• Rock Creek Park (map)
  • 4850 Colorado Avenue Northwest
  • Washington, DC, 20011
  • United States

Come move for mental health with us!

Mental health is an essential component of our overall health and wellbeing. Here in the US, one in 25 American adults suffer from a serious mental health condition that impacts their quality of life.
From DC to Palestine, no person should ever have to suffer constant distress. You can improve quality of life for refugee children in the Gaza Strip, despite the current US administration's decision to defund UNRWA, by signing up for the DC Gaza 5K.

What is the Gaza 5K?
The Gaza 5K was created in 2012 to fund UNRWA's Community Mental Health Programme (CMHP) and make access to mental health care a reality for all Palestine refugee children in the Gaza Strip.

What does the money do?
Your fundraising allows UNRWA to employ mental health counselors, locally recruited from the Palestine refugee population, to provide psychosocial support to address the mental health needs of refugee children and families in the Gaza Strip who suffer from trauma due to repeated Israeli military assaults and the continued blockade.

Event timeline:
7:00 am - Gaza 5K packet and fundraising prize pick-up
7:45 am - Opening ceremony
8:00 am - Race begins!
8:45 am - Closing ceremony followed by dabke dance party!
11:00 am - Event ends

Sign up at gaza5k.org and start fundraising to make access to mental health care a reality for all Palestine refugee children in the Gaza Strip!

Fundraising prizes:
- Fundraise $50+ and get one official Gaza 5K t-shirt (each individual must fundraise a minimum of $50 beyond the cost of registration to receive their shirt)
- Fundraise $500+ for a beautiful, classic keffiyeh from the Hirbawi Textile Factory, the last remaining keffiyeh factory in Palestine. They come complete with a “made in Palestine” tag!
- Fundraise $1,000+ for your very own piece of Palestine -- a tree will be planted in your (or a person of your choice's) honor in Palestine.
- Fundraise $3,000+ to be entered into a raffle for a free trip to Jordan to visit UNRWA's work, alongside UNRWA USA staff members.

Like our page on Facebook and mark yourself attending on the official Facebook event page for real-time updates!

Learn more and find all other race details at gaza5k.org/washingtondc.