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2012 Celtic Solstice Five Miler

Druid Hill Park
8:30 AM
Dec 15, 2012

Baltimore's premier winter race! The twelfth running of a rolling course that winds around the Mansion House, the Baltimore Zoo, the Arboretum, Druid Lake, the Moorish Tower, to a downhill finish. And absolutely the finest winter running shirt in the land!

Premium shirt - Asics Thermopolis Long Sleeve

This year's premium is the Asics Thermopolis - a thermal long-sleeve (hoodie for the women)....technical enough for the run, comfortable enough as an everyday base-layer. Silky, super-soft brushed fabric is both lightweight and stretchable with cozy thumbholes. Male/female are silver/grey colored. MSRP is $65

2012 Race Logo

This year the race logo is Cari Buziak's wonderful interpretation of a Druid Hill Bighorn sheep. The design will be embroidered on the backs of the race shirts in matching pattern colors to the shirt fabric at the Brooks factory.


The demand for volunteers continues to increase. We are looking for experienced volunteers who understand the needs of the runners. You can register to be a volunteer through Volunteer tasks include: 1. Pre-race preparation 2. Packet pickup 3. Race day registration activities 4. Premium distribution 5. Course set-up and marshaling 6. Water stop 7. Parking marshals 8. Food set-up 9. Chip retrieval 10. Clean-up

Race limitation

Due to parking and course limitation, the race is capped at 3000 runners.

Sizing Issues - Men's and Women's Sizes

If are are female and order a female medium, you will be issued a female medium, not a male medium. If you are female and order a male medium instead of a female large, you will receive a male medium. Shirts run true to size and will be on hand to try on before the event.

Pricing / Budget Information

This event attempts to provide a quality race and post-race party and high quality premium at an affordable cost. Fixed costs are insurance, permits, police, and Parks&Rec Maintenance to salt and clear roads. Variable costs go to food, drink, awards, tents, spot-a-pots, chip timing, etc. We try to keep the race cost at the premium cost . However our costs for timing, permits and other city services keep going up year after year but we continue to try and hold the line.

Waitlist for non-premium entries

If your premium size is sold out, or you want to enter without a premium, you may sign up for the waitlist at no charge. As the bulk of the premiums (and associated chips) are accounted for we will open up the waitlist by emailing all who are on it a password so that you have the opportunity to register early once that category opens.

Official Race Hotel

We have a special price for Celtic Solstice participants at the luxurious Renaissance HarborPlace on December 14 and 15 - $119 instead of the usual $199. We are still working on the room block contract, but if you are coming in from out of town and want luxury at a great price, this is it. Thanks to Tim Mullen, Executive Chef at the Renaissance and Head Soup Cook at Celtic Solstice, for helping to set this up.

Non-Premium Entries

In the past we have allowed runners to register for a lesser fee without the premium. We intend to offer that feature again this year, however we will wait until after the premiums are sold to registrants before opening up that category. Those spots are extremely limited.

The Show Must Go On!

This event received some degree of notoriety because we ran the event anyway in the face of a raging blizzard in 2009. The fact of the matter is that about 10% of the entrants live within walking distance of Druid Hill Park. The late-starting snow and dry road surface helped logistically. Had the weather pattern developed the way it did with the February blizzards we would have had a difficult time pulling it off.

Reserving the right to cancel

Despite the adventure in a blizzard, the race director reserves the right to cancel the event without notice if unforeseen circumstances present themselves that render the event dangerous to attend or conduct. We cannot stop you from driving on icy roads to an event. We will can choose not run the event on icy roads however.

Premium pickup hours

All entrants may pick up their race premium and race bib number at Falls Road Running Store Saturday December 8th through Friday Dec. 14th at 5PM. Race premium and bib numbers are also available for pick up on race day at the race site under the big tent. Timing chips are picked-up on race day only and must be returned after you cross the finish line.

Walk Up Registrations

Runners may sign up in person at Falls Road Running during the shirt distribution/packet-pickup week starting on December 10. This is limited to available unassigned numbers and may be closed by then.

Out-of-town Premium Pickup

In the past we have coordinated out-of-town premium pickups in Annapolis, Arlington, Columbia, and Silver Spring on the weekend of December 10th and plan to do so again this year.


I wrote the linked article a few years ago, and for the most part it is still accurate.