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 first municipal no-kill shelter! We strive to make Howard's Run Festival one of the most enjoyable and memorable race weekends you will experience and your registration fee contributes to supporting the well-being of the many dogs and cats that are serviced by the Allegany County Animal Shelter.
More Runner Goodies for 2017!
We're offering more goodies to stuff your runner's bag this year no matter what event you register for! For all our Sweet Pea Shuffle and Potomac Farms Paws on the Pavement 5K participants, we are including "YOU ARE PAWSOME" bracelets. Bracelets are one size fits all stretchable bands with a pawprint and "YOU ARE PAWSOME" impressed on the band.
We're also pleased to announce that the race magnets that many of you enjoyed so much in our first year are returning! This year's design is our inaugural release of the Howard Run Festival magnet and all our participants will receive one in their goodie bag regarless of the event.
And while there are many NEW reasons to sign up for one of our events, there's always the reason that 100% of your registration fee will go directly to Howard's furry friends at the Allegany County Animal Shelter! Register today!
Fairfield Inn, Ramada Inn Offering Special Festival Rates
Fairfield Inn and Suites, conveniently located off I-68, is once again offering a special group rate of for our out-of-town participants. Rooms are available for Saturday and/or Sunday, offer a beautiful view of the C&O Canal and the Shoppes at Canal Place and is 1/10 mile from our finish line area. Book your group rate for Howards Run Festival
Ramada Inn of Cumberland is also offering a special group rate for our runners as well! This is a call-in offer only. When placing your reservation, please tell the clerk you are part of the "Howard's Run Block". Rooms are available for Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19 with a late check out of 1pm that Sunday. Reserve your room today by calling 301-724-8800. Both blocks will be held for a limited time so make your reservations early!
Scarpelli Funeral Homes Signs On as Race Sponsor
We gladly welcome Scarpelli Funeral Homes as a new shirt sponsor for 2017 Howard's Run Festival. Founded over 60 years ago as an independent, family-owned business, the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A. has established a tradition of providing personal and caring services to those who call upon them for assistance with funeral planning. They have two locations, one on Virginia Ave in Cumberland, the other on McMullen Highway in Cresaptown.
One Main, Alcova Mortgage Official Festival Sponsors
One Main (formerly One Main Financial) and Alcova Mortgage have returned as sponsors for this year's festivities and have signed on as official festival sponsors. One Main and Alcova Mortgage's continued support allows us up the ante on our course record kitty this year, raising the course record bonus to $200 for breaking the mens' or womens' course records for the Hunter Douglas Howard's 25K. Additionally, we will be offering tech material race shirts for our 25K and 5K participants, another upgrade thanks to the generous support of our sponsors!
Potomac Farms Renews 5K Name Sponsor
We are pleased to announce that Potomac Farms Dairy, a division of Gallikers, has renewed their name sponsorship of the Paws on the Pavement 5K. Potomac Farms was the name sponsor for our inaugural running last year, and we are pleased to receive their commitment for 2017. Potomac Farms not only supplied funding for the event but also supplied chocolate milk for all the runners last year and even fielded a corporate team for the 5K!
Early Bird Registration Now Open!
This year, Howard's Run Festival is partnering with Run Sign Up for online registration services. Registration fees will remain the same, with the added bonus of lower processing fees. Early bird registration is now available for all events - Hunter Douglas Howard's 25K Run, Potomac Farms Paws on the Pavement 5K, and our inaugural staging of the Sweet Pea Shuffle! Register online
Hunter Douglas Renews Commit to Festival!
Nothing kicks off a new season like good news from our sponsors! Not only is Hunter Douglas back on board for Howard's Run Fest 2017, but they are also increasing their donation! We're happy to have Hunter Douglas back on board as our name sponsor for our main event - the Hunter Douglas Howard's 25K!
2017 Cash Awards Get Bigger!
Since the weather made our 25K even more challenging, no one was able to break the current course records. That means for 2017, the Break the Bank Kitty will increase another $100! Our first male and female 25K runners to cross the finish line will receive an additional $200 should they break the respective course records as well as cashing in on the $100 for capturing first place!
New Event Features Canine Harriers
New for 2017- the Hunter Douglas Sweet Pea Shuffle! Using the oval track at the Canal Place Pavillion, our contestants (you and your pet) will be challenged with completing the most laps around the track during the alotted time. Prizes will be awarded based on most laps completed and most funds raised. Cost of registration is $10 flat fee or minimum $20 in sponsorships.