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Place

Power Plant Live!
34 Market Place
Baltimore, MD US 21202

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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2025 BALTIMORE WOMEN'S CLASSIC AT THE LOWEST PRICE WE WILL OFFER!


Sunday, June 23th, 2024

Charm City Run is thrilled to announce that the 49th annual MedStar Health Baltimore Women's Classic 5K presented by New Balance race will be back in Baltimore City in 2024!  Women of all participant levels from the Mid-Atlantic and across the country will share in the accomplishment of completing a 5K in scenic Baltimore City (or virtually from wherever they are!). We hope you'll join us!

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Race Information

 


ENTRY FEES

$35 through December 31, 2023
$40 January 1, 2024 through March 31, 2024
$45 April 1, 2024 through June 14, 2024
$50 June 15, 2024 through Race Day or Race Sell Out.

Course Time Limit: The Baltimore Women's Classic 5K has a course time limit of 1 and 1/2 hours (this is calculated from the time your wave crosses the start line). 

 

Want to run for free? With our referral program you can have your registration fee refunded!
Here is how it works:


1. Register online for the 2024 MedStar Health Baltimore Women's Classic 5K presented by New Balance.
2. Receive a unique referral link via your confirmation page and email.
3. Share this link with your friends, family or post on social media.
4. After 5 registrants sign up using your unique referral link you will automatically receive a refund of your registration fee.


VIRTUAL RACE INFORMATION


We will again offer a virtual race option in 2024 for those who would like to participate but are not local, or those who would prefer not to join us in-person. Here's how the virtual race works:

  1. Register for the virtual event, and sign up for text or e-mail notifications
  2. Join our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on everything race related
  3. Your race swag will be available for pickup at our packet pickups, or will be mailed to you at no additional cost. We will begin mailing virtual packets on June 25th.
  4. You'll receive a text or email (if you opt in) when the virtual race "starts" on June 22th.
  5. Run your race and submit your results either by text message or email (if you've opted in) or by heading to the results page here by June 23rd at 11:59 PM Eastern Time). Results update in real time as people submit their times. Be sure to take a selfie and post on social media with the hashtag #virtualbwc.

*Virtual race performances are not eligible for the overall event awards.

There are no refunds of entry given for this event.

 

PACKET PICKUPS

Pre-race packet pick-up dates and times can be found below:

Tuesday, June 18th from 4PM - 7PM
Charm City Run - Bel Air
126 S. Main Street #2
Bel Air, MD 21014

Wednesday, June 19th from 4PM - 7PM
Charm City Run - Annapolis
87 Forest Plaza
Annapolis, MD 21401

Thursday, June 20th from 3PM - 7PM
Charm City Run - Fells Point
1500 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

Friday, June 21st from 3PM - 7PM
Charm City Run - Columbia
7090 Deepage Drive
Columbia, MD 21045

Saturday, June 22nd from 9AM - 2PM
Charm City Run - Timonium - please note new address
1313 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093

Sunday, June 23rd (race day) from 5:30AM - 7:15AM
Power Plant Live!
34 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

*Packet Pickup locations and times are subject to change. Final Packet Pickup information will be sent in pre-race emails.

**You may pick up packets for friends and family, but you must show their QR code email at packet pickup (they can forward it to you after they receive). This email is sent the week of packet pickup.

 

RACE WEEK ACTIVITIES

Thursday, June 20 @ 7:30PM: Roses & Poses Pre-Race Yoga at Breathing Dragon Yoga
Charm City Run is excited to partner with Breathing Dragon Yoga (located next to Honeygrow on Dock Street) to bring you TWO FREE pre-race yoga classes. Let's stretch together to prep for the 49th BWC!

Class will be one hour of light flow yoga with an emphasis on lower body stretching for runners. Class size maximum is 30 people and limited to BWC registrants only. Seasoned yogis and total beginners welcome!

Please bring a water bottle and yoga mat. Parking is available on the street or in the nearby garage.

