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Discovery Dash

2017 Registration is Now Open

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Dash Basics

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Ages 3 to 12, with Adult
At Monticello High School (Map)

Registration Required. Race Schedule and Fees Listed Below

On your mark, get set … go! Lace up for the Virginia Discovery Museum’s 27th annual Discovery Dash, Virginia’s oldest kids’ track race. Join us for a morning of great family exercise and races for kids ages 3 to 12, including quarter-mile, half-mile, and mile runs; a sibling race; parent-child relays; a community-wide school relay; and even a toddler scramble for the littlest ones. Each runner receives a Dash t-shirt, and healthy post-race snacks will be available to help Dashers refuel. We can’t wait to see you at the starting line!

Race Schedule

  • 7:45 am: Scramble (Ages 3-4)
  • 8:00 am: Quarter-Mile Dash (Age 5)
  • 8:05 am: Quarter-Mile Dash (Age 6)
  • 8:15 am: Half-Mile Dash (Age 7)
  • 8:25 am: Half-Mile Dash (Age 8)
  • 8:30 am: Mile Dash (Ages 9-10)
  • 8:40 am: Mile Dash (Ages 11-12)
  • 8:50 am: Sibling Race (Ages 5-14)
  • 9:00 am: Parent/Child Relay (Ages 5-6, with Adult)*
  • 9:15 am: Parent/Child Relay (Ages 7-8, with Adult)*
  • 9:25 am: Parent/Child Relay (Ages 9-12, with Adult)*
  • 9:35 am: Discovery Cup School Relay
  • 10:00 am: Awards Ceremony**

Race Fees


  • 1 Race: $15 per Dasher
  • 2 Races: $20 per Dasher
  • 3 Races: $25 per Dasher
  • (Member discounts only apply to child race fees)

Adults: $15 flat fee per Dasher

Late Registration (May 2-5): $25 flat fee per Dasher, Adults and Children

*Each Dasher runs one lap. Adult leads off.
**Trophies will be awarded to each boy and girl first-place finisher. Second- and third-place finishers will also receive a prize.
***Member discounts only apply to child race fees paid before May 1. Discounts do not apply to the $15 flat registration fee for adults or late registration fees paid May 2-5.

Register for the Dash

The deadline to register for the 27th Annual Discovery Dash is May 1. For Dashers registering May 2-5, the late registration fee is a $25 flat fee per Dasher, adults and children. Registrations will not be accepted the day of the Dash.

Register up to 4 Dashers using the online sign-up form.


VDM also accepts registrations in person, by mail, and by fax. Download and print a registration form and drop it off at the Museum at 524 East Main St. on the east end of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall; mail it to P.O. Box 1128, Charlottesville, VA 22902; or fax it to (434) 977-9681.

Packet Pickup

Registered for the Discovery Dash? Great! The only thing left to do is pick up your Dash packet, including your t-shirt and race number, at the Virginia Discovery Museum any time from 12:00-6:30 p.m. May 4 or 12:00-6:30 p.m. May 5.

The Discovery Dash is part of the Kid's Triple Crown, a series of four nonprofit races sponsored by Ragged Mountain Running Shop! Runners must complete at least three of the four participating races to earn the Kid’s Triple Crown medal; qualifying races include the Run for Autism, Family Fitness Fair, Discovery Dash, and Bruce Barnes Mile.

For complete details, visit RaggedMountainRunning.com.

Thank you to 2017 Discovery Dash sponsors Blue Ridge Cyclery, Brandscape, Charlottesville Track Club, Classic Furniture, Crutchfield, Hantzmon Wiebel, McDonald’s, Panera Bread, Ragged Mountain Running Shop, R.E. Lee Companies, Royer, Caramanis & McDonough, Susan Parmar Photography, and Wegmans for supporting fitness education and encouraging children to make healthy choices.