Race Weekend | Schedule

Friday – May 17th

~~EXPO~~

The Following Activities Are Located at St. Michaels High School

3:30pm OPEN – Expo, Bib/Shirt Pick-Up and Registration
8:30pm CLOSE - Expo, Bib/Shirt Pick-Up and Registration

Saturday – May 18th

~~START AREA~~

The Following Activities Are Located at St. Michaels High School

5:30am On-Site Registration and Bib/Shirt Pick-Up OPENS
6:45am On-Site Registration and Bib/Shirt Pick Up CLOSES
7:00am All runners must be in the staging area
7:05am Opening Ceremonies and National Anthem
7:10am Wave 1 - Half Marathon
7:17am Wave 2 – Half Marathon
7:24am Wave 3 – Half Marathon
7:31am Wave 4 – Half Marathon
7:35am 5K Starts

~~FINISH AREA~~

The Following Activities Are Located at Fremont Street

8:30am Post-Race Party – Awards, Music and Beer
9:30am Overall Winners Posted – 5K and Half Marathon
9:30am Overall Winners Awards Ceremony
11:15am 1k Kids Fun Run at the Finish Line Fremont Street
12:00pm Runner Village and Beer Garden Closes

Expo | Information

The St. Michaels Running Festival includes a pre-race expo on Friday, May 17th from 3:30pm until 8:30pm. The expo is located directly at the St. Michaels high School facility on the large field. The expo is visible from Seymour Avenue and sufficient parking is provided in the lots on either side of the school complex.

CLICK HERE for an area map showing the location of the expo.

Stop by the expo to pick up your race bib and shirt as well as visit the race store. There will be sponsors and vendors present with all kinds of cool stuff and great offers.

Race Day Bib and Shirt Pick-Up hours are:

5:30am – 6:45am Saturday, May 18th at St. Michaels High School

Friends, Family and Spectators

There are a few choice locations for viewing the race. If you’re a start line fan that wants to cheer you family and friends on as the head out then please join us right there where the action begins. Another quaint and charming viewpoint is right in the center of town where you can catch runners as they traverse their way out onto the course. No matter where you choose to start the race, you’ll eventually want to make your way down to the finish line. The finish line is located in town and directly next to the SMRF rockin' after party.

 

Post Race | Party

Following the races, there will be a beer garden, live music, awards and much more at the Runners Village in St. Michaels. The Runners Village is located right by the finish line at the town parking lot on Fremont St. Every half marathon runner over 21 years of age is entitled to a complimentary beer following the race.

The Runners Village will be open from 8am-Noon on Saturday, May 18th.

 

CLICK HERE for a location map of the Runner Village.

 

Awards Ceremony Information – Located at the Runner Village in Town

Each race will award trophies to the overall winners as well and age group winners in both men's and women's categories. The top 3 male and female finishers of both the half marathon and the 5K will be given awards at the Runner Village at 9:30am.

 

Official | Race Hotels

 

St. Michaels | In Video

Please take a look at a few videos highlighting the beauty and elegance of our charming waterfront community.

Splendor at the shore:

Splendor

Welcome to Talbot County:

Talbot

St. Michaels | History

Taken from St. Michaels Business Association’s web site: Link

The historic town of St Michaels dates back to the mid-1600s when it served as a trading post for area tobacco farmers and trappers. In 1677 the Christ Episcopal Church of St Michael Archangel parish was founded in present day St. Michaels. In 1778 a British land agent, James Braddock, purchased 20 acres and deeded 58 lots. This created St. Mary's Square, the historic center of St. Michaels. To this day, this charming seaside resort town reflects its colonial past, as many of the area's homes date from the late 1700s to the late 1800s.

St. Michaels is the center of a unique and magical waterworld on Maryland's fabled Eastern Shore, about halfway between the Susquehanna source and the Atlantic mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. This diminutive well-preserved vintage port, whose origins date from the birth of the colonies, is nestled between the loping Miles River on the north and the vast vistas of Michener's Broad Creek to the south. Its influence radiates beyond Tilghman Island, Easton and Oxford to Washington, Baltimore, Wilmington and other points on the compass where our seafood trucks deliver the Chesapeake's bounty on a daily basis and the word spreads about this magnificent region.

The town is a collage of handsome churches, manicured colonial, federal and Victorian homes, historic heritage, diverse artistic talents and pleasant southern culture. It is also the proud cradle and repository of the Chesapeake's maritime history.

It is a peaceful place which wakes each morning to glorious views and closes each night in candlelit elegance. It's a town in constant contrast, from horse-and-buggy, steamboats, watermen's deadrises, century-old log canoes and ancient bugeyes to ATM's, the Internet, luxury Town Cars and fancy cabin cruisers (but there isn't any neon!).

During the War of 1812, St. Michaels gained its name as "the town that fooled the British". The residents of St. Michaels, having been forewarned that British barges were positioned on the waters to attack with cannon fire, hoisted lanterns into the trees above the city. This first successful "blackout" fooled the British into overshooting the town's houses and shipyards. Only one house, forever since known as Cannonball House, was struck.

Throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, St. Michaels was a Chesapeake Bay economy focused primarily around the shipbuilding and seafood processing and packing industries. Only in the last 30 years has the economy of St. Michaels shifted to a tourism concentration.

Visiting | St. Michaels

There are many unique shops, charming inns, historic side streets and world class waterfront dining available for you here in St. Michaels. We encourage all of our visitors to wander through our town and discover why so many people visit St. Michaels year after year.

Map of St. Michaels
St. Michaels Business Association Web Site

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