Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 8:30AM Rosedale, MD 21237 US Directions
Countdown to Race Day


$40 $30 09/19 8:30AM EDT Price increases after August 20, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

1 Mile Walk

$40 $30 09/19 8:30AM EDT Price increases after August 20, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
Run Anywhere

Virtual 5K

$40 $30 Price increases after August 20, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
Run Anywhere

Virtual 1 Mile Walk

$40 $30 Price increases after August 20, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
CCBC Essex Campus
7201 Rossville Boulevard
Rosedale, MD US 21237


Roads close at 8 a.m., warm-up is at 8:15 a.m. and 5K begins at 8:30 a.m.

The 15th Annual 2021 Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run–Walk and 1-Mile Walk to support older adult health and fitness will be held on the campus of CCBC Essex. This location is easily accessible to I-95 and I-695 and has plenty of parking. The event, which is perfect for novice and advanced runners alike, starts at 8 a.m. and all roads on campus will be closed at that time. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. with health and fitness screenings starting at 7:30 a.m. The 5K race, which is chip-timed and professionally managed by Charm City Run, attracts participants of all ages who run and walk the course. Medals are given for the fastest three male and female 5K finishers overall, as well as the top two male and female runners in all age categories, must be present to win. The 1-Mile Fun Walk is perfect for our youngest and oldest participants. In 2021, the race will include a virtual component as well.

Participants receive a complimentary long-sleeved performance T-shirt (guaranteed up to the first 500 registered, sizes not guaranteed), water on the course and post-race refreshments.


    Entry Fees

·   Seniors (60 years and older): $20 (DISCOUNT WILL BE APPLIED AT CHECKOUT)

·   Juniors (6 to 17 years): $20 (DISCOUNT WILL BE APPLIED AT CHECKOUT)

·   Children (5 and under): Free (please still register, no shirt provided) (DISCOUNT WILL BE APPLIED AT CHECKOUT)

·    Adults (18 to 59 years)

     o   $30—Early Bird Special, Register by August 20

     o   $35—Between August 21 and September 18

     o   $40—Day of the Race

There are no refunds of entry given or transfers of entry permitted for this event.

Virtual Option

We have created a virtual race option for those who would like to participate but are not local, or do not feel comfortable attending an in-person race at this time.  Here's how the virtual race works:

1. Register for the virtual event, and sign up for text or e-mail notifications
2. Your race shirt will be available for pickup at our Friday packet pickup. (All packets not picked up at Friday's packet pickup will be mailed)
3. You'll receive a text or email (if you opt in) when the race "starts" on September 19th.
4. Run your race and submit your results either by text message or email (if you've opted in) or by heading to the results page here by September 26th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time). Results update in real time as people submit their times. Be sure to take photos and share on the photo page when you report your results or by going directly to the photo page here.

*Virtual race performances are not eligible for the overall event awards, but we'll certainly be acknowledging the winners in our post-race communication.

Packet Pick-up

Friday, September 17
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Bykota Senior Center
611 Central Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204

Race Day - Sunday, September 19
6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
CCBC Essex Campus
7201 Rossville Boulevard
Rosedale, MD US 21237

Race Day Schedule

  • Registration Opens: 6:30 a.m.
  • Sponsor and Exhibitor Set-up: 6:30 to 7 a.m.
  • Health and Fitness Screenings, Massages: 7:30 a.m.
  • Roads close to the public: 8 a.m.
  • Warm-up Exercise Routine: 8:15 to 8:25 a.m.
  • 5K Race Start: 8:30 a.m.
  • One Mile Walk Start: 8:35 a.m.
  • Awards Ceremony: 9:45 a.m. (approximate)
  • Event Ends: 11 a.m.

The event will be held rain or shine. There are no refunds if participants are unable to attend after registering.


Race course roads will close at 8 a.m. The 5K start will be in front of the Wellness and Athletics Center. The 1-mile start will be near Parking Lot 2. The majority of the route will be on the campus of CCBC Essex with a small part on King Avenue.

For safety reasons, the race course is closed to animals, bikes, skaters and baby joggers or strollers. Water will be provided on course and at the finish line.


All pre-registered runners will receive a long-sleeved performance T-shirt (sizes and availability not guaranteed for day-of-race registration), water on course, entry in door prize drawings (must be present to win) and post-race refreshments. To celebrate "National Falls Prevention Day", "National Senior Center Month", and "Active Aging Week," free fall prevention, health and fitness screenings will be offered, as well as vendor tables and displays.

Volunteers should check in on race day at the Volunteer table. If you are interested in volunteering, call 410-887-2040.

5K Awards and Door Prizes

5K awards will be provided for the top three men and women overall, and top two men and women finishers in the following age groups: 15 and under, 16 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 to 79, 80 to 89, and 90 and over. 

Random door prizes awarded including one $150 and one $100 Fitness Pays gift cards, sponsored by Van Dyke and Bacon Shoes. Must be present to win.

Show Your Resilience! If you are a Baltimore County sole proprietor business which was closed during the pandemic, but has since reopened, celebrate in our Resilience Area! You will be provided a table and two chairs in return for your contribution of a door prize valued at $50. Tables are limited and BCDA reserves the right to reject door prizes. Complete application here. (link coming soon)

Team Registration

Build morale and form a team from your senior center, company, social club, family or friends. Being part of a team is fun! You'll build camaraderie and community while raising much-needed funds for senior exercise classes and fitness centers in Baltimore County. We encourage you to wear T-shirts displaying your team, center, company name or logo on race day.

Directions and Parking

CCBC Essex
7201 Rossville Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21237

CCBC Essex is located off Baltimore Beltway (695) Exit 34 (Rosedale). At Exit 34, turn onto Maryland Route 7 (Philadelphia Road) heading towards White Marsh. Proceed one-quarter mile and turn left onto Rossville Boulevard. The campus is approximately one mile on the right adjacent to the Franklin Square Hospital Center. Turn onto College Drive North. Proceed and make right turn onto Division Lane.

5K runners and walkers park in Lot 1; 1-mile walkers park in Lot 2.


We want to express our appreciation to our sponsors and supporters: Cigna (Presenting Sponsor), Whiting-Turner (Gold Sponsor), Giant Food (Bronze Sponsor), Geresbeck's Food Market (Snack Sponsor),  Herr's (Food Sponsor), Van Dyke and Bacon Shoes (Fitness Pays Sponsor), CCBC Essex (Facility Sponsor), Comcast (Media Sponsor), Charm City Run, Go Go Squeez (snack sponsor) and Michele's Granola (snack sponsor)

COVID-19 "Health Security Plan"

COVID-19 Health Security Plan: Creating a safe experience at the 15th Annual Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk is our top priority! 

Safety of participants, volunteers, sponsors and staff is of utmost importance to the Department of Aging and Charm City Run. We are committed to following all local, state, national and CDC guidelines at the 15th Annual Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk. Charm City Run has created effective race day COVID-19 protocols and procedures. While guidelines and health metrics continue to evolve, we are prepared with procedures that may include, but are not limited to: caps on participation consistent with outdoor gathering guidelines; contactless packet pickup; mandatory mask wearing for participants, volunteers and staff at all times (with the exception of when actively participating in the race); minimal spectators; social distancing and small group wave starts for participants; sanitizer stations throughout the event space; elimination of bag check and shirt exchanges; sealed grab-and-go water bottles at water stops; individually wrapped post-race snacks. 

As the event draws closer, expect clear and continuous communication via email and website updates on the strategies we’ll use to keep everyone safe. Any questions? Please contact us at

For more information on COVID-19, please visit The CDC Website.


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