Healthy Strides

Fairfax County, Virginia


TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Elizabeth Ittner, M.S.,
Certified Wellness Practitioner

Healthy Strides Virtual 5k/10k

5/01/2021 7:30 am to 5/07/2021 4:00 pm

Event Description

Registration: Register Now

Registration Extended!

Zoom Live Event: May 1, 2021


2021 Healthy Strides Virtual RaceB.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Banana) to our VIRTUAL Healthy Strides 5k/10k and Kids' Dash event on May 1st, 2021, live on Zoom! 

Virtually feel the Healthy Strides energy while you complete your own race at your own pace. Join our featured runners and walkers as they traverse park trails, neighborhood streets, and treadmills. Invite family and friends from far away to participate with you and join in on the virtual fun. Warm-up together, cheer for our Lil' Striders and start and finish your 5K or 10K on your own course. Stay on the Zoom event to hear the motivating music and coaching to keep you moving all the way to your finish line. 

Sleep in a little later on race day because your Healthy Strides 5K/10K tech tee and finisher medal are mailed directly to your home. You also receive your virtual race bag with digital treats from our sponsors. 

Did someone say prizes? YES! There are prizes for best sidewalk chalk start and finish line, the most inspirational sidewalk shoutout and a prize drawing of bib numbers to be announced during our Zoom event.

PLUS, the week prior to our event, join us for Healthy Strides Community classes LIVE on Zoom. Learn how to cook a healthy pre-race meal and enjoy a relaxing bedtime meditation class to help you to recharge. 

No Zoom, no problem!

Want to sleep in? Zoom not your thing? Have a schedule conflict? No problem. You can walk or run your race anytime from April 28th – May 7th.  

After you run, be sure to log back into your registration from PR Races and post your results to be added to the leaderboard. Once you log in, click My Account and scroll to find Healthy Strides, click the blue ACTION button, click Log Results, and submit. 


Registration and Fees

Opens: March 1, 2021.

Closes: April 27, 2021 or when the event reaches capacity.





Kids Dash (Ages 2-10)


Please note: Race registration fees are non-refundable

If you registered for the 2020 race and deferred to 2021...

Keep an eye out for an email from our Race Director, Julie Frederickson regarding the status of your registration. If you do not receive an email, please email Julie at

Race Packets

Race Packets

All registered 5k/10k participants receive a race tech t-shirt in gender specific sizes, custom bib and finisher medal. Registered Kids Dash participants receive a youth-sized shirt, bib, and finisher medal. All packets are mailed via USPS on the last week of April to ensure you receive your goodies before race day!

Live Zoom Event – Saturday, May 1st at 8 a.m.

The Live Zoom event is optional. All registered participants will receive a link via email to register for the live Zoom event. Space is limited to 300.

Race Day Schedule

8 a.m.

Login to Zoom for ear-pumping tunes and to say HI!

8:05 a.m.

WARM-UPS with Coach Laurie for Kids Dash and 5k/10k

8:15 a.m.

Head to YOUR starting line Kids Dash-ers!

Quick break for 5k/10k-ers... then make your way to YOUR starting line.
8:20 a.m.

Kids Dash Start

8:25 a.m.

5k/10k Start

8:25 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
  • Fun, motivating music!
  • Cheering, cheering, and more cheering!
  • Follow our featured participants…
    • The Frederickson Family – Race Director Julie is hitting the trails with her family, Christian and Ashlin! Hang with them for a steady walk with beautiful scenery.

    • The runner will be making healthy strides at a brisk pace.

    • The person on a treadmill will be keeping a steady pace.


  • Coach Laurie keeps you moving with tips and challenges…
  • Zoom “square” shout-outs
  • Random giveaways --- listen for your name and/or bib number
  • Zoom polls – we’ll ask some trivia, and the right answer could make you a prize winner!
  • Live chat – ask a question, make a shout-out, or tell us when you finish.
10:00 a.m.  


Before Race Day

  • Decide when you will complete your race.
    The Healthy Strides 5k/10k and Kids Dash can be completed anytime from April 28th – May 7th. We are offering all registered participants the chance to be part of our Zoom Live Event, which will be held on Saturday, May 1st starting at 8am. Be sure to register for the live event if you plan to participate – a link will be sent to your email.
  • Pick your 5k or 10k course
    Use your GPS watch, running app, or website to plan your course and measure your 5k (3.1 mi) or 10k (6.2 mi) distance.
  • Pick your Kids’ Dash course
    The Kids’ Dash is a great way for your kiddos to get out their energy and feel like they are part of the full event, especially if you plan to complete your race with them in a jogging stroller. Look for a safe course for your child. It can be any distance, we recommend 1k (0.62 mi) or 1/2 mile.
  • Looking for a park or trail course? Check out the Trail Buddy tool.
  • Join the Healthy Strides Community Classes, the week prior to race day to help you get ready to feel your best! Check out the schedule below for more information.

Finish Times and Leaderboard

After you run, be sure to log back into your registration from PR Races and post your results to be added to the leaderboard. Once you log in, click My Account and scroll to find Healthy Strides, click the blue ACTION button, click Log Results, and submit. 

Contests and Prizes

I Love Parks! Photo and Story Project

March 8 – April 16

Has your love and appreciation for parks and outdoor spaces grown during the pandemic? Has your health improved by being outside? Submit a photo that illustrates what parks and outdoor spaces have meant to you over the past year, and tell us your story. 

Photos must be submitted no later than Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:59pm EST. Due to space limitations, all photos and stories submitted may not be used in the final project, which will be showcased on the Park Authority website and on social media. 

Submit Your Photo!


B.Y.O.B. 😊

Pre-Race Zoom Classes – free!

Join us on Zoom for some very special Healthy Strides Community Classes in the last week of April. The password for all of the classes below is: HSrun2021!

Monday, April 26th, 6:30 p.m.

Cooking a Healthy Pre-Race Meal with Catherine

Wednesday, April 28th, 6:00 p.m.

Stretching for Walkers and Runners with Paulette

Thursday, April 29th at 8:00 p.m.

Runner Relaxation with Sally

Strength Training Race-Prep Video

Social Media

Follow @FairfaxParks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – Get a sneak peak of the Healthy Strides race gear and prizes!

Plus, #Jackthedog is roaming our parks trying to find the best trails for the 5K/10K.

Share the Healthy Strides Virtual 5k/10k event with your friends on Facebook.

Tag us in your Healthy Strides race day pics using #HealthyStrides or #IloveFCPAparks on your favorite social media platforms!

We Parks...Giving Back

A portion of the proceeds from the Healthy Strides Virtual 5k/10k will go to the Fairfax County Park Foundation in support of local trail building and care. For more information and to donate to parks, please visit


Event sponsorships are available! As a Healthy Strides Virtual 5k/10k sponsor, your business can make an impact on the health of our community. There are many benefits, including the placement of your logo on the race t-shirt, recognition during the Zoom Live Event, a placement in the virtual race bag, and more. For more information, please email or visit Healthy Strides.


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. Complete program info can be found at Healthy Strides.

Healthy Strides Sponsors

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