Sat March 13 - Sun March 21 Directions
St Mary's Church Petersville, 4231 Catholic Church Rd, Knoxville, MD 21758

2021 Will be a Virtual Race.  This is a Frederick Steeplechasers Grand Prix Event. This event honors a true American Hero, Jennifer Shafer Odom. She gave her life in the service of our country while serving in the United States Army in 1999. She was a Brunswick High School and West Point graduate. The Forest of Needwood Race is Frederick County's OLDEST road race (est. 1983)

Your 5 mile run must be done between March 13th and March 21st. You have two options for a course choice.
1) You can run the exact Needwood 5 mile loop as shown on the map link below. The course is rolling hills on rural roads, through farm land once owned by Maryland 's 2nd governor.  PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT. park along Brentland and jog over to start and back to car as warm up and cool down.  Official start is 200 yards west at Red Barn on Catholic Church Road with finish at the Church.  Again, please look at map link below. MAP LINK
2) You can do a 5 mile course of your choice. 


Be sure to upload your results! You have until 3/26/2021 midnight to upload your results.

Needwood T-Shirt to all pre-registered runners. Shirts and sizes assigned first come first registered first choice in size. Shirt pass out date and location will be emailed to all registered runners.

Virtual Event 2021 Prices
$10 for 18 and younger
$15 for 19 and older

Race is sponsored by Express Run Club & Brunswick Area Recreation Council (BARCMD.COM) Please visit their website and think about helping the Brunswick Community by volunteering with them!

The BARC Mission is to provide events for the southwest section of Frederick County Maryland ranging from recreation events to fundraisers for local charities.   The Brunswick Area Recreation Council (BARC) meets the second Monday of EACH month. Contact us for more details @ 301-834-8045. 

Some of Our Activities:   Heart of the Potomac Biathlon, Forest of Needwood Race to benefit Jennifer Shafer Odom Scholarship Fund, Haunted Hayride, Scottish First Footing, and Freezin’ for a Reason.

Connect with us:


Facebook: @barcmaryland

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St Mary's Church Petersville, 4231 Catholic Church Rd, Knoxville, MD 21758

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