Rock the Run-Pirates vs. Princess 5K

Sat April 22, 2023 Hagerstown, MD 21740 US Directions


Kids Fun Run (Ages 5-10)

8:30AM EDT - 9:00AM EDT
Open to ages 5 - 10.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at


Fairgrounds Park
351 N. Cleveland Ave
Hagerstown, MD US 21740


Our Rock the Run 5K started in 2015 as a way to not only celebrate the 60th Diamond Anniversary of The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission but also as a way to bring the community together to help raise support and awareness for the homeless and hungry in our community.

We didn't hope to just celebrate a major milestone in our community, but also, give our community a fun way to be a part of the next 60 years of The Hope Center in Hagerstown. Each year we've succeeded in accomplishing our goal by bringing businesses, runners, walkers, competitors, and volunteers together to have fun, share some laughs, run a few miles, and raise money for those in need. In 2021 we completed a major renovation and expansion of our food services area at The Hope Center. This newly expanded area allows us to feed more people in need in our community. While the work has completed we are still raising funds to pay for this project. Proceeds from our 5K will go towards the new kitchen, pantry, and dining room at The Hope Center!

We are encouraging our participants to have some fun with costumes and accessories and show us your pirate or princess side! We'll be making this event a little more exciting with some pirate & princess themed touches to everything. But most importantly we just want you each to have fun because you're supporting a great cause and doing something amazing for our community. So start talking it over with all your running friends, encourage others to join you, and then grab that eye-patch, tiara, and your running shoes for Rock the Run: Pirates vs Princess!

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Course Info

The 2020 course will take each participant through some of the prettiest parts of Hagerstown. Starting at Fairgrounds Park, the course hugs beautiful Pangborn Park meanders through beautiful tree-lined streets in the North End and continues down historic Potomac Street where gorgeous homes and churches overlook the course.This is a wonderful course that is perfect not only for experienced participants but for beginners as well. But don't go at it alone...remember to invite your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to join you for Rock the Run!

The Cause

Since we started Rock the Run 5K in 2015, the end goal was to raise support and awareness about those in our community who are homeless and hungry. Since 1955, The Hope Center has never closed its doors and is now the longest continually operating shelter in Hagerstown. In addition to providing shelter for the homeless, The Hope Center continues to provide multiple daily meals for anyone of any age in the community as well as being a part of the Washington County Food Bank Program. It is our goal to make sure that no one in this city is hungry. So participating in Rock the Run: Pirates vs Princess is just another way for our community to help those in need.

And this year, you can really help in a big way as we are in the beginning stages of a much-needed refurb and expansion of our dining room and kitchen. We can feed a lot more people and do it more efficiently with a renovation that will double the size of the current space. By participating in this race you're helping us make improvements that will allow us to serve and help so many more people in our area as we continue the fight against hunger and homelessness.

Click on the link to learn more about all the programs and services at The Hope Center: 

The Food Drive

As in past years, we'll have donation boxes available for anyone who brings non-perishable food for our pantry. Food donated will be used in food bags to be distributed to hungry families, soup line and other free community meals served daily, meals for our residents, or any other special activity that takes place at The Hope Center for our community guests. Everything we provide is free of charge because of generous people like you!

In keeping with our Pirates vs Princess theme, we're extending the friendly competition to our food drive where we'll have designated boxes set up for Pirates and separate boxes for Princesses. Pick a team, get your costume and then hit the store to pick up some items for our food drive.

To learn more about the food drive click on the link: 


Top Overall Male and Female

Top 2 in each Age Group Male and Female: 17 and under, 18-35, 36 - 55, 56+




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