Thank you for entering the 10th Annual Potomac River Run Marathon

This is the first of several weekly messages about our upcoming marathon and half.


To accommodate a school group who wants to do a 5K memorial race on May 5 at Carderock for a beloved teacher, National Park Service asked us to consider -- and we agreed -- to move the race to start and finish at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC.

For a course map, see

The course will be USATF-certified.

The new venue starts in DC and runs into Maryland in its first mile, so 50-staters can count it either as their DC race or their MD race. The new venue is MUCH MORE CONVENIENT -- just two miles west of Georgetown, bicycling distance from DC on the Capital Crescent Trail, just 10 minutes from Key Bridge Marriott, with equivalent on-site parking and some off-site parking up Reservoir Road.

We had considered Fletcher's Cove when we first designed this race, and we're happy about the change.

I updated the web site tonight with this new information.


For packet pick-up, we offer three options:

o On Thursday, May 2, please help us assemble bib numbers and goodie bags from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, then host packet pick-up from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at Road Runner Sports, 1120 West Broad Street, Falls Church VA (703-237-3636) -- 10% discount on all store merchandise during packet pick-up

o On Saturday, May 4, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC (202-337-8626) -- 15% discount on shoes and apparel purchased during packet pick-up

o On Sunday, May 5, from 6:15 AM tp 7:45 AM, on-site at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC

We are pleased to be celebrating Air Quality Awareness Week, For full information, please see

We are grateful for the support of Buy A Brick Foundation, Capital Area Runners, DC Capital Striders, and many other volunteers.

We invite you to join us for pre-race dinner on Saturday, May 4, 6:30 PM, at Cosi Restaurant, 1801 North Lynn Street, Arlington VA, featuring guest speaker Jeff Horowitz, author of My First 100 Marathons and Smart Marathon Training Dinner tickets are $15 ($20 at the door) Please register for the dinner by April 24. See to sign up for the dinner.

We invite you to take our comfortable taxi ride from Key Bridge Marriott to the start line on Sunday, May 5, at 6:00 AM. Price: $10. See to sign up for the taxi ride.

Please join our Facebook page at -- share rides, thoughts, and photos!

More information will follow. We thank you for understanding our change of venue. Same flat off-road course with no turns. just a different start / finish.

Thank you

Jay Jacob Wind, director

Safety And Health Foundation