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Thank you for joining us for the 5th and Final Carter's Run for Dandy-Walker! In 5 years we have raised over $200,000 for the Dandy-Walker Alliance and have been able to fund some incredible research looking for the cause of the Dandy-Walker Malformation. Check out the photos from this year's race! And if you haven't donated to the DWA, we are still taking donations. Thank you again for all the support!


Welcome to the 5th Annual Carter’s Run for Dandy-Walker!

Our first son Carter was born with Dandy-Walker Variant in 2008. To honor him and to raise awareness for Dandy-Walker and the Dandy-Walker Alliance (a 501(c)(3) public charity), we have organized a 5K Run/Walk, Kid’s Fun Run and Family Fun Fest! The funds raised will help facilitate more research studies and trials in order to combat and hopefully successfully treat Dandy-Walker Syndrome and Dandy-Walker Variant. SCROLL DOWN FOR RACE INFORMATION.


What Dandy-Walker Families Say About Carter’s Run
and the DW Alliance

Race Information

Race Location & Start Time

Ashburn Elementary School
44062 Fincastle Dr.
Ashburn, VA 20147
Race starts at 8:30 am


is available in the Fincastle baseball/soccer field lot directly across Fincastle Dr. from Ashburn Elementary, and along Ashburn Village Boulevard.

No parking
in the Ashburn Elementary School lot. This is where the Fun Fest
will be held.

Handicapped parking
IS available in the Ashburn Elementary School lot. Please see parking attendant upon arrival.

Packet Pickups

Friday, 5/13
4:00 – 7:00 pm
Old Ox Brewery
44652 Guilford Road, Unit 114
Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 729-8375
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Saturday, 5/14
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Road Runner Sports, Sterling
46220 Potomac Run Plaza
Sterling, VA 20164
(571) 266-3135
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RACE DAY! Sunday, 5/15
7:00-8:00 am
Ashburn Elementary School


Race Day & Pets

animal-emoticon-0020Please note: Since this 5K and Family Fun Fest is on school grounds, pets are not permitted. We are so sorry, because we love our dogs too!

2016 Course Map!



Volunteer on Race Day


Would you like to volunteer on the day of the race? We could certainly use you! We need course marshalls, fun fest volunteers, water station monitors and much more!

Contact or sign up at our Sign Up Genius!


Would you like to Sponsor?

CR_SponsorshipLevels_2015 If you would like to become a sponsor for this year’s Carter’s Run for Dandy-Walker, please click here. And THANK YOU! We couldn’t do this without the kind people who give so generously.

  • Great event!
    • Carter's Run 2013 5K Walker

    Great event! Good job on the organization of it and the communication. I really liked the family aspect of it during and after the race. We will be back next year!

  • A standout event!
    • Carter's Run 2013 5K Runner

    I am a runner who is part of a running club that puts on great races, and have attended many runs for causes. This one was a standout – perfect amount of communication, well marked course, lots of parking, great directions, fab shirt and SWAG bag, great family fun fest, and immediate timing results (important for runners.) This event accommodates serious runners and walkers/strollers. Great job to the organizers – can’t believe it is only the 2nd year….

  • Everything for the whole family!
    • Carter's Run 2013 5K Walker

    I was so impressed with the organization of this event. It really had everything and the whole family enjoyed it.

  • Great run, great course!
    • Carter's Run 2013 5K Runner

    Great run, great course, super friendly volunteers at packet pickup. Had a terrific time! I ran with my 13-yr-old daughter. She’s relatively new to racing, so the course was great for her. The rolling hills were a good challenge for a newbie. I’d love to race it sometime at my own (faster) pace. Sunday worked well because both my kids have soccer games on Saturdays in April & May. Thanks for a fun event and a great charity. (We saw Carter and his parents walking the course – amazing!) Hope to see you again next year.

  • Great family-friendly 5K!
    • Carter's Run 2013 5K Runner

    Great family-friendly 5k! I specifically run races where my husband and kids will have stuff to do while I’m running. This was fantastic!

  • These shirts are great!
    • Carter's Run 2013 5K Walker

    The race was great!!! Personally, having signed up for other races, a big thing that really isn’t that big of a thing, but made it more enjoyable was the shirt. Most places give you a standard scratchy cotton shirt. These shirts are great!!! Yay for Carter for walking, and Yay for Lisa and team for coordinating a GREAT event!

  • One of the best organized in the area.
    • Carter's Run 2013 5K Runner

    I run a lot of local races and this is one of the best organized in the area.

  • Will be back again next year!
    • Carter's Run 2013 5K Runner

    First time I attended this event and it was wonderful! Will be back again next year and the whole family wants to run!