Georgetown Half Marathon

Georgetown Half Marathon
Presented by Kaimont LLC
Presented by Mercy Center Foundation U.S.A.
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  • Saturday, October 12, 2019
    9:00 AM
    C&O Canal Towpath at
    Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC
  • Enter On-Line
  • Express Registration
  • On-line entry closes on Thursday, October 10, at 6:00 PM
  • After on-line entry closes, you may still register at packet pick-up on Friday, October 11, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC, upstairs
  • Enter by mail (web page) | PDF | DOC
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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
  • 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:

  • After 1/1/2019, $65.00
  • After 3/1/2019, $75.00
  • After 6/1/2019, $85.00
  • After 9/1/2019, $95.00
  • After 10/1/2019, $100.00
  • $10 discount for active duty military, DC Capital Striders, Washington Running Club, entrants in Potomac River Run Marathon / Half on May 5, September 7, or October 5, 100 Half Marathons Club, 50 States Club, or 50 States + DC Club

    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
  • Volunteer Instructions | PDF | DOC
  • For more information about volunteer activities, please contact the race director at with the subject line "Georgetown_Half_Marathon_Volunteer" or call 703-927-4833

    Race-Day Agenda:

  • 7:00 AM -- On-site volunteer set-up
  • 8:00 AM -- On-site packet pick-up opens
  • 8:30 AM -- Official introduction by Kaimont LLC and Mercy Center Foundation USA, on lower-level near boathouse
  • 8:40 AM -- Move to upper-level C&O Canal Towpath
  • 8:45 AM -- National Anthem
  • 8:48 AM -- Official welcome by Kaimont LLC (Monika Paris) and Mercy Center Foundation USA (Adrianne Doherty)
  • 8:53 AM -- Introductions
  • 8:56 AM -- Course instructions by Safety And Health Foundation (Jay Jacob Wind)
  • 9:00 AM -- Race starts
  • 10:15 AM -- First 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 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
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  • ULLICO - Supporting the American worker for more than 85 years
  • InquisIT
  • InquisIT is Transforming the Business of Government!
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  • DeCarlo Studios
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  • International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)
  • James Boland, President
  • Atlantis Atlantis
  • Innovating Healthcare Education
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  • Barrel Oak Winery
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  • Patagonia Outdoor Clothing
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  • Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
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  • Down Dog Yoga
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  • Saxby's Coffee
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  • Balducci's® Food Lover's Market™
  • Host Hotel:

  • Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington VA
  • About 3 miles from the start / finish
  • $159.00 per night, from Thursday, October 4, to Sunday, October 7, 2018
  • Reserve on-line
  • Reserve by phone 703-524-6400 and ask for Georgetown Half Marathon October 2018 rate

    Pre-Race Packet Pick-up:

  • Pre-race packet pick-up: Friday, October 11, 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 12, 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


  • 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
  • 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 300 finishers
  • Gift certificates from Georgetown Running Company
          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 280 free parking spaces at Fletcher's Cove. 100 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 180 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 our Red Top Cabs 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

    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 ( -- an easily-transported and economical timing system
  • 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 to 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

  • Registration:
  • Enter On-Line
  • Express Registration
  • Enter By Mail