Race Info: Frequently Asked Questions

What is a virtual race and how does it work?

A virtual race can be ran or walked in your own neighborhood or community or even indoors on a treadmill. Simply register for the Maryland Half Marathon or Maryland 5K, run or walk the complete distance anytime Saturday, May 8 - Monday, May 10, and submit your information to our website by Wednesday, May 12 at 11:59pm. The results will be posted by Friday, May 14 at 5:00pm.

Please follow CDC guidelines and practice safe social distancing as you train for and participate in the virtual race. We recommend running or walking alone, from your own front door, and maintaining the mandated six feet distance from anyone else outside. We do not recommend running in groups or on the traditional Maryland Half Marathon or Maryland 5K course and are not responsible for any legal ramifications for violation of state laws.

What do I receive for participating in the half marathon or 5K?

  • swagOfficial Race T-shirt
  • Medal
  • Electronic Bib to self-print
  • Race Results
    Your race time will be recognized on our website. A link and instructions to upload your time will be provided.
  • Access to your Runner’s Dashboard
    You will have the option to fundraise for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) through your runner dashboard until June 14 at 11:59 pm. All donations made to your fundraising page benefit the UMGCCC.

Can I walk?

Yes! We encourage participants of all ages and ability levels to join us virtually. Before beginning any new exercise program - including a new walking or running training regimen - or if you are not feeling well, it is important to consult with your physician.

When and where do I submit my results?

We will share a link to upload your results via email the week of the virtual event. You’ll be asked to submit the distance you completed, the time in an hours/minutes/seconds format and your personal information. We accept results on the honor system, so you can track your distance and time however you like. Therefore, a photo/screenshot of your course tracking interface is not required. Results will be posted with Overall and Age Group results.

Run or walk your selected distance between Saturday, May 8 - Monday, May 10 and submit your information to our website by Wednesday, May 12 at 11:59pm. The results will be posted by Friday, May 14 at 5:00pm.

We also encourage you to post a photo of your run or walk on social media with the hashtags #MDHALF or #MD5K and #fightcancer. If your post is public, we will share it on our Facebook page.

How do I time my run/walk and track my distance?

We accept results on the honor system, so you can track your distance and time however you like. The most accurate way to do this is by using a Running GPS watch or fitness device, but there are also several free smartphone apps available for iPhones and Android devices that you can use. Here are a few suggestions:

MapMyRun

MapMyWalk

Runkeeper

Strava

Can I join a team?

Yes, you can join a virtual team and combine your fundraising effort with other virtual participants. Your team captain will have access to customize a team fundraising page and all team member pages will be connected to it. This is a great way to rally together online and show your support for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Please follow CDC guidelines and practice safe social distancing as you train for and participate in the virtual race. We recommend running or walking alone, from your own front door, and maintaining the mandated six feet distance from anyone else outside. We do not recommend running in groups or on the traditional Maryland Half Marathon or Maryland 5K course and are not responsible for any legal ramifications for violation of state laws.

Are all participants eligible to fundraise for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center?

YES!! All fundraisers, Maryland Half Marathon and 5K participants are encouraged to fundraise. Fundraising must be complete by June 14 at 11:59 pm. Please note that if you have already started to fundraise as an individual participant, you cannot join a team. In order to join a team, you must do so before fundraising.

Do I have to fundraise?

Fundraising is not required, but strongly encouraged! The University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center needs our support now more than ever in light of the COVID-19 crisis as they continue to provide essential medical care to their patients and conduct research and clinical trials.

Will my friends and family who sponsor me get a tax-deduction?

Yes, all contributions are 100% tax deductible. Each contributor receives a tax receipt for their records.

If someone wants to write a check in support of my fundraising campaign to whom should their check(s) be made payable?

Checks should be made payable to UMMS Foundation/MHM with the participant's/fundraiser's name noted on the memo line.

Where should I send offline donations that I have collected in support of my fundraising campaign?

UMMS Foundation/MHM, Attn: Tara Ettinger, 110 South Paca Street, 9th floor, Baltimore, MD 21201

Note: please do not send cash donations in the mail—convert to money order (made payable to UMMS Foundation/MHM).

Click here for a printable donation form.

Will offline donations made in support of my fundraising campaign (checks or money orders mailed to the UMMS Foundation) show on my fundraising page?

Yes, but only if we know whose fundraising campaign to credit. To ensure you receive credit for these donations be sure to include a note with your name so we can credit the donation to your fundraising total. In order for the people that have donated to get a tax receipt, we will also need their name, mailing address, and donation amount.

More Questions?

Contact Tara Ettinger at:

410.328.8530

tettinger@umm.edu