Have you ever run a 5k? Not only is it a great way to stay active, but it’s also a great way to support local charities and raise awareness for important causes.

Today we’re going to take a look at some of the upcoming races in Carroll County. Who knows, you might discover a new passion!

The 1st Annual Butterfly 5k & 1 mile Fun Run/Walk

On Saturday, October 13th, there will be a 5k and fun run/walk taking place in Westminster on the former Wakefield Valley golf Course. The race will help to raise money for the Makenzee George Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded to one student from Carroll County to be used at the college of their choice. Makenzee was a celebrated member of the community whose life was cut short by a car accident in 2017. Through this run and the scholarship in her name, we can remember her. This will mark the first Butterfly run.

There will be prizes for the top 3 overall male and females runners and the top runners in a handful of age groups. You can register for the race through this link for $25. You can also register on the day of the race for $35 with limited t-shirt sizes and quantities.

The former golf course has been home to many different races over the years.

Race For Her 5k

Later that month, the 3rd Annual Race for Her 5k will take place around McDaniel College to help benefit the House of Ruth and the Phi Alpha Mu Endowed Scholarship. The House of Ruth is a non-profit headquartered in Baltimore. They work to provide resources and support for victims of domestic violence. The Phi Alpha My Endowed Scholarship was formed to help the women of McDaniel afford higher education.

If you would like to register for the race, click here. Registration will include a shirt, race bib, water, snacks, and a map of  the course.

The Y Turkey Trot Charity 5k

Every year, the Y holds a Turkey Trot for charity in November. This year, the event will take place on November 22nd at Carroll Community College. Proceeds from the race will go to fund Y Open Doors Financial Aid to help financially struggling families afford to keep their children active.

If you would like to participate in the turkey trot to benefit the Y, click here.

Why Run a 5k for Charity?

Running in a 5k has many benefits both physical and emotional. Running or walking, in general, is important to keep your heart and lungs healthy, manage your weight, and potentially help stabilize your mood.

Along with the physical benefits, you will also be helping to fund and raise awareness for the causes that you run for.