The Johns Hopkins Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service Below the Belt – Stride and Thrive Second Annual 5k and 1-Mile Run/Walk

  • Goucher College Towson, MD

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Every 5 minutes, a woman in the U.S. will be diagnosed with a “below the belt” gynecologic cancer, including cancers of the ovary, uterus, cervix, vulva and vagina. These cancers affect over 100,000 women a year and more than 30,000 will die of disease annually.  The Johns Hopkins Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service is a global leader in clinical care and cancer research for women with gynecologic malignancies.  The goal of our Below the Belt Stride and Thrive 5K race is to bring together cancer survivors, their family members and friends, women’s health specialists, and the local community to encourage fitness, raise gynecologic cancer awareness, and educate women to seek out expert care earlier. All race proceeds will go towards funding innovative gynecologic cancer research and for local women’s cancer survivorship programming at Johns Hopkins.

***Registration will be available January 2017 (race details subject to change).

Entry Fees

$45  cash or check only please

10 and under are free, but need to register

Please click here for a printable mail-in registration form. (coming soon)

There are no refunds of entry given and this is a rain or shine event.

Donations and Team Fundraising:  If you choose to make a donation or start a team fundraising page you will be prompted to do so at the end of the registration process. To go directly to the fundraising/donation page please click here. (coming soon)

Race Information

Packet Pick-Up

Race Day - we have Packet Pick-up on race day but we suggest that you pick up earlier to avoid any lines.
Onsite starting at 7:30am


All preregistered runners will receive a performance t-shirt and goodie bag until supplies run out.  Please let us know if you are a Gynecologic Cancer Survivor.  Please let us know if you are mother-daughter participants.  Participants, family, and friends are welcome to join the post-race celebration.


Through Goucher College Campus

**Strollers will be allowed on the course - we just ask that you line up towards the back for safety.


If arriving by GPS, use this address: Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, Maryland, 21204. Motorists approaching Goucher College from any direction are advised to take the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), leaving it at exit 27A-Towson (Dulaney Valley Road south). The college entrance is on the left, one-half block from exit 27A.

Race Day Schedule

On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Pre-race program 8:30 a.m.

        - Our warm-up will be provided by Soul Body . . . Strong Body

5K run/walk 9:00 a.m.

1 mile walk 9:05 a.m.

Awards/Survivor ceremony 10:00 a.m. 

Post Race Party

Join us at the Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille (408 York Road, Towson, MD 21204) directly after the race!  Red Right Return, the Annapolis based classic rock band will be there partying with us from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   Look for the flyer in your packet pick up bag (as well as other goodies).  Bring it to the Turtle and they will donate 20% of your bill to the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service.

Look for the flyer here.


Top overall male and female finisher

Top female finisher cancer survivor 

Top 3 males and females overall in the following age group categories (11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over)

Award for top individual fundraiser

Award for largest team

Award for team with best ‘below the belt’ spirit

Special recognition for mother-daughter participants 


Volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt.  To sign up to be a volunteer, please email


Tickets can be purchased at the race for our themed gift basket raffle, 1 ticket for $5, 5 for $20.  The raffle benefits local gynecologic cancer survivors, education and awareness campaigns, and provides support and research in gynecologic cancer screening and treatment.  Cash or check only, please.

Visit our race tables for great giveaways, women's health tips, and beautiful gifts available for purchase. Cash or check only, please.


All proceeds will support gynecologic cancer research, provide support for local cancer survivors and their caregivers, and support our cancer nurse navigator program at the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Event guidelines

Please no roller blades, skates, bikes, dogs, pets or headphones allowed on the race course.  Your race number must be worn on your front and must be visible.   This is not a chipped event.  Strollers are allowed on the course.

More Information

For more information about the Johns Hopkins Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service, please click here to visit our website. 

For more race information please email

Special thanks to our 2016 sponsors:







John Holman, State Farm Insurance

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