Race Information

Potomac River Run Marathon
Washington, DC
May 4, 2024 - Saturday
26.2M, 13.1M run
  • Details from event's Active.com listing:
    • EVENTS: 
    • Thursday, May 2, 4-7 PM, packet assembly and early-bird packet pick-up at ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute, 2841 Hartland Road #401, Falls Church VA -- 0.7 miles from Dunn Loring Metro Station
    • Friday, May 3, 12 noon to 5:45 PM packet pick-up at Pacers Running Store, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA -- across the street from Clarendon Metro Station
    • Saturday, May 4, 7:15-8:45 AM, on-site at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC.  Closest Metro Station is Rosslyn 3 miles away in Arlington
    • Flat - scenic - beautiful views of the Potomac River - tree-lined - shaded - out'n'back
    • Start and finish at Fletcher's Cove
    • 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC
    • USATF certified course 
    • Course elevation profile: -------------------------------
    • Highest point is 44m above sea level, lowest point is 12m above sea level
    • Enjoy a lovely day on the C&O Canal Towpath!
    • See displays about the historic C&O Canal before & after race
    • The race course is 99% crushed gravel -- no hills -- no pavement except for two short stretches to prevent erosion, no cross streets
    • Be aware the aid stations close down as the last runner approaches:  Lock 10 closes at 1:00 PM.  Lock 7 closes at 1:15 PM.  Lock 5 closes at 1:30 PM.  Please if you are a slow runner, bring your own water bottle to the race
    • See our web page at www.safetyandhealthfoundation.org/marathon for every detail about marathon weekend

    Event details and schedule

    Pre-race dinner at Big Tony's Pizzeria next door to Pacers on Friday, May 3, at 6:15 PM.  Add $10 dinner under Addtional Options

    Buy the race director's book

    • You may order an authorgraphed copy of the race director's book The Man Who Stole The Sun for $14, and you can pick-up your copy at packet pick-up.  Its main character is an intrepid 14-year-old runner whose bravery rescues Marine Corps Marathon -- but it's much more than that!

    Off-Site Parking Options

    • Parking is limited at Fletcher's Cove, and we must leave spaces open for the general public, as it's a National Park and open to the public even during races
    • Thus we want as many participants as possible to park off-site, so that we leave some parking spaces available at Fletcher's Cove for the general public. Off-site parking options: 
    • • The River School entrance on Reservoir Road
    • • W Street, Bending Lane, or Hutchins Place off Reservoir Road
    • • Palisades Library, 4901 V St NW, Washington, DC 20007     
    • • Our Lady of Victory School, 4755 Whitehaven Pkwy NW, Washington, DC 20007
    • • CVS/pharmacy, 4859 MacArthur Boulevard NW, Washington, DC 20007
    • For only $10 extra, we offer round-trip Red Top Cab rides from our host hotel Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport, located at 1999 Richmond Highway, Arlington, VA  22202-3526 (703-413-5500) to Fletcher's Cove on race day, departing at 7:00 AM and arriving about 7:20 AM
    • Please register for the taxi service AT LEAST TWO DAYS in advance
    • From westbound Canal Road, Red Top Cab drops you off at Reservoir Road, at the entrance to Fletcher's Cove
    • Please cross Canal Road CAREFULLY to get to Fletcher's Cove
    • For the return trip after you finish, see the on-site Transportation Director. 
    • After you finish, as soon as we get groups of 4 finishers, we call Red Top Cab for a ride back to Courtyard by Marriott, or elsewhere in DC area if you prefer

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  • Added to our Directory
    Sep 18, 2012
  • Last Updated in our Directory
    Jul 21, 2023
  • Last checked by a snack-eating human.
    Aug 25, 2023
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