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Runners rev up for Baltimore Marathon

RunningFestivalJC5Attention runners of Charm City: If you haven’t already registered for the Baltimore Running Festival, the Oct. 12 event that includes the marathon, you better get to it.

There are 15 percent more runners registered for the race than there were at this time last year, according to Corrigan Sports Enterprises, the sports marketing and event management firm that organizes the festival.

Now in its 13th year, the Baltimore Running Festival was honored earlier this week as one of the top 15 fall marathons in the country by workout website Dailyburn.com.

Additionally, all available vendor booths for the event’s Health & Fitness Expo — which is Oct. 10 and 11 in the Baltimore Convention Center — have sold out. (The news comes on the heels of the city tourism agency’s annual report, which found that tourism continues to rebound and boost the local economy.)

“We’ve worked hard to put on a world-class event in Baltimore, so it’s great to be recognized right alongside other industry giants as a top destination for runners,” Lee Corrigan, president of CSE, said in a statement. “This event offers tremendous value and our sales for both runner registration and expo booths reflect that.”

The Baltimore Running Festival offers something for runners of all walks, including those who don’t have those “26.2” stickers on their cars. There’s the signature event, of course, the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon, but there’s also a half-marathon, a team relay, a 5K and a kids’ fun run.

Registration costs between $90 and $110 for the marathon and between $15 and $100 for the other events.

The 2012 BRF had an economic impact of $38.6 million and raised $1.7 million for charity, according to a study by the Regional Economic Studies Institute at Towson University.

(For a behind-the-scenes look at how a tiny, local firm like Corrigan Sports Enterprises plans the massive event, check out my story leading up to last year’s race and my blog post with anecdotes about the company’s formation and stats about the race)