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  • 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

    OFFICIAL results after participants' review
    9:00 AM full marathon awards
    OFFICIAL photos by Tony Estrada Photography
    Read our thank-you letter on November 26, 2014
    Read our thank-you letter on November 20, 2014
    Read our welcome letter on November 7, 2014
    Read our welcome letter on November 6, 2014 Closed

    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!


    • Open to
    • 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
    • Carderock Recreation Area is one mile west (outside) I-495 Capital Beltway, on the south side of Clara Barton Parkway
    • Carderock Recreation Area does NOT have a street address
    • Please follow these 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.

    • Join our Facebook page -- share rides, thoughts, and photos!
    • 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 and bag check are at the picnic pavilion next to the farthest east (left-hand) parking lot ("#4") at Carderock.
    • Permanent and portable toilets are in the parking lot straight ahead ("#3") and also the westmost parking lot ("#1").
    • Post-race massage, refreshments, pancakes and pizza picnic, and awards presentation are immediately after the finish line on the gravel ramp (NOT at the picnic pavilion)
    • Benefits
    • Safety And Health Foundation and its charity partner TeamAfrica.com, BuyABrickFoundation
    • When you register, you may include a donation to American Red Cross International Response Fund in Haiti 
    • On October 14, 2014, we donated a total of $100 to American Red Cross International Response Fund in Haiti
    • We gratefully acknowledge donations from Timothy Buckley, Pam Cogas, Jonathan Raymond Terrell, and Gena Feith
    • On November 17, 2013, we donated a total of $100 to American Red Cross International Response Fund in Haiti
    • We gratefully acknowledge donations from Heather Lengel, Silvia Baage, and Mary McDonald
    • On November 17, 2013, we donated $1000 to Philippine Red Cross (address: Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, PO Box 280, Manila PHILIPPINES 1018; phone: +011-63-527-0000, hotline 143; web page: www.redcross.org.ph to support relief efforts after Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) destroyed Visayas Islands, Bantayan Island, Daanbantayan, Panay, Busuanga Island, Samar Island, and Leyte, where at least 10,000 people are estimated to have died in the city of Tacloban

    • Logistics
    • Packet
    • Help us assemble bib numbers and goodie bags, and get your bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag early on Thursday, November 13, 6:30-8:30 PM, Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street South, Arlington VA 22204 (703-228-0946)
    • 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)
    • Pick up your bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag on race day, Sunday, November 16, from 7:15 AM to 8:45 AM, on-site at Carderock Recreation Area, eastern (left-hand) parking area picnic shelter
    • 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
  • Off-site parking options:
    • You may park free at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol Street NE, Washington DC, to meet UBER / LYFT 5.0 professional driver Bernard Anderson for a ride to the race in a classy Range Rover SUV (capacity 4). Meet at 6:15 AM for a 6:30 AM departure. Price: FREE, but you may tip Mr. Anderson $10 or $20. To reserve your space, please RSVP directly to Bernard Anderson (bernardanderson100@yahoo.com, 202-352-0839)
    • You may park near Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, and take our 7:00 AM Red Top Cab taxi service to Carderock.  Taxi rides are are $10 pre-paid only
            • Please register for the taxi by November 12
            • Route map
    • Pick up your bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag on race-day, Sunday, November 16, 7:15 AM to 8:45 AM, at Carderock Recreation Area, Parking Area #4 on the left
    • Note: No race-day registration
    • Race-Day Announcer:
    • "Showtime Mike" Mebreahtu
    • ShowtimeMike
    • Watch Showtime Mike do his thing on YouTube
    • 7:00 AM -- Super-Early Start -- if you need more than 6 hours to finish -- you must pick up your packet on Thursday, November 13, or Saturday, November 15, and carry your own water for the first hour, until the aid stations are up'n'running at 8:00 AM -- maximum 20 participants --       • Sign up for Super-Early Start
    • 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
    • 8:45 AM -- The National Anthem, performed by
      SSG Martin Gold, clarinetist
    • 8:55 AM -- Official welcome
    • 9:00 AM -- Competitive start
    • Aid stations with water, Gatorade, friendly , 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 -- served by DC Capital Striders
            • Lock 7 - Miles 3.3, 9.8, 16.4, 22.9 -- served by Buy A Brick Foundation www.TeamAfrica.com
            • Lock 5 - Miles 5.3, 7.8, 18.4, 20.9 -- served by Buy A Brick Foundation www.TeamAfrica.com (portable toilet across C&O Canal)
    • Photography:
          • Photos will be taken at the event by Tony Estrada Photography
          • To view and purchase photos, please go to www.backprint.com/tonyestradaphotography
  • Spectator access
  • The course is out'n'back twice 
  • Watch the race and volunteer at these points:
    •       • Lock 10 - Miles 1.1, 12.0, 14.2, 25.1 | Map
    •       • Lock 9 - Miles 2.0, 11.1, 15.1, 24.2 | Map
    •       • Lock 8 - Miles 3.0, 10.1, 16.1, 23.2 | Map
    •       • Lock 7 - Miles 3.3, 9.8, 16.4, 22.9 | Map
    •       • Lock 6 - Miles 5.0, 8.1, 18.1, 21.2 | Map
    •       • Lock 5 - Miles 5.3, 7.8, 18.4, 20.9 | Map
    •       • Chain Bridge - Mile 6.0, 7.1, 19.1, 20.2 | Map
    •       • Turnaround point - Miles 6.6 and 19.7 (accessible on foot from Chain Bridge or Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC
    • Post-race
    • Past Results
    • Press Room
    • Sponsors: