Run + Walk = Fun
April 6, 2024
10K 8:30am, 5K/Walk 8:45am
Leonardtown, MD


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, 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.


Fun Walk

One loop through streets of historic Leonardtown, MD


Defender's Cup

A 5K Run Team Competition

5K Run - 8:45am

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 - 8:30am

One loop stretching around rural, country road course.

Course subject to change

Fun Walk - 8:45am

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

Course subject to change

Course Map

Walk Map
Walk Start

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

2023 Dedication - Albert Eugene Hayden
St. Mary's County Veteran

Albert Eugene Hayden Albert Eugene Obituary Albert Eugene Tombstone

RunForHospice is honored to dedicate the 2023 Defenders Cup Trophy Competition to a St. Mary's County Veteran whose service spanned two World Wars. And a sailor Life Magazine would identify as the first Maryland casualty of WWII; Albert Eugene Hayden. On Dec 6 1941 Albert Eugene Hayden stood 5-feet-11 and weighed 190 pounds - a commanding presence with blue eyes and dark brown hair. At 44 he was still very much in his prime - an experienced & confident United States Navy Chief Petty Officer described by his shipmates as "robust” - living up to his nickname “Rouch”. Serving his country as a sailor in the United States Navy was the best career in the world and the only life Rouch ever wanted. Born in 1897 on what was described as a spit of land between two rivers in Piney Point, he was one of five sons of James Dolor Hayden and Emma J. Hayden. As a child he was mesmerized by the water and the ships & vessels he witnessed upon it - imagining he was aboard them. Even at that young age the tidewaters of the Chesapeake had not only captured his imagination but were already part of his spirit & soul. Educated at Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy & the Charlotte Hall Military Academy, he appreciated his teachers and believed they had well prepared him for his destiny which was officially realized on June 20, 1917 when he joined the Navy in Washington DC at 20 years old. With the United States entering World War I in April, Rouch was assigned to the USS Texas, a new battleship that would serve alongside the British fleet during the war. The Texas witnessed the surrender of the German fleet in 1918 and helped escort President Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference.

Rouch was then assigned to the battleship USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) and served aboard the carrier USS Lexington (CV-2) before joining the Oklahoma in 1937. Rouch was Sailors sailor and as was tradition of sailors of the era his calling to the sea was tattooed to his flesh; his right arm displaying images of a sailors head & three nautical stars. For men who left the safety of their homes for life on the mysterious, powerful & perilous sea, tattoos were not fads, trends, hip fashion statements. They were deeply personal, sacred & spiritual occupational necessities; symbols of hope, protection, & superstitious importance; The star to help them navigate safely at night but perhaps more significantly the symbol of a sailor always being able to find his way home. The sailors head could indicate or represent having to leave loved ones behind, such as family, wives or sweethearts, destiny or accepting On Dec 7, 1941 353 Japanese aircraft were launched from 6 aircraft carriers in a surprise attack on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in the act 'that will forever live in infamy’. Commencing at 0748 am and lasting approx 1 hour and 15 minutes, 353 Japanese planes would devastate the defenseless fleet docked at Pearl. The first wave of 183 planes was led by 40 B5N2 torpedo bombers; though slow & vulnerable, they went undetected allowing their pilots & navigator/observers to calmly seek out the valuable battleship targets as if in a simulation or training exercise. Docked on the outside position of Battleship Row was the USS Oklahoma (BB-37). With her crew preparing for an inspection on Monday morning December 8, many of her watertight doors and hatches had been left open that morning leaving her completely vulnerable. At 7:56 a.m. she was hit by two torpedoes approx 20’ below her waterline between smokestack and mainmast. Minutes later she was hit with a third that penetrated her hull. Her boilers punctured, she immediately began to list and when hit with two more she capsized - sinking within 11 minutes taking 429 of her dedicated American sailors with her. Among them Albert Eugene Hayden from St. Mary's County - the first Maryland Casualty of WWII. The sailor known to his brother shipmates as “Rouch”. According to the Naval History and Heritage Command records The Oklahoma was partially salvaged in late 1942 and 1943. During the effort to ultimately salvage her she was sunk in a storm being towed in the Pacific Ocean in May 1947. During the salvage work, a mix of skeletal remains still aboard were commingled and buried in a mass grave in Hawaii. 1949, all of the remains were declared unidentifiable. They were bundled in military blankets and reburied in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, often called the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

There, they rested until 2015 when 61 rusty caskets - many holding the remains of more than one sailor - were retrieved from 45 graves. Hayden's remains, wrapped in a military blanket, were among 10 such bundles in his casket. In nov of 2015 Federal officials announced they had completely disinterred all of the remains from the USS Oklahoma in an effort to identify all that are possible. In 2016 Rouch’s remains were among 5 sailors positively identified. Seventy-five years after he gave his life at Pearl Harbor Navy Chief Petty Officer Albert Eugene Hayden’s remains were laid to rest beside his parents - finally fulfilling the wishes, hopes & prayers of a heartbroken mother. Perhaps those stars helped Rouch find his way home after all.


