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2016 Spectators Guide 9am–7pm
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Practically everything you need to see Saturday’s race is in the free
2016 Kinetic Spectator’s Guide!
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Tick Tock the Croc cruises through the mud in Patterson Park on June 14, 2015. Want to see more photos?
Tomorrow is the Kinetic Race! Are you ready? Get your crazy outfit ready!

Kinetic Coverage

Wondering what this is all about? Learn about the race with our photo coverage of the 2015 Baltimore race!

2016: Myths & Monsters

It’s time to get ready for the 18th annual race Saturday, May 7 (as usual, the first Saturday of May). The year’s theme is “Myths & Monsters”.

Rain Date

If rain occurs Saturday, May 7, the race will be held Saturday, May 7. The same date applies in the occurrence of sun, snow, clouds, heat, cold, fog, hail, or unanticipated solar eclipses.

Kinetic Forum

Wondering how to keep your sculpture from capsizing or where to get the best photos? Racers, volunteers, spectators, and other enthusiasts are welcome on our Kinetic Forum bulletin board to discuss all sorts of kinetic topics. Post your question!

Support the Race!

Please consider donating towards the Race expenses through AVAM’s fundraising campaign on the safe and secure Crowdrise website. Your support is tax-deductible and will ensure the Kinetic Sculpture Race is a success!

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 traces its roots to 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.

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 the day(s) they run, 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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