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Mercy Baltimore Women's Classic 5K presented by New Balance

  • Rash Field Baltimore, MD (map)

Please join us for the Mid-Atlantic's largest all women's 5k, the Mercy Baltimore Women's Classic. Women from the surrounding areas and of all participant levels will share in the accomplishment of completing a 5k through Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The participants are encouraged to attend the Finish Line Festival at the conclusion of the event and visit with several local businesses that cater to women.

The Mercy Baltimore Women's Classic presented by New Balance is the second oldest women's only race in America!


Entry Fees

$30 through February 28th, 2019

$35 through April 30th, 2019

$40 through June 16th, 2019

$45 thereafter (Packet Pick-up week and race day)

$15 for the Sis Simpson Fun Run (coed 8 and under)

Shirts and Bags only guaranteed to first 3,500 registrants.

Click here for a printable form.

There are no refunds of entry given or transfers of entry permitted for this event.


Race Information


Race Start Times

The 5K race begins at 8 a.m.

The Sis Simpson Kids Fun Run begins at 9 a.m.

Walkers in the 5K are welcome! We ask that racers line up at the start line in order of pace; this would put walkers toward the back.


Packet Pick-Up Dates & Times

Tuesday, June 19th from 4PM-7PM
Charm City Run - Annapolis
1910 Towne Centre Blvd #120, Annapolis, MD 21401

Wednesday, June 19th from 11AM-1PM 
Charm City Run - Fells Point 
1500 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Wednesday, June 19th from 4PM-7PM
Charm City Run - Bel Air
126 S. Main Street #2, Bel Air, MD 21014

Thursday, June 20th from 2PM-7PM
Charm City Run - Locust Point
1713 Whetstone Way, Baltimore, MD 21230

Friday, June 21st from 2PM-7PM
Charm City Run - Columbia
7090 Deepage Drive, Columbia, MD 21045

Saturday, June 22nd from 9AM-3PM
Charm City Run - Timonium
2045 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093

Sunday, June 23rd (race day)
Starting at 6:30AM at Rash Field

Please be advised that at all packet pick-ups prior to race day, a note of permission will be required to pick up someone else's packet. We appreciate your cooperation with this.

You can also register in person at any of these locations, but only the first 3,500 registrants are guaranteed a shirt and goody bag!


Training Programs

For a donation of $10 you are able to participate in Charm City Run's BWC Women's Training Program. You will have the option to select a training program during the registration process. Be sure to select which location you would like to participate in.

The BWC Women’s Training Program is designed to prepare you for the Mercy Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K. Our goal is to provide a fun, inexpensive and supportive workout, and to encourage women to embark on a lifelong program of fitness. 

For more information please click here.


Amenities

  • A finishers medal

  • Technical T-shirt

  • A flower at the finish

  • Cool towel at the finish

Shirts and Bags only guaranteed to first 3,500 registrants.


Awards

Cash prizes for the top three women overall ($300, $200, $100), and to the top master (40+, $100), top grandmaster (50+, $100) and top senior grandmaster (60+, $100)

Recognition awards to top three finishers in age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, and in five-year increments up to 70 & over

Special recognition for all mother/daughter participants.
And again this year, Finisher Medals will be awarded to each participant that completes the 5K.


Pre and Post-Race Activities (Post-Race Festival)

Our Post-Race Festival will feature sponsors and many other exhibitors that cater to a variety of women's interests. Bring your wallets (use bag check for during the race) and stop by our village on Rash Field before and after the race.

Awards Ceremony, sponsor recognition and music will be at the stage
The Sis Simpson Kids Fun Run will begin at 9:00 a.m.


Parking

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Baltimore Women's Classic 5K SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Click here to download the SpotHero app.


Children Participants

Children (girls) who are able to walk/run the 5K may participate—just sign them up accordingly, and a guardian over 18 must sign the waiver. Otherwise, the The Sis Simpson Kids Fun Run available for those 8 and under (both boys and girls can participate in the The Sis Simpson Kids Fun Run)


Male Participants

The Mercy Baltimore Women's Classic is a women-only race (the country's second oldest!). Men may not participate in the race, but we'd love to have them as volunteers. To register to volunteer please click the Volunteer link at the top of this page. For more information about volunteering please email events@charmcityrun.com.


Bag Check

BWC offers secure bag check so that you may check your bag while you are participating in the race. Please limit your checked bag to tote bag or small backpack. You will be required to present your bib number to retrieve your bag. 


Teams

Any group of 5 or more can be a team! Each person can register themselves and enter the team name and captain's name on their registration form. A prize is given to the largest team and awarded at the post-race award ceremony!


GUARANTEED PARKING

To book convenient and affordable parking, we recommend using SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot today, visit the Mercy Baltimore Women's Classic SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. (link coming soon)

New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero iPhone | Androidapp


Jogging Strollers

YES, the BWC allows women who wish to walk the course with jogging strollers to participate in the Classic. Due to insurance regulations and risk issues, we cannot allow runners with strollers on the course. There will be a special "stroller section" at the line up of the race. Please cooperate with our race day volunteers and line up where requested.
No bikes, skates, pets, skateboards are allowed on the course.


Beneficiary

The House of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear.

House of Ruth Maryland was founded in May of 1977 by a coalition of women’s organizations, religious groups, service providers, and elected officials to provide a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and their children. In November of 1977 we opened Baltimore’s first crisis shelter for these victims in a row house on North Calvert Street. The shelter was staffed by one paid staffed person and a voluntary Board of Directors.

In November 1998 a new 84-bed shelter and 6 apartment transitional housing, featuring expanded services and programs, opened. The new shelter has a holistic health and wellness program, including an on-site health clinic staffed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Today, House of Ruth Maryland is recognized as one of the nation’s most comprehensive domestic violence centers and has a staff of more than ninety. Our voluntary leadership consists of a thirty-member Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee.


Volunteer

THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS YOU CAN HELP!

  • Registration & Pack Pick-Up

  • Greeter & Crowd Control

  • Bag Check

  • Water Stop on Course

  • Course Marshals

  • Finish Line

  • Refreshments


TRANSFER POLICY

We allow transfers up to two weeks prior to race day. There is a $10 processing fee for transfers. The transfer processing fee is paid by the "new registrant". You may transfer by going into your profile on runsignup.com and choosing manage registration. 


WEATHER & EVENT CANCELLATION

Please review the Charm City Run Weather and Event Cancellation policy here prior to registering for this event. If you have any questions about the policy please email us at events@charmcityrun.com prior to registering.