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WHAT: The 2017 Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest, known locally as the Twilighter is made up of a pre-race festival, a 5k road race and a post race festival and party.

Since its inception in 1985, this quality community event has become one of the most popular races of the summer in the National Capital area.

The prerace festival will begin at Cabin John Shopping Center and mall with vendor, family friendly events beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Twilighter is a relatively flat USATF Certified road race (MD6017NP) that starts at 7:30 p.m. and begins just north of Ivymount School in Rockville. The location is .3 miles from the Cabin John Shopping Center and Mall. The beautiful course runs through a lovely neighborhood and ends where it began at Ivymount. Post race food for runners will be at the school. After the race, runners are invited back to refreshments and music (included in your race registration). The midsummer night’s festival of live music by the Sandra Dean Band, vendors, and refreshments for runners, spectators, and families to enjoy.

WHY: Proceeds from this event benefit the Rockville Rotary Club Foundation, which supports the community programs of worthy Rockville, Montgomery County, and international nonprofit organizations. Since 1985, the Foundation has raised funds and distributed grants totaling more than $1 million. Previous grant recipients include Arts for the Aging, Best Buddies Maryland, Community Ministries of Rockville, Cub Scout Pack 492, a Haitian school, Mexican eyeglass clinic, and Indian mammobus, Interfaith Works, Montgomery Community Media, Montgomery’s Miracles, Nourish Now Foundation, PolioPlus (program of Rotary International), Richard Montgomery High School Robotics Team, Rockville Cemetery Association, Stepping Stones Shelter, The Treatment and Learning Centers, Treeland Foundation, and the City of Rockville Recreation Fund. This year, Ivymount School as well as other organizations in the Potomac area and beyond will benefit financially in the form of grants from race proceeds.

In 2016 the event will include this year’s grant recipients (currently being announced), the Ivymount School, The Carl M. Freeman Foundation and Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, as well as numerous local community organization in Rockville, Potomac and the surrounding community.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Registration will open up as soon as the course has been finalized. To learn more about the Twilighter, visit the race website at www.rockvilletwilighter.org or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RockvilleTwilighter.

Media contact: Denise Fredericks 301-928-0118 RockvilleTwilighterMedia@gmail.com

Rockville Rotary Club website: http://www.rockvillerotary.org/