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Discovery Dash

Virginia’s Oldest Kids Track Race

On your mark, get set … go! Lace up your running shoes for the Virginia Discovery Museum’s annual Discovery Dash, a proud partner of Ragged Mountain Running Shop’s Kid’s Triple Crown nonprofit race series! Each May, the Dash welcomes families for a morning of fun and fitness, including a 50-yard 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. The Discovery Dash is one of the Museum’s major annual fundraising events, and proceeds support educational programs and camps, exhibit creation, and the Sponsored Admission Program.


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Race Entries

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

Packet Pickup: TBD at the Museum

Schedule & Race Times

Arrive 15 minutes before your first race to check in and stretch. Post-race snacks provided.

7:45 am: 50-Yard Toddler 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)
(Must register 2 Dashers. 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)
(Must register 2 Dashers. 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

Annual members receive 15% off. All registrants receive a Dash t-shirt.

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
$25 Flat Fee per Dasher, Adults and Children
(Annual member discounts do not apply. No registrations accepted on race day.)


Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Contact Us

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at (434) 977-1025 x102 or operationsdirector@vadm.org to learn more about the Museum’s annual Discovery Dash.