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

5/02/2020 7:30 am

Event Description

Join the Fairfax County Park Authority for the 9th annual Healthy Strides 5k/10k!

Burke Lake Park

7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

2020 Healthy Strides LogoHead out to Burke Lake Park on May 2nd and join the Fairfax County Park Authority for the 9th 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. 



The 2020 Healthy Strides 5k/10k has a theme – “Cheers for Parks!” We are planning some fun activities and contests – see the ACTIVITIES tab!

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2020 Healthy Strides 5K, 10K and Fun Run - Volunteers Needed!

Friday race packet pick up and Saturday race day volunteers needed. Click the link below to volunteer!

Volunteer Now



If you have any questions about this event please contact the Race Director, Julie Frederickson at All sponsorship inquiries can be directed to or visit the Fairfax County Park Foundation for more information.


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 2020 Sponsors

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors

Registration and Fees


  Through 1/31/20 2/1/20 – 3/31/20 4/1/20 – 4/28/20 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) $10 $10 $10

*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, tots t-shirt, and commemorative finisher medal as they come through the finish line.

Please note: Race registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Team Registration

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 up to 10 free admissions to the 2021 Healthy Strides race!

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Packet Pickup

Date/Time Location
Friday, May 1st 2 - 7 p.m. Burke Lake Park – Ice Cream Parlor
Saturday, May 2nd 6 - 7 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.


All participants (including the Lil’ Striders) will receive a commemorative finisher medal! Awards will be given to the top overall male and female winners in each event and the top three male and female runners in the following age groups; 15 & Under, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 & Over. 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. Click here to view photos from last year's event!

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Packet Pickup

Race packets may be picked up by registered participants during the dates/times list below. Race packets may not be picked up outside of these hours of operation due to staff availability. Please do not arrive early, you will be asked to wait or return during the hours of operation.

Date/Time Location
Friday, May 1st 2 - 7 p.m. Burke Lake Park – Ice Cream Parlor
Saturday, May 2nd 6 - 7 a.m. (RACE DAY) Burke Lake Park – Shelter A


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!

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.

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

CHEERS FOR PARKS is our 2020 race theme – let’s have fun HEALTHY STRIDES style!

Show Your Spirit
Come dressed (and ready to run) in your favorite SPIRITED GEAR. All finishing runners dressed in any of the categories below will receive a prize!*

HEALTHY STRIDES SUPERSTAR – wear some jazzed-up Healthy Strides gear from years past. Get creative!

GREEN LOVE – the color… get decked out in your best green attire from head to toe!

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEERLEADER – Love trees? Nature? Outdoors? Camping? Get inspired with your gear and cheer big for parks and the planet.

ANIMAL – from kitties to goats, cows to elephants… run as your favorite animal!

WACKY WEAR – dress to impress with your best crazy socks, hats, headbands, etc… let’s see how wacky you can be!

*Please note, this is not a contest – all who participate will receive a prize.

Fun While You Run

We’re cheering for the parks, and YOU! Along your route, expect to have FUN! From motivating cheerleading squads, to energizing live music, to high fives from some of our special guests – we’re keeping the Healthy Strides spirit alive throughout the entire race!

USATF logoHappy 10th Birthday, Healthy Strides!
Head to the stage around 9:20 a.m. to sing the birthday song to our beloved wellness program, Healthy Strides – healthy and strong for 10 years long. Grab a water bottle to “CHEERS” with your fellow runners, and shout Hip, Hip, Hooray!


Wellness Stations

Stretching, massage and more in the Event Area!


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.


Commemorative Healthy Strides race t-shirts will be available for purchase at Shelter A. Toddler (2T-4T), kids (XS-XL) and adult sizes (XS-XL) – while supplies last. Credit, Cash and Checks accepted.

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 #CheersforParks on your favorite social media platforms!

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Giving Back

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!

Shoe Donation

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.
Shoe Donation image

DONATION BOXES WILL BE LOCATED AT SHELTER A, by the PACKET PICK-UP AREA. Please be sure to deposit your own shoes. Any bags of shoes left unattended and do not make it into the boxes will be disposed of for the safety of our staff and volunteers.


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. To sign up, click here.


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

Fairfax Virtual Assistant