Healthy Strides

Fairfax County, Virginia


TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Elizabeth Ittner, M.S.,
Certified Wellness Practitioner

Healthy Strides 5k/10k

5/04/2019 7:30 am

Event Description

Head out to Burke Lake Park on May 4th and join the Fairfax County Park Authority for the 8th annual Healthy Strides 5k/10k! Enjoy a scenic run around the beautiful grounds of Burke Lake Park. The 10k runs along a wooded path, taking runners around the lake. The 5k follows a tree-lined road through the park, is wheelchair accessible and stroller-friendly. Both courses are USATF certified.

Being a Fairfax County Park Authority event, the Healthy Strides 5k/10k is always striving to be as GREEN as possible, by using less paper and promoting recycling. We hope you’ll join in our efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle on race day (and every day) by carpooling, recycling your biodegradable racing bib, and donating a used pair of sneakers. More info on how you can get involved below in the event details.

A portion of the net proceeds from the Healthy Strides 5k/10k will help fund summer camp opportunities for children living in homeless shelters and transitional housing in Fairfax County. 

Healthy Strides 10k/5k logo


The 2019 Healthy Strides 5k/10k has a theme – “May the Fourth Be with You” – since our event is being held on May 4, 2019, unofficially known as Star Wars Day. We are planning some fun activities and contests – see the ACTIVITIES tab!

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Registration and Fees


  Through 1/31/19 2/1/19 – 3/30/19 4/1/19 – 5/1/19 ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY.
5k*(Paved, walk or run, strollers and dogs permitted) $30 $35 $40
10k*(Trail, run, strollers and dogs not recommended) $30 $35 $40
Lil’ Striders Tot Dash – NEW! (Ages 2-6) $8 $8 $8
Super Strider – NEW! Can’t make the race? Register as a Super Strider to support Healthy Strides – run or walk your race on your own time! You can opt to receive a commemorative race shirt (mailed to you) OR have a special message, such as words of encouragement for a race participant or a dedication for a loved one, displayed on the event stage. $20 – anytime!

*All registered 5k/10k participants will receive a commemorative race tech t-shirt in gender specific sizes.

Lil’ Striders Tot Dash is a very short run for kiddos who are literally along for the ride, not registered participants in the 5k/10k. This allows them to get their energy out before they’re strapped into a stroller for the main event. Tots will receive a race bib and commemorative Lil’ Striders finisher medal as they come through the finish line.

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Team Registration – NEW!

Form a team to represent a family, company or group of friends and compete against other teams! Each person should register individually for the same race distance (5k or 10k) and indicate your team (the exact name) when asked in the registration form. Teams can be any size; however, you must have at least four participating to earn a team score. The top four finishers times will be combined to determine the team’s time. The top 5k team and top 10k team will earn bragging rights, your team’s picture featured in the 2020 Healthy Strides calendar, and free admission to the 2020 Healthy Strides race!

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Packet Pickup

Date/Time Location
Friday, May 3rd 3:00-7:30 p.m. Burke Lake Park – Ice Cream Parlor
Saturday, May 4th 6:00-7:00 a.m. (RACE DAY) Burke Lake Park – Shelter A

Bag Check

Available for participants on race day at Shelter A.

Course Maps

USATF logoBoth the 5k and the 10k are USATF Certified Courses.

10K Course5k Course

Timing and Results

The 5k and 10k will be professionally timed by Commonwealth Race Management using the ChronoTrack B disposable tag system. Your tag will be attached to your biodegradable bib. Results will be available immediately after the race and will be posted on PR Races.


NEW FOR 2019 - All participants will receive a commemorative finisher medal! Additional awards will be given to the top three overall male and female winners in each race. An awards ceremony will take place around 8:30 a.m. at the Shelter A stage area.

Random giveaways will be happening as runners finish their race – listen for your bib number!

Race Pictures

...more info coming soon.

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Start Times

All races start and finish in the Shelter A area.

Lil’ Striders Tot Dash 7:15 a.m.
10k 7:30 a.m. SHARP
5k 7:35 a.m. SHARP

Group warm-ups will take place in front of the stage at 7:20 a.m.


