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DC HBCU 5k Run/ 2k Walk

The Washington, DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc.’s (DCHBCUAA) community outreach mission is to improve the health and well-being of our communities. Our efforts are aimed at reducing health disparities that are pervasive in predominantly African American communities. Depending on where you live in the Washington, DC area, there is a 15 year difference in life expectancy. Our programming is focused on addressing the social determinants of health and our priority areas are Health & Wellness, Hunger Awareness, and Higher Education. By leveraging the full value of the Alumni Alliance, we educate the community, provide financial resources, offer volunteers, and work strategically with our community partners to make a measurable impact to address the following issues: health, hunger, and education.

Registration fees

HBCU Alumni Social Mixer Closed

Saturday, June 24, 2017 (plus mixer event option)

  1. Free
    Feb 1 - Jun 21

5K Run Closed

Registration closed
  • Run (plus social event options)

    1. Closed
      Feb 1 – May 1
    2. $45.00
      May 1 – Jun 21

2K Walk Closed

Registration closed
  • Walk (plus social event options)

    1. Closed
      Feb 1 – May 1
    2. $45.00
      May 1 – Jun 21

Grand Marshal

We are proud to announce that WPGC's Joe Clair will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 5th Annual 5K Run/2K Walk HBCU Alumni Community Day, Saturday, June 24, 8AM.

Host, comedian, radio personality and on-air veteran is no stranger when it comes to Washington, D.C. This native of Seat Pleasant, MD is the current host of WPGC’s Joe Clair Morning Show, taking the morning airwaves by storm and making the drive to work much more enjoyable for listeners across the DMV. He is proud graduate of Morgan State University where he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and graduated as a psychology major but found is passion for comedy, music and communications.

Joe Clair got his start on HBO’s famed Def Comedy Jam before gaining national notoriety as host of BET’s famed show “Rap City,” where he introduced the world to hip-hop and rap superstars and was most notably known as the last person to interview hip-hop icon Notorious B.I.G.

While finding notoriety on Rap City, he was offered an opportunity to launch a career in radio on the #1 radio station in the DMV, WPGC’s Sunday Night Hip-Hop Show with Big Tigger before making his way to Hot 97 in New York City, Sirius XM-Foxxhole in Los Angeles and V-103 in Atlanta.

After being gone for more than a decade and the love of the DMV in his heart, Joe Clair made his way back home.

Master of Ceremonies

We are pleased to have Mark Gray (WJFK-FM 106.7 The Fan Washington, D.C.) serve as the Master of Ceremonies of the 5th Annual 5K Run/2K Walk HBCU Alumni Community Day.

A dynamic veteran sports journalist and broadcaster, Mark Gray (Morgan State University) has 25 years experience in multimedia communications. Mark’s distinctive style is energetic and provocative in broadcast (radio & TV), print, and on the internet. His SportsGroove Media brand continues to set new trends in new and non-traditional media.

An award winning writer, Gray’s professional experience began at the Atlanta Daily World newspaper as Sports Editor where he redefined community and local sports coverage in that market. From there he became a general sports correspondent for the Atlanta Journal & Constitution. For three years Gray was a sports columnist for Creative Loafing, Atlanta’s City Paper, which led to his opportunity to write for the Atlanta Tribune. He was also the original Atlanta Hawks NBA blogger for the The Sporting News. In 1997, Gray was honored by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists with the Best Feature Story for Print Award. He was also a contributor for Atlanta Hawks, Falcons, and Braves team publications.  Currently, he is a correspondent for the Afro American Newspaper.


HBCU Alumni and Divine 9 DC Metro Pan Hellenic Council's Greek Mixer 5K Run Kick-Off

HBCU Alumni and Divine 9 DC Metro Pan Hellenic Council's Greek Mixer 5K Run Kick-Off

Friday, June 23, 2017


Sorry for any inconvenience.

HBCU Alumni Social Mixer

HBCU Alumni Social Mixer

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Location:  Bar Code, 1101 17th St., NW

Time:  5PM - 3AM

Parking: Across the street (venue is within walking distance: 2 blocks from the Mayflower, our host hotel)

Cost:  FREE until 7PM with online registration.  $20 after 7PM


Howard University Campus and DC Neighborhood 

Fairmount St NW

Washington, DC

Host Hotel


We are pleased to announce the host hotel for the

5th Annual HBCU 5K Run/2K Walk - HBCU Alumni Community Day

Help Us Fight Hunger

In conjunction with the Capital Area Food Bank and the DC Metro Pan Hellenic Council; we are asking all participants to bring non-perishable food items to help combat Hunger in our community and toiletries to help a homeless person in need of every day personal hygiene necessities.  It is the HBCU Alumni Alliance’s commitment to improve the lives of others in our community.

Some of the items needed are:

  • Canned Tuna, Salmon or Chicken
  • Canned Vegetables (low sodium/no salt added)
  • Canned Fruits (in light syrup or its own juices)
  • Grains (brown & white rice, pasta, macaroni & cheese)
  • Hot and Cold Cereal (oatmeal, cheerios, cornflakes, raisin bran)
  • Canned or Dry Beans
  • Healthy Snacks (apple sauce cups, raisins, granola bars)
  • Peanut Butter
  • 100% Juice (all sizes, including juice boxes)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Razors (disposable)
  • Feminine hygiene items


Help Us Fight Homeless

In conjunction with the DC Metro Pan Hellenic Council, we are asking all participants to bring toiletries to help a homeless person in need of every day personal hygiene necessities.  It is the HBCU Alumni Alliance’s commitment to improve the lives of others in our community.

