Run + Walk = Fun
April 15, 2023 8:30am
Leonardtown, MD
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Walk Start Photo

There are ③ ways to register

Pre-registration $35, Race day registration $40, Children six and under free.

Register online and pay with a credit card.

Start a fundraising page and have others pledge toward your fundraising goal.

Download a paper registration form to return to the Hospice office.


5K Run, 10K Run, 5K Fun Walk. Something for everyone.

Course subject to change

Race Results


5K Run

One loop through streets of historic Leonardtown, MD.


10K Run

One loop stretching around a rural, country road course.


5K Fun Walk

One loop through streets of historic Leonardtown, MD


Defender's Cup

A 5K Run Team Competition

5K Run

One loop through the streets of beautiful and historic Leonardtown, MD.

Course subject to change


5K Run Map
Run Start

5K Run Turn by Turn Directions

  • Leave Start on Leonard Hall Drive
  • Left on Hollywood Road
  • Right on Doctors Crossing Way
  • Right on Miss Bessie Drive
  • Right on Moakley Street
  • Follow to end to turnaround cone
  • Stay straight on Moakley until the next turnaround cone
  • Right on Miss Bessie Drive
  • Left on Doctors Crossing Way
  • Left on Hollywood Road
  • Right on Baldridge
  • Left on Leonard Hall Drive to Finish

10K Run

One loop stretching around rural, country road course.

Course subject to change

Fun Walk

One loop through the streets of beautiful and historic Leonardtown, MD.

Course subject to change

Course Map

5K Walk Map
Walk Start

5K Walk Turn by Turn Directions

  • Leave Start on Leonard Hall Drive
  • Left on Hollywood Road
  • Continue Straight on Washington Street
  • Left on Courthouse Drive
  • Right on Camalier Drive
  • Left on Tudor Place
  • Left on Breton Bay Drive
  • Right on Camalier Drive
  • Right on Court House Drive
  • Left on Fenwick Street
  • Right on Washington Street
  • Continue Straight on Hollywood Road
  • Right on Baldridge
  • Left on Leonard Hall Drive to Finish

Defender's Cup

A 5K Run Team Competition.


Defender's Cup Trophy

2022 Dedication - Captain Peter James Riester
United States Navy, Retired

Captain Peter James Riester, United States Navy, Retired The son of a Navy pilot and grandson of a submariner, Peter Riester graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981. After graduation, Mr. Riester reported to Pensacola Florida for flight training and then to Corpus Christi Texas for multi-engine training - earning his Wings of Gold in 1982. Mr. Riester flew the P-3 Orion aircraft on multiple deployments and served aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower nuclear aircraft carrier during Operation Desert Storm before being selected for transition to Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer. Mr. Riester eventually served at the Naval Air Systems Command, where he rose to the level of Major Program Manager, commanding the Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office (PMA-213).

While simultaneously serving as an active duty Navy Captain, Mr. Riester was widely recognized as a beloved volunteer coach. He volunteered for six years as the Assistant Lacrosse Coach at St Mary’s Ryken High School while also heavily supporting the St Mary’s County Youth Lacrosse Club program and the development of youth academic-athletes. In 2000, Mr. Riester was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). He retired from active duty in 2006 and continued as a DoD Civilian until 2013 when the progression of his disease forced his retirement.

However, Mr. Riester – who embodied the mantra “Think Globally and Act Locally” throughout his life and career – knew what he wanted to do with the extra time in retirement: Help Sailors, Marines and their families as a volunteer with the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS).

Throughout his life, Mr. Riester was an active member and volunteer at his church, including serving with the Knights of Columbus. Although Mr. Riester made innumerable, selfless contributions to the Nation and to the St Mary’s community, he took the most comfort in his faith and in his unwavering devotion to family and friends. Hospice of St. Mary’s and The Run for Hospice Volunteers are honored to recognize the legacy of this American Patriot and Community Servant.


A tribute to the men and women who work in support of our National Defense. A trophy sponsored by some of the Nations top Defense Contractors – companies that are committed to providing safety and security for our Troops and our Country in an unpredictable world.

