The Baltimore Running Festival is excited to have a number of charity groups in the event. All groups offer great training programs and the opportunity to raise money for worthwhile causes. For more information about the event please contact or download the 2017 Charity Agreement.

AIMS India Foundation

AIMS India Foundation is a non-profit organization, tax exempted under section 501(c)(3), which seeks to bring out social and economic change, locally and in rural India.

We work towards strengthening and empowering rural communities by facilitating access to quality education, providing better infrastructure in schools and empowering the underprivileged by providing interest free loans to individuals. We also work in restoring water bodies to help farmers in water starved regions.

We train runners for the half or full marathons and raise funds through this program.

For more details, visit or email

Asylee Women Enterprise

Asylee Women Enterprise, also known as ‘AWE’, is a place of refuge and welcome in Baltimore for asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants. Worldwide there are more than 65 million people displaced by civil war, violence and persecution. Forced to flee their homes to save their own lives and those of their children – asylum seekers often arrive to the US with nothing and seeking protection and a new life. AWE’s community is made up of a diverse group of women and children, ranging in age from 0 to 70, from around the world.

AWE provides safe housing through women’s religious communities in Baltimore City and County and through a network of host families. Asylum seekers do not qualify for public assistance and often rely on the kindness of strangers and organizations like AWE to meet their most basic needs in the first year after their arrival to the US. The asylum process is long and difficult and can leave individuals in limbo for years due to backlogs in the immigration system.

In addition to housing, AWE hosts a day program where participants learn English, participate in job readiness and other activities to prepare for a successful start in their new community. AWE also provides a hot meal four days per week and offers a food pantry and clothing closet. Outside of the day program many participants are matched with mentors that help orient them to US cultures and customs, practice English language skills, work on resumes and learn how to navigate public transportation to increase self-sufficiency and independence.  

Many of AWE’s community members have experienced torture, are survivors of genocide or have lost a spouse or child to violence in their home country. Our community is a place where these survivors can begin to make meaningful connections, form lasting friendships and begin to heal from past trauma. We journey with one another down the long road to asylum to begin to rebuild their life in Baltimore.

We welcome volunteers, in-kind donations (non-perishable food items, toiletries), and financial contributions. For more information please visit our website at or email us at

Runners must commit to a $250 fundraising minimum. We will work with you to create a fundraising profile to share with your friends and family. Runners will receive a training plan, AWE race t-shirt, and be invited for a team dinner prior to the race. For more information on running with AWE or to register, please visit our webpage here.


“She didn’t come for a better life. She came to save her life.”

Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA)

Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA) is a non-profit organization that brings people together to experience the joy, excitement, and thrill of competition. ASA offers innovative athletic training, supportive mentor relationships, and high quality endurance events for athletes living with disabilities. ASA uses athletic activity as a catalyst for personal development—improving physical fitness, increasing self-esteem and empowering challenged youth to meet their highest potential. We inspire all people to give of themselves and live more active lifestyles, pursuing a high quality of life and achievement.   Our  WINGMAN Program is specifically designed to empower ASA athletes living with little to no mobility, but whose hearts hold the desire to race in mainstream running events, the opportunity to compete. Each of these ASA athletes is supported by his or her own unique WingMan Team.  We look to volunteers to raise money and awareness for Athletes Serving Athletes serving as a WingMan or a member of the ASA Road Crew which does not physically “push” an athlete.  For more information please visit our website here or contact us at with any questions.

Back On My Feet

Back On My Feet (BoMF), a national organization operating in 12 major cities coast to coast, combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Back on My Feet seeks to revolutionize the way our society approaches homelessness. Our unique running-based model demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes and new lives. For all in need, we aim to provide: practical training and employment resources for achieving independence; an environment that promotes accountability; and a community that offers compassion and hope.

Teammates who join our Back on My Feet Baltimore Running Festival Team will receive a unique BoMF training plan, long run company, a special UnderArmour team t-shirt, pasta party at the Marriott before the race, race day breakfast and lunch, race day bag drop, additional events and swag, and the ability to run alongside our members on the race course as we transform lives one mile at a time.

