Young Scholars Sponsor 2nd Frederick Discovery Race

Young Scholars Sponsor 2nd Frederick Discovery Race


Students in the Frederick County Public Schools’ Young Scholars program invite supporters to sign up for the 2nd Annual Great Frederick Discovery Race. They encourage individuals, teams, families and companies to register now for the race on Sunday, May 20. This event is for all ages and can be as competitive or non-competitive as participants wish.

On race day, each participant or team gets a list of clues so they can plot a strategy and determine an optimal route to navigate multiple destinations in Historic Downtown Frederick. This year’s race includes a Competitive Division, beginning at 2 p.m., and a recreational Citizens Division, starting at 2:30. The Competitive Division is for those who want to combine the challenge of 18 clue locations with a broader distance (more like a 5K) and a quicker pace. The Citizens Division has 12 clues and a more compact race area, well suited to families and those who would like a more leisurely pace. As racers find each location they will snap a photo as proof. The first individuals or teams to complete the clue challenges in each division will win prizes.

Proceeds will support field trips and summer opportunities for Young Scholars, a program for FCPS students who have high academic potential but are traditionally under-represented in advanced courses. Founded in 2011, the FCPS Young Scholars program operates at Hillcrest and Monocacy Elementary schools and Monocacy and West Frederick Middle schools. It promotes students’ exposure to future opportunities in engineering and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Students remain in the program throughout their school years. The first group of Young Scholars entered Frederick and Governor Thomas Johnson High schools this school year.

Early bird registration by Tuesday, May 15 is $20 per person or $50 per team of up to four. Registration is open now at and will continue through race day. After May 15, the fee increases. Early registration will help coordinators prepare for a successful event.

For more about Young Scholars, please see the YouTube video:

The Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County is helping to organize this student-designed event.