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Event Date:August 17-18, 2019
City: Cumberland, MD







2019 Schedule

8/17/19 @ Shoppes at Canal Place

  • 4:00-7:00pm 25K/5K packet pickup and late registration
  • 4:00-7:00pm Sweet Pea Shuffle

8/18/19 @ Canal Place

  • 5:50-6:00am Buses depart for Frostburg from Canal Place
  • 7:00am 25K race start
  • 7:00-7:45am Late packet pickup & registration for 5K
  • 8:00am 5K race start
  • 8:30am Post-race buffet opens
  • 10:00am Awards ceremony begins
  • 11:00am Course officially closes

Lowe Reclaims Crown; Parks Repeats

On a weekend that made for the hottest Howard's Run Festival to date, Adam Lowe was determined to eclipse what Mother Nature had brewed. The temperature in Frostburg at 7am, which historically hovered around the 60 degree mark, made a significant departure from that target, reaching 68 at the start of the race. Runners who averaged a 10 minute mile pace were experiencing about a 5 degree raise in temperature per hour on the course. It was no wonder finishing times for this year's 25K were significantly down from last year's event. Most importantly, no runners were reported as injured or ill at the end of the day. Adam Lowe crossed the finish line Sunday morning with a time of 1:37:00, followed by Tim McGee, Joe Eary, Dennis Everett, and Kevin Cuozzo. Heather Parks, last year's record breaker, earned her second win in as many tries at 1:53:30. Alicia Kordistos, Bethany McGee, Cherie Devore, and Bethany Gilles rounded out the top five women.

The Potomac Farms Paws on the Pavement 5K set a new benchmark for registrations this year totaling 86, easily surpassing the previous high tally. A familiar face to Queen City Striders races, Lucas Young, returned to the area for the weekend to challenge last year's champion and record holder, Garrett Ferguson. Young smashed the previous 5K record by more than a minute, setting the new 5K mark at 17:04. Garrett Ferguson finished second, bettering his course record last year by 1:04. Ethan Hilgeman, Chris Daugherty, and racing veteran Neil Riemenschneider finished out the top 5 in the Men's competition. In the women's division, Hannah Muir successfully defended her 5K title, crossing the line at 23:53. Samantha Kelly and Lauren Oleski copped second and third, respectively while Nancy Bensley and Olivia Campbell rounded out the top 5.

Last Week of Registration - Online Closes Friday!

We're in the last week of registration with online registration closing Friday, August 16th at midnight! Don't miss out on our 5th Annual Howard's Run Festival sponsored by Jo & David Wilson and Alcova Mortgage. THIS YEAR we will have CASH PRIZES for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the Hunter Douglas Howard's 25K Run: $150 - 1st place, $75 - 2nd place, $25 - 3rd place.


A 50/50 raffle is also in progress and will conclude during the award ceremonies Sunday August 18 starting at approximately 10am (possible sooner). You do not have to be present to win. Tickets can be purchased in person race weekend, August 17-18 or buy using our donate page ($5 minimum). Please include your contact information when ordering through PayPal. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. We estimate our winner will be walking away with close to $500!

Runners instructions are being compiled and will be emailed Thursday night and posted to facebook. Please be on the lookout for your final instructions and if you do not receive them email us!

50/50 Raffle Tix Available NOW!

New for 2019 we are selling tickets now for a MEGA 50/50 raffle with the winner being drawn August 18 during the awards presentations for Hunter Douglas Howard's 25K Run and Potomac Farms Paws on the Pavement 5K. Tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5. We bought an initial run of 1000 tickets, which means the winner will receive a minimum of $416! We also have some really nice prizes lined up for people who are helping us sell tickets as well! If you are interested in purchasing or helping us sell tickets, contact Sharon Ellsworth or Ray Hunt

Howard's Heroes Lose Their Colonel

With the heaviest of hearts, we are saddened to report the death of Howard Sullivan. Howard was not only the face of our event and inspiration to our many participants over the years, but he was also a loving, loyal, and dedicated furbaby to his mom, Kim. We mourn with Kim for the loss of her beloved boy. We have all lost a most lovable soul and wonderful spirit as he crossed over the rainbow bridge February 2, 2019. From Kim Sullivan:

"Howard Sullivan passed away tonight with compassion, respect and more love than I ever thought was possible. He was a strong boy who lived through hell to get to a better place. I am numb with grief and not sure how I will get along without him. No more suffering for him, thank heavens. He was truly incredible and I loved him with every ounce of my being. R.I.P. my love. The Lucky 33’s have lost an incredible hero."

