ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute
17th annual Potomac River Run Marathon & Half

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ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute

17th annual POTOMAC RIVER RUN MARATHON & HALF  
Sunday, May 3, 2020
8:00 AM FULL MARATHON
9:00 AM HALF MARATHON
Celebrating World Laughter Day
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On the historic C&O Canal Towpath  
Start & finish at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC

The Easiest Full Marathon & Half in America -- Come see why!

www.safetyandhealthfoundation.org/marathon

  • Enter On-Line
  • Express Registration
  • Status of Entries
  • Enter by mail (DOC)
  • Enter by mail (PDF)

  • Entry Fees:

  • Members of supporting clubs - $50 now, $60 after September 1, $70 after November 1, $80 after January 1, $90 after March 1
  • Non-members - $60 now, $70 after September 1, $80 after November 1, $90 after January 1, $100 after March 1
  • Same price for full & half marathon, same price for 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM starts
  • You may change between 8:00 AM FULL and 9:00 AM HALF or vice versa via this handy change form
  • Read our Transfer & Deferral Policy and Fee Disclosure
  • If you are a transfer or a deferral from another entrant, you may enter for just $10 via this on-line entry form
  • You may register for ROUND-TRIP Red Top Cab ride
  • Sunday, May 3, departing at 7:00 AM
  • from Courtyard by Marriott, 1533 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA
  • After the finish, whenever we have four passengers, we call Red Top Cab for your ride back to Courtyard by Marriott
  • You may also register for our pre-race dinner
  • Saturday, May 2, at 6:30 PM
  • at Cosi Restaurant, 1801 North Lynn Street, Arlington VA
  • Watch the Kentucky Derby
  • Followed by guest speaker Gib Leonard, Buy A Brick Foundation
    Thank you for entering the 17th annual Potomac River Run Marathon!
  • OFFICIAL 2019 RESULTS are now up'n'running
  • OFFICIAL 2019 AWARDS
  • OFFICIAL 2019 PHOTOS at www.chessiephoto.com/potomac2019 are now up'n'running
  • 2019 Marathon News

  • Congratulations to our 2019 finishers and award-winners!
  • Results by Jay Jacob Wind, Safety And Health Foundation but please use the form to correct your start time, distance, or other data.
  • Send questions to the race director
  • We thank 16-time Potomac River Run Marathoner Michael Creadon for performing the National Anthem on trumpet, Diane Cohen of Arlington Laughter Yoga for leading our laughing warm-up on World Laughter Day, "Showtime Mike" Mebrahtu for announcing the race and keeping our spirits high, official photographer Charlie Milsop of Chessie Photo -- photos available at www.chessiephoto.com/potomacriverrun NOW!, Anna Mwalagho Productions for providing music and dance, and our team of volunteers and staff: Buy A Brick Foundation led by Gib Leonard, D.C. Capital Striders led by Richard Amernick, Marathon Charity Cooperation -- producer of Carderock Running Festival on Sunday, May 16, and SHF staff members Bersabe Belay, Feru Wake Dadi, Hugh Dobson, Mary Anne Elizabeth, Gregory Harris, Zachary Harris, Mark Mackey, Desta Beriso Morkama, Abdelillah Razah, James Scarborough, Bruce Tucker, and many others
  • We thank our many sponsors and vendors: Big Wheel Bikes, CarbBoom! by Boom Nutrition, Cosi Restaurant, Courtyard by Marriott, Dan Kain Trophies, Don's Johns, Dr. Myles Schneider of Annandale Foot and Ankle Center, Dunkin' Donuts, Falls Road Running Store, King Zachary's Royal Barbeque, Mario's Pizza House, Pacers Running Stores, Red Top Cab, Simone Super Energy, SportScience > ®, and Traders Joe's of Arlington, for their support and sponsorship
  • We congratulate our Boston Marathon qualifiers identified in the final edition of these results

