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1000+ Runners Anticipated for MCVET's 22nd Annual 5K/10K through Downtown Baltimore

Signature Event Raises Funds that Help Veterans Overcome Homelessness, Addiction and Unemployment

The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc.(MCVET) - the nation's premier program for helping homeless veterans heal and achieve independence, self-sufficiency and permanent housing - will hold its 22ndAnnual 5K/10Kevent, Sunday, May 28.

Rain or shine, over 1,000 runners are expected to gather for the races, which start and end at War Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall. On-site registration will take place from5:30 to 7:30a.m.at the Lexington Street entrance to the War Memorial Building(101 N Gay St., 21202).

Following warm-up exercises, conducted by Back on My Feet(BOMF) Baltimore, the 5K race takes off at 7:30, followed by the 10K at 8:30.Both are open, amateur raceswithIPICO Sport Tag Chip timing provided by Charm City Run.Runners will travel on flat and relatively fast USAT& F-certified and sanctioned courses down Light Street, through the historic Inner Harbor area to Federal Hill, Locust Point and back.

Following the races, everyone can enjoy refreshments, music, door prize drawings,additional entertainment and vendor tables throughout the Plaza. A brief ceremony emceed by 98 Rock Morning Show PersonalityAmelia will featurea performance of the National Anthem by theMCVET Message of Hope Choir,remarks by Race Marshal Linda L. Singh, Adjutant General of Maryland, and the presentation of cash awards and age group awards, medals and trophies.

1000+ Runners Anticipated for MCVET's 22nd Annual 5K/10K through Downtown Baltimore

"Participating in MCVET's 5K/10K Walk/Run on Memorial Day weekend is a great way for the community to show its support for not only homeless veterans, who need and deserve our support, but all veterans, who MCVET consider to be our nation's true heroes," - said MCVET Executive Director Jeffery L. Kendrick. "We hope people will come to walk, run, or just be part of the festivities."

Event proceeds will help MCVET continue to provide comprehensive services- includingHousing, Case Management & Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling, Health Care and Education & Employment Services - to help veterans rejoin their communities as productive citizens.

Registration, which includes a race bag and shirt for all runners, is $35 in advance/$40 on race day for the 5K and $40 in advance/$45 on race day for the 10K with checks made payable to "MCVET." For online registration, visit https://goo.gl/OhTYjy.

Pre-registration and packet pick-up also is available at Charm City Run (Downtown Baltimore starting May 22 and Timonium -May 27), Feet First Sports (Columbia - May 24), Falls Road Running Store (Mt. Washington - May 25) and Road Runner Sports (Elkridge - May/25) and Fleet Feet Sports (Pikesville - May 26),

To learn more about MCVET, event sponsorships, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.mcvet.org, callRoseline Taylorat410-576-9626 x 253 or email rtaylor@mcvet.org.

The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization established in 1993. Using a"Veterans Helping Veterans" philosophy, it hasprovided residential shelter and wrap around supportive services for homeless men and women veteranstoover 10,000 veterans from all branches of the military, without regard to their character of service.

CONTACT: Caryn Sagal, 410.363.9583., eMailto: caryn@lawrencehoward.com

For more information, visit www.mcvet.org
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