BALTIMORE -- Get a head start on working off some of that Halloween candy by running at Camden Yards in Saturday's annual KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K. The race, which also includes a one-mile walk, is done in partnership with the Orioles and Buck and Angela Showalter, who will be congratulating runners across the finish line.
The 5K, which goes through downtown Baltimore and starts and ends at Oriole Park, benefits KidsPeace, a charity that provides services for children in foster care and their families. The Showalters have been heavily involved in the charity since coming to Baltimore, with Angela joining KidsPeace's board before she and Buck became the faces of the race.
"It's been more impactful on our lives than anything else," Buck said of the investment he and Angela have made in the Baltimore community. "You realize the avenue or the venue you have, and it's about how we use our lives to impact others. When it's all said and done, that's really what it's all going to be about, what you left behind, the impact on your own children and impacting other people's lives. … Angela and I feel the same way, to be able to repay the impact that Baltimore's had on our lives and our children's lives.
"Bottom line, it's the right thing to do. It's got nothing to do about feeling better about yourself or whatever. It's just the right thing to do."
The race, which starts at 8 a.m., encourages Halloween costumes. Gift certificates will be presented for top runners, age group winners, fundraising teams and best costumes.
The first 900 registered runners and walkers will receive a long sleeve Under Armour race shirt. There's also a pre-race packet pick-up party today from 5-8 p.m. ET at Dempsey's Brew Pub at Camden Yards with happy hour specials, validated parking and an opportunity to register. You can also register on Saturday morning at the race.
"It kind of shocks me when people are thanking us so much for being involved and they are so appreciative," Angela said of the race. "The kids tell you how much they appreciate you coming out and being a part [of the event]. I guess that really shocked me because, why wouldn't you do that? That's the best way to know the city and town you live in, is to be involved.
"And the people you're supporting, the kids in foster care and the foster care parents … It's such an easy task [to help]. And I always feel very guilty because the people at KidsPeace and other board members, I always feel like they work 10 times harder than we do, and we get all the credit."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.