Grand African Run is an annual mass participation road race followed by a post-race social event. The main event has two different races: 5K family run and a 1K Kids run



5K Family Run is open to anyone (young /old, men/women, able- bodied/disabled). Everyone is welcomed, and participants will have an opportunity to line up with world famous athletes of African origin, high profile personalities (musicians, politicians, actors, speakers, religious leaders) to rejoice in the 5 km long sporting festival. 

  • Event Date:  July 21, 2019

  • Event Start Time: 9:00am

  • Event Distance: 5K Course

  • Event Duration: 6:00am – 11:00am    


1960 1K KIDS RUN

1K Kids Run is a race organized in memory of Abebe Bikila, the first African Olympic medalist and champion (Rome Games, 1960). Bikila ran the 42 km marathon course barefoot in Rome. While kids appreciate the achievement of this hero, the event will be a great way to introduce girls and boys to running and active walking, and to provide them with a space to celebrate their culture and community. A parent or guardian is welcome to run alongside the kids, however, parents are encouraged to let them run on their own to experience the joy of crossing the finish line independently in a safe and supportive environment.

  • Event Age: The kids run has two categories: Ages 6-8 and Ages 9-12

  • Event Start Time: 8:00am

  • Event Date: July 21, 2019

  • Event Distance: 1K - Course

  • Event Duration: 6:00am – 11:00am    



Option 1 (Silver Spring, Maryland)

Friday July 19th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Saturday, July 20th, from 8:00am to 7:00pm,

Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (at the Plaza).

Option 2 (Virginia)

Nathan Travel & Cargo Nathan Market 3705 S. George Mason Dr. Unit C1S Falls Church, Virginia 

Back side of the Skyline plaza condo

Option 3 

On the event day at the Start & Finish area (The Yards Park - 355 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003) from 7:00am to 8:00am.

​For pre-race packet pickup, you must have a photo I.D.


355 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003