I've been a supporter of Marian House since learning of its mission about 10 years ago. "Marian House is a holistic, healing community for women and their children who are in need of housing and support services. We provide a safe, sober, and loving environment that challenges women to respect and love themselves, confront emotional and socioeconomic barriers, and transition to stable and independent lives."
I've run this race many times, including last year with two friends when it was virtual. It's my favorite race of the year! I care about the Marian House mission deeply, and the Marian House women and alums have been a source of true inspiration to me in my life. My support of MH is an expression of my gratitude for the life-changing and loving support it has given women and children in Baltimore for over 30 years. It is also my way of honoring every woman who has come through the doors of Marian House. Plus, I now live a stone's throw from Marian House and my women's track club runs on the Loyola/JHU track just down the street from Marian House; my feeling of connection to the Marian House community and my desire to support this local gem of an organization just keeps growing!
For the first time, I set up a team for this year's Race to Embrace Indepedence. Join Team One Step at a Time! Walk, run, jog - this is an all-comer event (there's a 5K and a 1K). Together we'll show our love and support, have a lot of fun and good vibes, and raise money. All one step at a time for the women of Marian House.
Our 2022 race is a hybrid format: we have both virtual and in-person options. This year's 5K race route has also changed: We will begin at Marian House: 949 Gorsuch Ave., Baltimore, MD 21218. The course takes runners down 33rd Street, halfway around scenic Lake Montebello, and back to finish at Marian House.
The Race Village will be at Marian House and along the adjacent street, Gorsuch Ave. After all, there's no place like home! We can't wait to see you on September 24th!
Our 5K Race to Embrace Independence directly supports Marian House's mission and is our most important annual fundraiser.