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.
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