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Matthew Henson Trail 5K 2021

July 31, 2021 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Race Overview:

The race begins on the Matthew Henson Trail just south of Hewitt Avenue.  Runners head east on the trail, looping through the parking lot at Layhill Road, briefly onto the sidewalk, and then back on the trail heading west.  At Rippling Brook Drive, runners exit the trail and make a loop through the bus lane at Bel Pre Elementary School, and then back on the trail to the finish at the Hewitt Avenue parking lot.  USATF certification is pending.

Course Map

COVID-19 Information:

Our intention is to have races but we must be able to secure health, park and road permits to do so. Please be aware that race details are subject to change (i.e. time, date and/or location) or cancellation depending on county recommendations surrounding the pandemic and permitting.  In addition to following health and safety protocols, our permits will also require us to limit the number of participants in this event.  While spots will initially be reserved for MCRRC members, a small number of non-MCRRC members may be allowed in the race.


Registration will be limited to 150 participants for this event.  Registration is not yet open.

MCRRC Members:

Registration is FREE, but all MCRRC members must pre-register for this race. We understand that this is different, but it is necessary in order for us to comply with our permit.

2020 MCRRC member bibs will be reused for 2021.  If you had a 2020 bib number, you should have entered it during registration.  If you still possess a 2019 (or older) bib number, please register here for a 2020/21 bib and edit your registration. If you don’t know if you had a 2020 member bib, or can’t remember the number, you can check to find your 2020/21 bib number here. (It will help if you know it for bib pickup, too!)

If you registered for a 2020 bib & chip, but were never able to pick it up last year, you can do so on race morning near the start area.  If you newly registered for a 2020/21 bib & chip, it will be waiting for you on race morning as well. A volunteer will be on hand to assist you.

If you previously registered for a 2020 bib & chip, picked it up last year, but have since misplaced it, please send a message to rms@mcrrc.org so a timer can re-assign your number.

Please note that anyone picking up a member bib & chip will need to pay a $5 chip deposit OR turn in an old (2019 or older) chip.

Non-MCRRC Members:

Registration may open to non-MCRRC members, if space allows in the days just before the race, at a cost of $15 per race for participants ages 18 & over and $10 for participants under 18. Bib and chip pickup will take place on race morning near the start area.  A volunteer will be on hand to assist you.


If you are a non-MCRRC member, and can no longer attend the race, please contact office@mcrrc.org so that we can move your registration to another MCRRC low-key event and open up a spot for someone else.  Monetary refunds will not be provided.

Start / Finish Area:

Please note that the start and finish of the race will look different than we are used to. Participants and volunteers will be required to wear a mask, properly fitted to cover both nose and mouth, at all times in the start / finish area of the race.

The start of the race will be conducted as a wave start, with a few runners starting every few minutes to allow for proper social distance along the race route.  Please note that you are required to start at the time you are assigned. The number of runners in each start grouping will be appropriate to local health regulations at the time.

Participants are required to maintain social distancing at ALL TIMES and upon finishing the race, return to their vehicles as quickly as possible. Please do not linger in the start/finish area.


There will be NO refreshments (including water) available at this event – neither before, during, or after the run.  Participants are encouraged to carry personal water for during the run and to bring their own water, snacks and other items needed for post-race.  As there will be no bag check, please keep all personal items in your car.


Restrooms will not be available.  Participants should plan to “go” before leaving the house or on the way to the race.  Additionally, we discourage the use of “nature” as doing so can not only make other participants uncomfortable, but if seen, can jeopardize obtaining future permits.

During the Race:

While masks are not required to be worn while running, they are required to remain on until participants cross the starting line. Please keep a face covering with you for use when passing another runner and during all times when social distancing cannot be achieved.

All participants will be required to put their mask back on after crossing the finish line. If a runner has lost their mask, a volunteer will have disposable masks to distribute as needed.

When at all possible, please refrain from purposely discarding your mask on the race route. This is not only considered littering, but is unhealthy exposure to others.


Spectators are discouraged from attending events in order to limit the number of people in attendance, comply with permit regulations and limit the risk of exposure to all involved.  If a friend or family member must accompany you to the event they are asked to remain in your vehicle during the event.

Health & Wellness:

Now more than ever, please pay close attention to your health prior to attending this event.  If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or another person with COVID-19, please stay home.  If you have cold symptoms, a mild fever, or just “don’t feel well,” we ask that you please stay home. All participants are subject to temperature checks at the discretion of our race staff.

Following the Rules:

Please understand that these safety measures have been put in place for the safety of all participants, race staff and volunteers and most are required under our permits and current county regulations.  Your participation in this event is optional – but the protocols are not.  Should these COVID-19 protocols make you uncomfortable, we would suggest you refrain from attending.  Race staff and volunteers have the authority to ask anyone not following safety protocols to leave the race site.


July 31, 2021
7:30 am - 9:00 am
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Yukun Fung


Matthew Henson Trail Parking (next to Global Mission Church)
13421 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20906 United States
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