Thank you for offering to help! Please share these instructions with all others on your team.
The locks on the C&O Canal Towpath are accessible from Clara Barton Parkway EASTBOUND. Spectators can watch from Lock 10, Lock 9, Lock 8, Lock 7, Lock 6, Lock 5 (no sign), and Chain Bridge.
From Alexandria, get on I-395 south toward Springfield. Turn right onto I-495 north toward Maryland. Pass the exits for Braddock Road, Route 50, Route 7, I-66, Route 123, Route 193, and George Washington Memorial Parkway. Cross over Potomac River and stay right. Take Exit 41 right onto Clara Barton Parkway westbound to Carderock and the start / finish or eastbound towards DC and the aid stations.
Directions: From Maryland, take I-495 south to Exit 41, Clara Barton Parkway westbound or eastbound.
After you turn onto Clara Barton Parkway eastbound, you see signs for Lock 10, Lock 9, Lock 8, Lock 7, and Lock 6, but no sign for Lock 5 -- look for the spiral ramp over Clara Barton Parkway 0.4 miles east of Lock 6. At each lock, turn right into the small parking area.
On the day before the race, the race director and associate director pre-position one table, two chair, six 5-gallon water jugs, 2 orange 5-gallon coolers, 1 tent, 4 gallons of Gatorade concentrate, (maybe one canister of Simone Super Energy,) 1 white plastic stir stick, food handling gloves, trash boxes, and trash bags at each aid station.
Thus the provisions you need are on-site on race day, except, please bring a bag of ice from your freezer in a Zip-loc bag or an ice chest. Please bring as much bagged ice as you can carry.
Optimally, each aid station has four volunteers.
Carry your provisions across the small wooden footbridge over the C&O Canal and set up on the margin of the Towpath, near the footbridge, but not obstructing the Towpath or the footbridge.
Please wear food-handling gloves at all times. Please pour 100 cups of water. Then mix a 1-gallon jug of Gatorade (1 part Gatorade + 4 parts water), and please pour 16 paper cups of Gatorade. If you have Simone Super Energy powder, please mix a small pitcher and pour 4 paper cups of mix.
Please set up trash boxes on both sides of your table, then also 10 meters, 20 meters, and 30 meters out on each side of your table.
HERE COME THE RUNNERS!
Your first runner comes by around 7:15 AM (Lock 5), 7:30 AM (Lock 7), 7:45 AM (Lock 10); and your last runner will come by around 12:30 PM (Lock 10), 1:00 PM (Lock 7), 1:30 PM (Lock 5).
In case of ANY runner who stops, call the race director at 703-927-4833. We have an emergency vehicle driving back and forth on Clara Barton Parkway so we can respond immediately to emergencies.
If a runner cannot continue but is uninjured, conscious, and lucid:
If a runner cannot continue but is injured, please wear gloves before handling.
Thank you for serving.
Please call me with any questions.
Thank you so much for your help!
Jay Jacob Wind, director
Safety And Health Foundation, Inc.