• We operate subject to the regulations of the jurisdictions of our race, for instance C&O Canal Towpath
  • Some jurisdictions required masks in areas when physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails, overlooks, and parking lots, but not during active recreation in open areas
  • National Park Service posts updates on its and on the park's social media channels, such as National Park Service Public Health Update page

  • We resumed full in-person races in August 2021

  • Towpath Half Marathon & 5K

  • To keep everyone safe and healthy, we had to change this race to be a VIRTUAL Half Marathon and 5K

  • You can run a half marathon (13.1 miles) or a 5K (3.1 miles) anywhere in the world between today and September 19 and submit your time via this survey form

  • We host packet pickup on Monday, September 21, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street, Washington DC (upstairs)
  • Physical distancing and face coverings (masks) for everyone
  • We will mail any t-shirts & medals that remain unclaimed after race day (USA addresses only)

  • Currently, all races on National Park Service property are cancelled, but you are free to run a virtual race on your own

  • If you want to run your virtual run on the official course, go to

    Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC 20007 | Course maps

  • To benefit
    Mercy Center Foundation U.S.A. Inc.

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  • Make a donation via our web site
  • Sponsor our race (PDF)
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    We welcome you!

    Thank you!
  • We are grateful for your support! All net proceeds from these charity races support girls' education in Kenya
  • Date / Location:
  • Any day from today through September 19, 2020, at 5:00 PM, your choice of 5K or half marathon
  • If you want to run the official course, go to Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC 20007 | or any other location, your choice
  • Entry Fees:
  • Half Marathon Run: $65 by November 30, $75 after December 1, $85 after February 1, $95 after April 1, $100 after April 15
  • 5K Run/Walk: $25 by November 30, $30 after December 1, $35 after February 1, $40 after April 1
  • T-shirts:
  • High-quality colorful sweat-wicking race t-shirt for 5K and half marathon
  • Medals for half marathons (not for 5K)
  • View this year's t-shirt design | Front PDF | Front DOCX | Back PDF | Back DOCX
  • Pre-race packet pick-up:
  • Times and locations to be announced
    Georgetown Running Company
    Wanu Water - Quench Your Appetite

    Renew * Restore * Rejuvenate * A higher quality of life awaits
    International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
    The Soft Edge
    The Soft Edge
    Georgetown Visitation
    Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th Street NW, Washington DC 20007 (202-337-3350)
    Saxbys Coffee
    Saxbys Coffee
  • Barrel Oak Winery
  • Balduccis

    Sponsor Us:
  • Please support our project to build a secondary school in Lare, Kenya
  • Please sponsor our race | Read our letter to sponsors
  • Please volunteer:
    Directions to Fletcher's Cove:
  • If you want to run the official course, it starts and finishes at Fletcher's Cove
  • Google map to Fletcher's Cove

  • Directions from Georgetown and points east:
        •• Take M Street westbound past Key Bridge
        •• At Foxhall Road, M Street becomes Canal Road. Continue west for 2 miles.
        •• Watch for Reservoir Road on right and entrance to Fletcher's Cove on left.
        •• CAREFULLY turn left - watch for oncoming traffic

  • Directions from Maryland and points west:
        •• Take Clara Barton Parkway eastbound to Chain Bridge where Canal Road begins
        •• Cross Arizona Avenue
        •• Watch for the entrance to Fletcher's Cove on the right
        •• Turn right VERY CAREFULLY -- the right turn there is very sharp

  • Continue down the driveway to free parking
        •• We have 85 parking spots on the left above Fletcher's Cove
        •• When those spaces are full, drive through the tunnel on the right to 200 free parking spaces below Fletcher's Cove
  • Course:
  • Out'n'back on C&O Canal Towpath
  • Completely flat, with a scenic bridge about one mile from the start / finish
  • No cross streets
  • USATF-certified half-marathon course DC09005RT
  • GMAP of 5K course | Exactly at the turnaround point is a unique formation of three big rocks side-by-side
  • GMAP of walk from Lock 5 to 5K turnaround point
  • Driving Instructions:
  • Canal Road NW is the street name between Foxhall Road on the east and Chain Bridge on the west. Going westbound from Fletcher's Cove, after you pass Chain Bridge, the street name becomes Clara Barton Parkway. Lock 5 is visible from the east less than one mile west of Chain Bridge, but getting there presents a problem.
  • About 50 meters EAST of Lock 5, a concrete median begins.
  • If you are VERY VERY CAREFUL, you can turn left before the concrete median begins, cross the eastbound lane, and turn left into the Lock 5 parking area. Please wait for a big break between any cars heading eastbound. Getting to Lock 5 would be so much easier if the concrete median ended west of Lock 5, but as they say. "It is where it is."
  • To help you to plot a course from your home, here is a GoogleMap of Lock 5 | No sign exists for Lock 5, sorry about that. Look for a concrete spiral ramp over Clara Barton Parkway. Lock 5 is on the right-hand side immediately after to concrete spiral ramp.
  • To help you to plot a course from your home, here are three maps:
          • Google map of Lock 10
          • Google map of Lock 7
          • Google map of Lock 5
  • Locks 10, 7, and 5 are accessible only from EASTBOUND Clara Barton Parkway, not accessible in any way from WESTBOUND Clara Barton Parkway.
  • If you're coming westbound from the EAST, e.g. from Fletcher's Cove or from Chain Bridge, you must drive west to the Glen Echo exit, turn right to go up the ramp, turn left at the top of the ramp, and turn left again onto eastbound Clara Barton Parkway. Then Lock 7 is the first stop on the right, after the sign for Lock 7.
  • If you're coming from Alexandria, take I-495 Capital Beltway to Exit 41, Clara Barton Parkway eastbound. Coming from the Beltway eastbound, you have no problem turning right at Lock 10, Lock 7, or Lock 5.
  • Mission:
  • We currently educate more than 400 female students at Mercy Girls Secondary School in Lare, Nakuru Province, Kenya, between Eldoret and Nairobi, in Great Rift Valley
          •• In Kenya, many girls still have no options for secondary school education. Our school fills that void.
          •• With the proceeds of this race, we plan to finish the science lab at the school.
          •• View our Facebook page
  • To post your photographs:
  • View our Facebook event page
  • Press Room:
  • Video by Davin Lindwall
  • Limit:
  • Limited to the first 500 entrants
  • Post your results
  • Please use this survey form
  • Only paid-up registrants receive t-shirts (all) and medals (half marathoners), even absent a virtual time
  • More information:
  • Questions -- Contact Jay Jacob Wind (703-927-4833) racedirector@att.net
  • Past years' results:
  • 2019 5K Results | Awards | 2019 10K Results | Awards
  • 2018 Complete Results | Awards
  • 2017 Complete Results | Awards
  • 2016 Complete Results | Awards
  • 2015 Complete Results | Awards
  • 2014 Complete Results | Awards