Beginner Friendly Running Events in Virginia

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MAY25
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Rivershed Run 5k

Join Great American Brewery Runs for our newest race at Port City Brewing in Alexandria, Virginia this spring!

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Rivershed Run 5k

3950 Wheeler Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304, USAView event
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Join Great American Brewery Runs for our newest race at Port City Brewing in Alexandria, Virginia this spring!

$40 - $45
Rivershed Run 5k
MAY26
Spring Georgetown 5K & Half

Come out and enjoy this scenic, flat half-marathon and 5k in the heart of Georgetown near the Nations Capital. Both events run on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal path.

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Spring Georgetown 5K & Half

Washington, DC, USAView event
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Come out and enjoy this scenic, flat half-marathon and 5k in the heart of Georgetown near the Nations Capital. Both events run on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal path.

$30 - $65
Spring Georgetown 5K & Half
JUN1
SRB Everyday Super Hero 5k for the Homeless
Belle Haven, VA, United States

Sugar Rim Bar (SRB) is proud to host our first Annual 2019 Super Hero Race/Fun Walk for charity. The 5K run/walk will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2019. This chipped 5K run and fun will benefit the everyday heroes of our community and Change For Good, Inc. a local nonprofit whose mission is to help those in need.

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SRB Everyday Super Hero 5k for the Homeless

George Washington Memorial Pkwy & Belle Haven Rd, Belle Haven, VA 22307, USAView event
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Sugar Rim Bar (SRB) is proud to host our first Annual 2019 Super Hero Race/Fun Walk for charity. The 5K run/walk will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2019. This chipped 5K run and fun will benefit the everyday heroes of our community and Change For Good, Inc. a local nonprofit whose mission is to help those in need.

$35
SRB Everyday Super Hero 5k for the Homeless
JUN8
Lawyers Have Heart

Lawyers Have Heart brings runners and walkers -- of all ages, levels of experience -- to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. Previously, the event has raised more than $1 million, and we hope to exceed that goal again. Since its creation, Lawyers Have Heart has raised over $13million to benefit the American Heart Association to further its mission of being a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

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Lawyers Have Heart

The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USAView event
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Lawyers Have Heart brings runners and walkers -- of all ages, levels of experience -- to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. Previously, the event has raised more than $1 million, and we hope to exceed that goal again. Since its creation, Lawyers Have Heart has raised over $13million to benefit the American Heart Association to further its mission of being a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

$55 - $85
Lawyers Have Heart
JUN8
Towson Healthy Hearts 5K
Towson, MD, United States

The Knollwood community in Towson is sponsoring its third annual 5K run/walk, Towson Healthy Hearts 5K, and post-race farmer's market, as part of its efforts to raise awareness for healthy lifestyles. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the American Heart Association. There will be cash prizes for the top three overall winners, both male and female, for the 5K run/walk. In addition there will be a Kids Fun Run geared at ages 5 and under immediately following 5K start. The race takes place at the 7600 Block on Knollwood Rd. in Towson, MD on June 8, 2019 at 8:00 am. The race will occur rain or shine. Enjoy pre- and post-race festivities such as a farmer's market, music and food, awards, and learn healthy heart tips. For more information visit www.towsonhealthyhearts5k.com.

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Towson Healthy Hearts 5K

7600 Knollwood Rd, Towson, MD 21286, USAView event
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The Knollwood community in Towson is sponsoring its third annual 5K run/walk, Towson Healthy Hearts 5K, and post-race farmer's market, as part of its efforts to raise awareness for healthy lifestyles. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the American Heart Association. There will be cash prizes for the top three overall winners, both male and female, for the 5K run/walk. In addition there will be a Kids Fun Run geared at ages 5 and under immediately following 5K start. The race takes place at the 7600 Block on Knollwood Rd. in Towson, MD on June 8, 2019 at 8:00 am. The race will occur rain or shine. Enjoy pre- and post-race festivities such as a farmer's market, music and food, awards, and learn healthy heart tips. For more information visit www.towsonhealthyhearts5k.com.

$5 - $30
Towson Healthy Hearts 5K
JUN9
Dash Through the Dirt
Potomac, MD, United States

Come enjoy the fast and flat courses at Carderock Recreation Area. They are perfect for PRs! In partnership with EOD Warrior Foundation. The EOD Warrior Foundation (EODWF) serves the EOD community by providing financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran wounded, injured or ill EOD warriors, families of our wounded and fallen EOD warriors and by maintaining the EOD Memorial.

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Dash Through the Dirt

Potomac, MD, USAView event
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Come enjoy the fast and flat courses at Carderock Recreation Area. They are perfect for PRs! In partnership with EOD Warrior Foundation. The EOD Warrior Foundation (EODWF) serves the EOD community by providing financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran wounded, injured or ill EOD warriors, families of our wounded and fallen EOD warriors and by maintaining the EOD Memorial.

