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Friends of the National Arboretum Fall 5K

November 12th, 2023 Washington, DC 20002 US Directions



11/12 9:00AM EST Join us for a 5k run or walk on the idyllic grounds of the National Arboretum. Strollers and dogs are allowed but dogs must stay on a 6' non-retractable leash.


Can’t make it to the National Arboretum but still want to break out your running shoes? Simply run/walk 5K and submit your virtual results.


3501 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC US 20002


Enjoy autumn at the U.S. National Arboretum during FONA's Fall 5K. This run or walk will take you past garden collections brightly colored with fall foliage, over tree-lined rolling hills, and along streams winding their way to the Anacostia River.

This race is not only scenic, but also safe and secure. All roads are closed to cars during this race so you can safely enjoy running or walking through this 451-acre urban green space. We will have a professional race announcer calling out runners as they cross the finish line and there will be music before and after the event to get you in the groove.

Strollers and dogs are welcome, but dogs must stay on a 6' non-retractable leash.

Early packet pickup is not available to registrants who sign up after  1:00 pm on 11/10/2023. Please plan to pick up your bib on Sunday morning.

Registration Pricing:

  • Early Bird Registration: $40, race t-shirt included with registration, ends on September 17th at 11:59 PM
  • Regular Registration: $45, race t-shirt included with registration, ends on October 8th at 11:59 PM
  • Late Registration: $50, race t-shirt available at point of registration while supplies last, ends on November 8th at 11:59 PM
  • Race Weekend Registration: $55, race t-shirt not included, ends November 12th at 8:30 AM


Early Packet Pick-Up (Saturday, November 11th)

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Packets will be distributed outside of Arbor House near the R Street entrance (2400 R Street NE, Washington, DC 20002).


Race Day Schedule (Sunday, November 12th)

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Packet Pick-Up and Same Day Registration at the race start in front of the Capitol Columns.

9:00 AM: Race Start

Awards will be distributed to the top Overall Male & Female finishers immediately following the event.

Course Map

**This 5K is not a certified course. Course subject to change according to the needs of FONA and the US National Arboretum**

We have on-site parking.  You will receive more information about it about a week before the event.

Virtual Race Information

Submit Your Virtual Results Here.

1. Click on Submit Virtual Results at the top of the page (inside the green button)
2. Use the Search By Name feature to locate your registration
3. When you see your information appears, click directly on the BIB NUMBER to view/print your virtual bib
4. After you have completed your virtual race, repeat steps 1-3, but this time click on Submit Virtual Results to enter your time.

Results can be submitted for either distance, any time between Friday, November 10th - Sunday, November 12th at 5:00pm.

If you have any trouble, please let us know at 

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Race T-Shirt

Race t-shirts are available when you register while supplies last.


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