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Clarendon Day 10K, 5K & Kids Dash

2012 Clarendon Day Kid's Dash

What better way to celebrate Clarendon than a run down it’s most storied boulevard? Join us for the Clarendon Day 10K/5K & Kids Dash, the official kick off to the popular Clarendon Day Festival presented by the Clarendon Alliance. Easily one of the area’s fastest courses, this course takes runners along a foot tour of the eclectic neighborhoods along the orange line. Top off the race with a post-race party at Clarendon’s hometown watering hole, Whitlow’s on Wilson, and other great restaurants, pubs, and vendors.

 Is your business interested in participating in the Clarendon Day 10K/5K & Kid’s Dash? Partnerships available: 2014 Clarendon Day Partnership Packet 

Course Information

Fastest downhill in metro DC! This fast course starts in the heart of Clarendon, goes out towards Memorial Bridge onto Route 110, and then returns to finish in Rosslyn.


Course Records:


30:24, Matt Debole (2010)
36:42, Lisa Baumert (2009)


14:43, Steve Hallinan (2009)
16:54, Katie Reed (2009)


Packet Pick Up

Thursday, September 25 packets available from 6PM – 9PM (Jog & Lager starts at 7pm)
Ireland’s Four Courts
2051 Wilson BoulevardPAC-CD-RaceDeets3 Arlington, VA 22201

Friday, September 26 from 10AM – 8PM
Pacers Arlington
3100 Clarendon BlvdArlington, VA 22201

Saturday, September 27 from 7AM – 8AM (5K) and 7AM – 8:45AM (10K)Corner of North Highland Street and Wilson Blvd (Across from Clarendon Metro)
Arlington, VA 22201

Saturday, September 27 from 9AM – 9:30AM (Kids Dash)
Kids Dash Start/Finish Area
Market Common
Clarendon Boulevard and Fillmore Street (Near Apple Store)
Arlington, VA 22201

Your race packet includes your bib, timing chip and soft tech tee!

Please note: Technical short sleeve race t-shirts are available for 5K, 10K and Double participants only. (Kids participating in the Kids Dash receive another fun treat upon completion of the dash!)

Questions regarding Packet Pick Up? View our Event Policies. Quick answers:

-Yes, you can pick up for a friend (no ID or confirmation needed)

-When picking up packets you do not need an ID.

-Registration will remain open through race day but our tee shirt selection is “first register first serve”. That means if your register early you will have a better selection of tee sizes. We regret we will not place an additional order for tees post-race so register early to get your preferred size; if a size is not shown on our registration page then we do not have it available. We will, however, exchange tees after the race if sizes are available. We do not discount registration fees if tees not available. No tees for kids.

-Strollers and headphones are allowed just be aware of your surroundings.

Race Day


The start for both the 10K and 5K is located directly in front of Whitlow’s on Wilson Bar & Grill (2854 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA22201). The finish for both the 10K & 5K is located at North Kent Street at Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn. The start/finish for the kid’s dash is located at the Market Common Shopping Center across from the Apple Store (2700 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22201).

A map of the start/finish lines can be found here.

The 5K will start promptly at 8AM, the 10K will follow at 9AM and the Kids Dash will start at 9:30AM.

NOTE: 5K start line will shut down promptly at 8:05am and the 10K star line will promptly shut down at 9:05am. Kid’s dash will run in age group waves starting at 9:30am; please note that all kid’s dash waves should be completed by 9:50am.

Do the Double!

Each year, we have more and more crazy (in a good way!) runners who run both the 10K & 5K events.

This year we hope more of you attempt to run both races and to help  we have added more time between the race starts (5K at 8AM and 10K at 9AM). Keep in mind that you have to get back up the hill to the 10K start and Metro is spotty, so plan accordingly.We will not hold the 10K start for late 5K runners and the line will promptly shut down at 9:05am.

You will receive ONE metro card near the finish line.  If you are running the double your best bet is to walk (run/jog/sprint) back up the hill and save the metro card for when you finish the 10K. If you do not arrive by 9:05am we will be unable to accommodate you on the 10K course but will be happy to escort you to the Whitlow’s bar just a few steps from the start line.

Bag Check

There will be a bag check available next to registration. It will be open from 7:00am until 10:30am. Any items not claimed will be transferred to Pacers Arlington. Items left over two weeks will be discarded or given to charity. Leave at your own risk.

Bags will NOT be automatically transported to the finish line area. You will need to make your own arrangements to get your bags down to the finish line if you are not returning to the Clarendon area.


This event utilizes ChronoTrack timing. No tag = no time.

Directions and Public Transportation

The start of the race is located approximately one block away from the Clarendon METRO station (orange/silver line). The finish is located one block from the Rosslyn METRO station (orange/blue/silver lines).


Parking in and around Clarendon can be challenging. Fee garages are available with the most easily accessible the lot at Market Common with entrances at 2700 Clarendon Boulevard and 1201 North Fillmore Street. On street parking is available at meters along Clarendon Boulevard between Fillmore and the Rosslyn neighborhood.

Do not park on Wilson between Washington Boulevard and N. Lynn Street. You will be towed.

Post Race Transportation

Complimentary METRO cards will be available for pick up at a courtesy tent near the finish area. Please follow the signs back to the Rosslyn METRO; exit at Clarendon station.

Road Closures

Clarendon Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard between Washington and Highland will be closed by 5:00am. Wilson Boulevard between Highland and N. Lynn Street will be closed from 8:00am – 9:30am. Route 110 southbound will be closed from 8:00am – 10:30am.

The circle drive at Market Common will be closed between 9:15am-9:45am for the kid’s dash.

Awards and Post-Race Festivities


A morning of running requires a toast (or three) of your accomplishment!

Join Pacers at Clarendon’s hometown watering hole, Whitlow’s on Wilson, after the race for our post-race party and awards presentation. Also enjoy some suds at Four Courts and/or Mexicali Blues.

Bring ID; drink tags are attached to your bib. Please don’t forget to tip your hardworking bartenders.

Note that Whitlow’s on Wilson will open at 9:00am on race day; first award ceremony at 9:15am (5K); 10K award ceremony at 10:30am.


View awards structure.

Awards ceremony at Whitlow’s on Wilson: 5K ceremony at 9:15am (note Whitlow’s opens at 9am); 10K ceremony at 10:30am.

This is a RunWashington Runner Rankings event.