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Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Our core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors.

Girls on the Run of Frederick County is thrilled to be an official charity partner at the 2015 Frederick Running Festival for the third year in a row!  We are seeking runners, walkers, and supporters to join our Solemates team. Whether you are participating in your first or fiftieth marathon, by becoming a SoleMate you are doing much more than achieving your personal fitness goals. By asking friends to support your event training and participation with a donation on your behalf to Girls on the Run, you are showing your true commitment to the values we are instilling in girls everywhere to celebrate their physical and emotional health. Sign up today to be a SoleMates and let your love of running make a difference in the life of a girl.

Visit to learn more about Girls on the Run of Frederick County.  For information on how to register to be part of our team, please visit or email us at [email protected]

Sophie and Madigan’s Playground is a Frederick based 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to honor the lives of Sophie and Madigan Lillard, who died at ages 6 and 3 as a result of a horrific house fire that occurred on January 31, 2013. Our mission is to honor the lives of Sophie and Madigan by building a memorial playground and providing opportunities for children and their families to play, learn, and create lifelong memories together, and in ways that reflect the beautiful personalities and spirits of these two sisters.

Sophie and Madigan’s Playground is thrilled to be an official charity partner at the 2015 Frederick Running Festival and we are looking for runners, walkers, and supporters to join our Running for Sophie and Madigan team. As a Running for Sophie and Madigan team member, not only will you be running for the memory of Sophie and Madigan, but you will be helping fundraise for a themed memorial playground that will provide our community a place for children and their families to create lifelong memories. And you will receive a one of a kind pink Running for Sophie and Madigan shirt to wear during the race!

Visit to learn more about Sophie and Madigan’s Playground. For information about how to register as part of our team please email us at  frf.samp our website.

 Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA) is a non-profit organization that brings people together to experience the joy, excitement, and thrill of competition. ASA offers innovative athletic training, supportive mentor relationships, and high quality endurance events for athletes living with disabilities. ASA uses athletic activity as a catalyst for personal development—improving physical fitness, increasing self-esteem and empowering challenged youth to meet their highest potential. We inspire all people to give of themselves and live more active lifestyles, pursuing a high quality of life and achievement.   Our  WINGMAN Program is specifically designed to empower ASA athletes living with little to no mobility, but whose hearts hold the desire to race in mainstream running events, the opportunity to compete. Each of these ASA athletes is supported by his or her own unique WingMan Team.  We look to volunteers to raise money and awareness for Athletes Serving Athletes serving as a WingMan or a member of the ASA Road Crew which does not physically “push” an athlete.  Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

Run with Frederick Church of the Brethren and make an impact around the world!

Every dollar raised will go directly towards the care of orphans in Haiti, food for children in Sri Lanka, and Nigerians displaced by the Boko Haram attacks. Runners have to raise a minimum $250, and will receive entrance into the race of their choice, and a shirt.

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Participate in the Frederick Running Festival and fundraise to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the St. Jude Heroes program.

When you sign up for Frederick Running Festival as a St. Jude Hero, you’ll be taking an important step toward finding cures and saving children battling cancer and other deadly diseases. Through the generous support of people like you, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Do more with your race. Be a Hero for the kids of St. Jude and run for a reason.

Fundraising is easy, and we give you everything you need to be successful! As a St. Jude Hero in the Frederick Running Festival, you will receive the following fundraising resources:

  • official St. Jude Heroes team singlet
  • St. Jude Heroes gear
  • online training resources
  • a personal fundraising website with resources and support from a Fundraising Coach

Additionally, you can earn awesome benefits like race entry, travel accommodations and an overall race weekend VIP experience based upon the fundraising level you choose. View the complete list of fundraising options and benefits.

Please contact Erica Baca at [email protected] or call 703-351-5171 with any questions.

The Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation is the only voluntary national health organization dedicated to supporting individuals affected by osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease.  Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a rare and complicated genetic disorder characterized by fragile bones, but many other body systems are also affected.  Multiple types, extreme range of severity, changes across the lifespan, and dominant and recessive patterns of inheritance all contribute to the complexity of OI.  There is no cure yet, but there are ways to manage the symptoms.  Join our efforts to raise awareness and funds for OI support and research as we work to find a cure!

The OI Foundation is proud to be an official charity partner of the 2015 Frederick Running Festival!  Sign up on our team to participate as a member of the OIF’s Unbreakable Spirit® Running Team on May 2nd and 3rd! You can register to walk, wheel, or run in the half marathon, twilight 5k, kids’ fun run, team relay or the Nut Job challenge!  Receive all the same benefits as when you register directly with the Festival, but help the nearly 50,000 people in the US with osteogenesis imperfecta while you move.  Better still – our price will never increase and all transaction fees are included!  The Festival begins on the first day of the 2015 National OI Awareness Week, which is fittingly themed Exercising your Mind, Body, and Unbreakable Spirit®!  Get involved and spread the word to your family and friends.  All are welcome to participate, attend, volunteer, and/or cheer on our team!

The national office of the OI Foundation is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  The Unbreakable Spirit® Running Team is being organized by OIF Health Educator Petra Harvey.  For details on how to register to be part of our team, please visit, call the office at (301) 947-0083, or email [email protected].