Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk

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

The 13th Annual 2019 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).

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, best team spirit and most money raised by a team.

Register at packet pick-up at Bykota Senior Center on September 20th or at CCBC Essex on September 22nd. 

Entry Fees

Seniors (60 years and older): $20 (discounted price will apply at checkout)
Juniors (6 to 21 years): $20 (discounted price will apply at checkout)
Children (5 and under): Free (please still register, no shirt provided) – (free price will apply at checkout)
Adults (22 to 59 years):
$30—Early Bird Special, Register by August 22nd
$35—Between August 23rd and September 21st
$40—Day of the Race

Packet Pick-up

Friday, September 20th

Noon to 4:30 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 one-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.

For safety reasons, 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.

Click here to view course map.


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”, “National Senior Center Month”, and “Active Aging Week,” free fall prevention, health and fitness screenings will be offered, as well as vendor tables and displays.

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 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 and compete for the Team Spirit Award.

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), University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Hospital (Mile Marker Sponsor), Geresbeck’s Food Market (Snack Sponsor), Michele’s Granola (Snack Sponsor), Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company (Food Sponsor), Herr’s (Food Sponsor), Comcast (Media 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 [email protected].
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The information about this race is based on information provided by the organizers or found on the official website of the event. Always check the official website for up-to-date information. If you have noticed any mistake, let us know at [email protected]



September 22, 2019 (Sunday) - 08:30
3.1 miles

1 Mile Walk

September 22, 2019 (Sunday) - 08:30
1 mile

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