Presented by Rip It Events and the Downtown Columbia Partnership.

April 25, 2021

The Below information is for the 2021 race. The 2022 race will be on Sunday, May 24. This page will update when registration opens.



The inaugural Discover Downtown Columbia 5K/10K takes place in Downtown Columbia, MD and merges two iconic events into one - the Clyde's 10K and the Discover Downtown Columbia 5K. Starting and finishing in the new Merriweather District, this races uses a portions of both race courses. Participants will receive shirt and finish medal.​


Not interested in doing the event but still want to participate? We need your help! Our race cannot be successful without the support of the community and the family and friends of participants. We also know that being a volunteer is hard work! Those who volunteer will receive a volunteer shirt, as well as continuous recognition throughout the event. To sign up to volunteer, click HERE


All participants are required to wear a face mask prior to the start of the race and at the conclusion of the race. Additionally, participants MUST carry a face mask on their person at all times during the race. 


6000 Merriweather Drive, Columbia, MD 21044

West side of the Juniper Apartment Building


Participants may park in the public parking garage for this event near the race venue. Use 6000 Merriweather Drive, Columbia, MD 21044 to get to the race venue on race morning. Following parking signs to access the parking garage. Then follow venue signs to get to packet pick up and the start/finish line.


​Merriweather District is the first holistic deliverable of Downtown Columbia. It’s the heart and soul of the third city between Baltimore and Washington, DC. This new amenity-rich and walkable district is surrounded by Merriweather Post Pavilion and Symphony Woods. It is a vibrant hub of culture & commerce, offices, shops, restaurants, apartments, structured parking and parkland. Downtown Columbia is creating a place where minds are open, creativity is unleashed and new ideas take shape. To accelerate business. To promote progress. To build a better tomorrow.


Runners must be at least 10 years old to participate in the 10K.

Runners must be at least 7 years old to participate in the 5K. 


REGISTER - This race has reached capacity for this year. General registration for this race is closed. There is no waiting list for this race. 


$40.00 - Dec 11 - Dec 13, 2020 (72 hour lowest fee!)

$50.00 - Dec 14, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020

$55.00 - Jan 1 - March 31, 2021 

$60.00 - April 1 - April 21, 2021

$65.00 - Race Day


$30.00 - Dec11 - Dec 13, 2020 (72 hour lowest fee!)

$40.00 - Dec 14, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020

$45.00 - Jan 1 - March 31, 2021 

$50.00 - April 1 - April 21, 2021

$55.00​​ - Race Day


  • All participants must register online or in person on race day. 

  • Race day registrants are not guaranteed shirt.

  • Athletes must be at least 8 years old on race day to participate.

  • Race organizers reserve the right to close registration due to capacity limits.

  • Race organizers reserve the right to delay or cancel event due to extreme weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

  • The following are prohibited during the race: pets, baby joggers/strollers, in-line skates, bicycles, and any other non-official wheeled vehicles.

  • All registrations are final. Generally, there are NO refunds. See Covid-19 disclaimer at top of this webpage.  

  • Registrations (bibs) may not be transferred to non-registered athletes. 

  • If the race sells out prior to race weekend, there are no bib transfers permitted. 

  • Please contact Rip It Events with any questions or concerns about your registration at racedirector@ripitevents.com.


Participants may elect to defer their 2021 registration to the 2022 race. The deadline to defer your entry April 21. To defer your registration, email us at racedirector@ripitevents.com. To read the full defer policy, click HERE. Should we be required to postpone this race due to Covid-19, defer fees will be refunded.


Why is there a fee to defer my entry to the 2022 race? After the FREE defer deadline (see above paragraph), money is spent on items associated with this race such as shirts, finisher medals, police fees and more. The defer fee covers these expenses for your 2022 race entry.  


