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12th Annual Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit!

5K Run–Walk and 1-Mile Walk for All Ages

The event will be held rain or shine. In inclement weather, all activities except the 5K course will be held inside the CCBC Essex Wellness Center. In the event of cancellation due to Hurricane Florence, refunds will not be issued. Cancellation information will be posted on Facebook @getreadygetsetgetfit5k

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Roads close at 8 a.m., warm-up is at 8:15 a.m. and 5K begins at 8:30 a.m.

CCBC Essex Campus
7201 Rossville Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21237

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The 12th Annual 2018 Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run–Walk and 1-Mile Walk to support older adult health and fitness will be held on the campus of CCBC Essex. This location is easily accessible to I-95 and I-695 and has plenty of parking. The event, which is perfect for novice and advanced runners alike, starts at 8 a.m. and all roads on campus will be closed at that time. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. with health and fitness screenings and free massages starting at 7:30 a.m. The 5K race, which is professionally managed by Charm City Run, attracts participants of all ages who run and walk the course. Medals are given for the fastest three male and female 5K finishers overall, as well as the top three male and female runners in all age categories. The 1-Mile Fun Walk is perfect for our youngest and oldest participants. Door prizes, including a total of $500 in Fitness Pays Grand Prizes sponsored by Van Dyke and Bacon Shoes, will be awarded (must be present to win). The first 200 onsite participants receive a "swag bag" full of gifts.


Participants receive a complimentary long-sleeved performance T-shirt (guaranteed up to the first 1,150 registered, sizes not guaranteed), water on the course and post-race refreshments. Trophies will be awarded for largest team, most money raised by an individual and most money raised by a team.

Register online now or print (PDF) a registration brochure. Registration is also available until September 13 at any Baltimore County Senior Center (directions), during packet pick-up at Bykota Senior Center on September 14 or at CCBC Essex on September 16. 

Entry Fees

  • Seniors (60 years and older): $20
  • Juniors (6 to 21 years): $20
  • Children (5 and under): Free (please still register, no shirt provided)
  • Adults (22 to 59 years)
    • $30—Early Bird Special, Register by August 17
    • $35—Between August 18 and September 16
    • $40—Day of the Race

Packet Pick-up

Friday, September 14
Noon to 6 p.m.
Bykota Senior Center
611 Central Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204

Race Day Schedule

  • Registration Opens: 6:30 a.m.
  • Sponsor and Exhibitor Set-up: 6:30 to 7 a.m.
  • Health and Fitness Screenings, Massages: 7:30 a.m.
  • Roads close to the public: 8 a.m.
  • Warm-up Exercise Routine: 8:15 to 8:25 a.m.
  • 5K Race Start: 8:30 a.m.
  • One Mile Walk Start: 8:45 a.m.
  • Awards Ceremony: 9:45 a.m. (approximate)
  • Event Ends: 11 a.m.

The event will be held rain or shine. In inclement weather, all activities except the 5K course will be held inside the Wellness Center. There are no refunds if participants are unable to attend after registering.


Race course roads will close at 8 a.m. The 5K start will be in front of the Wellness and Athletics Center. The 1-mile start will be near Parking Lot 2. The majority of the route will be on the campus of CCBC Essex with a small part on King Avenue.

The race course is closed to animals, bikes, skaters and baby joggers or strollers. Water will be provided on course and at the finish line.


All pre-registered runners will receive a long-sleeved performance T-shirt (sizes and availability are not guaranteed for day-of-race registration), water on course, entry in door prize drawings (must be present to win) and post-race refreshments. To celebrate "National Falls Prevention Day" and "Active Aging Week," free fall prevention and health and fitness screenings will be offered.

Volunteers should check in on race day at the Volunteer table. If you are interested in volunteering, call 410-887-2040.

5K Awards and Door Prizes

5K awards will be provided for the top three men and women overall, and top three men and women finishers in the following age groups: 15 and under, 16 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 to 79, 80 to 89, and 90 and over. Trophies will also be given to the largest team, most funds raised by a team and most funds raised by an individual.

Random door prizes awarded including the Fitness Pays Prizes sponsored by Van Dyke and Bacon Shoes. Must be present to win.

Team Registration

Build morale and form a team from your senior center, company, social club, family or friends! Being part of a team is fun! You'll build camaraderie and community while raising much-needed funds for senior exercise classes and fitness centers in Baltimore County. Team members receive all the benefits of individual race participants plus early packet pick-up. We encourage you to wear T-shirts displaying your team, center, company name or logo on race day.

Directions and Parking

CCBC Essex
7201 Rossville Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21237

CCBC Essex is located off Baltimore Beltway (695) Exit 34 (Rosedale). At Exit 34, turn onto Maryland Route 7 (Philadelphia Road) heading towards White Marsh. Proceed one-quarter mile and turn left onto Rossville Boulevard. The campus is approximately one mile on the right adjacent to the Franklin Square Hospital Center. Turn onto College Drive North. Proceed and make right turn onto Division Lane.

5K runners and walkers park in Lot 1; 1-mile walkers park in Lot 2.


Thank you to our sponsors and supporters: Cigna (Presenting Sponsor),  Whiting-Turner (Gold Sponsor), Giant Food (Bronze Sponsor), Van Dyke and Bacon Shoes (Fitness Pays Sponsor), University of Maryland St. Joseph's Hospital (Mile Marker Sponsor), Maryland Vein Professionals (Mile Marker Sponsor), Geresbeck's Food Market (Snack Sponsor), PromoProducts (Bag Sponsor), Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company (Food Sponsor), Herr's (Food Sponsor), Anytime Fitness (Beverage and Warm-Up Sponsor), CCBC Essex (Facility Sponsor), and Charm City Run. If you are interested in being a sponsor for this terrific intergenerational program that supports and advocates for senior fitness and exercise, contact Debra Orlove at 410-887-2012 or

  Cigna Logo Whiting-Turner logo   Giant Logo  Van Dyke & Bacon Shoes LogoUniversity of Maryland St. Josephs Hospital logoMaryland Vein Professionals logo Geresbeck's LogoPromo Productions Herrs logoAnytime fitness logoCCBC Essex logo Charm City Run logo

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Revised September 11, 2018         


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