Contact Sydney at for more information about how to join our Back on My Feet Baltimore Running Festival Team or how to become part of our Back on My Feet Baltimore family.

Brigance Brigade Foundation
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After a 12 year career on the football field, O.J. Brigance joined the front office staff of the Baltimore Ravens. Then he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease). As their medical bills piled up, O.J. and his wife Chanda thought of other families battling this terrible disease – and they knew they had to help.

The couple created the Brigance Brigade Foundation, a nonprofit that equips, encourages, and empowers people living with ALS (PALS) to improve quality of life through the provision of necessary medical equipment and care, resource guidance and support services as well as funding various ALS research and education initiatives.

Join the Brigance Brigade Foundation’s Baltimore Running Festival team to #RaceforALS and make a difference in the lives of ALS families in our community! Please visit our webpage here to learn more or to register to run with the Brigance Brigade Foundation.

CASA for Children
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Team CASA for Children is on a mission to ensure that every victim of child abuse and neglect grows up in a safe, permanent home. Why? Because all children need Heroes, but abused and neglected children need Super Heroes!

Today, more than 5,000 children are under court protection in Maryland, most of whom will drift in and out of foster care for an average of three years before reaching safe, permanent homes.

Join Team CASA and run (or walk) with 160+ peers to raise funds and awareness for Maryland CASA Association, a private, non-profit organization that recruits and trains adult volunteers to become advocates for abused and neglected children in the Child Welfare System.

Each participant will receive a Team CASA performance race shirt, a personal fundraising page, and access to the Team CASA tent on race day for pre-and-post race food and drink.

Ready to join the team? Please do so by registering via our website today! To ensure that you make it on our team’s roster, please DO NOT register via the Baltimore Running Festival website and register with us directly at

For more information about Team CASA, or the work of Maryland CASA Association, please visit, give us a call at 410-828-6761, or email!

Children's Heart Program

Join the Children’s Heart Program Running Team and the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital as we promote healthy hearts for all of Maryland’s children. By joining our team, led by avid runner, Dr. Geoffrey Rosenthal, Director of the Children’s Heart Program, not only do you provide support to enhance the most expert care to children with heart-related illnesses, you serve as a role model of heart-healthy living! Congenital heart defects are the most common and potentially life-threatening birth defects. Advanced diagnostic and treatment services provided by the Children’s Heart Program dramatically improve survival and quality of life, allowing children with very serious illness to grow into productive, healthy adults. Sign up for the marathon, half marathon, team relay or the 5k for a discounted race entry fee and a fundraising minimum of $100.

For more information or to sign up, please visit: or contact Marla Rodgers at 410.328.5752 or at

Claire Marie Foundation

The Claire Marie Foundation was established in 2014 to honor Claire Wagonhurst, a 17 year old Notre Dame Preparatory athlete and artist who lost a three year battle against adolescent melanoma. Claire developed melanoma simply by going through hormonal changes of puberty; a risk few knew existed.

Claire’s diagnosis and loss revealed a huge gap in awareness of the disease in young people. In fact, melanoma is the second most common cancer in young people under the age f 29 and it is not always caused by the sun. Genetics and hormonal changes such as puberty and pregnancy can prompt the disease.

Today, the Claire Marie Foundation honors Claire by striving to prevent the onset of melanoma in young people through awareness, education and prevention.

CMF offers free skin screenings to hundreds of young people in Maryland, detecting precancerous moles in 20%.  The CMF Collegiate Ambassador Program bring educational prevention programs to thousands of college students nationwide. Our professional collaboration with Johns Hopkins Dermatology is striving to better prepare pediatricians to detect melanoma in their young patients.

To run for the Claire Marie Foundation in the Baltimore Running Festival, contact Marianne Bannister at

You can learn more about the Claire Marie Foundation at

#AwarenessSavesLives #LiveLifeLikeClaire

GBMC Healthcare
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Team RUN GBMC participants will be fundraising for GBMC HealthCare’s Gilchrist Center Baltimore – Joseph Richey House.

