Georgetown Half Marathon

Charity races for girls' education in Kenya and Nepal
Georgetown Half Marathon

Saturday, October 8, 2022
9:00 AM - Half Marathon

C&O Canal Towpath at
Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC 20007

  • Enter On-Line
  • Express Registration
  • Enter by mail (web page) | PDF | DOC
  • On-line entry closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 6:00 PM
  • After on-line entry closes, you may still register at packet pick-up
    on Friday, October 7, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC, upstairs

  • Please get your packet on Friday or arrange for someone to get it for you
  • Kaimont
    Presented by Kaimont LLC
    Presented by Mercy Center Foundation U.S.A.
  • View video "A Journey to Himalaya"
    by Monika Paris
  • View video "The Kailash Home in Katmandu, Nepal"
  • Follow Kaimont Trekking on Facebook
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  • View Mercy Center Foundation's video by Davin Lindwall
    featuring the girls of Mercy School, Lare, Kenya
    and the Mercy Project providing access
    to clean water, health care, educational opportunities, and micro-enterprise initiatives
  • Invitation:
  • Limited to the first 350 entrants
  • Perfect for both experienced runners and first-timers
  • Open to anyone who can finish the half marathon by 1:00 PM
  • We must enforce this time limit due to National Park Service regulations
  • Aid stations shut down on this schedule: Lock 10 at 12:15 PM, Lock 7 at 12:30 PM, and Lock 5 at 12:45 PM (approximately 17-minute miles)
  • If you don't make those cuts, aid station volunteers will offer you transportation back to the finish
  • The finish line remains open until the last person finishes, we hope before 1:00 PM

    Weather Conditions:

  • We conduct this race under the supervision of National Park Service and U.S. Park Police
  • In the unlikely event they deem weather conditions to be dangerous, they have the authority to ask us to delay the start, to shorten the course, or to move operations such as the live music and post-race refreshments up from the lower level picnic tables to the upper level at the Towpath
  • We intend to conduct the event on-time as planned except in case of emergency
  • The Weather Channel forecasts
  • Benefits:
  • Race proceeds support
  • Mercy Center Foundation's work in Kenya (see
  • Supporting and mentoring girls' education and empowering new healthy lifestyles
  • Himalayan Children's Foundation's work in Nepal (see

    Race-Day Agenda:

  • Saturday, October 8
  • 6:45 AM -- On-site volunteer set-up
  • 7:15 AM -- On-site packet pick-up opens
  • 7:15 AM -- Free bag check is available -- write your bib number and name on your white plastic bag or green goodie bag -- no duffel bags or backpacks, per National Park Service regulations
  • 8:30 AM -- Pre-race warm-up on lower-level near boathouse
  • 8:40 AM -- Half marathon runners gather at upper-level on C&O Canal Towpath at start / finish line
  • 8:45 AM -- National Anthem sung by member of Bach To Rock Bethesda
  • 8:50 AM -- Official welcome by Kaimont LLC (Monika Paris) and Mercy Center Foundation USA (Adrianne Doherty)
  • 8:55 AM -- Course instructions by Safety And Health Foundation (Jay Jacob Wind)
  • 9:00 AM -- Half marathon starts

  • 10:15 AM -- Half marathoners receive finishers medals when they finish -- stay for the awards
  • 10:15 AM -- Refreshments, food, DJ music by Bach to Rock Bethesda at lower level
  • 11:15 AM -- Awards presentation at lower level (1st, 2nd, 3rd M/F overall and by 10-year age group)
  • 12:00 noon -- Last few half marathon finishers arrive
  • 1:00 PM -- Clean-up begins
  • 1:45 PM -- Clean-up complete

  • 7:00 PM -- Results published ASAP at and thank-you e-mail to all entrants
  • USATF-Certified Course:

  • The half marathon courses is USATF-certified and a qualifying race for Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, and USA Olympic Trials Marathons

    Sponsor Us:

  • Please join us as a sponsor | PDF | DOC
  • We announce our sponsors in pre-race e-mailings, on our web site, on our t-shirt, on race-day, and post-race
  • If you're interested in sponsoring, please call Adrianne Doherty (703-309-6657) to discuss levels and opportunities

  • 2021 Sponsors:


  • Georgetown Running Company
  • 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC 20007 (202-337-8626)
  • Visitation
  • Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
        1524 35th Street NW, Washington DC 20007 (202-337-3350)
  • softedge
  • SoftEdge -- Connect to Capitol Hill
  • Amnion
  • Amnion
  • Renew * Restore * Rejuvenate * A higher quality of life awaits
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  • Balducci's® Food Lover's Market™
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  • International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)
  • Timothy Driscoll, President
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  • Barrel Oak Winery
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  • Saxby's Coffee
  • Pre-Race Packet Pick-up:

  • Pre-race packet pick-up: Friday, October 7, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC 20007 (202-337-8626)

    Race-Day Packet Pick-up:

  • Race-day packet pick-up on Saturday, October 8 -- Please arrive early
  •     Opens 7:15 AM, closes at 8:45 AM
  •     On-site at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC
  • Please attend one of the two pre-race packet pick-ups (or have someone pick up for you) -- We will not not mail packets

    Directions to Fletcher's Cove:

  • Fletcher's Cove is two miles west of Key Bridge at 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC
  • From Georgetown, take M Street NW west past Key Bridge
  • At Foxhall Road, M Street NW becomes Canal Road NW
  • Stay left on Canal Road NW
  • The old stone wall continues from Key Bridge to Fletcher's Cove
  • After two miles, you see the stoplight for Reservoir Road NW on the right and the gap in the old stone wall on the left
  • CAREFULLY turn left down the ramp to free parking for 85 cars in the upper parking lot
  • When the upper lot is full, bear right at the bottom of the ramp and turn into the tunnel under C&O Canal Towpath
  • At the end of the tunnel, bear left to free parking for 200 cars in the lower parking lot
  • If both parking lots are full, we post a marshal on Canal Road NW at Reservoir Road NW to instruct drivers to turn RIGHT up Reservoir Road NW to free parking on-street and at The River School

  • Please approach Fletcher's Cove from the east from DC using M Street NW and Canal Road NW from Georgetown
  • Make a left at the stoplight at Reservoir Road to go down the ramp to Fletcher's Cove

  • Please DO NOT approach Fletcher's Cove from the west from MD using Clara Barton Parkway or VA using Chain Bridge onto Canal Road NW
  • From Canal Road eastbound, making the hairpin turn to go down the ramp to Fletcher's Cove is almost impossible

    Course Maps:

  • Start and finish at Fletcher's Cove | 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC (Google Map)
  • USATF certified course DC21001RT


  • Totally flat dirt-packed gravel trail, alongside scenic C&O Canal Towpath
  • The half marathon is out 6.55 miles to Towpath mile 9.65 and back
  • The towpath runs the length of 184.5 miles along the scenic C&O Canal
  • Made of crushed stone and packed dirt, it is perfect for running, biking, and recreational events and programs
  • It is mostly a flat route combined with some hills, turns, and medium or moderate terrain, but it's straight out'n'back where we run this race
  • Please be courteous to other park users. We do not have exclusive use of the trail -- we share it with other runners, walkers, and bicyclists
  • Official 2021 Marathon Results | Half Marathon Awards | Full Marathon Awards
  • Complete OFFICIAL 2019 results | Awards

  • 2019 Photos by Frank Blancero • 12345678
  • Complete 2018 resultsAwardsActive results
  • Complete 2017 resultsAwards