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Kentlands/Lakelands 5K Set for Sept. 5th (PHOTOS)

kentlands5kwinnerThe popular Kentlands/Lakelands 5K is back for its 22nd year.

The Labor Day weekend event includes a 5K Run and Walk, Kids Fun Runs, and a Post-Race Expo in Market Square Plaza, bringing thousands of participants to downtown Kentlands. The loop course, featuring water stops and live entertainment, winds through the communities of Lakelands and Kentlands, starting and finishing on Main Street behind Market Square Plaza. The course passes by many civic landmarks, allowing participants to experience the uniqueness and beauty of a new urbanist community.

Hosted by the nonprofit Kentlands Community Foundation in partnership with the City of Gaithersburg, the Kentlands/Lakelands 5K has grown to be the largest 5K race in Montgomery County. The Kentlands Community Foundation annually donates 50-percent of race proceeds to local charities. In 2014, a total of $13,200 was donated to the City of Gaithersburg’s Dolores Swoyer Camp Scholarship Fund, The Dwelling Place and Maryland Senior Olympics.

kentlands 5kYou can register online at www.kentlands.org/5K/register.

Registration is also available in person at one of two race packet pickup events in Kentlands or at the event on Race Day if space is available:

Thursday, September 3 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Stiles Family Dentistry, 333 Main Street;
Friday, September 4 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports, 255 Kentlands Boulevard (in the Giant shopping center); and on Race Day, Saturday, September 5  at Kentlands Market Square.

Course Marshals and many other volunteers are needed to ensure that the route is clear and safe from traffic and to help the race, fun runs and post-race festivities run smoothly. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt, a free breakfast on Race Day, and an invitation to the post-event “Thank You!” party. SSL hours are available for students. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at www.kentlands.org/5K/volunteer.

Sonya Burke

About Sonya Burke

Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.

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