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Rock the Run- Pirates vs. Princess 5K

Sat April 27, 2024 Hagerstown, MD 21740 US Directions


Kids Fun Run (Ages 5-12)

8:30AM EDT - 9:00AM EDT
Open to ages 5 - 12.

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 to celebrate our 60th Diamond Anniversary of The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission and to bring the community together to help raise support and awareness for the homeless and hungry in our community.

Rock the Run 5K allows us to bring businesses, runners, walkers, competitors, and volunteers together to have fun, share some laughs, run or walk a few miles, and raise money for those in need. This year's fundraiser will help us convert our front porch into a 4-season emergency weather shelter.

We encourage our participants to have 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 want you 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 2024 Rock the Run 5K course takes each participant through some of the prettiest parts of Hagerstown. Starting at Fairgrounds Park, the course hugs beautiful Pangborn Park, meanders through beautifully tree-lined streets in the North End, and continues down historic Potomac Street where gorgeous homes and churches overlook the course.

The Cause

Since we started Rock the Run 5K in 2015, the end goal has been to raise support and awareness about those in our community who are homeless and hungry. Join us for our 9th annual Rock the Run 5K- Pirates vs. Princess. All proceeds from this 5K will benefit The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission. The Hope Center serves the Hagerstown, Maryland community by offering food assistance, men's emergency shelter, men's life recovery program, youth and children's programs, and more. Since 1955, we have done this to show our community the love of Jesus Christ.

This year, the funds raised from this fundraiser will go to converting our front porch into a four-season sanctuary. We open the porch for daytime use during weather extremes (cold and hot), but the porch itself needs improvement in climate control. So funds will be used to allow us to create a more temperate location to house people during weather extremes.

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!

Food donations help to feed thousands of people in Hagerstown in several different ways:

1. Feeding the men in our 13-month residential Foundations Life Recovery program
2. Providing meals for our overnight guests in our homeless shelter
3. Serving community guests every day of the week, all year long, at our hot Lunch/Dinner service
4. Distributing food bags & boxes to individuals and families in need

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:


Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • ​Top three (3) male finishers
  • Top three (3) female finishers
  • Top three (3) finishers in these age brackets:
    11 and under, 12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+



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