Organizers hope to attract 3,000 runners to 13.1-mile race in Timonium
The Maryland Half-Marathon to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2010, in Timonium, Md. The 13.1-mile race will start and end at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at 2200 York Road.
Last year’s inaugural half-marathon raised more than $250,000 for the Greenebaum Cancer Center, with 1,900 runners taking part in the race. Organizers hope to attract 3,000 runners to this year’s race, which will start at 7 a.m. There will also be a Kids’ Fun Run at 7:30 a.m. and other activities for children, including a performance by the Grammy-nominated children’s rock band, Milkshake. Another popular local rock band, The Bridge, also will perform.
“We were very pleased with last year’s results, and we want this year’s race to be even more successful. This is a really great opportunity to fight cancer by supporting the Greenebaum Cancer Center, and we hope that family members and friends will come out on May 23 to cheer on the runners and enjoy the day’s events,” says Michael Greenebaum, co-chairman of the Maryland Half-Marathon. The cancer center is named for Michael’s parents, Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum. Marlene Greenebaum is a two-time breast cancer survivor.
Michael Greenebaum and race co-chairman Jon Sevel are both longtime runners, and Sevel notes, “We want this race to be challenging enough to attract experienced runners from throughout Maryland, but also suitable for more novice runners who are most interested in raising money for the cancer center.” He says that this year, people also can sign up to be part of two-person relay teams, with each person running half the distance, or slightly more than 6.5 miles.
The entry fee is $75 for the half-marathon, $100 for the two-person relay team and $10 for the Kids’ Fun Run.
A number of cancer survivors and members of their families are training for the race, along with doctors, nurses and other members of the cancer center staff. Cancer survivors will award medals to all those who finish the race, with special awards going to the top three female and male runners in seven age groups, ranging from 16 to 70+ years old.
There will also be a County Cup, which will be given to the county executive representing the home county of the first Maryland resident to cross the finish line and prizes for the adult and child who raise the most money. Last year, the County Cup went to Baltimore County.
The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, offers a full range of treatments for all types of cancer and has an active cancer research program. The center is also one of U.S. News and World Report’s Top 50 cancer centers.