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A Capitol Hill tradition!

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The Capitol Hill Classic

Sunday, May 15


The Capitol Hill Classic, sponsored by National Capital Bank, is Washington, DC’s largest and oldest 10K race and a major fundraiser for the Cluster - Peabody, Watkins, and Stuart-Hobson. Younger entrants also can participate in a 3K, and our youngest participants run a "Fun Run" around Peabody. All the information you need about the race can be found here.


Who does the Classic Benefit?

All net proceeds from registration and sponsorships go to the Capitol Hill Cluster School! It is generally our biggest fundraiser of the year and a vital source of support for campuses. 


Who participates in the race(s)?

Anybody! Everybody! The race is not just for the Cluster community. People from all over DC and beyond register and run. Heck, some 10-year old from New Jersey set a world record a couple years ago. So, if you have runners in your life, have them register knowing they're supporting your kids' school! 


And as always, any Cluster student who raises $50 will receive a free race registration (more below). We also want to be sure any student who wants to run can. Scholarships are available. Contact Ms. Turner ( at Peabody, Ms. Roy ( at Watkins, and Ms. Hargrove ( and Ms. Smith ( at Stuart Hobson, or us for more info. 


What is the Classic Pledge Drive? 

The Classic gives Cluster students - Peabody, Watkins and Stuart-Hobson - the opportunity to help support our school by earning pledges from friends, family, neighbors, or complete strangers for all we care. 


Who can participate in the Pledge Drive?

All Cluster students - Peabody, Watkins, Stuart-Hobson - have a personal pledge page that you can customize. Access to these pages will be emailed to you this week. You can customize them, and then email the link out to your network and post it on social media. To help encourage donations, I suggest posting pics of your children or even create a video. Here's one my crew did a few years ago. And as always, any student who raises $50 will receive a free race registration. So, if your child plans to run AND they plan to participate in the Pledge Drive, don't register yet! Try to first raise the $50.


What do the winners get? 

We like to turn the Pledge Drive into a little competition. This year our competition is “Share Your Panther Pride: The Ten for Ten Challenge.” Any student or staff member who raises ten or more pledges of ten dollars or more will be entered into a lottery to receive fun prizes. The earlier you meet the challenge, the more chances you have to win! So, tell everyone you know why you are proud to be a Panther family. 

Prizes will also be awarded to the Peabody and Watkins classes with the most students who meet the challenge. At Watkins, our Wat-Kanda mascot will move from room to room based on whichever class is winning at the start of school that day! At Stuart-Hobson, any student who secures a free Race Registration also receives 50 extra Live School points! More prize information coming soon!


What if I have more questions?

For questions about the races, email the Classic Race Team at For questions about the Pledge Drive, you can email me and our Pledge Drive Team will get back to you. 

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