Potomac River Run Marathon & Half Welcome Letter 1

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Thank you for entering the 10.5th annual Potomac River Run Marathon & Half Marathon

Please check the event's official website for updates: http://www.safetyandhealthfoundation.org/marathon/20131117.php

To view your complete registration details, click http://www.active.com/send_confirmation_reciept.cfm?event_id=2092795

Thank you for entering the 10.5th annual Potomac River Run Marathon on Sunday, November 17, 2013, 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).

We shall send messages every few days this week to keep you informed about our race.

We opened a Facebook page about Potomac River Run Marathon to enable you to share rides and gossip and to throw sheep at each other. Join our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/groups/PotomacRiverRun/

Philippines Typhoon Aid

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Safety And Health Foundation will donate $1000 to Philippine Red Cross (address: Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, PO Box 280, Manila PHILIPPINES 1018; phone: +011-63-527-0000, hotline 143; web page: www.redcross.org.ph to support relief efforts after Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) destroyed Visayas Islands, Bantayan Island, Daanbantayan, Panay, Busuanga Island, Samar Island, and Leyte, where at least 10,000 people are estimated to have died in the city of Tacloban alone. (Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Haiyan)

You may donate directly to Philippine Red Cross via www.redcross.org.ph/donate

We offer our sympathies and prayers to the people of the Philippines

As we did at our 10th annual Potomac River Run Marathon on May 5, 2013, after the Boston Marathon bombings, we shall have a large board at our pre-race packet pick-ups and on race day for you to write words of comfort and support, which we shall mail along with our donation.

Marathon Weekend Events

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On Thursday, November 14, 5-8 PM, we assemble goodie bags at Road Runner Sports, 1120 West Broad Street, Falls Church VA 22046. Please join us to stuff a 350 goodie bags and get your bib number early. Packet pick-up opens at 6 PM. Show your bib number at the counter for a 10% store discount at Road Runner Sports.

Packet pick-up re-opens on Saturday, November 16, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC 20007 (202-337-8628). Show your bib number at the counter for a 15% store discount at Georgetown Running Company.

At 6:30 PM on Saturday, November 16, at at Cosi Restaurant, 1801 North Lynn Street, Arlington VA, please join us for pre-race dinner and the first DC-area SCHOOL-BUILDING SUMMIT for all charity leaders building schools and educating youth internationally -- to start a conversation that may change the world.

Featured guests:

Gib Leonard, BuyaBrickFoundation, building schools and delivering food and medicine in 6 towns in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia)

Adrianne Doherty, Mercy Center Foundation USA, building a school in Lare, Kenya - directing Mercy 5K on Saturday, May 17, 2014

Kassahun Maru, Young Ethiopian Self-Sufficiency Enhancing Re-education Association (YESSERA), training for sustainability in Ethiopia

John Wanda, Arlington Academy of Hope, building schools in Uganda

Dinner tickets are $10 for all you can eat via http://www.active.com/framed/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2092795

Please register for the dinner by November 13

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

To drive to Carderock, take Exit 41, the first exit north of the Potomac River off the I-495 Capital Beltway. Stay right and follow the sign to Carderock onto Clara Barton Parkway. Stay right, and exit right at the sign for Carderock. Stay left, cross the bridge over Clara Barton Parkway, turn right, and proceed through the tunnel under the C&O Canal Towpath. Continue on the park road to the rightmost parking area. Once that area is filled, we direct you to the next-to-rightmost area, then to the other two parking areas.

To bike or run to Carderock, take C&O Canal Towpath northwest under I-495 Beltway. Carderock is about 1.5 miles west of I-495 Beltway. Turn left at the gravel road and ride or run to the rightmost parking area.

On race day, Sunday, November 17, packet pick-up opens at 7:15 AM at Carderock.

We offer "Dawn Patrol" taxi rides from Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington VA 22209, for $10 (regularly $20), departing at 7:00 AM. The ride is about 20 minutes. The taxi ride is one-way.

After you finish and want a ride back, raise your hand at the post-race picnic near the finish line, and we'll match you with some driving back to DC and Key Bridge. (If you drive to Carderock and can take passengers back, please also let us know.

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 as many runners / walkers as possible to join the Early Bird start.

From 8:30 AM to 8:45 AM, we host a warmup at the Carderock picnic shelter. At 8:45 AM, we move to the Towpath for the National Anthem. We start the competitive race at 9:00 AM.

Our sponsors include Georgetown Running Company, Road Runner Sports, Runners Pantry, Simone Super Energy (www.simonesuperenergy.com), Whole Foods of Arlington, and Mario's Pizza House.

If your business wishes to sponsor the marathon, please see www.safetyandhealthfoundation.org/marathon/sponsor.doc -- you get your insert in our goodie bags, your ad on our web site ... what's not to love!

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

It's too late to reserve on-line for $129/night, but you can call 1-800-676-2959 toll-free, 703-524-6400 local • Group Number MCCMCCA for a reservation.

Good restaurants are a short walk away from the hotel, and a lovely running path starts at Key Bridge Marriott and goes 6 miles west with few road crossings.

We thank Marie Morton of Runners Pantry for serving her new recipe for whole-grain lingonberry pancakes at packet pick-up on Saturday and psot-race on Sunday. MMMM!

We look forward to hosting you at the 10½th annual Potomac River Run Marathon.

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

Jay Jacob Wind, Director

Potomac River Run Marathon