Washington, DC

Dead Man’s Run is a 5k race held at Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Now in its ninth year, this evening race kicks off the Halloween season at the cemetery. The 2019 race is being held on Saturday, October 5 with a 6 p.m. start.

Participants are invited to run, walk, or stroll the course which begins in the cemetery and heads out on the Anacostia Trail for an out and back race. All runners (21+) are rewarded with a free craft beer at the post-race party.

Costumes are highly encouraged, but not required, and the finish line party includes awards for the most creative individual and team costumes.

The Dead Man’s Run course is fast, flat and USATF certified for those who want to race against their own PRs. However, we welcome all runners and walkers, regardless of pace. Strollers and dogs on non-retractable leashes are also allowed on the course.

The event also includes a kids run that begins five minutes after the 5k race starts, at around 6:05 p.m. Their race is about a quarter mile to the Chapel and back, and registration is $10.

Dead Man’s Run registration is $40, and all proceeds from Congressional Cemetery events, including Dead Man’s Run, help support our 501(c)(3) organization and fund the preservation of this National Historic Landmark.

Want more info? Check out https://hccemetery.wixsite.com/deadmansrun.

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