    If you want to share your comments via Facebook, we're at https://www.facebook.com/groups/PotomacRiverRun

    We try to answer each comment.
    Thank you, Jay Jacob Wind, director
    Safety And Health Foundation


  • Read our 2019 welcome letter (PDF) | DOC
  • Read our welcome letter sent May 4, 2018
  • Read our welcome letter sent May 2, 2018 (PDF) | DOC
  • Read our welcome letter sent May 4, 2018
  • Read our welcome letter sent May 6, 2017
  • Read our welcome letter sent May 1, 2017
  • Read our pre-race letter sent April 26, 2017

  • Read our photo report as of May 5, 2015
  • Read our final report as of May 4, 2015
  • Read our post-race report as of May 3, 2015
  • View our VIDEO on May 3, 2015
  • Join our Facebook page -- share rides, thoughts, and photos!
  • Confirm your registration
  • View past years' results

    • Questions?      
    Write the race director or call 703-927-4833
    • Sponsored by
    AC-Carb-Boom!   BP-Carb-Boom!   GP-Carb-Boom!
    Carb Boom!®

    • Race-Day Announcer
    ShowtimeMike
    "Showtime Mike" Mebreahtu

  • Watch Showtime Mike here on YouTube | and here
    • Logistics
    Assisted by
    DC Capital Striders
    DCCS
    Marathon Charity Cooperation
    MCC


    BABF
    Gib Leonard, Buy A Brick Foundation
    StompOutMalaria
    Stomp Out Malaria Campaign
    Recent news:
    The quick update on Buy A Brick Foundation. All eight phases are now complete at Leonah Clinic. As the last step, the roof goes on next week. That project has been a major success. The clinic will be able to treat thousands of people in the bush village that wouldn't get treatment otherwise.
    Last Monday, we broke ground on a high school in the bush village of Chidobe. This high school will consist of three school blocks and a teacher living quarters. We need to raise $125,000 for this project and hope to have it completed within one year.
    -- Gib Leonard

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    ArlingtonLaughterYoga
    Arlington Laughter Yoga
    • Benefits
    • Safety And Health Foundation and its charity partner Buy A Brick Foundation - www.buyabrickfoundation.org/
    • When you register, you may include a donation to American Red Cross International Response Fund in Haiti
    • On May 1, 2017, we donated $10, and we gratefully acknowledge the contribution from Lisa Totten
    • On April 22, 2015, we donated $225, and we gratefully acknowledge contributions from Jim Amrhein, Holly Dubbeling, Elisabeth Mueller, Mary Beth Owens, Ann Marie Terzaken, Scott S. Thomas, Phoebe Uricchio, and John Wood
    • On December 27, 2014, we donated $150, and we gratefully acknowledge contributions from Albert Avila, Mary H. Ester, Craig Odell, Tim Rooney, and Lynn Stapp
    • On May 5, 2014, we donated $145, and we gratefully acknowledge contributions from Mehdi S. Cherqaoui, Jeff Duyn, Annie Lowrey, Zachary Maxcey, Mark John Rolincik, and Ginger Elaine Zarse
    • On May 6, 2013, we donated $100, and we gratefully acknowledge contributions from Roberto Sidoti, Paula C. Bamford, Audrey Fincher, and Luke Mitchell
    • On May 5, 2013, we donated $1,000 to One Fund Boston in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and in support of the many who were injured
    • On May 7, 2012, we donated $225, and we gratefully acknowledge contributions from Madeline A. Blobe, Elizabeth Clor, Kevin Foley, Laura Huffman, Stephen Roberts, Joanne B. Sechrest, Ryan Earl Schmidt, and Oskar Tiger
    • On May 2, 2011, we donated $100, and we gratefully acknowledge contributions from John Batley, Katherine Anne Gergen Barnett, Hannah Kojm, and Robert Ian McDonald
    • Photos
    • 2021 Boston Marathon Qualifier
    • Open to
    • Runners of all levels of ability who can cover the course in less than 6 hours
    • Limited to the first 350 entrants
    • Read our messages to entrants:
          • May 1, 2017, Welcome Letter
          • April 26, 2017, Welcome Letter
          • April 27, 2016, Welcome Letter
          • April 15, 2016, Welcome Letter
          • 2015 Welcome Letter
          • 2014 Welcome Letter
          • 2013 Welcome Letter
          • May 1, 2013
          • April 30, 2013
          • April 26, 2013 (for Maryland Starters ONLY)
          • April 24, 2013
          • April 17, 2013
          • April 11, 2013
          • April 1, 2013

