Family Fun at the 18th Annual BWI Airport Run/Walk

September 16, 2004
Event benefits Kennedy Krieger Institute's Down Syndrome Clinic

Baltimore - Families are gearing up for the 18th annual BWI Airport Four-Mile Run and Two-Mile Family Walk, an annual tradition for many in the Baltimore area. The event, which benefits the Kennedy Krieger Institute Down Syndrome Clinic, kicks off at 7:45 a.m. on September 26 at the Midfield Cargo Complex at BWI Airport.

For some families, the Run/Walk offers a rare chance to get together for fun, exercise and to support a good cause. Just ask the Silvermans. Walk participants since the event's very first year, they love seeing all the families enjoy the entertainment and raffle prizes. Their daughter, Melissa, 22, attended the Kennedy Krieger Down Syndrome Clinic for many years and recently completed 2 years at the Community College of Baltimore County in Dundalk. She began working this fall as an assistant in a pre-school class

"We love coming out to this event every year," says Jay Silverman, Melissa's father. "What a unique opportunity to see so many families spending time together, exercising and supporting such a worthy cause."

Northrop Grumman partners with BWI Airport and other local sponsors to support this event, organized by former Northrop Grumman employee Wayne Malone, whose son has Down syndrome. Each year, the BWI Airport Run raises more than $30,000 for Kennedy Krieger's Down Syndrome Clinic and local Down syndrome Parent Groups.

The BWI Airport Run is sanctioned by USA Track and Field and attracts over 1,200 runners and walkers each year. The unique course near BWI Airport and Northrop Grumman offers race participants an exciting view of plane take-offs and landings. Top male and female runners receive trips to any AirTran Airways destination, complete with hotel accommodations. There are additional prizes awarded for the top three runners in seven categories.

Along with these great runners awards, there are incredible raffle prizes, such as trips to Florida and Myrtle Beach including hotel and airfare, Ravens' memorabilia and much more, as well as entertainment and food for the whole family.

For more information or to register, please call 410-993-RUNN or log onto Kennedy Krieger Institute website at www.kennedykrieger.org.

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore serves more than 11,000 children each year through inpatient and day treatment programs, outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop and pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis.

Allison Nadelhaft, (443) 923-7330
Bryan Stark, (443) 923-7334