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Hart-Miller Island 5 Miler

  • Hart-Miller Island (address below is event parking) 2200 Rocky Point Road Essex, MD, 21221 United States (map)

Join us for a one of a kind unique experience! The 2nd Annual Hart-Miller Island 5 Miler will take place on October 12th, 2019. Registration includes a race shirt, transportation to and from the island, and a race experience like no other. The race is limited to 125 spots (including guests - capped at 25 guests total - limited to one guest per registrant) and will sell out quickly! Due to the nature of the event and travel logistics, only registered participants will be permitted to board the boats to and from the island.

Entry Fees:

$50 through September 15th at 11:59PM
$60 through September 30th at 11:59PM
$70 through October 11th

Note: There is no race day registration for this event.

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


Packet Pick-up:

Friday October 11th from 4PM-7PM
Charm City Run - Timonium
2045 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093

Race Day: Onsite (on Hart Miller Island) starting at 7:30AM (if you have not picked up your packet prior to race day please bring your confirmation email to board the boat)

Event Timeline:

6:40AM - Rocky Point Park opens for participant parking
7:00AM - First boat leaves for Hart-Miller Island
8:20AM - All participants must be parked and last boat leaves for Hart-Miller Island (no additional trips to the island will be made after this time)
9:00AM - Race start
10:15AM - Awards
10:30AM - First boat departs Hart-Miller Island
12:00PM - Last boat departs Hart-Miller Island


All participants will receive a race shirt, shuttle and boat transportation to and from the island. Light refreshments will be served post race.


Awards will be presented to the top three Male and Female overall finishers and top male and female finishers in the following age groups (19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over)



General Information/Event Rules:

***Due to boat capacity, only registered participants will be permitted to board the boats to and from the island.***

  • Participants are allowed to travel to island via personal boat and there is no guest restriction for those providing their own transportation.

  • Access via personal transportation is only available through the State Park (no pier is available at this location). Those who wish to spectate the race via personal boat must dock on the sandy portion of the Hart-Miller Island beach, There is no public dock available at Hart-Miller Island.

  • There will be two on-course water stations, as well as water at the start and finish line.

  • Participants may not deviate from the course at any time during the event.

  • Please be respectful of your surroundings.

  • No animals are allowed on the island.

Directions and Parking:

After going through the gate house you will make an immediate right hand turn and follow signage to park in grass lot adjacent to the Rocky Point boat launch. A staff member will be on site to provide directions.

Click here for directions to Rocky Point Beach and Park.

You will be shuttled from the parking area to the Maryland Environmental Service Pier (approximately a 5 minute ride). During registration you will select a departure time for your boat ride to Hart-Miller Island. Plan to be parked at the Rocky Point lot no later than 20 minutes prior to your departure time. 1st boat will leave for the island at 7AM and last boat will return at noon.

Inclement Weather Policy:

The Hart-Miller Island 5 Miler is a rain or shine event, and the race will go on as planned unless thunder and/or lightning is detected at race time, or other extreme weather is present. Standard practice is to wait 30 minutes after lightning or thunder is detected to begin the race. If after waiting 1 hour we still have lightning and/or thunder in the area we will be forced to cancel the race. Unfortunately, race registration fees cannot be refunded. 


The race benefits the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Friends of Maryland State Park Foundation. The race is held in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Environmental Service, Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration, and Friends of Maryland State Parks.

We would like to acknowledge and thank our partners for the Hart-Miller Island 5 Miler: