Race Info

“Run, run, fast as you can! Can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

…The all too familiar line that the Gingerbread Man cries out as he runs away from an old woman who tries to bake him in an oven! In fact, in the 1875 St. Nicholas tale, the Gingerbread Man outruns several farm workers, farm animals, and a vicious fox. Now the question is…Can YOU run like the Gingerbread Man?

Once you’ve stocked the refrigerator with your turkey and pumpkin pie leftovers, kick off the 2013 holiday season by bringing your family to the Gingerbread Man Mile for Kids!  Although the run is for kids, this is an event that we are sure the whole family will love!  Join Potomac River Running and Reston Town Center for a little bit of running and a whole lot of shopping!  Better yet, race registration is only $5! This subsidized fee will help to defray some of the event costs so that we can contribute more to our race beneficiary, Children’s National Medical Center!  We greatly appreciate any additional contributions to Children’s National Medical Center, if you are able.

The course covers a 1-mile loop around Reston Town Center. Once kids finish, they can enjoy delicious gingerbread cookies and take part in the Reston Town Center Holiday Festival with their families, including a Macy’s Day-style parade, tree lighting, and more! Stores open at 8 a.m. – perfect for getting a head start on your holiday shopping!

Online registration closes November 25, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The first 800 registrants receive a Gingerbread Man Mile T-shirt!

WHERE: Reston Town Center: 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190

All races start and finish on Market Street, near the fountain.

WHEN: Friday, November 28, 2014, 8:00 a.m.

PHOTOS: FREE high resolution race photos will be available  for download from the Potomac River Running Flickr page. Keep an eye out for our on course/finish line photographer and be prepared to strike a pose! We will send an email notifying you when the pictures are ready to be shared.


8:00 – 8:10 a.m. – High School Division

8:10 – 8:25 a.m. – 12-14 olds

8:25 – 8:40 a.m. – 10-11 year olds

8:40 – 8:55 a.m. – 8-9 year olds

8:55 – 9:10 a.m. – 6-7 year olds

9:10 – 9:20 a.m. – 4-5 year olds (1st loop only)

9:20 – 9:30 am – Tot Trot (2 blocks)

11:00 a.m. – Holiday Parade

Following the final race, awards will be presented to the top three girls and boys finishers in each race (all tot trot finishers will receive a ribbon). Race winners will be able to take part in the parade following the races.  All winners will be escorted to the parade following the award ceremony.
*Please note: You must pick up your packet at one of the designated times. Packets will not be mailed after the race. In addition, awards must be claimed within two weeks of the conclusion of a race.