Did you know that Howard County is home to fall marathons? If you're looking for amazing 5k's, charitable marathons, or just simple community runs Howard County have you covered. Check out our list of fall runs below. 


 2018 Gabriel Network 5k 

Every day in Maryland and DC, families face unexpected pregnancies with no one to support them. Of these families, many are single pregnant women who have no place to live. Gabriel Network stands with these families through supporting relationships and loving Maternity Homes.

12th Annual HCAS One Step Closer Walk & 5k Run!

Each fall the Howard County Autism Society’s One Step Closer Walk & 5K Run builds autism awareness and acceptance in the community, bringing together those touched by autism and the greater community in a supportive, energizing and fun environment.  It features a timed 5K run around Centennial Lake, a “Lake Walk” of the same distance, and a shorter three-quarter mile “Amazing Racers” course for those needing 1:1 assistance.

5th Annual Discover Downtown Columbia 5k

The 5K course takes runners and walkers through the landmarks of Downtown Columbia, highlighting its history as well as the future that’s unfolding. This year’s race features a loop trail that starts and ends at the People Tree and winds past The Metropolitan, TEN.M and m.flats apartments and One and Two Merriweather office buildings, through Symphony Woods and into Merriweather Post Pavilion where participants will cross the stage and see the new renovations. The route continues past Toby’s Dinner Theatre and the Central Branch of the Howard County Library and around Lake Kittamqundi and back to the People Tree for the finish line.

Dragon Dash 5k Run & 1 mile walk 

he cross-country course traverses the school’s 90-acre campus, taking participants from the six-lane competition track through open fields and wooded paths and back to the track for the finish. Please note: the course is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers, and pets are not allowed on the course. The 1-mile family walk follows our flat, open driveway and strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.

9th Annual Myositis 5k run, Walk'n Roll 

Myositis is a rare, life-altering autoimmune disease that can cause muscle damage, pain, fatigue, weakness, and death. For many who suffer from the illness, it is a challenge to stand up, get out of bed, walk, or to perform other simple day-to-day activities. Some forms of the disease may also damage the skin and attack major organs of the body.

2018 Komen Maryland Race for the Cure 

HCC 5k Challenge Race 

Healthy minds, healthy bodies, healthy lives. HCC is dedicated to advancing education in our community. Partnering with Columbia Association, whose vision is to make Columbia the community of choice - today and for generations to come. This event focuses on corporate health and wellness programs for small and large organizations in our community.

The 5th Annual Patapsco Valley 50k

The Patapsco Valley 50K is a trail ultramarathon on the trails of Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Area in Baltimore, Maryland. The race features plenty of scenic dirt single track with a few short sections on paved bike trail. The terrain is challenging but runnable with rolling hills throughout. The course has a handful of small creek crossings and can often be muddy in many places. 

Oktoberfest 5 Miler

Please join us for the Oktoberfest 5 Miler sponsored by Hysteria Brewing Company in Howard County! This race begins at Charm City Run Columbia and then wanders around Lake Elkhorn, crossing several wooden bridges with scenic water views, shady autumn foliage and features a festive finish line featuring post-race beer, snacks and music.

Savage 7k Run/1 Mile Historic Walk 

The 7K Run course begins at the historic Carroll Baldwin Hall (built 1921-1922), continues past Savage Mill and other historic sites, and then proceeds through Savage Park and surrounding neighborhoods before returning to the Hall.​The 1 mile Historic Walk passes by buildings in the heart of Savage, introducing participants to the role Savage and its residents played in American history. Tour highlights include history related to the War of 1812, the role Savage Mill played in the shaping of the town and the nation during the Industrial Revolution, and the significance of various buildings that comprise the Savage Mill Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.​Festivities continue with home-baked treats made by Savage community members, music, and prizes!