Mer-Friends!!! The registration for the Third Annual Mermaid Run 5k, Mermaid Mile and Virtual Mermaid Run for 2022 has begun!! In person race will be held at Fin-tastic Aberdeen Festival Park, Aberdeen, Maryland August 20th 2022 at 8:00am! With Mer-Friends and Merminis from all over the world registering last year we officially became an international run!! We loved seeing all our in-person and virtual MerFriends in their costumes and Mermaid Gear!! We would love to see our fin-tastic friends running, walking, skipping and dancing under the sea and crossing that finish line again! 🧜♀️🌊 The 5K Race will be professionally chip-timed by Blue Cheetah Sports Timing and offers a marathon-quality 5k finisher's medal and event shirt for all participants. The course is USATF Certified - Fast and FLAT! Costumes are encouraged, and we will have music, decorations and prizes!! Proceeds will benefit the Maryland Chapter TEARS Foundation, a non-profit offering financial assistance to help with the cost of infant burial or cremation expenses as well as emotional support including online support groups and remembrance gatherings. www.thetearsfoundation.org The Maryland Chapter TEARS Foundation holds a special place in our hearts to our family. This organization helped us with emotional support with the loss of our daughter, Ariella Jessica O'Mara. Our little Ariella would have turned 4 years old in April of 2022. We were so honored and humbled by how many of our new MerFriends celebrated our daughter's short but impacting life by registering to run. We know she would have loved to have seen everyone's fin-tastic costumes, balloons and bubbles!! What better way than to help other families like ours who never thought they would have to plan for burial plots, cremation, funeral services while expecting a baby. No one should ever have to go through the loss of a child but the honest truth is that many do. Through our support and event we hope to raise enough money to help many families. This event is rain or shine; no refunds will be offered due to inclement weather or other reasons.