Discovery Dash

Virginia’s Oldest Kids Track Race

Get ready for the Dash with VDM’s free Dash Training Clinic on April 6!

On your mark, get set … go! Lace up your running shoes for the Virginia Discovery Museum’s annual Discovery Dash, a proud partner of the Kid’s Triple Crown nonprofit race series! Each May, the Dash welcomes families for a morning of fun and fitness, including a toddler scramble and quarter-mile, half-mile, and mile runs for children 3 to 12; a sibling race for ages 5 to 14; parent-child relays; and a community-wide school relay. In addition to promoting children’s health and wellness, the Dash is the Museum’s largest annual fundraising event.

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Date & Time

Saturday, May 11, 2019
7:30-10:30 a.m.
(Click for Schedule & Race Times)

Location: Monticello High School Track (Map)

Race Entries

Pre-Registration Required
Children 3-14 and Adults
(Click for Race Fees & Late Registration)

Packet Pickup: May 9-10 at the Museum

Schedule & Race Times

Arrive 15 minutes before your first race to stretch and prepare for your run. Post-race snacks provided.

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 Relay (Ages 5-14)
(Each Dasher runs one lap.)

9:00 am: Parent/Child Relay 1 (Ages 5-6, with Adult)
9:15 am: Parent/Child Relay 2 (Ages 7-8, with Adult)
9:25 am: Parent/Child Relay 3 (Ages 9-12, with Adult)
(Each Dasher runs one lap. Adult leads off.)

9:35 am: Discovery Cup School Relay

10:00 am: Awards Ceremony
(Trophies awarded to each boy and girl 1st-place finisher. 2nd- and 3rd-place receive a prize.)

Race Fees & Late Registration

VDM member discounts apply through May 5. Pick up Dash shirt and race number at Packet Pickup.

Child Dashers
1 Race: $15 per Dasher
2 Races: $20 per Dasher
3 Races: $25 per Dasher

Adult Dashers
$15 Flat Fee per Dasher

Late Registration (May 6-10)
$25 Flat Fee per Dasher, Adults and Children
(Member discounts do not apply. No registrations accepted May 11.)


Register for the Discovery Dash online, in person at the Museum, or over the phone at (434) 977-1025 x102. Early registration deadline is May 5. For Dashers registering May 6-10, late registration is a $25 flat fee per Dasher, adults and children. Registrations will not be accepted May 11.

Packet Pickup: Pick up race number, shirt, and schedule at VDM between 12-6:00 p.m. May 9-10.

Register Online

Note: Do not use the online form to register a school relay team or runner. School teams are registered by the school. Call (434) 977-1025 x102 or email for more information.

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