The St. Michaels Running Festival has been one of the premier destination races in the Mid-Atlantic since our inaugural event in 2012. SMRF’s 13.1 was voted one of the top 100 half marathons in the US!
Based in one of the oldest historic waterfront towns on the Chesapeake, runners will be treated to beautiful water views, breathtaking communities and tranquil runs down country lanes all culminating at the finish with a rockin' after-party in downtown St. Michaels. SMRF boasts two awesome race courses and both USATF certified – the fattest and fastest Half Marathon in the mid-Atlantic, and, an awesome 5k. In addition to the running events, participants will enjoy live music, good food and two days of festivities. This is a great annual tradition where friends, families and running groups come together to celebrate personal achievement, good health and NO HILLS ON THE COURSES!
SMRF hosts a 1k Kids Fun Run at the finish area on race day for children ages 12 and younger. All children will receive a very cool shirt, race bib and finish line food/drink! This is a great way for kids to be a part of the event and start learning about their own physical fitness. The run benefits our local community center and our local police community outreach program SMYLE (St. Michaels Youth and Law Enforcement).
Bib and Shirt Pick Up Information
You can pick up your bib and shirt at the pre-race expo on Friday, May 18, (from 3:30pm to 8:30pm) or on race day Saturday. May 19 (from 5:30am to 6:45am). The expo is located at the St. Michaels School Complex – Click Here for a location map. If you are unable to make it to the expo, or wish to avoid the race day hassle, SMRF offers a bib mailing option. You can select the bib mailing option when registering.
Post Race Party
SMRF has an awesome finish line party located at the runner’s village. Visit the beer garden, check out local vendors, sample local food and drink, and enjoy live music with a DJ rockin’ out during breaks! The Runner's Village is located in the heart of downtown St. Michaels. All registered participants 21+ yrs. old will receive a coupon for 1 complimentary adult beverage, which can be redeemed at the Runner's Village on race day. The expo will also feature live music and great giveaways.
Parking – THERE IS A PLAN
Parking is one of the biggest logistical hurdles SMRF has to plan around. St. Michaels has one road in and one road out – presenting the need for a fairly comprehensive race day parking plan. We ask all runners to PLAN AHEAD AND ARRIVE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE!
Thanks to the St. Michaels PD and many volunteers, you will be gently ushered to a parking area. We ask that you please follow the instructions of our designated parking experts because they are tasked with getting you parked in a timely fashion and ensuring that all traffic moves through our town smoothly.
There is ample parking in St. Michaels, the surrounding communities and at the school campus to park all of our runners. Regardless of where our parking crew directs you, you will be able to walk to the start line (or jog for a warm up) within a few minutes.
Live Updates From The Course
Would you like your friends and family to follow you on race day? Want to let them know when you cross the start line and what your time was at the finish line? Runners can sign up for instant updates via email and Facebook!
All runners will be treated to the same awesome finish line food - granola bars, sliced oranges, bananas, PBJs, water and sports drink!
Gun Time and Chip Time Rankings
SMRF uses both gun time and chip time for scoring. Gun time will be used to determine overall winners – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall will be based on gun time. Age group winners will be determined using chip time. So no matter where you line up at the start of the race, your chip time will determine where you place in your age group.
There will be an abundance of water stations available on race day. There will be a minimum of 8 stations on the half marathon, and 1 on the 5K. The water stations will have both water and a sports drink – and more importantly a comfort station for those in need! The water will be available at the first table as you approach and the sports drink will be available at the second table. The volunteers will also remind you of the water and sports drink locations as you approach.
Policies To Note
- All registrations are non-refundable
- Registrations can be transferred or deferred for a fee of $10
- Unfortunately, pets are NOT permitted on the courses.
Your race bib and/or shirt will NOT be mailed to you after the race.
Race bibs and shirts MUST either be picked up at the race expo on Friday May 18th or on race morning Saturday May 19th, or mailed to the address of your choice by purchasing a bib mailing option. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Event details and schedule
Friday – May 17th
EXPO, Bib Pick Up and Registration
EXPO and Bib Pick Up Closes
Saturday – May 18th
PPU and Race Start – St. Michaels High School
All runners must be in the staging area
Opening Ceremonies and National Anthem
Half Marathon Starts
All Following Activities Located@ St. Michaels Town Parking Lot
Post-Race Party at Runner Village – Expo, Awards, Live Music, Food Vendors and Beer
Overall Winners Posted & Overall Winners Ceremony
Runner Village and Beer Garden Closes
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