    • FAQ:
          • Q. Will the water and athletic drinks be passed out in paper cups or in botles?
          • A. At the aid stations, both water and Gatorade will be in paper cups. Before the start, we offer free samples of CarbBoom. Before the start and after the finish, we offer Simone Super Energy.
          • Q. Do you recycle / re-use?
          • A. Yes. Please dispose of cups and bottles in our marked recycling boxes. Please deposit banana peels and other food waste in our marked composting boxes. We re-use unclaimed bib numbers from previous years
          • Q. Where will drinks be passed out?
          • A. At the start / midpoint / finish at Fletcher's Cove and at each aid station at Lock 5, Lock 7, and Lock 10.
          • Q. What time is the start time for the race?
          • A. The full marathon starts at 8:00 AM, and the half marathon starts at 9:00 AM.
          • Q. Is the full marathon a Boston qualifier?
          • A. Yes, and we send results to Boston Athletic Association about a week after the race.
          • Q. Is the half of full marathon a qualifier for anything else?
          • A. Yes, and results are available on-line for verification required for qualifiers for Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City marathons -- also Olympic Trials during qualifying years
          • Q. What are the full marathon awards?
          • A. In the 8:00 AM full marathon: $250 for 1st M/F overall, $150 for 2nd M/F overall, and $100 for 3rd M/F overall, plus your choice of SHF items or store certificates for top 3 M/F in age groups 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over
          • Q. What are the half marathon awards?
          • A. In the 9:00 AM half marathon: your choice of SHF items or store certificates for top 3 M/F overall and in age groups 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over
          • Q. If I want to start the half marathon at 8:00 AM, is that OK?
          • A. Yes, but no awards in the 8:00 AM half marathon
          • Q. When should I arrive?
          • A. Please arrive a half hour before your start. If you pick up your packet on Thursday or Saturday, then you don't have to stand in line on Sunday. If you don't, please allow 10 extra minutes to get your packet.
          • Q. Do you use timing chips?
          • A. No, we use the old-fashioned method of clicking your bib number into a Time Machine electronic time recorder, wired to a computer for instantaneous results.
          • Q. What about parking?
          • A. We only have about 300 spaces at Fletcher's Cove, and we want to leave some spaces for other park users. Fletcher's Cove has two parking areas. After you enter the driveway toward Fletcher's Cove, look to your left. The upper lot has about 85 parking spaces. Those spaces fill quickly. Now look to your right. You see a tunnel that goes under C&O Canal and C&O Towpath. Carefully enter the tunnel and drive through it to a lower lot with about 300 parking spaces. Once we fill all the parking at Fletcher's Cove (maybe 7:15 AM), a US Park Police officer directs cars to turn right on Reservoir Road towards free on-street parking at The River School, on W Street, Hutchins Street, Bending Lane, Reservoir Road, and MacArthur Boulevard, 0.3 to 0.7 miles away.
          • Alternatively, please take our Red Top Cab from Courtyard by Marriott or car-pool to minimize parking delays.
    • Course
    • Flat - scenic - beautiful views of the Potomac River - tree-lined - shaded - out'n'back
    • Almost totally flat course | Course Map
    • Aid stations with water, Gatorade, friendly volunteers, and toilets at
            • The start / midpoint / finish at Fletcher's Cove - Mile 0.0, 13.1, and 26.2 (permanent and portable toilets)
            • Lock 5 - Mile 2.0, 11.1, 15.1, 24.2 (portable toilet across C&O Canal)
            • Lock 7 - Mile 4.0, 9.1, 17.1, 22.2
            • Lock 10 - Mile 6.0, 7.1, 19.1, 20.2
    • Spectator access at the stations and also at
            • Chain Bridge - Mile 1.0, 12.1, 14.1, 25.2
            • Lock 6 - Mile 2.2, 10.9, 15.3, 24.0
            • Lock 8 - Mile 5.0, 8.1, 18.1, 21.2
            • Lock 9 - Mile 5.5, 7.6, 18.6, 24.7
            • Turnaround point - Mile 6.6 and 19.7
    • The locks are accessible from EASTBOUND Clara Barton Parkway only
    • You pass 4 aid stations a total of 15 times. | MAPS
    • Off-Site Parking Options
    • Full & Half Marathon
    • Your choice -- 26.2 miles or 13.1 miles
    • Both are USATF-certified
    • The full marathon is a qualifier for 2019 Boston Marathon + Chicago, Houston, New York Marathons, and US Olympic Trials qualifier -->
    • The half marathon is a qualifier for Chicago, Houston, New York
    • When you register, you can select which distance you want to run, same price
    • You may change later between 8:00 AM FULL and 9:00 AM HALF start
    • Registration 
    • Entry fees: $60 now, $70 after September 1, $80 after November 1, $90 after January 1, $100 after March 1
    • Registration is OPEN
    • No race-day registration, please
    • Keepers:
    • Pre-Race
    • Book your flight with JET BLUE, our official airline
    • PACKET PICK-UPS:
            • Early: Help us assemble bib numbers and goodie bags and get your bib number, goodie bag, and t-shirt early on Thursday, April 30, 5:00-8:00 PM, at Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street South, Arlington VA 22204
            • Pre-race: Pick up your bib number, goodie bag, and t-shirt on Saturday, May 2, from 11:00 AM to 5:45 PM, at Pacers Running Store, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA 22201
            • Race-Day: Pick up your bib number, goodie bag, and t-shirt on Sunday, May 3, from 7:15 AM to 8:45 AM, on-site at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC 22207 | Race-day packet pick-up and bag check at the picnic tables down the stairs in the lower parking lot

