Faster 13.1-mile course charted in Maple Lawn community of Howard County
Baltimore, Md. — November 19, 2012 — The fifth annual Maryland Half Marathon to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013, on a redesigned, faster course in the Maple Lawn community of Howard County. Registration for the 13.1-mile race is now open at www.mdhalfmarathon.com.
"We're looking forward to returning to Maple Lawn, but wanted to change things up a bit to provide an even better experience for runners," says Michael Greenebaum, race co-founder and co-chairman. "We want the race to be fun, yet challenging, and suitable for more experienced runners as well as newcomers who simply want 'to run with a purpose' by raising money for the Greenebaum Cancer Center."
"We're also very excited that we will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of the race, which has already raised $1 million for the Greenebaum Cancer Center," adds Jon Sevel, race co-founder and co-chairman. "Half marathons are increasingly popular, but what makes the Maryland Half Marathon unique is that 100 percent of the net proceeds benefit this nationally recognized cancer center."
The 2013 event will feature Dozer's Kids Fun Run, named in honor of the dog that jumped into the half marathon at Mile 5 and finished the 2010 race. Fundraising on behalf of the goldendoodle added more than $32,000 to the net proceeds from the race in the past two years. There will also be a Kids Zone as well as live music. The half marathon starts at 8 a.m., and the kids' race at 8:30 a.m. Registration for the half marathon is $75 until January 31, 2013; $85 for the month of February; and $90 from March 1 to May 11, 2013. Dozer's Kids Fun Run is $15, and the Kids Zone is free.
The Maryland Half Marathon County Cup will again be presented to the county executive representing the "home" county of the first Maryland resident to cross the finish line. For three years, Baltimore County has been awarded the cup; Harford County claimed the honor in 2010.
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.
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."
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 race.
The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, is ranked #11 out of 900 cancer centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The cancer center offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating all types of cancer and has an active cancer research program.