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Ajvar 5K Run and Walk is to celebrate the joy of living, the fun of running and walking, the excitement of meeting people, the importance of making new friends and cherishing old ones, and also to remember and honor Macedonia's beautiful heritage. Most importantly, however, we hope you'll join us in remembering to open our hearts and give hope and help to less fortunate children from Macedonia.
Yes, Ajvar 5K is a charity event that provides the opportunity for all of us to participate in fundraising for children in need in Macedonia. We partnered with United Macedonian Diaspora, an international non-governmental and non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington, DC, which addresses the needs and interests of Macedonians throughout the world. All donations are tax deductable. You will receive tax receipt directly from UMD.
Last year we helped Orphanage 11. oktomvri from Skopje. Together with United Macedonian Americans of Detroit donation we were able to purchase 25 beds with mattresses. However, the orphanage is in great need for new flooring, carpets, cabinets etc. So, decision was quickly made to help the Oprhanage again this year. Now you know in advance where your donations will go. Click HERE to see last year's donation video.
Additional race information can be found at http://www.ajvar5k.com.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
There is plenty of free parking at the South end (coming from Arlington Blvd.) of the park as well as one the North end (Wilson Blvd.) There is also plentiful neighborhood parking.
Kids (12 and under) M/F
Teens (13-19) M/F
Open (20-39) M/F
Master (40-59) M/F
Seniors (60 and up) M/F
Public Transportation: Bluemont Park is only 1.4 mile from Ballston Metro Station. If you are walking:
1. Take North Carling Springs Rd to Wilson Blvd. (0.1 mile)
2. Turn right on Wilson Blvd (1.3 mile)
3. At the intersection with North Manchester St. (immediately after you cross a tiny bridge) turn left into the park and proceed for 1/4 of a mile on trail to the other end of the park.
However, if you prefer taking a bus, there are few lines running between Ballston Metro and the Park. Click HERE for schedule.
$25.00 until August 31, 2013 ($20 children under 18)
$30.00 September 1, 2013 to September 7, 2013 ($25 children under 18)
$35.00 on the race day ($30 children under 18)
Entry fees are non-refundable.
Online registration will close on September 7 at 8.00 pm.
On-site, day-of-race registration will be available. You can pay with any major credit card, but we will take cash or checks as well. Make check payable to Ajvar, LLC.
Each runner will receive a jar of authentic Macedonian Ajvar and race t-shirt. Winner in each age group/gender receives an award, Gold's Gym goodie bag (bag, towel, water bottle)
Timing will be done by the RacePacket.
The course is a USATF certified our-and-back 5K course on the Four Mile Run and W&OD trails. The start and finish are at Bluemont Park, near South Pavilion. The course runs for the first 1/4 of a mile on the Four Mile Run and then joins W&OD at mile marker 3.5. It continues on W&OD until approximately 1/4 mile up from mile marker 4.5, where the trail splits around electric pole. That is the turning point. Return back the same way.
There will be one water station on the course, which runners will hit twice, first at approximately 1.1 mile and the second time at mile 2.
Pre-race: Saturday, 9/7/2013 at Road Runner Sport in Falls Church from 3 to 6 pm. Each participant will receive additional 10% discount for any and all purchases made during this time. If you come to pick up your package in the store you will be in a drawing for couple of great prizes (Hint: you may "dress your feet" in a brand new pair of shoes).
Race day: 8:30-9:45, at the Bluemont Park South Pavilion
Race packets must be picked up during the pick-up time and will not be available after the race.
Race T-shirts for all, but size is not guaranteed for participants registering after August 31.
8:00 - 9:30 am - breakfast (bananas, energy bars, water)
9: 30 am - warm up with Gold's Gym trainer
11:00 am - Award ceremony
11:30 pm - Beach Volleyball and Soccer Tournament
There will be food, music, good company, raffle, ... many reasons to stay after the race and hang out with other runners and visitors.
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