Joseph Richey is a 19-bed residential hospice designed to care for terminally-ill patients who are unable to remain in their own home or who have no able caregiver to assist them as their disease progresses. Joseph Richey serves 150 terminally-ill individuals each year, most of whom are at-risk and medically underserved Baltimore City residents.  As Joseph Richey is the only hospice facility in Baltimore City, it fills a significant lead and generally has a waiting list of eligible patients.

For 30 years, Joseph Richey has provided services to everyone, without discrimination and regardless of their ability to pay.  Since most of our patients are un-insured/under-insured Joseph Richey incurs about $1.2 million annually in uncompensated care costs. 

The vision of GBMC HealthCare System is “To every patient, every time, we will provide the care we would want for our own loved ones”.  Because of generous donors, and events like the Baltimore Running Festival Run for a Cause, the team at Joseph Richey is able to do just that. They treat the patients like they are their own family members.

“The people working there made me feel safe and comfortable. They made me feel like I was family.”
– Gary, a grateful patient

For more information on team RUN GBMC, please contact Morgan Cook in the GBMC Philanthropy Department at 443-849-2120 or We’d love to have you and it’s just a great cause!

Helping Up Mission

Helping Up Mission is one of Baltimore’s oldest & largest non-profit 501(c)3 institutions, dedicated to serving the poor and homeless since 1885. HUM is privately funded by thousands of individuals, churches, community organizations, corporations and foundations that make over 40,000 contributions annually to support a $8,000,000+ annual budget.

Our Mission Statement: Helping Up Mission provides hope to people experiencing homelessness, poverty or addiction by meeting their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

2017 Team HUM is a team of Helping Up Mission board members, staff, graduates, residents, donors, volunteers, family and friends who are participating in the 2017 Baltimore Running Festival. This team is formed to raise funds and awareness for the men that are served at the Mission who are facing their biggest challenge.

To learn more about Team HUM and supporting Helping Up Mission, please contact Barry at

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

In 2007, Team Sadie began running in the Baltimore Running Festival to raise money in support of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in memory of Sadie Elizabeth Abell. After raising nearly $1 million, Team Sadie officially passed the baton to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center to carry on the mission by creating a team for the 2017 Baltimore Running Festival.

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center is Maryland’s largest children’s hospital with more than 110,000 patient visits and more than 8,500 admissions each year, with recognized centers of excellence in dozens of pediatric subspecialties.

For more information, or to register today to walk or run, and raise money for patients and families in need, please visit our website here.  After raising just $250 we will register you for a race of your choice, and you will gain access to a Johns Hopkins Children’s Center technical running shirt, and the festivals most fun Post-Race party! 

CONTACT: Chelsea Kling at or 410-361-6476


Kennedy Krieger Institute

Kennedy Krieger Institute is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with developmental disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system through patient care, research & professional training, special education and community programs. The Kennedy Krieger Institute’s team is committed to supporting our International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, where aggressive, innovative therapies help patients with spinal cord injury recover. In addition, funds will support the training needs of these patients with disabilities who participate in the event through the purchase of adaptive racing, training, and therapy equipment. As a member the Kennedy Krieger team, you can register for FREE by committing to raise funds for the institute and our spinal cord injury program.  You will also receive additional perks and surprises such as a team tech shirt, breakfast, and bag check in our private hospitality tent. When you join Kennedy Krieger Institute’s team you are helping open the door to improve physical fitness for those with disabilities, and fund research towards a cure for paralysis.  Thank you for sharing our vision. or contact or 443-923-7300.

Mercy Medical Center

Peritoneal Carcinomatosis is a common and complex presentation of a variety of cancers of the abdominal cavity. This cancer can originate from tumors of the appendix, colon, rectum, ovary, stomach, and small bowel, and from primary peritoneal tumors and mesothelioma.