The park roads will close to traffic at 7:15 a.m. and will not open again until 9 a.m. Please allow plenty of time on the morning of the race so that you and your spectators are parked before 7:15 a.m. For the safety of our runners, exiting the park will not be permitted until the runners have cleared the course. The race cut-off time is 9 a.m., and the roads will open to outside traffic.

You will be directed by Healthy Strides parking staff into a parking lot. Please allow for a 5 – 10 min walk to get to the start line by Shelter A. If you must leave before 9 a.m., please let parking staff know when entering the park. Parking by race participants in the Shelter A lot is prohibited.

Keep it green... carpool!

Packet Pickup

Date/Time Location
Friday, May 3rd 3:00-7:30 p.m. Burke Lake Park – Ice Cream Parlor
Saturday, May 4th 6:00-7:00 a.m. (RACE DAY) Burke Lake Park – Shelter A

Bag Check

Available for participants on race day at Shelter A.


This is a rain or shine event. Registration refunds will not be given in the event of bad weather.


There are water stops located on both courses. Delicious and nutritious post-race refreshments and water will be available for runners in the Shelter A area.

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Race Day Activities

It’s Star Wars Day – let’s celebrate HEALTHY STRIDES STYLE!

Costume Challenge
Come dressed (and ready to run) in your favorite galactic gear or as your favorite character. All finishing runners dressed in costume will receive a prize!

Decorated Stroller Contest
If you’re running with a little youngling, deck out your stroller with a theme inspired by Star Wars. We will be judging the strollers by applause – report to the Shelter A stage by 7:10 a.m. to see if the Force is with you! The winner will receive a fun gift. Get creative and have fun!

Character Appearances
...more info coming soon.

Wellness Stations

Stretching, massage and more!


There will be music to get you moving, positive messages and announcements all morning long on the stage. An awards ceremony will take place around 8:30 a.m. Entertainment brought to you by Scorpio Entertainment.


Commemorative MAY THE FOURTH Healthy Strides t-shirts will be available for purchase at Shelter A. Toddler, kids and adult sizes. Cash or check only.

Social Media

Share the Healthy Strides 5k/10k event with your friends on Facebook. Tag us in your Healthy Strides race day pics using #HealthyStrides and #MayTheFourth on your favorite social media platforms!

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A portion of the net proceeds from the Healthy Strides 5k/10k will help fund summer camp opportunities for children living in homeless shelters and transitional housing in Fairfax County. For more information about the PACT program, please visit PACT Summer Camp Scholarships.

We  Parks

We love parks and strive to make this event environmentally-friendly by reducing, reusing, and recycling whenever possible.

  •  You can access exclusive offers and flyers online in your Virtual Event Bag – cutting out race packet paper waste!
  •  Your race t-shirt will come with a Healthy Strides reusable grocery bag!
  •  Your timing sensor will be attached to your biodegradable bib!
  •  Biodegradable paper cups used at the water stops!
  •  Recycling bins are at the water stops and in the main event area!
  •  Recycle your old athletic shoes – drop them in our MORE donation bins in the main event area!
MORE logo
Bring your used athletic shoes to donate to the MORE Foundation! Donating shoes keeps them out of the landfill. The proceeds from the shoes help MORE plant thousands of trees each year, which offsets carbon in the atmosphere. More info at More Foundation Group.
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Volunteers are the backbone of our event and we couldn’t make Healthy Strides without them! All Healthy Strides volunteers receive a volunteer t-shirt and light refreshments.

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Event sponsorships are available! As a Healthy Strides sponsor, your business can be a force improving the health of our community. There are many benefits – including a table at the event. Space is limited. For more information, please email or visit


If you have any questions about this event please contact the Race Director, Julie Frederickson at All sponsorship inquiries can be directed to


Get involved with FCPA’s wellness program throughout the year to make an impact on the health of our community. Attend a wellness workshop, join the Wellness Book Club or become a Healthy Strides Ambassador. Complete program info can be found at Healthy Strides.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors