Maryland Half Marathon & 5K Expected to Top $2 Million Total Raised For Cancer Research

For immediate release: May 18, 2015

Nearly 3,000 people attended May 9 race. Officials expect to raise $200,000 this year for UM Greenebaum Cancer Center

The community of Maple Lawn was bustling on May 9, when more than 1,450 runners and 1,300 spectators participated in the 7th annual Maryland Half Marathon & 5K benefitting the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. The event has brought in nearly $330,000 to date, with fundraising continuing through June 30, 2015. Raise organizers are confident that this year’s fundraising will bring net proceeds donated to the Cancer Center to $2 million since the event began in 2009.

“The work that we do at the Cancer Center is extremely gratifying. What’s even more gratifying is the number of dedicated runners and volunteers who make this race and the funds it raises possible,” says Cancer Center Director Kevin Cullen, MD. “We are extremely grateful for the generous support we have received from this community over the last seven years.”

The winner of the half marathon was Joshua Rayman of Tampa, Florida, with a time of 1:18:15. Ashish Rathee of Ellicott City placed second, with a time of 1:22:57 and Keith Levasseur of Columbia finished third, with a time of 1:24:09. Top female finishers included Elizabeth Hannon of Columbia (1:34:12), Janice Lunenfeld of Rockville (1:36:32) and Columbia resident Penny Primus (1:38:25).

This marked the second year of the 5K race. Top finishers were Leo Smith of Germantown (17:37), Jack Hunter of Baltimore (18:41) and Steven Schmitt of Towson (19:24). Top female finishers were Megan Viviano of Baltimore (22:21), Carol Ernst of Fulton (23:09) and Owen Dannelly of Clarksville (23:07).

Joshua Rayman, age 46, of Tampa, Florida, came in 1st place in the Half Marathon

Joshua Rayman

Elizabeth Hannon, age 32, of Columbia, Maryland, came in 1st place for females in the Half Marathon.

Elizabeth Hannon

Leo Smith, age 28, of Germantown, Pennsylvania, came in 1st place in the 5K.

Leo Smith

Megan Viviano, age 29, of Baltimore, Maryland, came in 1st place for females in the 5K

Megan Viviano

The County Cup was awarded to Ashish Rathee of Ellicott City. He was the first Maryland resident to cross the finish line.

Ashish Rathee

The Maryland Half Marathon is a signature fundraising event for the UM Greenebaum Cancer Center and has become a premier race within Maryland, known for its picturesque and hilly course. But what really sets it apart from other races is its mission: to raise money to support critical life-saving research taking place at the UM Greenebaum Cancer Center. For many of the participants, this event is about more than a road race.  Many run in honor of a cancer patient or cancer survivor, or as cancer survivors themselves.

A personal connection to cancer motivates event fundraisers, as well. Top fundraisers this year include Aaron Rapoport, MD, a hematologist/oncologist at the UM Greenebaum Cancer Center and the Gary Jobson Professor in Medical Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who has raised more than $13,400 to date. Todd Milliron, RN, a nurse in the Cancer Center’s Stoler Pavilion is the second highest fundraiser to date, with $11,350 raised.

Top sponsors of the event included Presenting Sponsor St. John Properties, 5K Sponsor Berkeley Research Group, and Columbia Academy and The Michael Feinglass Foundation, both of which sponsored the Kids Fun Run. Special thanks goes to Wegmans, Harris Teeter, Dunkin Donuts, Chick-Fil-A and Procter and Gamble for supplying food at the finish line.

It was a personal experience with cancer that motivated co-founders Michael Greenebaum and Jon Sevel, Baltimore-based businessmen, to establish the race in 2009. Michael’s mother, Marlene Greenebaum, is a two-time breast cancer survivor. The cancer center was named for Marlene and her husband, Stewart, in recognition of their generous support of the center.

“This annual event has become a main-stay in the Maple Lawn community, one that brings beginning and seasoned runners from around the region together to raise money for a great cause – cancer research,” says Michael Greenebaum, race co-founder and co-chairman. “By introducing the 5K last year, we opened this event up to all levels of runners who simply want ‘to run with a purpose’ and raise money for the Greenebaum Cancer Center.”

In the tradition of the Maryland Half Marathon, the County Cup will be presented to Howard County, thanks to second place finisher, Rathee. The County Cup is presented each year to the county executive from the home county of the first Maryland resident to cross the finish line. This is the first year the County Cup will be awarded to Howard County. It was held by Frederick County last year, when then 17-year-old Alex Paddison of Adamstown set a record as the youngest first place finisher in the six-year history of the race.

The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated center in Baltimore affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical Center and University of Maryland School of Medicine, offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating all types of cancer and has an active cancer research program. It is ranked in the top 50 cancer programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. For more information about the cancer center, go to