BCES Bobcat Run

1K, 5K

Event Date

Sat, Apr 30, 2016


Frederick, MD


Activity Today Later

Kids 1K Fun Run/Walk - Kids 1K Fun Run/Walk

$5 $5 Closed

Student 5K - Individual Age group/open

$5 $5 Closed

5K Run/Walk - 5K Run/Walk

$20 $20 Closed

5K Run/Walk - Group-registration team Age group/open

$20 $20 Closed

Family Pack - Includes 2 adults 5K and 2 or more students in immediate family - Group-registration team Age group/open

$50 $50 Closed

About This Activity

Several years ago Ballenger Creek Elementary School sponsored one of the biggest 5K school runs in Frederick County.  In fact BCES was the first elementary school to host a 5k, and we are so excited to be bringing this great event back this year!  In keeping with the original focus, we present the 2016 BCES Bobcat Character Counts 5K/1K Run/Walk.  Our theme this year is “Moving to Show We Care for Our Mind, Bodies and Community.”  Our goal is to encourage our students, families, teachers, and community members to come out and move together.  Benefits that participants can enjoy are improved self-esteem, self accomplishment, and pride in their school and community.  The event allows each participant to exercise the citizenship pillar (as well as other pillars of Character) as they "contribute their part" by helping to raise money for activities in our school sponsored by the PTA and for technology in our school.  Students will also take care of their body by taking part in healthy activities.  We are supporting our community by asking every participant to bring at least one canned or dry food item to be donated to our school food bank, as well as our local area food bank.  For every food item donated, one raffle ticket will be given, for a raffle prize to be drawn after the race.  The overall goal is for all participants to have a sense of being "connected" to our community.

 Please join us for this fun family event taking place on Saturday, April 30th, 2016.  Our run starts and ends at Ballenger Creek Elementary School located at 5250 Kingsbrook Drive in Frederick, MD.  The event will kick off with a warm up routine led by Kicks Karate, followed by the Star Spangled Banner performed by the BCES Honors Chorus.  The route takes place along Kingsbrook Drive, Corporate Drive and back around Kingsbrook.  Our course then enters the Ballenger Creek Trail for a quiet and serene 2 mile out and back route.  The course turnaround is at the trailhead off of Corporate Drive and New Design.  As you make your way back to Kingsbrook Drive, the DJ and supportive crowd at the school will be there motivating you to cross the finish line in the front driveway of BCES. This is a flat course with a slight hill near mile two before you get to the turnaround at the trailhead.  The event also includes a 1K kids’ fun run, a variety of vendors, and post-race treats and festivities complete with a DJ.

 All student participants will receive a medal at the finish of both the Kids 1K Fun Run and the 5K.  We will also award medals to the top 3 male and female runners in all of our age group categories.  Prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female runners.  Don’t forget to show your school spirit by wearing our school colors (blue, pink, and white), and feel free to be creative with your school spirit.  There will be prizes awarded to two students exhibiting the most school spirit.  

We are so excited to display our logo created by one of our very own 5th graders, Taylyn Nguyen, on our race water bottle.  Hydration is  a huge part of staying healthy, and we want to encourage you to hydrate well with our new BCES Run water bottle.  The first 300 registrants will receive one, so be sure to register early!  

Event details and schedule

Packet Pick Up and Onsite Registration: 

Friday, April 29th 5:00pm - 7:00pm  BCES Gym


Saturday, April 30th7:00am- 8:00am   BCES

Race Day Schedule:

Warm Up by Kicks Karate         7:45am

1K Kids Fun Run                       8:00am

5K Run/Walk Start                     8:30am

Award Ceremony                       9:45am



Course Information:


  • The runners will exit the school driveway and turn right onto Kingsbrook Drive where they will cross the street with support from CSO assistance so that they are on the left hand side of the road in order to run against traffic.  
  • ·At the four way stop runners/walkers will turn left onto Corporate Drive (running against traffic)       
  • Turn left onto Kingsbrook Drive (running against traffic)
  • Runners/Walkers will cross the road with assistance from CSO and enter the Ballenger Creek Trail  
  • There will be cones dividing the path to keep runners/walkers on the left.
  • Make a u-turn at the end of the trail under New Design Road
  •  Return to Kingsbrook Drive
  • Turn left onto Kingsbrook Drive (running against traffic)
  • Turn left into the school driveway

Arrival Information:

Our kids 1K run starts at 8:00am.  We ask participants to arrive by 7:45 so you have time to make it to the start line.  The kids 1K will be in the back field to the left of the school.  You can get to the site by following the sidewalk to the left and to the back.  Kicks Karate will be starting the fun with a pre run warm up starting at 7:45am.


Parking Information:

Parking will be located in the school’s front parking lot and will be closed once we have filled it.  Overflow parking is being allowed across the street in the Kingscrest Apartment Complex.  We do ask that all drivers park in spots located on the perimeter of the property and not in spots near the buildings.  We will have a crossing guard at the entrance of the apartment complex to cross you safely to the school.  For your safety please cross there with her support.  We do ask that you refrain from parking along the road in front of the school, as this is part of the course and we want it to be as open as possible for the safety of all our participants.  We ask anyone who is just coming for the kids 1K and plans to leave before the start of the 5K to park across the street in the apartment complex perimeter parking spaces so that you will be able to leave without interrupting the 5K.



All participants MUST complete the waiver in order to participate.


What to bring

In connecting to our citizenship pillar, we are asking all participants to bring at least one canned or dy food item the day of the race.  A drop off location will be near the starting line.  For every item dropped off, the participant will receive a raffle ticket.  Tickets will be pulled at the end of the race for prizes.  Items will be used to fill our shelves in our school food bank as well as the local community food bank.


What to wear

Show your School Spirit!  We are encouraging all participants to show their BCES Bobcat Pride by dressing in either BCES colors (blue or pink) or wearing one of your BCES shirts.  Want to get creative??  We will be awarding 2 students (1 male, 1 female) who have the most school spirit and show it with their attire for the run.  Each winner will win a Party Package from Kicks’ Karate (total value $300).   

Thank you to our sponsors to date!

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