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For Immediate Release

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Angelita Plemmer angelita.plemmer@mdcourts.gov
Terri Bolling terri.bolling@mdcourts.gov
(410) 260-1488

Maryland Judiciary 3K Family Peace Walk: Early Registration Counting Down to Last Days

(BALTIMORE Sept. 14, 2012) Early registration for the Maryland Judiciary’s second annual Peace Walk – a free, family-friendly, 3K walk – will end Sept. 21. While walkers can register up through the day of the event, people who register by Sept. 21 will get a free T-shirt and tote bag.

The Peace Walk will take place Sunday, Oct. 7, 1-4 p.m., at the Baltimore Inner Harbor. The event is being held during International Conflict Resolution Month to raise awareness about the variety of services people can use to peacefully resolve conflicts within their families, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, houses of worship, and other organizations.

Open to walkers of all ages, the 3-kilometer (1.8-mile) walk will start from the Inner Harbor’s Rash Field next to the Maryland Science Center, 201 Key Highway, Baltimore. Free parking is available at Rash Field. Check-in begins at 1 p.m. with music, games and other activities. Information tables will highlight organizations in Maryland that offer conflict resolution services, such as mediation, community conferencing, and conflict coaching, as well as other services for the community. The District Court of Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Office, the Court of Special Appeals ADR Division, and the Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) will share information about services available through the courts.

Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals will kick off the event in a brief opening ceremony, which will also include remarks by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Newly appointed Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has been invited, as well. After the ribbon cutting, walkers will stroll along the promenade to the Pier 5 Lighthouse and back to Rash Field. Walkers can win prizes for wearing the most creative conflict resolution-themed hat, collecting stamps in their Peace Passport, coming from the farthest distance, being part of the largest group from one organization, finishing the course first, collecting clues in a scavenger hunt, or posting the most interesting tweet at #peacewalk during the event. 

To register for the free Peace Walk, go online to www.tinyurl.com/PeaceWalk2012. For more information, call Alecia Parker, 410-260-3540, or email alecia.parker@mdcourts.gov. After Sept. 21, T-shirts and bags will be available on a first-come basis on the day of the walk.

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Media: For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410-260-1488, or email angelita.plemmer@mdcourts.gov or terri.bolling@mdcourts.gov.