The NBMA’s Fourteenth Annual Summit will be held at the Baltimore Running Festival during the October 19, 2018 weekend. There’s a lot of rich African American running history in Baltimore. Baltimore is the hometown of National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame honoree, Marilyn Bevans. She was the two-time winner of the Maryland Marathon. This marathon was held from 1973 to 1980. She still resides in Marilyn and is looking forward to seeing us.


In 1981, Catherine Pugh founded the Baltimore City Marathon. Ms. Pugh is an African-American marathoner AND the current Mayor of Baltimore This marathon was last held in 1989. The Baltimore Running Festival started in 2001. This event has been held on a Saturday. There’s a race for all runners. The races include a 5K, half marathon, marathon, and marathon relay. There are even a couple of race series challenges.

The International Association of Black Triathletes is also based in Baltimore. Many NBMA members, who are also triathletes, support this organization and their youth training program. We’re inviting all NBMA members to encourage their fellow runners, running clubs, and social media running groups and movements to join us. We’ve been bringing organizations across the nation together since 2005. If your Baltimore area running group wants to work with us on the Summit, please send an email here.

Get ready for an eventful weekend as we celebrate our 15th year of the National Black Marathon Association. This will be a family weekend so bring the entire family and come relax in Baltimore for the weekend.

HOTEL: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Marriott Luxury Brand

RACE: To Register for the race please note, to attend post-race event you must register with this link/code. (NBMA18)

The registration code for Baltimore Running Festival is “NBMA18”. You must use this code to be eligible for special NBMA awards and prizes.

The first 250 runners, who register with the code, will receive the first medallion in the National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame Series. This honors Baltimore-native and Hall of Fame inductee, Marilyn Bevans.

The first 250 registrants, who use the code, will also receive a complimentary NBMA running singlet.


  • Friday: October 19 “Meet and Greet” at 7PM in the Watertable Ballroom Salons AB at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel (Free).
  • Saturday, October 20, Baltimore Running Festival

HOTEL: We have a block of rooms for only $169 per night from October 18 through 21. (Expedia currently has these rooms at $309 per night.) Click on the link to make your reservation today. Our block of hotel rooms has ALWAYS sold out. Make your reservations early. We’ll hosting the Meet and Greet at the hotel. And it’s within walking distance of the start and finish line areas.

Baltimore Running Festival Guide: Check out Board Member, Alexandria Williams’ Review of the Baltimore Festival. You will get a chance to see the hotel, finish line and things to do while in the city.

More information about our 2018 program will be forthcoming in the next few months.

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