The Red Shoe 5k is back on Sunday, October 3rd with options for in-person AND Virtual registration!

We continue to monitor local, state and federal guidelines surrounding group gatherings.

To provide a safe and fun event for all, we have made some changes to the layout of this year’s 5k. This includes assigning participants to small wave groups to allow for increased social distancing, sanitization of high touch points and kid’s activities, and offering free transfers of in-person registration to virtual registration. Bull Run Special Events Center is a large space allowing us the ability to adequately socially distance our activities, events, and food trucks.

We will rely on each participant to conduct themselves with best practices during the global pandemic, including practical physical distancing, avoiding handshakes and high-fives, wearing facemasks, staying home if you feel unwell, etc. Please only attend the in-person event if you have been vaccinated.

We will continue to monitor local and federal guidelines around outdoor events and make updates, as appropriate.

Protect yourself, your family, and our community:

  • We ask that only vaccinated individuals attend the in-person 5k.
  • Read our FAQs to understand the enhanced safety measures we have implemented for your protection.
  • Face masks are encouraged.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you would like to change your in-person registration to a virtual registration, please contact us at no later than Tuesday, September 28th.

Learn how we’re taking precautions to protect the health and safety of our participants: 2021 5k FAQ [PDF: 298 KB]

You walk or run, and we’ll provide the fun.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC eases the hardship of children’s illness on families through programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. The Red Shoe 5k Run and Walk is our only annual event held to raise critical funding for our programs and the families that we serve. As we celebrate the 11th year of the Red Shoe 5k, we are excited to announce our first ever hybrid event!

This year we are inviting our runners and walkers to join us at Bull Run Park, but also across the country virtually. As our event grows and changes, our goal remains true – to give our community a way to come together, show support for our families, and to have fun.

Please join us as a participant, fundraiser, and volunteer to make a difference in the lives of the families we serve!

Activities include:

Virtual 5k:
In-Person 5k:
  • Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021
  • Race Start: 9:30 AM
  • Parking: Free parking by start/finish line
  • Course: Mostly flat, scenic, partially paved course. We strongly suggest the use of a jogging stroller. Umbrella strollers will be very difficult to use on the course.
  • Location: Bull Run Special Events Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121

2021 Registration Pricing:

No refunds, all registrations are final. Transfers allowed until September 28th. Virtual registrations include shipping for 5k t-shirt.
  • Kid’s Fun Run (8 and under): $25 in-person/$30 virtual
  • 5k Run & Walk Registration: $35 in-person/$40 virtual
  • 5k Run & Walk Day Of Registration: $45
Discounts: Students and teams of 10 or more save 15%. Discount code required. Contact for discounts.


  • 7:00 AM – 8:15 AM – Early Registration/Packet pick-up. T-shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed for race day registrants.
  • 8:45 AM – Kid’s Fun Run
  • 9:15 AM – Warm up
  • 9:30 AM – Race begins
  • 10:45 AM – Awards ceremony

Packet Pick-Up:

Friday, Oct. 1st: 10 AM – 7 PM at the newly renovated Ronald McDonald House of Northern Virginia, located at 3312 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042.

Contact: for information about sponsoring, registering a team, or other general inquiries.

Volunteer: Email our Volunteer Manager, Morgan Doxer at to sign up!



Go the fundraising distance and earn new incentives to show your proud support of RMHCDC.

These milestone incentive gifts are our way of saying thank you for helping our children and families.  You have until October 14th to reach your goal, then prizes will be mailed based on the tier level reached.  One item per fundraiser.

Start your fundraiser today!

NOTE: Incentive gifts are only awarded to INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISERS and will be mailed to the address on the individual’s account after the Red Shoe 5k. ONE item per fundraiser.

$100 RAISED: RMHC “Show Your Stripes” Socks

The signature “Show Your Stripes” socks have returned!

$250 RAISED: RMHCDC Keeping Families Close® 20oz Viking Tumbler

These 20oz. Viking stainless steel tumblers are great for keeping your cold beverages icy and your coffee piping hot for hours! They feature double-wall insulation, copper lining and a press-in, twist-closure lid. Now, available in an exclusive Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) design that so you can proudly show your support for families facing serious childhood illness.

Viking tumblers give you high quality, insulated drinkware. RMHCDC eases the hardship of childhood illness on families and children. Care instructions: Hand wash only.

$500 RAISED: RMHCDC “Show Your Stripes” Beach Towel

This 36″x72″ microfiber beach towel is made in the USA. Features the signature Ronald McDonald House Charities® red and white stripes with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) logo. Care instructions: Wash/Dry on gentle cycle. Avoid bleach and other whiteners.

$1,000 RAISED: RMHCDC Zip Up

Incredibly soft and snug, this fleece hoodie features a full zip closure with white taping, ribbed cuffs and waistband, kangaroo pockets and white cord drawstring. Made from 90% Airlume combed and ring spun cotton, 10% poly. Featuring the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) logo so you can proudly show your support! Available in S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Care Instructions: Machine wash and tumble dry on low.

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Thank You to our 2021 Sponsors!

Miracle Sponsor
Courage Sponsors
Faith Sponsor
Hope Sponsors
Love Sponsor
Family Sponsors

Chicago Title NCS, DC/Baltimore

Chris Chatman

M Group Architects

May Construction Group

Pivotal Consulting Group

Prager Metis CPAs