9th Annual Marian House Race to Embrace Independence 5k Run and Walk

Saturday, September 23, 2017 Lake Montebello, Baltimore

Join us for a fun, healthy, family-friendly and festive neighborhood celebration to support and highlight the successes of Marian House women moving from dependence to independence. Your participation helps raise vital funds for housing, food, clothing, education, life skills, employability training, counseling service and other necessary support services for homeless women and children.



  • Running or Walking the 5K – Online Registration is now closed.  Participants can register at our packet pick-up locations below.
  • Bringing the Family - Participate in the 1 Mile Family Fun Run!
  • Fundraising – By setting a personal 5K fundraising goal and encouraging your friends and family to support your efforts, you can assist us in reaching our 2017 5K Goal of $130,000 needed in order to provide services to our women and their children. Visit HERE to start fundraising for Marian House today and receive the 2017 Top Fundraiser Award!
  • Donating - Making a donation to support the Race to Embrace Independence. DONATE
  • Establish a TeamEncourage your friends and family to join you in creating a team and Race to Embrace Independence together!
  • Become a Race Sponsor - Find out more by calling 410-467-4250 or emailing events@marianhouse.org.


Details of Race

Managed by Charm City Run, this year's event will again be held at scenic Lake Montebello in Baltimore City and will take participants through the Greater Waverly neighborhood and past Marian House (3.1 miles)!

The Family Fun Run (1 mile) is open to families with children or participants who prefer a shorter route. This is a non-competitive and untimed event. Strollers are permitted in this event.

For the safety of all participants, NO roller blades, roller skates, skateboards, scooters, or bicycles are permitted in either event.


Packet Pick-up Details

Thursday, September 21, noon to 7:00 p.m.
Charm City Run at McHenry Row
1713 Whetstone Way, Baltimore
Friday, September 22, noon to 7:00 p.m.
Charm City Run Timonium
2045 York Rd., 1st Floor, Timonium
Participants may register for the 5K at any of our packet pick-up locations.

Directions and Parking

On street parking is available surrounding Lake Montebello. Parking along Perring Parkway is permitted on Saturday mornings; however, we encourage you to pay attention to all parking signage along the parkway.



7:30 a.m. Day-of-Event Registration Begins

8:45 a.m. Warm-Up

9:00 a.m. 5K Run 5K Walk 1 Mile Family Fun Run

10:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony


Rain or Shine

The event will occur rain or shine. In the instance that there are extreme weather conditions, Marian House reserves the right to cancel the event. Any questions, please call 410-467-4246. If cancelled, all monies will be considered donations to support the Marian House programs.


Event Fees

$35 per 5K Runner / 5K Walker / Family Fun Run (Adult) – ($40 after Sept. 14)
$20 per Family Fun Run (Child - under 11)
Children 2 years of age and under can participate for FREE.


Join us for the fun and giveaways. Each of the first 500 registered adults receives a Marian House 5K tech T-shirt, and each registered child receives a cotton T-shirt (while supplies last). Hang out afterwards at the Family Race Village for food, entertainment, and awards in many categories. Fun for the whole family!
On-course water stations, on-site medical assistance, and porta-potties will be provided.
Tech shirts guaranteed for first 500 adult registrants Women’s shirts have v-necks (not shown), while male shirts have crew necks (shown below). Shirts are fitted; order one size up if you prefer a loose fit.  Requested size is not guaranteed.

Each participant, regardless of age, must complete an entry form and sign a release.


Race Results & Awards

Be sure to stay for our post-race Awards Ceremony. Performance awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers overall and to the top three finishers in each of the following age categories: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over.
After the race, log on to www.charmcityrun.com for the posted results.
The 1 Mile Family Fun Run is a non-competitive event and all kids under 11 years of age receive a participation prize while supplies last.

Collect Donations

Donate Online
Print out Donation Form

You can help us reach our goal of $130,000! Please collect donations to support the essential programs for woman and children at Marian House. 

Team Challenge

Ask your family, friends and co-workers to run or walk with you as part of the Marian House Team Challenge. We have a special award for the team with the largest amount of donations collected and one for the team with the most number of registered participants. 

If you are registering offline please indicate the team you are creating or joining and bring with you to packet pick-up or to the Race on Saturday morning. (Registration Form ).


To Be a Volunteer

Call Meg Montone at 410-467-4250 or email events@marianhouse.org


To Be a Corporate Sponsor

Visit our Corporate Sponsors page.


For questions

Call 410-467-4250 or email events@marianhouse.org.