Dr. Armando Sardi, Director of The Institute for Cancer Care, and Dr. Vadim Gushchin, Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at Mercy, are specialists in the treatment protocol for patients with this disease, using HEATED intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). For many patients, this is the only chance for long-term survival. Although there have been many scientific reports showing the benefit of this treatment, there is a lack of awareness about the desease and patients often struggle to be correctly diagnosed and treated.

Heat It To Beat It is an extremely important event The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy. Proceeds support our research team whose work helps to provide scientifically proven treatments for patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis world-wide and efforts to create awareness and education for peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC).

Currently, Mercy is the only institution in the United States to explore the role of HIPEC as an initial therapy for gynecologic malignancies including ovarian, primary peritoneal, and fallopian tube, making our clinical research even more unique, innovative, and vital. The Heat It To Beat It movement continues o gain momentum, and we are proud of the work being done to advance this life saving research and treatment.

For more information on Heat It To Beat It and running with the team, please visit our webpage at

One Love Foundation

One Love was founded in 2010 to honor Yeardley Love, a UVA student who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before their graduation. After her death, Yeardley’s friends and family were shocked to learn the statistics about relationship violence and to realize that no one knew how at risk Yeardley really was.

Today, One Love honors Yeardley by working with young people across the country to raise awareness about the warning signs of abuse and activate communities to work to change the statistics around relationship violence.

To run for One Love in the Baltimore Running Festival, contact Bridget Marshall at For more information about One Love, visit

Pacing 4 Parkinson's
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Pacing for Parkinson’s: Want to run for a great cause, meet wonderful people, and have a lot of fun? Run or walk with Pacing for Parkinson’s and join the fight against Parkinson’s disease! This is P4P 9th consecutive year at the Baltimore Running Festival. More than one million people in the United States battle Parkinson’s disease and there are 50,000-60,000 new cases each year. Typically affecting people between 55 and 65 years of age, this disease gradually strips away motor abilities, leaving patients with a slow and awkward gait, rigid limbs, tremor, shuffling, and a lack of balance. All proceeds will benefit the Johns Hopkins Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Center. As a P4P team member you will receive registration to the BRF, a technical team t-shirt, ongoing team support, and access to our private hospitality tent with bag check, team camaraderie and pre- and post- race refreshments. We look forward to seeing you on race day! Visit to learn about our team or register. Contact: Don Long at or (443) 248-4281. 

Roland Park Fund
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The Roland Park Public Annual Fund (The Annual Fund) supports school-wide academic and enrichment programs at Roland Park Elementary Middle School (RPEMS) to continuously improve the quality of education for over 1,300 RPEMS students. Started, led and supported by RPEMS parents, The Annual Fund is designed to make our public school the best it can be for our children and Baltimore City. Founded on the belief that education is critical to the advancement of our children and our community, The Annual Fund is dedicated to expanding the frontier of public education through creative resource development and sustained growth. The Annual Fund works with Principal D’Ambrosio, teachers, the PTA, and other school leaders to identify and prioritize school needs and areas that would benefit from additional resources.

Our focus is to ensure all students have a unique learning experience that involves direct interaction with people and places that enhance our standard academic curriculum by making learning fun and memorable.  These experiences can include artist residencies in the school, as well as trips to the zoo, science center, museums, the Symphony, plays, and nearby cities. We are currently planning one quarterly experience for every student in every grade (that’s four or more per student).  Most of these require additional resources to fund transportation, admission fees, speaker and performer fees, and additional materials for hands on learning.

For more information or questions, please email

Shock Trauma Center (STC)

The world-class medical team at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (STC) is saving lives every day. In an instant, a person’s life is changed by trauma, but it takes time to heal the body and mind. Life after trauma, for our survivors, has many ups and downs. This includes set-backs and great accomplishments. As a person starts to physically recover from trauma, they also need to recover emotionally. The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) is dedicated to providing resources to help with their road to recovery. Help the Shock Trauma Center Running Team support the Trauma Survivors today. Join us to run/walk, volunteer, or cheer on the running team and help make a difference in the recovery and lives of trauma patients. Please join our team and register today!