A teddy bear-themed run and walk this weekend in Falls Church will raise funds for the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center.
The seventh annual Teddy Bear 5K and 1K Walk and Run will begin in front of Lemon Road Elementary School (7230 Idylwood Road) on Sunday (Sept. 29). The race call time is at 9 a.m. for the 5k participants and 10 a.m. for the 1k participants.
Registration for 5K runners costs $35 and $20 for 1k participants. Proceeds from the event will go toward helping low-income families with the center tuition and maintain the children center’s affordability.
All age groups are welcome to attend but organizers ask that children under 12 are accompanied by an adult.
There will be prizes for participants, including a teddy bear for those who finish the course. Parents with strollers are encouraged to participate as well and will be placed in their own league.
Several roads will be closed and parking restrictions will be in place in the City of Falls for a race on Sunday (Sept. 15).
Warm-ups start at 7:45 before the 1-mile-long race kicks off at 8 a.m. at 300 Park Avenue.
More than a dozen roads will be closed from 6:30-10:30 a.m. and not permit parking.
“The City of Falls Church Police Department appreciates the public’s cooperation with the road closures, helping to ensure the safety of the race participants and volunteers,” according to a press release from the city.
Map via City of Falls Church
The Food for Others annual 5K is set to take place this upcoming Saturday (Sept. 7).
The race will feature a fun run and prizes for participants while also benefiting local community members who cannot afford basic groceries, Alison Padget, a Food for Others spokesperson, said.
Special guests will speak at the event, including Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, Padget said.
“People think of it as being wealthy areas,” she said. “But, there is something like 50,00 people [who] are food insecure.”
As the sixth annual event, Padget added that she typically sees around 400 participants manage to raise around a $45,000 net profit for donation. For comparison, $35 will supply 15 families with eggs and milk.
According to the Food for Others website, the organization is part of Northern Virginia’s “safety net” for low-income families. They work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, local grocers and food drives to supply extra food for those in need.
Photo via Food for Others
The annual Cops & Kids Fun Run will soon return to the Town of Vienna.
Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22, this free athletic event gives community members the chance to get to know members of the Vienna Police Department while enjoying various festivities.
The police department has arranged for family-friendly activities including police motorcycle and helicopter tours, a dunk-a-cop dunk tank, food, an obstacle course and a mile-long run.
The event will be held at the Vienna Elementary School (128 S. Center Street). Registration is now open, and the first 300 kids to register will receive a t-shirt and goody bag.
This community outreach tradition began in the ’90s but was recently revitalized.
“After a break of more than a decade, in 2016 Chief Morris assembled a team to revive the beloved community event with hopes of making it bigger and better than ever,” according to the event website.
— Vienna Police (@VPDVA) August 12, 2019
Photo via Vienna Police Department
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