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Run for Roses, presented by the Montgomery County Road Runners Club, will be held in Wheaton Regional Park at 8:00 AM. This 5K event is for women only and is part of the Maryland Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Women’s Distance Festival (WDF) Grand Prix Series. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in this celebration of women's running that began in 1979 as part of the quest to add women's distance events to the Olympic Games. A virtual option is also available for the race -- run anytime, anywhere, any course!
Parking will be located in the lot next to the Carousel and in the Pine Lake Lot, as needed.
Packet pickup will take place on race morning ONLY and will be located in the dirt turnaround lot at the southern end of the Carousel lot.
The course begins on the Wheaton Regional Trail, near the Carousel, where the trail meets Henderson Avenue. Follow the trail to Pine Lake, along the west side of the lake and make a .5 mile loop at the NW corner of Pine Lake, continuing along the north side of the lake, passing the dog park and the Arcola Trail. Proceed along the eastern loop of the Wheaton Regional Trail in a counter-clockwise direction. Upon exiting that loop, cross back over the Arcola Trail, following the Wheaton Regional Trail around the ball fields to the loop on the southwestern side of the trail. Proceed clockwise halfway around that loop to the connector trail, back to Henderson Ave./ Carousel area. The finish is located in the grass next to the trail.
There will be one water stop along the course. Refreshments will be available at the finish.
TIMING, SCORING & AWARDS
This race will be chip timed and results (both gun and net) will be posted on www.mcrrc.org within 24 hours of the race. The top two finishers will be awarded in the following age group categories, based on net time: 13 & under, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, and 85-99. For the team competition, the top three teams in the Mother/ Daughter category and the top two teams in the Grandmother/ Granddaughter category.
In-person participants will receive a long-stemmed rose and a special customized Run for Roses race premium. All in-person or virtual finishers may print a Finisher’s Certificate from the race website after completing the event.