Bel Air, Md., April 9, 2014 — The 3rd Annual Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, May 3, at 8 a.m. at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air.
The race, on a USA Track and Field Certified Course, honors the memory of Adam Thompson, a first-year Harford Community College student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. The race is hosted by The Thompson Family, Harford Community College Foundation and The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation.
On-site race registration takes place in the Susquehanna Center Auxiliary Gymnasium beginning at 6:30 a.m., with the race starting at 8 a.m. Participants may run as individuals or organize themselves as part of a team.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three men and women finishers as well as for the first to cross the finish line in various age categories: 19 and under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59 and 60 and over. Prizes also will be awarded to the top fundraisers and the largest team. Each pre-registered participant will receive a T-shirt and refreshments after the race.
The Oriole Bird and Poe from the Ravens will be on hand at the race. Other activities include chair massages, ping-pong corn hole, face painting, an exhibitor’s area and more. University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health’s HealthLink will be on site. A raffle featuring a grill donated by Home Depot will also be held.
970 WAMD will broadcast live from the race.
Proceeds will benefit The Adam Thompson Memorial Nursing Scholarship at Harford Community College and The Adam Thompson Memorial Education Scholarship at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. Both scholarships support students attending Harford Community College.
The cost is $25 per person for advance registration or $35 on the day of the race. Online registration is available in advance at www.harford.edu/adam. For more information, call 443-412-2449.
The goals for this year’s race are to register 500 participants and to raise $25,000 for scholarships. Last year, 350 runners and walkers raised $20,000.
“The proceeds from the race go directly to help students with their college educations. Currently, 15 students have received one of the Adam Thompson scholarships at Harford Community College,” said Pat Thompson, Adam’s mother, a nursing instructor at Harford Community College for the past seven years and a team member at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health for the last 29 years.
“Eight scholarships have been awarded to children of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health team members who are studying in various degree programs. The other seven have been presented to Harford Community College students in the nursing program,” Thompson said. “With a successful race on May 3, my hope is that we will be able to provide even more scholarships next year.”
Rebecca Zeller, a first-year nursing student at Harford Community College and a scholarship recipient, said, “Receiving The Adam Thompson Memorial Nursing Scholarship has been so important to my nursing education. Not only has it helped to pay for my schooling, but it has also inspired me to do the best that I can while in this program. I could not be more proud to receive this scholarship, and I am so grateful for the opportunities it has allotted me.”
Sponsors of this year’s race include 970 WAMD, Artistry in Plastic Surgery/Dr. Brent Birely, Behavioral Health, Lorien Bel Air, MediaWise, Inc., Upper Chesapeake Emergency Medicine Physicians, LLC, William P. Cook, MD, Adam’s Chevrolet, Dr. Kevin Lynch, Primary Care, Freedom Federal Credit Union, Thompson Family, Auston Contracting, Inc., Bill and Cheney Hibschman, Clearwater Pool Management, Enotria, Field of Harford County, HCC SNA, Herb’s on the Curb, Heron’s Creek Assisted Living, Innovative Insurance Solutions, Judith and Floyd Grimm, Lincare, Nursing Administration, Olivia’s Consignment, Senator Barry Glassman and The Arena Club.
For those unable to walk or run but would like to participate, donations may be made to sponsor a participant running or walking in the race, or an outright donation may be made by visiting www.harford.edu/adam.