11.5th annual Potomac River Run Marathon & Half Marathon

Other, Half Marathon, Marathon

Event Date

Sun, Nov 16, 2014

Address

Bethesda, MD

About This Activity

Race Start Time

  • 9:00 AM Competitive Start (awards for top finishers)
  • 8:00 AM Early Bird Start if you need more than 5 hours to finish (a few awards)
  • 7:00 AM Very Early Start (unsupported for the first hour) if you need more than 6 hours to finish (what's an award?)

  • Easy!

  • The easiest marathon in America! 100% off-road
  • No hills, no turns, no street crossings, almost no pavement

  • Boston Marathon qualifier

  • USATF-certified course MD-09009-RT
  • You can use this race to qualify for Boston 2016 or to improve your qualifying time for Boston 2015
  • $10 off for anyone who has entered Boston 2015
  • We send results to Boston Athletic Association right after the race
  • At our 9:00 AM marathon on November 17, 2013, 20% of our finishers (18 of 87) qualified for Boston, with a median time of 3:57:56| 2013 results

  • Select your event

  • You may register for the half marathon or the full marathon. Same medals, same refreshments, same finisher certificates by mail, but no awards

  • Member Price

  • If you are member of one of our supporting clubs or charities or 50-state and 100-marathon clubs, you get a $10 discount

  • Non-Member Price

  • If you neither a member of one of our supporting clubs or a sponsor, your entry fee is the non-member price.

  • Course Maps

  • USATF-certified course MD09011RT -- A Boston Marathon qualifier
  • Almost totally flat course -- highest point is 44m above sea level, lowest point is 12m above sea level
  • Annotated course map with aid stations and spectator access

  • About BuyABrickFoundation

  • We have distributed more than a 1000 pairs of reading glasses and sunglasses; delivered thousands of kilos of food to starving people in town and in the bush; sponsored school fees and purchased school supplies for hundreds of children; built multiple toilets on village school grounds; repaired and installed water well pumps; and restored power to village schools that had been without power for almost a year. In August 2012, we finished our seventh school block.

  • Limit

  • Limited to the first 350 entrants

  • Group rates

  • $109.00 per night from 11/14/14 to 11/17/14
  • Last day to book by: 10/17/14
  • Call 703-524-6400 or 1-888-236-2427 and use Group PRNPRNA
  • Reserve rooms on-line

  • Pre-race packet pick-up

  • Saturday, November 15, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC
  • Includes late registration
  • Followed by pre-race dinner, Saturday, November 15, 6:30 PM at Cosi Restaurant, 1801 North Lynn Street, Arlington VA, with guest speaker Gib Leonard and others building schools in Africa

  • Race-Day Packet pick-up

  • Sunday, November 16, 7:15–8:45 AM, at Carderock Recreation Area
  • Please, no race-day registration

  • Pre-Race Dinner

  • Join us for pre-race dinner and the DC-area SCHOOL-BUILDING SUMMIT on Saturday, November 15, 6:30 PM, at Cosi Restaurant, 1801 North Lynn Street, Arlington VA 22209
  • Dinner tickets are $10 for all you can eat ($15 after November 7)

  • Honored Guest

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

  • Honored Guest

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

  • Honored Guest:

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

  • Directions

  • Take I-495 to Exit 41, Clara Barton Parkway westbound
  • Go one mile west on Clara Barton Parkway
  • Bear right and take first exit on right (Carderock to left, NavSurfWarCen to right)
  • Turn left at top of bridge to go over Clara Barton Parkway. Continue through tunnel under C&O Canal Towpath
  • At the t-intersection, turn right and go to the westernmost parking lot

  • Parking

  • On-site parking is limited to 150 vehicles
  • We encourage you to carpool or use our Facebook page to share a ride.

  • Race-Day Events

  • 7:55 AM -- Official welcome for Early Bird Start
  • 8:00 AM -- Early Bird Start
  • 8:15-8:45 -- Warmup
  • 8:50 AM -- The National Anthem
  • 8:55 AM -- Official welcome for Competitive Start
  • 9:00 AM -- Competitive Start
  • We present awards at the finish line immediately as competitive starters finish

  • Photography

  • Photos will be taken at the event by tonyestradaphotography
  • To view and purchase photos, please go to www.backprint.com/tonyestradaphotography

  • SHF Grand Prix Race

  • $100 cash award to anyone who finishes all three SHF marathons in 2013 (May 4, September 13, and November 16)

  • We welcome 350 entrants
  • This event is a “green” race, recognizing our stewardship of our environment
  • This unique out-and-back course runs through one of the area's first environmentally-protected zones, dating back to the 1830's
  • Watch for deer and other wildlife at dawn
  • The C&O Canal for its entire 183-mile length is a swath of green amidst urban development all around
  • The race course is a narrow (12-foot) wide unpaved trail, entirely flat, past 150-year-old locks and gatehouses
  • We offer water and aid stations at the locks roughly every two miles
  • We share the course with other users and bicyclists, so stay to the right.
  • To emphasize our commitment to conservation
    • All our printing is two-sided on recycled paper
    • We offer on-line paperless entry
    • You may bring your used (but not abused) running shoes to packet pick-up for recycling
    • Our t-shirts are printed using a non-polluting fusion process, rather than traditional screen printing
    • Post-race, we recycle all our race-day wastes
  • Assisted by partner charities and affiliated running clubs

  • Fees

  • $60 by June 30
  • $70 by August 31
  • $80 by September 30
  • $90 by October 31
  • $100 by November 16
  • No race-day registration, please

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