2018 Inspiration Walk 9/30/2018

The 2017 Inspiration Walk/Run & Fit Fun was a great success and we thank all of our SOMO athletes, coaches, families and our Community for supporting it and joining us in such a great outreach event! Special thanks to our presenting sponsor the BAR Association of Montgomery County and tour hosts the Georgetown Prep School and football team for all of their efforts in organizing and volunteering for this event. The highest earning team: Hustlers heading to Seattle had a historic success in fund-raising and thanks to an entire team effort led by Coach Klamm, and special support from Coach Melia – SOMO is well on the way to sending our SOMO delegation to Seattle USA Games for an opportunity of a lifetime for our athletes and coaches!

Click HERE for 5K results or HERE for 5K winners. Click HERE for pictures.



The 2018 Inspiration Walk/Run & Fit Fun will be Sunday September30, 2018, and plans are underway to make this 2018 Inspiration Walk/Run & Fit Fun the best event ever! Stay tuned!

Join the Committee to help make it happen by contacting Pam Yerg at jeyclan@verizon.net

The 2017 Inspiration Walk will feature a 5K run, a 1K Inspiration Walk and fun for the whole family!

Registration fee is $25 in advance or $35 on site. Fee INCLUDES the event t-shirt and one raffle ticket. Incentive shirt must be picked up at the event. Raffle prizes may be substituted. You may also register to join us at the Inspiration Walk for free (no shirt or raffle ticket included).

Register NOW at: www.somowalk.orgIn this, our fifth annual event, we are very excited to have our Legacy Partner and Presenting Sponsor of the Inspiration Walk: The Montgomery Bar Association leading the way. Again this year, our Community Partner Georgetown Prep will be hosting the event and the Georgetown Prep athletes will serve as event volunteers. Cross Country athletes and other serious runners who wish to enter  the 5K Cross Country Run will find the professionally designed and charted, beautiful self-contained course  gives you a beautiful, challenging, and safe 5K Run experience. Note on the registration which category you are entering: male/female, Under 18, 19-54, or  55+. You can also register and pay the minimumum $25 fee for the 1K Inspiraton Walk and receive an event tee and raffle ticket.

There is no fee to join us and participate in the 1 K Inspiration Walk which is a lap around the “Inspiration Field” and a short walk across a part of the cross country course, culminating with a “field house finish” where there will be several exciting family-friendly activities to enjoy! We invite families and fans to come out for the day’s festivities.

Event registration can be done by completing and mailing in the Registration form:  click here to go to downloadable registration form) or by credit card using the online registration process:   SOMD has provided us with a service that will allow registration for the event online and allow you to build a team of your own to support a specific runner or to raise donations to support our SOMO athletes and programs.  Pass along the link for registration:  www.somowalk.org.  Individual entries with a minimum donation of $25.00 will receive an event t-shirt and one raffle ticket.

Additional raffle tickets will be sold on site for $10 each or 3 for $25. Drawings for 7 raffle prizes will be held after the races and winners do not need to be present to win.  *

Help us to meet our $100.00 per Walker/Runner goal! Help us send our SOMO Delegation to the USA Games!

Schedule:   Participant registration is from 8:45 to 9:45. Opening ceremonies at 10am. 5K run at 10:30 followed by 1K Inspiration Walk.

Location: Georgetown Prep – 10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852  (Map available on our events page).

     The Raffle Grand prize will be drawn at the completion of the 5K run and 1K walk….and additional raffle prizes as the activities proceed.

BIG RAFFLE in 2017!

Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will support the significant costs associated with sending our SOMO soccer team, basketball team and 6 individual sport athletes to the USA National Games in Seattle next July! Help us get our SOMO Team Maryland delegation to USA Games! 

