Potomac River Run Marathon & Half


Sunday, May 7, 2017
Non-competitive early start at 8:00 AM (no awards)
Competitive start at 9:00 AM (with awards)
Celebrating World Laughter Day

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Thank you for entering the 14th annual Potomac River Run Marathon!
  • OFFICIAL RESULTS are now up'n'running

    Thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to all who finished!

  • The results are OFFICIAL, pursuant to your review, sorted by distance and start time.
  • Please use THIS FORM to inform us of any additions or corrections to your start time and distance remaining to be made.
  • (Please use the form to request changes, rather than sending e-mail messages. Thank you.)
  • Now that we finished reviewing all data, we declared the official award winners, computed who qualified for Boston Marathon, and sent the results to BAA
  • Soon, we send any awards not claimed on race day
  • Please let us know if you didn't get your t-shirt or medallion on race day. We will mail one to you
  • We apologize for our digital clock not working -- we intended to display your finish times, and we are sorry it didn't work on race day.
  • We also apologize for our on-site computer printer not working -- we intended to print results on-site for your review and for the awards.
  • We congratulate you for your courage and fortitude!
  • Results by Jay Jacob Wind, Safety And Health Foundation
  • Send questions to the race director
  • We thank 14-time Potomac River Run Marathoner Michael Creadon for performing the National Anthem on trumpet, Diane Cohen of Arlington Laughter Yoga for leading our laughing warm-up on World Laughter Day, "Showtime Mike" Mebrahtu for announcing the race and keeping our spirits high, Anna Mwalagho Productions for providing music and dance, and our team of volunteers and staff: BuyaBrickFoundation TeamAfrica.com led by Gib Leonard, D.C. Capital Striders led by Richard Amernick, Ethio-American Athletics Association led by Sentayehu Mamo, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, TD Bank, and SHF staff members
  • We thank our many sponsors and vendors: Big Wheel Bikes, CarbBoom! by Boom Nutrition, Cosi Restaurant, Dan Kain Trophies, Don's Johns, Dr. Myles Schneider of Annandale Foot and Ankle Center, Dunkin' Donuts, Falls Road Running Store, Key Bridge Marriott, Mario's Pizza House, Pacers Running Stores, Red Top Cab, Simone Super Energy, SportScience >, Traders Joe's of Arlington, and Trillium Lifestyle for their support and sponsorship
  • We congratulate our 18 Boston Marathon qualifiers, identified in the results.

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    We try to answer each comment.

    We had a delightful time today, except we apologize for our digital display clock not working AND our on-site computer printers not working AND for not having enough drivers to take people back to Key Bridge Marriott

    At future races, we will solve the problem of Red Top Cabs arriving late at Key Bridge Marriott, and we will solve the problem of not having enough drivers from our finish line back to Key Bridge Marriott.

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

  • Read our welcome letter sent May 6, 2017
  • Read our welcome letter sent May 1, 2017
  • Read our pre-race letter sent April 26, 2017

  • Read our photo report as of May 5, 2015
  • Read our final report as of May 4, 2015
  • Read our post-race report as of May 3, 2015
  • View our VIDEO on May 3, 2015
  • Join our Facebook page -- share rides, thoughts, and photos!
  • View past years' results

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

    The Easiest Full Marathon & Half in America -- Come see why!


    • Questions?      
    Write the race director or call 703-927-4833
    • Sponsored by
    AC-Carb-Boom!   BP-Carb-Boom!   GP-Carb-Boom!
    Carb Boom!®

    • Race-Day Announcer
    "Showtime Mike" Mebreahtu

  • Watch Showtime Mike here on YouTube | and here
    • Logistics
    Assisted by
    DC Capital Striders
    Gib Leonard, Buy A Brick Foundation / TeamAfrica.com
    Stomp Out Malaria Campaign
    Recent news:
    The quick update on The Buy a Brick Foundation. All eight phases are now complete at the Leonah Clinic. The last step, the roof goes on next week. That project has been a major success. The clinic will be able to treat thousands of people in the bush village that wouldn't get treatment otherwise.
    Last Monday, we broke ground on a High School in the bush Village of Chidobe. This High school will consist of three school blocks and a teacher living quarters. We need to raise $125,000 for this project and hope to have it completed within one year.
    -- Gib Leonard

