Thank you for entering the 9½th annual Potomac River Run Marathon on Sunday, November 18, 2012, with starts at 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM, at Carderock Recreation Area on the C&O Canal Towpath, in memory of Dean Shulman (1961-2012), to benefit BuyABrick Foundation.

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In particular, our two timing volunteers need transportation on race morning from Randolph Towers, 3902 14th Street NW, Washington DC. If you can assist on Sunday with transportation for two, please call Bersabe Belay at 202-510-5752.

Upcoming Events:

On Thursday, November 15, 6-8 PM, we assemble goodie bags at Road Runner Sports, 1120 West Broad Street, Falls Church VA 22046 (703-237-3636). Please join us to stuff 200 goodie bags. You get a 10% store discount on anything you buy during packet pick-up.

Packet pickup is open on Saturday, November 17, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, (NOTE CORRECT TIME) at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC 20007 (202-337-8626). You get a 15% store discount on anything you buy during packet pick-up.

Our t-shirts this year are SportScience (r) long-sleeved heather gray, with a colorful front and TeamAfrica's design on the back. For a preview, see for the front, for the back.

At 6:30 PM, we settle down for dinner at Cosi Restaurant, across Key Bridge at 1801 Lynn Street, Arlington VA 22209, with guest speaker Gib Leonard, director of TeamAfrica BuyABrick Foundation. He will tell us about TeamAfrica's program building schools in Zimbabwe and their plans for the future.

Get a good night's sleep, because tomorrow, we run.

If you checked in for our "Dawn Patrol" taxi ride for $10 (regularly $20), you may catch our reserved Red Top Cab from Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington VA 22209, starting at 7:15 AM. The ride is about 20 minutes.

We arrive on-site at about 7:00 AM on race day to set up race-day packet pick-up from 7:15 AM to 8:45 AM.

For a map of the course showing local roads, see

For a printable map of the USATF-certified course, see

Carderock Recreation Area does not have an address per se, so here are detailed directions:

To drive to Carderock, take the I-495 Capital Beltway to Exit 41, the first exit north of the Potomac River. Stay right and follow the sign to Carderock onto Clara Barton Parkway. Continue about one mile west of the Beltway. Watch for the sign for "David Taylor Model Basin" on the white building on your right. Stay in the right-hand lane and take the first exit right at the sign for Carderock. Pass the sign for "NavSurfWarCen" and go to the top of the ramp. At the top of the ramp, watch for the sign "Carderock" pointing left. Turn left, cross the bridge over Clara Barton Parkway, and watch for the sign "I-495" pointing left. Don't turn left there. Instead, continue straight past that sign, bear right, and proceed through the tunnel under the C&O Canal Towpath. Continue on the park road to the leftmost parking area or a little to the right to the next-to-leftmost parking area, where the bathrooms are located. Once those two areas are filled, you can park in the two areas to the right. The farthest right parking area also has bathrooms.

To bike or run to Carderock, take the C&O Canal Towpath northwest under the Beltway. Carderock is 1.0 miles past the Beltway. Turn left at the gravel road and ride or run to packet pick-up at the leftmost parking area.

The start line is on the C&O Canal Towpath. From the main road entering Carderock, walk north to the gravel road on the right, before the tunnel under the Towpath. Walk up the gravel path to the Towpath. Please allow time to get from the parking area and the bathrooms to the start line.

On race day, Sunday, November 18, packet pickup opens at 7:15 AM at Carderock.

If you need more than 5 hours to finish, please join our Early Bird Start at 8:00 AM. You get the same medal, post-race refreshments, and finish certification, including a mailed certificate of your time suitable for framing and Framingham ... and Boston. You also get your medal and post-race picnic sooner. We want to ask as many runners / walkers as possible to join the Early Bird start.

From 8:15 AM to 8:45 AM, you can stay warm at the picnic shelter adjoining the leftmost parking area.

Come meet Esther Lofgren, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, a member of the women's eight in rowing that won the Olympic gold medal in London this summer. She just moved to the DC area and plans to run her first marathon on Sunday. She will be available to take photos and sign autographs at race morning registration till 8:30 (so she can get her warm-up!)

At 8:45 AM, we move to the Towpath for the National Anthem. We start the competitive race at 9:00 AM.

Please note that we must close down the finish line at 2:00 PM. That's why we ask anyone who needs 5 hours or more to start at 8:00 AM. You can write us to join the 8:00 AM start or check in using the form at

Our sponsors so far include Georgetown Running Company, Whole Foods of Arlington, and Mario's Pizza House. If your business wishes to sponsor the marathon, please see -- you get your name or logo on the t-shirt, your insert in our goodie bags, your ad on our web site ... what's not to love! We need 200 inserts by Thursday at 12 noon at my home, or by 6 PM at Road Runner Sports in Falls Church VA. Call 703-927-4833 for details.

Host Hotel: Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington VA 22209-1201

$129/night or call 1-800-676-2959 toll-free, 703-524-6400 local • Group Number MCCMCCA -- Reserve by November 10.

Good restaurants are a short walk away, and a lovely paved running path starts at Key Bridge Marriott and goes 4 miles west with few road crossings.

We look forward to hosting you at the 9½th annual Potomac River Run Marathon.

Thank you!!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !.2

Jay Jacob Wind, Director

Potomac River Run Marathon