Kinetic Sculpture Race

A Truly Out of this World Kinetic Sculpture Race!

Congrats to 2015's East Coast Natl Grand Mediocre Champions: Kracken Upcycle!

Mega #Kinetic Thanks & Congratulations to all the Teams & Award Winners!

34 incredible teams endured the blistering heat & humidity this past Sunday, June 14 to compete in AVAM's 17th annual Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race. The race was an undeniable success, and each one of these invincible teams earned their Kinetic medals with flying (& perspiring) colors! While we are still recovering & re-hydrating, we want to take a moment to say the most sincere out of this world THANKS to the many individuals, organizations, and businesses that helped make this day possible for AVAM & the city of Baltimore.


Thank You To:

  • Our Maryland State Delegates
  • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her staff
  • Baltimore City Police
  • Baltimore Fire Department
  • Baltimore Office of Promotions and the Arts
  • Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks, especially the staff at Patterson Park!
  • Every single Kinetic Team and their Pilots, Pit Crew and Supporters
  • Our Kinetic Volunteers, Judges and MCs
  • Tom Jones & the team of photographers
  • All of our Sponsors (list below), Vendors and Food Trucks
  • Tour dem Parks, Hon!
  • Every one of AVAM's own sun-baked STAFF
  • Our generous supporters thru our Crowdrise fundraiser
  • And YOU: our dedicated fans and spectators who cheered us on the whole day!

Finally, CONGRATS to every Kinetic team who competed & finished, especially our East Coast National Grand Mediocre Champion: Kracken Upcycle. Preliminary race results have been posted to and many more of the 5k+ photos they shot during the day will be posted within a week or so. For more information on the race, how to get involved next year (join a team, volunteer, or sponsor) – click here or visit


About The Race:

From the American Visionary Art Museum—a race of wacky, imaginative, TOTALLY HUMAN-POWERED WORKS OF ART, DESIGNED TO TRAVEL ON LAND, THROUGH MUD, AND OVER DEEP HARBOR WATERS, constructed out of used bicycles, gears, and parts, created by a lunatic genius who tinkers around in the garage or backyard (do you know this person?)! The machines can be simple, small crafts, piloted by only one brave soul, or they can be over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots. Pilots ("Kinetinauts") compete for the most coveted GRAND MEDIOCRE EAST COAST CHAMPION AWARD (finishes right in the middle), and the highly prized NEXT TO THE LAST AWARD (finishes, well, next-to-last), and other serious trophies including ART, ENGINEERING, BEST BRIBES and more. The all-day race kicks off at 11am at American Visionary Art Museum. Race starts at 10am at the American Visionary Art Museum (arrive early to take part in the Opening Ceremony and Blessing of De Feet). Other great spots to see the vehicles are the 1st Checkpoint atop Federal Hill; The Water Entry at the Korean War Memorial Park in Canton; the uphill Mud-Pit in Patterson Park; the not-so-quick-Sand Pit in Patterson Park; and, of course, anywhere along the 15-mile route throughout Baltimore City. For more information—including past race photos, inspiration, costume ideas, route map and a handy Spectator's Guide—visit:


Make a donation to support Kinetic!

Support Kinetic!

Our 2015 Kinetic Sculpture Race is over now, but there's still time leftto SUPPORT the museum and help us cover some of the race expenses. Please consider making a donation through our fundraising campaign on the safe and secure Crowdrise website. Your support is fully tax-deductible and will support our annual Kinetic Sculpture Race which is attended by 1000s of spectators. Contact Abby Baer (, 410-244-1900 x247) for more information. Thank you!



Thank You to our 2015 Kinetic Sponsors:

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Join the elite Kinetic Sculpture Race Sponsors! Contact Abby Baer, or 410.244.1900 x247 for more info on Sponsorship opportunities.


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