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11th Annual Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit!

5K Run-Walk and 1 Mile Walk For All Ages

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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 11th Annual 2017 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 $500 Fitness Pays Grand Prize 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 including a visor and cooling towel.


Participants receive a complimentary long-sleeved performance T-shirt (guaranteed up to the first 1,200 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 at packet pick-up at Bykota Senior Center on September 15 and 16 or at CCBC Essex on September 17. Online registration is now closed.

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 14
    • $35—Between August 15 and September 16
    • $40—Day of the Race

Packet Pick-up

Friday, September 15
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Bykota Senior Center
611 Central Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204

Saturday, September 16
10 a.m. to Noon
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 the event of cancelation due to extreme weather, refunds will not be issued. 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 one-mile start will be near Parking Lot 2. The route will be contained within the campus of CCBC Essex.

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 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,"  "Active Aging Week" and BCDA's "Reimagine Aging" initiative, free fall prevention, 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 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 $500 Grand Prize 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. One-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), Center for Vein Restoration (Mile Marker Sponsor), Geresbeck's Food Market  (Snack Sponsor), Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company (Food Sponsor), Kopernik Bank (Water Sponsor), Brick Bodies (Warm-Up Sponsor), CCBC Essex (Facility Sponsor), Kaiser Permanente (Mile Marker Sponsor), Comcast (Media 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

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