2017 Semper Fi 5K Run & Walk

MensHealth.com | January 2, 2017

The 2017 Semper Fi 5K Run/Walk will be held Sunday, May 21, 2017 just steps from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

100% of the proceeds from our volunteer-driven event benefit the Semper Fi Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities.

The Semper Fi Fund is only one of two veteran charities to receive an A+ rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy and Charity Navigator gave it its highest ranking; 94 cents of every dollar it receives goes directly to our wounded warriors, so we can all feel even better about how are dollars are being spent. To learn more about the Semper Fi Fund and the great work they do, visit www.semperfifund.org.

Event details and schedule

Join us near the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, May 21, 2017 for the Semper Fi 5K and run or walk to help us raise $60,000 for our wounded warriors!  100% of the proceeds benefit the Semper Fi Fund!

Thanks to our tremendous volunteers and sponsors, every single penny left over from registration fees goes directly to the Semper Fi Fund!  Together, we have raised over $300,000 (and counting) for our wounded warriors!

Entry Fee plus $20 donation to the Semper Fi Fund


$15 until April 1st

$20 until May 15th

$25 May 15th-21st


$10 until April 1st

$15 until May 15th

$20 May 15th-21st

Every participant receives a tech t-shirt!

Entries are limited so please sign up early to ensure your spot in this year’s race! Registration fees and donations are non-refundable.


Not available to run or walk with us on May 21st but still want to help our wounded warriors?  Even if you can’t join us for the Semper Fi 5K, you can still make a difference in the lives of our wounded warriors and their families by becoming a “virtual runner!”  REGISTER as a “virtual runner” – fundraise for the Semper Fi Fund and help us raise awareness about the great work they do for our wounded warriors!   We’ll stay in touch along the way to keep you motivated! We’ll send you a 2017 Semper Fi 5K certificate and tech t-shirt that you can wear during your virtual 5K!  Don’t forget to take selfies – post them on social media using #SemperFi5K and we’ll also upload your (self-reported) time into our online race results!

Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 8:30 am (rain or shine) — Ohio Drive, West Potomac Park, Washington D.C. (just down the hill from the Lincoln Memorial, next to the Potomac River)

Our 5K will begin promptly at 8:30 am.  Please note that Ohio Drive will be closed from 6:00 am to 9:30 am for our event.)


Registration fees and donations are non-refundable.  Please remember that 100% of your money goes to the Semper Fi Fund (we rely on many volunteers and generous sponsors to keep registration fees low — ALL registration proceeds are donated to the Semper Fi Fund!)

Packet Pick-Up:

Saturday, May 20th —  stay tuned for details on our packet pick-up location

Sunday, May 21st — Packet Pick-Up opens at 7am

Start/Finish Area — Ohio Drive, West Potomac Park

Yes, you can pick up packets for friends/family.  No need for permission slips, photocopied IDs, or pinky swears  – we trust you! Just be sure you know how to spell their names… Please note that race-day registration is online only due to National Park Service regulations.

Directions: Take the Metro!  The Arlington Cemetery (Blue) and Foggy Bottom (Blue/Orange/Silver) stops are the closest – ensure you hop on the first available train when the Metro opens (at 7am) to ensure you arrive on time (20+ minute walk)!  Ohio Drive will be completely closed to vehicles on race morning and not re-open until 9:30am.

There will be NO PARKING along Ohio Drive on Saturday morning.  We strongly encourage you to walk, metro, bike or take a taxi.  If you absolutely must drive, the closest parking will be on Constitution Ave.

Timing: Our 5K run/walk will be professionally timed by RaceDC Timing using the ChronoTrack system (B-tag). Your timing chip will be a thin RFID tag attached to the back of your race number. Please do not remove it. Also, do not fold or bend your race bib, or you might damage your timing chip.

Results/Awards: Results will be available in real time at the start/finish area (and online).  The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am on Saturday morning. The top male and female finishers will be announced, as well as 1st and 2nd place females and males in the following age groups:

12 and under, 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and over

Strollers & Children are welcome to participate! Our event will take place on a closed course (thanks to the U.S. Park Police). If you would like to run with a stroller, we have a few requirements: you must start in the back, you may not weave through packs of runners, and you must always yield the right of way to other runners. As long as you drive responsibly you shouldn’t have a problem bringing junior along for the ride. Note: Children in strollers do not need to register. In addition, do not have your child wear a timing tag if he/she is catching a ride. That tag will read that your two-year old ran your speedy time and can lead to tears from young children who rightfully won their age group.

Weather: We are planning on clear skies and sunny weather for race day!

Bag Drop: We will have a bag drop available, which will be monitored by volunteers. Unfortunately we cannot be responsible for any valuables that are lost or stolen. Leave items at your own risk.

Dogs: Unfortunately dogs are not allowed to participate in our event.

Bathrooms: Restrooms will be available near the start/finish area.

Water Stop: We will have a water stop staffed by volunteers at the half way mark along the course.

Headphones: Our RRCA insurance policy dictates that we cannot sanction headphone use during our event. Runners who choose to run while wearing headphones must assume full responsibility for their use. They must be able to hear all instructions and directions given by race course personnel and be aware of their surroundings at all time. We understand that many runners feel that running with their music helps them stay focused and motivated – the course will be closed to vehicular traffic, so it’s ultimately your decision.

Post-Race Festivities: We will have music playing before, during, and after the 5K. Gatorade, water, bananas, bagels, and other light snacks will be available at the finish line.

Volunteers: The success of our 5K rests squarely with our volunteers. If you would like to help out, please click here!  Every volunteer will receive a Semper Fi 5K t-shirt!

OK, that’s a lot of information to digest! Hopefully we’ve answered all of your questions. If not, please feel free to contact us: [email protected]

See you May 21st!