More than just an awareness event.


Recently named the 2017 BEST 5K by RunWashington,  Race4Respect™ 5K & 1K Kids Dash was founded on the belief that if given an opportunity to experience an event together with someone who has Down syndrome, or any other disability, it will help to eliminate negative stereotypes and judgments.  These are the people that will one day be more inclined to hire these individuals, help them at the bus stop, chat with them at a coffee shop, or simply believe in their ability before automatically dismissing them as unable.  Race4Respect™ offers a USATF sanctioned 5K, 1K Kids Dash and a Virtual Race Option on the most coveted course in Washington, DC.  This is a family friendly event with beautiful views!



Washington, DC R4R

celebrating 5 years of #STOPTRAFFIC4DS!

With Race4Respect™'s five year anniversary coming June 2, 2018, we are busy planning another great race as well as a celebration in the nation's capital.  Special guest, hotel, registration and prize information is COMING SOON!


Race4Respect™ Store

hats, quarter zips, joggers, shorts & More...

Check out our new R4R Store, where you can purchase items for every climate in every region for any time of the year.  From hats to visors, shorts to joggers, t-shirts to quarter zips and more coming soon!  COMING SOON!



from planning to race day!

Race4Respect™ requires a large planning committee and team of volunteers for two-three weeks leading up to the actual race.  We have big jobs like registration or volunteer manager as well as small and specific jobs such as creating a flyer or email marketing template.  Race week and day volunteer jobs will be posted in the upcoming months.  If you are interested in joining our team, please email us at  


Giving Back to the Community

TeamUp School Challenge

Race4Respect™ is committed to serving individuals with Down syndrome by supporting their entire community.  The TeamUp School Challenge awards special education grants to school teams.  In 2017, R4R awarded three grants to schools who have implemented programs and services to support individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities within their schools to achieve a more inclusive environment.

Thank you to our generous sponsors.