• We share everyone's concerns about COVID-19 and its spread in the population.
  • We operate subject to the regulations of National Park Service
  • Currently, all races on National Park Service property are cancelled
  • As more closures affect our plans, we will inform you on this page and on e-mail as soon as possible

  • Georgetown Half Marathon and 5K

    Georgetown Half Marathon
    Presented by Kaimont LLC
    Presented by Mercy Center Foundation U.S.A.
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  • Saturday, October 10, 2020
    9:00 AM - Half Marathon
    9:10 AM - 5K
    C&O Canal Towpath at
    Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC 20007
  • Enter On-Line
  • Express Registration
  • On-line entry closes on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 6:00 PM
  • After on-line entry closes, you may still register at packet pick-up on Friday, October 9, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC, upstairs
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  • Invitation:
  • Limited to the first 450 entrants
  • Perfect for experienced runners and first-timers
  • Open to anyone who can finish within 3 hours - We must enforce this time limit due to National Park Service regulations
  • Aid stations shut down on this schedule: Lock 10 at 11:15 AM, Lock 7 at 11:30 AM, and Lock 5 at 11:45 AM (approximately 17-minute miles)
  • If you don't make those cuts, aid station volunteers will offer you transportation back to the finish
  • The finish line remains open until the last person finishes, we hope before 12:00 noon

    Weather Conditions:

  • We conduct this race under the supervision of National Park Service and U.S. Park Police
  • In the unlikely event they deem weather conditions to be dangerous, they have the authority to ask us to delay the start, to shorten the course, or to move operations such as the live music and post-race refreshments up from the lower level picnic tables to the upper level at the Towpath
  • We intent to conduct the event on-time as planned except in case of emergency
  • The Weather Channel forecasts
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions on race day

    Entry Fees:

  • Half Marathon
  • Now - $55.00
  • After 12/1/2019, $65.00
  • After 2/1/2020, $75.00
  • After 4/1/2020, $85.00
  • After 6/1/2020, $95.00
  • After 8/1/2020, $100.00 - if slots remain open
  • $10 discount for active duty military or members of supporting clubs

  • 5K
  • Now - $25.00
  • After 5/1/2020, $30.00
  • After 7/1/2020, $35.00
  • After 9/1/2020, $40.00 - if slots remain open

    Logo Benefits:

  • Race proceeds support


  • Do you want to help at an aid station or as a volunteer?
  • Please join us as a volunteer for the race using this form ...
  • ... or this link: www.safetyandhealthfoundation.org/georgetownhalf/volunteer
  • Volunteer Instructions | PDF | DOC
  • For more information about volunteer activities, please contact the race director at racedirector@att.net with the subject line "Georgetown_Half_Marathon_Volunteer" or call 703-927-4833

    Race-Day Agenda:

  • 7:00 AM -- On-site volunteer set-up
  • 7:45 AM -- On-site packet pick-up opens
  • 7:45 AM -- Free bag check is available -- write your bib number and name on your white plastic bag or green goodie bag -- no duffel bags or backpacks, per National Park Service regulations
  • 8:30 AM -- Pre-race warm-up on lower-level near boathouse led by Nikki of District Physio & Performance
  • 8:40 AM -- Runners gather at upper-level on C&O Canal Towpath at start / finish line
  • 8:45 AM -- National Anthem
  • 8:50 AM -- Official welcome by Kaimont LLC (Monika Paris) and Mercy Center Foundation USA (Adrianne Doherty)
  • 8:55 AM -- Course instructions by Safety And Health Foundation (Jay Jacob Wind)

