Thousands of runners and spectators are expected for the 19th annual Frederick Running Festival this weekend. It will start with a Kids Fun Run on Saturday, July 10 at 4PM, followed by the Twilight 5K race at 5PM. The 5K route begins at the Frederick Fairgrounds and will conclude at approximately 6PM.
The featured event, the Frederick Half Marathon, will begin at 6:30AM on Sunday, July 11 and will conclude at approximately 9:45AM. The race will start and end at the Frederick Fairgrounds, and a team relay exchange point will be at Hood College.
The Frederick Police Department reminds citizens, visitors, and businesses to prepare for traffic changes. A map with the routes with pace times and the estimated time when the last runner will pass is available at frederickmd.gov/runningfestival. Festival organizers estimate that approximately 4,000 runners and their families will participate in this event.
The event will bring additional vehicular traffic and additional pedestrian and bicycle traffic with the runners, their supporters, and first responders protecting the community. The public will see a significant police presence all along the route, with additional traffic control devices such as cones, barricades, traffic signs, and variable message boards to help keep participants safe.
Motorists should expect delays and plan additional travel time during the event. All event parking areas will be clearly marked and located close to the fairgrounds.
The Frederick Police Department is also encouraging everyone to be vigilant and report suspicious activity. Suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the Frederick Police Department at 301-600-2101 or by calling 9-1-1. For additional details about the Frederick Running Festival, visit the festival website at frederickrunfest.com.