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Janney 5K & Fun Run

Sat November 18, 2023 Washington, DC 20016 US


Frequently Asked Questions

Note:  We will continue to update this document and make it available to the community as our race planning evolves consistent with Covid-19 precautions. 

When is the race?

The 5K will be on Saturday, November 18 and begin at 9AM but please arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure that we can direct you to the appropriate location. 

The Fun Run will be on Saturday, November 18 and commence immediately after the 5K at 10:00AM.  

Where do the races start and end?

Both races start in front of Janney on Albemarle and finish behind Janney from Yuma.

Will there be a live opening and closing ceremony?

YES!  There will be an opening ceremony in front of Janney Elementary before the start of the race at 9AM and a closing ceremony near the turf field behind Janney at approximately 10:30AM after the Fun Run concludes. Awards will be presented at the closing ceremony.

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?
  • Early Registration - 5K:  $35; Fun Run:  $20 - Until Friday, October 6 @ 11:59PM
  • Standard Registration - 5K:  $45; Fun Run:  $30 - From Saturday, October 7 through Friday, November 17 @ 5PM

The Janney 5K and Fun Run is a community event and we want everyone to be able to participate. If the registration fees are a challenge to afford, please reach out to Assistant Principal Niki.

PLEASE NOTE: If you register after Friday, October 20, 2023 we cannot guarantee you a shirt and, even if available, we cannot guarantee your sizes.

Can I register the morning of the race?

No, 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 16: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Please approach the gym from the diagonal stairs on the 42nd Street side and race tables should be just outside the gym (or inside depending on the weather).  Our volunteers will hand you (1) your race bibs with timing chips, (2) a bag filled with giveaways from our sponsors and (3) your family's race t-shirts.  

PLEASE 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 support this event as a public school otherwise.  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.

How old do you have to be to do the 5K?

All ages are accepted. Typically, our Janney kids start running the 5K between 2nd-4th grade.  If it is their first time running a 5K, we recommend several practice runs to get them acclimated to longer distances.

Can I walk the 5K?

Of course!  All pace groups are accepted and welcome.  

Tell me about the Fun Run.

The Fun Run distance is 1 mile.  The Fun Run is for our youngest runners, usually through 1st or 2nd grade. 

Do I get a race bib?

Yes – when you pick up your race t-shirt and swag bag, you will also get your race bib.  It is essential that you bring your race bib to the live race in order to be timed properly.

What about photos?

We will rely on participants to upload their own race photos this year.  Go to and click on the photos tab.  From there you can add photos to your album. 

Will there be t-shirts this year?

Yes! We encourage you to wear your Janney 5K shirt when you run your race. Take pictures of you wearing it and send in your photo.  We encourage you to also wear previous year’s race shirts while you are training so we create a real sense of community.  Janney 5K t-shirts everywhere!

Where does the registration money go? 

The registration money is used to cover costs to run the race and the rest goes to our PTA to support our school community.  PTA funds are used to supplement the following:

Salaries for teachers and support staff positions (essential for our teaching and staffing model) 
Technology materials and support 
Textbooks, instructional materials, and basic supplies for classrooms 
Professional Development for teachers and staff 
Substitute teacher overlap days 
Custodial equipment and supplies 
Janney garden 

Do you still have a family sponsorship?

Yes!   Each family sponsorship costs $120.  

Family sponsorship can be done two ways. 

  1. You can choose family sponsorship by going to and clicking on "Donate"
  2. Add it to your race registration.  With this method, you will be asked how you would like to be acknowledged. Please choose "Other" and use the open field to indicate how you would like your family recognized.  For example, you may enter "Johnson Family" or "Ethan and Emily Johnson" to be listed on the back of the race t-shirt.
Will there be awards? 

Yes.  We will be doing our traditional awards for M/F in each age group, we will have different types of awards.  Award winners will be announced at the closing ceremony. 

How do I train? 

Whether this is your first 5K or you are a seasoned runner, we have posted training tips from now until race day. To start preparing for the race, please check out the Janney Family 5K Training Schedule, which is designed to prepare everyone from our youngest Jaguars to our more experienced runners in the training process. You will notice a combination of running and walking designed to build stamina and have all runners ready to run for about 30 minutes without stopping. All you need to get started is a pair of sneakers and a watch or timer. You can adjust the days of the week you run to fit your schedule but be sure to include a few rest days and/or some cross-training (more information on the importance of both of those to come). Happy training! 


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