  • For safety:
  • 9:00 AM -- Half Marathon starts
  • 9:10 AM -- 5K starts

  • 9:30 AM -- First 5K finishers
  • 10:00 AM -- Last 5K finishers
  • 10:15 AM -- First half marathon finishers, finisher medals at C&O Canal Towpath
  • 10:15 AM -- Refreshments, food, DJ music by Bach to Rock Bethesda at lower level
  • 11:15 AM -- Awards presentation at lower level
  • 12:00 noon -- Last few finishers arrive
  • 12:45 PM -- Clean-up complete
  • 7:00 PM -- Results published at www.safetyandhealthfoundation.org/20201010.html and thank-you e-mail to all entrants

    Sponsor Us:

  • Please join us as a sponsor | PDF | DOC
  • We announce our sponsors in pre-race mailings, on our web site, on our t-shirt, on race-day, and post-race

  • Sponsors:


  • Georgetown Running Company
  • 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC 20007 (202-337-8626)
  • 15% off all running shoes and apparel during packet pick-up or with your bib number post-race on race day
  • Restrictions apply, not applicable to electronics
    2019 Sponsors:
  • Visitation
  • Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th Street NW, Washington DC 20007 (202-337-3350)
  • Amnion
  • Amnion
  • Renew * Restore * Rejuvenate * A higher quality of life awaits
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  • DeCarlo Studios
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  • International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)
  • Timothy Driscoll, President
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  • Barrel Oak Winery
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  • Down Dog Yoga
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  • Saxby's Coffee
  • ACE-PT
  • ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute (703-205-1233)
  • If it hurts, call ACE first!
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  • Balducci's® Food Lover's Market™
  • Host Hotel:

  • Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn for $169.00 per night
  • Start Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
  • End Date: Monday, October 12, 2020
  • Last Day to Book: Thursday, September 17, 2020
  • Reserve on-line
  • Reserve by phone 703-524-6400 and ask for Georgetown Half Marathon October 2020 rate

    Pre-Race Packet Pick-up:

  • Pre-race packet pick-up: Friday, October 9, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC 20007 (202-337-8626)

    Race-Day Packet Pick-up:

  • Race-day packet pick-up: Saturday, October 10, 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM on-site at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC

    Directions to Fletcher's Cove:

  • Fletcher's Cove is two miles west of Key Bridge at 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC
  • From Georgetown, take M Street NW west past Key Bridge
  • At Foxhall Road, M Street NW becomes Canal Road NW
  • Stay left on Canal Road NW
  • The old stone wall continues from Key Bridge to Fletcher's Cove
  • After two miles, you see the stoplight for Reservoir Road NW on the right and the gap in the old stone wall on the left
  • CAREFULLY turn left down the ramp to free parking for 85 cars in the upper parking lot
  • When the upper lot is full, bear right at the bottom of the ramp and turn into the tunnel under C&O Canal Towpath
  • At the end of the tunnel, bear left to free parking for 200 cars in the lower parking lot
  • If both parking lots are full, we post a marshal on Canal Road NW at Reservoir Road NW to instruct drivers to turn RIGHT up Reservoir Road NW to free parking on-street and at The River School

  • Please approach Fletcher's Cove from the east from DC using M Street NW and Canal Road NW from Georgetown
  • Make a left at the stoplight at Reservoir Road to go down the ramp to Fletcher's Cove

  • Please DO NOT approach Fletcher's Cove from the west from MD using Clara Barton Parkway or VA using Chain Bridge onto Canal Road NW
  • From Canal Road eastbound, making the hairpin turn to go down the ramp to Fletcher's Cove is almost impossible

    Course Maps:

  • Start and finish at Fletcher's Cove | 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC
  • USATF certified course DC09005RT | Certificate | Color Map | B&W Map | PDF | GMAP
  • This half marathon is | USATF-sanctioned and a qualifying race for Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, and USA Olympic Trials Marathons


