Kennedy Krieger Institute’s ROAR for Kids 5K


By Kennedy Krieger Institute March 22, 2024


One of the most kid-friendly races in the area is back, and this time it’s in a wild, new location!

Kennedy Krieger Institute’s ROAR for Kids 5K road race and low-mileage fun walk returns on Saturday, April 20. This year this fun event will be held at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore! That means racers can show off their wild side and team spirit on a new course—then enjoy all of the zoo’s offerings after the race.

This article is sponsored by Kennedy Krieger Institute’s ROAR for Kids.

What to Know Before You Go

ROAR for Kids is both family-friendly and accessible: Part of the event is a chip-timed 5K that is perfect for competitive racers. Others can run, walk or roll at their own pace and enjoy the outdoor workout for a good cause. Finally, strollers, wheelchairs and walkers are welcome at the race and the low-mileage fun walk. 

ROAR for Kids also includes a Family Festival with games, princess visits, a resource fair, two animal interactions and more. Another highlight of the morning is the much-loved Mascot Challenge with our favorite costumed characters from local, college and professional sports teams competing in an obstacle race!. 

And…there are two giveaways! Every ROAR for Kids participant can purchase a discounted ticket to enjoy the exhibits at The Maryland Zoo after the race. They also will receive a voucher for a free ticket to a future Aberdeen IronBirds game!

The money raised at ROAR benefits various programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute. In the past, funds from the event were used to buy classroom radios, equipment for our adaptive sports program, and incentive prizes for patients who need a pick-me-up, among other things.

Super fun fact: This year is the 20th anniversary of ROAR for Kids!

Registration Details

Again, ROAR for Kids is Saturday, April 20. Racers can find more information or register online in advance at:

Day-of registration opens at 7am and the event starts at 8 a.m.

Costs to participate: adult race/walk attendee, $40; child 5-12 race/walk attendee, $25; child 4 and under, free; Family Festival only (adults & children 5-12), $10; virtual participant (adults & children 5-12), $20

Let’s get ready to ROAR!

About Kennedy Krieger Institute:

Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally known, non-profit organization located in the greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region, transforms the lives of more than 27,000 individuals a year through inpatient and outpatient medical, behavioral health and wellness therapies, home and community services, school-based programs, training and education for professionals and advocacy. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children, adolescents and adults with diseases, disorders or injuries that impact the nervous system, ranging from mild to severe. The Institute is home to a team of investigators who contribute to the understanding of how disorders develop, while at the same time pioneer new interventions and methods of early diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Visit for more information about Kennedy Krieger.