Dead Man’s Run 5K

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Saturday, October 14, 2023
5:30 p.m.

Dead Man’s Run is Congressional Cemetery’s annual 5k race. And in 2023, it’s back and spookier than ever! Please join us Saturday, October 14 at 5:30 PM for the region’s most death defying and thematic 5k race. This bare bones run is the best way to stay ahead of your grave…by running among them! The race starts with a toll of the funeral bell and continues throughout the Cemetery and onto the Anacostia Trail for a ghostly evening run full of spooky music and other fun!

Costumes are encouraged, with prizes for best individual costume and best team costume! Form a team to compete with your friends – and we love to see creative team names. A panel of judges will select the winner.

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

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5K Basics

Start Time: The 5K begins at 5:30 pm inside the Cemetery (registration opens at 4:00 pm).

Cost: $35 for the race

Not only is this a fun race, but it comes with the good feeling you get when supporting a non-profit! 

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We do allow strollers and dogs on this course. However, please keep in mind that all those with dogs and strollers will be asked to start at the back of the group to minimize confusion.

We are also offering a children’s race prior to the start of the 5k. Participation in the children’s run is free for any child who has a parent, guardian, or friend registered for the 5K. Children may still participate, if no runners are registered, for a $5 fee. Registration for the children’s race is in our chapel the day of the race and a parent or guardian must sign a waiver.

Running with a pup? Please: no retractable leashes; all participating dogs must be properly vaccinated and well-socialized.

We are unable to offer refunds or race transfers.

Our races are rain or shine, and there is no rain date for the race.

Costume Contest

Dressing for the occasion? In addition to prizes for the top finishers, a panel of judges will award prizes to the top individual and team costumes. Entry into the contest in on race day only. Find our panel of judges near the starting line, fill out a small registration card, and the judges will check out your costume. Be sure to arrive early to register to win!

T-shirts (tank tops, long sleeve and sweatshirts!): Can be purchased here, by runners and spectators. Shirts will be delivered directly to your shipping address. Order by September 25  to have your shirt in time for the race.

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Dead Man Alexandria VA Cemeteries

Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers overall. In addition, an award will be given to the top performing team.

Prizes will also be awarded for the top three individual and the top team costumes (see above for costume contest).

Contact Us:

Congressional Cemetery
1801 E Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-0539

Getting Here:

Metro: Stadium-Armory (Orange/Blue/Silver)

Limited street parking is available.

The Course

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Our 5K course is flat, fast, and USATF certified. Start and finish are within the cemetery, and the course goes out on the adjoining Anacostia Trail for a quick out and back. Water is available at the start/finish line and at a water stop around the halfway point of the 5k course.

Congressional Cemetery would like to thank the following for sponsoring Dead Man’s Run:

Keynote Sponsor

Events Mailing List

Interested in hosting a private event or a 5k race? Contact us by emailing A.J. Orlikoff at