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MCVET To Hold 21st Annual 5K/10K through Downtown Baltimore, May 29
Signature Event Raises Funds to help Veterans Overcome Homelessness, Addiction and Unemployment

BALTIMORE – The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc. (MCVET) – the nation’s premier program for helping homeless veterans heal and achieve independence, self-sufficiency and permanent housing – will hold its 21st Annual 5K/10K event, Sunday, May 29.

Rain or shine, over 1,000 runners are expected to gather for the races, which start and end at War Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall. On-site registration will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the Lexington Street entrance to the War Memorial Building.

Race Day
Following warm-up exercises, conducted by Back on My Feet (BOMF) Baltimore, the 5K race takes off at 7:30, followed by the 10K at 8:30. Both are open, amateur races with IPICO Sport Tag Chip timing provided by Charm City Run.

Runners will travel on flat and relatively fast USAT&F-certified and sanctioned courses down Light Street, through the historic Inner Harbor area to Federal Hill, Locust Point and back.

Following the races, everyone can enjoy refreshments, music, door prize drawings, additional entertainment and vendor tables throughout the Plaza. A brief ceremony will feature a performance of the National Anthem by the MCVET Message of Hope Choir, and the presentation of cash awards and age group awards, medals and trophies.

MCVET student residents will distribute water and assist in the day’s logistics. Additionally, several MCVET alumni will volunteer or run in the races as a way to give back to the organization that helped in their darkest hour.

“Participating in MCVET’s 5K/10K Walk/Run on Memorial Day weekend is a great way for the community to show its support for not only homeless veterans, who need and deserve our support, but all veterans, who MCVET consider to be our nation’s true heroes,” said MCVET Executive Director Jeffery L. Kendrick. “We hope people will come to walk, run, or just be part of the festivities.”

Event proceeds will help MCVET continue to provide comprehensive services that will enable veterans to rejoin their communities as productive citizens.

Registration
Registration, which includes a race bag and shirt for all runners, is $30 in advance/$35 on race day for the 5K and $35 in advance/$40 on race day for the 10K with checks made payable to “MCVET.” For online registration, visit www.mcvet.org.

Pre-registration and packet pick-up also is available at Charm City Run (Downtown Baltimore- 5/23 and Timonium – 5/27), Feet First Sports (Columbia – 5/28), Fleet Feet Sports (Pikesville – 5/26), Falls Road Runner Sports (Mt. Washington – 5/24) and Road Runner Sports (Elkridge – 5/25).

To learn more about MCVET, event sponsorships, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.mcvet.org, call MCVET’s director of development, Katherine O’Donovan, at 410-576-9626 x 235 or email [email protected].

About MCVET
The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization established in 1993. Using a “Veterans Helping Veterans” philosophy, it has provided services to 9,000+ homeless male and female veterans, giving them the resources and support they desperately needed to break out of the devastating cycle of homelessness, addiction and unemployment. For more information, visit www.mcvet.org,

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