Potomac River Run Marathon & Half

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12½th annual POTOMAC RIVER RUN MARATHON & HALF
Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 9:00 AM   (early starts at 7:00 AM and 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

I am a refugee from Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, and I want to enter this race for free. Please
USE THIS ON-LINE ENTRY FORM (GoogleDoc)
courtesy of the race director


IF YOU ARE A WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE HALF MARATHON REFUGEE, please take note.

Your registration is free, so you get a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher's medal, pre-race and on-course refreshments, and post-race picnic, also 100% eligibility for prizes including cash awards for the top 3 M/F in the 10:00 AM half marathon on Saturday and the 9:00 AM full marathon on Sunday.

As a free entry, you do NOT receive the LED light from www.dontgethit.com or the foldable BPA-free water carrier from www.hydra-pur.com, in your choice of colors!

You may purchase these items for an extra $20 total.

Also, if you ordered the taxi ride from Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington VA, to Carderock on Saturday at 8:00 AM or on Sunday at 7:00 AM, please pay $10 when you pick up your bib number on Friday, or else your ride is CANCELLED

Also, if you ordered dinner at Cosi Restaurant, 1801 Lynn Street, Arlington VA, on Saturday at 6:30 PM, please pay $15 when you pick up your bib number on Friday or Saturday, or else your reservation is cancelled.

Simple, yes?


If you want to add the cab ride at 6:00 AM or 7:00 AM from Key Bridge Marriott to Carderock (just $10, regularly $25)
USE THIS ON-LINE ENTRY FORM (Active.com)

If you want to enter by mail, please USE THIS FORM (PDF)

Registration is now CLOSED for November 15, 2015, because we are SOLD OUT.
You can still enter on-line
for our other products including pre-race tours, dinner tickets, Red Top taxi rides, Range Rover rides, or bib transfers

Do you want to change your start time (7 AM, 8 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM on November 14) or distance (half, full)?

USE THIS HANDY FORM!


WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

We don't want to disappoint anyone, so we will host the 12¼th annual Potomac River Run HALF Marathon
on Saturday, November 14, at Carderock Recreation Area (see directions below)

Use the same ACTIVE.COM LINK TO ENTER ON-LINE
If you were registered for Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, you may register for just $30 ($40 after November 8)
For all others, the entry fee is $80 ($100 after November 8)

You get the same t-shirts, LED Beetle Lights, HydraPur collapsible one-pint water carriers, medallions, and post-race picnic
as the November 15 marathon and half,
and if we get at least 100 entrants, we will devote the first $1000 in revenue
to cash prizes ($250 for first, $150 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd M/F overall
No matter what, we'll have awards for top 3 M/F overall and
top 3 in 10-year age groups 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 & over M/F


Confirm your entry
Join our Presidential Challenge group #90018
President'sChallenge

Read our welcome letter on November 13, 2015
Read our thank-you letter on November 9, 2015
Read our thank-you letter on October 21, 2015

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
  • 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.
  • Run safely at night
  • 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 November 14, 2015, we donated a total of $200 to American Red Cross International Response Fund in Haiti
  • We gratefully acknowledge donations from Silvia Baage, Ryan Mark Elliott, Sean M. Hendron, Angelica R. Hendron, Robert Elghie Johnson, Deborah Jorgensen, Tammy Jeanne Massie, and Dennis James Weipert

  • 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

  • Sponsored by
TimexIronman
Timex Ironman watches

  • 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)
  • Logistics
  • Packet
    Pick-up
  • Help us assemble bib numbers and goodie bags, and get your bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag early on Thursday, November 12, 5:00-7:00 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:

  • Goodie bag assembly and early packet pickup:
  • Thursday, November 12, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street South, Arlington VA - Please help with goodie bag assembly for at ;east one hour before you pick up your packet
  • Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14, 3:00 PM 6:00 PM, Pacers Running Store, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA, across street from Clarendon Metro, free parking at Trader Joe's if you buy something -- includes late registration
  • For the half marathon on Saturday, November 14, starting at 10:00 AM, if you can't join us on Thursday, November 12, or Friday, November 13, you may pick up your bib number, goodie bag, t-shirt, LED light, and BPA-free water carrier, on race day, Saturday, November 14, before the race from 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM
  • For the half and full marathon on Saturday, November 15, starting at 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, or 9:00 AM, if you can't join us on Thursday, November 12, Friday, November 13, or Saturday, November 14, you may pick up your bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag (plus LED light and BPA-free water carrier, for paying customers only) on race day, Sunday, November 15, before the race from 6:15 AM to 8:45 AM
  • You may pick up someone else's bib number and packet if you bring along a signed note or a printed e-mail message from your friend
  • Race-day packet pick-up is on-site at Carderock Recreation Area, eastern (left-hand) parking area picnic shelter
  • If you want to change your start time or distance, you MUST inform the registrar when you pick up your bib number on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday
  • We will also have a change chart on the timing table at the start / finish line. No, you can't run a 1:50 marathon. We'll know it's a half marathon. ;-)
  • Pre-Race Dinner
  • Join us for pre-race dinner and the third annual 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 14, 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
    • On Saturday, November 14, for the half marathon at 10:00 AM, you may also pick up your bib number, t-shirt, goodie bag, LED beetle light, and BPA-free water carrier on race day, Saturday, November 14, 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM, at Carderock Recreation Area, Parking Area #4 on the left
    • On Sunday, November 15, for the half and full marathon at 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, or 9:00 AM, you may pick up your bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag (also your LED beetle light and BPA-free water carrier, for paying customers only) on race day, Sunday, November 15, 6:15 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 here on YouTube | and here
    • 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
      MartinGold
      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
    • Press Room
    • Sponsors: