The CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Frederick Running Festival, taking place Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, offers a terrific Health and Fitness Expo, a Twilight 5K and a Kids’ Runs on Saturday; and the Half Marathon and 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.THumbsUp-FRED15

By Skip Cleaver

Regional runner convenience:  Corrigan Sports Enterprises was built on the idea of convenience for participants.  From multiple remote packet pickups and the excellent fairgrounds venue to the weekend schedule it is set up for ease and convenience. Even before the weekend begins they have made arrangements for packet pickup in several regional Sports Authority locations.


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 on. 


Finishing participants will receive their premium custom medals and tech shirts and then move on to the Celebration Village, with live entertainment.   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. 


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 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 bonus 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 7 and Sunday, May 8, 2016.   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.