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Venue

The HCPSS 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run will start and finish at the Gateway Business Park in Columbia, MD.

The address of this race is 7001 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046


Parking Information

Race day parking will be in the grass field next to the start line. Please follow parking signs and volunteer direction when entering the venue. Columbia Gateway Drive will close at 7:45 AM. ALL Participants (both 1 mile AND 5K) should plan to be at the race no later than 7:45 AM.


Port-a-potties

This event will have onsite port-a-potties at the start/finish line. There will be no port-a-potties on the race course.


Medical Support

Participants may receive medical support from the Medical Tent located at the Start/Finish Line. If you need medical attention on the run course, please notify the nearest course volunteer, water/aid station or police officer.   


Strollers

Strollers are permitted at this race. There is no fee for stroller participants, however an adult must must sign a liability waiver for each stroller participant. This can be done at packet pick up or on race day. There is no online registration for stroller participants. Stroller participants will not receive a t-shirt or finisher medal. 


Schools & Groups

We encourage participants to run with friends and classmates, however we ask that schools and groups refrain from bringing tents. You are welcome to plan a meeting spot at the venue to gather before and after the race.


Virgin HealthMiles

HCPSS staff may earn Virgin HealthMiles by participating in this event. All participants must check in at the HCPSS table after completing the race. Please see the HCPSS Staff Hub for details.

Message to Athletes

All athletes are welcome and we encourage first time athletes to participate.

It is the participant's responsibility to know the course and be properly trained for it. Race officials reserve the right to pull a participant from the course if it appears the participant is a hazard to themselves or other participants. This is a USA Track & Field sanctioned event.


Race Start Time

1 Mile - 8:00 AM

5K - 8:30 AM


5K Run Course

5K foot runner participants must be at least 5 years old on race day. The 3.1 mile run course is moderate to flat in elevation. There will be one support station offering water on the course. Course volunteers will be available to guide athletes. Strollers are permitted and participants are required to sign liability waivers for stroller riders. See Strollers details to the left.

Each participant is required to complete 1 loop of the run course. All participants under the age of 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult (adults must be registered for the race).

*map/run course updated 9/15/16


1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Course

There is no minimum age for the 1 Mile Fun Run. Strollers are permitted and participants are required to sign liability waivers for stroller riders. See Strollers details to the left. All participants under the age of 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult (adults must be registered for the race).

*map/run course updated 9/15/16


Athlete Packet Pick Up

Registered participants (5K & 1 Mile Fun Run) are required to pick up their bib number and timing chip before the start of the race. Please check in at ONE of the following time/locations:

  • Friday, Oct 14 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Feet First Sports*
  • Saturday, Oct 15 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Feet First Sports*
  • Sunday, Oct 16, RACE DAY - 6:00 AM - 7:45 AM at race venue*

*Participants may pick up packets for friends and family. Feet First Sports is located at Hickory Ridge Village Center, 6420 Freetown Rd #130, Columbia, MD 21044.


Post Race Food & Drink

Post race food and drink will be provided to participants. Due to the large volume of participants, we ask that only registered race participants accept food & drink.


Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will be held at approximately 9:00 AM in the parking lot near the finish area. Awards will be given to male and female 5K participants who earn 1st through 3rd place for the following divisions: Overall, Under 7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+