We have plans to hold a safe in-person race in 2021, with some adjustments and accommodations to ensure the safety of our runners and volunteers. We're also offering a virtual option for participants who are unable to run with us on race night, or who are more comfortable with the "Run Anywhere" approach.
Runners will be able to transfer between the virtual and in-person events until the transfer deadline of June 11. If the in-person race is canceled due to COVID concerns, we will provide the option to defer to 2022, or transfer to the virtual event.
We are developing detailed COVID safety plans incorporating best industry practices.
3/28/2021 update: Both Maryland and Frederick County have lifted specific restrictions on outdoor gatherings. We have SO much room at our start line and at the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Department Carnival Grounds - we will have no problem with meeting social distancing guidelines with runner cooperation.
Stay tuned for updates!
Choose your Fun!
We're not sure who has more fun - our runners or our volunteers!
Please join us on race night to help make this year's event the best ever!
Net proceeds from the Frederick Summer Solstice 8K benefit the Frederick chapter of Blessings in a Backpack. The Frederick Steeplechasers donated race proceeds of $16,614 from the 2020 virtual edition of the race, bringing the total since the inaugural race in 2016 to $99,019.
Blessings in a Backpack, Frederick County is a local chapter of the national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Blessings mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends and over school breaks for school children who might otherwise go hungry when school meals are unavailable.
Blessings provides weekend backpacks of food to children who depend on school meals as their primary source of nourishment Monday through Friday. Every Friday, more than 18 million American children leave school uncertain if they will have food to eat over the weekend. That’s 65 hours from lunch in school on Friday to breakfast Monday morning; 65 hours without proper nutrition. 65 hours!
In Frederick County, more than 12,000 children (28% of all students) are fed by the Free and Reduce-priced Meal program every week, but “What do they do on the weekends?” The food provided by Blessings offers a greater opportunity for these children to return to school better prepared to participate and learn. Blessings, Frederick County currently serves 3,100+ children in 22 local schools. It costs only $110 to feed a single child each weekend for an entire 38-week school year and 100% of the money raised is used to support our local program and feed local Frederick children. The more money we raise, the more children we can feed.