  • Totally flat gravel trail, alongside scenic C&O Canal Towpath
  • The half marathon is out 6.55 miles to Towpath mile 9.65 and back
  • The towpath runs the length of 184.5 miles along the scenic C&O Canal
  • Made of crushed stone and packed dirt, it is perfect for running, biking, and recreational events and programs
  • It is mostly a flat route combined with some hills, turns, and medium or moderate terrain, but it's straight out'n'back where we run this race
  • Please be courteous to other park users. We do not have exclusive use of the trail -- we share it with other runners, walkers, and bicyclists
  • Aid stations with water & Gatorade at 4 locations accessible from Canal Road NW & Clara Barton Parkway:
        • Fletcher's Cove, miles 0.0 & 13.1
        • Lock 5, miles 1.8 & 11.3
        • Lock 7, miles 3.8 & 9.3
        • Lock 10, miles 5.8 & 7.3

    Spectator Access:

  • At the 4 points above, plus:
        • Lock 6
        • Lock 8
        • Lock 9
        • Lock 11
        • Turnaround point (at the end of the blue line)


  • DJ music by Bach To Rock Bethesda B2R
  • Snacks & refreshments
  • Guest speakers


  • Distinctive medals for the first 400 finishers
  • Gift certificates from Georgetown Running Company and other sponsors
          for 1st, 2nd, 3rd M/F overall and for 1st, 2nd, 3rd M/F in 10-year age groups 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over Free parking:
  • We have 285 free parking spaces at Fletcher's Cove. 85 spaces are at the upper level near Abner Cloud House when you arrive
  • If those spaces are filled, enter the tunnel on the right to go to the lower parking area, where we have 200 more spaces near Potomac River
  • Once we fill all the parking at Fletcher's Cove (maybe 8:15 AM), we direct cars to turn right on Reservoir Road towards free on-street parking, 0.3 to 0.7 miles away.

    Off-site parking:

  • To park off-site, so that we leave some parking spaces available at Fletcher's Cove for the general public, here are options:
  • Park in Rosslyn and take Red Top Cab (703-522-3333) to the start
  • River School, 4940 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC 20007
  • 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


  • Complete results will be up'n'running the afternoon of the race at www.safetyandhealthfoundation.org/20201010.html

    Headphones and water belts:

  • Re personal listening devices, we follow USATF rule 144.3.b (Assistance to Athletes):
  • Because we must be able to communicate instructions to you at certain points in our races, we specifically allow wearing headphones during the race, but we specifically prohibit wearing headphones at these points:
      • Start line
      • Aid stations
      • Turnaround
      • Finish line
  • You may carry water or wear a hydration vest, but won't it slow you down? We have aid stations with water and Gatorade roughly every two miles.

    Timing System:

  • We use BOLT Simple Event Timing (bolt.bibs.run) -- an easily-transported and economical timing system -- powered by WebScorer
  • Please read these instructions:
  • On the back of your bib number, you see a 3"x5" plastic waterproof enclosure containing a BOLT timing chip that corresponds to your bib number
  • The plastic enclosure is firmly stapled teo the bib number, and the enclosure is zipped tight to be waterproof
  • BOLT timing chips are NOT disposable -- they cost us about $3.00 assembled
  • So the waterproof envelope is designed for re-use at multiple races
  • If you plan to pick up your bib number but not run the race, in that case, please detach the enclosure and hand it to the registrar. You may keep the bib but please return the chip unused
  • Before and during the race, please do not remove the chip from its enclosure, and please do not detach the enclosure from your bib number
  • The enclosure should stay safe on the back of your bib number, but if the enclosure slips off during the race, please pick it up off the ground and convey it to the finish line
  • Immediately after the race, THEN please detach the plastic envelope enclosing the timing chip and deposit it into the basket at the finish line

  • Avoid Extra Charges!
  • When Active.com offers magazine subscriptions, DON'T DO IT!
  • When Active.com offers event insurance, DON'T DO IT! Allianz Insurance make filing claims impossible!
  • When Active.com offers Active Advantage, DON'T DO IT!
  • We have the best policy in the industry for deferrals and transfers. Read our deferral and transfer policy
  • Registration:
  • Enter On-Line
  • Express Registration