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Ocean City Running Festival

Sat November 2, 2024 Ocean City, MD 21842 US Directions


Assateague State Park
Day Beach Parking Lot
501 S. Atlantic Ave.



The Ocean City half-Marathon course will start at Assateague State Park and follow the last 13.1 miles of the full marathon route.  The course will merge with the marathon participants and follow the same route across Isle of Wight Bay from West Ocean City to the finish line at the Ocean City Inlet but not before following along nearly a mile of the famous Ocean City boardwalk.



  • Free race parking in the OC Inlet parking lot (other paid lots also available during race weekend)
  • A complimentary shuttle bus ride to the start line at Assateague State Park (NO PARKING AT PARK)
  • Complimentary gear check prior to the race (bags will be shuttled back to the finish line.)
  • Mile Marker signs at each mile
  • Clocks at various splits on the course
  • Volunteer-staffed water and Gatorade stops  on the course
  • Toilets at the start, finish, and various points on the course
  • Free Thrasher's Fries for an authentic Ocean City experience




  • Gender-specific custom made crew-neck sweatshirt with tackle twill logo
  • Collectible finisher medal with unique oyster shell design that slides open to reveal an iconic OC image inside
  • Complimentary post-race beer to toast your accomplishments

ABOUT THE SWEATSHIRT- This classic crew neck sweatshirt was designed with a seaside boardwalk souvenir look in mind! Crafted from a blend of 50% cotton and 50% polyester, this timeless piece combines unparalleled softness and durability.  Available in gender-specific cuts for both the full marathon and half-marathon participants.  The 10k & 5k participants will earn an athletic wear t-shirt.

The sweatshirt is embellished with a tackle twill logo featuring a bold font and marlin icon that is stitched on the front.  The effortless comfort of this crew neck will make it the perfect choice for any occasion when you want to humbly brag about your accomplishments on race day! Real-life photos to come!



Shuttles to the Half-Marathon Start - 7:50am DEPARTURE All half-marathon participants should park at the Inlet Parking Lot and take the shuttle buses to your start line at Assateague State Park in the day beach parking lot.  These shuttles will only travel one-way (to the start line prior to the race) and will not make any return trips to the park.  By parking at the Inlet, your vehicle will be waiting for you when you finish the race and you will be able to depart at your leisure.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no race day parking available at the Assateague State Park day beach lot. Runners may be dropped off at the round-a-bout outside the day beach lot but are required to do so prior to 8:00am so that we can make way for the shuttle bus drop off and the arrival of marathoners.

We will have enough shuttle buses for every one of the half-marathon starters.  ALL SHUTTLE BUSES WILL LEAVE SIMULTANEOUSLY AT 7:50am after the start of the full marathon and just prior to the 5K/8K Start.  Please do not miss your bus as there will be no alternate travel plans available.

Shuttles are scheduled to arrive at the half-marathon start line at 8:15am.  Once you arrive, the bathhouse with toilets, and sinks will be open. (We will supplement the bathhouse with additional port-a-pots.)

In addition the 5 Tides Restaurant and Retail Shop  will be open offering cooked to order breakfast, premium coffee, snacks and more!



To view an interactive course map CLICK HERE.
To view the course turn-by-turn directions CLICK HERE.
USATF Certification Number: MD23019NP



Ocean City, Maryland’s Roland E. Powell Convention Center
4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842
EXPO & PACKET PICK UP HOURS:  November 1st- 3p to 9p

The Ocean City Running Festival wants you to enjoy all that the area has to offer and invites you to spend the weekend in OC!  We will have a traditional race expo with vendor booths from local, regional and national sponsors and exhibitors.  Here you will claim your race bib and your race premium.  The Health & Fitness Expo is open to the public and FREE of charge. You don’t have to be participating in the event to browse all the great wares that will be on display. You will find great prices on shoes, apparel, active gear and health care products – items you can use even if you’re not a runner. 

LIMITED RACE MORNING PACKET PICK UP IS AVAILABLE from 6am to 7am in the Ocean City Inlet.  Runners are strongly encouraged to pick up at the expo if at all possible. Race morning pick up can be a challenge for us, for traffic and for the timing company.  That said, we are happy to provide this option for those who truly need it. This is intended for those who are coming in late from out of town or have other extenuating circumstances. Sign-up for this option HERE.

Due to logistical challenges, we are unable to offer a Mail My Packet option for the Ocean City Running Festival in 2023.



The event will utilize the best timing technology available. The B-tag technology offers runners a streamlined race experience with timing tags attached to participant bib. This method eliminates the need to scan your chip at the expo or to return the chip following the race, which means no more sitting down to undo your shoelace just after your run and you no longer have to worry about a charge for a lost chip.

Tips to have your time accurately recorded:

  • Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Race bib is pinned in all four corners
  • Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

Virtual runners: The 2023 virtual race will be self-timed.  You will have the opportunity to print a race bib and report your finish time into the official race results.



Our wonderful medical partner Atlantic General Hospital is there for you, even during your virtual race.  Learn more HERE.

Atlantic General Hospital will provide medical support on the course and in the finish line area. The Atlantic General staff will include certified doctors, registered nurses, physician assistants and EMTs and will provide the necessary medical attention to any patient in need. We are grateful to have the Atlantic General Hospital associated with the event.



Featuring Jimmy Charles National Country Recording Artist

After your run, make plans to stick around and celebrate your accomplishments with other participants.  Enjoy an ice cold Michelob Ultra or a Hoop Tea, browse vendors, take in the beautiful sites and listen to live music.

Known for his High energy, passionate and soulful performances, Jimmy Charles is a rising star you don't want to miss. An Ocean City, Md. native, Jimmy Charles headed to Nashville to pursue his music dreams after graduating from Towson University. He appeared on the ninth season of "American Idol" and has toured the country opening for Lady Antebellum, Montgomery Gentry, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Josh Turner, Merle Haggard and more since launching his music career in 2014. The singer/songwriter found early success with his first single, "Whatever It Takes," and the power of his second release, "Superman," solidified his place in the spotlight. Currently his single "They Grow Up Too Fast" is one of the top trending audios on Social media Reels and stories and his song/video "It's a Maryland Thing, You Wouldn't Understand" along with receiving Millions of collective streams/views is also being referred to as the new anthem for the State.
 View Here >



Overall Winners:  Trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female champions as well as to the second and third place finisher.

Awards Ceremony: The Awards Ceremony will take place at the Main Stage in the Ocean City Inlet 12:00pm. Only the Overall Winners from the full marathon, half marathon, 8k , and 5k will be awarded at the ceremony. Age group awards will be mailed. (5K Awards Ceremony will be at 9:00am).

Age Groups: Prizes go to the top overall non-elite male and female age group finishers for the marathon in each of the following divisions: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35- 39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70-74, 75 +

Age group awards are mailed in November after race results are declared official.

NO DUPLICATION OF AWARDS.  Disclaimer: We will not ship age group awards internationally. VIRTUAL PARTICIPANTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR RACE AWARDS.   Awards will be issued to those who complete the official course live on race day.






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