    Arlington Laughter Yoga
    • Benefits
    • Safety And Health Foundation and its charity partner Buy A Brick Foundation - TeamAfrica.com
    • When you register, you may include a donation to American Red Cross International Response Fund in Haiti
    • On May 1, 2017, we donated $10, and we gratefully acknowledge contribution from Lisa Totten
    • On April 22, 2015, we donated $225, and we gratefully acknowledge contributions from Jim Amrhein, Holly Dubbeling, Elisabeth Mueller, Mary Beth Owens, Ann Marie Terzaken, Scott S. Thomas, Phoebe Uricchio, and John Wood
    • On December 27, 2014, we donated $150, and we gratefully acknowledge contributions from Albert Avila, Mary H. Ester, Craig Odell, Tim Rooney, and Lynn Stapp
    • On May 5, 2014, we donated $145, and we gratefully acknowledge contributions from Mehdi S. Cherqaoui, Jeff Duyn, Annie Lowrey, Zachary Maxcey, Mark John Rolincik, and Ginger Elaine Zarse
    • On May 6, 2013, we donated $100, and we gratefully acknowledge contributions from Roberto Sidoti, Paula C. Bamford, Audrey Fincher, and Luke Mitchell
    • On May 5, 2013, we donated $1,000 to One Fund Boston in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and in support of the many who were injured
    • On May 7, 2012, we donated $225, and we gratefully acknowledge contributions from Madeline A. Blobe, Elizabeth Clor, Kevin Foley, Laura Huffman, Stephen Roberts, Joanne B. Sechrest, Ryan Earl Schmidt, and Oskar Tiger
    • On May 2, 2011, we donated $100, and we gratefully acknowledge contributions from John Batley, Katherine Anne Gergen Barnett, Hannah Kojm, and Robert Ian McDonald
    • Photos
    • 2018 Boston Marathon Qualifier
    • Open to
    • Runners of all levels of ability who can cover the course in less than 6 hours
    • Limited to the first 350 entrants
    • Read our messages to entrants:
          • May 1, 2017, Welcome Letter
          • April 26, 2017, Welcome Letter
          • April 27, 2016, Welcome Letter
          • April 15, 2016, Welcome Letter
          • 2015 Welcome Letter
          • 2014 Welcome Letter
          • 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.
          • 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 8 AM. The competitive start (5-hour time limit) is at 9 AM. Both start times are Boston Marathon qualifiers, but only 9 AM starters can win cash prizes and age-group awards. (Exception: if all entrants 70 & over start at 8 AM, then we'll use the 8 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 about 300 spaces at Fletcher's Cove, and we want to leave some spaces for other park users. Fletcher's Cove has two parking areas. After you enter the driveway toward Fletcher's Cove, look to your left. The upper lot has about 15 parking spaces. Those spaces fill quickly. Now look to your right. You see a tunnel that goes under C&O Canal and C&O Towpath. Carefully enter the tunnel and drive through it to a lower lot with about 300 parking spaces. Once we fill all the parking at Fletcher's Cove (maybe 7:15 AM), we direct cars to turn right on Reservoir Road towards free on-street parking, 0.3 to 0.7 miles away.
          • Alternatively, please take our Red Top Cab from Key Bridge Marriott or car-pool to minimize parking delays.
    • Course
    • Flat - scenic - beautiful views of the Potomac River - tree-lined - shaded - out'n'back
    • Almost totally flat course | Course Map
    • Aid stations with water, Gatorade, friendly volunteers, and toilets at
            • The start / midpoint / finish at Fletcher's Cove - Mile 0.0, 13.1, and 26.2 (permanent and portable toilets)
            • Lock 5 - Mile 2.0, 11.1, 15.1, 24.2 (portable toilet across C&O Canal)
            • Lock 7 - Mile 4.0, 9.1, 17.1, 22.2
            • Lock 10 - Mile 6.0, 7.1, 19.1, 20.2
    • Spectator access at the stations and also at
            • Chain Bridge - Mile 1.0, 12.1, 14.1, 25.2
            • Lock 6 - Mile 2.2, 10.9, 15.3, 24.0
            • Lock 8 - Mile 5.0, 8.1, 18.1, 21.2
            • Lock 9 - Mile 5.5, 7.6, 18.6, 24.7
            • Turnaround point - Mile 6.6 and 19.7
    • The locks are accessible from EASTBOUND Clara Barton Parkway only
    • You pass 4 aid stations a total of 15 times. | MAPS
    • Off-Site Parking Options
    • Full & Half Marathon
    • Your choice -- 26.2 miles or 13.1 miles
    • Both are USATF-certified
    • The full marathon is a qualifier for 2018 Boston Marathon + Chicago, Houston, New York Marathons
    • The half marathon is a qualifier for Chicago, Houston, New York
    • When you register, you can select which distance you want to run, same price
    • You may change later between half and full or between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM start
    • Registration 
    • Entry fees: $60 by August 31, $70 by November 30, $80 by December 31, $90 by January 31, $95 by April 28, $100 by April 30
    • Registration is OPEN
    • No race-day registration, please
    • 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, goodie bag, and t-shirt early on Thursday, May 4, 5:00-8:00 PM, at Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street South, Arlington VA 22204
            • Pick up your bib number, goodie bag, and t-shirt on Saturday, May 6, from 3:00 PM to 5:45 PM, at Pacers Running Store, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA 22201

