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Mason District Running Festival


Sat September 22, 2018
Location: Annandale, VA US 22003 Directions
Type: Trail Race, Run or Run/Walk
Events
Event Time Price Details
6 Hour Run
Time
8:00AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT
N/A
3 Hour Run
Time
8:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT
N/A
5K
Time
9:00AM EDT - 10:30AM EDT
N/A
10K
Time
9:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT
N/A
Kids Fun Run (1 mile)
Time
10:00AM EDT - 10:30AM EDT
N/A
1/2 Marathon
Time
11:00AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT
N/A
Description
Welcome to the Mason District Running Festival!
For the third year in a row we invite locals and those from a bit further away to come to this small but beautiful park, share the trails, meet people, raise funds for a local non-profit, maybe create some new friendships and ways to support each other, and finally, to have fun.
Mason District Running Festival is not a single race but a multi-event running celebration, which starts at 8 am and last till 2 pm. The Festival offers 5K, 10K, 6-hour and 3-hour run, Kids Fun Run for the youngest, and half a marathon. 
Here is basic outline of the festival:
Running Component
Start time for different distances:
  • 8 am: 6-hour and 3-hour run
  • 9 am: 5K and 10K
  • 10:00 am: Kids Fun Run (Approximately 1 mile)
  • 11 am: 1/2 marathon
By offering such variety of options we hope to appeal to complete novice runners as well as to the seasoned long distance champions and everyone in between; we welcome young ones and those not that young any more, families, retirees, school kids and their teachers, walkers and ultra marathoners.
Logistics:
1.    Check in: 30 minutes before the start of a run for all events.
2.    Registration: online, which will close on Friday, 9/21 at 7 pm, and at the Festival at least half an hour before the event. Each runner/walker must register and sign a waiver. It looks all the fields may fill up before the close of registration date/time. In that case registration for each individual distance will close once all the spots are taken (9/16 update). All distances have filled by the close of registration on 9/20 23:59, except for Kids Fun Run with 6 spots still available but online registration is closed. Registration for the KFR will be possible at the event, all other distances are closed. We are thrilled about that as well as sad for all who would like to participate (Come and land a hand, though, and be a different part of the festival.) (9/21 0700 update)
3.    Admission Fee: NO fees. The festival is a gift: event itself, with marked courses, water, snacks, coffee in the morning, time tracking etc. However, there are also no shirts, no hats, or other fancy giveaways. (You may win a raffle prize – read more about that below).
We do accept gifts and thank you for all those that have been sent our way already as well as for the ones that are still coming. Gifts are being accepted before, during and after the festival, until October 15, 2018. You can gift us right here (click Gift Us button) or at the Festival in person (we will have couple a donation box at the packet pick-up table). Suggested gift amount is between $10 and $75. Click here to learn more about principles of gift economy.
4.    Course(s) and Course Markings: Course will be marked by arrows spray-painted on the ground. Besides the arrows there may also be some streamers and and other signs along the course. Although the 5K course may be a bit confusing (see the course map), with great markings you should be able to stay on it with no trouble. If for some reason you miss a turn look at it as bonus miles (like getting a holiday bonus.)
5.    Course Surface: The course is over 85% shaded and 97% on trails, fire or gravel roads, or grass, which means lots of roots, rocks, leaves etc. There are couple of bridge crossings and a few stream crossings. Runners may need to cross/jump over tree logs and climb some steep hills (Approximately 200 feet of elevation gain). Start and finish for all distances will be the same - on a grassy field on the right from the upper parking lot near the tennis courts.
6.    Aid Station(s): main aid station will be at the start/finish line and will offer water, energy drink, PB&J sandwiches, bananas and some other snacks. Cups may be available but we encourage you to bring your own bottle to help reduce waste.
7.    Timing: No chips or any of that modern stuff. We will do it the old fashion way with some help of modern technology. So, it certainly won’t be to a one hundredth of a second correct, heck, it may not even be to a second correct but in general, you will have pretty good idea about your finishing time.
8.    Parking: is available on the upper level near tennis courts (approximately 50 parking spots). If there is no space at this parking lot, there are more parking spots available at the lower level near soccer fields, which would require participants to walk to the start area (< 0.3 mile). All participants are asked to respect all park rules and regulations including parking. Due to a large number of participants (close to 250 total) parking may be an issue this year. It may already get tight in the morning for 6h and 3h runners. Please plan to arrive early enough in case you need to park at the lower level (near soccer fields) parking lot. It will certainly be a trickier for 5K and 10K runners as well as for 1/2 marathoners. We encourage carpooling and kindly ask locals (since they may be more familiar with the area but everyone may take that route if they wish) to use parking options on the other side of the park (see the map): Option 1 - the end of Roberts Ave (there is probably space for 30-40 cars), the distance to the Start/Finish area is around 0.3 miles; Option 2 - Columbia Elementary School on Alpine Dr (probably couple of hundred spots), maybe 1/2 mile walk to the Start/Finish area; Option 3 - Service Road along Columbia Pike opposite to the park entrance (few dozen spots), maybe 1/2 mile walk to the Start/Finish area. You can see that there is at least 250 parking spots at the two parking lots in the park, let's not forget that there are also other park users and there are many that drive to the park on Saturday mornings. (9/16 update)
9.    Be Green: in an effort to reduce amount of trash we encourage participants to bring their own water bottles or reusable cups.
10.  Refunds: Since there are no fees, there are no refunds. Your gifts and donations are just that – gifts and donations and we thank you for them.
11.  Food: There will be coffee in the morning and some snacks (fruits, PB&Js) available during the entire event and some more substantial vegan dishes (street legal lentil soup and rice, couscous with raisins and nuts, quinoa salad) at the end of the 3-hour run (11 am) and 6-hour run and 1/2 marathon (2 pm).
12.  Restrooms: There are restrooms (with concrete walls and all, not port-a-potty) with sinks but NO showers just 50 steps away from the start/finish line. There are also water fountains there. Each restroom may have only couple of stalls - plan accordingly! Another set of restrooms is near the soccer/basketball field, approximately 0.3 miles from the Start/Finish area.
14.  Driving Directions: The park is called Mason District Park. The address is: 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA US 22003. Once you turn from Columbia Pike into the park you will have immediate split: turn RIGHT and drive up the hill and after 1/8 of a mile there is a parking area with approximately 50-60 spots. From parking area you will see start/finish line on your right. Make sure you read parking instructions under item 8 (9/16 update)
15.  Dogs: this is a dog friendly park. On the other side of the park there is literally a fenced dog park but even on trails it is fine to walk/run with dogs. However, dogs MUST be on a leash. So, feel free to bring your dog(s) with you or even run a race with them.
16.  Kids: are welcome to join you. If you want them to officially participate in a race that is fine as long as you sign a waiver on their behalf. If they will join you unofficially that’s perfectly fine as well.
17.  Strollers: NO! The course is NOT stroller friendly. Too many roots, rocks, tree trunks, loose gravel, steep hills. Simply not safe. Safety first.
 
