Get ready to laugh, have fun, and run! Fun runs are an excellent way to get the whole family active and outdoors, especially during the warmer months. Spend the morning embracing your local community, getting a bit of your sweat on with the little tykes and enjoying the sunshine. It is easy peasy here in the DMV to get your family fun run on, too. Here are five of our favorite races.

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BEST Kids 5K and Kids Fun Run

Pick a spot as a family in the runners corral at Hains Point, and take part in this family- and stroller-friendly race. And there’s another cool component to this jaunt. The Best Kids 5k race benefits one-on-one mentoring for the youth in D.C.’s welfare system. What better way to mentor your own kids than by showing them the importance of being active.

When: April 18, 8 am
972 Ohio Dr., SW (East Potomac Park)

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The Glo Run
Get your glow on at this no age limit fun run (kids under 12 should be accompanied by an adult). Slip into your coolest glow-in-the-dark gear and take part in the run or just walk, skip, hop or jog your way through the experience of running in the dark. Put on by Playworks, the race builds on the idea that all kids need a place to play and learn through play.

When: April 25, 8:45 pm
RFK Stadium
2400 East Capitol St., SE (Stadium Armory)

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Heroes vs. Villains
Get ready to power up and take part in the 6th Annual Run for Justice 5k that benefits the Fairfax Law Foundation. This outside-the-box race has kids running as their favorite super hero or villain with awards for best costume in group, dynamic duo or individuals categories. Take part in the family-oriented post-race activities, too.

When: April 12,  9 am
Fairfax Shopping Center
4100 Monument Ave. (Fairfax, Va)

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The Dash 5k and Kids Fun Run
Can’t get enough of Hains Point? Then you are in luck! Prepare to spend Mother’s Day burning a few early morning calories while racing with the kiddos during this Capital Sprints activity that raises money and awareness for the Friendship Children’s Center in D.C.. The course is fast and flat and just perfect for those first runners.

When: May 10, 8 am
972 Ohio Drive SW (East Potomac Park)

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Family 5k and Fun Run
Build strong bones and bonds within your community with the Third Annual Family 5k and Fun Run in Vienna. Created by the Oakton Elementary PTA, this race is all about promoting a healthy lifestyle for the whole family and doing so each day during school, work and play. That’s something worth a victory lap.

When: May 3, 8:30 am
Centennial Park
131 Church St. (Vienna, Va)

Are there any other amazing family fun runs we should check out? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Victoria Mason