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Posted: November 25, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

(RWire) Athletics: Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival Generated More Than $25 Million for City and State

Also $830,000 raised for local charities at 2009 event

BALTIMORE, Md. - (November 23, 2009) - The ninth Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival contributed $25,327,120 to the city and state's economy according to a recent study by RESI, an economic research and consulting firm located at Towson University (see table below). This year the event attracted a record 20,364 runners, marking the seventh consecutive year of 15-20% growth from the year prior. Each year the festival attracts more out of state participants, with 40% of this year's runners coming from out of state compared to 25% in the first year. In all, 50 states and 44 countries were represented in the 2009 field. In 2001, the event's economic impact was $11.2 million.

2009
Visitors = 57,075
Hotels = $5,382,013
Eating = $5,382,013
Retail = $3,799,068
Transportation = $4,432,246
Entertainment = $6,331,780
TOTAL = $25,327,120

"When one considers the economy the last couple of years I think it makes our annual economic impact figure and steady growth even more impressive," stated Lee Corrigan, the event's Executive Director and President of Corrigan Sports Enterprises. "Without the unwavering support we receive from city and state agencies, along with our sponsors, the Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival would not exist. It boggles my mind to think this event has generated more than $135M for our local and state economies since we started in 2001, but I know it's a direct reward for all of the hard work thousands of people put into this magnificent day."

The charitable proceeds generated by the 2009 event topped $830,000. Special Olympics Maryland, The United Way of Central Maryland, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Helping Up Mission, Moveable Feast, Parks and People, Sadie's Gift, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Baltimore Fire Foundation and After School Club, Maryland Center for Arts and Tech, Maryland Institute of Art and Alzheimer's Association are some of the area's benefiting charities. More than $5 million has been raised for charity since the event's inception.

Continued Growth
For the third straight year, all of our races sold-out. Online registration for the 2010 Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival will open on Saturday, December 12, and another record-breaking participation is expected. Next year the Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival will take place on Saturday, October 16 throughout the streets, neighborhoods and historic sites of Baltimore.

For more information, contact Dave Gell, Corrigan Sports Enterprises, dave@corrigansports.com or (410) 900-8380 or visit: www.thebaltimoremarathon.com.


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