• Race for Every Child 10th Anniversary - Saturday, October 15, 2022 - Join us in person at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., or virtually. REGISTER FOR FREE! - Children's National

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      Photo of Owen

      Owen spent more than three months at Children's National after a mild cold triggered an autoimmune attack to his brain and caused a very rare epilepsy syndrome called FIRES. Owen is looking forward to the Race and can’t wait to participate in his superhero cape!

      Photo of Isabel smiling while holding a duckling

      At age 4 Isabel was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. Today she is an energetic 5-year-old who loves to go to school and play soccer. Her family celebrates Isabel’s every milestone and is grateful to Children’s National for making them possible.

      Photo of Wes

      Wes is an energetic 4-year-old who likes building complex Magna-Tile structures. While in the hospital for leukemia treatment, he participates in art therapy and loves to play with his care team.

      Photo of Victoria smiling while holding a donut

      Victoria arrived three months early and was diagnosed with a mild form of Cerebral Palsy as a toddler. She has undergone four orthopaedic procedures and physical therapy at Children’s National. Now 9, Victoria is thriving. She loves swimming and caring for her four dogs.

      Photo of Ryan smiling while playing his guitar

      Ryan was born prematurely with a devastating gastrointestinal condition. Expert care from Children’s National put him on the path to a bright future. Ryan, 7, hopes to become a surgeon or a nurse when he grows up to help kids just like him feel better.

      Photo of Jocelyn

      Jocelyn and her family celebrate the “double miracle” that Children’s National gave them: two lifesaving surgeries eight years apart to treat her congenital heart defect. Jocelyn can’t wait to participate in the Race again this year!

      Photo of Quincy

      Two-year-old Quincy loves watching Toy Story and playing with his favorite characters Forky and Rex. “We are grateful that the team at Children's National diagnosed Quincy's autism early," says mom Darcel. "Now he has access to interventions that will help him grow up stronger."

      Photo of Luka smiling from his hospital bed

      Lukas, 15, loves cats and playing video games. He suffers from a rare condition and receives care from our Hematology department. “The nurses and Child Life specialists are the most amazing people in the world,” says mom Sara. “We are so grateful.”

      Photo of Anniyah

      Anniyah loves her brothers, riding rollercoasters and dancing to music. As a patient with medical complexities, her family is very grateful for the ongoing care she receives at Children’s National.

      Photo of Naoma

      Naoma received lifesaving care after she was born with a complication that caused her to breathe in dangerous fluid. She is now a smiley, healthy toddler who loves to dance.

      Photo of Avery

      "Children's National is special to me because Dr. Chang and Dr. Bear helped me get better when I was sick,” says Avery. “I am excited to give Dr. Bear a hug at the Race!”

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      participants-icon 2,108 Participants

      teams-icon 242 Teams

      Together we have raised $ $797,311.97
      Goal: $1,700,000.00
        of Goal!
      Raised

      Details & FAQs

      This year, Children’s National Hospital celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Race for Every Child! Participants may register to join us in person or virtually.

      You can register for free. Registration gives you access to your personalized fundraising dashboard and the opportunity to recruit team members and raise vital funds to support Children’s National Hospital. We encourage all participants to fundraise. Those who raise $30 or more will receive a Race for Every Child: 10th Anniversary Edition t-shirt. All in-person 5K participants will receive a chipped bib.

      We will monitor the COVID-19 situation to ensure that we make the safest decisions for our community. We will notify you of any event changes.

      Summarized Schedule (for full schedule, please click on the Event Day Tab):

      7:00am - Activities Open on Freedom Plaza
      8:20am - 5K Packet Pick-Up Closes
      8:00am - Opening Ceremony
      8:45am - 5K Run/Walk Starts
      9:00am - 5K Start Line closes (all participants must be on race course before this time)
      9:45am - Kids Dash Packet Pick-Up Closes
      10:00am - Kids Dash Starts

      Registering

      Registration is free for this year’s Race for Every Child: 10th Anniversary Edition. All in-person 5K participants will receive a chipped bib. To register, please click here. You can create or join a team or sign up as an individual. All registrants must have a unique email address to sign up and receive access to their participant dashboard. The registration deadline for in-person participants is Sunday, Oct. 9 at 11:59pm. Virtual participants may register until Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 5pm.

