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AFCEA Central Maryland Race for Excellence - 5K & Family Fun Run/Walk

  • Leidos 6841 Benjamin Franklin Drive Columbia, MD, 21046 United States (map)

Online Registration is now closed. Registration will be available at the Packet Pick-up Sessions as well as on-site on race day morning.

The 12th Annual AFCEA Central Maryland 5K & Family Fun Run/Walk Race for Excellence will be held on April 27, 2019 at 9AM.

The AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter (AFCEA-CMD) is a non-profit membership association dedicated to providing an ethical, interactive forum for sharing knowledge and building relationships across government, military, industry and academia.

We accomplish our goal by promoting the continuing education of current IT professionals and supporting the education of future leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Each year our AFCEA-CMD chapter is able to award over $200,000 to qualified students and teachers through scholarships, endowments, and grants.

The 12th Annual AFCEA-CMD 5K & Family Fun Run/Walk is an uplifting, family-oriented, community event that benefits AFCEA’s Central Maryland STEM Scholarship Fund.

Join over 1,000 participants and spectators on a beautiful (and hopefully warm) April day to take part in this run/walk!

All event activities will take place in Columbia, MD, with both the start and finish lines on Columbia Gateway Drive and the After Party at Nottingham’s on Stanford Boulevard.

Entry Fees:

Now until April 23rd, 2019
$45 - Ages 13+
$30 - Active duty military (ID will be required at packet pickup)
$25 - Ages 12 and under

Family Fun Run/Walk (approximately 1 mile):

Now until April 23rd, 2019  (NO TIMING CHIP)
$30 - Ages 13+
$20 - Active duty military (ID will be required at packet pickup)
$15 - Ages 12 and under

Shirts are not guaranteed for participants who register after Friday, April 5th. There are no refunds of entry given or transfers of entry permitted for this event. 



Same Day Registration/Late Check-in - 7:30AM

Warm Up and Announcements - 8:15AM - 8:45AM

5K race starts - 9:00AM

Family Fun Run/Walk Starts - 9:05AM

Awards Ceremony - immediately following completion of the 5K race (approximately 10:00AM)

After Party at Nottinghams - 10:30AM - 2:30PM


Team Packet Pickup:
Thursday April 25th, 2019 - 12PM - 7PM
Charm City Run - Columbia
7090 Deepage Drive
Columbia, MD 21045

Individual Packet Pickup:
Friday April 26, 2019 - 4PM - 7PM
Charm City Run - Columbia
7090 Deepage Drive
Columbia, MD 21045


USAT&F-certified this is a loop course that is relatively flat, but the inclines are certain to provide a challenge

Post-Race Party

Nottingham’s (8850 Stanford Boulevard, Columbia, MD 21045)


T-shirts are guaranteed to registrants who register by April 5th, 2019. Water and splits on the 5K course; a light breakfast (Granola bars, light fruit, Danish, water, etc.) will be provided to registered runners immediately after the AFCEA 5K.


Top three male and female finishers overall

Top 3 finishers in following age groups:

              o    9 and under

              o    10-19

              o    20-29

              o    30-39

              o    40-49

              o    50-59

              o    60-69

              o    70 and over.

Team Awards

              o    Largest team award goes to the team that has the most number of 5K finishers  

              o    Fastest team award goes to the team that has the fastest combined 5K time of its top four finishers. Both will receive trophies.


Race Management is provided by Charm City Run Events. For additional information contact Billy Ornold, 410-308-1870.


Please do not enter Leidos through Benjamin Franklin Drive. Proceed on Columbia Gateway Drive to the next unmarked driveway.

NO PETS will be allowed at the Franklin Center for this event.


Please review the Charm City Run Weather and Event Cancellation policy here prior to registering for this event. If you have any questions about the policy please email us at prior to registering.