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Summer Nights are Made for Racing

Bypass the height of the heat and make your midsummer night’s race more fun than ever. Celebrate with thousands of your closest running pals, and cool down in the post race beer garden.

Come out for the hottest run of the year, the Crystal City Twilighter!


Run Club Throw Down

Who is the biggest, fastest, smartest and strongest of them all?

This summer we are turning the Crystal City Twilighter team competition upside down. All teams will be competing in exciting new challenges as Run Club Throw Down teams.  And don’t worry, all teams are now Clubs!!! and automatically included in the fun.


All Twilighter teams will be considered Mixed-Coed so you’ll want to recruit  at least 5 team members in total, with a minimum of 2 male and 2 female runners to be eligible for the scoring awards.


We’ve set the competition identifying three Team Divisions and will award a winner in each: Racing Clubs and Teams, Community Run Clubs, and Pacers  Neighborhood Fun Run teams. Each overall division winner will receive a Run Club Throw Down plaque engraved with the team name and the year of victory. A revolving trophy, the plaques will be returned in 2018 to be passed on to the next Run Club Throw Down Champions.

Don’t forget to reach out to Edward to give him your team walk-up song!!


Racing Clubs + Teams
They love to go fast. So fast. Faster than everyone. Clubs in this category include but are not limited to: DCRRC, GRC, CAR, MCRRC

Community Run Clubs
They love hugs and living their mission. Team who fall in the community run club category include: RWB, November Project, The Flock, District Runing Collective, MRTT, BGR, etc

Pacers Neighborhood Fun Runs
Our Pacers Run Club groups run from all our neighborhood locations, are fit, fierce, and competing for all of the glory at #rcthrowdown. Who will be the winner from Pacers Clarendon, Navy Yard, 14th Street, Fairfax, Pentagon Row?


Besides winning the Run Club Throw Down your team will get:

  • A discount for teammates to save $5 off their registration up through June 30. Email [email protected] to get your unique team code
  • Personalized team meet-up signs

Throw Down!!! and may the best teams win! 

Register your team today and compete to win the #rcthrowdown in July.

Truly it is anyone’s game. Connect with your group leader to find out your team name and other registration information.  Here’s how it works …

Within each Division, each team will be scored on the following four performances:  Biggest, Fastest, Smartest, and Strongest.

Make your presence known by bringing out the most participants and earning points in the process. Point will be awarded to the 5 largest teams in each division with 6 points going to largest and 5,4,3,2 going to the next four teams. PLUS the largest team across all divisions will earn 1 bonus point for a possible high score of 7.

Have friends that registered as individual but would like to run with your crew? Just send an email to [email protected] with a list of your runners’ names and we will get every set with the correct team.
Get your fastest runners out front on race night and show all of the DMV what you’ve got — Teams will earn points for speed based on the combined finish times of their 5 fastest qualifying runners. Each team must have five total finishers with at least two males and two females to score.

Points will be awarded to the 5 fastest teams in each division proportional to their place from 6, to 5,4,3,2.  PLUS the fastest one team across all divisions will earn 1 bonus point for a possible high score of 7.

This is where it gets fun friends! We are going to do a race week scavenger hunt. All clues will be posted online on Friday July 13 and one will be pulled each day of race week. There are a few options on how you and your run squad can solve the hunt. Go and knock it all out over the weekend and post what you found each day, Assign team members to solve questions day by day. All run around Crystal City day by day- it doesn’t matter to us. The key is to: reply to the scavanger hunt question in the day it is asked, tag @runpacers #rcthrowdown. The more creative you and your team are the better. One point per correct answer and if you get all of the clues correct you score an extra point for a maximum of 7 total points.

The strong part of Run Club Throw Down is brought to you by the Pulse House of Fitness. Each week a video will drop and it is up to you and your Run Club Team to do it, shoot a video, snap a picture share it and you know the drill tag @runpacers #rcthrowdown  #pulsehouseoffitness #nevermissabeat #burncaloriesnottime You earn one point for your team each week you post you and your teammates doing the workout. No, you don’t need to have everyone on your team, and yes, you can post it anytime from Wednesday until the next Wednesday when the new video posts.

Overall Champions
The team from each Division –Race, Community, and Pacers with the highest combined point value from each contest of Biggest, Fastest, Smartest, and Strongest, wins Run Club Throw Down. The Champions’ Plaques will be presented on race night and then personalized with the Club Team Names and delivered to the Captains.


Arlington County Fire Department and the Twilighter Throw Down!!

Arlington County Fire Department will be onsite performing “Hands to Hearts”, a collaborative effort by Virginia Hospital Center and ACFD to provide hands-only CPR training (because you may not want to perform mouth to mouth) which will be incorporated into the throw-down competition for points.  Bring your team and visit the tent Between 7:00pm and 7:40pm before the Parade of Nations!!

Operating 10 stations in our community, the ACFD provides fire, emergency medical, and allied public safety.  Highly regarded within the profession as an innovator and leader in enhancing the industry, the 300-plus employees of the Fire Department provide services through a combination of education, prevention and effective response to fire, medical and environmental emergencies.

Thank you for being onsite at the Crystal City Twilighter to provide a Throw Down challenge and to offer valuable free emergency response training to our runners!

Light Up the Night Through the Vibrant Crystal City Streets…

Pick Your Premium!

Select from either Race Apparel (2017 example shown), $10 Pacers Store Retail Bucks, or a $5 Donation to Doorways for Women and Families.

And these freebies are included for everyone!


You’ll have a great time! Find your friends or view how much fun was had at last year’s race!