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UVA School of Medicine 5K Benefiting Camp Holiday Trails

Sat April 13, 2024 Charlottesville, VA 22903 US Directions


University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA US 22903


On Saturday, April 13th at 9AM the University of Virginia School of Medicine will host the 41st Annual 5K Benefiting Camp Holiday Trails. We are excited to welcome runners/walkers to participate in this race around UVA Grounds and raise funds for Camp Holiday Trails. All in-person registrants will receive a raffle ticket and refreshments at our finish line celebration!

Note: We are no longer able to offer T-shirts to new registrants as we surpassed the number of racers we had originally ordered shirts for. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience!

About Camp Holiday Trails:

Nestled in the hills on the southern edge of Charlottesville, Camp Holiday Trails offers children with chronic health conditions what few camps can – the opportunity to enjoy the experiences of summer camp in an environment that meets their individual health needs. It is one of very few camps in the country that is able to integrate and care for so many different health conditions in one setting.

Campers between the ages of seven and seventeen attend one or two-week residential sessions, each of which can accommodate up to sixty children. While at camp, each child is provided the chance to grow and develop through activities such as horseback riding, athletics, swimming, ropes course, nature and science, and many more. The goal is to help these chronically ill children develop self-confidence, experience the outdoors, socialize with one another, and become more aware of their abilities. Through this organized camping program, Camp Holiday Trails is able to better prepare these children for the challenges they face every day in their home communities. Each year Camp Holiday Trails relies heavily on the generosity of volunteers, individual donors, health organizations, civic groups, foundations, churches, and corporations to meet their financial obligations. 

Celebrating 50 Years of Summer Fun: Register Now for Camp Holiday Trails!

Nestled in the heart of central Virginia, Camp Holiday Trails stands tall as a beacon of joy and inclusivity. Since 1974, we've been offering the ultimate summer escape for children and teens with medical needs, aged 7-17, and their siblings. 

At Camp Holiday Trails, inclusivity isn't just a goal—it's our guiding principle. We warmly welcome children with different medical diagnoses, providing personalized care to ensure that every camper feels safe, supported, and empowered to be themselves. With our dedicated 24-hour medical team, campers receive round-the-clock care, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the camp experience. Many campers have multiple medical diagnoses including cancer, diabetes, sickle cell, hemophilia, juvenile arthritis, or are recipients of transplants. 

What's our secret sauce? It's all about creating a space where every camper can shine. From thrilling adaptive adventures like horseback riding and conquering the ropes course to unleashing creativity in arts and crafts, there's never a dull moment at Camp Holiday Trails. 

We're not just a summer camp—we're a year-round destination. School groups can retreat to our beautiful camp for team-building adventures and unforgettable experiences. Plus, with our cozy Airbnb lodges and breathtaking wedding venues, every visit supports our inspiring mission, with all proceeds going towards empowering more campers to discover their potential. We also offer Pop-Up Camps to organizations, and groups across the Mid-Atlantic - where we bring the magic of Camp to you! 

Ready to make this summer one for the books? Secure your spot by registering for summer camp or inquire about our rental options at or call 434-977-3781. 

Race Contact Info

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Information for Race Day

Hello! Thank you for signing up for UVA School of Medicine's 41st Annual 5K Benefiting Camp Holiday Trails! Here is more important information about the race. 

We recommend parking at the Central Grounds Parking Garage (400 Emmett St South, Charlottesville VA 22903). Once you leave the parking garage, walk up the stairs towards Newcomb Hall. Continue up the stairs past Newcomb Hall and we will be on your right with check-in. This will also serve as the finish line. Please see the map if you are having trouble finding it.

Bathrooms are available at Newcomb Hall.
Please arrive no later than 8:30 AM. We will be set up by 8:00 AM. 

If you know anyone that would like to sign up and has not done so yet, please direct them to and have them sign up by 11:59 on Friday, April 12th. 

The start of the race is at a different location from the finish. We will walk over to the start which is near the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers and Brooks Hall at approximately 8:45AM. This is about a 5-10 minute walk and hopefully can serve as a warm up. The race will start at 9:00 AM.

The race route is attached. There will be volunteers along the course and markings to guide you as well. Refreshments will be provided following the race, including bagels and cream cheese, bananas, muffins, and water. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you for supporting Camp Holiday Trails! For more information about CHT or to donate, check out their website:

See you Saturday!

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