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NEI5K: Walk/Run/Roll

Poster for NEI5k shows photo of pePeople wearing athletic clothing. Details about event follow in text below.

Join our 5K walk/run/roll on Wednesday, October 18, 2023

The course begins (rain or shine) on the NIH campus, Bethesda, Md., on the lawn in front of Building 1.

11:30 am - NIH Police Canine Unit will give a demonstration

11:45 am - NIH Recreation and Welfare fitness instructors will lead a warm-up, followed by welcome remarks from NEI Director Michael F. Chiang. 

12:10 pm - Race starts

Participants will exit campus and circumnavigate the perimeter of campus and return through security (route map is below).

Remember to bring your NIH PIV card to re-enter.

For information about visiting the NIH campus, go to:

Register as an individual.

Register as a group/team.

Prevention of Blindness Society will provide FREE glaucoma and vision screening for eyeglasses. The screening will include a visual field test, a pressure test, and a picture of the optic nerve. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can cause peripheral vision loss and blindness by damaging the optic nerve. Screening is quick and easy and takes about 10 minutes to complete. For questions or assistance please contact Marianna Flood (202) 234-1010 X 230

This event sponsored by the National Eye Institute in partnership with the Office of Research Services' Division of Amenities and Transportation Services and the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association. 

Sign language interpretation will be available.

A trained guide from Achilles International can be made available to assist runners with a vision impairment. To make arrangements for such a guide, or any other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, reach Lilly Sadler at; 301-451-8007.

The route: Exit campus on Wilson Drive, turn right (south) on Rockville Pike, turn right (west) on a path to Old Georgetown Road, turn right (north) on Old Georgetown, turn right (east) on Cedar Lane, and turn right (south) on Rockville Pike. Re-enter campus on Wilson Drive where you exited. The race starts and ends at the same location. Five water stations are along the route.

Last updated: October 12, 2023