By Jessica Kartalija

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A rain cloud here and there was not enough to stop thousands of women from breaking out their running shoes Sunday morning.

Jessica Kartalija reports–it’s the 38th year of the Baltimore Women’s Classic.

And they’re off!

More than 4,000 runners and walkers take to Key Highway for the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5k.

“I think it’s empowering. These women are embracing themselves,” said Donna Beares, runner.

Men aren’t invited to race in the Women’s Classic, but they showed up in full force as volunteers and cheerleaders.

It’s the country’s second oldest race.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for women of all ages and abilities to come out and run together,” said Michele Huffman, runner.

Proceeds go toward various women’s causes, and is intended to celebrate life and fitness.

“It gives them a sense of camaraderie and being a part of something huge. Bigger than they are,” Beares said.

WJZ’s own Denise Koch emceed the event as part of our continuing community commitment.

The race started back in 1976.


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