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Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race

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2023 Spectators Guide 9am–7pm
Saturday May 4:

Almost everything you need to see this year’s race is in the totally free
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Despite capsizing in the harbor, Engines & Dragons finished the race, including racing south on Light Street May 6, 2023 on its way toward the finish line. Photo by Tom Jones. Want to see more photos?

Final call for volunteers!

Come to the last volunteer meeting 10am Saturday, April 27!

2023 Race Photos & Results

See our Complete coverage of the 2023 Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race!

Only 12 days until the race on Saturday, May 4. Get working on your spectator costume now!
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Last call for teams!

The deadline for racer entry forms was April 1, but you can still submit your team’s form with a late fee—but it must be received at the AVAM front desk by 4:30pm Friday April 26. (Postmarks don’t count.) Download the entry form on the Enter! page.

Kinetic Forum

It’s back! Join the online community to talk with other Kinetic racers, spectators, and volunteers! Due to annoyingly persistent spammers, forum registration is disabled—to join please email Tom by clicking on the email address at the bottom of the page, with a brief note about your interest in Kinetics and the username you'd like.

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) produces and hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore of Baltimore’s Harbor in central Maryland.  The eight-hour race covers 15 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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