By Dave Topp
April showers bring May 5K races. That’s how the saying goes, right?
As the weather begins to warm up, people are more willing to get outside and run. Below are a list of upcoming 5K races in and around the Severna Park area to help benefit business foundations, first responders, a healthy lifestyle and local schools.
Belvedere Elementary School 5K
Saturday, May 4
This 13th annual race also includes a 1-mile fun run and has plenty of prizes for its top runners. The fun run begins at 8:00am and the 5K kicks off at 8:30am. Proceeds will be used for school assemblies.
To register, go to www.active.com and search for “Belvedere.”
Shipley’s Choice Technology Trot
Sunday, May 5
Run a 5K race to support the purchase of technology equipment for Shipley’s Choice Elementary School. A 1-mile fun run for elementary school students precedes the 5K. Packet pickup and registration begins at 7:00am, with the fun run starting one hour later. The 5K race will begin at 8:30am.
To register, visit www.active.com and search for “Shipley’s.”
First Responders 5K/10K
Saturday, May 18, through Friday May 31
This virtual run has been arranged to honor the first responders for their selfless acts of courage. Register to run any day in the given May timespan and receive a medal and race bib for your efforts. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Gary Sinise Foundation.
To register, go to www.eventbrite.com and search for “First Responders 5K.”
5k for the Dogs in Blue
Sunday, May 19
This third annual event, sponsored by Cedar Square Homes, benefits the Chesapeake K-9 Fund. The race starts at 9:00am in the Sassafras Pavilion at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.
To register, visit www.whatsuptix.com and search for “Dogs in Blue.”
Every Step Counts
Saturday, June 8
Bello Machre, a nonprofit based in Glen Burnie, provides care, opportunity and guidance to people with developmental disabilities in Maryland. The organizers behind this walk, bike and 5K run event have a fundraising goal of $200,000. Every Step Counts will be held at Anne Arundel Community College. Check-in begins at 7:00am.
To register, go to www.bellomachre.org/every-step-counts.
Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company Run for the Hoses 5K Color Run
Saturday, June 8
Get sprinkled with colored powder as you run around Riviera Beach Community Park. Marshall from “Paw Patrol” will make a special appearance at the event. On-site registration and packet pickups start at 8:45am and the race will commence at 10:00am.
To register, visit www.eventbrite.com and search for “Run for the Hoses.”
Run/Walk for Mental Health 5K
Tuesday, June 11
This non-competitive event takes place at the Dogwood Pavilion of Quiet Waters Park and is a part of a nationwide event. The 5K will kick off at 6:30pm.
To register, go to www.raceroster.com and search for “Annapolis Mental Health.”
Dawson’s Father’s Day 10K
Sunday, June 16
Celebrate Father’s Day with a 10K race at Severna Park High School for the 39th annual Dawson’s Father’s Day 10K, along with the Annapolis Striders group. Participants will travel down Robinson Road and over the B&A Trail beginning at 8:00am.
For more information, visit www.annapolisstriders.org and click on the “calendar” tab.