Dead Man’s Run 5K

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Friday, October 28, 2022
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! 

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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.

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

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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.


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!

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