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All runners and walkers are welcome, however, the race will be capped at 1,000 participants.
5K run/walk to benefit the Semper Fi Fund
Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 8:00 am (rain or shine)
The 5K will begin promptly at 8:00 am. Unfortunately, National Park Service regulations prohibit registration on race day.
Please note that road closures will begin at 7:30 am for our race (which will prevent you from driving to the start/finish area).
Anacostia Park, Washington D.C.
To raise money and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides crucial medical and financial assistance to U.S. servicemen and women wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as to their families.
Our packet pick-up will be held at Road Runner Sports in Falls Church from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17th.
Road Runner Sports
1120 W. Broad St., Suite D
Falls Church, VA 22046
Please visit Google Maps (click button to the right) for driving directions to Anacostia Park. The start/finish area will be at the northern end of the park, adjacent to the Skating Pavilion.
FREE Parking is plentiful at Anacostia Park. Please park your vehicle at the northern end of the park near the Skating Pavilion; please note that you must arrive before 7:30 am. The closest Metro Station (Potomac Ave Metro on Orange-Blue lines) is about a 20 minute walk from the start/finish area.
Weather: This event will be run, rain or shine.
Timing: Our 5K will be professionally timed this year by raceDC Timing using the ChronoTrack system (B-tag). Your timing chip will be attached to your race bib. Please do not remove it. Also, do not fold or bend your race bib, or you might damage your timing chip.
Awards: The awards ceremony is scheduled to being at 8:45am on race morning. The top male and female finishers will be announced, as well as 1st and 2nd place females and males in the following age groups:
- 19 and under
Strollers & Children are welcome to participate! Our event will take place on a closed course (thanks to the U.S. Park Police). If you would like to run with a stroller, we have a few requirements: you must start in the back, you may not weave through packs of runners, and you must always yield the right of way to other runners. As long as you drive responsibly you shouldn’t have a problem bringing junior along for the ride. Note: Children in strollers do not need to register. In addition, do not have your child wear a timing tag if he/she is catching a ride. That tag will read that your two-year old ran your speedy time and can lead to tears from young children who rightfully won their age group.
Bag Drop: We will have a bag drop available, which will be monitored by volunteers. Unfortunately we cannot be responsible for any valuables that are lost or stolen. Leave items at your own risk. Items not picked up by designated time will be taken to the Pacers store in Arlington and may be retrieved there. Items left after seven days will be tossed or donated to charity.
Dogs: Unfortunately dogs are not allowed during this year's race.
Bathrooms: Restrooms will be open and available near the start/finish area.
Water Stop: We will have a water stop at the 1/2 way mark that will be manned by volunteers.
Headphones: Our RRCA insurance policy dictates that we cannot sanction headphone use during our event. Runners who choose to run while wearing headphones must assume full responsibility for their use. They must be able to hear all instructions and directions given by race course personnel and be aware of their surroundings at all time. We understand that many runners feel that running with their music helps them stay focused and motivated - the course will be closed to vehicular traffic, so it's ultimately your decision.
Post-Race Festivities: We will have music playing before, during, and after the race. Water, Gatorade, fruit, and other light snacks will be available at the finish line.
Volunteers: The success of our 5K rests squarely with our volunteers.
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