Potomac River Run Marathon


Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 8:00 AM   (non-competitive early start at 7:00 AM)
Celebrating CleanAirPartners Air Quality Awareness Week
World Laughter Day


On the historic C&O Canal Towpath  
Start & finish at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC

The Easiest Marathon in America -- Come see why!


  • Photos
  • USATF-Certified Course
  • Open to
  • Runners of all levels of ability who can cover the course in less than 6 hours
  • Limited to the first 300 entrants
  • Read our messages to entrants:
        • 2013 Welcome Letter
        • May 1, 2013
        • April 30, 2013
        • April 26, 2013 (for Maryland Starters ONLY)
        • April 24, 2013
        • April 17, 2013
        • April 11, 2013
        • April 1, 2013

  • FAQ:
        • Q. Will the water and athletic drinks be passed out in paper cups or in botles?
        • A. At the aid stations, both water and Gatorade will be in paper cups. At the start / finish, water will be in paper cups, PowerAde in plastic bottles.
        • Q. Do you recycle / re-use?
        • A. Yes. Please dispose of cups and bottles in our marked recycling boxes. Please deposit banana peels and other food waste in our marked composting boxes.
        • Q. Where will drinks be passed out?
        • A. At the start / midpoint / finish at Fletcher's Cove, and at each aid station at Lock 5, Lock 7, and Lock 10.
        • Q. What time is the regular start time for the race and what time do you suggest arriving?
        • A. The non-competitive start (6-hour time limit) is at 7 AM. The competitive start (5-hour time limit) is at 8 AM. Both are 2014 Boston qualifiers. USATF course certification is pending. Cash prize and age-group award winners must start at 8 AM. (Exception: if all entrants 70 & over start at 7 AM as happened last year, then we'll use the 7 AM start for their awards.)
        • Q. When should I arrive?
        • A. Please arrive a half hour before your start. If you pick up your packet on Thursday or Saturday, then you don't have to stand in line on Sunday. If you don't, please allow 10 extra minutes to get your packet.
        • Q. Do you use timing chips?
        • A. No, we use the old-fashioned method of clicking your bib number into a Time Machine electronic time recorder, wired to a computer for instantaneous results.
        • Q. What about parking?
        • A. We only have 150 spaces at Fletcher's Cove's riverside parking area, and we want to leave some spaces for other park users. Once we fill all the parking at Fletcher's Cove (maybe 7:15 AM), we will direct cars to turn right on Reservoir Road towards free on-street parking, 0.3 to 0.7 miles away. Please take our cab or car-pool to minimize parking delays.
  • Questions? Write the race director
  • Course
  • Off-Site Parking Options
  • Support for Boston Marathon bombing victims
  • The board of directors of Safety And Health Foundation agreed on April 16 to donate $1,000 to The One Fund Boston, Inc., established by Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and Boston mayor Thomas Menino to assist the victims of the bombing at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
  • We will have large pads of paper at packet pick-up and post-race so you can write words of comfort and support to the victims. We will send those signed pages to The One Fund Boston along with our donation.
  • You also may wish to donate to The One Fund Boston.
  • Breaking News
    For 50-State Marathoners or anyone others who want to start in Maryland (about 20 MD STARTERS), here is more information.


    1. Please meet at Lock 5 on Sunday, May 5, by 6:45 AM | MAP
        We now provide Red Top Taxi service for $2.00 (formerly $10.00) from Key Bridge Marriott to Lock 5 at 6:00 AM.
        Please register for the taxi service in advance.

    2. Lock 5 is accessible easily from eastbound Clara Barton Parkway, and with difficulty from westbound Clara Barton Parkway.
        The best approach is to get someone to drop you off from the westbound Clara Barton Parkway, then you walk across Clara Barton Parkway to Lock 5.
        Note: Lock 5 is NOT marked with a sign.
        The landmark is a spiral ramp over Clara Barton Parkway that lands at Lock 5, to the only bridge OVER Clara Barton Parkway, about one mile west of Chain Bridge
        You can also park at Lock 6, which is marked with a sign on eastbound Clara Barton Parkway.
        From the parking area at Lock 6, the walk eastbound to Lock 5 is only about 200 meters.
    3. Our associate race director will meet you at Lock 5 at 6:45 AM.
        She will have bib numbers and safety pins for all MD STARTERS who didn't pick up their packets on Saturday, May 4.
        If you're a MD STARTER arriving on Sunday, DON'T go to Fletcher's Cove first.
        Please go directly to Lock 5.
        We will have your race t-shirt and individually-numbered goodie bag at the finish line so you don't have to carry it during the race.
    4. We have one portable toilet at Lock 5, plus National Park Service provides permanent toilets for men and women
    5. Walk across the small bridge to Milestone 5. | Map of Milestone 5
    6. Face eastward, toward Fletcher's Cove.
    7. We will synchronize by cell phone so that MD STARTERS and 7:00 AM starters at Fletcher's Cove go off simultaneously. (Note -- Not 6:50 AM any more -- it's 7:00 AM like everyone else.)
    8. At the whistle, run eastward for about 1500 meters. Cross under Chain Bridge.
        Stay right. The MD STARTER turnaround is about 20 meters east of Chain Bridge.
    9. Turn around left at the cone where the volunteer holds the sign "MD STARTER TURNAROUND).
        Merge into the regular starters, and from there on, everyone runs the same course.

