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Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race

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2018 Spectators Guide 9am–7pm
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Practically everything you need to see next Saturday’s race is in the free updated
2019 Kinetic Spectator’s Guide!
The race goes on, rain or shine!
Race Schedule
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2018 Engineering winner Off the Rails through Fell’s Point.
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Race Day: May 4!

Plan to be in Baltimore for the 21st annual East Coast Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race on Saturday May 4, 2019! The 2019 Spectator’s Guide will be available April 20, so until then you can refer to the 2018 Spectator’s Guide as a general reference for what to expect. Also see our complete coverage of the 2018 race!

Only 10 days until the 2019 race! Saturday, May 4. Get working on your spectator costume now!
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Final call for volunteers!

Come to the last volunteer meeting 1pm Sunday, April 28! Free food!

Last Call for Teams!

The deadline for racer entry forms was April 1! You can still submit your team’s form with a late fee—but it must be received at the AVAM front desk by 5:00pm Sunday April 28. (Postmarks don’t count.) Download the entry form on the Enter! page.

2018 Kinetic Pilgrimage

See our May 2018 trip to the Golden 50th Humboldt County Grand Championship at 2018 Pilgrimage.

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What’s a Kinetic Sculpture Race?

Kinetic Sculptures are amphibious, human powered works of art custom built for the race. Each May, the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore of Baltimore’s Harbor in central Maryland.  The eight-hour race covers 14 miles—mostly on pavement, but also including a trip into the Chesapeake Bay and through mud and sand.

Kinetic Sculpture Racing began in Ferndale, California in 1969 when artist Hobart Brown upgraded his son’s tricycle into a 5-wheeled pentacycle and was challenged to a race down Main Street. (Hobart did not win.) Over the decades since, the California race evolved into a 3-day all-terrain Kinetic Grand Championship including treacherous sand dunes, water crossings, and elaborate sculptures and costumes. You can learn more on Wikipedia including a list of other races nationwide.

For more about the Baltimore race, browse the race photo results in the left menu.

Where can I see Kinetic Sculptures?

You can go to a Kinetic Sculpture Race on race days, or the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. AVAM displays Fifi and their other sculptures year round in the dedicated Sculpture Barn.

How to Build a Kinetic Sculpture

Learn from Elliot’s How To Build a Kinetic Sculpture reference guide.

The Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race is sponsored and run by the American Visionary Art Museum. is the volunteer work of Tom Jones.
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