Get your running shoes on and come out to Elm Street Park in Chevy Chase for the second annual Save the Trail! 5K on Saturday, May 28th at 9:00 a.m.

Benefitting Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail, the race is co-sponsored by the Town of Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase Running Company and other local businesses.

Dedicated to preserving and protecting open space, park land and quality of life in lower Montgomery County, Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail is a leader in the effort to stop the Purple Line from destroying the threatened three-mile segment of the trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring.

“The event helps us raise awareness about the unique value of the trail and our growing campaign to protect it from destruction by the Purple Line,” said FCCT president Ajay Bhatt. “At a time when our state has so many other pressing needs and is cutting education and other funding, building a $1.6 billion transit system that destroys the trail as it exists today is reckless and unconscionable.”

On-line registration for the event is now open – click on this link – and the entry fee is $25. All pre-registered runners receive a high-quality technical t-shirt, tote bag and sponsor discount coupons. The top three male and female runners will win gift certificates for merchandise at Chevy Chase Running Company and all runners will be entered in a post-race random prize drawing. At last year’s inaugural race, more than $1,000 in gift certificates were featured in the drawing.

The 5K course starts and ends in Elm Street Park. Runners first cover a short distance on residential streets before going east on the Capital Crescent Trail. Following a turnaround at Connecticut Avenue, they retrace their path back to the start/finish line. For more information about the event, send an email to raceinfo@savethetrail.org.