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, 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 - 5pm at the Wellness and Aquatics Center on the CSM Leonardtown Campus located at 22950 Hollywood Road Leonardtown, MD 20650.
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.


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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.

  • Maryland my Maryland

    3rd March 21, 1998

    Maryland my Maryland

    Third time's the charm.

  • Running like it's 1999

    4th March 28, 1999

    Running like it's 1999

    Maryland my Maryland again...

  • Crabby

    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.

  • Together

    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

    Back on track.

  • Full speed ahead

    27th April 6, 2024

    Full speed ahead

    Join us on April 6th for the 27th 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.

2023 In Memory Of

Memory Bib

Bill Lloyd, Kimberly taylor, Mary Ann Bean, Lauren Weller Sidorowicz, Nancy Peacock, Melinda Faye Gatton Kohn, Margaret Currie, Sofie Turbush, Wesley Eckman, Robert Whitlock, Polly Abell, Hazel Thomas, Lyle Johnson, Letha Creech, Kai Escalante, Phyllis Lange, David Raulerson, Rick Lilley, Catharine Anas, Margaret Lee, Ms. Mary D Maddox & Ms. Virginia Brown, Bill Franklin, Big Al Okie, Melba "Granny" Carter, Margaret Pruitt, Bobby Carter, Shirley Willett, Bobby Lacey, Jimbo Spalding, Norman F Foran, Andrew J Quade, Benjamin Johnson, Phyllis Albright, Billie Brewer, Debra Jan Kitchens, Diane Trossbach, Adalgisa Ceresa, The Family of Ondras, Nelson and friends, Curt Hamilton and Ransom Hanford, Belinda Dorsay, Mildred Weaver, Parthenia Smith, Michele Del Pilar, Dickie Mattingly, Andrew Rennie, Mary Christine Lloyd, Mary Ann Shook, Ashley Wiggins, Sam Jarboe, Becky Norris, Billy Norris, Patrick Wood, Sonny Hall, Beth Arnitz, Raymond F Sanderlin SR, Dave Hicks / Nancy Baird / Vick Baird, Paula Luskus, Sean DeWolfe, Mr. & Mrs. Forgarty, Sarah Filloramo, Andrea Thompson, Patty West, Trevor Pitman, Paula McNutt, Pops Eckardt, Scott Lawrence, Bonnie Howery, James Concannon, Jeff Osborn, Joyce/Alfonso/Beth, Teresa Spalding, Sam Spalding, Sr, Sam Spalding, Jr., DaDa, Sharon Weiner, Allie Raley, Gladys Sheehan, ALFRED AND TERESA TROSSBACH, Nancy, Rainey Voellinger, Sam & Teresa, Sam Jr. & Karen Ann Spalding, Carolyn & Ronald Corrigan, Mary Jane, David Raulerson, Leo Raulerson, Virginia Raulerson, Frances Freeman, Jimbo Spalding, Bobby Lacey, Ronnie Evans, Paul & Frances Bradburn, Jamie Farrell, Mary Farrell and Emah Reynolds, My Mom and Dad, Pearlie Perkins, Mom, Gertrude Norris, Pat Norris, William Ball, Keith Fretwell, Alex Shellhammer, Steve Shellhammer, Monica Goodreau, Ashley RN, David M. Darlington Sr., Ginnyn Yeatman, Barbara & Merle Voithoffer, Teresa Snively, Helen Foster, John and Peggy Burke, Donna Rollo and BJ Waldron, Dorothy Valentine, Frank Riege, Ginny Yeatman, Sophie Turbush, Bruce Caracaus, Patti Shade, George "Chubby" Stewart, Jr., Pastine Cole, Prescott Ruff, Richard Owen and Paul Meinecke, George Kramer, Clara Rosetta Joy, Arlene Campbell, Sonny Bartz and Sara Davis, Beverly Lewis, Sofie Turbush, Marianne Duepner, Joanne McGilloway, and Chris Juron, Jimbo Mike