Dead Man’s Run 5K

We’re disappointed to announce that due to the impeding storms and the impact of flooding on the trail which will create unsafe running conditions, the in-person Dead Man’s Run scheduled for tonight has been CANCELLED. All registrations have automatically been transferred to our Virtual Event. You will be able to able to run from wherever you are and upload your virtual results per the instructions below.

We will be opening up the Congressional Cemetery tomorrow, Saturday, October 30th between 11am-3pm. The gate with access to the Anacostia Trail will be open to run the actual course.

If you would like to defer your entry to this year’s race to 2022, in lieu of participating in the Virtual Event please follow the instructions below. Deferrals must be submitted by next Sunday, November 7th.

Friday, October 29, 2021
6 p.m.

Welcome to Historic Congressional Cemetery’s Dead Man’s Run 5K, a bare bones race for dead serious runners who want to stay one step ahead of the ultimate Reapo Man. Race starts with a toll of the funeral bell, continues throughout the Cemetery and onto the Anacostia Trail for a ghostly evening run full of spooky music and fun!

Costumes encouraged, with prizes for best costumes and team costume! Form a team to compete with your friends – and we love to see creative team names.

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 6 pm near the east end of the Cemetery.

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! 

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.

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.

More questions? Contact Congressional Cemetery race staff.

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 21  to have your shirt in time for the race.

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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

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.

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Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers overall.

We will also be giving awards to the top team.

Remember to dress in your best!

Awards will be given to the top three individual costumes and the top team costume.

Plan ahead!


2021 Results (coming soon!)
Past Results