Maryland half-marathon moving to Howard County

A fundraising footrace that benefits the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center is moving from Timonium to Maple Lawn in southern Howard County for its next event May 15, 2011.

The three-year-old half-marathon event has raised $450,000 for the center, to which Maple Lawn developer Stuart Greenebaum donated $10 million in the early 1990s after his wife Marlene's two bouts with breast cancer.

The announcement came Tuesday at a news conference. Race organizers said they decided on the location to create a new experience for runners after two years in Baltimore County. Maple Lawn is a large, mixed-use community Greenebaum is building in Fulton, just west of U.S. 29.

Michael Greenebaum, race co-chairman and the son of Stuart Greenebaum, said he hoped that by moving, the race can attract more runners from the Washington area. "The Maryland half-marathon is one of the state's premier races," said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, whose brother, Doug, founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. A portion of the money raised will help support the young adult patient navigator program at the cancer center, which is run by the Ulman fund.

The center was recently ranked 21st out of 900 centers nationwide by U.S. News and World Report.

Runners and walkers will also take to the Intercounty Connector on Oct. 17 as part of a fundraising event for Special Olympics Maryland.

The state will open part of the first phase of the ICC — between Shady Grove and Georgia Avenue in Montgomery County — for a 5-kilometer walk/run that Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. According to the State Highway Administration, nearly 200 people have registered, bringing $6,000 in pledges. Gov. Martin O'Malley and Special Olympics athletes are among those expected to take part in the race, which will begin near the ICC bridge over Shady Grove Road and continue on a part of the roadway where paving has been completed.

The entry fee is $25 for pre-registration and $30 for those who show up on race day. People can sign up to participate or to sponsor a runner or walker at http://www.iccrun.org.

—Baltimore Sun staff

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