      T-shirts

      T-shirts are part of our 2022 Recognition Program:. Individuals who register and reach $30 in individual fundraising will receive a t-shirt. One t-shirt per participant. The remaining items and recognitions are cumulative.

      • How do I get my t-shirt?
        If you registered as an in-person participant, you may pick up your t-shirt as part of packet pick-up. Your team may also qualify to receive applicable Recognition Program items by mail. Teams must collectively raise $5,000 by Oct. 1 to do so. We will share details about packet pickup closer to the event. If you registered as a virtual participant, you will receive your t-shirt prior to the event.
      • If I am a virtual participant, when will my t-shirt be mailed?
        For those who raise $30 in individual fundraising by Oct. 1, we will mail your t-shirt later that week to get your shirt to you by event day. For those who reach the milestone after Oct. 1, we will mail your shirt after our final Oct. 31 deadline.
      Is there a fundraising deadline?
      • To receive Recognition Program items by event day, virtual participants may fundraise until October 1.
      • In-person participants may fundraise until Race Day on Oct. 15 to claim items at Packet Pick-Up on Thursday, 10/13 or Friday, 10/14 or Saturday, 10/15.
      • To receive items by mail prior to, in-person participants must be part of a team that qualifies ($5,000 in team fundraising) by Oct. 1.
      • All participants may fundraise until Oct. 31 and opt in to have Recognition Program items mailed to them after the event.
      What happens on Race Day?

      Please continue to check the “Event Day” tab in this section to stay informed about event day details and any changes. We will share event day specifics as we get closer to Race Day.

      Do I have to fundraise? Is there a fundraising minimum?

      There is no required fundraising minimum. All participants are encouraged to set a minimum fundraising goal of $250. Every dollar you raise will help us provide exceptional pediatric care, support programs for patients and families and develop new therapies and cures. Team Captains are encouraged to set a goal of $250 per team member.

      Is there a registration fee?

      There is no registration fee for either the 5K or the Kids Dash.

      Will there be an in-person event?

      Yes. This year, as we celebrate our milestone 10th anniversary, Race for Every Child participants may register to join us in person or virtually. We will monitor the COVID-19 situation to ensure that we make the safest decisions for our community. We will notify you of any event changes.

      May I switch from participating in-person to virtually?

      Yes! The deadline to switch how you participate is Oct. 1. Please email info@raceforeverychild.org to let us know you would like to make a change.

      If I am a virtual participant, can I walk/run on a different day?

      Yes. Virtual participants can walk or run their 5K any day between Thursday, Oct. 13 Monday, Oct. 17. We will provide further details on accessing your Race Day Experience App and submitting photos and finisher times closer to event day.

      If I am a virtual participant, how do I encourage my friends and family to participate in a neighborhood walk/run?

      We’d love to help! Please contact us at info@raceforeverychild.org to speak with the Race for Every Child team. We are excited to share ideas with you.

      When is the deadline to register?

      The registration deadline for in-person participants is Sunday, Oct. 9 at 11:59pm. Virtual participants may register until Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 5pm.

      I am unable to register this year, how else can I support?

      You may donate in support of a team or individual participating in the Race for Every Child. Visit our donation page and search for the individual or team name.

      Will individual fundraising count toward team fundraising totals?

      Absolutely! Every dollar individual team members raise will contribute to the overall team fundraising totals! We encourage individuals to share their unique participant page links so they can qualify for the Individual Recognition Program milestones while supporting the overall team goal.

      Does my whole family need to register?

      Every individual who wants to run or walk in the 5K or Kids Dash must register. Each participant then will have access to a personal fundraising dashboard and can hit fundraising milestones, including the 2022 t-shirt!

      Can I split my fundraising dollars among individuals who aren’t registered?

      We cannot split fundraising dollars among registrants and non-registrants. All participants who wish to participate in the 2022 Individual Recognition Program need to register separately.

      This year, Race for Every Child participants may join us in person or virtually. We will monitor the COVID-19 situation to ensure that we make the safest decisions for our community. We will notify you of any event changes.

      Please check here to stay informed about event day details. We will communicate with you about event day specifics as we get closer to Race Day.

