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Notre Dame Prep among groups running, cycling for worthy causes [Towson]

Notre Dame Prep is gearing up for their annual Blazer Dash on Sept. 28, a 5k run and 1-mile walk that is the school's only fundraiser dedicated solely to raising money for their named scholarship funds.

The event, which originated in 1997, begins on the NDP campus at 9 a.m. and runs through the Hampton neighborhood.

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"These funds are so important to the NDP community," said Cami Colarossi, NDP director of communications. "We are deeply honored that these families have partnered with NDP to remember their loved ones while at the same time enabling students to attend Notre Dame."

About 1,000 runners and walkers will participate in the event. In 2013, the school raised more than $40,000 for 25 scholarship funds.

If you are interested in participating or making a donation, go to notredameprep.com.

Best Buddies Maryland is preparing for their own 5k on Nov. 15 at Oregon Ridge, and several schools in the area, including Towson University, are assembling teams to raise money and awareness for the Best Buddies program.

Taylor Burfeind, a junior and president of the Best Buddies chapter at Towson University, is excited to participate.

"We are in the process of creating a team, and we are hoping to raise as much as possible," said Burfeind. "We look forward to seeing buddy pairs volunteer and show the mission of friendship to all the runners. Towson can't wait to be a part of that."

Burfield expects to register about 25 people for the Towson team.

There is plenty of time for your school, office, church group, or organization to build a team and register for the race. For more information, contact Kim Lennon at 410-327-9812, ext. 22. Or, go to bestbuddiesmaryland.org/BB5K.

I want to give a shout-out to Kris Bailey and her work with Ride365. Bailey and 12 other Towson, Lutherville and Timonium residents will be embarking on a 365-mile statewide cycling expedition, beginning Sept. 17 in Western Maryland, to raise funds and awareness to support World Relief programs for the women and children in Malawi and Cambodia.

If interested in supporting Bailey and her team, go to worldrelief.org/ride365 for more information.

Finally, the preschool at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Loch Raven Blvd. is excited about spending time learning about the bay and the surrounding farmlands, with scheduled visits from the Annapolis Maritime Museum and the Department of Natural Resources.

The school is still accepting new students for their 2-, 3- and 4-year-old programs.Contact Nancie Seymour, the preschool director, about enrollment at 410-825-7905.

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