Run for Refugees in the Homeland

329 North Manchester Street
Arlington, VA 22203

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Event Description

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Three 5K races and post-race picnic

Bluemont Park South Shelter, 329 North Manchester Street, Arlington VA

●   Event:      Run for Refugees in the Homeland

o          Elite 5K Run (8:00 AM)         under 20 minutes

o          Open 5K (8:45 AM)               under 40 minutes

o          Family 5K (9:30 AM)             no time limit

  • Entry Fee:   $30 by April 30, $40 by May 31, $45 by June 22, $50 by June 29
  • Race-day:    On-site registration is open from 7:15 AM to 9:15 AM – Race-day registration is OK
  • Course:        Paved park roads, one hill, no crossings

                           OK for walkers and wheelchairs

  • Race size:    About 150 in each race. You may enter one, two, or all three races for one entry fee (just one t-shirt)
  • Awards:      Official times and medals for top 3 overall and in 10-year age groups M/F in the elite 5K at 8:00 AM
  • Other Times:  Clock times on the other two events, Open 5K at 8:45 AM and Family 3K at 9:30 AM  
  • Post-race:    Enjera picnic in the picnic shelter about 100 meters from the start / finish next to the restrooms
  • Contact:      Alemayehu Abera – – 703-969-3750

This race is a fundraiser for ECDC International.


We are a multicultural, community-based organization committed to empowering immigrants and refugees.

At ECDC, we believe in the capacity that newcomers have to make positive contributions to improve the lives of others. For the past four decades, we have been assisting refugees and immigrants to rebuild their lives as productive, self-sufficient, and integrated members of their new communities.

Who We Are

We welcome newcomers to the U.S. and ensure they receive the support and resources they need to re-establish their lives.

At ECDC, we resettle refugees and help meet their immediate and longer-term needs through a variety of programs. We mobilize community involvement and contributions to ensure newcomers are connected locally to people and services that can help beyond the scope of official programs.


What We Do

We help newcomers to realize their potential and make positive contributions to American society.

As a national refugee resettlement agency, we take responsibility for assigning refugees to local communities across the U.S. and placing them in the hands of trusted organizations that help them meet their immediate and longer-term needs.

Local office staff provide case management services to newcomers and connect them to generous and caring community volunteers and organizations. Together, staff, volunteers, and service providers assist newcomers with initial resettlement tasks such as finding housing, enrolling children in school, securing employment, learning English, accessing health services, registering for public benefits, adjusting to American culture, and more.

At the national level, our head office teams provide program management and processing support by assigning families to local sites, monitoring the progress and outcomes of families, providing training and technical support for staff at local sites, and generating additional resources to meet emerging needs.

Learn more about how you can be part of this effort.


Event details and schedule

●   Event:      Run for Refugees in the Homeland

o          Elite 5K Run (8:00 AM)         under 20 minutes

o          Open 5K (8:45 AM)               under 40 minutes

o          Family 3K (opens at 9:30 AM)             no time limit

  • Entry Fee:   $30 by April 30, $40 by May 31,

                     $45 by June 22, $50 by June 29


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