Frequently Asked Questions


What is Safe Routes to School?

The Takoma Safe Routes to School program aims to encourage students to walk or bike to school regularly and safely.  In addition to providing built in exercise for the students, this will reduce traffic congestion and emissions around schools.  Safe Routes also funds infrastructure projects in the City of Takoma Park such as improving sidewalks and intersections.

More information here: Takoma Park Safe Routes to School

Why is the race being held?

The race is being held to promote Safe Routes to School, to spend a great day with the community enjoying a family friendly, healthy activity and to raise funds for the Parent Teacher Associations at five area schools: Takoma Park ES, Piney Branch ES, Rolling Terrace ES, East Silver Spring ES and Takoma Park Middle School.  The funds are used for programs that focus on walking for health, fitness and bike/pedestrian safety. 

What time does the race start?

The race date is Sunday, May 7, 2017

The race is held on the first Sunday in May every year.  This year the date is Sunday, May 7, 2017. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the race.




                   Wave 1: 10 minute mile and faster

                   Wave 2: Over 10 minute mile and runners with strollers (in the back)

                   Wave 3: Walkers

9:00  AM          1 MILE FUN RUN

9:15  AM          ¼ MILE YOUTH RUN

Where is the race?

The race start line is near the front of the Takoma Park Community Center - 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD. The official start line is at the corner of Maple and Grant Avenues. Post-race activities are held on Grant Avenue next to the Community Center. 

  Here is a map of the course.

Are there any road closures on race day?

Road closures on race day, May 7, include Maple Avenue between Philadelphia Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway from 6:30 am until 10:30 am.  Sligo Creek Parkway will close at 8:00 am instead of 9:00 am.  There will be no parking on Maple Avenue on race day from 6:30  to 11:00 am 

Where should I park?

The two best places to park are Takoma Park Elementary, just up the hill from the Takoma Park Community Center (parking off of Philadelphia and a handful more spaces in the lot off Holly), and Takoma Park Middle School at 7611 Piney Branch Road.  If you park there you can just walk down Grant Avenue (adjacent to the Middle School) to the race start.

Who can participate?

All runners and walkers are welcome! 

Is the course certified?

The course is a USAFT certified 5K. 

Can I run with my child in a stroller?

Yes, runners can run with a stroller or baby jogger, but they must start in the back of WAVE 2

Who is RaceWire?

RaceWire, provides race management services including registration and timing.  RaceWire works with many races in the Northeast and just beginning create a footprint in the Washington, DC area.  

How do I register for the race?

Registration is online!

Do I get a t-shirt?

Yes! Every participant in the race will receive a 5K t-shirt when they pick up their packet.  Sizes for t-shirts are guaranteed with early bird registration.  Choose from youth sizes Small and Medium and adult sizes Small, Medium, Large and X Large, or opt for No Shirt if you’d rather not have one. 

Where do I pick up my packet?

Packet Pick Up will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2:00 – 6:00 pm at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park. The packet includes your bib, shirt and safety pins. Packets can also be picked up on race day starting at 7:00 am but please come on Saturday! 

Is the race timed?

The 5K run and 1 mile* are timed using chips imbedded in the race bibs.  All other races (5K walk and ¼ mile run) are untimed. 

*The one mile racers will be timed if they are 14 yrs or younger. 

What prizes will be awarded?

Prizes will be awarded based on chip timed finish for the 5K run in the following categories:

Top male and female overall
Top boy and girl 15 to 18
Top boy and girl 11 to 14
Top boy and girl 10 and under

Prizes will be awarded based on net timed finish for the 1 mile run in the following categories (14 and under only):

Top boy and girl 11 to 14
Top boy and girl 7 to 10
Top boy and girl 6 and under

*Awards for the 5K will be announced no later than 10:00 am. The 5K Walk and the 1/4 mile Youth Run will not be timed.       

What happens if it rains on race day?

The race will go on as planned if it rains.  There will be a delay for lightening. Please dress accordingly. 

Will there be food?

After the race, refreshments will be provided thanks to generous donations from local grocery stores and restaurants.

How do I volunteer?

Volunteers needed for Packet Pick Up and Race Day, email Kate Schofield

What are the volunteer opportunities?

  • Registration – Volunteers will register new runners and organize packets for new runners.  Packets include t-shirts and race bibs.  
  • Packet Pick-up – Volunteers organize packets for pick up by runners.  Packets include t -shirts,  and race bibs.  Accurate record keeping is required.  PRE- REGISTERED RUNNERS.
  • Refreshments: Volunteers set up the refreshments for post race activities and maintain order during post race.
  • Start/Finish: Volunteers assist Race Wire with the operation of the start and finish line. On site training provided.
  • Course Marshals: Course Marshals will be stationed on the course to direct runners and report issues.
  • Fun Run/Youth Run: Volunteers will assist Fun Run/Youth Run Director with corralling participants, starting and finishing the races and handing out prizes.
  • Clean Up: Volunteers will make sure the Community Center and environs are left in good condition.