    • PRE-RACE DINNER:
    • Join us for pre-race dinner on Saturday, May 2, at 6:30 PM, at Cosi Restaurant, 1801 North Lynn Street, Arlington VA, to watch the Kentucky Derby and featuring guest speaker Gib Leonard, Buy A Brick Foundation www.buyabrickfoundation.org
    • Dinner tickets are $10 all you can eat ($15 at the door)
    • Register for the dinner before Friday, May 2

    • Join our Facebook page -- share rides, thoughts, and photos!
    • Host Hotel
    • Race-Day
    • Civil Twilight at 5:35 AM | Sunrise at 6:04 AM
    • You may park anywhere in Rosslyn (on-street parking is free on Sunday)
        Then go to Courtyard by Marriott, 1533 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA, and take our Red Top Cab ($10 pre-paid only) 7:00 AM taxi service to Fletcher's Cove
        Round-trip taxi rides are $10.00 pre-paid only
    • Please register for the taxi before April 30, 2020 | Route map
    • Parking is limited to 385 cars at Fletcher's Cove (see below).
        Once parking at Fletcher's is filled, cars must turn right onto Reservoir Road and park free on-street.
        Your best choice is to have a friend drop you off at the entrance to Fletcher's Cove or Lock 5,
        then have your friend go to one of the locks to watch you
        Parking is free at Locks 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10, all accessible from EASTBOUND Clara Barton Parkway.
    • You may pick up your bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag
        on race-day, Sunday, May 3, 7:15 AM to 8:45 AM, at Fletcher's Cove at the picnic tables
    • Restrooms are on-site
    • Note: No race-day registration
    • 7:25 AM -- Announcements begin by Michael "Showtime Mike" Mebrahtu | See his video
    • 7:30 AM -- Laughing Warm-up led by Diane Cohen, Arlington Laughter Yoga
    • 7:50 AM -- The National Anthem, played by 16-time Potomac River Run Marathon finisher Michael Creadon
    • 7:55 AM -- Official welcome
    • 8:00 AM -- Full marathon start
    • 8:25 AM -- Announcements begin by Michael "Showtime Mike" Mebrahtu | See his video
    • 8:30 AM -- Laughing Warm-up led by Diane Cohen, Arlington Laughter Yoga
    • 8:50 AM -- The National Anthem, played by 16-time Potomac River Run Marathon finisher Michael Creadon
    • 8:55 AM -- Official welcome
    • 9:00 AM -- Half marathon start
    • Spectator access | MAPS
            • Chain Bridge
            • Lock 5
            • Lock 6
            • Lock 7
            • Lock 8
            • Lock 9
            • Lock 10
    • The course is out'n'back twice 
    • Directions
    • To drive to Fletcher's Cove from Georgetown, head west on M Street.
    • Cross Foxhall Road. M Street becomes Canal Road.
    • Continue west for 1.5 miles on Canal Road to the sign for Fletcher's Cove on the left.
    • CAREFULLY cross the westbound lane to turn onto the driveway.
    • Stay right and follow the tunnel under the C&O Canal to free parking.
    • Alternatively, turn right onto Reservoir Road and park free on any neighborhood street.
