• Leave any unnecessary bags/clothing in vehicles
  • Do not leave bags/gear unattended
  • Respect all areas blocked for no parking or pedestrian access
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • “If You See Something, Say Something.” Report suspicious activity immediately to the nearest police officer, event official or by calling 9-1-1

If I initially registered for a virtual event, and now want to participate live, how do I switch?

No problem. Visit HERE to upgrade your registration.

Once you’ve gotten to your registration, select “Transfer Race” option from the gray menu and pick the live race. Your upgrade fee will reflect the difference in price from the live event price AT THE TIME OF YOUR VIRTUAL REGISTRATION. The deadline to do so is April 18.

I registered for the live event, but now I’d like to participate virtually.

No problem, you can switch your registration HERE. Please note, we will not be able to refund any fees. The deadline to do so is April 18.

How does running virtually work?

You can run your virtual race ANYTIME, ANYWHERE! However, we do encourage you to do your virtual race on May 3 or May 4  for a real race day feel!

You may use whatever timing and distance tracking method/app that you chose. You are not required to submit your time, however if you want your time posted online, you must submit your time on Run Sign Up by May 8th. Regardless of whether or not you submit your time, you will get your premium and medal.


I no longer wish/am able to participate this year.

If you no longer wish or are able to participate in the 2025 race, you can defer until 2025.

To take advantage of this offer please log into RunSignUp and Click Here to manage your registration. Click the DEFER REGISTRATION option in the menu and process your deferral payment. You will receive an email with a link to sign up for the 2026 race when registration reopens.

Please note, virtual races are not eligible to be deferred.

I already registered to run live, but did not select to get my packet mailed to me. How can I add that on?

Visit your Run Sign Up Profile HERE and select “Manage Add ons.” (INSTRUCTIONS) From there, you will be able to add on the bib mailing option for $25. Bibs and shirts will be mailed by USPS priority mail prior to the race with a trackable link.  Medals will be distributed after the race.

Virtual participants automatically get their items mailed to them.

Virtual participants automatically get their items mailed to them.

What is the address of the Frederick Fairgrounds?

797 E Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21701

What time does the race start?

  • The Half Marathon and Team Relay start at 7am on Sun. May 4, 2025
  • The 5K starts at 5pm on Sat. May 3rd.
  • The Kids Fun Run will be held at 4pm on Sat. May 3rd, 2025

When is the Health & Fitness Expo?

Saturday, May 3, 2025 from 10am-4pm at the Frederick Fairgrounds.

Where can I park on race day?


Most lots are adjacent to the fairgrounds. Please follow signs and the police and parking attendant’s directions to assure smooth traffic flow. NOTE: The East All Saints Street Parking Deck (400 spaces) provides easy parking and a quick escape. The deck is less than 1/4 mile from the Fairgrounds. (Walk North on East St. & East on Patrick St. to access fairgrounds.) Parking in this garage is FREE on Sunday. All participants (and their cheering sections) are asked to arrive prior to 6:15am at the Fairgrounds. Parking is FREE and available at the Fairgrounds as well as surrounding lots. Directions to the Fairgrounds are located on the previous page of this booklet.

Please be mindful that area roadways will begin to close at 6:15am for the half-marathon & relay start. We ask that you and your cheering section arrive early to avoid traffic delays. If you get delayed DON’T PANIC! Access to the fairgrounds will be possible after 6:15 but delays and detours may be required.

What do I need to bring to pick up my bib?

Runners need to bring a copy of their E-Registration email – printed or screenshot on their phones. This will be emailed out no later than April 29, 2024 by 4pm.

Can I have my race packet sent to me?

We are offering to mail bibs ahead of time so you do not have to attend packet pick up ahead of the race. For $25, we will mail you your bib ahead of the race. You can add this on during registration, or if you already registered, you can add it on HERE. Then, go to add ons in the gray menu.  The deadline to select this option is April 18.

I can not access my E-Registration Email.

First off, Don’t panic! E-Registration emails (with bib number) will not be sent to the email box that you used when you registered until April 29th by 4pm  If it is AFTER this date and time, Please check your spam/junk folder first and then email [email protected] for troubleshooting tips.

When do I get my Race Premium?

Runners who pick up their race bib at the Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday, May 4 should pick up their premium that day. Runners who pick up at a satellite location will receive their premium outside in the Runner’s Village after they finish.

Please Note: 5K runners MUST pick up their race premium prior to 5pm on Saturday – premiums will not be distributed after the 5K race.

When is the Kids Fun Run and how long is it?

The Kids Fun Run will be held at 4pm on Sat., May 3. We will have two race distances available for children ages 12 and under. Kids ages 8 – 12 will  run 1/2 of the track (about  1/2 mile).  Kids age 7 and Under will run 1/4 of the track (about 1/4 mile). Both distances finish at the same finish line as the adult races.  All Kids Fun Run distances are untimed.

Can I upgrade to longer distance race?

Yes, if you would like to upgrade to a longer distance you may do so by paying the price difference here – select “transfer registration” to begin the process of upgrading. The deadline to upgrade is Sunday, April 18 at 11:59pm.

I have a team in the Relay and my teammate can no longer participate. Can I replace them with another person?

Yes, please login to your team registration. You can remove members by selecting the small x mark next to their information. Add members by selecting “Join Team” and filling out their information, or provide the team member with your team password so they can register themselves. After online registration closes changes must be made at packet pick up.  Changes to virtual teams must take place prior to April 18, 2025.

I am unable to attend the Health & Fitness Expo; can someone pick up my packet for me?

Yes, you may have a friend or family member pick up your packet for you if needed. They will need: your E-Registration email and a copy of your ID. Both can be images on their phones.

I goofed. Can I change information on my registration?

Yes. If you need to change information please do so by managing registration here.

Registration edits must be made by Friday, April 18 at 11:59pm, including deferrals.


The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, the Frederick Running Festival encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the event

Runners competing for awards or prize money may not use headphones of any kind, and will not be eligible for any award or prize money if such a device is worn. 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 are prohibited.

If you chose to use headphones, please be respectful of the other participants and the race officials by keeping your volume to a minimum. If wearing headphones results in your being unable to hear verbal instructions or commands from race officials, you will be asked to relinquish the device.