Get Ready. Get Set. Go!: Join the Cindy Alvarado On the Road Again 5K

by Sydney Rossman, Managing Editor

On April 29th, 2017 New Market Elementary School will be hosting their annual Cindy Alvarado On the Road Again 5K.

The funds from the event will benefit New Market Elementary School students and local charities.

The proceeds from past runs have purchased a running track that is available for the community to use. The event helps provide technology, books and PE equipment for the students. It has also benefitted the Patty Pollatos Foundation, Lungevity, and local cancer research and treatment facilities.

This year and last year, the organizers of the run added Cindy Alvarado to the title because the 5K event was originally created by Cindy Alvarado who was the Principal at New Market Elementary School. She was the one who brought the run to life 13 years ago.  She passed away in February 2016.

This year, the organizers hope to surpass 500 runners and walkers.

Registration fees:

  • Individuals- $25
  • Family (two adults and up to four children)- 60 per team
  • FCPS employees, Military, Veterans, Senior Citizens, Police Officers or Firefighters- $15
  • The Cub Crawls (A short distance run for ages 3 and under)- $10  

Any current  Linganore students or staff can run for only $15. Just make sure you write LHS student on the registration form. The forms can be dropped off at the school or mailed to New Market Elementary School.

People who want to participate can register on the day of the event to register.

Everyone who participates will receive a performance shirt and sunglasses.

The 5K will start at 9 a.m. and the one mile will start at 10 a.m.

Awards are given to the top two elementary male/female finishers in the 1 mile run, and in the top 2 age groups.

Group finishers for those 18 and over in the 5K and medals awarded to all participants.

There will be free food provided with water at the finish line.

Kimberly Schaffer is one of the coordinators for the run. She has been helping out with the run for 6 years.

Schaffer said, “My favorite part of the event is seeing the community come together to support our amazing school and the many wonderful charities that we have supported over the years.”

Thanks to the following people and business for sponsoring the run:

The Town of New Market

FreeZone Fitness

Stewart Properties Management and Services

DJ Ed Davis

Trouts Lighthouse Seafood

NuWave Solutions  

Health Unlimited


Grace Episcopal Church


Cornerstone Floor Care

Hope Community Preschool Preschool

New Market Chiropractic

Haley Tate


Momma- Purple Paper Fairy

LHS Lancer Football and Sports Boosters

RacineMultiSports is proving chip timing for the race.

TeamZilla is printing the performance shirts at a great price.

New Market Grange is allow runners to use their parking lot.

Linganore High School Football and Booster are donating door prizes.

Trooper Merkelson, Trooper Greenwood, Trooper Kelly and FSGT Lantz will be providing traffic support the day of the race.