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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 28, 2010
Contact: Karen E. Warmkessel  kwarmkessel@umm.edu
Ellen Beth Levitt  eblevitt@umm.edu 410-328-8919

MARYLAND HALF-MARATHON TO MOVE TO HOWARD COUNTY IN 2011

Event has raised more than $450,000 for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center

Brock Yetso, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, Ken Ulman, Howard County Executive, and Michael Greenebaum, race co-chairman, at the press conference announcing the change in venue for the 2011 Maryland Half Marathon.

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 Howard County. After two successful years in Baltimore County, race organizers are keeping with their plan to change the venue to another location in Maryland in order to create a new experience for runners.

“We’re very excited about the new location for next year’s race. Howard County is a great venue, and we hope that by having the half-marathon in Maple Lawn Maryland, 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 Maryland is a community in the Fulton area.

The new location was announced by Greenebaum, race co-chairman Jon Sevel and Howard County Exective Ken Ulman at a news conference at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Maple Lawn Community Center.

“The Maryland Half-Marathon is one of the state’s premier races, and we are honored that it will come to Howard County next year. Not only will this race bring runners from around the state to our beautiful county, it is also supporting a great cause,” says Ken Ulman, the Howard County executive.

Sevel, the race co-chairman, says, “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. By moving the race to Howard County, it will be a whole new experience for all the runners.”

This year, organizers also are offering a training/fund-raising program for runners who are interested in participating in the half-marathon and helping to raise money for the Greenebaum Cancer Center.

Greenebaum and Sevel, both longtime runners, launched 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.

A portion of the proceeds from the 2011 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 have participated in the half-marathon, 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; this 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 full range of treatments for all types of cancer and has an active cancer research program.

For more information about the Maryland Half-Marathon, visit www.mdhalfmarathon.com.

To learn more about the Greenebaum Cancer Center, go to www.umgcc.org.

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