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May 19, 2016 09:54 ET

Help Kids Grow Up Stronger by Participating in Race for Every Child on October 1

Registration Now Open for 5K Run, Walk and Kids' Dash to Raise Critical Funds for Children's National Health System

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 19, 2016) - Registration is now open for the 2016 Race for Every Child, which benefits Children's National Health System. The fourth annual 5k run/walk and Kids' Dash will take place on Saturday, October 1, at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, DC. The Race for Every Child is one of the largest community events focused on children's health in the Washington region. Proceeds will help save lives and build strong, healthy futures for children by improving care, expanding access to care, and finding cures for childhood diseases.

"As the region's leading pediatric health system, Children's National touches the lives of nearly every child in our community," said Kurt Newman, MD, president and CEO of Children's National. "The Race for Every Child is the prime opportunity for our community to come together and support the health and well-being of our region's children at a joyful event in the heart of our nation's capital."

Last year, more than 6,000 people from 35 states laced up for the Race for Every Child and raised more than $1.3 million. The goal for the 2016 Race for Every Child is to raise $1.4 million. This year's race is co-chaired by Grace and Campbell Smith, whose son received treatment at Children's National. "The Race for Every Child brings together thousands of people on a beautiful fall day to celebrate children's health, raise money for a hospital that gives kids the absolute best medical care, and their parents the greatest hope. We are honored to serve as this year's Race co-chairs," said Grace and Campbell Smith.

Registration is now open at Participants can create or join a team, sign up as an individual, or simply donate. The half-day event features a wide range of family-friendly activities at Freedom Plaza, including:

  • A USATF-certified 5K course down Pennsylvania Avenue for runners and walkers
  • Kids' Dash for children ages 3 to 10 and medals for all participants
  • Awards ceremony for top finishers, fundraisers, and teams
  • A family fun village including fitness activities, live entertainment, face painting, balloon art, food trucks, and more

The 2016 Race for Every Child is supported by sponsors including CubeSmart, Costco Wholesale, 97.1 WASH-FM, WJLA ABC 7 and News Channel 8, JW Marriott, KCIC, CoStar Group, Lexus of Rockville, HITT Contracting, The JBG Companies, L.F. Jennings, ECS, Leach Wallace Associates, Inc., MGMA Architects, VIKA, Sue Carras, Bruce Strasburg, HFF, TSIG Consulting, and SmithGroupJRR along with partners Get Fit with AKO, FIT4MOM, Fit Fathers, Fit Kids, Girls on the Run DC, Great Kids Events, and Teens Run DC. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ashley Husich at (301) 565-8577 or

About Children's National Health System

Children's National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation's children since 1870. Children's National is Magnet® designated, and is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Home to the Children's Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children's National is one of the nation's top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. With a community-based pediatric network, seven regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children's National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children. For more information, visit

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