Initially born out of appreciation of the Navy’s presence at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Southern Maryland- since its inauguration the Defender’s Cup competition has evolved into a popular and patriotic event competed for by both Military and Civilian teams from all over the region. The Defender’s Cup honors and commemorates the hard work, sacrifice and commitment of the men and women who Protect our Liberty, Guarantee our Freedom, and Safeguard our Future.

The winning Team will have their name and year engraved on a plate which is permanently attached to the trophy. In addition, the winning team is allowed to hold the trophy for one year.


This 5K Run Team Trophy competition is open to teams comprised of either Active/Retired and/or Reserve/National Guard Duty Military personnel (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) Department of Defense (DoD) Civil Servants, Defense Contractor Employees and immediate family members who are amateur runners. CAC card, military identification, proof of employment and proof of identity for immediate family members will be required for application.

Teams must designate a Captains/POC who should contact the Defender’s Cup Coordinator to register their team for the event.

All teams must have at least 4 participants and there must be (at least) 1 female member per team.

An organization may field multiple teams.

The winning team will be determined by the fastest mean time of the teams top four runners in the 5K run event (must include the female entrant’s time).

5K Run Turn by Turn Directions

  • Leave Start on Leonard Hall Drive
  • Left on Hollywood Road
  • Right on Doctors Crossing Way
  • Right on Miss Bessie Drive
  • Right on Moakley Street
  • Follow to end to turnaround cone
  • Stay straight on Moakley until the next turnaround cone
  • Right on Miss Bessie Drive
  • Left on Doctors Crossing Way
  • Left on Hollywood Road
  • Right on Baldridge
  • Left on Leonard Hall Drive to Finish

Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions. We have answers.

Leonardtown is located in historic St. Mary's County, MD about 60 miles south of Washington, D.C.

The event is held at the St. Mary's County Governmental Center. The nearest address to the Start/Finish line is 23110 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650
Anyone can form a team. It's as simple as getting friends, family or co-workers together and designating/indicating a team name on the entry form.
Yes. Well behaved dogs on leashes are permitted.
Pre-Registration is recommended and most popular, but same day registration is available from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
The Run and Fun Walk will be held "Rain or Shine".
Race results are announced after completion of the race. Awards will be presented at that time. Race results will be posted on this web site within 24 hours.
Children 6 and under are permitted free. (Parents or legal guardians must sign a waiver releasing Hospice and all event sponsors).
Race packet pickup is available on the Friday before Race Day from 9am - 4pm at the Leonard Hall Drill Hall on the grounds of the St. Mary's County Governmental Center on Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown. Race Packets may also be picked up on Race Day in the Drill Hall (same location as Race Day Registration).
We encourage everyone to arrive early. Race day registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Please arrive no later than 8:00 a.m. to pick up your race packet.
Parking is available at the Governmental Center and at St. Mary's Hospital. PLEASE CARPOOL if possible. Reducing the amount of traffic in and around the Governmental Center will increase the efficiency and safety of the race.
No, All parking is within walking distance of the start line.


We couldn't have this event without the support of our sponsors.
Find out how your company can become a sponsor.


A brief history of the Run & Fun Walk.

  • Our Humble Beginnings

    1st March 24, 1996

    Our Humble Beginnings

    The 1st Annual Maryland Day Run & Fun Walk was held on Sunday, March 24, 1996 at St. Mary's Ryken High School.

  • On The Move

    2nd March 22, 1997

    On The Move

    The Run & Fun Walk moves to it's current location at the Governmental Center in Leonardtown.

  • 3rd March 21, 1998


    Third time's the charm.

  • 4th March 28, 1999


    Maryland my Maryland.

  • 5th March 25, 2000


    No Y2K problems here. Held on Maryland Day.

  • Saturday Evening Post

    6th March 24, 2001

    Saturday Evening Post

    A new 10K run and a Norman Rockwell inspired logo for the 6th Annual Run & Fun Walk.

  • Our True Colors

    7th March 23, 2002

    Our True Colors

    2002 brought a patriotic theme as we remember the events of 9/11 and honor those who were lost.

