University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center's Maryland Half Marathon & 5k Set for May 13,2017

For immediate release: February 02, 2017


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9th Annual Event to take place in Maple Lawn community of Howard County

BALTIMORE, MD – February 2, 2017 - The ninth annual Maryland Half Marathon & 5K to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in the Maple Lawn community of Howard County. Registration is now open at

“The Maryland Half Marathon and 5K has become a mainstay in the Maple Lawn community, a much-anticipated race on the Baltimore/Washington running circuit that offers something for everyone – a challenging half marathon and a 5K for more casual runners – bringing together the community to raise significant money for cancer research,” says Michael Greenebaum, race co-founder and co-chairman. “All money raised supports the Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Maryland, which recently received the National Cancer Institute’s top designation as a comprehensive cancer center.  Runners and fundraisers alike feel good about their participation in this race because they are giving back to fight cancer.”

“We’re also very excited that we will be celebrating the ninth anniversary of the race, which has already raised more than $3 million for the Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center,” adds Jon Sevel, race co-founder and co-chairman. “What makes the Maryland Half Marathon and 5K unique is that both of these races attract folks who want to ‘run with a purpose’ with 100 percent of the net proceeds benefitting this nationally recognized cancer center.”

The 2017 event will feature a Kids Fun Run and a Kids Zone as well as music and a post-race festival. The half marathon starts at 8 a.m., the 5K begins at 8:30, and the kids’ race at 8:45 a.m. Registration for the half marathon is $75 until race day; $90 on race day. Registration for the 5K is $40. The Kids Fun Run is $20, and the Kids Zone is free.

Michael Greenebaum and Jon Sevel started the Maryland Half Marathon in 2009, combining their passion for running with a desire to help the cancer center, which is named for Greenebaum’s parents, Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum.

Kevin J. Cullen, MD, the cancer center’s director, says, “We’re extremely grateful to all the runners and volunteers who make the Maryland Half Marathon and 5K so successful each year. The money that they have raised has been crucial to helping us provide outstanding care for our patients and to continue our research into new ways to fight cancer.”

Cancer survivors and members of their families take part in the races each year, along with doctors, nurses and other members of the cancer center staff. Cancer survivors give medals to all those who finish the race. 

Once again this year, the Maryland Half Marathon will present the County Cup to the county executive representing the “home” county of the first Maryland resident to cross the finish line.  Last year for the first time in the eight-year history of the race, the winner was a Baltimore City resident. Past winners have hailed from Baltimore County, Harford County and Frederick County.

The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, is ranked in the nation’s top 25  cancer centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The cancer center offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating all types of cancer and has an active cancer research program.

For more information about the Maryland Half Marathon & 5K, visit To learn more about the Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, go to