Potomac River Run Marathon & Half

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11½th annual     POTOMAC RIVER RUN MARATHON & HALF  
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 9:00 AM   (early start at 8:00 AM)
In memory of Dean Shulman
(September 25, 1961 - May 8, 2012)

Washington Post obituary | In memory of Dean, from The Book of Jewish Common Prayer

Registration is now open for November 16, 2014
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Official 2013 results
Official 2012 results
Olympian Esther Lofgren's 2012 blog
Chris Crawford's 2012 blog
2012 photos by Felipe de la Hoz
On the historic C&O Canal Towpath  
Start & finish at Carderock Recreation Area

The Easiest Marathon in America -- Flat course, no road crossings, no turns!

www.safetyandhealthfoundation.org/marathon

  • Open to
  • Runners of all levels of ability who can cover the marathon course in less than 6 hours (please finish by 2 PM, as our race director coaches youth track at 3 PM in Arlington)
  • No time limit in the half marathon
  • Limited to the first 350 entrants
  • Enter on-line
  • Enter by mail
  • Questions? Write the race director
  • Registration 
  • We accept the first 350 entrants
  • Entry fees: $60 by March 31 | $70 by July 31 | $80 by September 30 | $90 by October 31 | $100 by November 15
  • No race-day registration, please
  • Entrants receive t-shirt, goodie bag, race refreshments, finisher medal, post-race picnic, and finisher certificate + printed results by mail
  • Read others' comments
  • We send finisher certificates and results booklets, along with any awards unclaimed on race day.
  • We send Boston Athletic Association our certified marathon times.
  • Course
  • Keepers:
  • Awards
  • $250 to 1st, $150 to 2nd, $100 to 3rd overall M/F
  • Gift certificates to 1st, 2nd, 3rd by 10-year age-group M/F
  • This race is the third of Safety And Health Foundation's 2014 Grand Prix
  • $100 cash award to everyone who finishes all 3 of SHF's full or half marathons in 2014
  • Directions
  • To Carderock:
  • Google map of Carderock
  • From I-495, take Exit 41 north of American Legion Bridge in MD.
  • Bear west on the exit ramp and turn onto westbound Clara Barton Parkway.
  • After one mile, bear right and take the first exit to the right (Carderock | Naval Surface Warfare Center).
  • Turn left on the bridge; follow it through a tunnel under the C&O Canal Towpath.
  • Drive 0.3 miles to a T-junction. Free parking is on your left or right. Please do not park on the grass.

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  • Parking
  • We have about 325 free parking spaces
  • Please carpool or use our Facebook page to share a ride.
  • The parking areas are not numbered with signs, but ...
  • Parking Area #4 (75 spaces) is on the left (east), We host packet pick-up in the picnic pavilion next to Parking Area #4.
  • Parking Area #3 (60 spaces) is straight ahead and a little to the right with permanent and portable toilets
  • Parking Area #2 (70 spaces) is farther to the right (west)
  • Parking Area #1 (120 spaces) is farthest to the right (west) with permanent toilets

  • Drop-off instructions
  • Parking is limited at Carderock Recreation Area.
  • If you can get someone to drop you off, the best place is at the south end of the bridge over Clara Barton Parkway (MAP), where cars can either go straight into to Carderock or turn left to go east toward Washington DC.
  • Thus we can avoid a traffic jam on the park road at Carderock.
  • From there, it's a short walk through the tunnel and either straight ahead to the packet pick-up area (MAP) or to the left up the gravel road to the start line (MAP).
  • Civil Twilight at 6:26 AM | Sunrise at 6:55 AM
  • Race-day packet pick-up, bag check, and the post-race picnic are at the picnic pavilion next to the farthest left parking lot ("#4") at Carderock. Bathrooms are in the parking lot straight ahead ("#3") and also the westmost parking lot ("#1").
  • Benefits
  • Logistics
  • Packet
    Pick-up
  • Pick up your bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag pre-race on Saturday, November 15, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC 20007 (202-337-8626) -- 15% discount on shoes and apparel purchased during packet pick-up
  • Pre-Race Dinner
  • Join us for pre-race dinner and the second DC-area SCHOOL-BUILDING SUMMIT for all charity leaders building schools and educating youth internationally -- to continue a conversation that may change the world
  • Saturday, November 15, 6:30 PM, at Cosi Restaurant, 1801 North Lynn Street, Arlington VA
  • Dinner tickets are $10 for all you can eat ($15 after November 8)
  • Please register for the dinner by November 13
  • Guest speaker: Gib Leonard, BuyaBrickFoundation, building schools and delivering food and medicine in 6 towns in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia)
  • Host Hotel
  • Race-Day
  • You may park near Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, and take our 7:00 AM taxi service to Carderock.  Taxi rides are are $10 pre-paid only
          • Please register for the taxi by November 15
          • Route map
  • Pick up your bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag on race-day, Sunday, November 17, 7:15 AM to 8:45 AM, at Carderock Recreation Area, Parking Area #4 on the left
  • Note: No race-day registration
  • 8:00 AM -- Early Bird Start -- if you need more than 5 hours to finish or you want to watch the sun rise over the Potomac River or you want an extra hour of cool weather
          • Sign up for Early Bird Start
  • 8:50 AM -- The National Anthem
  • 8:55 AM -- Official welcome
  • 9:00 AM -- Competitive start
  • Aid stations with water, Gatorade, friendly volunteers, and toilets at
          • The start / midpoint / finish at Carderock - Miles 0.0, 13.1, and 26.2 (permanent and portable toilets in Parking Area 3)
          • Lock 10 - Miles 1.1, 12.0, 14.2, 25.1 (portable toilet across C&O Canal)
          • Lock 7 - Miles 3.3, 9.8, 16.4, 22.9 (portable toilet across C&O Canal)
          • Lock 5 - Miles 5.3, 7.8, 18.4, 20.9 (portable toilet across C&O Canal)
  • Spectator access at
          • Lock 10 - Miles 1.1, 12.0, 14.2, 25.1
          • Lock 9 - Miles 2.0, 11.1, 15.1, 24.2
          • Lock 8 - Miles 3.0, 10.1, 16.1, 23.2
          • Lock 7 - Miles 3.3, 9.8, 16.4, 22.9
          • Lock 6 - Miles 5.0, 8.1, 18.1, 21.2
          • Lock 5 - Miles 5.3, 7.8, 18.4, 20.9
          • Chain Bridge - Mile 6.0, 7.1, 19.1, 20.2
          • Turnaround point - Miles 6.6 and 19.7
  • The course is out'n'back twice 
  • Photography:
        • Photos will be taken at the event by tonyestradaphotography
        • To view and purchase photos, please go to www.backprint.com/tonyestradaphotography
  • Post-race
  • Refreshments courtesy of sponsors, medals by Dan Kain Trophies, presentation of awards
  • Certificates of completion by mail
  • Past Results
  • Press Room
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