Every year on Veterans Day, Pacers Events hosts a charitable 10k run through our scenic and historic nation’s capital. Families and serious runners alike come to enjoy a day of fun in the sun and a little friendly competition. The combination of DC’s fall beauty, the somber-yet-inspirational Veterans Day date, and a crisp fall race make for a special event.
Here is all you need to know about this year’s event, including a brief history, where to stay, and what to do before and after the race.
What is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, marking the signing of the Versailles Treaty. It occurs on November 11, a reference to the end of World War I, which occurred on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 o’clock in 1918. The holiday has since been expanded to include a celebration of veterans’ service in all American wars such as World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. All federal employees and students get the day off, as well as many private-sector workers, making it an ideal opportunity to host an event like the Veterans Day 10k.
Where to Stay
There are a few options for hotels near downtown Washington DC. The Grand Hyatt Washington is an excellent choice, with easy access to Capitol Hill, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle. It features some great on-site dining options, which will be key for refueling after the race. The Hamilton Hotel is another great choice. This iconic hotel in the heart of DC offers a historic, landmark setting with modern amenities and contemporary décor.
About the Race
There are two main paths for the race. One is the 10k, and the other is a 2-mile walk. Both run near the historic Potomac River. Water stations are available throughout the course to make sure runners keep hydrated. Emergency medical responders will be on hand throughout the path for the safety of runners. Parking for the event is located near the 14th Street Bridge. The closest Metro stop for train commuters is one mile from the course at the Smithsonian.
Who Can Participate?
All ages are welcome to enroll in the race. However, parents and guardians are cautioned to take their children’s physical fitness and running ability into account when registering children.
The cost of participation depends on the type of race selected. Early bird registration is a great way to save money, as Pacers Events offers a significant discount for these types of enrollments. The early bird fee for the 2-mile run is $20, and the 10k run is $35.
Runners can contribute to a variety of charities that Pacers supports. Instead of a t-shirt or retail credit, participants can choose to donate $5 of their fee to any of the organizations that Pacers supports.
Registration can be completed online with a credit card, or participants can register on-site on the day of the race with either credit card or cash. Military and first responders are offered discounts.
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend this Veterans Day while honoring our nation’s service members and even getting an opportunity to contribute to some great charities – all while getting quality exercise – then consider the Veterans Day 10k this year.