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Mayor Bowser Invites Residents to Participate in the 5th Annual FITDC HerStory 5K Celebrating Women’s History Month
Mayor Bowser Invites Residents to Participate in the 5th Annual FITDC HerStory 5K Celebrating Women’s History Month

Sat, Mar 04


Freedom Plaza

Mayor Bowser Invites Residents to Participate in the 5th Annual FITDC HerStory 5K Celebrating Women’s History Month

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Time & Location

Mar 04, 2023, 9:00 AM

Freedom Plaza, 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

About the event

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Muriel Bowser is inviting residents to celebrate the history-making women of our nation's capital by joining in the 5th annual FITDC HerStory 5K, which will be held in person at Freedom Plaza in downtown DC on Saturday, March 4. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 10:00 a.m.

“March is right around the corner, which means it’s time to register for one of DC’s favorite Women’s History Month traditions – the FITDC HerStory 5K,” said Mayor Bowser. “The HerStory 5K is a chance for the District to come together and celebrate the history-making women in our city, region, and nation. Let’s encourage our neighbors, family, and friends to register and join the celebration.”

The FITDC HerStory 5K is a Women’s History Month tradition that routinely draws over 2,500 participants from all eight wards. Last year’s HerStory 5K was the largest to date, with over 3,000 DC residents participating in the event.

Established in 2015 and executed by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, the FITDC campaign is a citywide fitness initiative designed to provide residents with a year-long calendar of cause-driven fitness events that evoke civic pride and allow residents of all fitness levels to unite in the spirit of living healthier, more active lifestyles.

The HerStory 5K is one such event and this year, women, men, children, and dogs from all eight wards will enjoy a lineup of speakers headlined by Mayor Bowser, a scenic race route down Pennsylvania Ave., and a finish festival with vendors, a live DJ, and a. 360 photo booth. FITDC has also partnered with the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives and SKY Breath Meditation to provide curated pop-up exhibits. Pacers Running will be on site to lend running shoes to any runner without proper running shoes.

AETNA, a CVS Company is the grand sponsor of the 5th Annual HerStory 5k and will provide participants with a commemorative t-shirt and runner’s bib while supplies last. Other race partners include Road Runners, Call Your Mother Bagel, Compass Coffee, the Washington Spirit, Monumental Sports, and Giant Foods.

For those who want to grab their 5K materials in advance, FITDC will host shirt and bib pickup on Wednesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 2 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the below woman-owned businesses. Residents are encouraged to pick up their bib and shirts prior to the race in order to avoid lines on the day of the event.

SteadFast Supply – 301 Tingey Street, SE

Hook Hall – 3400 Georgia Avenue, NW

Bourne2Fly Fitness – 3408 18th Street, NE

In preparation of the HerStory 5k, the FITDC team will host weekly training program in partnership with Pacers Running to get residents from the couch to the finish line. This program is for all running abilities and includes planned weekly runs, dynamic warmup routines, running etiquette, and track basics. Residents can access and download the plan here.

Before, during, and after their run/walk, residents are encouraged to tag @myfitdc, while they share pictures and selfies on social media using the hashtags #HerStory5K and #CelebrateWomen.

Participants can track their run time through our sign-up portal the day after the race to compare and connect with family and friends.

Residents can register here and learn more about the FITDC initiative here.


Saturday, March 4, 2023

Registration: 9:00 a.m.

5K Begins: 10:00 a.m.


Freedom Plaza

1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW


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