On August 24 at 8 a.m., Congressional Cemetery will be hosting the Flee the British 5k to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the Burning of Washington! Runners will chase Dolley Madison as she rescues the famous portrait of George Washington from the flames during the War of 1812. Those bringing up the rear will feel the British troops hot on their heels as runners are chased past the graves of many of those actually involved in the War of 1812. Directly after the 5k, Congressional Cemetery will be hosting a 2k kids’ fun run. Registration for the 5k will be $40 and includes a t-shirt. Registration for the kids’ run is $10. Runners can run solo, create their own team, or join up with a DC Metro War of 1812 Partner.
The DC Metro War of 1812 Partners/Flee the British teams include Historic Congressional Cemetery, Dumbarton House, Alexandria War of 1812, Naval Historical Foundation, Dolley Madison team (sponsored by the Octagon House), and Washington Walks. These partners will be presenting their own festivities later in the day to help commemorate the Burning of Washington.
Register in advance online here or at the cemetery day-of!