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Join the University Park, MD community for a morning of family-friendly fun and fitness. The Azalea Classic has a race for everyone! Choose from our USATF certified 5K, our 1 Mile Challenge or our 1K Family Fun Run. All races take place on quiet, azalea-lined streets in University Park. This popular event brings together people from across the region, various schools and all ages. 

The event is organized by the University Park Elementary School PTA and all proceeds benefit programs at the school. Our school is diverse and the needs are many; every year the UPES PTA is called on to purchase classroom supplies, printer paper, art materials, musical instruments, library books and much more. In addition, we fund field trips, teacher training and educational events. In doing so, we hope to level the educational playing field and give all students a more equal opportunity to learn. 

Registration fees

Azalea Classic Closed


  1. $30.00
    Oct 19 - May 1

Challenge Run Closed

1 Mile

  1. $15.00
    Oct 19 - May 1

Val Creighton Family Fun Run Closed


  1. $15.00
    Oct 19 - May 1

Family Rate - Must select this for all four members Closed

For 4 registrations from the same family only

  1. $70.00
    Oct 19 - May 1

Sponsor a Student Rate Closed

Get a t-shirt, but no race bib. Subsidize a student runner.

  1. $20.00
    Oct 19 - May 1

Thanks for Registering

Thank you for registering for the Azalea Classic 2019. We're happy you are running with us and supporting our school! Please read over the Runner Info on our website: if you have any additional questions. Start training today with the Couch to Classic training program or start running on your own. The Azalea Classic is a notoriously hilly course -- this is not a "flat and fast" course for setting a new PR, but it's great spring training for a season of racing and a beautiful course to run. Enjoy the challenge of the Azalea Classic 5k course!

Event Schedule

  • May 4 8:30 AM EDT - 1 Mile Challenge Run

  • May 4 8:45 AM EDT - 1 K Family Fun Run

  • May 4 9:00 AM EDT - Azalea Classic 5K

Contact Information

Event Location

University Park, MD, United States

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