 
Friday, June 21 @ 6:30PM: Women’s Walk & Talk at Charm City Run Columbia
Join Charm City Run at our Columbia store for a pre-Baltimore Women's Classic 5K Walk & Talk! Arrive around 6PM to pick up your packet for race day and try on some New Balance shoes before setting off at 6:30PM on a 2 mile Walk & Talk! We'll walk together to kick off BWC weekend, try out a water stop, get tips from expert coaches, and have questions answered by events staff. 

After the walk, we'll enjoy a frozen treat together, raffle off a pair of New Balance sneakers, AND raffle off a registration for the 50th Anniversary 2025 BWC!

 

Saturday, June 22 @ 2:30PM: Roses & Poses Pre-Race Yoga at Breathing Dragon Yoga
Charm City Run is excited to partner with Breathing Dragon Yoga (located next to Honeygrow on Dock Street) to bring you TWO FREE pre-race yoga classes. Let's stretch together to prep for the 49th BWC!

Class will be one hour of light flow yoga with an emphasis on lower body stretching for runners. Class size maximum is 30 people and limited to BWC registrants only. Seasoned yogis and total beginners welcome!

Please bring a water bottle and yoga mat. Parking is available on the street or in the nearby garage.

 

AMENITIES

Participants in the 2024 MedStar Health Baltimore Women's Classic 5k receive the following:

  • A custom 2024 finisher medal

   

  • New Balance race T-shirt
  • Printed bib number
  • A rose at the finish line (in-person race only)
  • Cool towel at the finish line (in-person race only)
  • Snacks and beverages at the post-race party (in-person race only)
  • Complimentary alcoholic beverage for participants 21+ (in-person race only)
  • Support, camaraderie, and encouragement through a network of strong & successful women


RACE DAY SCHEDULE

5:30 AM - Onsite registration and packet pick-up begins at Power Plant Live!
7:25 AM - National Anthem
7:30 AM - Race Start
8:00 AM - Post-Race Party
9:00 AM - Awards Ceremony


POST-RACE PARTY!

After you hit the finish line the party begins!

  • Your bib number includes a coupon for a complimentary drink. You can redeem this ticket at the event bar near the main stage.
  • Complimentary snacks including cookies, chips, granola bars, and bananas will be available in the packet pickup tent near the fountain after the Finish Line.
  • MedStar Health's mobile unit will be located adjacent to the Finish Line. The mobile unit has air conditioning for runners who need to cool off. MedStar will also have freeze pops for runners and walkers hoping to cool off with a treat!
  • Music from DJ Ray Derr on the main PowerPlant Live! stage
  • Visit the New Balance and Charm City Run tents to shop great race merchandise and footwear


AWARDS

Participants in the in-person event are eligible for the following 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)
  • Awards to top three finishers in age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+.

Special Recognition and bragging rights for the largest team 

Finisher Medals will be given to each participant that completes the 5K.

COURSE

Click here for course map.

Bikes, roller skates, scooters, and other wheeled devices (with the exception of jogging strollers) are prohibited on the course. For the safety of all participants headphones are discouraged.

2024 BWC TRAINING:


 


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

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2024:

  • Six Week training program in person or virtually with expert coaches
  • Supported group runs once a week with planned routes, hydration and companionship
  • Positive and welcoming atmosphere for runners and walkers of all levels
  • Weekly training plans - beginner and intermediate options
  • Access to expert coaching services and advice
  • Gait analysis with footwear recommendations
  • Nutrition, gear and injury prevention education
  • New Balance Training premium

The training is broken into four groups, depending on your own goals and physical condition. Whether you have yet to start a walking program, or are a seasoned runner looking to improve your race time, one of our groups will be right for you. We offer groups for:

  • Beginning & Intermediate Walkers
  • Walker to Runner
  • Beginning Runners
  • Intermediate Runners

Our coaches will help you determine the best group for your fitness level. There is a great deal of flexibility—you can alter the workouts to meet your needs—our coaches will help you find the right workout to achieve your personal running/walking goals.


BENEFICIARY


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Baltimore’s first crisis shelter, House of Ruth Maryland is leading 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.