Gifting/Fundraiser and Raffle
a.       Gifting/Fundraising: The festival is brought to the community and its people as a gift. Everybody may participate whether they have money or not, whether they sign up in advance or on the spot. Participants are asked, though, to gift us back/donate, if they are in situation to do so. That is completely up to them as well as the size of their gift. If not, they may still participate in as many events as they desire and are able to. Suggested gift amount is between $10 and $75. Gifts are being accepted before, during and after the festival, until October 15, 2018. Participants will be able to gift/donate via the event’s website, by using credit card, by sending a check to us, or at the event itself, where cash and checks as well as credit cards will also be accepted. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Shelter House, a local non-profit organization, serving families experiencing homelessness and victims of domestic violence. Your support will help Shelter House provide the crisis intervention, safe housing, and supportive services necessary for those they serve to achieve long-term self-sufficiency and safety.
b.      Raffle: Each participant will receive one free raffle ticket. Kids Fun Run yields NO tickets as each participant will receive their own price (a very unique medals)
There will be few raffle drawings: two main ones at 11 am and 2 pm or immediately after last runner finishes 6h run, and one around 10 am (for 5K runners) but number of prizes at each drawing depends on number of items businesses/organizations/individuals will donate to the festival. (If you would like to donate a raffle prize please contact us by email or phone.)