  • Going The Distance

    8th March 29, 2003

    Going The Distance

    We never run alone.

  • 9th March 27, 2004


    Running side by side.

  • A New Spring

    10th April 9, 2005

    A New Spring

    The Run & Fun Walk moves to April.

  • A Starfish is Born

    11th April 8, 2006

    A Starfish is Born

    The iconic Starfish logo makes its debut as the official brand of the Run & Fun Walk.

  • The Old Line State

    12th April 21, 2007

    The Old Line State

    Maryland flag inspired colors for this year's theme.

  • Lucky 13

    13th April 18, 2008

    Lucky 13

    Nothing but good luck for the 13th Annual Run & Fun Walk

  • Feeling Fit

    14th April 18, 2009

    Feeling Fit

    Working harder, getting stronger.

  • A Banner Year

    15th April 17, 2010

    A Banner Year

    Finish strong.

  • Golden Event

    16th April 16, 2011

    Golden Event

    The 16th was held on the 16th. We celebrated by hitting the road.

  • Love Is All You Need

    17th April 14, 2012

    Love Is All You Need

    A Beatles inspired theme from the Summer of Love.

  • Award Winning

    18th April 13, 2013

    Award Winning

    We thought we deserved a medal.

  • Carrying The Torch

    19th April 12, 2014

    Carrying The Torch

    Inspired by the Olympics we're going for the gold.

  • Hitting Our Stride

    20th April 11, 2015

    Hitting Our Stride

    Celebrating 20 years.

  • Viva Las Vegas

    21st April 9, 2016

    Viva Las Vegas

    We got lucky with the weather but that's how we roll.

  • Maryland Pride

    22nd April 8, 2017

    Maryland Pride

    Running for Maryland and St. Mary's County.

  • A Wharf with a View

    23rd April 14, 2018

    A Wharf with a View

    Celebrating Leonardtown's Scenic Waterfront

  • Solid Gold

    24th April 13, 2019

    Solid Gold

    That's Gold Jerry! Gold!

  • Silver At Last

    25th April 23, 2022

    Silver At Last

    Better late than never.

  • Moving Forward

    26th April 15, 2023

    Moving Forward

    Join us on April 15th for the 26th Run & Fun Walk.

RunForHospice Logo

The Run & Fun Walk began in 1996 and has raised over $850K for Hospice of St. Mary’s County. 100% of net proceeds benefit Hospice of St. Mary’s in providing comfort, care and support of the terminally ill.

We are Southern Maryland’s biggest and best running event featuring our "World Famous Brunch", music and fun. We welcome children, strollers/baby joggers and pets.

Your presence at this event will make a difference.

