5K Run/Walk for Refugees

    Saturday, June 29, 2024
    Two 5K runs, a family 3K, and a post-race picnic

  • Donate to ECDC's REVIVE Initiative - Restoring Hope Through Education
  • Results
  • Location:
    • Bluemont Park South Shelter
    • 329 North Manchester Street, Arlington VA
    • Free parking on-site for 72 cars + 3 handicapped
    • Free parking at Bluemont Park North Shelter, 601 North Manchester Street, for 65 cars + 2 handicapped
    • Free parking at Ashlawn School, 5940 8th Road North, for 200+ cars
    • Plenty of free on-street parking
  • Events:
    • Late registration and pre-race packet pick-up are open from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Thursday June 27, at Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington VA 22204
    • Late registration and pre-race packet pick-up are open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Friday, June 28, Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington VA 22204

    • Race-day registration and packet pick-up arw open from 7:15 AM to 9:15 AM on-site

    • Elite 5K Run (8:00 AM) under 30 minutes
    • Open 5K (8:45 AM) under 45 minutes
    • Family 3K (9:30 AM) no time limit
    • Post race picnic is open 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • T-shirts:

  • Directions:
    • From Route 50, turn north to the end of Manchester Street (329 North Manchester Street)
    • When the street ends, turn right into Bluemont Park South's parking lot
    • When the parking lot is full at Bluemont Park South, turn left on 4th Street North,
      turn right on Montague, turn right at 4th Road North, turn left on Manchester Street
      to free parking at Bluemont Park North Shelter
    • If that parking lot is full, turn left at 8th Road North and park at Ashlawn School, 5950 8th Road North

  • Race-day:
    • On-site registration is open from 7:15 AM to 9:15 AM
    • Race-day registration is OK

  • Course:

  • Races:
    • About 300 in each race.
    • You may enter one, two, or all three events for one entry fee (just one t-shirt)

  • Awards:
    • In Elite 5K at 8:00 AM, special awards for top 3 M/F overall, large medallions for next 7 M/F, medals for everyone else
    • Official times recorded and published online instantly on our Webscorer page and later in thwe day on our own web page
    • In Open 5K at 8:45 AM, medals for everyone, clock times only
    • In Family 3K at 9:30 AM, medals for the children, clock times only

  • Sponsors & Partners:
    • Enterprise Development Group - www.edgus.org
      Mulualem B. Asfaw, PhD., Marketing and Program Implementation Officer
      EDG / Enterprise Development Group, 901 South Highland Street, Arlington VA 22204
      Tel 703-685-0510 Ext 376 | M. 240-423-1376
      Enterprise Development Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization, a treasury-designated CDFI, and SBA lender providing microfinance and technical assistance to low- to moderate-income individuals. It is currently serving the financially underserved businesses and residents of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC area. It provides educational, skill-building, and social services to help refugees and immigrants build lives of self-sufficiency and become productive members of the community.
    • VHC Health
      VHC Health is a 453-bed not-for-profit teaching facility and designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network – a national network of independent healthcare organizations. The Hospital was recognized as a 2021 Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group and in 2022 was selected for an 11th consecutive Health Grades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ and a 21st consecutive ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group. VHC Health is committed to being both the best health system and the best workplace in the Washington, DC metro area. VHC will perform A1C screenings on-site
    • Citizens Bank
      Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $222.0 billion in assets as of September 30, 2023. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations, and institutions.
      Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,100 branches in 14 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management and small business offerings.

      In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers a broad complement of financial products and solutions, including lending and leasing, deposit and treasury management services, foreign exchange, interest rate and commodity risk management solutions, as well as loan syndication, corporate finance, merger and acquisition, and debt and equity capital markets capabilities. More information is available at www.citizensbank.com or visit us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

    • ECDC’s REVIVE Initiative
      Restoring and Expanding Education: ECDC has a long-standing track record of investing in education in Ethiopia via the distribution of books to public libraries throughout the country in collaboration with regional educational offices. Over one million educational books have been distributed to various regions in Ethiopia. Moreover, in addition to distributing books, ECDC had initiated building schools in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.

      ECDC’s REVIVE Initiative will build on this foundation, supporting innovative approaches to rebuilding education infrastructure and fostering a dynamic, trauma-informed learning environment.

  • Post-race:
    • Picnic in the picnic shelter about 100 meters from the start / finish next to the restrooms
    • Catered by:
    • Dama Restaurant and Cafe
      Restaurant: 1503 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204 (703-920-3559, kdama1961@gmail.com)
      Pastry & Cafe: 1505 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204 (703-920-5620, damadiner@aol.com)
    • Dama
    • Bethel Cafe
      3045 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204 (703-825-5557)
    • Meaza Restuarant
      5700 Columbia Pike A, Falls Church, VA 22041 (703-820-2870)
      Meaza Zemedu, the proud owner of Meaza Restaurant, Cafe, and Gourmet Grocery Store, has gained recognition from esteemed publications like the Washingtonian and the Washington Post. However, her journey began with humble beginnings. Meaza initially supplied local Ethiopian stores with her homemade injera bread, a beloved staple of Ethiopian cuisine. As the demand for the injera grew, she seized the opportunity to establish her magnificent restaurant, where guests can indulge in authentic Ethiopian flavors.
      Experience our MHL Lounge conveniently located next door. WWW.MHLVA.COM
    • meaza
    • Meda Coffee & Kitchen
      5037 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Virginia 22204 (571-312-0599)
      We provide top quality food, services, and serve mouthwatering delicious authentic Ethiopian food. The Kitfo (ክትፎ) is truly a meat lovers treat.
    • yohanneskitfo

    • Contacts:

    • Collaborators and Volunteers:
      • Race Director: Jay Jacob Wind , Safety And Health Foundation, an Arlington-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization that conducts 5Ks and other races for charity
      • Event Advisors: Gebregziabher Gebremariam, world-famous Ethiopian athlete, New York City Marathon champion and Worknesh Kidane, six-time World Cross Country champion
      • Volunteers: Students and staff from Arlington Career Center, Arlington Public Schools, located at 816 S Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA 22204

    • Press Coverage:
    • InsideArlington


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