About the Agape 5k

Event Details

Who? This is a family-friendly event. Walkers and runners of all ages and abilities are welcome! Walkers and parents with strollers will line up behind the runners at the start line.

When? June 17, 2017. Run/Walk begins at 8:00AM. If you do not participate in the early packet pickup at Road Runner Sports, please arrive between 7:00AM-7:30AM to check in.

Where? The race starts and ends in front of our office. 7161 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD.

Please note, because of limited police availability there is no rain date and registration is non-refundable. In the event of extreme weather the Agape 5k will become a virtual race and all registered participants will receive their Agape race t-Shirts and other swag!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call Catherine Fields at (410) 872-1050 Ext. 1600 or email catherine@buildingfamiliesforchildren.org. See you on race day!

Event Flyer | Bulletin Insert | Schedule & Course Map

Why do we hold a 5K event?

We are proud to have an impact on children and families through life-changing services, and this is an opportunity to share about our mission and work with new people. We’ve seen families move from homelessness to stability, youth continue their education and start successful careers, and communities surround families with strong networks of support. It’s an honor to be part of their stories, and we want to extend our reach so we can serve more people. The 5K is one of the ways we raise the awareness and funds we need to do that! It’s also just a lot of fun! We love bringing people in the community together. There will be delicious food, fun activities for the kids, and plenty of opportunities to make new friends.

What is Agape?

First things first: how do you say it?! Agape is pronounced uh-GAH-pay. So, what does agape mean? We all know that there are different “types” of love. The way we love the color blue, our grandma, and our spouse or significant other are all very different. In the Greek language, there are different words used to describe these unique expressions of love, and agape is one of them. Agape love is distinct because it is not based on feelings or circumstances which may change. It is a deeper commitment made by one person to selflessly love and sacrifice for the well being of another person, unconditionally. A beautiful description of Agape love can be found in 1 Corinthians 13.

A great example of agape love is given in the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). The passage begins with Jesus confirming that we should love God with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind, and that we should also love our neighbors as ourselves. When asked “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus shares the story of a badly wounded man and the unlikely stranger, who, despite cultural tensions and no personal connection, had compassion and provided all that was necessary for his recovery. So what is the answer to the original question? Everyone we encounter is a neighbor; we should love and care about the well-being of all people.

After Jesus shares the parable, he tells his audience to “Go and do likewise.” This is where Building Families for Children can step in! If you aspire to live out the lifelong challenge of “loving your neighbor as yourself”, we urge you to consider one of the many ways you can get involved in our transformational services!

Shirt Sizes Only Guaranteed for Those Registered Before 5/17/17


  • Supporting Local Kids and Families
  • Awards, Raffle Prizes, and Swag Bags
  • Free Agape 5k Athletic T-Shirt
  • Professional Chip Timing
  • Great Food and Even Better Company!

Awards & Prizes

Team Awards: Largest Team
Individual Awards: Top three male and female finishers overall. First place male and female in the following age groups: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.
Drawing after the Race.

Participate as a Team

Teams will receive a $30 giftcard to Dunkin Donuts for every 10 participants. Gather a group of 40 and you’ll get $120 to spend on sweet treats and coffee together!  Include your group name when registering. We’ll be giving a prize to the largest group during the awards ceremony!

Preview Run & Walk

Preview runs are a great way to get familiar with the 5k course! There will be a running group and a walking group. Schedule: Wednesday, May 3 at 5pmMonday, May 15 at 5pm, and Saturday, May 20 at 8am. RSVP by emailing catherine@buildingfamiliesforchildren or on Facebook.

Early Packet Pick Up

Beat the morning traffic on race day by picking up your race packet early at Road Runner Sports in Elkridge on June 16th! Stop by anytime between 5pm-8pm. Directions


7:00- 7:45AM Sign-In 7:45-8:00AM Pre-Race Stretching and Announcements 8:00AM 5k Run/Walk Begins 9:15AM Awards Ceremony 9:30AM Raffle Prizes Detailed Schedule

Do you prefer paper registration?

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed

Click here to see the Volunteer Job Descriptions and Schedule

We need volunteers to make this event a success! Will you help us? Sign up and invite your friends to join you by signing up also! ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST BE 15 OR OLDER
    If you have any questions about the roles and responsibilities, email catherine@buildingfamiliesforchildren.org. As the event approaches we will email you with more information.
  • As a volunteer, you get a free Agape 5k event t-shirt!

Visit our pinterest board for running/training tips, funny race signs, and pre-race food suggestions!

Visit our Facebook event page to invite your friends and stay updated!

Sponsorship Opportunities

The 5k is an opportunity for us to advocate for the needs of local families and to promote a family-friendly community activity that brings people together! To make this event a true success, we need corporate and private sponsors like you. Your contribution will be tax deductible, as Building Families is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We will acknowledge all gifts with the proper tax-exempt receipts.

T-Shirt Sponsors: $200 (Financial or In-Kind Donation) T-Shirt Sponsors will receive recognition on the Building Families social media accounts, you can submit materials to be included in the swag bags, and your logo will appear on the event t-shirts.

Title Sponsors: $1000 In addition to the benefits of T-Shirt Sponsors, Title Sponsors will get two free race registration tickets, you will be acknowledged during the awards ceremony, given an opportunity to set up a table at the event and your logo will be at the top of the event t-shirts.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Catherine Fields at 410-872-1050, extension 1600 or catherine@buildingfamiliesforchildren.org.