2024 Race for Communication 5k, 10k, & 1M

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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.

 

Come enjoy this gorgeous 5k & 10k course.

Walkers and strollers are welcome to attend this event.

 

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

Benefiting I-ASC.

Too many nonspeaking people with sensory-motor disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Angelman’s Syndrome, among others, live in frustration. Frustration from being unable to communicate their own thoughts, sensations, emotions, perceptions, and needs. Frustration from being underestimated and disrespected by teachers, parents, and peers who do not presume they are competent enough to understand complex ideas and contribute to society. Such frustration can create cycles of trauma and despair that continue throughout nonspeakers’ lives.

Thankfully, there is hope for a more inclusive future! The International Association for Spelling as Communication (I-ASC) understands the liberating power of communication. It seeks to make communication accessible globally to all nonspeaking, minimally speaking, and unreliably speaking people. I-ASC is the authority in the science and methodology of Spelling to Communicate, known as S2C™, a method that teaches nonspeakers to communicate by pointing to letters on a letterboard to spell to communicate.

The ability to spell to communicate opens a world of possibilities for nonspeaking people, whether it be graduating at the top of their college class, expressing themselves through poetry, or simply participating in a conversation with family at the dinner table. The list goes on and on. You can help a non-speaker find access, agency, and autonomy by supporting I-ASC today!

Race Start Times

1-Miler – 7:30am

10k – 7:45am

5k – 8am

 

Registration Fees

5k – $30, until March 15 ($35)

10k – $45, until March 15 ($50)

1-Miler – $15

***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

https://bishopsevents.com/belle-haven/

This is a paved route with minimal elevation change. The 5k is an out-and-back in one direction, then heads the other direction along the Mount Vernon Trail. The 10k follows the same route as the 5k but continues another 1.55 miles before turning around for the 2nd time on the Mount Vernon Trail.

 

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+.  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 no on-site race registration for this race.

 

Water Stations

There will be 4 water stations along the 10k course at approximately mile markers 0.9, 2.5, 4, & 5.55.  Two water stations will be along the 5k course at approximately mile markers .9 & 2.5. Gatorade will be available at some water stations.  Water stations are subject to change as deemed necessary.

 

Restrooms

Restrooms can be located at the restroom facility on site.

 

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

The race starts and ends at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria at the Belle Haven Picnic Area.  The best way to locate this event is via GPS using this latitudinal and longitudinal pin:     38°46’45.3″N 77°03’07.0″W).