Fall in Love 10K and 5K Run & Walk

1 Mile

Event Date

Sat, Oct 20, 2018


Washington, DC


Activity Today Later

10K Run

$40 $45 Closed

5K Run & Walk

$30 $35 Closed

About This Activity

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for a guaranteed race shirt in your size was October 3, 2018, which has now passed.  For anyone registering after that date, shirts will be available on a first-come first-served basis at our packet pickups, or after the race has concluded.  Thank you for your support!

Now in its 6th year, the Fall in Love 10K and 5K Run & Walk to benefit Special Love is a great way to support Mid-Atlantic children with cancer and their families, all while enjoying a scenic run (or walk) along the C&O Canal Towpath. 

Special Love sponsors retreats, like the week-long Camp Fantastic, that give young cancer patients and their families the chance to get out of the hospital to enjoy traditional camp activities and a community of support made up of people who understand what they’re going through. Special Love also provides financial assistance in the form of emergency relief and college scholarships.

Want to be a hero?  Earn your cape!*  Join our FIL5K10K Fundraising Team by visiting our CrowdRise page and clicking on the gray button at the lower right ("Fundraise for this campaign").  Your pledges from friends and family will help us serve even more kids with cancer and their families.  

* Yes, there will be capes!  Race participants who fundraise through CrowdRise will automatically receive a cape to wear during the race!  Participants can also choose to add a cape to their registration for an additional $20.  (CrowdRise fundraisers DO NOT need to add a cape at registration!)

Thank you for your support!

Please note: the deadline to register and be guaranteed a t-shirt is October 3! 

Packet Pickup:

  • Saturday, October 13, 12-5pm
    Road Runner Sports - Rockville, MD.  Road Runner Sports has once again generously signed on as our specialty running partner for this race!  Packet pick-up will be held at their store in Rockville (near the Twinbrook Metro station).  BONUS! You'll get $10 from Road Runner Sports to spend on anything you want in the store! (min. $30) New/Existing VIP Family Members save 25% on everything! Don't miss out on this exclusive gift for race participants only when you join the Packet Pickup Party! Restrictions apply. See store for details.

  • Wednesday, October 17, 6:30-9pm
    Mellow Mushroom
    - Adams Morgan, Washington, DC.  If you want, you can grab some great pizza and libations at the downstairs bar, then come upstairs to pick up your race goodies!

  • Friday, October 19, 4-8pm
    Road Runner Sports - Rockville, MD.  The same promotions described above will apply!  This will be your last chance to pick up your packets before race-day morning, so come take advantage and avoid the line in the AM!

PARTICIPANTS ARE WELCOME TO PICK UP PACKETS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AT OUR EVENTS!  Individuals who wish to pick up packets for an entire team or larger group -- please contact our race director ahead of time so that we can gather your materials in advance and cut down on your wait time.

Race-day packet pick up will also be available, but limited -- participants are urged to pick up their packets in advance, if possible!

The Course:
Both the 5k and 10k will be out-and-back on the C&O Canal Towpath, with the start and finish lines near the Whitehurst Freeway.  The 10k course is not two loops of the 5k course -- participants running/walking the 5k will go out 1.55 miles and back 1.55 miles, and participants running the 10k will go out 3.1 miles and back 3.1 miles.  Volunteers will be stationed on the course to direct participants at the appropriate turnaround points.

Race Day Timeline:
9:15am – Participants assemble near the race start area on the C & O Towpath, near the Whitehurst Freeway (see more information on how to get to the start, below).

As mentioned above, race-day packet pickup will be available, but limited.  Bag check will be available in the start/finish area, but participants are requested to not leave valuables in their checked bags -- the area will be monitored throughout the race, but Special Love and Federal City Runners will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.

10am – 10k Race Start!  

10:15am – 5k Race Start!

Runners/walkers will depart in self-selected waves by pace, to avoid crowding.  While on the course, please be respectful of other trail users!

Following the race, an awards ceremony will be held, with prizes for overall winners in both the 5k and 10k races.  Raffle prizes will also be available for all participants -- for raffle prizes, participants must be present to win!

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