Raffle rules:

- 6-hour runners and1/2 marathoners will drop their tickets in the 2 pm raffle box

- 3-hour and 10K runners will drop their ticket in the 11 am raffle box

- 5K runners will drop their ticket whether in the 11 am raffle box (in that case they will have to stick around till 11 am - which is encouraged) or in the 10 am raffle bag (for those who won't be able to stay much longer after they finish their run).

- The 11 am and the 2 pm raffles will have very similar prizes, while the 5K raffle will have more unique but still attractive prize selection (9/16 update)

 
Become a Sponsor
We invite local businesses and organizations to be part of the Festival. We accept monetary and in-kind gifts and we offer the following suggested gift options:
1.      Bronze Gifter - $50:
  • You name will be published on the event’s website and in each e-mail message sent to all participating parties.
2.      Silver Gifter - $100:
  • You name will be published on the event’s website and in each e-mail message sent to all participating parties, and any promotional material you provide will be distributed to the event participants.
3.      Gold Gifter $250 gift:
  • You name will be published on the event’s website and in each e-mail message sent to all participating parties, and any promotional material you provide will be distributed to the event participants. Your name will be published on the company's website (GetUpAndGoCoaching.com), and FB page (@RiseRunShine) and other electronic communications with the event participants. You will also have a chance to put up a presentation table/stand during the event if so desired.
If your organization/business decides to become one of the event’s sponsor, you can do so by clicking on “Send Us a Gift” button and insert the amount you would like to send. After receiving your gift we will connect with you in order to find a way of cooperation that will be the most suitable for all parties.
If you are considering in-kind gift, please send us an email at info@MasonDistrictRunningFestival.com. We will work with you to find the best solution for all involved parties. In-kind gifts may be used as a raffle prizes.
Send us an email at info@MasonDistrictRunningFestival.com, if you have any questions regarding this or any other segment.
Place
6621 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA US 22003
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Valued Sponsors

At Get Up And Go Coaching we love running, organizing events like this one, and assisting people achieving their wellness goals. More about us at: www.GetUpAndGoCoaching.com.
Thank you and we hope to see you on trails soon,
Beti and Bernard

Mason District Running Festival 2017 - video

This is how it went down last year.

This year we had to redesign the 5K course because some trials were eliminated during the water management work that Park Authorities did in the park. As a result there is less pavement (only 50 yards) and more elevation (210 ft gain). The course is dynamic and challenging. (click here to check it out)

Due to a large number of participants (close to 250 total) parking may be an issue this year. It may already get tight in the morning for 6h and 3h runners. Please plan to arrive early enough in case you need to park at the lower level (near soccer fields) parking lot. It will certainly be a trickier for 5K and 10K runners as well as for 1/2 marathoners. We encourage carpooling and kindly ask locals (since they may be more familiar with the area but everyone may take that route if they wish) to use parking options on the other side of the park: Option 1 - the end of Roberts Ave (there is probably space for 30-40 cars), the distance to the Start/Finish area is around 0.3 miles; Option 2 - Columbia Elementary School on Alpine Dr (probably couple of hundred spots), maybe 1/2 mile walk to the Start/Finish area; Option 3 - Service Road along Columbia Pike opposite to the park entrance (few dozen spots), maybe 1/2 mile walk to the Start/Finish area. You can see that there is at least 250 parking spots at the two parking lots in the park, let's not forget that there are also other park users and there are many that drive to the park on Saturday mornings.

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