Five in Stride Campaign

The Five in Stride Campaign invites you to bring five friends and family members with you to make new connections with community members and community places through engaging events ranging from walking, hiking, biking, bird watching, art creating, and more!

We’re focused on elevating the great outdoor resources that DC’s Wards 7 and 8 have, including Anacostia Park and the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, Oxon Run Park and Trail, Marvin Gaye Trail, and more! 

Upcoming Events:

We’re hosting this campaign to address the disparate health outcomes that residents of DC’s Wards 7 and 8 experience, compared to residents across the District, including: 

  • Higher prevalence of obesity1
  • Lower rates of physical activity2, and 
  • Shorter life expectancy at birth1.

To address these trends, the Anacostia Parks and Community Collaborative (APACC), the Capital Trails Coalition, and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association are working with organizations and community groups to encourage at least 1,000 Ward 7 and Ward 8 residents to explore the great local trails and parks to improve our health and build community connections. **Everyone is invited to participate – and participants will be eligible to win prizes at select events!**

Want your event to be highlighted as part of the campaign? Email to discuss.

Health Equity Sources: 

  1. Sustainable DC: Health, 2015
  2. Health Equity Summary Report: District of Columbia 2018

Quick Facts:

  • WHO: Everyone is invited to participate! Bring 5 friends and family members with you or make new friends 
  • WHAT: Explore our local trails and parks while we build community connections and access the health benefits of the outdoors and active recreation.
  • WHERE: Multi-use trails and public parks in DC’s Wards 7 and 8
  • WHEN: March through October 2024
  • WHY: Explore and enjoy local trails and parks with friends and family to improve our health.

Campaign Leads

Anacostia Parks and Community Collaborative (APACC): APACC is a network of organizations committed to maximizing the value of public spaces along the Anacostia River to residents of Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia. 

Capital Trails Coalition: The Capital Trails Coalition is working to create a world-class network of more than 1,000 miles of multi-use trails to transform public life by providing access to open space and reliable transportation for people of all ages and abilities. 

Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA): WABA empowers people to ride bikes, build connections, and transform places. We fight for a just and sustainable transportation system where walking, biking, and transit are the best ways to get around. 

Partners & Events Hosts

Friends of Anacostia Park Logo
DC Trail Ranger Logo. Designed map of DC in green and yellow. Text says " DC Trail Rangers, WABA & DDOT"