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Race For Hope DC

The Race for Hope DC community will come together on May 7, 2023 for a 5K Walk/Run to raise awareness and funds to support the needs of patients with brain tumors and their families. Your community is here. Let us discover a cure, together.

Timed Runner Results

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Registration Options

Registration fee for event week registrants – $50. T-shirts are not guaranteed.
Note, timed runner registration will close on Tuesday, May 2 at 5pm and onsite walker registration on event day will be available via your mobile phone only.

Event Information

7:00 AM – Registration/Packet Pickup opens on Freedom Plaza
8:40 AM – Opening Remarks and Survivor Tribute
Our brain tumor survivors are invited to participate in a group walk down Pennsylvania Avenue while holding yellow balloons. You will want to make your way to the survivor area with the yellow balloons at 13th street to get ready.
9:00 AM – 5K Start
10:00 AM – Kids Fun Run
10:30 AM – Closing Ceremony

5K Course Map
Plan your Metro ride – closest Metro Stations to Freedom Plaza are Federal Triangle or Metro Center
Find nearby parking

David Cook Benefit Concert

Join us on Friday, May 5, 2023, at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA with 100% of concert proceeds benefiting David Cook’s Race for Hope DC Team for a Cure! Tickets and more information.

Health & Safety

As NBTS continues the return to in-person events around the country, we want you to know that the safety and well being of our staff and volunteers is our top priority. We encourage those in attendance to educate themselves of the health risks associated with attending mass gatherings and know that we will be offering virtual opportunities for engagement for those members of our community who opt out of attending. Masks will remain optional at this time, but are encouraged for the immunocompromised or “at-risk” members of our community. If you have been recently exposed to someone who had tested positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting any symptoms, we do ask that you refrain from attending. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you in person in 2023

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Highest Earning Teams
Rank Team Name Amount Earned
1 Rachel’s Racers $83,585.86
2 Survivors $55,182.75
3 Rabbi’s Runners $52,438.58
4 David Cook’s Team for a Cure $48,537.28
5 Valero Gray Z’s $39,749.50
6 ML’s Milers $22,811.10
8 Team Hambone $20,394.25
9 Bridget’s Brigade $19,429.70
10 GEICO $19,187.79
Highest Earning Participants
Rank Participant Name Amount Earned
1 Katherine Savits $57,583.71
2 Stephen Conley $36,412.50
3 Mary Lynne Hamilton $17,451.75
4 David Cook $17,178.90
5 Kimberly Bourbeau $16,780.00
6 Bridget Basehoar $14,868.35
7 Karen Turner $13,118.55
8 Jessica Hollander $12,802.00
9 Dave Miller $12,177.79
10 Elissa Stroumbis $10,848.09

Packet Pickup

We are offering three days of early packet pickup for individuals and teams who wish to get their race shirts and bibs before event day. We are once again using a reservation system for packet pickup this year. We strongly recommend team captains and individuals reserve their date and time so our volunteers can try to have your t-shirts and bibs ready for you when you arrive. 

Choose your pickup date and time here. If you need to change your reservation time, you can go back into the google document and change your choice at any time. Questions? Email us at 

Pickup Dates and Times:

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 – *Note the change to Wednesday*
2:00 – 6:30 PM
Washington Hebrew Congregation Bindeman Center
11810 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Friday, May 5, 2023
12:30 – 6:30 PM
Road Runner Sports – Pentagon Row
1101 S Joyce St Suite B-23, Arlington, VA 22202

Saturday, May 6, 2023
10:30 – 3:30 PM
Road Runner Sports – Pentagon Row
1101 S Joyce St Suite B-23, Arlington, VA 22202

Road Runner Sports
Stop by Road Runner Sports at Pentagon Row to pick up your race bib and t-shirt in advance of event day on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6! Special discounts will be available for customers that purchase products in store during packet pick up hours.

Pentagon Row Parking Info

Team captains are encouraged to come themselves or send a team representative to pick up the t-shirts and bibs for team members. No identification is necessary. Please bring boxes or bags to carry t-shirts home. Team Captains can then arrange to distribute packets and bibs at a convenient place and time for their team.

Make sure team members know packets are being picked up for them so that they don’t come to the packet pickup. If a team member would prefer to pick up their packet, that’s fine, as long as the representative picking up team packets knows this.

Event Day Pickup

Sunday, May 7, 2023 – T-shirts and bibs can also be picked up on event day for pre-registered participants at the t-shirt/check-in tent on Freedom Plaza beginning at 7am.

Register and start fundraising early to qualify for some great prizes! Achieve one of the milestones listed below and your prize will be mailed directly to your home following this year’s event.

New in 2023! Anyone who raises $250 by event day will earn a NBTS drawstring back that you will be able to pick up with your event t-shirt at packet pick up or event day!

You have until one month following the event to achieve your fundraising milestone. The fundraising deadline to qualify for the remaining fundraising prizes is June 7. (Prizes are not cumulative. You will be given the option of what incentive you would like based on your fundraising total as of the deadline provided and prizes will be shipped to you directly.)

Individual Fundraising Prizes:

  • Raise $250 on your personal fundraising page by event day to earn a NBTS drawstring bag
  • Raise $750 – $1,499 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS long-sleeve moisture-wicking performance tee
  • Raise $1,500 – $4,999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS quarter zip sweatshirt
  • Raise $5,000-$9,999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS fleece zip up
  • Raise $10,000+ on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS duffel bag

Team Fundraising Prize:

All teams who raise $5000 or more by April 28 will be featured on their own team highlight slide on the LED Screen by the event stage on Event Day.

