Howard County Library System 5K and Family Fun Run
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Join us on Saturday, June 9 for the HCLS 5K and Family Fun Run! The race begins at 8 am.
How much is the entry fee?
$25 adults - in advance
$30 adults - after June 5
$10 children under 10 - in advance
$15 children under 10 - after June 5
Registration fees are non-transferable and non-refundable. The first 350 people to register receive a T-shirt.
How do I register?
Online - Register online at runningmaryland.com for an instant, secure credit card transaction with confirmation by email. Online registration closes June 5 at 7 pm.
In person - Register during the advance packet pickups June 7 and 8.
Event day - Registration and packet pickup begin at 6:30 am and end at 7:45 am the morning of the event.
When and where can I get my T-shirt, number, and packet?
Can I run with a team?
Groups are encouraged to run as a team. The largest registered team will win an award. Each team member must register separately.
What is the course route?
5K: Runners begin in the East Columbia Branch parking lot, turn right out of the driveway and run on Cradlerock Way until just past Homespun Drive. Runners then cross Cradlerock and run down Columbia Association pathway to Lake Elkhorn. Runners run along the north side of the lake, cross under Cradlerock Way, get back onto Cradlerock Way, turn right on Broken Land Parkway, right on Cradlerock Way, and right into the East Columbia Branch entrance.
Fun Run: Fun run participants begin in the East Columbia Branch parking lot, turn right out of the driveway, and walk on the sidewalk around Cradlerock Way. Fun run participants then turn right onto the sidewalk along Broken Land Parkway then back to Cradlerock Way. The Fun Run course ends at the East Columbia Branch.
Do I get a T-shirt?
T-shirts are available for the first 350 participants (one shirt per participant). Additional shirts available for purchase at $10 each with advance registration. Shirts will not be held or mailed.
What can I win?
Top three overall finishers (male/female) receive a $100 gift certificate to Feet First. Prizes awarded to top three finishers (male/female) in each age category: 15 and under, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+.
What if it rains?
The event will be held rain or shine. If unsafe conditions exist (e.g., lightning), the event will be canceled and the fees donated to Howard County Library System.
Can I bring a stroller and/or my dog?
For safety reasons, strollers, headphones, skates, bicycles, scooters, and pets are not allowed on the 5K course.
While strollers are allowed on the Fun Run course, they must stay on the sidewalk.
Where does the money go?
All proceeds benefit Howard County Library System's educational initiatives.
What happens before and after I finish?
Fit for Life’s Brenda von Rautenkranz will lead warm-up aerobics beginning at 7:45 am.
Courtesy of the Columbia Association, spectators are invited to participate in 15-minute Zumba classes at 8:10 at 8:45 am.
After the race, visit the Well & Wise Expo and enjoy refreshments, chances to win door prizes, and the awards ceremony.
Well & Wise Expo exhibitors include:
Thank you to all of our sponsors! Special thanks to AllCare of Maryland for providing EMT services.
Questions? Call 410.313.7750.