This June, Team DC will host the 3rd official DC Front Runners Pride Run 5K. This beloved new tradition takes runners through our nation’s capital in an effort to raise awareness and money towards the social and political liberation of DC’s LGBT community. The event will begin at the Congressional Cemetery, which was one of the only cemeteries in DC during the 1980’s who would bury victims of the AIDS epidemic. The venue is just one of many symbolic elements of the Pride Run. From the event’s benefactors to the organization behind the run, Pride Run 5K is a meaningful LGBT event in Washington, DC.
The race will raise money for the Team DC-Student Athletic Scholarship and an organization named SMYAL. The scholarship aims to award a lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual student-athlete whose dedication to a sport of their choosing, and bravery in being open can encourage other LGBT student athletes around the world. SMYAL is an organization that utilizes youth leadership programs to help LGBTQ youth in Washington, DC have conversations and build self confidence in relation to social challenges surrounding sexual orientation.
The influence of the Pride Run 5K and the charities it supports begins with Team DC, Washington’s Gay Sports Connection. This charitable organization focuses its efforts on educating the local LGBT community on the value of participating in team sports. Through a wide variety of events like the Pride Run 5K, Team DC works to raise awareness and diminish discrimination against LGBT individuals participating in sports.
An undeniably meaningful mission by Team DC, as well as their athletic scholarship and the SMYAL organization makes the Pride Run 5K an impressive and impactful event. In addition to its social benefits, the race itself promises to be a great time. Runners will be able to keep track of their times with electronic chips, and then celebrate the effort with a Finish Line Party complete with beer, music and awards.
Friday, June 12th, 2015
1801 E St SE
Washington, DC 20003