You know how your kids can literally run circles around you? Let them put that energy to good use at one of the many kid-friendly races the DMV offers. Whether you (or your kiddos) want to raise funds for a cause or just burn off some steam in the great outdoors, there are plenty of options around D.C., one of the country’s fittest cities. Here are eight races to choose from, in date order.
Known as Alexandria’s Hometown Race, runners can opt for the 5k, 10-mile or kids dash races. The 10-miler starts at Mount Vernon and follows the GW Parkway to Oronoco Bay Park in Old Town, while the 5k takes off from Belle Haven Park. The Sugar Shack Kids Dash is an 800-meter dash, and participants get a race bib, a medal and a Sugar Shack doughnut at the end. Note that parents may run with their dashers, and the event is limited to 300 participants. It requires pre-registration, and strollers are permitted.
When: Apr. 22, 8 a.m. races, 10:30 a.m. kids dash
Where: 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy. Mount Vernon; Belle Haven Park, Alexandria; corner of Oronoco St. and North Union St. (Alexandria, Va)
Capitol Hill Classic 10k, 3k and Fun Run
The 39th annual race, which winds by sights such as the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court and Library of Congress, will end with music and yoga. It raises money for the Capitol Hill Cluster School, a D.C. public school with more than 1,000 students. Medal winners are divided by age: under 15 and 15 to 19 for kids. Jogging strollers are permitted.
When: May 20, 11 a.m. fun run
Where: 425 C St., NE
Photo: David Ingram via Flickr
Kids Superhero Dash for Dad (ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk)
The 1-mile dash (and the 5k run/walk) raise money for prostate cancer research, screening and education. Participants get a T-shirt and free food. Strollers are permitted, but race organizers ask that racers start at the back and give the right of way to runners.
When: Jun. 16, 8:15 a.m.
Where: 1101 S. Joyce St. (Arlington, Va)
The 5th Annual Bull Run Ice Cream Race 5k
This is more obstacle course race than straight-up run. Participants run through whipped cream-like foam, head down the Chocolate Syrup Water Slide and slip through the Banana Peel Pit. Ice cream-themed characters dot the course, which ends with a T-shirt, medal and – wait for it – ice cream. The first race starts at 8 a.m. and a new one gets going every 20 minutes until 12:30 p.m. This is open to anyone age 5 and up.
When: Jun. 23, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: 7700 Bull Run Dr. (Centreville, Va.)
Double Bubble Run
Choose from one of two locations – or go to both: Fairfax and Frederick. Make your way through 13-plus stations involving bubbles, foam, slides, colors and obstacles. As a bonus, the first race of each day starts with the Super Hero Race and the Frederick runs end at the Super Fun Zone, stocked with slides, a bounce house, a train ride, Quad Bikes and a Kids Corral. This is for ages 2 and up.
When: Sept. 22, 9 a.m.
Where: 3720 Old Lee Hwy. (Fairfax, Va); 7612 Willow Rd. (Frederick, Md)
Clarendon Day Run Kids Dash
Celebrate one of Arlington’s most popular neighborhoods by running through it. The Kids Dash is for littles ages 8 and younger, and is 713-feet long. All kiddos will receive medals, and parents are encouraged to run alongside their children, although they do not need to register separately. The nearby Williams-Sonoma location will serve a pancake breakfast to kids after the race. Longer race courses are available for adults. Strollers are welcome.
When: Sept. 22, 8 a.m. (Kids Dash at 9:30 a.m.)
Where: 2800 Clarendon Blvd. (Arlington, Va)
Fairfax Turkey Trot
We’re all dreaming of summertime and flip-flops, but it will be fall before we know it. Get this 5k on your calendars soon. It benefits the City of Fairfax Fire Department Benevolent Fund and takes runners through Old Town Fairfax and George Mason University. Strollers are permitted.
When: Nov. 22, 9 a.m.
Where: 4801 University Dr. (Fairfax, Va)
Jingle All the Way
Put on your warmest Santa hat and take to the streets of downtown DC. Available as a 15k or 5k. Racers receive a winter hat, a medal, jingle bells for your shoes and other goodies, including hot refreshments. Strollers are permitted.
When: Dec. 9, 8 a.m.
Where: 15th St., NW, next to the Washington Monument
Do you have a favorite family fun run? Which one is it? Tell us in the comments below.