The finish line is just the beginning.


Logistical Questions

I want to support Children's National but cannot participate in the race. Can I still register?

Yes. You can register and participate virtually. Sign up and create a fundraising page, and send us an email at to receive a t-shirt post-race.

Can I register on race day?

No. Our permit requires that all 5K and Kids' Dash participants register in advance. The last day to register is Sept. 27 at 11:45 pm.

I registered and can no longer attend the event. Can I receive a refund or transfer my registration to someone else?

No. All registrations are non-refundable. To protect your identity and results accurately, we do not allow participants to transfer bib numbers.

When and where can I get my race packet?

You can get your packet at the check-in tent on race day, but we encourage you to pick it up in advance at one of our packet pickup locations.

What time should I arrive?

If you are driving, please leave yourself extra time to park. Plan to arrive at 7:00 am if you need to pick up your packet on race day. See full schedule.

Can I participate with a stroller or in a wheelchair?

Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. For safety reasons, we encourage people who are walking or pushing wheelchairs or strollers to line up in the back of the starting line instead of the front. Your Chronotrack B-Tag transponder will record your time from the moment you cross the starting line to the time you cross the finish line.

If you are pushing a child in a stroller, please take extra caution. Line up toward the back of the starting line where you will enjoy the companionship of others with strollers. If you’re running with a racing stroller, please seek out the less crowded parts of the roadway, especially during the first half mile. Volunteers with pace markers will be at the starting line to help you while you "self seed".

How do I get to the event?

See parking, driving, and other transportation information.

Fundraising Questions

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

There is not a required fundraising minimum, but all participants are encouraged to set a minimum fundraising goal of $250. Team captains are encouraged to set a goal of $250 per team member.

Does my registration fee count toward my fundraising total?

No. Your registration fee helps cover the cost of planning and managing the race. So it is not tax-deductible, does not count toward your fundraising total, and is not reflected on your fundraising page.

Can I collect offline donations?

Yes. Offline donations (cash and checks) will be counted toward your fundraising total and can be mailed to:

Race for Every Child
Children’s Hospital Foundation
801 Roeder Road, Suite 300
Silver, Spring, MD  20910

Include an offline donation form with your check(s) payable to “Children’s Hospital Foundation.” To make you and your team get credit, include your name and your team name. It may take up to seven business days to process your donation and have it reflected on your fundraising page.

How can I sponsor the Race for Every Child?

Visit to download our sponsorship packet or call the race team at (301) 565-8577.

How can I volunteer?

Visit for a list of volunteer opportunities or call the race team at (301) 565-8571.

Still have questions?

Contact the race team at (301) 565-8571 or email us at