The Van Metre 5K Run was established in 1992 to benefit Children’s National Health System. The event also includes a One Mile Fun Run/Walk inviting everyone from serious runners, occasional joggers and walkers of all skill levels to participate. To date the Van Metre 5K Run has raised over $2.4 million dollars in support of Children’s National.
Race day activities include an interactive warm up for the kids along with visits with Dr. Bear of Children’s National, arts and crafts and face painting. The post-race celebrations include cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall male and female runners and additional prizes are presented to the top two male and female runners in every age group. There are a variety of other raffle and door prizes for adults and kids alike! Refreshments and snacks are provided by local restaurants and businesses and include everything from bottled water, fresh fruit, granola, muffins, donuts and cupcakes to a complimentary slice of pizza for everyone in attendance.
The Van Metre 5K Run provides a USATF certified course and uses a ChronoTrack race timing system with disposable D-tags. From corporate teams to families with strollers and dogs, there is something fun for everyone!
We are continually grateful for the generosity and support of our participants, sponsors, partners and volunteers who help make this such a special and successful fundraiser year after year.