2017 Inspiration Walk

The 2017 Inspiration Walk/Run  is Sunday, October 1, and plans are underway to make this 2017 Inspiration Walk/Run and Fit-Fun the best event ever!

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

iWALK-logo-with-no-date-v1

Thank yous for the 2016 Inspiration Walk:

Thanks to The Bar Association of Montgomery County, The Georgetown Prep football team, and the Quince Orchard High School Field Hockey Team , volunteers, those that donated to support our teams and mostly, the 2K/5K runners/walkers that made today such a success. Congratulations to Coach Mike Klamm’s team for raising the largest amount. And thanks to all the other teams. We will begin planning for next year soon and look to keep building with your help!

2016 2K results are HERE    2016 5K results are Here

Pictures have been posted to our photo gallery. Thanks to Veronique Dozier for taking most of the pictures. Click to see HIGHLIGHTS    Videos   SOMO pictures    Veronizue’s pictures

If you captured a special moment, please send to webmaster@somdmontgomery.org.

Check back here for details of the 2016 Inspiration Walk when available!

The 2016 Inspiration Walk will feature a 2K Inspiration Walk/Run and a 5K Run!

There is no fee to participate in the Inspiration Walk Opening Ceremony which is a lap around the “Inspiration Field” and we invite families and fans to come out for the day’s festivities, but there is an event fee to enter either the 2K WALK, the 2K RUN or the 5K RUN.

  • OPENING CEREMONY RAFFLE DRAW: Keep celebrating the RIO Olympics! with a weekend at the Washingtonian RIO! Night at the RIO Marriott, restaurant gift cards, movie gift card, paddleboat certificate
  • Maui Jim- Amazing designer Maui Jim sunglasses (Rx or non-prescription)
  • Taste of Montgomery – EAT LOCAL! Lots of gift cards for our favorite restaurants in Mo Co!
  • Starbrite Dental Gift Package – One free teeth whitening treatment, an Oral B electric toothbrush
  • GOLF GOLF GOLF! Foursomes of golf at MCG’s  great golf courses and a box of high quality golf balls, plus some great SOMO golf items. Get in some great golf games before the end of the 2016 season!
  • Sittin’ by the Dock of the Bay: Sittin’ by the Dock of the Bay tee and hat to accompany a $150 gift card from Renatos/Seafood Market at River Falls, $50 gift card from Legal Seafood and all the tools you will need for your Maryland crab-fest
  • Please note that you must be present to win a raffle prize.

Registration fee is $25 in advance or $35 on site. Fee includes the event t-shirt and one raffle ticket. Registrant must be present to win a raffle prize. Incentive shirt must be picked up at the event. Raffle prizes may be substituted. You may also register for only the Inspiration Walk for free (no shirt or raffle prize).

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. Many of the Inspiration Walk fans said that they wanted to have the Inspiration Walk expanded to offer a 2K Walk/Run – as your fitness level allows!  The 2K Inspiration Walk/Run will allow for participation by entire families and many more of our Special Olympic athletes. SOMD  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. We will feature computer timing to capture your “Run time and place of finish” for qualifying purposes. Note on the registration which category you are entering: male/female, Under 18, 19-54, or  55+. There is no fee to participate in the Inspiration Walk Opening Ceremony which is a lap around the “Inspiration Field” and we invite families and fans to come out for the day’s festivities,  but there is an event fee to enter either the 2K WALK, the 2K RUN or the 5K RUN.

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 $5 each or 5 for $20. Drawings for 10 raffle prizes will be held after the races and winners must be present to win. Help us to meet our $100.00 per Walker/Runner goal! 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 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!

SCHEDULE:   5K run registration is 7:30 to 8:30 with race starting at 9 am.

2K run/walk registration is 8:30 to 9:30

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

     Opening Ceremonies (featuring the“warmup”Inspiration Walk: one lap around the“Inspiration Field”) at 10am and 2K run/walk start at 10:30.

Awards for 5K run will be at start of Opening Ceremonies.

The major raffle award will be drawn at the completion of the 5K run. Awards for 2K run/walk and remaining raffle ticket drawings will be when the 2K run/walk is complete.

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 2K Walkers/Runners.

                                      Be a WALKER! You can register to Walk  in the Inspiration Walk 2K!    INSPIRE at your own pace!

                                      Be a RUNNER!  You can register to run in the 2K or the  5K Cross Country Race. The 2K Run is a shortened version of the 5K course which is completed without crossing the Campus drive and is beautifully nestled on the campus grounds in front of the Chapel of Our Lady.  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

                                      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 sbogasky@comcast.net.

Click Here to see the new Inspiration 2K Walk/Run and 5K Run event flyer.

Food, music and fun activities will fill the morning with excitement. Participate in the Georgetown Prep Sports Challenge, 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. Event check-in and Event Day Registration for 5K runners is 7:30 to 8:30 with the race starting at 9am. Inspiration 2K Walkers and Runners and fans can register 8:30 to 9:30 and will be part of the Opening Ceremonies at 10am. Outreach to our Community! The Inspiration 2K Walk/Run and 5K Run provides a great opportunity for our Special Olympics Cross Country Team to be joined by mainstream runners from our community as our SOMD Cross Country Team runners compete in a regional qualifier advancing to State Competition on October 22, 2016 at Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmittsburg. Inspire each other! If you have any questions or wish to support this event as a sponsor, please contact Area Director Pam Yerg at jeyclan@verizon.net.