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Register for 2023 Book It For Books 5K



Online registrations have now closed. However, you can register on Friday, October 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Potomac River Running store at Ballston Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1235, Arlington, VA 22203 or at Bluemont Park on race day starting at 8:00 a.m.



Reading is Fundamental of Northern Virginia's 5K/One-Mile Run/Walk


--BOOK IT FOR BOOKS--

is BACK in 2023!

Why a 5K? RIF of NOVA provides books for over 20,000 children in Northern Virginia. Why? Because … books change lives! According to a U.S. Department of Education survey, nearly two-thirds of low-income families they studied owned no books for their children. Does this matter? YES! The survey continues: "The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home."

So let's work together to provide books for Northern Virginia children and invest in reading and literacy in our own community!!     

But we can't be there to help OUR kids without YOUR help, as you can see by clicking on the photos below.

             
   

At $4.00 a book, your $40 registration fee provides a book for 10 kids in the Northern Virginia area who have few – or even no – books of their own. What a difference you can make! Particularly when reading scores at all schools served by RIF of NOVA fall below the 78% Virginia state reading average.


When: Saturday, October 28, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. race start
Place: Bluemont Park, 329 N. Manchester St., Arlington, VA  22203

In person: There will be a certified racecourse, along with music, snacks, and other fun, plus free books for participating children. Please note: signing up to run or walk at Bluemont Park serves as approval for RIF of NOVA to use photos or video on the RIF of NOVA website (
www.rifnova.org) and in our social media. 

Virtual: If you live far away but would like to support NOVA RIF and the kids we serve, you can choose the virtual option and run or walk anywhere you want! Please send run-day photos of your virtual run/walk to: bookitforbooks2023@gmail.com for use on our website and in our social media.

Registration: 5K Run: $40 for in person through October 27; $45 on race day. One-Mile Walk/Run: $30 for in person through October 27; $35 on race day. Babies/children in strollers are free. See additional price categories below. Discounted prices are available for children's teams. Email
bookitforbooks2023@gmail.com for details.

Race shirt: Be sure to register by Friday, October 13, to be guaranteed a race shirt! 

Race Packets: Can be picked up Friday, October 27 between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Potomac River Running store at Ballston Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1235, Arlington, VA 22203 or at Bluemont Park on race day starting at 8:00 a.m. 

Costumes: Please dress as a favorite literary character if you wish to add to the fun! Hello Fancy Nancy, Power Rangers, and fairies, witches, and villains galore!

Race Sponsorship opportunities: Seeking community leaders — businesses and individuals — who want to promote literacy! Sign up on our
website or email bookitforbooks2023@gmail.com for more information. Please sign up by September 15, 2023 to ensure your company or individual name will be included as an event sponsor on race day t-shirts and other promotional materials. 

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