Kinetic Sculpture Race

Kinetic's Best of Baltimore Win!

Thank you Baltimore!

AVAM's Kinetic Sculpture Race named Best Event For Out-Of-Towners by Baltimore Magazine

We are simply euphoric at the news that our beloved Kinetic Sculpture Race has been awarded a Best of Baltimore WIN for Best Event for Out-of-Towners! Our ecstatic jubilation cannot even be contained in a simple website post, but we'll certainly try. Here goes:

We'd like to thank Baltimore Magazine and its dedicated staff and readers. And say a special THANK YOU to every single soul involved in our annual race: all the intrepid Kinetinauts and their persevering Pit Crew, who create and pilot magnificent works of kinetic art that deliver joy to the many. To the numerous departments and officials of Baltimore City, who fearlessly filed paperwork, boldly blocked traffic, emailed and called on our behalf, and worked so hard to help us re-schedule this dear race. To our valorous Volunteers, who freely don a chicken or cop costume without the slightest scorn. To our jovial Judges, for sweating it out the whole day in black robes, and not being too judgy of our own wardrobe malfunctions. To our stouthearted Staff, we who would not let a phrase like "State of Emergency" deter us from our massive task at hand. To's Tom Jones and his team of plucky Photographers, who snap and sort thousands of race day photos, just so we can see how ridiculous this whole thing actually looks. And lastly but certainly not leastly, the entire City of Baltimore, who courageously cheers us on, supports us, and who's chin-up attitude in the face of certain setback inspires us to keep building and pedaling year after year!

Thank you, and while we bask in the glory of this Kinetic win for the moment, we quickly realize it's almost time to get started on next year's entry! Join us May 7, 2016 for the 18th Annual, Official, East Coast National Championship, Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race!

Congrats to all the Winners! Check them out on Baltimore Magazine's site


NEXT RACE: May 7, 2016!

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

2015 Race was truly out of this world!

Mega #Kinetic Thanks & congrats 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. Full 2015 Race Results ae now posted at 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) – visit



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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