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The Event

Now in its 3rd year, The St. Michaels Running Festival is a premier athletic event for participants of all ages and athletic abilities.  Located in the charming, historic town of St. Michaels, Maryland, our USATF certified Half Marathon, 10k and 5k wind along beautiful waterfront vistas and stunning country lanes.  In addition to the running events, participants will enjoy live music, good food and 2 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!.
This year also will include a 1k Kids Fun Run for children ages 12 and under. The run benefits the St. Michaels Community Center and SMYLE.


Friday – May 16th


EXPO, PPU and Registration - St. Michaels Community Center


EXPO Closes


PPU Closes

Saturday – May 17th


PPU and Race Start - St. Michaels High School


On-Site REGISTRATION until 7:00am - St. Michaels High School


All runners must be in the staging area


Opening Ceremonies and National Anthem


10K Starts


Half Marathon Starts


5K Starts


1k Kids Fun Run, 11 a.m. at St. Michaels High School

All Following Activities Located @ Mill Property St. Michaels


Post-Race Party at Runner Village – Expo, Awards, Live Music, Food Vendors and Beer


Winners Posted


Overall Winners Announced


Music, Food, Beer and Fun


Runner Village and Beer Garden Closes



“Cool Down In Town” Prize Drawing in Town

Social Media and Email Updates

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! Sign up for instant updates will be available on May 13, 2014 – so please check back then. Participants also will be able to look up bib numbers on May 13.

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. 


Race day photography provided by Chessie Photo. Photos will be available for purchase within one week of the conclusion of the race. The 2013 St. Michaels Running Festival photos can be viewed at CLICK HERE.

Water Stations

There will be an abundance of water stations available on race day. There will be a minimum of 6 stations on the half marathon, 3 on the 10K and 1 on the 5K. The water stations will have both water and a sports drink. 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.

First Aid and Medical Stations

The Talbot County EMS will be stationed at the start, finish and turn around point of the half marathon. First aid stations will be located at the start and finish. If you feel like you are having a medical problem which requires assistance, please head to the first aid station for assistance.

If you are on the race course and experience a problem and cannot finish the race, please head to the nearest water station. Let the station captain know you cannot complete the race and they will contact 911 and request immediate help. EMS, medical personnel and local authorities can withdraw any participant who they feel is at risk of personal health hazard or safety.

Course Management and Safety

We want to start by sending out a huge amount of appreciation for our local authorities, EMS personnel, volunteer fire departments, volunteers and administrators who make this race possible. To name a few of the organizations and people that run “the marathon” before the race:

  • Over 250 volunteers

  • The St. Michaels Police Department

  • The Maryland State Police Talbot County Barracks

  • The Talbot County DES (Department of Emergency Services)

  • The Talbot Count EMS – Paramedics

  • The St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Department

  • The Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Department

  • The Town of St. Michaels

  • The Talbot Count Department of Tourism

  • The Saint Michaels Tourism Board


The race organizers along with all of the above mention people and organizations work incredibly hard in order to make SMRF a fun, worry free and safe race. We received so many compliments about our 2012 inaugural event highlighting how safe runners felt along our courses and what an enjoyable experience it was. This was due to the heavy EMS and police presence, over 1000 traffic cones and other traffic control equipment, volunteers who were excited, friendly and enthusiastic, and, several communities cooperating patiently to welcome over 2500 runners to our community in 2013.

If you have a moment while you’re here in 2014, please let the volunteers, EMS personnel and authorities what a wonderful job they’re doing and how much their efforts are recognized and appreciated.

Policies To Note

  • All registrations are non-refundable

  • Registrations can be transferred for a fee of $15

  • You can change race category for a fee of $10

  • The use of iPods and other digital music players is discouraged

  • Any modifications to registrations must happen before April 30, 2014

  • Unfortunately, pets are NOT permitted on the courses

  • Strollers are permitted on the 5K only. There are no strollers permitted on the half marathon or 10K

Expo Information

The 2014 St. Michaels Running Festival includes a pre-race expo on May 16as well as a post-race celebration at our Runner's Village on May 17, located just behind the St. Michaels Brewery. All registered participants 21+ yrs. old will receive a coupon for 1 complimentary beer, which can be redeemed at the Runner's Village on race day. The expo will also feature live music, great giveaways and the Awards Ceremony.

Race Day Packet Pick-Up hours are:

5:30am – 7:15am May 17th @ St. Michaels High School Gym


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.

Parking Map

Friends, Family and Spectators

There are a few choice locations for viewing the race. There will be a grassy area running the last 100 + yards from the rails to trail parking lot to the finish line. This will be a great place for friends and family to cheer you on as you finish the race.

Prior to heading over to the finish line, we encourage everyone to line the streets of St. Michaels to cheer the 10kers and half marathoners on as they run right down the center of main street. Map

There are also plenty of spots along St. Michaels road where you can view the half marathoners on their trip out and the way back. Map

Awards Ceremony Information – Located At The Runner Village @ Mill Property

Each race will award trophies to the overall winners as well and age group winners. The top finishers can be viewed at the finish line on one of our kiosks or at the Runner Village.


Post-Race Party – Awards, Music and Beer


Winners Posted


Overall Winners Announced


All Age Group Winner Trophies Available for Pick-Up (9:30am-2pm)


Music, Beer and Fun


1k Kids Fun Run, 11 a.m. at St. Michaels High School


Festival and Beer Garden Closes

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 at the Mill Property and each runner over 21 yrs old is entitled to pick up a coupon for 1 complimentary beer. Coupons will be available at the Runners Village.

The Runners Village will be open from 9am-Noon on Saturday, May 17th.