Dorothy, Melinda, Becky Norris, Ann & James Alfiere, Rita McWilliams, Margaret Henderson, Bannister's, Ricardo E. Brown, Robert Oliver, Stew Highberg, Sally Wise, Phil Mahan, Dave Hicks, Nace and Doris Mattingly, Jay Nam, George W Lathroum Sr., Rita Abell, Ricky Swann, Mary Ruth Bowles, Priscilla Simmons, Kathy Amos, Barbara Verdel, Ron Williams, Barbara Goode, Dotty Broun, Lena Calvert, Evelyn Page, Mike Carroll, Evelyn Clark, Don Antonacio, Pat Cheseldine, Chip Nester, Raymond Liebrecht, Theresa Granata, Harold Pevey, Alex Shellhammer, Grandpa Wood, Dr. William Brown, Carl Lee, Mary Ruth and Ralph Bowles, Sonny Bartz, sofia Turbush, Jimbo Mike Grandma Wathen Nonnue, Patsy Cheseldine, BJ Waldron, MiMi, Raymond Johnson, Kathy Moore, Richard Owen, Paul Meinecke, Robert Morris, Newell Stiles, Ruby and John Blake, My Veterans Brothers who were KIAs in Viet Nam, James Colson, Sam, Sam Jr. and Teresa Spalding, Billie Morrison, Ann R. Jones, Jeri Cloutier, James "Pop" Colson, Earle and Selma Fritz, Peter Visser, Elsie Woodburn, Charles Ball and William Ball, Evelyn Laudenberger, James Aubrey Mattingly Sr. and Grace Wathen Mattingly, Margaret & Elmo Bates, Howard Addison Mattingley, Annette Marie Gisoldi & John Oberhausen, Marva Glover, Bill Lloyd and Delores Nowak, Mark Tuttle, Anita Lewis, Bill & JoAnn McLellan, Blanche Laungayan, Christina Kershaw, Klondike Basta, Ruth Reynolds, Peter Himmelheber, Ann Kalmus, Louis Morgan, Carroll G. Alvey, Sammy Morgan, KIMBERLY TAYLOR, Alan Dean, Theresa "Grammy" Granata, David Sherman, Donald Green, Cathleen Mooney, David Beavan, Donald Haynes, Charles & Emily Latham, Ann Weil, step dad jimmy mills dad mike shall, Retired MAJ Charles H. Simpson II Vietnam Vet, Kerry Staats, Gail Godwin, Jim Harrigan, Ed Dishman, Teresa Spalding Sam Spalding Sr Sam Spalding Jr., Lillian Anderson, Marlene Norris, JULIA MAE OWENS, Edna Boothe, Erma Anderson, Janice Moneymaker Groves "Granny", Jamie Bacon, Susan and Edward Strock, Ronald Williams & Rose Cooper, John P Blake & Angela "BooBoo" Long, Henrietta C. Garrow (Cathy), Richard "Rick" Crim, Mark, Gloria Tippett, Mary Ann Fischer, Lois Abell, Joyce Strup, Jack and Reba Frazier, Margaret Crumbley, Stewart Otta.& Mary Peters, Sherry Crook, Sandy Mahoney, Harvey McElhenny, John Blake "Pop", Jillian Steele, Frances Freeman, David Raulerson, Don Green, Leo & Virginia Raulerson, Janie Lyles, Family Member, John and Mary Grambo, Ethel Holmberg Malone, Edward Mahoney, Lo Ely, James V. Higgs, Gary Thomas, Sr., James Harrigan, Kathryn Chaky, Ruby and Betsy, Sandy Thawley, Liliane Jarboe, Richard Love, Pete Himmelheber, John Wayne Raley, C. Clarke Raley, Sandy Stayrook, Sofia Turbush, Leroy Williams, Joan Chick, Jerry 'Hal' Norris, Margaret Breck, Jean Kerkman, Jacob and Pat Lorence, Kay and Eugene Tennant, Marsha Lanham, Jimbo Spalding, James C. Briscoe Sr., Peggy Wooten, Jack Murphy, John Goewey, Jacques Sebasky, Mother, Sharon Marie Craddock, John chase, Eugene Moats, Debbie Thorne, Regina Price Monarchy, 

Our Amazing Volunteer Team

Figuring it out as we go...

  • Emily Cantrell-Stagner

  • Jim Dicus

  • Brook Fallon

  • Laurie Lawrence

  • Aaron Okun

  • Jennifer Overstreet

  • Jeff Thomas

  • Jamie Thomas

  • Jeannette Wolter

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