Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge 10K Race

Across the Bay 10K

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Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge 10K Race, officially named Across the Bay 10K, usually brings approximately 20,000 runners together to compete in a 6.2-mile race that includes a 4.3-mile trek across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

For 2019, due to bridge construction, the race was changed to a virtual race and the actual run across the bridge was canceled. To finish the virtual race, runners were required to complete 6.2 miles before November 3, 2019.

Virtual races are a new trend in the running community. Runners register online and choose their own starting line, whether it's a treadmill or a neighborhood running trail. They run the race distance, upload their finishing time, and receive their race awards in the mail.

For the Across the Bay 10K in 2019, runners who complete the virtual run get a medal and shirt in the mail. The information below is from the prior year's event and is provided as a reference.

Prior Event Information

The race benefitted several local charities including Hasa and Operation Shooting Star and included a weekend of events such as the Runners Expo and the Kids Run. It was a great event for the whole family with participants and spectators enjoying the fantastic scenery of one of Maryland's most treasured landmarks. In 2018, the event was held on November 4, 2018.

Weekend Schedule of Events

For 2018, the pre-race expo and bib pick-up were available on Friday and Saturday, the kids' run was on Saturday, and the main race on Sunday. Due to the logistics on race day, all participants were required to pick up their bibs at the race expo on Friday or Saturday. In a virtual race, no bibs are given, but all runners need to update their times before the deadline to qualify.

Race History and Logistics

Because the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is normally closed to foot traffic, the Across the Bay 10K is a unique opportunity for a run, and it's usually well attended. In 2018, there was limited parking near the racecourse, so satellite parking and shuttles were provided. Shuttles ran to the race from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and returned from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Runner Parking Passes were purchased online or onsite at the race expo at the Official Race Store on November 7, 2018, or November 8, 2018, at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis.

Spectator Parking was first-come-first-served at the following lots: ​Navy-Marine Corps Stadium at 550 Taylor Avenue in Annapolis, Maryland;  Kent Island High School at 900 Love Point Road Stevensville, Maryland; Matapeake Elementary and Middle School at 671 Romancoke Road, Stevensville, Maryland; Chesapeake Community College at 1000 College Circle Wye Mills, Maryland; and Anne Arundel Community College located at 101 College Parkway, Arnold, Maryland.

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