2022 In Memory Of

Memory Bib

Vincent & Janice Hayden, Peter J. Riester, Jessica Spedden , Cindy Cook, Annette Marie Gisoldi, Peggy Hoffman, Matthew Robrecht and Linda Russell , John Geller, Pauline Wolfe, Peter Riester & Marjorie Kenny, Mimi and Dada, Larry Hogan, Sr. , Patricia Sheldon, Pete Austin, Mom & Dad, Evelyn Woodburn, Jimbo, Audrey Turbyne, Hilda Mattingly, Martha Fischer, Shirley Nickerson, Scot Mattingly, Brent Matthew Robrecht , Loving Family Members and Friends, “Whammy” Tammie Wood, Michael Goddard, Lillianna Shull, Evelyn Clark, Mary Ann Fischer, Oma (Erica Davis), Nannie, Carol Ann Morgan, julia owens, Newell Stiles, Mary (Grandma) Trossbach, Barbara J Verdel, GiGi Fairfax, Bill & Betty Preston, Jack and Peggy Bell/Jerry and Doris Cousino, Regina Price Monarchy, Ronald F Strzalkowski, Ruth Reynolds, Hattie Dunbar, Rose & Louis DiLonardo, John P Blake & Angela "BooBoo" Long, Richard 'Dick' Owen, Scott Lawrence , Bobby Joy, James Roy Goodson, Richard James Love, Peter Riester, Jerome Proctor Sr., Brindle Hutchins, Max Armstrong, Lenny and Louise , Michael Aloi, Pastine Cole, Rodney Sally, Pops Eckardt, Jim Sanborn, Chris Kipphut, Robert Francis Farrell - Father, Raymond Johnson, Pop Chapman, Mary Tippett , Angeline and Vito Busco , George W. Lathroum Sr , Deborah Ford, Debbie Johnson , Eleanor Dillon, John Blake, Richard Holly, Grandma Nancy, Ruth Copsey, Mary Rita Dean, Francis Quade, Deedy Garner, Rae Garner, Richard Carroll, Constance Petty, Celestine "MeaMaw" Shirley, Mary Ruth Bowles, Audrey Tecu, Sophie Turbush, Susan Downs, Tim Meyer, David Sherman, Mike & Norrine Alt, Patti Broocks, John P Blake, Helen Foster, James Aubrey Mattingly Sr. and Grace Wathen Mattingly, Johnson "Snookums" Wood Jr, Lillian Anderson, Marvin Wheeler, Mary Saunders & Allan Stevenson , Bruce Caracaus, lois abell, Nancy and August Bosak , Tessie RIner, Christine Meyer, Jack Short , Carl Nester, Sofia Turbush , Jacob Lorence and Patricia Lorence and Kevin Lorence, Fred Wilson and Diane Kodluboy, Margaret Breck, Bill Lloyd , Shirley Brown, Barbra and Richard Shivers 2nd, Tammy Thompson, Dora Adams, Viola Edwards, Phillip Walker, All my loved ones!!, Dolores McKeffery, William A. Snively, Margaret and Joseph Longacre , Brent Matthew Robrecht, MARIAN RENÉE CLARK, Francis R. Ford, Suzanne Shaw, Harvey McElhenny & Julia Tyler, Maryjane Beamer, Alma Johnson , Bill Harris, Frances Freeman, David Raulerson, Don Green, Leo Raulerson, Janie Lyles, Ben Johnson, Earl Gould, John Chase, Win Kinsport, Sophie Turbush , Frances L. "Tinsy" Herbert, Emily Latham, Robert Henry Morris, Peter J. Riester Sr., Alex Shellhammer, Michael Glasgow, Betty Sterling, Patricia Biernesser, Hazel Travers/Chris Kipphut, Cathy Garrow, Barbara “Reds” Gasiewicz, Betty and Emory and Bob Fowler, Patricia Fleitz, Virginia Ullman, Cyndi Scheffler, Alma Johnson, I miss you dearly mom, Mary & Vernon Ford, Brent Matthew Robrecht - my father in law, Ben Clark, My Mom , Tommy Farrell, Cathy Mattingly and Christine Russell, Elmo and Margaret Bates, Sophia Turbush, Jean R Carpenter, Melba 'Granny' Carter, Grandpa Hollander and Grandma Kim, Rainey Voellinger, Paul and Kitty Ludwig, Donnie Poe, Many Folks, Debra Jo Davis, Fred Wilson, Jillian Steele, Carol Rocheteau, Scott Eric Ledman jr. , John Goewey Sr., pat cheseldine, Dale Wormwood, Corrine Peeling, Jane Stagner, Selina Madden, Dot Strong, George Madden , Barbara Grubaugh (Mom) , Bill & Connie Loucks and Jerry Atkinson , Grandma Scotland, Alan Wible, Sonny Bartz, John Wayne Raley, Nonies and