Candy Cane Dash 5K/1K

Sat December 4 - Wed December 15 Frederick, MD 21701 US Directions
Frederick's favorite holiday season running tradition for the entire family!


12/04 9:00AM EST - 11:00AM EST


12/04 8:50AM EST - 11:00AM EST
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121 North Bentz St
Frederick, MD US 21701

This beautiful and fun 5K jaunt around Frederick Maryland's Baker Park is held annually on the first Saturday of December to benefit Girls on the Run of Mid & Western Maryland. Come ready to compete, or come in a (safe) costume - we'll provide a high-energy event for all! *Note-THERE WILL NOT BE A 1K IN 2021.

12/1 Update: Selection of a shirt has been shut off. You can request a shirt at packet pickup, however, receipt of a shirt is not guaranteed at this point. We do have plenty of finisher's medals to go around, so you won't walk away empty-handed!

11/1 Update: Please note you have registered to receive our *2020* Candy Cane Dash Shirt designs. Those registering after 11/1/2021 will not receive a 2021 shirt, but, depending on availability, will receive a shirt from the 2020 Candy Cane Dash. Quantities and sizes are limited and receipt of a shirt is not guaranteed for those registering after 11/1/2021. We do have plenty of our groovy finishers medals to go around, so you won't walk away empty-handed!

Thank you for registering to run or walk in the 2021 Candy Cane Dash 5K on Saturday, 12/4/2021. Race HQ and race-day packet pickup will take place adjacent to the Talley Rec Center, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick Md., from 7 to 8:45 AM. The 5k run/walk will start at 0900.  Our only early packet pickup event will be held at Charm City Run, 467 W. Patrick St., Frederick on Wednesday, December 1st from 2 to 5:45 PM. 

Those planning on registering on-site race morning should be prepared to register via smartphone and use a credit card for payment. NO CASH accepted for race-day registration. We will have personnel to assist with on-site registration in the Drees Booth, if needed.

Also as a reminder, we are also putting on an event in Hagerstown on Sunday, 12/5/2021 - the Inaugural Gingerbread Dash 5K! This new event promises to be the perfect complement to the Candy Cane Dash, with plenty of holiday cheer to go around! For information about the Gingerbread Dash, go to

Covid mitigation - We are asking that participants and spectators please wear a properly worn face covering during packet pickup and wherever the maintaining of social distancing cannot be maintained while at the event. All of our volunteers who have been assigned participant-facing roles have been instructed to wear properly fitting face coverings on race day and at early packet pickup.

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