When and where is the DC race being held? Where do I park?

Saturday, September 22, 2018

RACE DAY SCHEDULE (subject to change):

8:00 am: Gaza 5K packet and fundraising prize pick up
8:15 am: Children's activities start
9:00 am: Opening ceremony
9:30 am: Race begins
10:30 am: Awards ceremony followed by dabke party
11:30 am: Time for brunch!


Anacostia Park Boat Ramp
1500 Anacostia Drive
Washington, DC 20020


If you are using public transit, the park is a 1.1-mile walk from the Potomac Ave Station (Orange line).

If you are traveling by car, to navigate your way to the race, put 1500 Anacostia Drive Washington, DC 20020 (Anacostia Park Boat Ramp) in Google Maps or Waze (do NOT use Apple Maps as it will take you to a completely different side of the park).

There is ample free parking around the Anacostia Roller Skating Pavillion, but you must park by 8:30 am because the road will close after that time because participants will be running on the street.

If you arrive late, you will not be able to park in these lots and should anticipate having to walk a far distance to reach the starting line.

If you need to leave early for any reason, you can exit the park on foot, but you will likely not be able to drive out of these parking lots until 11:30 am.

Storage space for personal items is not be available at the park, so please leave your valuables at home.

What is the Gaza 5K walk/run?

The Gaza 5K walk/run is a fun family-friendly event with the aim of bringing members of the American community together to show solidarity with those suffering in Gaza. The event attracts people of all ages, runners, walkers and those passionate about Gaza. 

What does the 5K support? 

Proceeds from the Gaza 5K fund UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Programme (CMHP) to help empower vulnerable refugees in Gaza, especially children, to better cope with the extreme challenges they face on a daily basis. Through the program, UNRWA provides school counseling, group sessions, and even at home counseling for those in need who are unable to travel. Learn more about CMHP and read stories collected by UNRWA USA staff of children who have benefitted from the program

How long is a 5K walk/run?

A 5K course measures 3.1 miles long. 

I’m not a runner, can I still take part? 

Yes, the 5K is open to runners and walkers alike! 

Can I bring my kids? What about dogs? 

Yes! Bring the whole family, even your furry four legged family members. Strollers are welcome!

Can I ride my bike? 

Unfortunately, Parks Department regulations do not allow participants to ride bikes on the 5K course. 

Is the race timed? 

Yes! The race is professionally timed for all participants. 

How do I register? 

Register and set up your fundraising page through our online platform

What do I get with registration? 

Registrants get a packet, an UNRWA USA tote bag and a bib with your assigned number. Unlike past years, each individual must fundraise a minimum of $50 beyond the cost of registration to receive an official Gaza 5K shirt. 

Is my registration tax-deductible? 

No. Registration fees are not tax-deductible, however, any donations that you make to your own fundraising account may be tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

When can I pick up my registration packet? 

We strongly encourage you to pick up you packet prior to race day. Information regarding packet pick up locations and times will be announced closer to the race date. Please check back in closer to September 22 for the official details. 

Like our page on Facebook and mark yourself attending on the official Facebook event page for real-time updates!

Can I fundraise for the Gaza 5K? 

Absolutely! The Gaza 5K supports UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Programme (CMHP) to provide psycho-social support to children in Gaza. We urge participants to raise as many funds as possible! When you register for the race, a customized fundraising page will automatically be created for you. You can customize the page to tell people why you’re participating and you can start fundraising through your page’s social media and email tools. 

And if you meet certain fundraising levels, we offer some pretty cool perks!

Can I make my own team? 

Yes! You can form your own team with friends and family to raise even more funds for the children of Gaza. It is very easy to do when you register. You can also choose to join a team that already exists! 

I can’t make it, or I don't live in the area, can I still make a donation? 

Of course! You can register as a virtual runner/walker and start raising funds! You can also make a donation to any team or individual on the registration page. 

In event of inclement weather what is UNRWA USA’s policy about Gaza 5K cancellations? 

Our event will go on as planned, rain or shine, unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Parks Department. If the parks department makes that decision, UNRWA USA will immediately inform registrants via email. 

Can I be issued a refund in the event I cannot attend the race or event cancellation? 

Because all funds go directly on to CMHP in Gaza, no refunds will be issued for the Gaza 5K.

Can I transfer my registration to someone else? 

Yes. If you're registered for the race, you must communicate this to the Gaza 5K staff by 5 days prior to the race. 

Can other organizations pass out flyers and/or pamphlets at the Gaza 5K? 

No, unfortunately due to park rules no solicitation of any kind is allowed at the Gaza 5K. 

Can volunteers also be registered participants? 

No, volunteers are not allowed to be registered participants. If you’re interested in volunteering, apply here

What if I have a question that is not answered here?

Please email us at info@unrwausa.org for any questions not answered here.