Two South County Elementary Schools to Host 5K Races

Spring is right around the corner whether Old Man Winter realizes it or not.  Time to put on the running shoes and get in shape!

Two South County elementary schools are holding 5K Fun Runs/Walks to help raise money for their parent teacher associations. Central Elementary will host its annual 5K Tiger Trot at the end of March, while Davidsonville Elementary’s Gator Gallop is set for the first weekend in April.

We have included information below about both events including registration links. Check out our Fitness Blog: Couch to 5K Program and get moving!


Central Elementary School’s Tiger Trot 5K race will be held on Saturday, March 29 at the school campus in Edgewater. The run and 1K walk, sponsored by the PTA, is open to everyone in the community, kids to adults.

Tiger Trot signups are ongoing. This year, they have a tiered pricing system, with discounts for earlier sign ups ($15 until March 1, $20 March 2 to 27 and $25 March 28 and race day).

The course is flat and is contained on the school campuses of Central Elementary, Central Middle and South River High School.

Awards will be presented to the first three men and women who finish in the following age groups:

  • 1 mile: ages 6 and under; and 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 years old
  • 5K: ages 6 and under; 7,8,9,10 and 11 years old; 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 old; and 50 and up

Central Elementary is located at 130 Stepney Lane. To sign up visit Tiger Trot 5K.


Davidsonville Elementary will hold it it’s 2nd annual Gator Gallop on Saturday, April 5 at Davidsonville Park.  There are three race distances this year including a 5K, 1 mile run and 100-yard gallop. The event, sponsored by the PTO, is open to everyone in the community, kids to adults.

The 5K trail race begins at 8 a.m. followed by the 1 mile at 9 a.m. and the fun run 100- yard gallop at 9:20 a.m. It’s $25 for the 5K, $15 for the 1 mile run and $5 for the 100-yard gallop. Registration deadline is March 15.

The money raised goes toward the purchase of new playground equipment for the school.

Parking is available at the park in the lot nearest to the playground.  For additional information or to sign up visit DES Gator Gallop.

Davidsonville Park is located at 3042 Patuxent River Road.

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About Cynthia Giorgio

I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to or call me at 301-906-4767.


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