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Howard's 25K Run


Hunter Douglas Howard's 25K Run  Potomac Farms Paws on the Pavement 5K



When: August 21, 2016 7am-Noon
Where: Cumberland, MD


2016 Schedule

8/19/16 @ Downtown Cumberland

  • 5:00-10:00pm HOGS on the Mall - Harley Davidson Cycle Show
  • 6:30-9:00pm Butterscotch Blonde - Live Music (Rock, Funk, Soul)

8/20/16 @ The Crabby Pig

  • 4:00-7:00pm 25K/5K packet pickup and late registration
  • 5:00-7:00pm Pasta dinner

8/21/16 @ Canal Place

  • 5:00-6:00am Late packet pickup for 25K
  • 6:00-6:10am Buses depart for Frostburg from Canal Place
  • 7:00am 25K race start
  • 7:00-7:45am Late packet pickup for 5K
  • 8:00am 5K race start
  • 8:30am Post-race buffet opens
  • 10:00am Awards ceremony begins
  • 11:00am Course officially closes

Come to Cumberland and Run the GAP!

Experience the breathtaking natural beauty of Western Maryland's most astounding attraction, the Great Allegany Passage, and support the state's only municipal no-kill shelter! The 2nd annual ACAS Howard's 25K Run will be unquestionably one of the most beautiful and picturesque courses you will run this year and your registration fee contribute to supporting the well-being of the many dogs and cats that are serviced by the Allegany County Animal Shelter. We've added a few new tricks for 2016, too!

Races Net $9K For Shelter

9/18/16 - Howard's 25K Run presented by Hunter Douglas and Potomac Farms Paws on the Pavement showed substantial and sustainable growth in 2016, raising $9000 for the Allegany County Animal Shelter. The races hosted close to 200 participants this year... more

Post-Event Survey

8/26/16 - Just like last year, we have created a post-race survey for our participants to complete. We are always striving to better our runners' experience, in the hopes they will return for another year and bring a few friends. Our committee reviews ALL the responses and considers your thoughts and recommendations seriously! Thank you all for an exciting 2016 event and we hope you will return for a bigger, better, (and hopefully drier) 2017 Howard's 25K & Paws on the Pavement 5K! Take the survey!

Photographs Available from Joe's Sports Photography

Joe's Sports Photography8/23/16 - Looking to preserve a memory from Sunday's race? Joe Nichols was on the course, braving the elements with you and has posted a gallery of trail shots and finish line photos for the 25K participants. You'll find it here - Joe's Sports Photography




Howard's, Paws on the Pavement All Wet

8/21/16 - Adam Lowe successfully defended his title through a rainy Sunday morning while newcomer, Sheila Vibert, claimed victory in the womens' competition for Howard's 25K Run Presented by Hunter Douglas. David Mertz and Gracie Healey earned a free new pair of running shoes, staking wins in the inaugural running of the Potomac Farms Paws on the Pavement 5K. 25K Results 5K Results



In the Final Mile!

8/8/16 - We are less than 2 weeks away from race day! We would like to remind those of you who are thinking about registering please consider the following...

  • Deadline for online registration is Friday, August 19th at 12:00 Midnight
  • Late registration will be offered at Packet Pick-Up Saturday, August 20th from 4-7pm at The Crabby Pig. Cash and check only!
  • There will NO race day registration for either event. 

Hunter Douglas Signs on as Major Sponsor!

7/5/16 - Four paws up for Hunter Douglas! Hunter Douglas is now the presenting sponsor Howard's 25K Run. The company specializes in window treatments such as blinds, shades, and shutters - all guaranteed for life! Hunter Douglas is a worldwide coporation with a production facility located near Cumberland, MD.

Personal Best Athletics logo New Running Shoes for 5K Winners!

7/3/16 - Personal Best Athletics has signed on to the sponsor team and will donate a gift certificate for a new pair of running shoes to mens' and womens' overall winners of the Potomac Farms Paws on the Pavement 5K! With the cost of shoes these days, that's quite a haul!

