Marian House Race goes virtual

The 2020 Johns Hopkins goals are 100 team members and $2,000 in fundraising

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In support of the 12th annual Marian House Race to Embrace Independence 5K Virtual Walk and Run, Johns Hopkins University and Medicine are again organizing Team Hopkins to raise awareness and funds for the organization. The race, which will be held Sept. 19 to 27, is the organization's only major fundraiser.

This year's goals are 100 Hopkins members&mdeash;family and friends included—and $2,000 on the team's fundraising page.

The Race to Embrace Independence is known as a fun, family-friendly community celebration to support and highlight the successes of Marian House women moving from dependence to independence. Participation helps raise vital funds for housing, food, clothing, education, life skills, job readiness training, counseling, and other necessary support services for homeless women and children.

Because of the pandemic, this year's race is going virtual with multiple twists: You can log your one mile to 5K distance anytime between Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 27, and you can do it all at one time or over the course of the week. And you can race by foot, bike, or treadmill—or even by swimming.

Entry fees are $35 for an adult or youth age 12 and over, and $20 for youth 6 to 12. Children under the age of 6 are free. Race details and registration are here. When you register, click Join a Team and then type in Team Hopkins.

Team captain Jennifer Mielke, director of Local and Community Affairs in the Johns Hopkins Office of Government and Community Affairs, says that due to logistics, Team Hopkins T-shirts will not be provided this year. Participants are encouraged to suit up in a T-shirt from a previous year or in other Hopkins gear.

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