Exercise has many benefits to the physical, emotional and social aspects of our beings. One of the most common forms of exercise, and one of the most economical, is running or walking. You can burn more calories, raise your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and relieve stress, in addition to toning and shaping your body. As the weather begins to change from winter to spring, there are many opportunities to walk or run as you explore your surroundings. Baltimore has several races occurring in the spring which will not only benefit one’s own self but also others.

Druid Hill Park Lake; Photo credit, Vickie Lawson

Batimore County Delta Foundation 5K, 10K Run/Walk
900 Druid Park Lake Drive
Swann Drive
Sundial Pavilion
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 656-9866
www.bcdfcharities.orgDate: May 28, 2016 at 7:30 am

From 8:30 am – noon, participants can walk or run for the benefit of military and veteran women. Exhibitors will be on hand. Registration will begin at 7:30 am. The race will take place at the Druid Hill Park Lake. This is an annual event sponsored by the Baltimore County Delta Foundation.

National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute; Photo credit, Vickie Lawson

6 Dot Dash 6K Run
National Federation of the Blind – Jernigan Institute
200 E. Wells St.
Baltimore, MD 21230

Date: June 5, 2016 at 6:30 am

This run will take place, beginning at 8 am. The start and finish line will be at the National Federation of the Blind building and will run through the famous Inner Harbor and back. Proceeds from the run will help support blind people who live independently. This is an annual event. Registration begins at 6:30 am.

Baltimore 10 Miler Race
Druid Hill Park near The Maryland Zoo
1876 Mansion House Drive
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 605-9381

Date: June 4, 2016 at 7:30 am

This is the ninth year for the Baltimore 10 Mile Race. The race begins and ends at the famous Druid Hill Park and meanders its way through the picturesque city, uphill and down, through the various neighborhoods. Participants must register online prior to the race since there will be no registration on the day of the event. This race is sponsored by CareFirst and Corrigan Sports Enterprises.

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Furman Fit 5K
Druid Hill Park
2600 Madison Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21217

Date: June 11, 2016 at 10:00 am

Sponsored by Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy, the goal of this run is to reduce childhood obesity as well as the associated health issues. According to the school’s website, “we want to provide our students opportunities to improve their health, wellness and fitness”. Registration packets must be picked up either June 9th or 10th since there will be no registration on the day of the event.

McVet 5K And 10K Run
War Memorial Plaza
Lexington and Fayette St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Date: May 29, 2016 at 7:30 am

Beginning at 7:30 am at the War Memorial Plaza building, Charm City will hold its 21st Annual McVet 5K/10K Walk or Run. This event will benefit homeless veterans and their families. According to the event’s website, participants will receive a t-shirt and will also be able to attend a silent auction, an awards ceremony and a post-race party with refreshments, music and entertainment.

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Vickie Lawson is a freelance writer whose work can be found on Examiner.com.