Running 4 Kids

Helping the children one step at a time.

The 8th annual Run 4 Kids Challenge for The Children's Cancer Foundation and the fight pediatric cancer will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2020 .  The goal this year is to raise over $3500 and ALL will go for the fight.  100% of all entry fees goes to the children.  This is possible because of out generous sponsors.  Please view the money page for the complete list.   A lot will depend on the pandemic and the restrictions in September.  See below.

Registration:  $40


On line - WWW.RUNSIGNUP.COM;  closes 11:59 PM, Thursday the 17th.

If Covid - 19 makes a comeback (and we sure hope not) in Maryland and we have to cancel the race, your entry fee will become a tax deductible donation.  Additionally we will have virtual races that you can do anywhere during a certain time period.  We will also make the packets available and get them to you some way.  The awards and prizes will become random prizes, except trophies, to be issued with the packets randomly.

Packet pick up and registration is usually held on Thursday evening before the race at Tri Sport Junction on Main Street in Sykesville from 4:45 - 7:30 PM.  Packet pick up and registration will also be held at Run Moore in Westminster on Wednesday.  Please check back. Race day registration at the Park will be from 7:00 - 7:45 AM if you really have to.   Please register early to save stress on the volunteers and make for a safer venue on race day.    If you plan to register at Tri Sport, Run Moore or race day, have the form already filled out and have exactly $40.   PLEASE, PLEASE register at Run Sign Up.

VIRTUAL RACE:   For those at risk, essential workers and others, you may race the Challenge between September 19 & 29.

Choose the 5 or 10K on the registration page as if you will be at the venue.  You will receive a packet and are eligible to participate in the auction.  Email for instructions.

OUT OF AREA:  For those living OUTSIDE THE AREA; west of Frederick County, east of the Bay, north of the PA border or south of PG and Anne Arundel Counties, choose the appropriate Out of Area 5 or 10K on the registration page. THIS IS ONLY FOR THOSE OUTSIDE THE AREA.

                                                      RUN 4 KIDS CHALLENGE

The 5K and 10K have different starting points but finish at the same line.  Starts will be seeded.  Please seed yourself appropriately.

                                               COVID - 19 SAFETY GUIDELINES

1.  Please practice social distancing as much as possible while in the park.

2.  When picking up your packet, and if you really have to register on race day, wear a mask.

3.  There will be no award/prize ceremony.  Get you prize/award with mask on and leave.  If you wish to socialize, please do so away from the pavilion and other race sites.  Wear a mask and social distance.

4.  There may NO post race refreshments.  Check your packet and bring your own.

5.  With new state policy, no mask required on the run.

6.  Hand sanitizer will be available at the pavilion.  A requirement to hold the race.

7.  The raffle was cancelled and the on line auction available to participants and volunteers is over. 

8.  There is a virtual option.  If you are at risk or have another reason for not wanting to be in person, but wish to participate, email at  and we will instruct you on registering. There will be a virtual results page and you will be able to pick up you packet with shirt, bib and maybe more.  Virtual runners are able to participate in the auction.


The 8th annual Run 4 Kids Challenge will be held at Freedom Park in Sykesville, MD (100 Raincliff) on Sunday, September 20 at 8:00 AM.  Included are a 10K and 5K run/walk.  The only challenge this year other than you challenging yourself, is the school challenge.  Anyone can represent any school.  High schools are included this year.

The winning school will receive a unique trophy and $500 if requirements are met.    #1. There must be at least 75 participants in the races.   #2. Winning school must have at least 10 participants.  Anyone can represent any school.  Time to network! 

 Century High is currently at the top.

NEW:  AGE GRADED CHALLENGE:Winners determined by age graded time.  Both male/female and both races.  $50 Visa card each.  Card will be mailed.

AMENITIES:  Tee shirts to the first 100 entrants;limited sizes.  To get the size that you prefer, please register early.  Medals to all elementary and middle school participants

PRIZES:  both male and female:  This will be updated so check back to see the additions.

Overall: trophy, $50 Visa card, certificate from Glory Days Grill &Tri Sport; second place: certificate from Glory Days Grill & Tri Sport; 3rd ;place: Certificate from Glory Days & Run Moore

Divisions: 1st - trophy or ribbon, Glory Days Grill certificate; 2nd place in kids divisions maybe

Divisions for 4K:  K-2, 3-5, middle school, high school, open, masters (40-49), grand masters (50-59), senior (60-69), grand senior (70+)

Divisions for 10K:  12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

GRAND RANDOM PRIZE:  a free pair of running shoes

Elementary School and Middle School Random Prize: books and certificates

Random Prizes: at least 1/3 of participants have won a prize in each of the 7 previous years.   Only to registered runners by 9/14. Currently ...



These are for you and everybody's safety and enjoyment.  Make sure to read the Covid-19 guidelines well.

1.  Check the businesses supporting the race on the MONEY PAGE and please patronize and thank them

2. No pets, ear buds, headphones, etc., please.

3. No assistance other than what is provided and/or required.  4. Follow directions of volunteers.

5. Be courteous to competitors and volunteers before, during and after the races!