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NPC 5K: Beat the Deadline 2013

NPC 5K: Beat the Deadline 2013

September 7, 2013 7:30 AM

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Beat the Deadline 5K

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The BEAT THE DEADLINE 5K benefits the ongoing work of the National Press Club Journalism Institute. The Institute is committed to helping working journalists improve their skills through ongoing training and programming of future journalists through scholarships that promote diversity within our profession.

Since 2000, and with the help of the runners and sponsors, more than $700,000 has been raised to help deserving students to attend college and pursue a career in journalism.

Sponsorship and in-kind donations are gladly accepted. For sponsorship information, contact Melinda Cooke at 202.662.7516 or click here.

If you would like to be a volunteer on race day, please contact Michelle Licht at

Information Regarding The Race


  • The BEAT THE DEADLINE 5K will occur rain or shine.
  • The race could however be delayed or cancelled in the event lightning strikes the area within 20 minutes of the race start time.
  • If lightning occurs, cancellation will be at the discretion of race officials and National Press Club staff.
  • If the event is cancelled, we will not be issuing refunds for the BEAT THE DEADLINE 5K, but plan on holding the pancake breakfast inside the Club.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 5

6:30 p.m.

Tony Horton workout

Details about the workout:

  • This is a workout only event, please arrive dressed and prepared to sweat. (water bottle, towel, workout mat, etc).
  • We have no facilities (except for NPC members) for changing other than the public bathrooms.
  • Bag check will not be provided.
  • The NPC will provide water to fill your water bottles in the room during the event. The workout will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
  • After the workout, Tony will available for pictures and autographs. Outside books and DVD’s are permitted.

Friday, September 6

Noon - 7 p.m.

Packet pick-up and registration, National Press Club

Saturday, September 7 - Race Day

6:15 - 7:15 a.m.

On-site Registration (Corner of 14th and F Street, NW)

7:30 a.m.

Race Begins

Immediately following the race, all runners are invited to the National Press Club Ballroom for the NPC Health & Fitness Fair, post-race pancake breakfast and awards ceremony.

Entry Fees

NPC members and students: $25 until 8/19
General: $30 until 8/19
$35 for all runners after 8/19
$40 for all runners on race day
All entry fees include official 5K shirt and entrance to the post-race pancake breakfast.

Cash prizes for top finishers and medals for top age group finishers.

Race Prizes

$200 each for first place, male and female
$100 each for 2nd place, male and female
$50 each for 3rd place, male and female
$100 each for 1st place male and female masters (over 40)
$50 each for top male and female NPC member

Medals for top age group finishers and everyone can win one of the many random door prizes!

Team categories include:

  • Largest or Fastest media team
  • Largest Fastest team
  • Each team member must submit an individual form and indicate team name on form.
  • Minimum 3 runners per team and top 3 finishers count toward team time.

Honorary Marshals

Tony Horton

Honorary Race Marshall Tony HortonThe 5K Committee welcomes exercise trainer Tony Horton, creator of the P90X extreme fitness program, as this year's honorary Race Marshall. Horton will lead an audience in a workout session at the National Press Club on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m., and an open workout for attendants on race day. Horton has trained professional athletes, U.S. military personnel, members of Congress and celebrities such as Bruce Springsteen, Usher, Tom Petty, Billy Idol, and Annie Lennox. Find out more about Tony and the P90X fitness program at

Erika Gonzalez

Honorary Race Marshall Erika GonzalezErika Gonzalez is a reporter and anchor at News4. Erika moved to Washington from the good ol’ state of Texas where she worked in Rio Grande Valley then moved to KEYE in Austin. While there, Erika also used her Spanish proficiency to anchor newscasts for Telemundo Austin. Erika loves to stay active. She ran her first marathon in May of 2011, is a certified Zumba instructor, and is a first degree black-belt in Kung-Fu. She’s also a very good salsa dancer.

Hotel Discount

Hotel Monaco
Special Rate for BEAT THE DEADLINE participants at the Hotel Monaco DC

$169 a night until 8/23 for a Friday or Saturday night stay





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For More Information On This Event, Please Contact:

Melinda Cooke

(202) 662-7516