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Event Detail

Charles Street 12 - old

Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 a.m.
The Shops at Kenilworth
800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, Md. 21204

Please join us for the Charles Street 12, Maryland's most monumental race. The Charles Street 12-mile race will begin at The Shops at Kenilworth and take you down one of Maryland's most beautiful and scenic byways. The Charles Street 12 will treat runners to beautiful views of Maryland's most charming neighborhoods including Towson, The Orchards, Roland Park, Homeland, Guilford, Charles Village, Mt. Vernon and Downtown Baltimore. While you will be running fast on this course, don't miss the views of some our best universities, museums and landmarks including Towson University, the Cathedral of Mary our Queen, Notre Dame College, Loyola College, Johns Hopkins University, the Basilica, The Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Gallery and the Washington Monument. Hold your head high, collect your medal, cheer on your friends, and enjoy the live music and good eats at the post-race party at the Power Plant Live!

Course Preview

Entry Fee:
$80 until May 27 - extended until Memorial Day!
$85 after May 27 and on race day

The entry fee includes a $5 bus transportation fee from the finish area to the race start at The Shops at Kenilworth. There is no parking available for event participants at The Shops at Kenilworth. If you choose not to use the bus transportation provided, the $5 will be deducted from your entry fee. The buses will depart the Power Plant Live! beginning at 5:30 a.m., the last bus will depart promptly at 6:45 a.m.

If participants want to add bus transportation to their registration the cut off to do so is August 2.

(Online registration will close Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at midnight.)

Premium Sizes:
Male - S, M, L, XL, XXL
Female - S, M, L, XL

Men's and women's sized Under Armour Fleece Team hoodie with race event embroidered.

Packet Pick-up:
Tuesday, August 6
2-7 p.m.
Charm City Run Annapolis
1910 Towne Centre Blvd, Suite 120
Annapolis, Md. 21401

Wednesday, August 7
2-7 p.m.
Charm City Run Clarksville
12186 Clarksville Pike
Clarksville, Md. 21029

Thursday, August 8
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Charm City Run Bel Air
126 S. Main Street
Bel Air, Md. 21014

3-8 p.m.
Charm City Run Baltimore
1713 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, MD 21230

Friday, August 9
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Charm City Run Timonium
2045 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093

Race Day
beginning at 5:30 a.m.
The Shops at Kenilworth

The Charles Street 12 starts at the Shops at Kenilworth on Kenilworth Drive, and continues south via the Towson bypass to Towsontown Boulevard. After turning right on Towsontown Boulevard, runners will turn left on Osler and run past Towson University and the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. Osler dead-ends at Stevenson Road and runners will turn right travelling past the Rodgers Forge – Dumbarton Fields, through the Rodgers Forge neighborhood before making a left on Charles Street and heading downtown on Maryland’s most beautiful scenic byway. Runners will enjoy running through Charm City’s most charming neighborhoods and past Maryland’s most esteemed religious, historical and educational institutions. When runners finish the long descent to the Inner Harbor, they will run along the promenade and finish at Power Plant Live where they will enjoy the Power Plant Live post-race party.

To our participants,

Many of you have feared the Charles Street 12 because of the monster hill at Kenilworth and Charles and the long climb from GBMC to Bellona. While this is a beautiful stretch of our scenic byway, it is quite hilly and has actually never been part of the course.

We are running Osler Drive by Towson Tiger Country and the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center instead. We are accessing Charles Street from Stevenson Lane. Yes, there is the Stevenson Lane hill from Osler to Bellona, but we hope you will find it tame compared to the GBMC hill. Here is the course, which includes the topography.

Following the "bumps" at miles 1 and 3, this is a wicked fast course down to the water. It descends from its height at approximately 500 feet above sea level to the harbor. Enjoy the course, beautiful Charles Street, the Under Armour hoodie and the Power Plant Live! post-race party. We look forward to seeing you at the inaugural Charles Street 12 on August 10.

Happy Running and Stay Cool!

The Charles Street 12 Team

Turn-by-Turn Course Description:

(Please keep in mind, this is a tentative course pending final police approval and final review of from the Department of Transportation for possible construction projects that will affect the course.)

Start on Kenilworth Drive in front of the shops at Kenilworth
Continue southeast on Kenilworth Drive to Bosley Avenue
Turn right on Bosley Avenue and continue to Towsontown Boulevard
Turn right on Towsontown Boulevard and continue to Osler Drive
Turn left on Osler Drive and continue to Stevenson Lane
Turn right on Stevenson Lane and continue to Charles Street
Turn left on Charles Street and continue through Baltimore City to W. Ostend Street
Turn left on W. Ostend Street and continue to Light Street
Turn left on Light Street and continue to Lee Street
Turn right at Lee Street and cut into the Inner Harbor Promenade
Continue around the Promenade to Pier 4
Continue around Pier 4 back to Pratt Street and the intersection of Market Place
Continue on Market Place and finish between Pratt and Lombard Streets

Course map


There is limited parking at the start on Kenilworth Drive. There is very little street parking on Kenilworth Drive. There is limited parking at The Exchange, 1122 Kenilworth Drive. Friends and family members may drop off runners at the start.

We encourage you to park at the finish in the following lots close to the Power Plant Live!

Parking will be available in the lots listed below. These lots are located in the vicinity of the finish line at the Power Plant Live!

Harbor Park Garage - 55 Market Place
Lockwood Place Garage - 124 Market Place
Pier V Parking Garage - 711 E. Pratt Street

Awards: Top three overall males and females, top male and female masters, and the top three males and females in the following age groups: 11 and under, 12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.

Post-race Festivities: The Power Plant Live! is sponsoring the post-race party. Enjoy a complimentary beer (for those 21 and older), a box lunch and live music. The Power Plant Live! restaurants will also be offering food and drink specials for race participants and their families.

Beneficiary: University of Maryland Children's Hospital, Children's Heart Program. 

The Children's Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital provides a compassionate and comprehensive cardiac care for children from before birth through adulthood with a specialized team of pediatric cardiologists and surgeons, leading-edge diagnostic technology and interventional procedures, and an emphasis on each individual patient and their entire family.

Hotel Information near the Power Plant Live!:
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna Street, (410)385-3000
Renaissance Baltimore Harbor Place, 202 E. Pratt Street, (410)547-1200
Fairfield Inn & Suites, 101 President Street, (410)837-990

Hotel Information near The Shops at Kenilworth:
Sheraton Baltimore North, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, (410)321-7400
Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, 10 W. Burke Avenue, (410)324-8100

For questions and additional information, email Charm City Run race director, Kelly Dees.

Charles Street 12 web site

Charles Street 12 in the news!

Baltimore Business Journal Article July 10, 2013

Contact Name: Kelly Dees
Phone: 410-308-1870
Fax: 410-308-1871