What began in 1977 as a tiny shelter has grown to become the most comprehensive Intimate Partner Violence program in Maryland today.

  • 24-Hour Hotline, Counseling Services, Legal Representation and Emergency Shelter available.
  • Provides on-site holistic health & wellness clinic staffed by Johns Hopkins University School of Nurses.
  • House of Ruth Maryland’s Gateway Project is a 28 week program for offenders who were violent or controlling in their intimate relationships.
  • Intimate Partner Violence is a silent killer that does not discriminate, all communities are served at House of Ruth Maryland.

You will be prompted to make an extra donation during the registration process. 100% of extra donations will go directly to House of Ruth Maryland. To make a donation without registering click the donation button at the top of this page.

RESERVE YOUR PARKING NOW - SpotHero

Don't let race day parking stress you out!

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

To reserve your parking spot for the MedStar Health Baltimore Women's Classic 5K presented by New Balance see below:

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to help out? We couldn't do it without our many volunteers! There are lots of opportunities to get involved at the MedStar Health Baltimore Women's Classic 5K presented by New Balance. Click here to learn more and sign up. Don't forget - volunteers are eligible for our Volunteer Incentive Program where you can earn free entries to your favorite Charm City Run races!

REFUND, DEFERRAL, TRANSFER, AND CANCELLATION POLICIES

We want to be completely transparent with our policies regarding refunds, deferrals, and cancellations. If you are interested in signing up for this race please read this section carefully prior to registering. All interested participants will be shown these policies during the registration process and must agree to adhere to them in order to be admitted to the event.

Refunds

Race registration fees (and the processing charge from RunSignup) are not refundable. These funds are used to pay for race premiums, permits, supplies, staffing, and other costs incurred before, during, and after the event is held. To be consistent and fair to everyone we cannot make exceptions to this policy.

Deferrals

We offer the option for registrants to defer their entry to the following year's event based on Charm City Run's General Deferral fee schedule:

Until June 9, 2024 (2 weeks prior to race day) - $15.00
June 10, 2024 - June 23, 2024 (within 2 weeks of race day) - $30.00. 
Registrants may defer their entry by going into their profile on runsignup.com and choosing "Manage Registration" next to the race.

Transfers

We offer the option for registrants to transfer their entry to another eligible participant up until 11:59PM the night before race day. (June 22, 2024). Registrants may transfer their entry to another registrant by going into their profile on runsignup.com and choosing "Manage Registration" next to the race.

Cancellation

2020 showed just how unpredictable our world can be, and the running industry was certainly no exception. We know that it's important to have as much information at your disposal when making a decision whether to sign up for a race or not, and we want you to know exactly what your options will be should the 2024 in-person race not be able to take place as originally planned. Our regular cancellation policy found here covers scenarios that could prompt the cancellation of an event including weather, local emergencies, public health emergencies, etc. If you have any questions about our cancellation policy please email us at events@charmcityrun.com PRIOR to registering.

 

Sponsors

MedStar Health Baltimore Women's Classic 5k presented by New Balance: A Charm City Run Signature Event


The MedStar Health Baltimore Women's Classic 5K presented by New Balance is owned and operated by Charm City Run Events, a race management and production company located in the Baltimore region with races throughout the state of Maryland. Charm City Run Events is committed to providing a unique and supportive race environment to participants of all faces and paces. Like most runners, we live for the spirit of race day. We love watching friends cross their first finish line together and competitive runners hitting that PR. We also love the celebration afterwards (especially if there's a free beer at the finish!). From 5Ks to Half Marathons, Charm City Run Events offers some of the best in racing in the Mid-Atlantic region! For more information, please click here.

With eight store locations around Maryland, Charm City Run is a Running & Walking Specialty company that is committed to fitting every customer in the "right" shoe.  If you are training for your next event or just looking for something comfortable to wear day-to-day stop in and check us out! Learn more at charmcityrun.com.



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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for MedStar Health Baltimore Women's Classic 5K presented by New Balance.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.

Send-a-Cheer

  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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