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On Site Packet Pickup and Registration

ppu-yesPacket Pickup and Registration will be available on site the evening of the race starting at 5:30pm but will close at 6:25pm, 5 minutes prior to your race time.

Race evening PPU will be in the Crystal City Shops, located at 2200 Crystal Drive, across the street from the start/finish area. Use the mall entrance between Cold Stone Creamery and sweetgreen.

Click here for a map of the venue (#2 is Packet Pickup and Registration)

To ensure you are able to register and collect your race bag prior to the event, we strongly recommend you attend packet pickup at Pacers Clarendon (just minutes from Crystal City) anytime during normal business hours beginning April 1.

Bag Check

If you have gear you want to set aside prior to the race, we’re on it!

Use the clear bag check bag that was provided to you at packet pickup to stow your stuff.

We will have a sectioned-off, attended area near the Start Line.

Though we will have attendants monitoring the area, Pacers Running will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Please bring no valuables.

The Bag Check area will shut down at 7:45pm.

Any uncollected items will be taken to Pacers Clarendon. After one week all items will be donated.


Getting to the Race

Directions - Car ( + Parking)

The Start Line of the event is in the driveway encircling the Crystal City Courtyard Green in front of 2121 Crystal Drive.

Driving may offer some challenges as roads will be closing to accommodate the race. Please refer to the map to find the best way to access the area from the direction you are coming from.

Need a place to park? You may park for free after 4PM in the parking garage at 2100 Crystal Drive, or any public parking garages located in the Crystal City area.

Generally, we recommend arriving by public transportation to avoid any issue with finding a place for your vehicle.

For help considering to arrive car-free, see Arlington’s Car Free Diet event specific  info page or check out this video:

Directions - Public Transit

Getting to Crystal City by Public Transportation is a snap!

Take Metro’s Blue or Yellow rail line to the Crystal City Station and walk a few blocks to the Start Line.

Or, there are a number of Metro bus lines that service the area.

For comprehensive help considering to arrive car-free, see Arlington’s Car Free Diet event specific info page or check out this video:

Directions - Cycling/Walking

With numerous Capital Bikeshare stations and trails nearby you can commute to Crystal City in a snap!

Cycling is a great way to get there, especially via the Mount Vernon Trail.

For comprehensive help considering to arrive car-free, see Arlington’s Car Free Diet event specific info page or check out this video:

Bring Your Support Crew

We encourage you to bring family and/or friends to cheer you on as you take on the Crystal City 5k Fridays course! Handmade signs,  noisemakers, and the like should be the least they can do for you.

We suggest supporters look out for you at any point along Crystal Drive.

Upon completing the event, you can go as a group to enjoy post race festivities at partner establishments. It is a great event for celebrating with friends!

Special Instructions and Tips

specialinstructions-moneyIDBring ID & Money

After the race, we encourage you to stop by participating establishments to redeem the  beverage tickets attached to your bib (Must be 21 for alcoholic beverage- bring ID, one ticket can be used at each establishment for their provided beverage offer) and take advantage of Happy Hour specials too!

Find out more about our Race Partners:

Crystal City Sports Pub


Highline RxR 


Race Bibs:

If you are registered for more than one race in the series (or are considering running more than one in the series), please do NOT discard your bib.  You will use the same bib for multiple races.

Inclement Weather Policy:

Weather can be unpredictable in April but our aces are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather (e.g. lightning), we will hold up the start in 15 minute increments. If necessary please seek shelter in the Crystal City Underground located directly across from the start. Please listen for announcements and/or adjusted start times and check our twitter  and our race updates feed.  

Time Limit:

We will need to enforce a course time limit.  You must be able to finish the 5K course in 1 hour 5 minutes or less.


There are no overall or age group awards for this series.