Race Details

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • A Top-of-the-Line Celtic Solstice Race Premium (Item TBA)
  • A Custom Designed Running Festival Bib
  • Convenient Off-Site Packet Pick up at several area locations
  • Free Race Day Parking at the Maryland Zoo
  • Post Race Celebration to include hot soup, hot Wassail Wine, hot coffee and hot chocolate, bagpipes, Irish Wolfhounds and more
  • A Heck of a Good Time and Plenty of Holiday cheer!

 

2022 - THE YEAR OF THE FIREBIRD

The 2022 Celtic Solstice 5 Miler will be deemed the year of the Firebird.  

The Firebird is an immortal bird with analogs in many cultures that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a Firebird obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

After two years of not-so-normal race years, the Celtic Solstice 5-Miler vows to rise from the ashes and once again end the year in glorious running fashion!

The Firebird is generally believed to be colorful and vibrant, making it stand out from all other birds.  Many versions of the Firebird story describes them with red and yellow feathers, hence the logo colors.  And like the race date, the Firebird typically appeared at the end of each Great Year.  It should not to be confused with the car the Jim Adams dreamed of owning in 1973.  Thanks once again to Celtic artist Cari Buziac for once again designing the logo.


 

REGISTRATION

Registering is easy. Simply CLICK HERE and select the distance you want to run. The “SIGN UP” button will easily guide you through the registration process.

YOUTH ATHLETES 17 and Under can register for a Non-Premium Entry for only $10.  This will be implemented during the registration process.  No code is needed.  PLEASE NOTE:  You must meet the age requirement to sign up for this option.  Eligible participants WILL NOT get a premium at this level.

After you register, you will immediately receive an automated email confirmation. 1-2 weeks prior to the event, you will receive confirmation materials via email with specific instructions about the event day.

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BIB PICK UP

Information about bib pick is TBA!  Plans are to utilize Falls Road Running store and other off site locations as have been done in the past.


 

SOCIAL TEAMS

SOCIAL TEAMS get discounted entry fees, as well as additional benefits and prices.  Running with a friend (or a group!) really is so much more fun than running alone. Once the race is over, a team is there to celebrate, and relax after the accomplishments of the day. Plus, they’ll keep people going and motivate them to keep training or finish strong if they’re starting to feel sluggish mid-race. 

To Learn More About Social Teams CLICK HERE.


 

RACE TIMING/TIME LIMITS/RESTRICTIONS

The Celtic Solstice Five-Miler is a chip-timed event.  Participants must finish the course in 90 minutes.  Participants can run, jog or walk the entire course. Don’t worry, the celebration at the end of the race will be eagerly awaiting you!

Jogging strollers are permitted but are asked to start in the back of the pack.  Wheelchair athletes are permitted but due to safety concerns and street closure restrictions cannot travel faster than the fastest runner.   No bikes, scooters, skateboards or other wheeled vehicles are allowed. 


 

RACE AWARDS

We award top three overall (M & F) and well as top Masters (M & F) and top Grand Masters (M & F).  Unique to this event, we also recognize the top overall finisher in each individual age (...15, 16, 17, 18... 78, 79, 80, 81...) with a Christmas Ornament award.


 

ABOUT THE COURSE

START TIME:  8:30am

The course will start and finish at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.  The route covers its 5 miles entirely within the confines of scenic Druid Hill Park. 

Runners must be able to complete the course within 90 minutes hours (18 min./mile pace).

For a course map CLICK HERE

Four turn by turn directions CLICK HERE


 

MEDICAL

The Medical Team is a dedicated group of medical professionals, available to help assess your race day medical needs and administer acute first aid when necessary. A medical station will be located near the finish line as well as at the water stop along the course.


 

WATER STOPS

Participants are welcome to bring their own water on course with them. We will have one water stop on the course and water at the finish line to keep your hydration up during the 5 miles. If you need additional on course nutrition such as gel, please bring your own.


 

VOLUNTEER

Interested in volunteering and supporting your community, as well as thousands of runners and walkers? There’s a spot for everyone at volunteer stations including: registration, starting line, finish line, water stops, course monitors and more. Please see HERE for more information and to sign up as a volunteer.

To Learn More About Volunteering CLICK HERE.

 


2022 PRESS RELEASE

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