FACETS 5K Run/Walk to Outrun Homelessness


1. What is the mission of FACETS?

FACETS opens doors by helping parents, their children and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty – so often unnoticed – in Fairfax County. We meet their emergency shelter, food and medical needs, help them gain safe, sustainable and permanent housing and work with them to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty through educational, life skills and career counseling programs.

2. Who can participate?

Anyone who believes as we do that in Fairfax County EVERYONE deserves a place to call home.  You may run or walk alone, or form a team of family, friends, neighbors or business colleagues – together we will outrun homelessness!

3. Why are we doing this?

It’s a great opportunity to share our message, meet new supporters and raise critically needed funds to help our neighbors in need.

4. What does Give or Get Mean?

It means that you either commit to “Giving’ that amount yourself or ‘Getting’ it by asking Friends and Families to make a donation to support your goal.

5. What does someone get for participating?

You will receive a  FACETS 5K t-shirt, bib, and finishing medal…and that warm down to your toes feeling that comes from making life better for the people we serve.  

6. Can I donate to my friends 5k page?

We absolutely encourage friends supporting one another.  However, keep in mind the credit for the donation will go to the person who set up the giving page (not to the donor).  This way, all funds donated on his/her page will count to the amount they have raised.  This also ensures that no gifts are double counted.

7. What happens if someone doesn't raise their minimum of $200?

When the participant registers for the race, they must pre-authorize a charge on their card. We then have the option of charging the card on file after the race for the difference. For example, if someone raised $170, we have the option to charge the card $30. You will receive a charitable tax donation receipt for the amount charged to your card.

8. Can I finish a 5k?

As long as you are in good health, you’ll have a great time running or walking for our neighbors in need.  One of the reasons the event is a 5k (3.1miles) is so that we can welcome as many participants as possible, so whether you walk or run, you’ll be helping change the future for the people we serve!.

9. Do I need to run?

You can choose to walk OR run... whatever you prefer. The trail is also “stroller friendly” so it’s easy to make this a family event!

10. Is there a minimum amount of fundraising I need to do?

Yes. there is a low mandatory minimum fundraising level of $200. Most participants easily raise more, and we know you can too. We provide you with the tools to make fundraising easy (your own web page, sample e-mail, social media integration, fundraising tips, etc) Don't worry we've got your back.

11. Are there any awards given at the event?

Yes. In addition to finisher medals for all whom finish, there are awards for the top three overall male and female finishers, as well as for the top three male and female finishers in each age group and the top three fundraisers in the entire event.

12.How much of the money raised goes to FACETS?


13.Is the event safe?

The event is permitted, licensed and coordinated with municipal enforcement officials. As a precaution, there is always at least one ambulance and/or dedicated medical professionals on-site at the event.