About the Twilighter

The 2018 Twilighter is a joint event brought to you by the City of Rockville and the Rotary Club of Rockville. This annual event benefits charities locally and as well as internationally.

Celebrating our 33rd Year!

The 2018 DARCARS Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest – known locally as the Twilighter – includes a pre-race festival, an 8k road race, a one-mile Fun Run and a post-race festival and party. Since its inception in 1985, this community event has become one of the most popular summer races in the National Capital area.

Twilighter festivities start at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-race festival on N. Washington Street in Downtown Rockville where there will be vendors and family friendly events.

The USATF Certified 8k race begins at 8:15 p.m. on N. Washington Street and follows a relatively flat course. It goes north through a residential community in Rockville, loops into Montgomery College and then along Rt. 355 back to N. Washington Street.

After the race runners can enjoy refreshments (including a free Gordon Beirsch beer and other “goodies” included with their race participant’s registrations!), and party with families and spectators to live music by the band Sons of Pirate.

Since 1985, The Twilighter has raised and charitably donated more than $2 million dollars! Half of the proceeds support the City of Rockville’s Recreation Fund, and half is donated by the Rockville Rotary Club Foundation to local, national and international programs and non-profit organizations.

Rockville Rotary Foundation’s grants have helped to fund: Arts for the Aging, Best Buddies Maryland, Community Ministries of Rockville, Cub Scouts, school construction in Haiti, creation of international vision clinics, mammogram education and screening projects in India, Interfaith Works, Montgomery Community Media, Rockville Cemetery Association, Montgomery Miracles, Nourish Now Foundation, Rotary International’s PolioPlus, the Richard Montgomery High School Robotics Team, Stepping Stones Shelter, and the Treatment and Learning Centers.

Even if you aren’t racing, join the fun at the pre race and post race festival! Volunteer opportunities and SSL hours for youth are available.