Registered participants are required to pick up their packet before the start of the race. You packet includes your race bib and timing chip. If you're unable to attend packet pick-up, someone may pick up your packet on your behalf. Please choose one of the following packet pick up options: 

Saturday, April 24 - 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

At race venue, 6000 Merriweather Drive, Columbia, MD 21044 

West side of building in parking lot in front of Clove & Cardamon Restaurant

Sunday, April 25 - 6:15 AM - 8:30 AM

At race venue, 6000 Merriweather Drive, Columbia, MD 21044 

West side of building in parking lot in front of Clove & Cardamon Restaurant


6:15 a.m.    Packet Pick-Up Opens

8:00 a.m.    Wave 1 start 

8:02 a.m.   Wave 2 

8:04 a.m.   Wave 3

8:06 a.m.   Wave 4

8:08 a.m.   Wave 5

8:10 a.m.  Wave 6

8:12 a.m.  Wave 7

8:14 a.m.  Wave 8

8:16 a.m.  Wave 9

8:18 a.m.  Wave 10

8:20 a.m.  Wave 11

8:22 a.m.  Wave 12

8:24 a.m.  Wave 13


To ensure runner safety at the start of the race and to reduce the amount of passing during the first few miles of the race, participants have been placed into waves based on their average pace per mile as entered during online registration. Each wave will consists of 50 runners. Participants must start in their assigned waves. If your average pace is list incorrectly but only by 30 seconds or so, please remain in your assigned wave. If you feel strongly that you should be placed in a different wave, please notify us via email to racedirector@ripitevents.comThe deadline to request a wave start change is April 21. Starting in the same wave with a friend or spouse is NOT considered a valid reason to request a wave change. 


To view YOUR assigned wave number and time, click HERE - updated 4.19.21 at 10:00 PM.


Runners will line up in the starting corral when their wave is called. Each runner will stand next to a orange cone (spaced 6 ft apart). Runners will run single file under the start arch to begin their race. Your individual time begins when you cross under the starting arch. Runners are required to keep their face mask on until their wave starts.


Allowing a non-registered runner to use your bib is NOT PERMITTED. There are two reasons for this rule. 


1. We are implementing specific safety measures due to Covid-19. All registered participants will sign a wavier agreeing to the race rules during the registration process. Additionally, runners will receive detailed information from us days leading up to the event with updated safety requirements. Non-registered runners will not have signed the waiver and will not have receive communication from us. 


2. Our race insurance covers registered runners only. It does not cover someone who is running under someone else's name/bib number. 



If you decide to switch from the 10K to the 5K (or vise versa), please let us know by email prior to race day or in-person (prior to the start of the race) on race day. The deadline to switch race category by email is April 21. Please send email to racedirector@ripitevents.com.



To view course map, click HERE.  

Update, 3.17.21 - The start/finish line has moved to the west side of the building at 6000 Merriweather Drive. 

10K - Runners will complete two loops of course.

5K - Runners will complete one loop of course.


During the Covid-19 pandemic, it is safest to carry your own hydration such as a camelback, fuel belt or water bottle.​ Water stations will be located at mile 1, 2.4, 4 and 5.5. All water stations are self serve. 

PARTICIPANT SHIRT & FINISHER MEDAL - register by April 11 to be guaranteed a t-shirt!

Participants will receive the shirt size they selected at online registration. We will purchase extra participant shirts to those who wish to exchange their shirt for a different size. Shirt exchanges can be completed at the conclusion of the race. ALL PARTICIPANTS WHO REGISTER BY 11:59PM, APRIL 11 ARE GUARANTEED A T-SHIRT!  Athletes will receive a finisher medal at the finish line. 

Shirt Medal.jpg


This race will use bib tag timing. Your timing chip will be affixed to the back side of your bib number. Please do not remove your timing chip.

This event will be publishing LIVE results through out the race. To access results on race day, go to www.ripitevents.com and access the "Results" webpage from your smart phone. Choose this race from the race options and enter your bib number on the results page.


Awards will be given to top finishers in the following group categories for both the 5K & 10K:  Overall, 7-8, 9-10, 11-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. Due to covid restrictions, all awards will be mailed to winners within 2 weeks. 


We look forward to see you on race morning! Please send us questions/concerns at racedirector@ripitevents.com.