Race Details


  • A Top-of-the-Line Celtic Solstice Brooks Half-Zip
  • 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!



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.




The BROOKS RUNNING Dash 1/2 Zip outerwear (Retails at $70)
This half-zip running top warms up any adventure. Easy to layer or wear solo, the sustainable Dash ½ Zip delivers lightweight coverage that combines soft warmth with extra breathability in high-heat zones. 

This year’s participants earn a super soft, versatile layer, made with recycled fabric equal to 14 plastic water bottles.  The Brooks DriLayer® fabric wicks away sweat to keep you comfortable and dry, while a special blend of polyester and spandex delivers a super-soft feel.  And the underarm mesh panels increase breathability to help maintain an ideal temperature by releasing excess heat.  To add to the appeal, the hidden pocket (women’s in sleeve, men’s at the shoulder) and thumb holes make this item a runner’s dream.




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.




We will offer several packet pick up options.  A friend can pick up your packet as long as they have your QR CODE (this will be emailed prior to race week).  We will host race premium and bib pick up at the following locations:

Sunday, Dec 11 from 11a to 4p at FALLS ROAD RUNNING STORE 6247 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209
Monday, Dec 12 from 3p to 6p at FALLS ROAD RUNNING STORE 6247 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209
Tuesday, Dec 13 from 4p to 7p at FEET FIRST SPORTS 5305 Village Center Dr #110, Columbia, MD 21044"
Wednesday, Dec 14 from 10a to 4p at CORRIGAN SPORTS ENTERPRISES 6725 Santa Barbara Ct, Suite 114, Elkridge, MD 21075
Thursday, Dec 15 from 10a to 4p at CORRIGAN SPORTS ENTERPRISES 6725 Santa Barbara Ct, Suite 114, Elkridge, MD 21075

Race morning pick up can be a challenge for us, for traffic and for the timing company.  That said, we will continue this tradition by allowing up to 200 people to pick up on race morning. This is intended for those who are coming in from out of town or have other extenuating circumstances. Sign ups for this option is available HERE.

REMEMBER, you can also select to have your bib and premium mailed to you.  If you did not do so during registration, you can add this option up until Dec. 1. The mailing fee is $25.  CLICK HERE to see instructions on how to do so.



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.



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. 



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.



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



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.



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.



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.



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