The 5pm Post – The MBT 5K

From a press release:

Organizers of the first 5K race to be held on the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) in Northeast DC on Saturday, May 14 announced today that Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), with funding support from Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, will provide free adult registration to the first 50 community members residing in Edgewood, Eckington, Brookland and all Ward 5 neighborhoods. By raising awareness about the trail and promoting its use, the mission of this annual event is to further integrate the Metropolitan Branch Trail into building strong and thriving communities.

DC Road Runners Club, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is co-convening the race, which will be held on a USATF-Certified course along the the newly paved portion of the MBT, starting at S Street NE and 4thStreet NE and the trail entrance. Early registration fee of $20 ends April 15, and then increases to $25. To register for the MBT 5K Run/Walk as a runner, volunteer or sponsor, go to:

Free registration will be available to the first 50 adults within Ward 5 on a first-come first-served basis. If runners are able to pay the registration fee, please consider contributing to this community event in order to allow for need-based free registration. Contact Kelly Pack to inquire about free registration: 202.974.5148 or [email protected]

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  • I guess you have to schedule these things when you can make them work, but it’s still kinda weird that they chose the day before the Capitol Hill 10k, schedule-wise.

  • Not that I am a runner or biker for that matter, but what a great 5pm post. Nice to see an effort to make trails work toward building strong and thriving communities in Ward 5. Hope they can rid the trail corridor of the pervasive eyesore graffiti and use some of the space around to plant some more great trees.

  • Hey Davy,

    I’m one of the race directors. That’s an interesting observation and I actually had the same thought when we were deciding dates, probably because I’ve run the Capital Hill 10k the last two years. But ultimately, we hope that most of the people who do sign up for it are from the neighborhoods by the trail and/or running newbies who wouldn’t necessarily be aware of the Capital Hill 10k for it to be an issue.

    Hope you are able to join the race!


  • This is the trail that goes by the Chocolate City Beer brewery building by the train tracks. … I wish they were co-sponsoring the event.

    • gotryit

      Looks like they’re still getting moving – I saw someone bringing in couches yesterday…
      It’ll be great when they’re up and running.

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