Race to Stop Human Trafficking
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Washington D.C. Race to Stop Traffick

Come join us as we "Race to Stop Traffick" on Saturday, October 20 at Bull Run Park in Northern Virginia.

About the Race

Come join us as we "Race to Stop Traffick" Saturday, October 20 at 9am, at Bull Run Regional Park in Northern Virginia. There will be a 1 mile Fun Run as well as a timed 5k. Families and kids can participate in post-race festivities such as carnival games, face painting, balloon art, and the very popular raffle booth.

There will also be educational awareness activities and picture stations.

Race t-shirts and snacks will be given to every participant with prizes awarded to the top finishers in each category.

Categories include the following:

5K Race:

  • top 3 male finishers
  • top 3 female finishers
  • top 3 youth finishers (ages 16-18)
  • top 3 youth finishers (ages 13-15)
  • top 3 children (12 and under) finishers
  • All proceeds directly benefit Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), a non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue and help rehabilitate children from human trafficking. A group discount is available for teams of five or more. Register now.

    Virtual 5K Participants

    For abolitionists who want to participate in the liberation efforts but aren't local, you can participate virtually! Virtual runners can register to run a 5K on your own before the race. If you post a picture of yourself from during/after your run with the hashtag #racetostoptraffickdc then we'll mail you a t-shirt!


    If running isn't your thing but you still want to help with the race e-mail us at racetostoptraffick@gmail.com or fill out an O.U.R. volunteer profile.


    If you’re interesting in supporting Operation Underground Railroad but can’t make it to the race or do a virtual run, you can still help! Donations can be made directly on the 2018 Race To Stop Traffick D.C. website for O.U.R.

    Event Details

    Bull Run Special Events Center
    7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA 20121

  • 9:00am-10:30am - Check-in
  • 9:45am - Welcome/Warm up
  • 10:00am - 1 mile fun run begins
  • 10:15am - 1 mile fun run ends - KidZone opens
  • 10:30am - 5K begins
  • 11:20pm - 5K winners announced
  • 11:40pm - Raffle winners announced
  • 12:00pm - KidZone closes
  • Don't forget to bring your ID for packet pick up and to sign your child into the Kids Zone. Also be sure to stay and enjoy the finish line festivities! Stick around to celebrate your run and this great cause as you snap your picture in front of the O.U.R. backdrop, listen to live music, give a hand to the runners coming in, cheer on the Kids Run participants, and congratulate the winners at the Awards Ceremony!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Operation Underground Railroad?

    Since 2013, Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) has gathered the world’s experts in extraction operations and anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. O.U.R. rescues victims and works with local resources in a comprehensive process involving justice for the perpetrators and recovery and rehabilitation for the survivors. To date, O.U.R. has rescued almost 700 victims and arrested some 300 human traffickers worldwide. Learn more at www.OURrescue.org.

    When is the race?

    The event will be held on October 20th at 9:00 a.m. at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.

    What time should I be there on race day?

    To ensure enough time for check in and packet pick up, 1-Mile participants should arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. and 5k race participants should arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. The 1-Mile Fun Run will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the 5k race will begin at 10:30 a.m.

    Where is the race?

    Both races will begin at Bull Run Regionsal Park in Centreville, Virginia. The parking lot will be clearly marked and parking is free. The address is:
    Bull Run Special Events Center
    7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA 20121

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    Are strollers allowed?

    Strollers are welcome, however, be advised this is a course that is not paved.

    What do I get for participating?

    All participants will receive a race t-shirt, complimentary race photos to download, tasty snacks to refuel, and the opportunity to participate in family-friendly festivities before and after the run. Children are also invited to our free Kids Zone during the 5k (must wear kids race bib to enter). Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each category for the 5k. Top finishing children from the 5k will also be awarded prizes.

    Are pets allowed?

    Unfortunately we cannot accommodate pets at this event. Please do not bring them.

    I’d like to come but I can’t. What should I do?

    For Modern Day "Abolitionists" who want to participate in the liberation efforts but who aren't local, you can participate virtually! As a virtual runner you will choose a 5k course on your own and run it in support of Operation Underground Railroad. You can choose to complete your Virtual Run on October 20th when the Race to Stop Traffick will be held, or choose a day that is convenient for you. Your race bib will be mailed to the address you provide upon registration. Optional t-shirts will be mailed after the race has taken place.

    When you have completed your 5k Virtual Run, be sure to update your Facebook and Instagram status letting your friends and family know of your accomplishment! Add the hashtag: #racetostoptraffickdc

    Can I volunteer at this event?

    Yes, we need and welcome volunteers to assist in many areas! If you are interested in volunteering in planning or on race day, please contact us at racetostoptraffick@gmail.com.

    This FAQ will be updated with more information as the race event draws nearer.

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    E-mail racetostoptraffick@gmail.com to discuss donations or sponsorship opportunities!

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