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1st You Matter Juneteenth Freedom 5k Run/Walk- SOLD OUT!!!!

Wed June 19 - Sun June 30, 2024 Directions


Fort Hunt Park
8999 Fort Hunt Rd Pavillion B
Alexandria, VA 22308


Wednesday, June 19, 2024-   Registration is closed and the official race is SOLD OUT!!! - You must be registered to receive a shirt, bib, and medal. 

Race Start time is 8:00am runners/walkers must be able to complete 3.1 miles in 1.5 hours 

Post Race Awards and Fun 10:00am-4:00pm 

Location:  Fort Hunt Park -  Pavilion B

8999 Fort Hunt Road Alexandria, VA  

****** Arriving at the Park - Parking Limited****** 

It is highly recommended to carpool if you can.  When the parking lot is full, you will need to walk a quarter of a mile to the next parking lot. 


To celebrate FREEDOM and inspire a community of people to recognize that they have purpose. 
To bring a community together to walk/run in harmony encouraging one another along the way.
To help everyone realize that YOU MATTER to more people than you'll ever know and that a smile, encouraging word, and a high five can go a long way.


We want to spread the message… “You are Essential. You are Important. You are Unique.  And YOU MATTER!”

THE MOVEMENT.  1st You Matter Juneteenth Freedom 5k Run/Walk 

Come join Jamicka Edwards, Army veteran, motivational speaker and author of “You Matter” as we create a MOVEMENT in Northern Virginia. 

Meet us at the Fort Hunt Park for the 1st EVER You Matter Juneteenth Freedom 5k on Wednesday, June 19th!!!!

6:30am - 7:45am  Packet Pick-up and Registration at the covered area at Pavillion B 

7:45am Opening Ceremony & Remarks

Lift Every Voice and Sing- Kristina Brown


8:00am - Promptly - Event begins 5K - Runners to the front and those walking toward the middle/back.  

Participants must be off the course by 9:30am 

10:00am- Announcement of Top Finishers and Scholarship Awardees  

10:15am-10:30am - Free Kids 1k Dash

Ages 1-10  All participants will receive a special You Matter kids swag bag 

10:30am - 3:00pm - Fun and Fellowship in the Park 

11:00am - Yoga Session by Carroll Cares - Instructor Corey Carroll 

3:00pm - Activities conclude - park clean-up and a BIG THANK YOU!!!!!!! 


Run, walk, or stroll around the beautiful Fort Hunt Park located in Alexandria, VA 

The 5k route includes 3 loops around the circumference of the park. Enjoy this event with your family members or find a friend and encourage each other along the way! 

We will walk/jog/run rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.



Kids Dash 1K: Free - Ages 1-10 that participates will receive a special swag bag ***No need to register in advance***

Packet Pick Up will be located on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 from 

4:00 pm- 6:30 pm  at 

Road Runner Sports

1101 S Joyce St Suite B-23

Arlington, VA 22202

RACE DAY  - June 19th at 6:30am-7:30am at Fort Hunt Park under the Pavilion B 


Be sure to post pictures of yourself or your group and use the below hashtags on all social media.






Due to event costs invested prior to the race (including but not limited to advertising, medals, shirts, pins, prizes, facility rentals, food, and insurance), entry fees will not be refunded.

If you are unable to participate in the live event, you may transfer your bib to a family member or friend. Please contact us by email with your name and the name of the person that will be receiving the transferred bib.


Giving back to the DMV Community by way of Scholarships. 

A portion of the proceeds for this event will benefit:  You Matter - Scholarship ($500) to be given to (4) high school students from the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area. The student will have to be a graduating senior and already accepted to a college starting in the fall of 2024.  Students will apply by writing an essay on what Juneteenth means to you and how this has made an impact on your life. You do not have to be present to win, but the announcement will take place after the race. The winners will be notified via email as well. 

Go to this link to apply for the scholarship:    

Deadline is extended to Wednesday, June 12, 2024.  Scholarship recipients will be notified via email on June 17th and will be announced on June 19th at the race. Winners do not need to be present. 


There will be raffles and giveaways donated from our wonderful sponsors! 

Top 3 Male & Top 3 Female will receive recognition in the 5K 


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Fort Hunt Park
8999 Fort Hunt Rd Pavillion B
Alexandria, VA 22308

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