Fees for 5K Run/2K Walk

$40 January through May 1

$45 May 2 until June 21

$50 onsite 



Packet Pickup and Walk-up Registration

Due to the possibility of high-volume on-site registration the morning of the race, we highly recommend that all participants’ pick-up race packets on Friday, June 23 from 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM at the BARNES & NOBLE @ Howard University Official Bookstore located at 2225 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20059. Parking is available in the parking lot across from the bookstore.

On-site registration will begin at 6:30 AM on Saturday, June 24 and will end at 7:45 AM to ensure a prompt 8:00 AM race start time.


All race participants who register by Thursday, June 15, 2017 will receive an event t-shirt. T-shirts cannot be guaranteed after this date. Water will be available along the course and refreshments will be available at the finish line.

Directions and Parking

Free parking is available at Howard Center parking lot directly across from Howard University bookstore on Georgia Ave. You must enter this parking lot from Barry Place Northwest.  This street entrance is located behind McDonald's. There will be no entrance to this parking lot from Georgia Avenue.

Street parking is also available.  Shaw Metro stop is the nearest metro to the campus.

If you need parking accommodations (handicapped/special needs), email for assistance.



Prizes will be awarded to the top winners overall for men and women:

  • 1st prize overall winner $250
  • 2nd prize winner $150
  • 3rd prize winner $100

Awards will be given out to the top two finishers for male and female in the following age groups:

  • 18-29
  • 30-40
  • 41-50
  • 51-60
  • 61-70
  • 71 & Over

Post Race Activities

The award ceremony begins at 9:00 am in front of “School of Business”. Please stay after the race for great refreshments.  Enjoy the Alumni Village, vendors and sponsor giveaways! Also, check out the Health Fair with a full line up of Free tests and health information!


Race Route/ Race Weather

We have listened to you and we have made improvements to our race route.  Gresham Place, Georgia Avenue, 4th Street NW and 5th Street NW will be closed to make a better race route.  The course will be a challenging fun filled event with a variety of live music and entertainment throughout the course.  The course will start on 6th NW and finish on Fairmount St NW. Runners will travel through paved, residential streets (Route is USA Track & Field Approved). 

Download the Map HERE


This year, the race route does not include sidewalks, the route will be on the streets...therefore strollers, baby joggers, pets on leash, and headphones are permitted in the 5KRun/2KWalk.

The race will take place in all weather conditions.  Sorry, no refunds will be issued. 

Weather Policy for the 5K Run/2K Walk

No one, including the Race Director, wants to make changes to an event on race day. However, the safety of our participants is of paramount concern. In the event of adverse weather conditions, the Race Director, in communication with the local law enforcement and the city, may delay the event or cancel the 5K Run/2K Walk.  The Summer Breeze III Day Party is an indoor event and will continue as planned. 

Definition of 'Adverse Weather Conditions': The event may be delayed or canceled due to Tornado Warning, Tornado Watch, Thunderstorm, Heavy Rain, or any extreme weather condition. Light to moderate rain is not considered an Adverse Weather Condition.

Communication: If the event is canceled more than 12 hours before the event, we will notify participants via the race website, email and social media. If the event is canceled less than 12 hours before the event we will notify participants via the race website and social media. Participants will be notified via email where they can pick up their race packets if they have not already done so.

Refunds: As stated in the Registration Policies, refunds cannot be provided as the funds for the event have already been spent in preparation for race day.

Free Healthcare Screening by our Presenting Sponsor Kaiser Permanente

Starting at 7:00 am in front of the Cramton Auditorium, serving the community is what we are all about by promoting living a Healthier lifestyle. A health fair will be conducted by local health professionals.

Kids Zone



Kids Events will be provided! Children can participate in games and activities during and after the race. Face painters will be on site.



Vendors will be on hand selling food and merchandise. Bring extra cash.

Become a Vendor - 2017 Vendor Application



Would you like to volunteer at the 5th Annual 5K Run/2K Walk HBCU Alumni Community Day? Click this link to see our Sign up optionns on Sign Up Genius.

Race Preparation/Race Results

 Race Preparation/Race Results will be posted on-line. 

 To ensure timing accuracy, make sure bib number is:

  •  Clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Pinned in all four corners
  • Not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)


REGISTER ONLINE We strongly recommend using our fast & efficient online system to register with a Credit Card or eCheck.  (Online Registration Ends June 21 at 11:59 PM).   Those wishing to register after the close of Online Registration, will need to register on site on the day of the race.

If a mail-in registration is needed, download the Registration Form below and mail to the address shown.  All mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Monday, June 19. Checks postmarked after this date will not be processed and must be paid on Friday at packet pick up on on the day of the race. Check payments are required for mail in registrations.  Only Cash/Credit Card payments will be accepted on-site the day of the event.

 HBCU Registration Form


Send mail in registrations (checks only) to:

DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance

Attn: 5K Race

P.O. Box 9833

Washington, DC 20016

Registration Disclosure

Please note that the information that you are providing as a race registrant will only be used by DCHBCUAA for the purpose of event registration, and will not be shared with any outside parties.

Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Hula Edmonds $500.00
2 Tyrus Lassiter $300.00
3 Tyrus Lassiter $100.00

Top Teams


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc- Beta Lambda Chapter





Alpha Kappa Alpha Xi Omega

Raised: $970.00



Raised: $400.00

Top Fundraisers


Treniece Terry





Tanye Coleman

Raised: $550.00


Hula Edmonds

Raised: $500.00

Event Schedule

  • June 24 6:30 AM EDT - On Site Registration

  • June 24 8:00 AM EDT - Race Start Time

  • June 24 9:00 AM EDT - Awards Ceremony

  • June 24 4:00 PM EDT - HBCU Summer Breeze III Day Party

Contact Information

Event Location

Howard University, Washington, DC, United States

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