$30
Dash Through the Dirt
JUN15
Manna 5K Fun Run for Affordable Housing

We will be celebrating our Annual MANNA 5K Race for Affordable Housing at the Alexandria Aqueduct on the C&O Towpath in Georgetown (address is 3630 Water St NW). Our goal is to raise money and awareness for affordable housing in the District. Please come and support affordable housing in DC while enjoying the historic canal, getting some exercise, and meeting fellow supporters of MANNA.

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Manna 5K Fun Run for Affordable Housing

3630 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USAView event
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We will be celebrating our Annual MANNA 5K Race for Affordable Housing at the Alexandria Aqueduct on the C&O Towpath in Georgetown (address is 3630 Water St NW). Our goal is to raise money and awareness for affordable housing in the District. Please come and support affordable housing in DC while enjoying the historic canal, getting some exercise, and meeting fellow supporters of MANNA.

$35
Manna 5K Fun Run for Affordable Housing
JUN22
Amy's Race
Dryden, VA, United States

This 5k Race fundraiser has been created to benefit a friend, Amy Dodson. Amy is a Madison County resident along with her husband Chris Dodson and her two daughters. Amy has been fighting CRPS/RSD since 2009. She has been receiving treatments at The Neurologic Relief Center since November 2018. All proceeds from this fundraiser will directly benefit Amy's family and The Burning Limb Foundation. We are excited to bring awareness of this debilitating disease and it's devastating impact to others in the community and surrounding areas. Please join us in supporting Amy and the over 200,000 U.S. victims of this disease.

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Amy's Race

Primary School Dr, Dryden, VA 24243, USAView event
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This 5k Race fundraiser has been created to benefit a friend, Amy Dodson. Amy is a Madison County resident along with her husband Chris Dodson and her two daughters. Amy has been fighting CRPS/RSD since 2009. She has been receiving treatments at The Neurologic Relief Center since November 2018. All proceeds from this fundraiser will directly benefit Amy's family and The Burning Limb Foundation. We are excited to bring awareness of this debilitating disease and it's devastating impact to others in the community and surrounding areas. Please join us in supporting Amy and the over 200,000 U.S. victims of this disease.

$25
Amy's Race
AUG24
Carderock Charge
Potomac, MD, United States

Come enjoy the fast and flat courses at Carderock Recreation Area. They are perfect for PRs! Walkers and strollers are welcome to attend this event.

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Carderock Charge

Potomac, MD, USAView event
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Come enjoy the fast and flat courses at Carderock Recreation Area. They are perfect for PRs! Walkers and strollers are welcome to attend this event.

$25
Carderock Charge
SEP8
9-11 Memorial 5K & Half

Come out and enjoy this scenic, flat half-marathon and 5k in the heart of Georgetown near the Nations Capital. Both events run on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal path. Walkers and strollers are welcome to attend this event.

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9-11 Memorial 5K & Half

Washington, DC, USAView event
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Come out and enjoy this scenic, flat half-marathon and 5k in the heart of Georgetown near the Nations Capital. Both events run on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal path. Walkers and strollers are welcome to attend this event.

$25
9-11 Memorial 5K & Half
SEP21
National African American Male Wellness 5K

The goal of the National African American Male Wellness Initiative is to raise awareness for preventable health diseases. The overall health and wellness of the black community is dependent on the health of black men in the community. African American men are dying from preventable diseases at ten (10) times the rate of other men which drives the mission of AAWALK. Each WALK Male participant must register and be screened by health professionals to Walk or Run. There is no cost for health screening or fee to race. It is a family affair and all are welcome to enjoy the event with many activities for everyone in attendance.

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National African American Male Wellness 5K

Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020, USAView event
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The goal of the National African American Male Wellness Initiative is to raise awareness for preventable health diseases. The overall health and wellness of the black community is dependent on the health of black men in the community. African American men are dying from preventable diseases at ten (10) times the rate of other men which drives the mission of AAWALK. Each WALK Male participant must register and be screened by health professionals to Walk or Run. There is no cost for health screening or fee to race. It is a family affair and all are welcome to enjoy the event with many activities for everyone in attendance.

Free
National African American Male Wellness 5K
OCT5
Taste of Annandale 5K
Annandale, VA, United States

Join us for the annual Taste of Annandale is a community festival with food, live entertainment.

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Taste of Annandale 5K

Sears Appliance Repair, 4251 John Marr Dr, Annandale, VA 22003, USAView event
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Join us for the annual Taste of Annandale is a community festival with food, live entertainment.

$25
Taste of Annandale 5K
OCT12
Vida Thrive 5K

Join VIDA Fitness and Thrive DC for the annual 5k! All proceeds will benefit Thrive DC a non-profit organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the DC area.

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Vida Thrive 5K

Washington, DC, USAView event
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Join VIDA Fitness and Thrive DC for the annual 5k! All proceeds will benefit Thrive DC a non-profit organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the DC area.

