Sat November 20, 2021 Washington, DC 20016 US
See you this Fall!

Come and join in the 11th running of the Janney Elementary School 5K & Fun Run Race.

Due to COVID-19, the Janney 5K & Fun Run is both an IN-PERSON and a VIRTUAL RACE. These options allow us to still hold a race that is encouraging, fun, and uplifting despite the unique circumstances. You will  be able to pick up your race t-shirts and swag items from Janney Elementary School. This is a difficult time for everyone, but we believe we can continue to celebrate our school and community in a safe and fun way by joining in person or virtually in our annual tradition. There will be a  live opening and closing award ceremony.

Let's come together as a community to show our support for Janney teachers, staff, and students, and the greater Tenleytown/AU Park community through a safe and fun race. The Janney PTA thanks you for supporting the race and hopes you can join us however you like, whether in-person or virtually.

Events Options
When is the live race?

The live 5K will be on Saturday, November 20 and begin at 9AM but please arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure that we can direct you to the appropriate location for your wave.  The live Fun Run will be on Saturday, November 20 and commence immediately after the 5K at 10:15AM.  There will be no waves for the Fun Run.

What do you mean by "waves"?  

We will be starting the 5K in waves separated by 2 minutes to help prevent overcrowding.  During registration, you will be asked for your estimated 5K finish time. Faster runners will start in the earlier waves.  Wave corrals will be assigned the week of the event to ensure an equal spread of participants based on their estimated finish times. If you want to run with someone, make sure you enter the same estimated finish time so that you will be placed in the same wave corral.

What Covid-19 precautions is the race adhering to?

The live Janney 5K and Fun Run is complying with all  DC requirements specific to Covid-19 protocol for special events and adhering to Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.  All participants must wear a mask on school property.  During the race, participants who are not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and attendees who are vaccinated may chose not to wear one at their own discretion.  Hand sanitizer stations will be deployed throughout the race site.  We will encourage social distancing efforts during the pre- and post-race activities, and those activities may otherwise be modified based on Covid-19 precautions.  If you are feeling ill or exhibiting flu-like symptoms, please do not join us.  You also have the option to change your registration from "live" to "virtual" up to two weeks before the race (no later than November 5).

When can I run the virtual race?

Registrants who cannot join us live on November 20 can run the race anywhere and anytime before November 20 at 9AM.  You can time yourself for a 5K or 1 mile Fun Run and upload your time to the race website.  Once you have registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to upload your time and pictures. Please also try to upload any photos of your virtual race no later than 9AM on November 20. The virtual race is just for fun, so there will be no rewards. 

Will there be a live opening and closing ceremony?

YES!  We are excited to host a live opening ceremony at 9AM and a closing ceremony at 11AM on Saturday, November 20.

How can I register for the Janney 5K and Fun Run?

Click the "Sign Up" button up top or any of the registration tabs under "event info."

How much does it cost to register for the 5K and Fun Run?

 NOTE: If you register after October 15, 2021, we cannot guarantee you a shirt, and even if available, we cannot guarantee your sizes.

Can I register the morning of the race?

Due to Covid precautions that we must adhere to at this time, we are not offering registration the morning of the race.

After I register for the race, how do I pick up my race bib and swag bag?

We are hosting two dates and times for packet pick up at Janney Elementary

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Please come to the front of Janney. If you arrive to a line, please stand 6 feet apart from the person or family in front of you and don't forget your mask. You do not need to bring anything to packet pick up. Our volunteers will hand you a bag filled with giveaways from our sponsors as well as your family's race t-shirts. We have teamed up with Janney Community Service Committee. Please scroll down to see the donation request.

NOTE: If you cannot make it to the packet pickup time, please make an arrangement with your friend/neighbor to pick up the packets for you.

Can I get a refund?

We do not offer refunds if you are unable to participate in the event or the event is cancelled that day or weekend due to weather or otherwise, because significant race costs have already been incurred, and we cannot otherwise support this event as a public school.  If the event is cancelled in advance due to government Covid-19 restrictions, then we will offer participants the ability to run the event virtually and will work to find a safe way to arrange for race participant pick up of race bags/t-shirts.



Need more info?

We have more detailed information on our FAQs page.

Race Awards


There will be awards for top male and female runners, overall; top students and top teachers; and top runners in each age category.

Donation Drive - Iona Senior Services

The Janney Community Service Committee is supporting Iona Senior Services through a gift card drive during race packet pick-up for the Janney 5k!
Please consider purchasing gift cards from Giant, Safeway, Target, or CVS in denominations of $10-$25 and dropping them off when you pick up your race packets on November 18th or November 19th.
Thank you for showing your Janney L.O.V.E.!!!


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