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As we continue to live in a world of uncertainty and change, we have again been faced with a difficult decision. While we love racing with you, your safety has and always will be our top priority. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, for a variety of reasons, the 2020 Clarendon Day Run has been cancelled.

Celebrate Clarendon – Saturday Sept 26!!

What better way to celebrate Clarendon than a run down its most storied boulevard? Join us for the Clarendon Day 10K/5K & Kids Dash. Easily one of the area’s fastest courses, this race takes runners along a foot tour of the eclectic neighborhoods along the Orange line. Partnering with the Clarendon Day Alliance, the Saturday Clarendon Day Festival and the Clarendon Day Run has something for everyone! Top off the race with a post-race party at Clarendon’s hometown watering hole, Whitlow’s on Wilson, and other great restaurants, pubs, and vendors.

Multiple Race Options

Pick from three distances: 5K, 10K, or run both! Our popular Double is a great option for people wanting an additional challenge.  A special challenge medal for the first 600 Double registrants!  As well, we provide a Kids Dash so your little ones can also get involved! Click each item below for details:

5k - 8:00 AM

Our 5k race starts at 8am.

The Start Line is located in Clarendon at Wilson Boulevard and North Fillmore Street.

The Finish Line is located in Rosslyn at Wilson Boulevard and North Fort Meyer Drive.

See the Course Page for more details.

10k - 9:00 AM

Our 10k race starts at 9am.

The Start Line is located in Clarendon at Wilson Boulevard and North Fillmore Street.

The Finish Line is located in Rosslyn at Wilson Boulevard and North Fort Meyer Drive.

See the Course Page for more details.


Participants interested in running both the 10K and the 5K should register as a “Double Challenge” participant.  You will receive a special Green colored bib at packet pick up that denotes that you are participating in both events — a great opportunity for anyone training for upcoming distance events!

On race day, line up as you would for the 5K start at 8:00 AM, and when you finish, make your way back up the hill to get back into the corral for the 10K start at 9:00 AM.  Do not collect your Double Challenge Medal after the 5K.  From the finish line in Rosslyn, the distance is about 1.5 miles back to the start line– runners will need to estimate how much time they need to get back up the hill to be ready in time for the 10k start which is exactly 1 hour after the start of the 5k. You likely need to be able to finish the 5k in no more than 30 or 35 minutes if you intend to compete in the 10k as well. Late starters won’t be allowed in the 5K and please also note that the Start Line for the 10k will close exactly 5 minutes after the gun — so please be on time for both.

When you finish the 10K, you will be able to collect your Double Challenge Medal. Please have your bib handy to show to our friendly staff members and they will pull your Double Challenge Medal tab! (Challenge Medals are limited to the first 600 registrants).

Double Challenge participants will receive a 5K, 10K, and double time (combined times for both events) and the Double Challenge Medal.

If you choose to only run one race and are signed up for the double no biggie . . . you will still receive a time for the event you participated in and do not need to swap a bib.


Kids Dash - 9:30 AM

Special offer — the Kids Run Tee Shirts are courtesy of Market Commons and will be distributed on race morning to the youngsters!!!

This fun race intended for kids 8 years and younger takes place at Market Common Clarendon at the intersection of Clarendon Boulevard and North Edgewood Street at 9:30am.

The loop is 713 feet and takes place in the plaza drive in front of the center.  All kids receive medals to recognize their accomplishment.  Parents are encouraged to run alongside their children (and do not need to register separately).

Your kids can enjoy a pancake breakfast provided by Williams-Sonoma after the race.

Consider making a donation to our beneficiary No Kid Hungry as you register for the Kids Dash – 100% of all donations forwarded on.


Special Beneficiary Partners of the Clarendon Day Run.

Bridges to Independence


Bridges to Independence (Bridges) is a 501c3 nonprofit based in Arlington, VA, whose mission is to lead individuals and families out of homelessness and into stable, independent futures. Founded in 1985, Bridges programming focuses on stabilization (from homeless to hopeful), employment (from minimal to livable wage), and prevention (breaking the cycle of poverty) for homeless families to build a bridge to self-sufficiency. Bridges operates Arlington County’s largest emergency family shelter and serves about 100 families annually, equating to approximately 300 youth, where almost two-thirds of those are under the age of 18. For more information about the nonprofit or ways to get involved, visit

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No Kid Hungry

The No Kid Hungry Virginia campaign works to create public-private partnerships with state, federal, non-profit and private resources across Virginia. Together with the Virginia Department of Education and community partners, working to end child hunger in the Commonwealth.
You can make a direct donation as you complete your entry with 100% going directly to No Kid Hungry. Your registration confirmation/receipt will detail your contribution amount which is 100% tax-deductible. Thank you for helping us to support our community.