The Arlington 9-11 Memorial 5K will once again be in-person after going virtual last year.
This will be the 20th anniversary of the race, which is run in honor of the Arlington first responders who helped at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, and in support of 9/11-related charities.
The race is organized by members of Arlington’s public safety agencies, including the police department and sheriff’s office.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11 and around 3,000 people are expected to participate this year, Race Director and Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Jose Quiroz tells ARLnow. That’s in line with previous years.
Over the last two decades, the event has raised about $800,000 for charity. This includes HEROS, which helps local families whose loved ones have died in the line of duty, as well as the Pentagon Memorial Fund, which is still looking to build a new visitor center for the memorial.
The website doesn’t specifically exactly where the funds will be going this year but does note that “all proceeds will be donated to official charities that focus on the healing of military personnel and civilians directly affected by the war on terrorism and the attacks against America on September 11, 2001.”
The race will start at the Doubletree Hotel in Pentagon City, follow Army Navy Drive, passing the Pentagon Memorial, making its way along Washington Blvd, before hitting Route 110, and circling back to the hotel.
ACPD Officer Harley Guenther, who is is on the 9/11 Memorial Race Board and part of the outreach team, says the event has deep meaning to her. When the airplane hit the Pentagon two decades ago, both her mother and father worked for ACPD and were among the first on scene.
At the time, she was only six years old and was sent to live with relatives for several weeks while her parents aided in rescue efforts and evidence recovery at the Pentagon.
For her, this race is about them.
“Mom and dad were my heroes growing up. When disaster struck, they went to help,” says Guenther.
She isn’t much of a runner, she says, but she makes it a point to jog past the Pentagon Memorial.
“You can’t help but be affected. It’s an introspective time. You just run with your thoughts.” says Guenther.
Certain protocols could still be in place come September, the website notes, including capacity restrictions, social distancing, and masks. This could mean staggered start times and impact the post-race festival. All of this is currently being evaluated, Quiroz says.
There’s a virtual option for those not yet feeling comfortable with running in the race in person.
Every person who registers will receive a long sleeve commemorative t-shirt.
It’s important to hold the race in-person this year, Quiroz says, because there are still so many in the community who were significantly impacted on that day. For Quiroz, 9/11 was actually his second day on the job with the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office.
“We need to always honor those that responded that day,” he said. “It’s sacred and this event helps to remind the new generation.”
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In the Before Times, when neither COVID-19 nor National Landing were part of the local lexicon, Crystal City would host a series of springtime races dubbed 5K Fridays.
The weekly races would attract thousands of runners. Alas, despite vaccinations quickening, gatherings of thousands of people in a relatively concentrated area remain frowned upon outside of sports stadiums.
Thus, to continue the 5K tradition in a more scaled-back fashion, the now-National Landing Business Improvement District is hosting a single event next month dubbed the Great Inflatable Race.
As the name suggests, participants are being encouraged to come “dressed in your wackiest summer inflatable attire.”
Only 250 participants will be able to register, and even then runners will start the race in waves and will be required to wear masks “at the start and finish lines and while passing within 10 feet of other runners.”
The race is scheduled for Friday, May 7 at 6 p.m., kicking off from the “Courtyard Green” at 2121 Crystal Drive.
Packet pickup will take place at the Pacers Running store in Old Town Alexandria the Sunday afternoon before the race.
A walk to bring attention to racial injustice, the first of its kind since last summer, is taking place on Saturday and with it will come a series of road closures.
The Run For Her Life 5K and Yoga Event is scheduled for this Saturday, March 12, from 2-4 p.m.
The 5K walk will start in the rear parking lot of Dorothy Hamm Middle School at 4100 Vacation Lane in Cherrydale and will follow a path winding path around the neighborhood. Masks are required at the event. Organizers say participation in the walk and yoga event is limited to women and girls, but men are welcome to volunteer to help out.
The Arlington County Police Department has announced a series of “rolling road closures” associated with the walk, which will be put in place over the course of about two hours.
The event route, per ACPD, includes:
- START: 4100 Vacation Lane (Hamm Middle School, rear parking lot)
- RIGHT onto Vacation Lane
- RIGHT onto Military Road
- CROSS Old Dominion Road onto N. Quincy Road
- RIGHT onto Lee Highway
- LEFT onto N. Taylor Street
- RIGHT onto N. 17th Street
- CROSS N. Glebe Road
- CONTINUE on N. 17th Street
- RIGHT onto N. Culpeper Street
- RIGHT onto Lee Highway
- LEFT onto Lorcom Lane
- RIGHT onto Vacation Lane
- FINISH: 4100 Vacation Lane (Hamm Middle School, rear parking lot)
“We come together to stand in solidarity, one year since the murder of Breonna Taylor, to call attention to the racial injustice and violence committed against ALL Black and Brown women,” says the event website. “Together we’ll honor and celebrate the resilience of Black and Brown women during this collective healing event.”
“The event proceeds will go to support the continued advocacy of Arlington For Justice and Black Parents of Arlington, Black women-led organizations, with a portion being donated to the Breonna Taylor Foundation,” the website notes.
While there were plenty of protests in Arlington over the summer, this event may be the first of its kind since then. It is also the first organized, in-person public event in Arlington to prompt an ACPD traffic advisory press release since Mayor Pete came to town prior to the pandemic lockdown.
Photo via ACPD
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“At this time we’ve postponed this year’s series and plan to reschedule,” Crystal City Business Improvement District events manager Cassie Hurley told ARLnow last week.
No word yet on a possible return date for the month-long series of races. In the meantime, the governor’s stay-at-home order allows outdoor exercise while practicing social distancing, so solo 5K runs around Crystal City (and anywhere else) can continue.
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The race will kick off at 8 a.m. at Christ Church of Arlington (3020 N. Pershing Drive) in Lyon Park. The church first organized the race in 2006.
This year, over 4,000 runners registered, selling out the race before online registration was scheduled to close.
“Over the course of 13 years, the Trot has generated nearly $800,000 to help Arlington County residents in need,” according to the race’s website.
The following roads will be closed from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 10 a.m., per a county press release:
- Pershing Drive from Washington Blvd. to N. Glebe Road
- N. Oxford Street from Pershing Drive to 5th Street N.
- 5th Street N. from N. Nelson St. to N. Oxford Street
- N. Nelson Street from Pershing Drive to 5th Street N.
- N. Highland Street from Pershing Drive. to 9th Street N.
- Washington Blvd. from 9th Street N. to Arlington Blvd. (eastbound lanes only)
- N. Fillmore Street from Washington Blvd. to 3rd Street N.
- 3rd Street N. from N. Fillmore Street to Washington Blvd.
- N. Bedford Street from Arlington Blvd. to Brookside Dr.
- N. Brookside Drive from N. Bedford Street to Washington Blvd.
Street parking will be restricted and temporary “no parking” signs will be placed along the route. All vehicles parked in violation of the signs will be ticketed and towed, according to Arlington County Police.