2024 Foster the Family 5k/10k

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Points count towards our Year-Long 5k, 10k, Kids, & Back of the Pack Series.  Points will also count towards our Spring Series.  Find more info about the series here.

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Please note that Bishop’s Events promo/discount codes cannot be used to register for this event.

Walkers and strollers are welcome to attend this event.  The route is all paved.

This year you will have the option to create a team to race with! Recruit your family, friends, gym, church, or co-workers to race with you! Each teammate will have the option to give an additional donation to Foster the Family DC while registering. The team that fundraises the most will receive some awesome prizes!  Be sure to note your team name when donating to make sure your team receives credit!

Donate to Foster the Family Now!

Why create a team?

*This is a great opportunity for your group to do something simple and tangible TOGETHER to support the local foster care community.

*The winning team will get some really awesome prizes! They will also be featured on our social media accounts.

*The more people on your team, the more likely your team will win!

*Creating a team will help spread awareness and get more people involved in supporting this important work.

*This is a great way to get your group into the community and promote team bonding.

Tips:

*Take a team photo and tag us (@fosterthefamilydc) to be featured in our stories!

*There is no minimum or maximum number of teammates!

*Fun Idea: Create team shirts to run in and take a team picture the morning of the race.

*The first person to register on your team can create a “new team” with your team name. Everyone else that registers after that will have the option to select that team.  Make sure to share your team name with all those you want to join you!

*Encourage teammates to give an additional donation while registering to increase the overall amount your team fundraises.

*Make sure you include your team name when donating or soliciting donations!

 

Virtual Race Option

We now offer a virtual run option for those who cannot make it on race day.  Find more information about our virtual option on our Virtual Races page.

 

Runners Receive

Finisher’s Medal, Technical (Drifit) Event Shirt, & A Chip Timed Event

 

Charity Information

 

Race Start Times

10k – 9:15am

5k – 9:30am

Fun Run – 9:35am

 

Registration Fees

5k (adult) – $40

5k (13 & under) – $20

Fun Run (13 & under only) – $10

General admission for Fun Day ONLY – $10 (t-shirt not included) – general admission available day of the event

10k – $55

***Price will increase on race morning by $5 for each distance

T-shirts guaranteed to runners registered before March 27.  We will order extra t-shirts for those who register after that date, but it is on a first-come first-served basis.

 

T-Shirt Design

T-shirt design for the race is available here as soon as it has been approved.

 

Race Medal Design

Race medal designs can be viewed on the Friday before the race on the Bishops Events Facebook page or our Instagram page.

 

Course Maps can be found at

This is an out-and-back run from the McLaren Shelter at the top of the hill near the lake. The runners will head out on pavement to the paved path that heads out to Byron Park. This section of route is basically flat the entire way. The 10k will do the route twice. Check the course maps page for the elevation gain.

 

Live Race Results

Live results will be posted on Athlinks.com.  Additionally, there will be a QR code at the race for you to scan to immediately view your results.  Final race results with series points will be posted to our website on the Monday following your race.

 

Awards

We award the top 3 men and women overall during our awards ceremony post-race.  We also award the 1st Male and Female in these categories: 19&Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, & 70+.  Runners who place top 3 overall in their race are not eligible to also win their age groups.

 

Photos

We will post any photos taken by staff on our Facebook page by Tuesday after the event.

 

Social Media Challenge

On Tuesdays, we pick our favorite Instagram or Facebook post from the previous race weekend.  The winner will receive 50% off a future race!  Make sure to tag us in your race photos at:

Instagram:  BishopsEventsLLC

Facebook: BishopsEvents

 

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup is available at the event.  We recommend arriving one hour before your event start time to check-in.

 

Race Day Registration

There will be race day registration. Participants will need to arrive approximately one hour before the race to register for the event. T-shirts sizes cannot be guaranteed for race day registers.

***Price will increase on race morning by $5 for each distance

 

Water Stations

Three water stations will be along the 10k course at approximately mile markers 1.55, 3.1, & 4.65.  One water station will be along the 5k course at approximately mile markers 1.55. Gatorade will be available at some water stations.  Water stations are subject to change as deemed necessary.

 

Restrooms

Restrooms can be located at the top of the hill near the beach.

 

Volunteers

Volunteers should arrive approximately 60 minutes before the first race kicks off.  We will assign volunteer tasks on race morning (water station, course marshals, finish line support, etc).  You can find parking information under “Directions to Parking” with a latitude and longitude pin for where to meet.

 

Weather Policy

We are an all-weather race company (rain or shine or sleet or snow). We will email registered runners and post on social media if the race is cancelled, but this is quite rare, otherwise assume the race is taking place as scheduled.

Weekly weather reports are posted on the Thursday before race weekends on our Facebook page by Chad Merrill with the Hagerstown Almanack.  Race officials may delay, change or postpone the event due to weather conditions.  All registered runners will be notified via email of any changes.  In most cases, a decision is not made until the night before the race, and a decision could come as late as the morning of the event.

 

Refunds & Transfers

To view our full refund/transfer policy, click here.

 

Directions to Parking

Use 7500 Accotink Park Rd, Springfield, VA 22150 for directions to Lake Accotink Park.    We will be set up near the McLaren-Sergeant Shelter.  The best way to locate this event is via GPS using this latitudinal and longitudinal pin: 38.793352, -77.213686