14th Annual Red Shoe 5k

Sunday, October 6, 2024

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 14th year of the Red Shoe 5k, we’re excited to return to National Harbor and announce that Doug Kammerer will emcee the event!

We’re inviting our runners and walkers 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 14th Annual Red Shoe 5k to make a difference in the lives of the families we serve.

Regular Registration (March 3, 2024 – October 3, 2024)
$45 – In-person 5k
$30 – In-person Kids Fun Run
$50 – Virtual 5k (includes shipping)
$35 – Virtual Kids Fun Run (includes shipping)
$45 – Red Shoe Snoozer

Late Registration (October 4 – 6, 2024)*
$50 – In-person 5k
$35 – 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 & printable certificate

Kids Fun Run Participants will also receive a cape, thanks to our sponsor, United Healthcare.

Snoozers will receive RMHC Striped Socks.


  • Medals will be awarded to the top two overall, and top male and female for each age group
  • Largest Team
  • Top Fundraising Team
  • Top Fundraising Individual
  • Top Fundraising Youth (age 17 and under)

Course Maps

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

Kids Fun Run: The race is on the pier, from the Capital Wheel to the stage.


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.


Thanks to our sponsor, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, FREE Parking is available at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center for the first 200 transactions.

How To Park at the Gaylord:

  • Get a ticket to go through the gate.
  • Park in any available parking spot.
  • If you received the option for free parking and selected this add-on, you will be given a validated parking ticket when you pick up your packet onsite. If you pick up your packet ahead of the race, please pick up your validated parking ticket at check-in on race day.
  • Use your validated parking ticket when exiting the parking lot.

Other Parking:

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.

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!

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