Tickets are only $10 or 3 or $25. Go to somowalk.org to buy online with credit card or buy on site at walk.  You do not need to be present to win raffle.  *

  • GRAND PRIZE: 2 Tickets to Redskins VS. San Francisco 1pm game on October 15! PLUS:  Autographed Kerrigan jersey and on-field visit with Redskins video re-play guy Tere Quail! Tere (SOMO Coach and friend) will invite you onto the field before the game to see the experience from the viewpoint of the Video Replay team!
  • 2nd Prize – SWEET TOOTH! Sapphire Tooth Whitening and Oral B Electric Toothbrush donated by our friend Dr. Seife at Star Brite Dental.
  • 3rd Prize – Washingtonian Weekend: A night at the Washingtonian Rio Marriott and movie and popcorn gift card PLUS gift cards to RIO restaurants to fill your weekend with delicious meals!
  • 4th Prize – BBQ in style anywhere! Fabulous portable gas grill: Portable CHAR BROIL gas grill and $25 gift certificate from Omaha Steaks to get you started
  • 5th Prize – Maui Jim designer sunglasses package: Maui Jim designer sunglasses paired with a “stuffed” parrot piñata and family of four gift card for golfing fun at Laurel Golf Center- a family outing: play putt-putt, hit the driving range
  • 6th Prize – Taste of Montgomery – A collection of restaurant gift cards to all of our favorite area
  • 7th Prize – GOLF! – A foursome of golf at MCG golf course with lunch, and a dozen quality golf balls nestled into a great “weekender golf bag”. Need a lesson? Our SOMO Head Golf Coach Chuck Hellmuth is the best and will arrange to meet up with your foursome for a lesson on the driving range.


How can you contribute?

                                      Be a FAN!  Register online to build a team or sponsor one of our Special Olympics runners or  teams. Join us at Georgetown Prep for the excitement of the event and cheer on the 5K Runners and Inspiration 1K Walkers/Runners.

                                      Be a WALKER! You can register to Walk  in the Inspiration 1K walk!  INSPIRE at your own pace! You can build a team to join you or support you as a walker too!

                                      Be a RUNNER!  You can register to run in the 5K Cross Country Race. The 5K  Race is a challenging cross country race on one of the most beautiful campus courses in the country! The course is self-contained on the Georgetown Prep campus. Build a team to join you or support you as a 5K runner!

                                      Be a SPONSOR! Corporate and individual sponsors are welcome. Medal Sponsorships, Torch Bearer Sponsorships and Sponsorship of an Inspiration Sign are an example of the many levels of sponsorship available. Contact Pam Yerg to discuss Sponsorship options at jeyclan@verizon.net.  Click HERE to see sponsorship details.

                                      Be a VOLUNTEER !  If you wish to serve as a volunteer for the event, contact Shelly Bogasky at volinfo@somdmontgomery.org

Food, music and fun activities will fill the morning with excitement. Join us for an amazing exhibition of World Class Arial Gymnastics and enjoy gymnastics “basic training” for all ages! Participate in the Georgetown Prep Sports Challenge…The Spirit Club fitness specialists will run fit and fun obstacle courses for children and adults…enjoy music and dancing and meeting the Special Olympic athletes of Montgomery County. It will be a day of Inspiration to be sure!  Members of the Bar Association of Montgomery County may also use the BAMC Brochure and Registration form that will be made available to members. PRE-REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED! You can help us speed the process of event day check in by pre-registering online or by sending in your registration ASAP! Day of registration will be an additional $10 fee.  Click here for the online registration via credit card. Click here for paper registration.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO SOMD ATHLETES: Special Olympic athletes who are registered and training in SOMD area programs in Cross Country Running (distance running)  will race along side of the community racers. This race counts as a 5K qualifier and is required to meet eligibility for state FallFest Games. Although Special Olympic Cross Country athletes are registered through their coaches, ALL SOMO athletes are welcome (and encouraged!) to REGISTER ONLINE and build a team that your family and friends can sponsor (and you get the event t-shirt)!

This is a great chance to let your fans show their support of your hard work!  

* We do require that winners plan to pick up or have picked up for them their raffle prize at Potomac Community Center on FAlls Road in Potomac the following Sunday, October 8th between 12 and 3:00 PM.

Click here for the Inspiration Walk overview sheet.