2017 Course

CLICK MAP FOR AN ENLARGED AND PRINTABLE VERSIONIn 2016, we were excited to unveil an updated course with modifications meant to improve the total running experience. Improvements to the route include now running through (instead of around) Hood College's gorgeous campus, where the relay exchange zone will also be staged. In altering the final approach to the fairgrounds, we are able to expand the course width without impairing the flow of traffic, and the dreaded Highland Street Hill becomes a thing of the past. While we will miss the warmth with which the Monocacy Village residents always greeted our runners, we are certain the beauty of the countryside along Monocacy Boulevard will be a welcome sight in the final miles of the race. We trust that these changes will make the 2016 race our best ever



USATF Certified Course #MD16013NP

The half-marathon is open to participants at least 14 years of age on race day. Entries will be accepted until the field is filled to 5000 runners. The race will begin and end at the Frederick Fairgrounds.


2018 Half Marathon Medal


 The Nitty Gritty

The course will remain open for 3 hours and 16 minutes, closing on a continuous pace of 14:57 minutes per mile. If you are unable to maintain this pace, please e-mail us immediately at [email protected] to work out a solution for you. You may be asked to move off the course and continue as a pedestrian as the course must reopens to traffic. We will have 7 aid stations on the course, each stocked with water and Gatorade. Select locations will also offer fruit, salty snacks, and various flavored GU. Each aid station will have at least one port-a-pot and a SELF HELP Kit with basic runner amenities.

The following items are not permitted on the course: pets, skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, baby joggers, and any other type of vehicle (other than official race vehicles). These regulations are for your safety and the safety of the other participants in the race.  Corrigan Sports reserves the right to disqualify and remove anyone from the course who has any of the above items.   Headphones are strongly discouraged, and will make you ineligible for overall awards. Read full policy.

Bib Number Requirements

All registered participants will receive bib numbers that must be worn on race day.  There will be no Race Day Bib Pick Up. Please fill in the necessary medical and emergency contact information on the back of the bib number with a pen or waterproof marker. The bib must be worn on the front outside of all clothing during the entire race, clearly visible for the race officials and photographers.  Bib numbers are nontransferable and must be worn by the registrant to whom it has been assigned.

The timing chip is adhered to the back of the bib.  Do not alter the bib/timing strip in any way!  Without a bib, your time will not be recorded.  Do not cross the finish line more than once.  If you drop out of the race, please notify a course official.  You will be transported back to the stadium.  DO NOT CROSS THE FINISH LINE.  There is no need to return your bib/timing chip after the race.

Race Premium

Runners will be able to pick up their premium at the expo on Saturday, May 5 or post race on Sunday, May 6. Stay tuned for more info.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you chose to pick up your race bib at one of the satellite packet pick up locations, you WILL NOT receive your premium at this location and are asked to pick up after the race.  If you want your premium prior to race day it is suggested that you attend the expo on Saturday, May 6.

Men’s and Women’s Maryland Flag Jacket

  • Sizes available in Women’s XS-2X , Men’s Small-2X
  • ¼ zip Maryland Flag pullover with dye-sublimated, moisture-wicking panels for comfort and breathability
  • Jacket complete with thumbholes and lower back pocket

2017 Race Premium


All finishers will receive a commemorative race medal.  Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female runners, and to the top male and female masters’ runners based on GUN time.  There is no duplication of prizes.

Please note that those competing in the Frederick Running Festival Marathon will not be eligible for prize money, prizes, etc. if they wear a musical device while competing. USA Track & Field Rule 144.3, states that the visible possession or use by athletes of video, audio, or communications devices in the competition area (which includes IPods, MP3 and other musical devices) is considered assistance and is therefore prohibited. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT WEARING A MUSICAL DEVICE, YOU WILL FORFEIT ALL  PRIZES, ETC.  You will retain your overall position in the race, however. Age group awards are not subject to this rule.

Gift Certificates courtesy of our partner Dick’s Sporting Goods will be given to the top male and female finisher in each five-year age group.  No duplicate awards.  Gift certificates will be distributed via mail after results are finalized, approximately 3 weeks after the race. 5-year age groups are as follows  19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 & over.  

All Age Group Awards will be mailed approximately three weeks after the race.

2017 Finisher’s Medal