$35
Vida Thrive 5K
OCT19
Chessie Trail Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K
Lexington, VA, United States

Run the trail with more locks and dams per mile than any other trail in the United States! The seven-mile Chessie Trail, situated at the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley, parallels the scenic Maury River and connects historic Lexington, Virginia, with the boom-town community of Buena Vista. The smooth gravel and grass trail runs along the former Chesapeake and Ohio rail line and parts of the earlier James and Kanawha Canal towpath. Youll run through an ever-changing landscape along the wild Maury River, through farmland and leafy canopies at their peak of fall color, past ruins of massive stone locks and dams. View wildlife from fish and ducks to rabbits, wild turkeys, and even bald eagles (if you are lucky), feel the cool moist air as you pass small caves, and enjoy the serenity of a breeze rustling through a bamboo forest.

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Chessie Trail Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K

Jordan's Point Park, Stono Ln, Lexington, VA 24450, USAView event
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Run the trail with more locks and dams per mile than any other trail in the United States! The seven-mile Chessie Trail, situated at the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley, parallels the scenic Maury River and connects historic Lexington, Virginia, with the boom-town community of Buena Vista. The smooth gravel and grass trail runs along the former Chesapeake and Ohio rail line and parts of the earlier James and Kanawha Canal towpath. Youll run through an ever-changing landscape along the wild Maury River, through farmland and leafy canopies at their peak of fall color, past ruins of massive stone locks and dams. View wildlife from fish and ducks to rabbits, wild turkeys, and even bald eagles (if you are lucky), feel the cool moist air as you pass small caves, and enjoy the serenity of a breeze rustling through a bamboo forest.

$20 - $55
Chessie Trail Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K
OCT19
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Baltimore Running Festival

Join us at the event that many are calling one of the best races on the East Coast, NOW FINISHING AT THE INNER HARBOR. With five distances to choose from, and all runners snagging a great Under Armour shirt for participating, this event is for you! You wont want to miss the 19th Baltimore Running Festival!

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Baltimore Running Festival

325 W Centre St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USAView event
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Join us at the event that many are calling one of the best races on the East Coast, NOW FINISHING AT THE INNER HARBOR. With five distances to choose from, and all runners snagging a great Under Armour shirt for participating, this event is for you! You wont want to miss the 19th Baltimore Running Festival!

$45 - $260
Baltimore Running Festival
NOV2
Jack T. Farrar, Jr. “Fill the Shoes” 5K

Come support your community and a very worthy cause by running or walking in the 10th annual 5K to fight pancreatic cancer.

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Jack T. Farrar, Jr. “Fill the Shoes” 5K

Alexandria, VA, USAView event
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Come support your community and a very worthy cause by running or walking in the 10th annual 5K to fight pancreatic cancer.

$30
Jack T. Farrar, Jr. “Fill the Shoes” 5K
NOV3
National Race to End Women’s Cancer

Hosted by and benefiting the Foundation for Womens Cancer (FWC), the National Race to End Womens Cancer consists of a 5K or 1-mile run/walk and an inspirational pre-race program filled with music, dancing and stories from survivors and advocates. This is your opportunity to join forces with us as we strive to #EndWomensCancer. Be a part of this special day by registering to run or walk, forming or joining a team, fundraising or donating to support those impacted by gynecologic cancers.

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National Race to End Women’s Cancer

Freedom Plaza, 1455 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USAView event
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Hosted by and benefiting the Foundation for Womens Cancer (FWC), the National Race to End Womens Cancer consists of a 5K or 1-mile run/walk and an inspirational pre-race program filled with music, dancing and stories from survivors and advocates. This is your opportunity to join forces with us as we strive to #EndWomensCancer. Be a part of this special day by registering to run or walk, forming or joining a team, fundraising or donating to support those impacted by gynecologic cancers.

$45
National Race to End Women’s Cancer
DEC18
Tidal Basin Runs

Tidal Basin Runs are free training runs for fun and fitness on the third Wednesday of each month. Please join us!

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Tidal Basin Runs

Washington, DC, USAView event
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Tidal Basin Runs are free training runs for fun and fitness on the third Wednesday of each month. Please join us!

$10
Tidal Basin Runs
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What you need to know about Beginner Friendly Running Events

Whether you’re completely new to running or just getting back into the swing of things, we’ve got some great race recommendations to get you started. Chosen by our team, these are some of our favourite events for first-timers. 5k races & 10k races are perfect for beginners, they tend to be relatively flat (always check the elevation just in case) and there’ll usually be a great crowd to cheer you on.

Find the right running event for you

To keep motivated try to run with friends and to organise a race a few months away as something to work towards. Running as a sport is very inclusive, people love to chat and give a boost to those around them! Practice makes perfect so with the right training you can achieve anything. Start small and it won’t be long before you’re a total professional tackling the bigger races.

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