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Mayor Bowser Invites Residents to Participate in FITDC HerStory 5K Celebrating Women’s History Month

Thursday, February 24, 2022

(Washington, DC) Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser invites residents to celebrate the history making women of our nation’s capital by joining in the 4th Annual FITDC HerStory 5K, which will be held in-person at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, March 19 at 9 am.

After our virtual 5k last year, our HerStory 5k is officially back and in-person,” said Mayor Bowser. “We are thrilled to be bringing back one of my favorite traditions, honoring the game-changing women of DC during Women’s History Month, and coming together with neighbors from across all eight wards. Reach out to friends and family and make a plan to register together.

The FITDC HerStory 5K is a Women’s History Month tradition, hosted by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, that routinely draws over 2,000 participants, from all eight wards. Last year, when the in-person event was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual 5K was held and over 2,500 participants signed up to run in their own neighborhoods.

Established in 2015 and executed by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, the FITDC campaign is a city-wide fitness initiative designed to provide residents with a year-long calendar of cause-driven fitness events that evoke civic pride and allow residents of fitness levels to unite in the spirit of living healthier, more active lifestyles.

The HerStory 5K is one such event and this year, women, men, children, and dogs from all eight wards will enjoy a lineup of speakers headlined by Mayor Bowser, a scenic race route down Pennsylvania Ave, and 5K vendors from local women-owned businesses. FITDC has also partnered with the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives as well as the National Women’s History to create pop-up exhibits with fun facts about women's history that will adorn the plaza and starting line.

A commemorative HerStory 5K t-shirt and runner’s bib will be provided to all participants while supplies last, courtesy of AETNA. Other race partners include Road Runners, Call Your Mother Bagel, and Compass Coffee, Monumental Sports, and Vida Fitness. Before, during, and after their run/walk, residents are encouraged to tag @myfitdc, while they share pictures and selfies on social media using the hashtags #HerStory5K and #CelebrateWomen.

Participants can track their run time through our sign-up portal to compare and connect with family and friends. Residents can register here and learn more about the FITDC initiative here.