The 2019 edition of the B & A Trail Marathon and Half Marathon will be at the new Severna Park High School for the third year, with a starting time of 07:30 AM. It is the 28th year of the marathon and 24th year of the half marathon. Come join us as we celebrate almost 30 years of running the marathon on this great rail to trail course.
- Registration Closed!
- We have reached capacity and race registration is now closed.
- Volunteers Needed!
- Please see below to sign up for volunteer opportunities. Thank you!
- Need to switch from the full to the half?
- See instructions below.
This year we are the Maryland State RRCA Championship Race for the half marathon (13.1 mile) distance. The RRCA Championship will award prizes for Open, Masters, Grand Masters, and Senior Masters male and female winners.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. THERE ARE NO SPOTS LEFT AND NO WAITING LISTS.
Registration opens on October 7, 2018 and closes on March 24, 2019, or when the field reaches capacity. The field will be limited to the first 1050 registrants. Usually this is about 750 half marathoners and 300 marathoners. There will be NO RACE DAY registration. If spots are still available there will be a late sign up at the Saturday expo for $100 for both the marathon and half. Late registrants are not guaranteed a premium. If there are extra premiums late registrants can pick up one AFTER the race. The race field size is limited by our permit with the B & A Trail Park.
The Full Marathon has reached capacity and there are no spots left. The are still spots left in the Half Marathon.
Transfers and Refunds
Switching full marathon registration to half marathon registration:
Due to an internal issue with Active.com, you will not be able to edit your own registration online.
If for any reason you will not be able to complete the full 26.2 mile marathon and wish to change your registration category to the half marathon, you may make that change AT NO CHARGE by e-mailing the registration coordinator, Ross Heisman, at any time between now and the close of registration on March 23rd.
There will be NO refunds, deferrals, or discounted entries.
Late registrants are not guaranteed a premium. If there are extra premiums late registrants can pick up one AFTER the race. The race field size is limited by our permit with the B & A Trail Park.
There will be no race day registration.
Packet Pick-up and Race Expo
Packet Pick-upPacket pickup will be on both Saturday and Sunday. We encourage everyone to pick up their packets early and not on race day to avoid lines on Sunday morning. Packet pickup will be at Severna Park High School, 60 ROBINSON RD from 10:30 to 3:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE the REDUCED HOURS. Annapolis Strider's merchandise will be for sale at the packet pickup. Packet pickup is also available RACE DAY on Sunday, March 31st, 2019, 6:00-7:00 AM at Severna Park High School.
Race ExpoPACKET PICKUP will be held on both SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. We encourage everyone to pick up there bibs and premium on Saturday to avoid long lines on SUNDAY. Packet pickup will be held at Severna Park HS, 60 Robinson Rd. from 1030AM to 330 PM. Please note that these are shorter hours than usual. The expo will consist of the Annapolis Strider's merchandise at reduced prices. HOURS are from 1030 AM to 330 PM.
The course will run approximately two miles on residential streets with the remainder on the B & A Trail; an asphalt “rails to trails” bike and running path. There is one significant hill on the marathon course. The course is USATF certified (Boston qualifier). Volunteers will monitor all turns and most intersections. The course will be closed to automobile traffic, but there are numerous road crossings and the trail IS open to other runners, walkers and bicyclists. Please be alert and courteous.
USATF Course Certification: MD17001LMJ (Half-Marathon) and MD17002LMJ (Full Marathon)
Typical weather for the end of March in this region is an average high of 57 degrees and low averaging around 43 degrees. This year's event will be a few weeks later than we typically have it, so hopefully a little warmer, Weather is unpredictable however and snow and rain or other conditions are possible. IF the conditions are icy or snowy resulting in unsafe conditions the race will be cancelled and will be announced on this page.
The marathon course will close at six hours (13:45/mile pace). Please plan accordingly. The time limit will be strictly enforced. An early start is not offered. Course support will be withdrawn at 6 hours, or 1:30 pm. Do not register if you are unable to complete 26.2 miles in 6 (six) hours. No exceptions will be made. There is no strict time limit for the half marathon. Walkers are welcome for the half marathon.
Professional chip scoring will be used for the marathon and half marathon. Timing will be by Maryland Timing and the results will be available on their website as well mdtiming.com
First aid personnel will be stationed at the finish in the school to assist with any needs you have. Vaseline, ibuprofen and bandages will be available at the later marathon water stops and in the school. Anne Arundel County Fire and Rescue will be stationed at the school and throughout the course for any medical emergencies.
Water and Gatorade will be available approximately every 3 miles. Both caffeinated and non-caffeinated GU or similar gels will be available at two later aid stations on the marathon course. A course map with water stops marked will be posted on the website. Water, Gatorade, coffee, tea and soft drinks will be available in the school cafeteria at the finish line. Hot food, bagels, oranges and other snacks will also be available at the finish in the school cafeteria.
On race day, you must run the race for which you are registered. If you end the marathon at 13.1 miles, you will be scored DNF (did not finish).
AwardsAll finishers will receive medals. There will also be Male and female overall awards, masters awards and five year age group awards. Half Marathon awards ceremony will be held at 10:30AM, Marathon awards ceremony will be held at 11:30AM. Race results will be posted at www.annapolisstriders.org. There will be additional awards and medals for the half-marathon distance as we are the Maryland State RRCA Half Marathon Championship Race again this year.
Bag DropPlease leave gear in your vehicle. Bag check has been eliminated for security reasons.
Travel and Lodging
The closest airport to the race is Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International (BWI). Hotel and bed and breakfast accommodations are available throughout the Annapolis and BWI airport areas. There will be no road closures in the morning affecting driving to the school.
After the race hot food consisting of hot pizzas and vegetarian beans and rice from Chevy’s will be available. Drinks will be available in the school cafeteria. Pizza, hot food by Chevy’s including vegetarian options, bagels, oranges, bananas, and other snacks will be served. Also there will water, Gatorade, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and soft drinks available. The cafeteria and bathrooms are heated in case of a cold day. There will be music and a festive environment as we celebrate all of the finishers of the half and full marathon.
Here is the link to volunteer for the race. This race, or any other race put on the Annapolis Striders could not happen without the the community volunteering their time to help others run. Thank you again for stepping up and helping out year after year and making the event successful. PLEASE consider volunteering.
Sign-up to volunteer.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact the race directors.