Runners wanted

Johns Hopkins groups hope to raise $10,000 for charity during Baltimore Running Festival

Image caption: Runners await the start of the 2016 Baltimore Running Festival.

The Johns Hopkins University Health Services' Office of Wellness and Health Promotion and the Office of Graduate Medical Education are teaming up to participate in the 16th Baltimore Running Festival on Oct. 21—and they're hoping that lots of their colleagues will lace up their running shoes and join them.

The goal is to raise $10,000 among all Johns Hopkins groups.

Members of the university and health system communities are encouraged to join or create a team and raise money for the Esperanza Center, Our Daily Bread, and Health Care for the Homeless.

Participation also will afford groups of colleagues or students the opportunity to get together outside of work and to be active.

There are five distances from which to choose: marathon, half marathon, team relay, 5K, or BaltiMORON-a-Thon. A Kids Fun Run is also available. All runners will receive an Under Armour shirt for participating.

Races take place throughout the Inner Harbor waterfront area, Federal Hill, and Fell's Point.

In order to create a team for Johns Hopkins, one or more members must first register for the festival. Then, the team can create a fundraising group on the Johns Hopkins Razoo page. Teams are able to choose a name and photo, and select the charity for which they would like to fundraise. Registered groups will show up on the Johns Hopkins leaderboard and will be able to track where they stand.

Questions should be directed the Patti Anderson, University Health Services' director of wellness and health promotion, at 410-955-8705 or