      Race Day Schedule

      7:00am Activities Open on Freedom Plaza

      • Race Day Packet Pick-Up
      • Champions Tent Opens (catered breakfast for individuals who fundraise $1K or more)
      • Teams Tent Access (for teams that collectively raise $10K or more by Oct. 1)
      • Bag Check Opens
      • Donation Drop-off Tent
      • Merchandise Sales
      • Sponsor Tents on Pennsylvania Ave. (depending on sponsor level)

      8:20am 5K Packet Pick-Up Closes
      8:00am Opening Ceremony
      8:25am Fundraising Awards Presented (Teams, Individuals, and Corporate Teams)
      8:45am 5K Run/Walk Starts
      9:00am 5K Start Line closes (all participants must be on race course before this time)
      9:30am Awards Ceremony

      • Top overall finishers, male/female
      • Top overall teams
      • Age group winners can pick up awards at Awards Tent on Pennsylvania Avenue

      9:45am Age group winners can pick up awards at Awards Tent on Pennsylvania Avenue
      9:45am Kids Dash Packet Pick-Up Closes
      9:55am Mascot Dash
      10:00am Kids Dash Starts

      Kids Dash participants pay close attention to announcements on race day for heat updates.

      Whether at Freedom Plaza or elsewhere, participation as a team is the best way to experience the Race for Every Child, fundraise and make an impact. Choose a creative team name and plan fun ways to engage your team members.

      How many people can be on a team?

      Teams range from two people to as many as you’d like. There is no limit.

      Who can be on my team?

      Reach out to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers and invite anyone you wish. Keep in mind that individuals who live out of state can sign up as virtual participants and join from wherever they are!

      Still have questions?

      Email the race team at info@raceforeverychild.org or call us at (301) 565-8571 for more information.

      Recognition Program


      We want to celebrate YOU! Check out this year’s Race for Every Child Recognition Program.


      Personal Fundraising Milestones

      Deadline for individual fundraising to receive items by Race Day:
      Oct. 1 for virtual participants *by mail
      Oct. 15 (Race Day) for in-person participants *at Packet Pick-Up
      Oct. 31 (opt-in to have items mailed to you after our event)

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      T-shirt badge Window sign badge Medal badge Tribute wall badge Champions Jacket badge

      $30T-shirt Reach this first milestone and show off your support of Children’s National with the 10th Anniversary Edition t-shirt!

      $100Window decal Includes preceding milestone achievement plus your Race for Every Child: 10th Anniversary Edition window sign!

      $250Medal Includes preceding milestone achievements plus your 10th Anniversary Edition medal! Medal participants have the special opportunity to donate their medal back to a Children’s National patient.

      $500Star Our Tribute Wall Stars are back this year! Includes preceding milestone achievements plus your Tribute Wall Star. Stars will be available to decorate on Race Day for in-person participants and our Facebook Group will highlight all Tribute Star participants.

      $1,000Champions Jacket Includes preceding milestone achievements, plus recognition on the Champions Wall below and your exclusive 2022 Champions Club jacket!

      Team Fundraising Milestones

      In-person Teams

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      Box with sneaker badge Team tent badge

      $5,000Packets mailed to Team Captain Avoid race day lines! Your team’s race day packets, shirts and bag check bags are mailed to the Team Captain and delivered before Oct. 15. *Funds must be raised by Oct. 1. When you achieve this level, please notify your team members that you will distribute their packets.

      $10,000Team tent, Official team photo time slot and handheld signIncludes preceding milestone achievement, plus an Official Team Photo time slot and a hand-held sign for you to display during your 5K, as well as a 10x10 team tent on race day adorned with a hanging team sign! Your tent will be a great place to gather as a team and get excited about the race. We will also provide one unloading pass that you may use before 7 am to get your supplies to your tent. *Funds must be raised by Oct. 1.

      Virtual Teams

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      Race in a Box badge Facebook mention badge Spotlight badge

      $500Race in a Box Joining us virtually? If your team hits $500 in team fundraising, the Team Captain will receive a Race in a Box with surprise items that you and your team can use to celebrate the Race for Every Child wherever you are! *must fundraise by Oct. 1 to receive box before Race Day.

      $2,500Mention in Facebook group Includes the preceding milestone achievement, plus your team will be mentioned in our Race for Every Child Facebook group! Join the group!

      $5,000Highlighted during Race Day ceremony Includes the preceding milestone achievements, plus we will highlight your team during our Race Day ceremony!


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