Four ways to enjoy the 2012 Baltimore Running Festival, even if you're not a runner

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1

Check out the Celebration Village

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Ravens parking lot C will feature food and drink, interactive games and live music. The bands scheduled to perform are the Jenny Leigh Band (9 a.m.-11 a.m.), Hot Tub Limo (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and Vinyl Rhino (1 p.m.-3 p.m.).

2

Get healthy at the Health and Fitness Expo

Shoes, apparel, gear and health-care products will be available from vendors at the expo, sponsored by the Baltimore Sun Media Group. Other groups will also be on hand, offering materials, advice and all manner of good-for-you stuff. Runs 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at M&T Bank Stadium.

3

Have dinner in Little Italy

Instead of offering the traditional high-carb meal the night before the marathon, the festival is offering discount dining coupons for dinner at five restaurants in Little Italy: Caesar's Den, Chiapparelli's, Da Mimmo, Sabatino's and Vaccaro's. Coupons worth $20 will be available for $15 by calling 410-605-9381 or at the Health and Fitness Expo, while supplies last.

4

Watch the marathoners and half-marathoners merge at Patterson Park

The East Baltimore park is one of Lee Corrigan's favorite vantage points. "The full marathoners are coming up from O'Donnell Square, the half-marathoners are coming in on Eastern Avenue and taking a left on Linwood, and this is where they merge together. We've got a live band there, we've got thousands of fans there. ... It's a party."

Chris Kaltenbach

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