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Celtic Solstice Five-Miler

Sat December 16, 2023 Baltimore, MD 21217 US Directions

Race Details



  • A custom made Puffer Jacket with embroidered logo
  • 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 2023 Celtic Solstice 5 Miler will be deemed the year of the Hare!

We all know the tale of the Tortoise and the Hare where a confident hare is so far ahead in the road race that he naps while the tortoise keeps going to win.  The 2023 Celtic Solstice is sure to be full of tortoises and hares but not likely naps-- at least not until after you have had your fill of Wassil.

Hares and their sudden leaps have often been associated with dawns, new months, and new beginnings.  We hope that you are able to close out 2023 with a bang and start anew in 2024 - just 15 days after race day. The hare is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity all of which we hope you earn in 2023 and beyond!

The hare is fast, tricky and elusive. A single unifying theme in hare lore is equally hard to pin down. We are excited to include this fleet, beautiful, magical creature as part of the event in 2023.  Thanks once again to Celtic artist Cari Buziac for once again designing the logo.


THE RACE WILL BE CAPPED AT 3,000 PARTICIPANTS.  Please register early to assure that you get a spot in the race as well as the premium size you desire


THE PREMIUMS- Available in Gender Specific Sizes

We are excited to preview your 2023 Celtic Solstice race premium. This year's item is a custom designed puffer jacket made exclusively for the race.  It has an embroidered logo, grey outer shell and dark purple interior with zippered side pockets as well as an interior stash pocket. 

We have prepared a convenient gender specific SIZE CHART for you to reference when selecting your size.  Instructions for changing your size are here: 

Women's and Men's samples are now available at both Falls Road Running Store and at the Corrigan Sports offices during normal business hours.  



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 discounted 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.

THE RACE WILL BE CAPPED AT 3,000 PARTICIPANTS.  Please register early to assure that you get a spot in the race as well as the premium size you desire. 




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 several locations as in previous years. 

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



START TIME:  8:30am
Start Address: 1 Safari Pl, Baltimore, MD 21217

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 (updated 12/15) CLICK HERE

Four turn by turn directions (updated 12/15) 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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