Run for Shelter

Carpenter’s Shelter’s Run for Shelter

Thank you for making Run for Shelter 2017 a success! 

Click here for 5K results and here for 10K results. 

Ready, set, Run for Shelter! Carpenter’s Shelter was proud to host Run for Shelter, featuring a 5K, 10K and Fun Run on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Proceeds from this signature community event funded Carpenter’s Shelter’s mission to support the homeless to achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education and advocacy. Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages participated! There were prizes for top finishers and age group awards.

When: Saturday, November 18th at 8:00am (10K begins promptly at 8am; 5K at 8:10am; Fun Run at 8:15am)

Where: USPTO Building- 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Be sure to purchase a donut from Sugar Shack Donuts on-site at Run for Shelter! 20% of sales will be donated to Carpenter’s Shelter. 


Learn about our USATF certified course!

The Run for Shelter 5K and 10K courses are an out and back on Eisenhower Avenue which is flat and fast, except for one rise at the overpass near the start and finish. The course is USATF certified (VA -10004-RT). The race is restricted to the north half of Eisenhower Avenue, which will be closed to traffic and manned by course marshals. Fun runners will run on the same course, with an earlier turnaround point.

Start & Finish Location:

US Patent and Trademark Office, access from Eisenhower Avenue between Elizabeth Lane and John Carlyle Street. Start and finish will be in front of the Madison Building on Eisenhower Avenue.


Free parking will be available in the West Garage located off of Elizabeth Lane. Click here to see a map with the parking garage’s location.  

Packet Pick-Up Information

Thursday, Nov. 16th from 3-7 p.m. at Carpenter’s Shelter (930 N. Henry Street, Alexandria, VA 22314)

Friday, Nov. 17th from 3-7 p.m. at Whole Food Market in Old Town (1700 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314)

Saturday, Nov. 18th beginning at 7 a.m. at the race site


Carpenter’s Run for Shelter would not be possible without the generous support of our caring community. Sponsorship of Run For Shelter is essential to reaching our annual fundraising goal for this event. We are so grateful for these outstanding community partnerships, which enable us to continue working towards our mission of ending homelessness in Northern Virginia. 

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Thank you to our in-kind and media sponsors:

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Shelter Showcase Exhibition:

New to Run for Shelter this year is the Shelter Showcase Exhibition which provides companies and vendors an opportunity to set up a booth and advertise your products and services to more than 700 runners! Click here for the Shelter Showcase Exhibition application. 



Where do I get my packet?

Packet pick-up will be on Nov. 16th from 3-7pm at Carpenter’s Shelter (930 N. Henry Street, Alexandria, VA 22314), Nov. 17th at Whole Foods Market in Old Town (1700 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314), and the morning of the race at the race site beginning at 7 am.

Can someone else pick up the packet for me?
They certainly can! As long as they give us your name, having someone else pick up the packet is no problem.
Can I get a refund or transfer my registration?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer refunds or transfers. All proceeds from Run for Shelter go to Carpenter’s Shelter’s efforts towards ending homelessness.
What if the weather is bad?
Rain or shine, we will still Run for Shelter!
Can my kids run? Do I need to pay for my child?
Yes! We recommend the Fun Run for families which is about one kilometer. Registration is $30 and although this race is not timed, children will be provided a race packet bag and bib and get a chance to be part of the race!

If you are running and bringing your child along in a stroller, it is not necessary to pay an additional registration fee.
Are strollers allowed?
Run for Shelter does allow runners with strollers with some restrictions: you must start at the back of the pack, you may not weave through packs of runners, and you must always yield the right of way to other runners. Bottom line, as long as you run/push responsibly you’re welcome to bring junior along for the ride!

Note: Children in strollers do not need to register. In addition, do not have your child wear a timing tag if he/she is catching a ride. That tag will read that your two-year-old ran your speedy time and cause confusion in the results!
Where can I park?
Free parking available in the West Garage located off of Elizabeth Lane. 
Is the race metro accessible?
Yes! Take the yellow line to Eisenhower Ave.
Is there a prize?

Yes! There will be prizes for the top three male and female finishers for the 5K and 10K and age group awards. 

When will my race time be available?
Our races are professionally timed. Timing will be provided as soon as possible after the race’s completion.
What if I am an Elite Runner?
Carpenter’s Shelter welcomes elite runners. In order to receive complimentary admission elite runners must meet the following criteria:
  • Email by November 1st with your name, phone number, sex, date of birth and proof of your performance (a link to the race website, results page or record). Elite runners will not be offered complimentary admission after November 1st.
  • Meet the qualifying time within the past 2 years.
    • Male 5K = 15:45
    • Male 10K = 32:00
    • Female 5K = 18:30
    • Female 10K = 37:30