The annual Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff Memorial 9/11 5K race is set for Saturday, September 9, and will result in a number of road closures near the Pentagon.
The race is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree hotel (300 Army Navy Drive) in Pentagon City. The race route follows Army Navy Drive, S. Joyce Street, Washington Blvd, looping around the Pentagon on Route 110 before returning to the finish line at the DoubleTree.
The following closures will be in effect, from the Arlington County Police Department:
From 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.:
- Army Navy Drive closed between 12th Street S. to S. Eads Street
From 5:45 p.m. until approximately 6:30 p.m.:
- Westbound Army Navy Drive from S. Eads Street to S. Joyce Street (All streets crossing Army Navy Drive, including access to southbound I-395, will be closed for approximately 20 minutes)
- S. Joyce Street from Army Navy Drive to Columbia Pike
- Columbia Pike from the Pentagon South parking lot to S. Joyce Street
- I-395 Northbound HOV exit to S. Eads Street
From 5:45 p.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m.:
- Westbound Washington Blvd closed from Memorial Bridge to I-395
- Southbound Route 110 closed from Rosslyn to 15th Street S.
- Marshall Drive closed at Route 110
- S. Eads Street closed from Army Navy Drive to 11th Street S.
The 5K was founded by three Arlington police officers: retired Capt. Matt Smith, Detective Dan Borriello and Sgt. Sean Bryson. All of the officers worked as first responders at the Pentagon after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
After the attacks, the group was inspired by other police 5Ks that they had participated in and decided to start their own race.
Proceeds from the race are donated to three organizations that support law enforcement: the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Project Enduring Pride and the National Police Suicide Foundation. The goal is to raise $1 million over the course of 20 races. So far, the 5K has raised $650,000 in its first 15.
Registration is still open and is $40 for individuals.