With kids, most days feel like a marathon. Why not channel all that family energy into a meaningful race with a clear finish line? D.C. has some awesome kid-friendly fall fun runs that just might turn you and your youngsters into high performing track stars. Whether you’re looking to pound the pavement with serious speed while your kids cheer you on from the sidelines, or they want to join in for a short but sweet stroll from start to finish, there’s something here for everyone.


The Biggest Loser Run Walk Race (5k/10k/1 Mile Kids Fun Run)
Designed to be non-intimidating and full of fun, the Biggest Loser Run Walk Race series is an effort to challenge America to get off the couch, hit the pavement and get fit. The 1- Mile Kids Fun Run is for ages 14 and under and proceeds go to benefit Kids Fit Foundation, which features programs and events designed to help kids reach their fitness goals and celebrate their healthy lifestyle achievements with family and friends. Race participants score a commemorative Biggest Loser Run Walk shirt, drawstring backpack, free race photos, awards, finish line refreshments, live entertainment, and special discounts on Six Flags park admission, so you can keep those endorphins pumping with post-racing roller coaster rides.

When: Sept. 28, 7:30 am
Six Flags of America
13710 Central Ave. (Bowie, Md)
Online: biggestloserrunwalk.com


Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon (6k and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run)
With a course from Mt. Vernon Estates to the National Harbor, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon is one of the most scenic courses you can run in the D.C. area. Do the entire half marathon or a 6k, or simply bring the kids and stick to the 1 mile kids course, which begins at the National Harbor and is un-timed. All participants receive a t-shirt, racenumber and refreshments. And if the race isn’t fun enough, the finish line festival will have the entire family entertained with a beer garden, live music from the Darby Brother’s Band, food and more.

When: Oct. 5, 7 am
Mt. Vernon Estates (Alexandria, Va) to National Harbor, Md
Online: wilsonbridgehalf.com


Marine Corps Marathon (Kids Run)
Fall just wouldn’t feel like fall without the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), a popular northern Virginia staple. The MCM Kids Run is held the day before the MCM in the Pentagon’s north parking lot. Three thousand kids ages 5–12 are expected to participate in this one-mile run. The event takes place in six, half-hour waves that begin at 9:30 am and run until noon. Post race, chillax with music, entertainment, and a host of other fun activities.

When: Oct. 25, 9:30 am
Pentagon North Parking Lot
Online: marinemarathon.com

 What is your favorite way to get in shape with your kids? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Jamy Bond

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