Register for the 2019 Freedom 5k at President Lincoln's Cottage

Run for freedom at the Sixth Annual Freedom 5k on September 21, 2019, at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the home where Abraham Lincoln contemplated freedom, justice, and equality while in residence.

The annual Freedom 5K is an exclusive opportunity for members of the public to race through the previously restricted 250-acre grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home – home to hundreds of veterans– in Northwest Washington, DC. Traverse a pastoral landscape that winds past ponds, fields, historic buildings, and vistas on this breath-taking course. The run culminates on the foot of the lawn at President Lincoln’s Cottage, where a ceremony will take place.

Proceeds and donations from the run support the mission of President Lincoln’s Cottage, a private non-profit organization. The race starts at 9 am. 

After the race, continue to enjoy a multitude of activities with our Family Day – part of our Homecoming celebrations that mark the issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation that was drafted at the Cottage and celebrates the place the Lincoln’s called “home” during the Civil War.

Click here to learn more about the Family Day Celebration

Visit for more information on Lincoln’s Cottage and the property. 

Click here for the COURSE MAP

REGISTRATION FEE: $35 until online registration closes on September 19 at 8:00 pm, then will be $40 through race day.

TOT DASH: 100-foot Tot Dash for FREE following the 5k race. Register on site the morning of the race.

PACKET PICKUP: Packet Pickup will be held on Friday, September 20, from 4:30-7:30 pm at President Lincoln’s Cottage and Saturday, September 21 starting at 7:30 am.

SWAG AND AWARDS: All 5k participants will receive commemorative race swag and awards will be given to the overall top 3 male and female finishers


-Membership to President Lincoln’s Cottage ($50 level)
-Winner’s Certificate, signed by Executive Director, Erin Carlson Mast 
-Two tickets to Bourbon and Bluegrass ($120 value)
-A Premium Tour (private, behind the scenes) for up to 10 friends
-$50 gift certificate from Potomac River Running



-Membership to President Lincoln’s Cottage ($50 level)
-Winner’s Certificate, signed by Executive Director, Erin Carlson Mast
-A Signature Tour for up to 10 friends
-$25 gift certificate from Potomac River Running



-Membership to President Lincoln’s Cottage ($50 level)
-Winner’s Certificate, signed by Executive Director, Erin Carlson Mast
-$25 gift certificate from Potomac River Running 

PETS: Sorry, pets are not allowed on the grounds.

PARKING: Limited parking space is available for a $5 fee per vehicle. The number of total vehicles is restricted to 100, so parking passes will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Passes will be distributed during packet pickup on Friday, September 21. If you paid for a parking pass but are not able to make it to packet pickup on Friday, September 21, you can pick up your paid parking pass at the front gate on Saturday morning.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:  Because onsite parking is limited to the first 100 who purchase a parking pass on-line, it is highly suggested you take public transportation to the event. There will be a bag drop available on site.

     METRO RAIL: The Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro Station (Green & Yellow Lines) is 0.8 miles downhill from Eagle Gate and is the closest metro station to President Lincoln’s Cottage. The station is located at the intersection of Georgia Avenue, New Hampshire Avenue, and Rock Creek Church Road, NW. From the Metro exit, walk south toward Rock Creek Church Road, and then turn left onto Rock Creek Church Road and continue along it for approximately 0.8 miles. Turn right into the gates at the intersection of Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road. Alternatively, catch the H8 bus (see below) from a stop at the intersection of New Hampshire and Georgia Avenue, just south of the Metro exit.

     METRO BUS: The H8 Metro Bus stops at “Rock Creek Church Rd NW and Upshur Street NW” (stop # 1002986) immediately in front of the Eagle Gate entrance. After exiting the bus, the gate will be on the right-hand side of the road. You may also take the 60 Metro Bus to the stop at Upshur Street and 2nd Street, NW. From there, walk east on Upshur Street towards the Eagle Gate entrance.
: Most bus and rail employees are not familiar with specific tourist attractions along their routes. They will need to know the line, route, and stop you are looking for in order to assist you rather than the name of the site. When in doubt, contact our staff for support (202)-829-0436.

LOCATION: President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus in Northwest Washington, D.C. We are located on Federal property and all Freedom 5k attendees must bring a photo ID to be checked at the security gate.

ENTRANCE: The entrance to President Lincoln’s Cottage is through the Eagle Gate, located at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street NW. The street address is approximately 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, Washington, DC 20011. Note: 3700 North Capitol Street is NOT an entrance. Visit Lincoln's Cottage for more information.

Please be prepared to show your ID for all Homecoming events, including the Freedom 5k. President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) in Northwest Washington, D.C. Security for the Armed Forces Retirement Home requires visitors to show valid identification at the security gate in order to enter the property.

For additional information or questions contact President Lincoln's Cottage at 202-618-3406 or




I know that running can be a hazardous activity and that I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I hereby certify that I am in good health and I have trained to run the distance of the race which I am entering. I assume all risks associated with running, including, but not limited to, falls, weather conditions including high heat and/or humidity, contact with other participants, the effects of the road and traffic on the course, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts, I for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release Potomac River Running, Inc., Potomac River Running Charitable and Educational Events Inc., Commonwealth Race Management, Inc., President Lincoln’s Cottage, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and all event partners, sponsors and volunteers, their representatives and successors from all claims or liability of any kind arising out of my participation in this race even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver. Further, I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, or other record of this event for any legitimate purpose without compensation to me. For safety reasons, I agree not to participate with any of the following: Wheelchairs, strollers, baby joggers, skates, pets or headsets. I understand that there are no refunds should severe weather cancel the event. I further understand that this event may change date or location if required by local authorities. I agree that my email address will be added to the Potomac River Running and Commonwealth Race Management, President Lincoln's Cottage email list.

I understand that there are no refunds or transfers.

I acknowledge that I am over the age of 18, or the legal guardian of the registrant under the age of 18.