Washington Harbour in Georgetown is an area of the nation’s capital that’s used to be overrun with lawyers, so it makes sense that it is home to a 5K/10K race created by legal eagles who want to make a difference in their community. Lawyers Have Heart, or LHH, is in its 28th year and expects over 300 organizations and 6,000 runners this year.
What began as a way for lawyers to improve their reputation through impactful fundraising has now become a major event with prize money for both runners and fundraising teams. This race benefits the American Heart Association and has raised over twelve million dollars since it began in 1991.
The race begins and ends at Washington Harbour and follows a level, scenic route near the edge of the Potomac River. While running past historic sights and raising awareness for heart disease, runners can compete for prize money in the 10K or take it at an easier pace in the 5K.
Registration is open until 6:30 am the morning of the race, but the fee is discounted if you register early. There will be a 5K, a 10K, and a fun walk to include participants with different fitness levels. The 5K kicks it off at 7:00 am, followed by the walk at 7:15 am, before the 10K heat starts at 7:30 am. The race has an elite division as well as a masters division for runners who are over forty years of age.
To up the friendly competition for LHH, $20,000 in prize money will be awarded to the top six male and female runners in their divisions for the 10K race. Businesses, running clubs, and individuals are encouraged to create or join teams to up their fundraising efforts. A club challenge also will award cash prizes, which are determined by a point system. Some of the factors that can rack up points for these teams are the age of the team members, the recruitment efforts to get team members, and even the times of the runners on the teams.
When: June 9, 2018
Where: Washington, D.C.
How: Register here: https://www.athlinks.com/event/22894
You can run in style with Lawyers Have Heart gear. Check out the gear store to see the apparel from tank tops to hoodies that runners can purchase for the big race. You can also order shirts through CustomInk for your team. A portion of those team sales will count towards your team’s fundraising goals as a donation to the American Heart Association.
After the race, you don’t need to run off in a hurry. Instead, stick around and explore Georgetown. You can refuel with a delicious meal at one of the restaurants in the area or take a relaxing stroll in the gardens of Dumbarten Oaks or past the iconic old house that grace this neighborhood.