Marian House hosts 8th Annual 5K Run/Walk


— Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to lace up their sneakers for the 8th Annual Marian House Race to Embrace Independence 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Family Fun Run on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

The 5K Race to Embrace Independence raises critical funds for Marian House, an independent non-profit located in the Better Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore City that works to provide housing and comprehensive support services to women recovering from homelessness, addiction, mental illness, incarceration and/or trauma. Marian House strives to support women moving from dependence to independence.

This year’s event takes on special significance due to the cuts made on May 2, 2016 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD eliminated $4 million in transitional housing and support services grants to 19 agencies throughout Baltimore. Marian House was directly impacted by the funding cuts.

“Our 2016 5K Run/Walk is a nod to all of the supportive housing programs, and the people, who will be negatively affected by the cuts,” said Marian House Executive Director, Katie Allston— a 2016, “Most Admired CEOs” on the Daily Record’s honoree list of talented business CEOs and nonprofit executive directors throughout Maryland. “We’re asking all of our supporters to join us and stand in solidarity for some our society’s most vulnerable citizens.”

In addition to the 5K-race and One-Mile Fun Run, participants and their supporters will be able to enjoy the Race Village that will feature food, raffles and activities for the entire family. The first 500 adults to register receive a Marian House 5K tech shirt. Children will also receive a t-shirt. Interested participants are encouraged to pre-register at Individuals unable to participate in the event, but still interested in supporting Marian House can make a donation online:

For more information or to register, visit:; email: or call: 410-467-4246.