Buddy, Jessica Spedden, Michelle Morris, ZJ Hill, Tim Shuler , Marcia Daidy, Johnson "Snookums Wood, Lillian Anderson, Brenda Funk, Mom Mom Denton, Karyl Beveridge, Lewis and Betty Quade and John Quade, Sharon Weiner, Peggy Wooten, Stephen Lacey Sr, Big nanny , Sharon Weiner and Anne Lancaster, Special Agent Ronald Gene Poole, Tammie Wood , Patricia Lorence , Melvin Yost Sr and Mary Peters, All of my Hospice House Patients, Brenda Hanson, Anne Rezny, Fred Miller and BB Sterling, Tammie Wood and Jessica Spedden, Robert Miller Jr, Ann & Tommy Poe, Shirley Nickerson, Thelma Schrader, Missy Albert, Brent Robrecht , Tammie Wood, Tom Giles , Lenny Bennett & Louise Thompson”, Shannon Thomas , Helen Griffin, Eileen Trott, Cynthia DeBosky, Polly Abell, Michael Glasgow , Kevin (Bubbies) Lent, Arnie Huber, John Bowles and Alberta Bowles, Grace Bailey , Momo, Grandma Dasi, Roy Bowman, Kay Hill & Sonny Bartz, Peter Riester & Marjorie Kenny , JoAnn McLellan, Mop Jack Nelson, Sam Spalding, Sr/Jr-Teresa Spalding, Evelyn Auth, John Auth, Mary Nietupski, Nance Canuso, Betty Miller, Ellsworth & Brenda Mills, James Raley, Sofia Turbush, Priscilla Simmons, Hilda Mattingly , Theresa Spaulding, Lenny Bennett, Brent Matthew Robrecht - my grandfather, Big nanny, John Goewey, James and Norma Bell, Jerry Rose, Charlotte Mayerhofer, Tammy Wood , Jim Romnek, Hazel Thomas, Jan Kitchens, Margaret & Elmo Bates, Joyce/Alfonso, Evans Fletcher, Christine Lloyd , Grace Miller, hubs, Mike and Dorothy and Jimbo, Tammie M Wood, Sam, Sam Jr. and Teresa Spalding, Bob, Gordon, Jewel, Pat, Judy, Marge, Robert H. Morris, Jackie & Peggy Bell, Betty And Harris Sterling, Pearlie Perkins, Mary Ann Chasen, Tammie Wood, Johnny & Dot Cheseldine, Ken Cheseldine, Patty West and Jean West, Jean R. Carpenter, Nanny Norris, Nancy Schiffmacher, Jim Concannon, Roby Rotenberry and Earl Kennedy, Nancy Peacock, Charlie Christman and Mary E. Bauserman, Paula Luskus, David Fowler , Mary Jean & Gary Robrecht, Sally Wise, Teresa Ann Doyle, Tammie wood, Wendy Gibson, Rudolph Thompson, Billy Frankin, James L Mattingly, Betty Bush, William Calderwood , Rick Reisman, Elizabeth Katuszonek , Richard Love, John Wayne Raley, C. Clarke Raley, William calderwood, Louise Thompson , Eddie Bowling, Jimbo Spalding,, Tammy Wood, Diane Kodluboy, Tammie Wood and Louise Thompson, Jessica Speedin, Sofie Turbush, Harold Quade, Fred Czarra, Nelson, Ondras family and friends, Eva dick, David M. Darlington Sr., Gladys Sheehan & Mary Frances Norris , Elizabeth Sterling, William A. Bridgett (Billy), Eugene Moats, Donna Haarhoff, Harold Pevey and Mary Shook, Debra Jan Kitchens, Donald Haynes, Duty Davis "Memaw", Winifred and Roy Maskarinetz , Jane Davis, Ed Mattingly, Marilyn McKay, James F. Dunn, Jr, Rayetta McWilliams , Erica Davis, Carole and Patsy, Sharon Weiner , Eric Askins, Harriet Norris, Neilson Gallagher, Robert Francis Farrell, Daron williams , Julia Hilton, Delores Callanan, Sandra Taylor, Sofie Turbush , Karen Ann Spalding, Sam Spalding Jr, Teresa & Sam Spalding, Louise “Chickie” Goddard, Rey Bald, Melvin and Mary Billie Yost, Matthew Robrecht and Linda Russell, Pat Zwick, John Govoni, Scott Hall, Francis Holyoak, Jeannine Fairfax, Phyllis Albright, Jerry Shaw, Joe Vestraci, Jimbo Spalding. Mike Wathen Dorothy Clarke, Marsha Lanham, Fred Miller, Bubby Lent, 

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Figuring it out as we go...

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  • Aaron Okun

  • Jennifer Overstreet

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