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Frederick Summer Solstice 8K

Saturday, June 15, 2024 Directions





Thursday, June 13
     4:00-7:00pm: Packet Pickup at  Charm City Run - 925 West Seventh St, Frederick

​Saturday, June 15
     6:00pm: Packet Pickup at race venue

     7:25pm: Athletes Serving Athletes 8k race start

     7:30pm: General 8K Race Start

     7:35pm: One Mile Fun Run/Walk Start

     8:00-10:00pm: PARTY!  


Race-Day Registration
Online registration is open through race day, but please be aware that entry fees increase on Thursday June 13. 

Race day registrants must register online. There will be no in-person registration at the race venue.



We are excited to offer an option for participants to choose a fun run/walk event.  Start 5 minutes after the 8K runners,  turn around at the half-mile point, hit the finish line, and start enjoying the celebration! Fun Run/Walk participants will receive the same race shirt and drink ticket as 8K registrants. We hope you'll join us in supporting Blessings In A Backpack with your participation.

​Just for fun, gather up some of your friends/family and run/walk a mile as a team!

​Strollers are welcome to participate in the Fun Run/Walk.



8K Course


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The 8K course is USATF-certified in Walkersville, MD.   

Certification #: MD19008NP



Overall awards are based on gun time, all others are based on net time.

   Individual Awards

     1st Overall Male/Female  (including store gift card/gift bag from Charm City Run)

     1st Masters (40+) Male/Female

     1st Overall Non-Binary

     Top 3 Age Group Male/Female:  19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+


    8K Team Award

        Award to top team


8K Teams

  1. Teams are co-ed

  2. The minimum team size is three with at least one female

  3. The first team member to register creates the team name, and other team members specify the team name during registration

  4. The team score will be the sum of the net times of the three fastest team members with at least one female. If a team has fewer than three scoring finishers, the team will be disqualified.


Time Cutoff

For the safety of our participants, the 8K event has a time cutoff of one hour and 15 minutes (15 minute/mile pace).  We ask that you return to the finish line on the sidewalk if you have not completed the course by the cutoff. 



Cupped water will be available at three water stops along the course, and bottled water will be provided at the finish line. If you need hydration before the race, we suggest that you bring it with you.



This year you'll have a choice of an awesome short-sleeve technical shirt or a tank.  Register by our shirt deadline of May 21 to be guaranteed your preferred shirt size/style. After the deadline, size/style selection may be limited but exchanges will be available after packet pickup on race night.



Parking will be located behind the Fire Hall. Volunteers will be onsite to direct you.

​PLEASE enter W. Frederick St from the south off of Rt 194 (Woodsboro Pike), as shown on the diagram. The road will be closed at the north intersection of Rt 194 and Frederick Street.

Do NOT park in the lot adjacent to the start/finish between the street and the celebration area.  Fire Company vehicles need priority access to that lot.



Race results will be available via shared-use kiosks. Runners can also check their results online at the race website.  The QR code on your race bib will take you directly to your individual results.

Check your results here.



We've got a great after-party planned. Check out the details on our Party Page



Finish line medical support provided by MedStar Health.



  • No bib transfers, no deferrals, and no refunds (See here for FSRC Policy). If you are concerned that you may not be able to participate, you may purchase race insurance when you register.

  • ​Weather Policy - We love the summer season, but occasionally the weather can be uncooperative.  At the discretion of the Race Director and Town of Walkersville municipal and emergency officials, the race may be postponed, changed to an untimed Fun Run, or canceled. Sorry, no refunds.

  • ​Any runner finishing more than 75 minutes after race start may not receive an official time.  If you are not maintaining a 15 min/mile pace, please get up on the sidewalk after 8:45pm (assuming no rain delay).

  • ​For your safety and the safety of those around you, headphones are discouraged.

  • ​Dogs, bicycles, and skates,  are not allowed on the course. Strollers are not permitted in the 8K event but may participate in the One Mile Fun Run.  Children under the age of 5, who are pushed in a stroller by a registered adult, do not need to be registered.

  • Participants in violation of this policy are subject to disqualification and removal from the course. Note: Strollers/sports chairs associated with the Athletes Serving Athletes program are permitted in both events.

  • ​FSRC has adopted the guidelines outlined by USATF regarding Transgender and Transsexual Athletes. (See here for FSRC policy)

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