    • Please carpool or use our Facebook page to share a ride.
    • Drop-off instructions
    • Parking is limited at Fletcher's Cove
    • If someone can drop you off, the best place is the intersection of Canal Road and Reservoir Road
    • Please be careful when you cross Canal Road.
    • Post-race
    • Refreshments courtesy of sponsors, medals by Dan Kain Trophies, presentation of awards immediately after you finish
    • 8:00 AM Marathon Awards: $250 to 1st, $150 to 2nd, $100 to 3rd overall M/F; gift certificates and commemoratives to 1st, 2nd, 3rd by 10-year age-group M/F in the 8:00 competitive start
    • 9:00 AM Half Marathon Awards: gift certificates and commemoratives to 1st, 2nd, 3rd M/F overall and 1st, 2nd, 3rd by 10-year age-group M/F
    • Finisher certificates by e-mail on request
    • Sponsors:
    • 2019 sponsors:
    • We thank our many sponsors and vendors:
    • Big Wheel Bikes,
    • CarbBoom! by Boom Nutrition,
    • Cosi Restaurant,
    • Dan Kain Trophies,
    • Don's Johns,
    • Dr. Myles Schneider of Annandale Foot and Ankle Center,
    • Dunkin' Donuts,
    • Falls Road Running Store,
    • Key Bridge Marriott,
    • Mario's Pizza House,
    • Pacers Running Stores,
    • Red Top Cab,
    • Simone Super Energy,
    • SportScience >, and
    • Traders Joe's of Arlington
    • 2018 sponsors:
    • We thank our many sponsors and vendors:
    • Fast Track Sports Medicine and Performance in Merrifield VA
    • Arnold's 100% organic sliced bread
      ,
    • Big Wheel Bikes,
    • CarbBoom! by Boom Nutrition,
    • Cosi Restaurant,
    • Dan Kain Trophies,
    • Don's Johns,
    • Dr. Myles Schneider of Annandale Foot and Ankle Center,
    • Dunkin' Donuts,
    • Falls Road Running Store,
    • Key Bridge Marriott,
    • Mario's Pizza House,
    • Pacers Running Stores,
    • RBC Wealth Management,
    • Red Top Cab,
    • Simone Super Energy,
    • SportScience >,
    • Traders Joe's of Arlington, and
    • Trillium Lifestyle for their support and sponsorship
    • 2017 Sponsors:
    Big Wheel
  • Big Wheel Bikes
  • www.bigwheelbikes.com
  • 3119 Lee Highway, Arlington VA (703-522-1110)
  • 6917 Arlington Road, Bethesda MD (301-652-0192)
  • 2 Prince Street, Old Town, Alexandria VA (703-739-2300)
  • 1034 33rd Street NW, Georgetown, Washington DC (202-337-0254)
  • 9931 Falls Road, Potomac MD (301-299-1660)
  • Pacers Running Stores
  • Pacers Running Stores
  • www.runpacers.com
  • 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA 22201 (703-248-6883)
  • 1301 King Street, Alexandria VA 22314 (703-836-1463)
  • 10420 North Street, Fairfax VA 22030 (703-537-0630)
  • 1821 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20009 (202-506-2029)
  • 300 Tingey Street SE, Washington DC 20003 (202-554-1216)
  • 7 Palmer Square West, Princeton NJ 08542 (609-454-5429)
  • Boom Nutrition
  • Carb BOOM!
  • A product of Boom Nutrition
  • Order on-line at www.boomnutrition.com
  • Honest Tea
  • Honest Tea • Honest Ade • Honest Sport
  • Available at stores everywhere
  • www.honesttea.com
  • Dr. Myles Schneider

