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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 [email protected]

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.


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

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 [email protected] with any questions.
Back On My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living.  The organization’s mission is not to create runners within the homeless population, but to use running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those in recovery from addiction, returning from incarceration or at risk of becoming homeless. The program’s success is measured by how many Members obtain independence through employment, job training and housing.

Teammates who join our Back on My Feet Baltimore Running Festival Team will have the opportunity to train, circle up, race alongside the Members whom their efforts are directly supporting.  Come make our circle bigger and our city stronger.

Contact[email protected] 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. 

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.

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected]. We’d love to have you and it’s just a great cause!

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 [email protected] or 443-923-7300.
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 [email protected]!

Funds raised by the Mercy Heat It To Beat It running team at the Baltimore Running Festival will benefit Mercy’s Heat It To Beat It Walk, an annual event to raise funds and awareness for Peritoneal Carcinomatosis, a complex cancer found in the abdomen. Heat It To Beat It is a reference to the heated chemotherapy treatment, HIPEC, used by Mercy surgeons, Dr. Armando Sardi and Dr. Vadim Gushchin, to treat PC.

Runners may participate in any of the Baltimore Running Festival races and raise funds and awareness for Mercy’s Heat It To Beat It.

How to become Heat It To Beat It Running Team Member:

Heat It To Beat It Running Team members who meet the minimum fundraising requirements will receive the following:

  • Entry into to the Baltimore Running Festival race of your choice
  • Baltimore Running Festival event shirt and a Heat It To Beat It T-Shirt
  • Access to the Heat It To Beat It Team hospitality area on race day. The meeting place serves as a gathering place for your friends and family, team support and a place to secure your belongings. Coffee, drinks, fruit and snacks will be available for runners
  • Training tips from Mercy
  • Training runs leading up to the Baltimore Running Festival
  • 2 admission tickets for Maryland Zoo in Baltimore for those who raise over $250
  • 2 tickets to Breast Fest for those who raise over $1,000
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 [email protected] For more information about One Love, visit

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 [email protected] or (443) 248-4281. 
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 [email protected].

Sadie’s Gift is a grassroots organization created to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in memory of Sadie Elizabeth Abell. Sadie died at only 3 days old of Group B streptococcal septicemia, but she has not been forgotten. Team Sadie is thrilled to be running and walking in the Baltimore Running Festival for its 9th consecutive year! We have runners and walkers of all ages and all abilities. Team Sadie is now famous for our cool technical running shirts, secure hospitality tent and the festival’s BEST Post-Race Buffet & Party. We look forward to seeing you on race day! P

lease join us by registering here!

CONTACT: Chelsea Kling at [email protected] or 410-361-6476

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!