Register for 2019 Book It For Books 5K

the face of a first-grader in Northern Virginia, as he or she picks out a book to own — perhaps for the first time ever! Joy, excitement, and delight that “someone” thought enough to provide that book to take home and keep for always!  

Who is that “someone?”
YOU! Reading Is Fundamental of Northern Virginia — RIF of NOVA — invites you to be one of the many “someones” by helping to provide free books to deserving children!

How can you help?
By running or walking in RIF of NOVA’s “Book It For Books” 5K and Family Fun Run. Our goal is to raise $25,000, which will provide over 12,000 books for deserving children in the City of Alexandria and in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties. Your $35 registration fee translates into 15 books for the children RIF serves. 

Join Reading Is Fundamental of Northern Virginia for the Book It For Books 5K/One Mile Fun Run on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Bluemont Park, 329 N. Manchester St. Arlington, VA 22203, starting at 9:00 am. 

Registration Information:

5K: $35 through October 10, $40 during packet pick & on race day

5K (teachers/librarian/school staff: $30 through October 10, $40 during packet pick up & on race day      

5K (17 & Under): $25 through October 10, $30 during packet pick up & on race day
Fun Run/Walk: $20 through October 10, $25 during packet pick up & on race day

Online registration will close on Thursday, October 10 at 8:00 pm

Packet pick up will be available at the =PR= Arlington Store  from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, October 11. Then again at the race site on Saturday, October 12 starting at 8:15 a.m. 

Awards will be given to the overall male and female finishers. Medals will be given to all Fun Run finishers.  

Race shirts will be given to participants who register online by September 26. Shirts cannot be guaranteed after this date and will only be available on a first come first serve basis for late registrants.  

Teams of runners and walkers are welcome. Reduced prices for school/children's/scout/teacher/librarian teams; email to request a children's team coupon code. Teams of teachers/librarians/school administrators should use the registration categories below. Children/babies in strollers are free. 

Since this run is all about literacy, and with Halloween just days away, we invite runners and walkers of all ages to come dressed as a favorite book character! Prizes will be given for best costume.  

We run because 57% of 4th grade children in Virginia do not read at proficient levels. If you value reading, you will know that your gift is more than just a book. It’s a gift that can help instill the love of reading and promote literacy in our region. RIF of NOVA currently provides books for over 20,000 children at 36 schools and sites, and we’ve been giving out books to NOVA kids for almost 50 years!
Reading Is Fundamental of Northern Virginia, Inc. (RIF of NOVA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to motivate children to read by providing them with high-quality, free books of their choosing and to work alongside them, their parents and their community to make reading a fun and meaningful part of their lives. 
Learn more about Reading Is Fundamental of Northern Virginia by visiting our website: 
RIF of NOVA invites sponsors to support Book It For Books initiative. For sponsorship information and levels, please email,   

Thanks to our Top Sponsors!

Friends of Sherwood Regional Library

Lynda Johnson Robb and Family

The McLaughlin Family

John and Sheila Jonas and Family

Lois and Charles Toomer and Family

Book Donations from: