Knowing that you’re helping a worthy non-profit is great motivation for hitting the pavement or trails at 6 AM to train for a 5K — especially after a sluggish winter. Another great motivator? Having your kids get in on the action. Here are upcoming charity 5ks in Baltimore that are family-friendly.

Mark your calendar, register, and start training.

family-friendly 5ks in baltimore this spring

St. James Academy Foxhound 5K to Benefit Paul’s Place
Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 8:15 AM | St. James Academy | Monkton, MD
Family Fun Run/Walk will start immediately following the 5K start

Join St. James Academy and Charm City Run for the 1st Annual St. James Academy Foxhound 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk presented by Growth Coach on Saturday, April 1, 2017! Stick around for the post race festivities and refreshments! Register by March 1 to receive an Under Armor performance shirt. MORE

Red Shoe Shuffle 5K Walk and Run
Sunday, April 2, 2017 | 9 AM | 635 West Lexington Street | Baltimore, MD

The Red Shoe Crew and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore have partnered for the Sixth Annual Red Shoe Shuffle 5k Run & Walk on April 2, 2017. Join them for our 6th year and help us reach our $400,000 fundraising goal! Child registration option includes a goodie bag. Be sure to wear red on race day to show your support for the Ronald McDonald House! MORE

Believe in Tomorrow’s Port to Fort 6K

On April 22, 2017, run one of the only races that is granted access to historic Fort McHenry, which offers spectacular views of Baltimore’s harbor. Join Believe in Tomorrow in fundraising and become a member of the Believe Battalion in support of critically ill children and their families. Child registration options available. MORE

Hopewell Cancer Support’s 20th Reachout & Run 5K Run/Walk

The most historic race in town for people with all kinds of cancer – and their loved ones. 20 years ago, they started this race for people with any kind of cancer and their loved ones. Some told them it would be too hard to set up, too complicated, too challenging financially. And here they are, 20 years later, ready to do it again. Join for the 6K or the 1-mile Walk with Hope. MORE

7th Annual Roland Park Country School Red Hot Run 5K and Family Fun Walk

Join Roland Park Country School for the 7th Annual Roland Park Country School Red Hot Run 5K and Family Fun Walk. Grab your family, co-workers, neighbors and friends for this exciting community event. Be sure to stay for the post-race celebration with music, refreshments, awards, raffles, food, a photo booth and face painting, most free of charge! MORE

ROAR for Kids at Kennedy Krieger Institute

Head to Oregon Ridge Park on Saturday, April 29, 2017 and ROAR for Kids at Kennedy Krieger. You can make your voice heard by joining for a 5k run or low-mileage walk for individuals of all ages. When you’re finished running or walking, be sure to take a break and checkout the wide variety of fun activities and entertainment at the family festival!  MORE

The 11th Annual Fiesta 5K for ALS Research

The 2017 Fiesta 5K for ALS Research will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Power Plant Live! in Baltimore. Proceeds will benefit the groundbreaking research efforts of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. MORE

Old Bay 5K: Flavor of Giving!
| 8 AM | 215 Schilling Circle| Hunt Valley, MD

Take part in the flavor of giving as all race proceeds will support McCormick’s Flavor for Life signature charitable giving program that inspires healthy choices in our communities.  The OLD BAY 5K race will start and end in the 215 Schilling Circle parking lot located in Hunt Valley, Maryland, which is just outside McCormick and Company’s Employment & Wellness Center.  Have the chance to run alongside the OLD BAY can and enjoy photo opportunities with various other featured mascots – such as the Orioles Bird and Ravens Poe!  As you finish your race you and your family will enjoy a great vendor village, kid’s corner, OLD BAY inspired refreshments, OLD BAY memorabilia, fun music, kid & mascot race, and more! Kids 12 and under are FREE! MORE

2017 Schechter on the Move 5k Race and 1 Mile Fun Run

2017 Schechter on the Move 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run managed by Charm City Run. Your participation helps support the Krieger Schechter Day School!  Post-race festivities will include a celebration with free food, refreshments and activities including moon bounces, face painting and “water” tag. All runners registered by Tuesday, May 12 will receive a race t-shirt.  Water stop and mile markers along the course. Babysitting offered for children 2 and over with pre-registration. MORE


Image courtesy of Kennedy Krieger’s Flickr Page