The Wall of Hope is a tribute to the loved ones whom we participate for. You are invited to contribute to this 32 foot long tribute to brain tumor survivors and those we’ve sadly lost.

Submission guidelines:

  • One Wall of Hope entry allowed per honoree and per team
  • Photo/collage size cannot exceed 8″X10″ when printed
  • Name your file with the name of the person in the photo
  • Please email submissions to with Wall of Hope as your email subject line. You will receive a confirmation email within 72 hours.
  • Submission deadline is Friday, April 21.

If you would like us to use a submission from the 2022 Wall of Hope, please email with your name and the name of your honoree and we will check for your entry.

All NBTS events are rain or shine and will not have a cancellation date due to inclement weather. Events will only be canceled if weather conditions are unsafe for participants to attend (i.e. lightning, dangerous winds).

Checks should be made payable to: National Brain Tumor Society. Send donations to: National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 006, Newton, MA 02458. Download a printable donation form to include with your donation. If applicable, the memo line of the check should include the name of the individual or team that you want credited for the donation.

Many employers offer to match gifts made by their philanthropic employees. Whether you donate to National Brain Tumor Society through direct mail, research donations or event donations – check with your Human Resources Department to see whether your company participates.
If your company is eligible, follow these easy steps to watch your impact double:

  1. Request a matching gift form from your employer
  2. Send the completed and signed form to:
    National Brain Tumor Society
    Attn: NBTS Giving
    55 Chapel Street Suite 006
    Newton, MA 02458
    Checks should be payable to the National Brain Tumor Society. Include event name or event participant in the memo line.

    National Brain Tumor Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our federal tax ID number is 04-3068130.

You can register all members of your household, including other adults, all at once. When you get to the last stage of the registration process, you will be asked if you would like to register other members of your household. Select “yes,” and the registration process will continue without requiring additional email addresses. Family registration must be done at the time of initial registration.

Yes, anyone who intends to walk/run needs to be registered for the event.

Yes, virtual participation is available for all NBTS events. Choose “Virtual Participation” during registration, and you can participate from afar.

Yes, contactless registration will be available online for untimed runners/walkers as a “Day Of” participant using the event website or the QR code scannable at the Packet Pickup/Registration tent onsite. No cash or check payments will be accepted for on-site registration. Event T Shirts are not guaranteed for “Day Of” registrations. Note: timed runner registration will end on Tuesday, May 2 at 5pm EDT.

Volunteering at an NBTS event is FREE and a vital part of our events. Choose Volunteer as your participant type. We will contact you after you register to choose your volunteer duty.

If you wish to walk/run and volunteer pre or post event, register as a walker or runner and contact your Regional Director to let them know you also would like to volunteer!

Event T-shirts will be available for pickup at any available early packet pickup events the week of the event or on event day. Registrants who sign up in the last 30 days prior to the event are not guaranteed a T-shirt.

No ID is necessary to pick up your event shirts and race bibs.

You You will have until 30 days after the event to fundraise to earn an incentive. You will be contacted by your Regional Director via email to confirm your item and shipping information. All items will be mailed to homes in the few months following your event. Please see the incentives section on the event website for the full list of prizes available.

Yes, as an event sponsor or company team, your company will connect with the brain tumor community on a platform that will enable a meaningful and enduring impact for both your brand and our mission. Contact for more information.

Yes, if you log in to your Participant Center, you can click the “Fundraise on Facebook” button. This will link your fundraising for your event to your Facebook page, allowing you to solicit donations directly on Facebook. You do not want to launch a Facebook fundraiser directly on Facebook, as it will not be linked back to your event participation. Contact your Regional Director if you need assistance.

Yes! You can download the Brain Tumor Events mobile app on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. From the app you can update your personal fundraising page, solicit donations from friends and family and track your fundraising progress right from your phone!

We will have water and light refreshments available for event participants. Please feel free to bring your own if you have certain dietary restrictions.

Due to insurance regulations and the size of the crowd, we are only allowed to welcome service animals on our 5K course.

Funds raised benefit the National Brain Tumor Society. NBTS unrelentingly invests in, mobilizes, and unites the brain tumor community to discover a cure, deliver effective treatments, and advocate for patients and caregivers. Information on how your fundraiser dollars makes an impact can be found here:

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, the Race for Hope DC has become one of the most successful races in the Washington, DC area.

Volunteers at pre-race events and on Event Day are essential to the Race for Hope’s success. There is no charge to register as a volunteer and all registered volunteers receive a special volunteer t-shirt. In addition, you can volunteer on your own or as part of a team.

Participants who walk or run in the 5K but who also volunteer are another key to the event’s success. Packet Pick-ups; Event Day Set-up and Clean-up; Kids Fun Run; Gear Check; and the Survivor Tribute are just a few of the positions available which enable participants to also volunteer.

Questions? Please email:

If you are interested in volunteering at one of our pre-event Packet Pickups please email Debbie at

Interested in getting more involved? Join our volunteer planning committee and help us on a year-round basis. Email us at

As an event sponsor, your organization will connect with the brain tumor community on a platform that will enable meaningful and enduring impact for both your brand and our mission. Sponsorship will allow your organization to make a difference in the lives of millions.

2023 Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information, please contact: or 617.863.8345.

For more information, please contact the Race for Hope DC team at

Thank you to our sponsors & media partners

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