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Organizer would like to move Baltimore marathon finish to Inner Harbor

Start of marathon on Paca Street.
Start of marathon on Paca Street. (Kim Hairston)

After the Orioles were swept by the Kansas City Royals this week, Lee Corrigan said he was "relieved" the Baltimore Running Festival finish wouldn't have to be altered.

That doesn't mean he wouldn't want to change it in the future.

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"I'd love to finish at the Inner Harbor," said Corrigan, president of festival organizer Corrigan Sports Enterprises. "How awesome would that be?"

The race's finish -- down Eutaw Street through Camden Yards -- could theoretically be put in jeopardy each year the Orioles advance deep into baseball's postseason. While the Royals' sweep eliminated the chance of an American League Championship Series Game 7 at Camden Yards on Saturday, organizers had to come up with another option.

"The biggest challenge was the month leading up [to the festival], sleeping with one eye open," Corrigan said.

Finding a way to manuever traffic around downtown is the primary hurdle to moving to finish line to the Inner Harbor, Corrigan said, and such a change would be "a ways down the road."

Organizers' Plan B on Saturday would have re-routed runners down a Russell Street access road rather than through Oriole Park. Corrigan said Thursday that he was fine with the way that would have worked and was grateful a back-up plan was developed in conjunction with multiple city and state agencies.

"This thing could have been canceled," he said.

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