Thank you for entering Potomac River Run Marathon & Half.

This message is the first of many ... too many ...

BIG news: all Potomac River Runs and all other Safety And Health Foundation events are now sponsored by Boom! Nutrition, the makers of Carb Boom! -- an all-natural fruit-based no-sugar energy gel that I personally LOVE. It actually tastes like ... fruit!

Tentatively, Mr. Boom, AKA Tony Lammers, will be a guest speaker at 4:00 PM during our packet pick-up on Saturday, November 14, from 3 PM to 6 PM, at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC.

Packet pick-up is also Friday, November 13, also 3 PM to 6 PM, also at Georgetown Running Company.

If you entered the half marathon on Saturday, November 14, at 10 AM, you can pick up your packet on Friday, November 13, 3 PM to 6 PM, or on race day, Saturday, November 14, 8:30-9:45 AM at Carderock.

If you entered the half marathon or full marathon on Sunday, November 15, at 7 AM, 8 AM, or 9 AM, you can pick up your packet either on Friday, November 13; on Saturday, November 14, 3 PM to 6 PM; or on race day, Sunday, November 15, 6:30-8:45 AM at Carderock.

When you arrive at packet pick-up at Georgetown Running Company, please walk upstairs, get your t-shirt, your bib number, your goodie bag, and a sample of Carb Boom!

For paying customers (sorry, not for free WWBHM entrants, 'cuz you were free), we offer more goodies:

o LED beetle lights in your choice of red, white, blue, green, yellow, suitable for your bike, your hat, or your wristband for those long dark winter nights

o BPA-free one-pint water carriers in red and green that folds to the size of a #10 envelope, mounted on a colorful carabiner

During packet pick-up, Georgetown Running Company offers a 10% store discount on all non-sale items, when you present your Potomac River Run bib number

Going forward, Boom! Nutrition offers a 20% discount exclusively to YOU on their superior energy gels
See and use coupon code POTOMACMARATHON

If you want to warm up for the race with a 5K on Saturday, November 7, at 11:00 AM, to commemorate Veterans Day and to benefit, a civilian-job training program for women veterans. For Potomac River Run entrants, I re-wrote the entry form to offer a $25 price by mail until October 31 and $30 till November 6.
See or
The entry fee is $40 on race day. The race starts at the north end of Mount Vernon Trail, GPS address 1201 Lee Highway, Arlington VA, on the Rosslyn end of Key Bridge on the side closer to DC, opposite Key Bridge Marriott.

One Potomac River Run entrant wrote me to ask whether she could change from 9 AM to 8 AM or 7 AM, or change from half to full or vice versa. YES! I created a simple form that you can fill out to make the change.
Please see and enter your data.

Another Potomac River Run entrant wrote me to ask whether she could switch from November 15 to November 14. YES! I created another simple form that you can fill out to make the change. We encourage that change, so we don't run out of parking on Sunday, November 15.
Please see and enter your data.

We will eventually enter those changes into so you have confirmation, but please give us some time.

We congratulate Phil Mullinix, the first person to enter the half marathons on BOTH Saturday, November 14, and Sunday, November 15. Sounds like something I would do.

Wait, wait, there's more. If you have a young athlete in 1st thru 8th grade, Potomac Valley Track Club offers its Young Flyers youth track & field training program on Sundays, October 25 thru December 13, 3 PM to 5 PM, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA. For full information, please see

We look forward to hosting you, every minute and every mile.

And just so you know I'm well rounded, I want you to read and listen to "Writing's On The Wall," Sam Smith's song about running.

I've spent a lifetime running
And I always get away ...

But I feel like a storm is coming
If I'm gonna make it through the day
Then there's no more use in running
This is something I gotta face ...

I want to feel love run through my blood ...

It happens to be the theme song of an upcoming movie about a guy who runs and does other stuff.
It's all true.
They're real.
(Oh, that's from another upcoming movie about a galaxy far, far away ...)

That's all for now. Keep up the good training!

-- Thank you
-- Jay Jacob Wind, director
-- Safety And Health Foundation