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A Revolutionary New Race: The George Washington Patriot Run | News Release | George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee

A Revolutionary New Race: The George Washington Patriot Run
 on Sunday, September 11, 2016

MOUNT VERNON, VA – Thanks to Lockheed Martin’s sponsorship, in just one month runners will have the opportunity to participate in the first-ever USA Track & Field-certified road race to enter the historic property at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. On Sunday, September 11, the George Washington Patriot Run will host thousands of runners for 5K and 10K races beginning at 8 a.m.

Organized by the Alexandria George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee and historic Mount Vernon, the race will take runners along the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, and they’ll finish the race inside the bowling green walls in front of the historic Mount Vernon mansion, less than 200 yards from Washington’s front door.

“We’re excited to be working with Mount Vernon to host this unique event,” said Joe Shumard, chair of the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee. “This will be a wonderful event for the entire DC area – particularly the Alexandria community – to showcase our connection to George Washington.”

The $50 race registration includes admission to Mount Vernon, a race t-shirt, and a finisher medal. Those wanting to access the finish line on the grounds of Mount Vernon will be required to purchase a spectator ticket for a special discounted price of $10, which also provides access to the grounds and activities at Mount Vernon.

This race also features an opportunity for entrants to run in teams known as Centipedes. The Centipede teams, a group of at least ten physically attached runners, will run with other competitors in the 10K race.

“We’re also hoping families will join us and register for the ‘Fun Run,’ a free race for children 11 years and under,” said Shumard. “George Washington himself will run with them!” The “Fun Run” – scheduled to start at 9:45am – will held near the finish line where there will be a festival at which participants can enjoy food, drinks, and music before the awards ceremony begins at 10:15am.

Shumard extends his thanks to Lockheed Martin as the primary sponsor of the event. Please visit for more details and to register.

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