Register for 2021 Dulles Jingle on the Runway 5K/10K

We hope to see you out on the course in person on December 4. However, if government guidelines regarding COVID-19 determine it best, the Jingle on the Runway may be converted into a virtual race. Please stay tuned for updates. 

Online registration will close Sunday 11/28 at 8:00 pm or when we reach 1500 registrants; whichever comes first. 

The Washington Dulles International Airport community is excited to celebrate the holidays with you at the 2021 Jingle on the Runway 5K/10K. We have in-person and virtual options available and we hope you will be able to help us celebrate 9 amazing years!

This is your opportunity for the flattest, fastest course in the area! The runway will be closed off for runners to experience a unique look at the airport grounds, something you do not get to do every day! Run past planes and along the actual landing strip on this certified looped course. 

 Saturday, December 4, 2021. The 5K will start at 7:45 a.m. and the 10K will start at 7:55 a.m. Or you can participate virtually between December 3-5, along a course of your choice

Course: The event will feature both a 5K and a 10K. The 10k will run the entire length of the runway! Both races are flat and fast.

All in-person runners must be able to complete the chosen course and be off the runway by 9:00 a.m. so that it can be reopened for aircraft traffic. To allow for extra time, the final 1/2 mile will be on a connector, so provided you are off the air strip and beyond the final checkpoint by 9:00 a.m., you will have plenty of time to finish! We haven't had a runner unable to finish the course yet!

We plan to have a water station along the course, although you are encouraged to carry your own water, if needed. 

Registration Fee: Sign up early! There is a limit of 1,500 runners for this year's event. 

  •     5K: $30 per participant through October 15; $35 through October 31; $40 until the race sells out or November 28 at 8:00 pm, whichever comes first.
  •     10K: $40 per participant through October 15; $45 through October 31; $50 until the race sells out or November 28 at 8:00 pm, whichever comes first. 
  •     Virtual: $35 per participant which includes the cost of shipping the t-shirt; medal and bib. Packets will be mailed starting no earlier than November 29. 
  •      There will be no race day registration. All participants must register online and in advance. 
All race proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Virginia, the Committee for Dulles Community Outreach, and the Washington Airports Task Force, all 501c3 nonprofit organizations closely affiliated with Dulles Airport. 

Swag: In person and virtual participants registered prior to November 1st will be guaranteed a 2021 Dulles Jingle on the Runway Technical Shirt. All others will be given shirts on a first-come first-served basis. All finishers will receive a one-of-a-kind medal!


  •  Top male and top female for both races will each receive a certificate from United Airlines, Dulles Airport's hub carrier, good for a round-trip anywhere that United flies in the continental United States; Alaska; Caribbean; Canada; Mexico and Central America, plus a weekend overnight stay for two at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott!!!
  •  Awards will also be given to the top male and female finishers for each race in the following age groups; 12 & Under, 13-17, 18-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71 & over. 
  • All awards must be claimed within 2 weeks of the conclusion of the race. 

Packet Pick up: 
Packets will be available to be picked up at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott (45020 Aviation Dr, Dulles, VA 20166) on Thursday, December 2 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Friday, December 3 from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. There will be limited packet pickup available on-site race day morning starting at 6:45 a.m. You must pick up your packet at one of the designated packet pick up times. Packets will not be mailed after the race.  

Q: “Can someone else pick up my race packet on my behalf?”

A: Yes. Please make sure your friend has your name and bib number handy for the packet pickup staff. 

Free parking will be provided by the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located at 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway in Chantilly. See below for directions. 

The parking lot will open at 6:00 a.m. Please plan to arrive early, as all runners will have to walk through the museum to get out to the starting line. 

The parking lot entrance will close at 8:15 a.m. and no further admittance will be allowed after that time. 


From Washington, DC and points south: Take I-66 West to Route 28 North (Exit 53B): Travel on Route 28 North for 5.3 miles. Exit at the Air and Space Museum Parkway and follow signs to the Udvar-Hazy Center.  The parking lot will close at 8:15 a.m.

From Washington, DC and points north: Take I-495 West (Capital Beltway) to the Dulles Toll Road West (Route 267). Exit the Dulles Toll Road at Route 28 South (Exit 9A) and travel south 3.5 miles. Exit at the Air and Space Museum Parkway and follow signs to the Udvar-Hazy Center. The parking lot will close at 8:15 a.m.

Please note that online mapping services may direct you to enter the Udvar-Hazy Center from Route 50. This is not a public entrance. You must enter from Route 28.  

Security Checkpoint: 
There will be a security checkpoint for all runners and spectators upon entering the National Air and Space Museum. All bags and backpacks will be subject to inspection. No weapons are permitted. 

Bag Drop:
A bag drop will be available near the starting line. Please use the bag given out during packet pick up for the bag drop. We will be writing race numbers on the bags when left at the bag drop. 

Free high resolution race photos will be available for download from the Potomac River Running Flash Frame page. Keep an eye out for our on-course/finish line photographers and be prepared to strike a pose!

Post Race Refreshments: 
The Washington Dulles Airport Marriott will provide post race refreshments. Look for their tent and stop by after the race to refuel! 

Strollers (no registration needed for the child in the stroller) and wheelchairs will also be permitted, as long as they can complete the course by 9 am. 

Because this event will take place on the runway, only registered runners (with/without strollers) will be allowed through the final checkpoint to get onto the course. Spectators will be allowed to cheer their favorite runners along the finish line.

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