13th Annual Red Shoe 5k

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Raise Your Feet To Raise Hope For Families!

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) eases the hardship of children’s illness on families through programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. The Red Shoe 5k is our signature annual event held to raise critical funding for our programs and the families that we serve. As we celebrate the 13th year of the Red Shoe 5k, we’re excited to return to National Harbor!

We invite you to join us at National Harbor or virtually wherever you are. Though as the 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 for the 13th Annual Red Shoe 5k to make a difference in the lives of the families we serve.

Regular Registration (June 10 – July 12, 2023)
$40 – In-person 5k
$25 – In-person Kids Fun Run
$45 – Virtual 5k (includes shipping)
$30 – Virtual Kids Fun Run (includes shipping)

Summer Sale Registration (July 13 – August 13, 2023)
From July 13 – August 13, everyone gets team pricing – because we’re all team RMHCDC!
$35 – In-person 5k
$25 – In-person Kids Fun Run
$40 – Virtual 5k (includes shipping)
$25 – Virtual Kids Fun Run (includes shipping)

Regular Registration (Augst 14 – October 5, 2023)
$40 – In-person 5k
$25 – In-person Kids Fun Run
$45 – Virtual 5k (includes shipping)
$30 – Virtual Kids Fun Run (includes shipping)

Late Registration (October 6 – 8, 2023)*
$45 – In-person 5k
$30 – In-person Kids Fun Run

*T-shirts not guaranteed for late registrations

Event Schedule

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM – Participant Check-In & Day Of Registration opens. T-shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed for race day registrants.
8:35 AM – Kid’s Fun Run on the pier
8:45 AM – Warm up
9:00 AM – 5k race begins
9:45 AM – Awards Ceremony

All Participants Will Receive:

  • Race entry
  • Race t-shirt
  • Chip Timing
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Instant results
  • Finisher’s medal


  • Medals will be awarded to the top three overall
  • Top male and female for each age group
  • Largest Team
  • Team that fundraises the most
  • Individual that fundraises the most

Course Maps

Red Shoe 5k: The race features a varied, scenic course on Harbor Trail with average terrain that includes some gravel surfaces and slight incline.

Kids Fun Run: The race is on the pier, to the Ferris Wheel and back.


Timing services will be provided. Disposable chips will be attached to the back of all 5k race bibs.

Weather, Water/Aid Stations, and Restrooms

  • The race will go on RAIN or SHINE and we’ll do our best to make the day a fun one!
  • We will have plenty of water available for all participants. Water stations will be located at the Start/Finish line.
  • Public restrooms are available at National Harbor. The closest restroom is located near The Plaza.


Parking garage fees not included with registration. The closest National Harbor parking garages to the event site are: Mariner Garage located at Waterfront Street and Mariner Passage and Fleet Garage located at Waterfront Street and Potomac Passage. National Harbor has 3 covered parking garages strategically located close to attractions, hotels, shops and restaurants.

Show Your Bib Discounts

Enjoy discounts and promotions from National Harbor local boutiques, top-rated restaurants and renowned attractions via mobile pass offers sent directly to your phone – no apps to download. Redeem your deals by simply presenting your bib at point of purchase.

See all included venues here.


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Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Foundation & Forever Partner