Have Fun and Celebrate Public Service with a 5K Run / Walk on May 5

To kick off this year’s Public Service Recognition Week, there will be a Public Service 5K Run / Walk in Washington, DC. Details for the event are below.


Date: May 5, 2013

Start Time: 8:00 a.m.

Location: Anacostia Park, Washington, DC

Description: To kick off PSRW 2013, government employees, their families and friends, and area running enthusiasts are invited to participate and show their support and appreciation for our country’s dedicated public servants.

Proceeds will benefit the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA), a non-profit organization devoted to helping civilian federal and postal employees through scholarships and emergency assistance.

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Advance registration is required. National Park Service regulations prohibits race-day registration.

General: $25.00

Government Employees: $20.00

Students: $15.00

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Swing by Road Runner Sports in Falls Church (Falls Plaza, 1120 W. Broad St. Falls Church, VA 22046) on Saturday, May 4 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. This means you won’t have to arrive as early (more zzz’s) on Sunday and helps us ensure we can start promptly.

If you can’t make it to Road Runner Sports on Saturday, no problem! You can still pick up your packet early on Sunday morning.


Start Time: Race day packet pick-up will begin at 6:00 a.m. Please note that road closures will begin at 7:30 a.m. for our race (which will prevent you from driving to the start/finish area). The 5K will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Directions: The start/finish area will be at the northern end of the park adjacent to the Skating Pavilion. Drivind directions and a park map are available at the Anacostia Park website.

Course Map: Download a map of the race route.

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 a.m. The closest Metro station (Potomac Ave on the Orange-Blue lines) is about a 20-minute walk from the start/finish area.

Weather: We will host the race rain or shine. Of course, we are planning on clear skies and sunny weather for race day!

Timing: Our event will be professionally timed by RaceDC Timing using the ChronoTrack system (B-tag) which automatically records your time as you cross the finish line.

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. 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.

Bag Drop: We will have a bag drop available, which will be monitored by volunteers. We cannot be responsible for any valuables that are lost or stolen. Leave items at your own risk.

Dogs: Dogs will not be permitted on the course.

Bathrooms: Restrooms will be open and available near the start/finish area.

Water Stop: We will have a water stop at the halfway mark that will be staffed by volunteers.

Headphones: Our event’s RRCA insurance policy dictates that we cannot sanction headphone use. 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, so it’s ultimately your decision.

Post-Race Festivities: We will have music playing before, during, and after the race. Water, fruit, and other light snacks will be available at the finish line.

Volunteers: The success of our event rests squarely with our volunteers. We need help with registration (6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.), safety (7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.), water stop (7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.) and clean up (9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.).

Please contact us if you would like to help out on May 5. Every volunteer will receive a free event t-shirt!

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