil War. It was settled in 1745 and was largely German until the mid 1800s. Adding to the German founders, a regiment of Hessians was stationed there during the Revolution and most stayed after the war. Their stone barracks still stands, as do many other historical landmarks. Yes, this race provides an enjoyable running tour through a wonderful small, scenic, historic city.

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 city after Baltimore and located in what has become a “tri-state” region—close to Virginia and Pennsylvania. Frederick is accessible from several major airports and arteries (Baltimore and Washington), and at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 270 and US Route 40—and not far from Harrisburg and York, PA and the Virginia border.
Frederick is home to many historic buildings and institutions, including the famous Maryland School for the Deaf, housed in the old Hessian barracks, built during the Revolution. It later housed prisoners of war, served as a hospital for Civil War wounded and became the first Maryland School for the Deaf in 1867.

Celebrate at the Fairgrounds…
All races will finish on the fairgrounds track and there is plenty of seating in the grandstands for family and friends to cheer you in.
Finishing participants will receive their premium custom medals and tech shirts and then move on to the Celebration Village, which will be full of food—breakfast, brunch and lunch items--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 will be beer for adults and games for kids; it will be a true celebration.

The Health and Fitness Expo will be open on Saturday with packet pick up—there is no race day registration. The Expo is inside Building #9 at the Frederick Fairgrounds.

Weekend Schedule:
Saturday, May 4th
10:00 a.m. Race Packet, T-shirt and Premium Gift Up
10:00 a.m. Opening of Health and Fitness Expo
5:00 p.m. Kids’ 10-12 ½ mile Fun Run Start
5:10 p.m. Kids’ 6 - 9 1/4 mile Fun Run Start
5:20 p.m. Kids’ 5 and Under Toddler Trot Start
6:00 p.m. Gazette Twilight 5K Run/Walk Start
6:00 p.m. Closing of Health and Fitness Expo and Race Packet Pickup
7:00 p.m. Awards Presentation 5K Top 3 (Age Group awards will be mailed)

Sunday, May 5th
5:45 a.m. Packet Pick Up (to 6:45 a.m., must be requested with special registration)
7:00 a.m. Half-Marathon and Team Relay Races Start
8:00 a.m. Celebration Village Activities on the Infield, Food, Music, Refreshments (until Noon)
9:45 a.m. Awards Presentation HM and Relay (Age Group awards will be mailed) (Top 3 Only)

Visit Frederick and Take the Challenge:
Runners of all abilities are welcome at Frederick, and walkers too. There is something for everyone. The Kids’ Fun Runs and the Gazette Twilight 5K will go on Saturday evening and the CareFirst Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay on Sunday morning. And of course step up for that Nut Job Challenge- and the big time medal that’s given to anyone who runs the half marathon AND the 5K! The Frederick Running Festival is Maryland’s hidden gem for runners. The courses are flat, fast, convenient, historic, and easy to access.
Everything is convenient at the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival. It’s a well run, well organized race in a scenic and historic place. Corrigan Sports Enterprises and the city have made changes to make the event even better over the years. So do not miss the Frederick Running Festival in Frederick, Maryland on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 2013. This is your kind of spring race—everything is just right. It’s a great mixture of fun and challenge with just rewards and unique opportunities. There are many reasons to attend the Frederick Running Festival.



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