Run + Walk = Fun
April 23, 2022 8:30am
Leonardtown, MD
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Online Registration Closed

Online registration is closed to allow time to prepare our t-shirts and bibs for packet pickup on Friday.

You can register in person on Friday between 9 am and 5 pm during our packet pickup or between 7 am and 8 am on Saturday at the Leonard Hall Recreation Center located at:

23145 Leonard Hall Dr Leonardtown, MD 20650

Thanks for supporting Hospice of St. Mary's.

Walk Start Photo


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


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

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.


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.

Fun Walk

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

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

    Join us on April 13th for the 24th Annual Run & Fun Walk.

  • Silver At Last

    25th April 23, 2022

    Silver At Last

    Join us on April 23rd for the 25th 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

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

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Figuring it out as we go...

  • Emily Cantrell-Stagner

  • Jim Dicus

  • Laurie Lawrence

  • Jennifer Overstreet

  • Jeff Thomas

  • Jamie Thomas

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