If any of Howards Heroes would like to send cards to Kim for Howard please send to: Kim Sullivan c/o Allegany County Animal Shelter POB 566 Cumberland MD 21501. Let's all work together this year to make this the best Howard's Run Festival ever in honor of this brave, little boy. 

2019: 5th Anniversary of Howard's Run

It's hard to believe that we are celebrating the fifth year of Howard's Run let alone the growth of the event from a single race to a two day festival. In four years, we've raised almost $30,000 for the Allegany County Animal Shelter while doing our best to provide an enjoyable race experience to hundreds of runners. We look forward to making this year a landmark event and raising the bar even higher. We hope you will join us a be a part of this special celebration!

Of course this all depends on how well we do with our sponsors, but we're hoping to add to the variety of food to our post-race buffet on Sunday, expand our artisan village with more local home-based/small businesses, offer live entertainment Saturday and Sunday, and  provide a special tribute to some of our dedicated athletes.

We'll keep you updated here as our program develops and we are sure that we will have exciting news for you in the coming months!


Sponsor Renewals

We're trying to get an early jump on lining up spsonsors, so if your business was a part of Howard's Run Festival last year check your email or mailbox for a renewal letter from us! We're proud to welcome back Hunter Douglas and Potomac Farms as race sponsors for this year and we hope to update with more additions soon! If you are a business owner and would like to join in our 5th anniversary celebration, please email us at or call 301-707-4054

Registration Fees Hold Steady

While we can almost count on certain things raising in price - like your car insurance, cable bill, property taxes - our registration fees have held pretty steady over our five years. We'll be leaving things as is from last year, with early bird registration ending May 31. Like last year, late registration will be August 1-17 for Howard's 25K Run and we will offer race day registration for the Paws on the Pavement 5K as well. Online registration will be available February 1 through August 16. Once again we will be using Run Sign Up for our online registration service. Everything is already updated and in place to go February 1!


2019 Howard's Run Festival Fee Schedule

Howard's 25K Run
  • Feb 1 - May 31  $40
  • Jun 1 - July 31   $50
  • Aug 1 - Aug 17   $60
Paws on the Pavement 5K
  • Feb 1- May 31  $20
  • Jun 1 - July 31  $25
  • Aug 1 - Aug 18  $30
Sweet Pea Shuffle
  • Feb 1 - Aug 17  $10

Race Statistics

Howard's 25K Course Records

Male - Woody Snoberger 1:30:09

Female -Heather Parks 1:47:16

Paws 5K Course Records 

Male - Lucas Young 17:04

Female - Gracie Healey 22:21

2019 Top Finishers - 25K
Top 5 Male Finishers
  1. Adam Lowe 1:37:00
  2. Timothy McGee 1:47:11
  3. Joe Eary 1:47:59
  4. Dennis Everett 1:51:26
  5. Kevin Cuozzo 1:57:05
Top 5 Female Finishers
  1. Heather Parks 1:53:30
  2. Alicia Kordistos 1:56:11
  3. Bethany McGee 2:07:18
  4. Cherie Devore 2:07:33
  5. Bethany Gilles 2:17:25
2018 Top Finishers - 5K
Top 5 Male Finishers
  1. Lucas Young 17:04
  2. Garrett Ferguson 17:15
  3. Ethan Hilgeman 19:41
  4. Chris Daugherty 21:39
  5. Neil Riemenschneider 23:22
Top 5 Female Finishers
  1. Hannah Muir 23:53
  2. Samantha Kelly 25:14
  3. Lauren Oleski 25:17
  4. Nancy Bensley 27:44
  5. Olivia Campbell 28:25