Hundreds of Area Students Support 17th Annual BWI Airport Run/Walk

September 22, 2003
Event to benefit Kennedy Krieger Institute's Down Syndrome Clinic

Baltimore - More than 400 students from all over the Baltimore area will be lacing up their sneakers at 7:45 a.m. on September 28 to run or walk in the BWI Airport 4-Mile Run and 2-Mile Family Walk benefiting the Kennedy Krieger Institute Down Syndrome Clinic. Up for grabs is a grand prize of 125 round-trip MARC Train tickets to Washington D.C. for the school that has the most student participation at the event.

Ellicott Mills and Elkridge Landing Middle Schools have been in a rivalry for the top prize since the event's beginnings. The competition has been won the past several years by Elkridge Landing Middle School, which uses the MARC passes for a special field trip to Washington, D.C. "This family event is a great opportunity for our students to help children with special needs and to promote community spirit," said Carol Jones, physical education teacher at Elkridge Landing Middle School. "It also promotes physical fitness for students by either walking or running in this race."

The race is organized each year by a contract Northrop Grumman employee whose 23-year-old son has Down syndrome. Wayne Malone was encouraged by executives at Northrop Grumman, who teamed up with BWI Airport and Embassy Suites to support the event. Today, the BWI Airport Run raises more than $30,000 for Kennedy Krieger's Down Syndrome Clinic, where Malone's son, Jaron, is served.

Proceeds from the event benefit important research and treatment programs at the Down Syndrome Clinic, including a special "Girls' Group," a social club for adolescent girls with Down syndrome.

In its 17th year, the BWI Airport Run, sanctioned by USA Track and Field, attracts more than 1,000 runners and walkers. The unique course near the airport and Northrop Grumman offers race participants an exciting view of plane take-offs and landings. Top male and female runners receive pre-paid, seeded entry in the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. Runners are awarded prizes in seven age categories.

Along with the runner's awards, there are prizes and entertainment for the whole family. Raffle prizes include a golf four-some to Myrtle Beach, two sets of weekend get-aways to Florida including round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations, a mountain bike and much more.

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