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Thousands of runners descend on Frederick for the Frederick Running Festival each June. The 13.1-mile half-marathon snakes in and around the city of Frederick and ends at the Frederick Fairgrounds.

Organizers of the annual running festival pride themselves on providing fun for the entire family, and they do so by providing four different races over the first weekend in May.

All four races begin and end at the Frederick Fairgrounds stadium, with the first day of the festival featuring the Kids Fun Run and the Twilight 5K. The Fun Run includes a quarter-mile run for kids ages 8 to 12 and the Toddler Trot for those age 7 and under. Parents must accompany children age 5 and under.

For runners of all ages, the Twilight 5K follows at 6 p.m., with runners exiting the fairgrounds and making left turns onto Monroe Avenue and Monocacy Boulevard before reaching the turnaround point just before Church Street and returning to the fairgrounds.

The next day, the Half-Marathon begins at 7 a.m. The race is open to runners age 14 and up, with a field of close to 4,000 entrants running primarily in the downtown Frederick area.

A Half-Marathon two-person team relay will run simultaneously, with a second person on the relay team having to report to a designated exchange zone near Hood College. The first leg of the relay is 7.6 miles, and the second leg is 5.5 miles. The second runners will receive transportation from the fairgrounds to the exchange zone, and the first runners will receive transportation from the exchange zone to the fairgrounds.

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I tried running many years ago but I kept spilling my coffee and my cigarettes kept bouncing out of my shirt pocket.

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