O's, Showalters to host race to benefit foster care

O's, Showalters to host race to benefit foster care

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are partnering with manager Buck Showalter, his wife, Angela, and KidsPeace to host the seventh annual Trick-or-Trot 5K/1-mile walk Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 a.m. ET. The Halloween-themed race that benefits children in foster care will start and end at Camden Yards.

It's the sixth straight year the Showalters have helped out with the event, and Angela spoke about the impact the cause had last year.

"A youth last year who was just emotionally taken back that these people all came out for her," said Angela, who is on the board at KidsPeace. "Here's a child who doesn't have a family, but a bunch of Orioles fans came to support her, and that was a very touching thing.

"It's an easy cause to get behind because kids that are in foster care, obviously they've been removed from a home for a certain reason."

In addition to prizes to the first three male and female finishers, the first masters' finishers and age group winners, there will be prizes for the best costumes. They include the best child costume, best adult costume, best family costume, best group costume, and most creative child and adult Orioles costumes.

There will be a pre- and post-race party for participants that includes face painting, a moon bounce, food and more Halloween fun with the Showalters.

Interested runners and walkers can register at orioles.com/kidspeace. The online registration fee is $35 through Oct. 25. Starting Oct. 27, participants can register at the KidsPeace office or Dempsey's Brew Pub for $40. The first 900 individuals who register will get a race T-shirt.

The event could be moved to Sunday, Nov. 13, to accommodate postseason scheduling.

"With the generous support of the Birdland community, we can make a real difference for children and teenagers in foster care who rely on the life-changing programs offered by KidsPeace," Buck Showalter said in a news release. "We look forward to greeting and thanking all of the participants and supporters who make this event better each and every year."

Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.