For the first time since its inception 13 years ago, the Baltimore 10-Miler race will be held in Baltimore County after city coronavirus-related restrictions kept race organizers from obtaining an event permit.
The race, expected to draw about 3,000 runners from across the country, will relocate from Druid Hill Park and begin instead Saturday at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre.
Baltimore has kept tighter restrictions than jurisdictions elsewhere in the state that have loosened pandemic provisions that limited capacity and mandated mask-wearing in most indoor spaces after Gov. Larry Hogan rescinded mask orders for all residents, vaccinated or unvaccinated, in mid-May.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott has said the city’s mask mandate will lift once 65% of residents have received at least one coronavirus vaccine shot.
Baltimore has canceled major summer tourism draws like Artscape and the Independence Day fireworks. Traditional citywide celebrations are expected to return in the summer of 2022.
Baltimore County, meanwhile, is “primed to hold some major sporting events,” said county communications specialist Abigail Vitaliano.
In late August, the county will host, for the first time in decades, the BMW Championship — the second of three FedExCup playoff events on the PGA Tour — at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills.
The 10-Miler is organized by Elkridge-based Corrigan Sports.
“It definitely has a good impact on the county,” Corrigan Sports spokeswoman Amanda Corrigan said. She said Corrigan Sports advertises county hotels on its website for racers to book, and racers often dine at nearby restaurants and shop when there’s down time.
The permit to host the 10-Miler in Hunt Valley, Corrigan said, is the first one the event organizer had gotten approved so far. Corrigan Sports also hosts the Oakland Marathon in California and the Delaware Marathon Running Festival, but has struggled to secure permits for either race.
“With everything starting to open, it looks like we’re going in the right direction, we’re hoping,” Corrigan said.
County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. called the county “a premiere destination for sporting events like the Baltimore 10-Miler.”
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“Bringing this beloved event to beautiful Hunt Valley is the perfect way to showcase all of that community’s vibrant offerings,” he said.