Baltimore, MD – April 13, 2011. The third annual Maryland Half Marathon to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2011, in the Howard County community of Maple Lawn. After two successful years in Baltimore County, organizers changed the venue in order to create a new experience for runners.
“We’re very excited about the new location for the race. Howard County is a great venue, and we hope that by having the half marathon in Maple Lawn, we will be able to attract more runners from Howard County and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. We also believe that all the people who ran in the half marathon in Timonium will really enjoy this new course and experience,” says Michael Greenebaum, race co-chairman. Maple Lawn is located in the Fulton area of Howard County.
For the first time, race organizers are offering an elite training/fund-raising program called Marlene’s Mission to runners who want training support in preparing for the half marathon while they raise funds for the Greenebaum Cancer Center.
“The Maryland Half Marathon is one of the state’s premier races, and we are honored that it will be held in Howard County. Not only will this race bring runners from around the state to our beautiful county, it will also support the great work being done at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center to fight cancer,” says Ken Ulman, the Howard County executive.
This year’s event also will feature a Kids Fun Run and the PNC Kids Zone as well as music by a regional band, Kristen and The Noise. The half marathon starts at 8 a.m., and the Kids Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $75 for the half-marathon and $10 for the Kids Run. The PNC Kids Zone is free.
Race co-chairmen Michael Greenebaum and Jon Sevel started the Maryland Half Marathon in 2009, combining their passion for running with a desire to help the cancer center, which is named for Greenebaum’s parents, Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum. Mrs. Greenebaum is a two-time breast cancer survivor. Since 2009, the event has raised close to $450,000 for the cancer center.
Kevin J. Cullen, M.D., the cancer center’s director, says, “We’re extremely grateful to all the runners and volunteers who make the Maryland Half Marathon so successful each year. The money that they have raised has been crucial to helping us provide outstanding care for our patients and to continue our research into new ways to fight cancer. We can’t thank them enough for their generous support.”
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s race will support the young adult patient navigator program at the cancer center, which is run by the Columbia-based Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. The Ulman Fund was founded by Ken Ulman’s brother, Doug Ulman, who is a three-time cancer survivor.
“We’re very pleased that the organizers are bringing the Maryland Half Marathon to Howard County, and that a portion of the funds raised will help us support young adults being treated at the cancer center as well as their families. We expect that many people whose lives have been touched by cancer will come out for this race,” says Brock Yetso, executive director of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
A number of cancer survivors and members of their families take part in the half marathon each year, along with doctors, nurses and other members of the cancer center staff. Cancer survivors give medals to all those who finish the run.
The County Cup is presented to the county executive representing the home county of the first Maryland resident to cross the finish line. In 2009, the County Cup went to Baltimore County; last year, the cup was presented to Harford County.
The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, was recently ranked No. 21 out of nearly 900 cancer centers across the country by U.S. News and World Report. The cancer center offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating all types of cancer and has an active cancer research program.