  • Registration 
  • We accepted the first 300 entrants
  • Entry fees: $65 by January 4, 2013 -- $75 by March 4, 2013 -- $85 by April 4, 2013 -- $95 by May 3, 2012 -- $100 on May 4, 2012
  • Registration is now closed |
  • No race-day registration
  • Keepers:
  • Pre-Race
  • Book your flight with JET BLUE, our official airline
  • Help us assemble bib numbers and goodie bags, and get your bib number early on Thursday, May 2, 6:00-8:00 PM, at Road Runner Sports, 1120 West Broad Street, Falls Church VA 22046 (703-237-3636) -- 10% discount on all store merchandise during packet pick-up
  • Pick up your bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag pre-race on Saturday, May 4, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC 20007 (202-337-8626) -- 15% discount on shoes and apparel purchased during packet pick-up

  • 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 Michael Proulx, account executive at Competitor Group, author and frequent contributor to Competitor Magazine. His topic: How marathons have changed and grown over the past decade.
  • Dinner tickets are $15 ($20 at the door)
  • Please register for the dinner by April 24

  • Join our Facebook page -- share rides, thoughts, and photos!
  • Host Hotel
  • Race-Day
  • You may park anywhere in Rosslyn (on-street parking is fee on Sunday)
      Then go to Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, and
      take our 6:00 AM taxi service either to Fletcher's Cove (most starters) or to Lock 5 (MD starters).
      Taxi rides are are now $2.00 pre-paid only
  • Please register for the taxi by April 24 | Route map
  • Parking is limited to 150 cars at Fletcher's Cove (see below).
      Once parking at Fletcher's is filled, cars must turn right onto Reservoir Road and park free on-street.
      Your best choice is to have a friend drop you off at the entrance to Fletcher's Cove or Lock 5,
      then have your friend go to one of the locks to watch you
      Parking is free at Locks 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10, all accessible from EASTBOUND Clara Barton Parkway.
  • You may pick up your bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag
      on race-day, Sunday, May 5, 6:15 AM to 7:45 AM, at Fletcher's Cove at the picnic tables
  • Note: No race-day registration
  • 7:00 AM -- Early Bird Start -- if you need more than 5 hours to finish
      or you want to watch the sun rise over the Potomac River
      or you want an extra hour of cool weather
          • Sign up for Early Bird Start
  • 7:30 AM -- Laughing Warm-up
  • 7:45 AM -- The National Anthem
  • 7:48 AM -- Official welcome
  • 8:00 AM -- Competitive start
  • Aid stations with water, Gatorade, friendly volunteers, and toilets at
          • The start / midpoint / finish at Fletcher's Cove - Miles 0.0, 13.1, and 26.2 (6 portable toilets)
          • Lock 5 - Miles 1.7, 11.4, 14.8, 24.5 (portable toilet and permanent toilet across C&O Canal)
          • Lock 7 - Miles 3.7, 9.4, 16.8, 22.5 (portable toilet across C&O Canal)
          • Lock 10 - Miles 5.7, 7.4, 14.8, 20.1 (portable toilet across C&O Canal)
  • Spectator access | MAPS
          • Chain Bridge
          • Lock 5
          • Lock 6
          • Lock 7
          • Lock 8
          • Lock 9
          • Lock 10
  • The course is out'n'back twice 
  • On-Course Photography 
  • Directions
  • To drive to Fletcher's Cove from Georgetown, head west on M Street.
  • Cross Foxhall Road. M Street becomes Canal Road.
  • Continue west for 1.5 miles on Canal Road to the sign for Fletcher's Cove on the left.
  • CAREFULLY cross the westbound lane to turn onto the driveway.
  • Stay right and follow the tunnel under the C&O Canal to free parking.
  • Alternatively, turn right onto Reservoir Road and park free on any neighborhood street.
  • Please carpool or use our Facebook page to share a ride.
  • Drop-off instructions
  • Parking is limited at Fletcher's Cove
  • If someone can drop you off, the best place is the intersection of Canal Road and Reservoir Road
  • Please be careful when you cross Canal Road.
  • Post-race
  • Refreshments courtesy of sponsors, medals by Dan Kain Trophies, presentation of awards immediately after you finish
  • Awards: $250 to 1st, $150 to 2nd, $100 to 3rd overall M/F; gift certificates to 1st, 2nd, 3rd by 10-year age-group M/F in the 8:00 competitive start
  • Finisher certificates by mail
  • Logistics
  • Benefits
  • Safety And Health Foundation and its charitable partners
  • When you register, you may include a donation to American Red Cross International Response Fund in Haiti
  • On May 1, 2012, we were pleased to send a total of $225 to American Red Cross International Response Fund in Haiti
  • We gratefully acknowledge donations from Madeline A. Blobe, Elizabeth Clor, Kevin Foley, Laura Huffman, Stephen Roberts, Joanne B. Sechrest, Ryan Earl Schmidt, and Oskar Tiger
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