  • Dr. Myles Schneider
  • Annandale Foot and Ankle Center (703-750-1124)
  • www.annandalefootandankle.com
  • Mario's Pizza House 
  • Mario's Pizza House
  • 3322 Wilson Boulevard
  • Arlington VA 22201
  • (703-524-0800)
  • Simone Super Energy™
  • Simone Super Energy™
  • www.simonesuperenergy.com

  • Technical documentation:
  • Metro 29 Diner
  • Metro 29 Diner Restaurant
  • 4711 Lee Highway
  • Arlington VA
  • (703-528-2464)
  • Whole Foods of Arlington
  • Whole Foods Market
  • 2700 Wilson Blvd
  • Arlington VA 22201
  • (703-527-6596)
  • and many other locations
  • Falls Road
  • Falls Road Running Store
  • 6247 Falls Road
  • Baltimore, MD 21209
  • (410-296-5050)
    • Press Room
    • Headphones and water belts
    • Re personal listening devices, we follow USATF rule 144.3.b (Assistance to Athletes):
      The visible possession or use by athletes of video, audio, or communications devices in the competition area. The Games Committee for an LDR event may allow the use of portable listening devices not capable of receiving communication; however, those competing in championships for awards, medals, or prize money may not use such devices.

    • Because we must be able to communicate instructions to you at certain points in our races, we specifically allow wearing headphones during the race, but we specifically prohibit wearing headphones at these points:
    • Start line
    • Aid stations
    • Turnaround 1
    • Midpoint
    • Turnaround 2
    • Finish line

    • Since we offer prize money ($250, $150, $100 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd M/F), we ask you to follow this rule: If you expect to finish in the money, please don't wear headphones. Because of the specificity of Rule 144.3.b, we must disqualify potential money-winners whom we see wearing headphones or other two-way devices such as cell phones and the new talking wristbands. Sorry about that.

    • You may carry water or wear a hydration vest, but won't it slow you down? We have aid stations with water and Gatorade roughly every two miles.

    • We do not accept self-measurement using GPS

  • Pre-race and post-race: Book signing by Jay Jacob Wind, author of "The Man Who Stole The Sun"
  • It's a high-action suspense thriller on the day before Marine Corps Marathon, all about running in Arlington VA
  • Bring $10.00 for an author-graphed copy, or see www.arlingtonsunrise.com to order by direct mail or by PayPal or by Active.com for $14.00 including postage