DAV 5K Cincinnati

Thank you to the more than 7,500 5K participants and their donors for an amazing 2018 season! Because of YOU we ran, walked and rolled in 6 cities and raised more than $650,000 to assist veterans nationwide. We’ll see you again in 2019 for another strong and exciting DAV 5K season.

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Additional Event Details



  • In order to give back more support to the programs & services that DAV offers, the DAV 5K will no longer be offering official timing and Veteran Branch of Service T-Shirts.  Thank you for your understanding as we chose to give back more to the Veterans that we serve.
  • New Awards:  We are excited to showcase the Top Teams and Top Individual Fundraisers.  The Top 3 Teams & Top 3 Individual Fundraisers will be awarded on race day at the Closing Ceremonies.
  • Timing:  We will be providing a Race Clock at the Start & Finish Line.  Please bring your watch if you want your official time!
  • Shorter Route:  Hey!  We heard you!  The DAV is providing a shorter walk/run option that is 1 mile or less.  Signage and volunteers on race day will direct those that want to do the shorter route.

Packet Pickup

  • Thursday, Nov. 8th
    DAV National Headquarters
    3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076
    10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday, Nov. 9th: 
    Fleet Feet
    3235 Madison Road, Cinicnnati OH 45209
    10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • During this time, you will be able to pick up your race bib, and shirt. We are unable to mail your packet.
  • If you are picking up a packet for your teammates or another participant, please have their registration confirmation ready when you go to packet pickup.
  • Race day packet pickup will be available beginning at 7:00 AM on race day if you can’t make it before the race.


Course Map


  • Downtown Cincinnati has a variety of parking lots near Sawyer Point.
  • More information on parking options is available here.  We strongly encourage carpooling.

Motorcycle Honor Ride

  • The Motorcycle Honor Ride will kick off the start of the DAV 5K Cincinnati!  All makes and models are welcome.  All riders and passengers must register.
  • On race day, bikers should meet at the rider check in area, located at Friendship Park.
  • Bikes will roll out for the Honor Ride at 8:40 AM.
  • View the course map.
  • Please plan to arrive early.  Streets will close around the race site beginning at 7:45 AM.

Volunteer Info

  • All volunteers will receive a commemorative DAV 5K shirt for their time.  We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled volunteer shift and check in at the volunteer tent race morning.

Post Party

  • Continue the celebration!  Immediately after the Closing Ceremonies all participants are invited to continue honoring our military service men and women at the DAV 5K Post Parties near the race course.  Light snacks will be provided for all participants and registered veterans will receive 1 complimentary drink. Post parties will start at 10:30 am and run through 1:00 pm.
  • Holy Grail. 161 Joe Nuxal Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202, will host the Marines, Navy & Coast Guard.
  • Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxal Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202, will host the Army & Air Force.



  • A group rate room block is available at the Embassy Suites
  • Located: 10 East Rivercenter Blvd, Covington, KY 41011.
  • Any 5k participant wishing to book this group rate may do so via this booking link: http://group.embassysuites.com/dav5kveteransrun
  • Rooms are $179/night and the room block rate is available until October 19.


Community Events

  • The DAV 5K proudly supports events in the Cincinnati area that help veterans and their families.
  • Check back soon for additional information on events happening in the Tri-state area.

Thank You to our Sponsors

2018 DAV 5k National Sponsors

2018 Local Cincinnati Sponsors



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