Breeze Thru the Trees is a 5K cross country run hosted by the Ruppert siblings with the mission of bringing kindness and inclusion to our community. The event will be held on Sunday, June 3 on the family’s 600-acre tree farm in Laytonsville.
Proceeds will benefit Red Wiggler Community Farm, a sustainable farm in Germantown where people with and without developmental disabilities come together to work, learn, and grow healthy food. A portion of the proceeds will also support Peace of Hearts, an organization dedicated to spreading awareness of the impact that healthy lifestyle choices have on our ability to prevent and suppress life-threatening illnesses.
“In a time when dissension makes headlines, cooperation, kindness, teamwork and inclusion need a voice,” said Sophie Ruppert Felts, the eldest of the Ruppert siblings. “We know that it takes work to understand people who are different from ourselves and to find a common ground and mission. We hope that this run will be a fun way to come together as a community and will be a great way to support an organization that brings the vision of a healthy and inclusive community to life.”
This will be the second iteration of Breeze Thru the Trees. In 2016, over 500 runners registered for the event. The 5k cross country course is flat and fast, winding through rows of evenly spaced trees, around a solar field and lush green fields at Ruppert Landscape and Ruppert Nurseries headquarters. Walkers are welcome and will start in the second wave. The race will be timed by Bullseye Running and awards will be given to the top three men and women finishers with results posted online. “We are excited to be able to share the tree farm with the community,” said Jack Ruppert. “Seasoned runners as well as joggers and walkers will love this course. In addition to the 5k, there will be a half-mile ‘Fun Run’ that is perfect for kids, people with special needs or anyone wanting to run a shorter distance.”
The event will feature locally brewed beer from Waredaca Brewing Company (for participants 21 and older) and other refreshments including free hamburgers and hotdogs. Musical entertainment will be provided by KSEF Entertainment and there will be activities for children. Runners will receive a race shirt featuring the Breeze thru the Trees logo designed by Harper Maven Co. and will be greeted at the finish line with a posy of fresh flowers from Blossom & Vine and other local growers. The event will be photographed by Sarah Beth Tapanes of Photos by Sarah Beth with images available on the website after the race. Registration for the 5k costs $35 and the Fun Run is open to children of all ages free of cost. Runners can register for the 5k here.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
Thursday, May 31 — 4:00-8:00 pm — FUNDRAISER AT WAREDACA BREWING COMPANY - 4017 Damascus Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20882
Stop by Waredaca Brewing Company for happy hour! For every pint sold, Waredaca will give $1 to Red Wiggler Community Farm
Saturday, June 2 from 1:00-5:00 pm — EARLY PACKET PICK UP AT HORNET’S NEST GRILLE - 9876 Main St, Damascus, MD 20872
Sunday, June 3 — RACE DAY - 23601 Laytonsville Road, Laytonsville, MD 20882
7:15 am— Packet pick up & race day registration opens
8:30 am — 5k race starts
9:00 am — Walkers start
9:30 am — Fun Run starts
10:00 am — Awards Ceremony
Music & Refreshments until 11:30 am