So we’ve all been keeping up with our New Years resolution to get fitter this year, right? Still hitting the gym four or five days a week? Upping your mileage steadily? Ticking up the speedometer on the treadmill each time? Well…maybe not. But it’s not too late! Not only are we only (almost) a third of the way through the year, we’ve got almost two months left until the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center’s Half Marathon and 5K. Sure, a half marathon is a lot to ask if you’re not already at, say, long runs of eight or nine miles each week (you know, no big deal). But a 5K is a pretty manageable—but respectable—goal. And even if you end up walking most of it, you’ll still be doing plenty of good for yourself and others.
The sixth annual Maryland Half Marathon to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the Maple Lawn community of Howard County. “We’re looking forward to returning to Maple Lawn and are excited about the introduction of the Maryland 5K, which may appeal to individuals interested in running a shorter distance, but who are still committed to raising funds for the Greenebaum Cancer Center,” says Michael Greenebaum, race co-founder and co-chairman. “We’re also very excited that we will be celebrating the sixth anniversary of the race, which has already raised over $1.5 million for the Greenebaum Cancer Center,” adds Jon Sevel, race co-founder and co-chairman. That’s a lot of good toward an important cause. In addition, this year will feature the return of the Dozer’s Kids Fun Run, named in honor of the dog that jumped into the half marathon at Mile 5 and finished the 2011 race. All human participants are asked to start at the starting line, of course, but taking some cues from Dozer’s enthusiasm is strongly encouraged.
The Maryland Half Marathon and 5K takes place Saturday, May 10. Registration for both races is now open at www.mdhalfmarathon.com.