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5th Annual Discover Downtown Columbia 5K

Downtown Columbia Partnership

Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

5th Annual Discover Downtown Columbia 5K

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early 5K Registration Ended $35.00 $0.00
5K Registration Oct 7, 2018 $45.00 $0.00

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Note to runners:

A Message from Downtown Columbia Partnership:


With Hurricane Florence headed our way in some manner, we are making the decision to postpone the Discover Downtown 5K to October 7th. We want you to have fun, be safe, and enjoy all that Downtown Columbia has to offer. Call us old-fashioned, but we’re not fans of running or even standing out in tropical storms. That kind of thing is for Jim Cantore. And he’s not even registered for the race.

But, because we’d never miss a clever tie-in opportunity. We’re giving you the first crack at tickets for DTCP’s Fall Cocktail Crawl at the Mall in Columbia on October 4th. Use the code “Florence” for a Category $5 off and join us for some pre-race bonding.


Apologies for any inconvenience with this delay, but we feel it is best to err on the side of caution. And just think, now you’ve have a little extra time to train.


All the best,


The Downtown Columbia Partnership



The Downtown Columbia Partnership is hosting the fifth annual Discover Downtown Columbia 5K on Sunday, Oct. 7, starting at 9 a.m., at the Lakefront Plaza in Downtown Columbia.

The 5K course takes runners and walkers through the landmarks of Downtown Columbia, highlighting its history as well as the future that’s unfolding. This year’s race features a loop trail that starts and ends at the People Tree and winds past The Metropolitan, TEN.M and m.flats apartments and One and Two Merriweather office buildings, through Symphony Woods and into Merriweather Post Pavilion where participants will cross the stage and see the new renovations. The route continues past Toby’s Dinner Theatre and the Central Branch of the Howard County Library and around Lake Kittamqundi and back to the People Tree for the finish line.

Prizes will be awarded. A live band and complimentary post-race beer and other refreshments await runners at the finish.

 Presenting Sponsors Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission and Merriweather Post Pavilion are providing the first 400 Discover Downtown Columbia 5K registrants a lawn seat pass for the 2019 concert of their choice (subject to availability and contract terms).

 Gold Sponsor Howard Bikeshare is providing registrants a month of free unlimited Howard County Bikeshare use. Runners also receive an Under Armour race shirt and a finishing medal. Hysteria Brewing Company is the official beer sponsor for this year's race.

 The Early Bird registration fee is $35, $45 after August 15. Walkers, as well as runners, are welcome.


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Starts at Downtown Columbia Lakefront
10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044

Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Downtown Columbia Partnership

The Downtown Columbia Partnership strives to present an urban district that embodies Columbia’s downtown vision and embraces the future. It promotes the community and its businesses, implements beautification projects, supports transportation initiatives and brings people together. The Downtown Columbia Partnership looks out for the best interests of the community as a whole, as well as the people who make it special.

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