Sat October 16, 2021 Silver Spring, MD 20905 US Directions
Race to a million dollars for children fighting for their lives


5K Run

8:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT

5 Miler

8:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT
Open to ages 14+.

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

8:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT

Virtual 5K/5 Mile/1 Mile

8:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT

Fundraise for Ben's Run

We continue to raise money to get more children fighting cancer on our clinical trials at Children's National in DC.   Consider setting  up your own fundraising page. Signing up to become a fundraiser is super easy! You will have a personal URL to share with family and friends through email or social media.  And if you are on Facebook, you can have it on your Facebook page.  Set your own fundraising goal of $100, $250, $500 or as much as you want.






Date and Time

Official start at 8:30 AM 2021 Date October 16, 2021

Packet Pick Up Continues and Silent Auction starts at 7 am

Entertainment starts at 7:30 am

Welcome Ceremony starts at 8 am

Join us for your choice of a 5 Mile, 5K, or 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk in the Stonegate neighborhood of Silver Spring.  All proceeds from Ben's Run go towards cutting edge research and clinical immunotherapy trials at Children's National in DC.  You can magnify your impact by creating a super easy online fundraiser and/or making a donation to get children fighting cancer greater access to these clinical trials. 

All runners and walkers receive a race packet including a race t-shirt. Our run has a huge silent auction with amazing experiences and items to bid on. Come early (7 am) to check it out, and get your bids in before 10 am.

Timed 5K and 5 mile on a certified course.  More detailed course info HERE. Prizes for Top Runners  (Male/Female) and 1st Place for Each Age Group (Male/Female)

Light food will be available for participants 
On-site food truck!
Walkers are welcome as well and must be registered and receive the same high quality t-shirt! 

Advance Packet Pick Up at race site (Stonegate Elementary School, 14811 Notley Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905) one day prior to the race, October 15, from 6 pm - 8 pm.  Race Day Packet Pick-Up starts at 7 am on Saturday October 16th.

Why support Ben's Run?

Seed money from Ben's Run funds the initial successful research that allows Children's National to apply for larger federal grants.  Without this initial seed money, the remarkable current immunotherapy work in pediatric cancer at Children's is not possible.  See chart below to see how $100 at a time makes a remarkable difference.   Building on the success made possible by Ben’s Run’s over the years, money raised this year will be focused on one of the most devastating hematologic malignancies, acute myeloid leukemia (AML) - with less than a 25% overall five-year survival – and post-bone marrow transplant (BMT) use of virus-specific T cells to target cancer. Ben’s Run has set an inspiring and ambitious goal to advance this potentially transformative research: to raise a total of $1 million in 10 years. If successful, this funding will:
• expand access to RESOLVE to 10 new patients at high risk of relapse
• start the readily available protocol for 12 patients for whom BMT isn’t an option
These ambitious research aims and our goals to expand access can only be accomplished through philanthropy.

“We are enormously grateful to Ben’s Run. The unprecedented funding success
we’ve had this past year could not have been achieved without Ben’s Run.“
— Catherine Bollard, M.D., M.B.Ch.B.


Race Details


There is a 5K run, 5 Mile run, and a 1 mile fun run/walk.  Children under 5 are free and do not need to register.  Kid-friendly, dog-friendly dogs are permitted on the 5K and 1 Mile courses only for an additional $5.  Strollers are permitted on the 5K and 1 Mile courses.  

For all the details about the Run, go to our website at  Check the Ben's Run website often as the race approaches for more information about the Silent Auction, Race Day Schedule, Ben's Bucket prizes, and more!  Questions?  Email us at 

This event is rain or shine. 


Interested in being a sponsor or donating to the silent auction?

Businesses interested in sponsoring the 10th Annual Ben's Run can get more information HERE

Business or individuals that are interested in donating to our Silent Auction should email 


Race Contact Info

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


Stonegate Elementary School
14811 Notley Road
Silver Spring, MD US 20905

Race Website

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