After race yoga courtesy Rising Sun Yoga & ArtNew for 2016! Finish Line Yoga!

We are pleased to announce our newest sponsor, Rising Sun Yoga & Art. In addition to generously sponsoring our race this year, Rising Sun will be setting up a finish line display & practice area for post-race yoga stretching. Feels great after a run!

Awards, Sponsors, & Registration Updates

Some additional notes on this year's running of Howard's 25K. This year, all awards, medals, & trophies will be presented to runners as they cross the finish line. There will be an awards ceremony at 10:00am where all our winners will be recognized and while we encourage you to stay and attend, it is not mandatory. We understand that many of our participants lead busy lives and may not be able to stay for our event as long as they would like.

The business community is rallying behind our sophomore effort and we are so proud of them! We welcome Wilson Supply, Western Maryland Animal Hospital, Chaney Buskirk Insurance, Nature's Art Landscaping, and the Baltimore Street Grill to our growing list supporting such a worthwhile cause.

We are thrilled that registrations are starting to roll in more fervently! We now have 27 registered for the 25K and 5 runners for the 5K. Keep them coming! Register today!

New Sponsors & More Runners! Yah!

More and more of the business community is becoming part of the cause! Big thanks going out to Alcova Mortgage, Health Matters Urgent Care, Timbrook Auto, and our three Forever Media radio outlets Rocky 106, Big Froggy 105.3, and The River 105.7.

We're also happy to welcome a few more runners! Karry Frenzel and Patricia Wright are our first sign-ups for the Potomac Farms Paws on the Pavement 5K. Debra Hershberger returns to tackle Howard's 25K Run once again! Great job ladies!

Packet Pick-Up/Pasta Dinner Set Crabby Pig Restaurant

The Crabby Pig will be hosting Late Registration/Packet Pick-Up August 20th from 4-7pm and will be offering up an amazing pre-race spaghetti meal for $10 a plate (with carry out available) as a fund raiser for the Allegany County Animal Shelter! Scheduled to perform that evening (weather permitting) are Sully n Roc, a local acoustic duo.


Registration is Officially Open!

Registration is officially open for Howard's 25K Run and Potomac Farm Paws on the Pavement 5K! Now through July 31st the fee is $40 for the 25K, $20 for the 5K (processing fees for online registration not included). You can also reserve seating for the Pre-Race Dinner August 20 at $10 per head. Register online via Race-IT or mail the printable application today!

Sponsors and Business Partnerships

Part of the reason for our huge success is our wonderful business community in Western Maryland. We are pleased to announce we already have verbal commitments from Sheetz and One Main Financial, two of our biggest supporters from last year's race. We are also very excited to announce a new partnership with Fairfield Inn for 2016! Now through July 30, while available you can book a room for your weekend stay at a discounted group rate! Reserve your room now!

Potomac Farms Paws on the Pavement 5K

In response to demand for an additional distance, we've added a 5K course for 2016 - Paws on the Pavement 5K Run/Walk! The out & back course begins at Great Allegany Passage origin or "0" with participants traversing the last 1.55 miles of the Howard's 25K Run course. Prize towels will be awarded to overall winners with ribbons for age groups. All participants will receive an official POTP 5K t-shirt and finisher's medal.

Break the Bank Course Record Kitty

If there's one thing Howard is not going to pass up, it's chasing after a kitty. So we figured why not give our 25K runners a kitty to chase as well! One Main Financial is this year's sponsor for the Break the Bank Course Record. The bonus for setting the new course record this year is $100 for the male course record and $100 for the female course record. Win and set the course record, and you go home with $200! Last year our course records were established by Adam Lowe, Mechanicsville MD at 1:34:13 and Alicia Burkey, Pittsburgh PA at 1:50:25. Woof!

Earlier Start Time for Howard's 25K

One of our changes based on last year's participant feedback was moving the start time of Howard's 25K Run. The journey down the trail this year will start at 7am sharp at the New Hope Road bridge just below Frostburg.