Corrigan Sports Enterprises (CSE) and Sean Ryan Sports Enterprises (SRSE) have teamed up to resurrect the annual footrace across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Run starting this Fall. The event experienced a three-year hiatus following the 2018 edition due to bridge maintenance in 2019 and Covid-19 in 2021. Former event owner Ironman® informed the state of Maryland in April that they would no longer produce the event which they had purchased in 2016.
CSE received formal approval from the Queen Anne’s County Board of Commissioners in late May to launch the Bay Bridge Run on October 31, 2021. Anne Arundel County on the western shore provided a written endorsement to Queen Anne’s for the agreement.
The Bay Bridge Run offers the only opportunity to cross the bridge on foot. Open to both runners and walkers, the event takes place on the eastbound span, which is closed to vehicles. Participants start on the west end of the bridge in Anne Arundel County and cross the 4.5-mile-long bridge before finishing in Chesapeake Bay Business Park in Queen Anne’s County on the eastern shore. Buses transport participants between outlying parking areas and the start and finish points.
“We are honored to assume the responsibility of the Bay Bridge Run,” said Lee Corrigan, President of Corrigan Sports Enterprises. “The Bay Bridge is such an important landmark to the State of Maryland and we look forward to showcasing it in a new light to those who chose to run or walk with us.”
Sean Ryan, who has served as operations manager of the event since its inception in 2014 stated, “The production of this event requires an extraordinary level of cooperation and coordination by county, state, and federal agencies. I look forward to continuing the partnership to ensure a safe, well conducted event under CSE’s ownership.”
The origin of footraces across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge dates back to 1975 when a Towson Boy Scout leader asked Governor Marvin Mandel if his troop could walk across the bridge during a maintenance project. This eventually gave rise to the Bay Bridge Walk which was produced annually by the state until 2006.
Corrigan Sports looks forward to conducting a safe, fun, and exciting event. Our plan is to take the best elements of past renditions and add some of the typical CSE trademarks to make the run/walk entertaining and enjoyable for all involved.
Registration will open soon. Learn more at www.TheBayBridgeRun.com
About Corrigan Sports Enterprises
Corrigan Sports Enterprises has earned its national reputation by owning and operating some of the largest events in the endurance industry. Founded in 1991, CSE owns and/or operates marquee events such as the Baltimore Running Festival, Frederick Running Festival, Baltimore 10-Miler, Oakland Running Festival, and the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic. For more information visit: www.corrigansports.com.