    • Join us for pre-race dinner on Saturday, May 6, 6:30 PM, at Cosi Restaurant, 1801 North Lynn Street, Arlington VA, and featuring guest speaker Gib Leonard, BuyABrickFoundation www.teamafrica.com
    • Dinner tickets are $10 all you can eat ($20 at the door)
    • Register for the dinner by May 3

    • Join our Facebook page -- share rides, thoughts, and photos!
    • Host Hotels
    • Race-Day
    • Civil Twilight at 5:35 AM | Sunrise at 6:04 AM
    • Late packet pick-up: 7:00 AM to 8:45 AM -- Race-day packet pick-up and bag check at the picnic tables next to the restrooms in the parking lot straight ahead
    • You may park anywhere in Rosslyn (on-street parking is free on Sunday)
        Then go to Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, and take our Red Top Cab ($5 pre-paid only) 7:00 AM taxi service to Fletcher's Cove
        Taxi rides are $5.00 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 3, 6:15 AM to 7:45 AM, at Fletcher's Cove at the picnic tables
    • Restrooms are on-site
    • Note: No race-day registration
    • 7:25 AM -- Announcements begin by Michael "Showtime Mike" Mebrahtu | See his video
    • 7:30 AM -- Laughing Warm-up led by Diane Cohen, Arlington Laughter Yoga
    • 7:50 AM -- The National Anthem, played by 13-time Potomac River Run Marathon finisher Michael Creadon
    • 7:55 AM -- Official welcome
    • 8:00 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
    • 8:25 AM -- Announcements begin by Michael "Showtime Mike" Mebrahtu | See his video
    • 8:30 AM -- Laughing Warm-up led by Diane Cohen, Arlington Laughter Yoga
    • 8:50 AM -- The National Anthem, played by 13-time Potomac River Run Marathon finisher Michael Creadon
    • 8:55 AM -- Official welcome
    • 9:00 AM -- Competitive start
    • Spectator access | MAPS
            • Chain Bridge
            • Lock 5
            • Lock 6
            • Lock 7
            • Lock 8
            • Lock 9
            • Lock 10
    • The course is out'n'back twice 
    • 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 e-mail
    • Sponsors:
    • 2017 Sponsors:
    Big Wheel
  • Big Wheel Bikes
  • www.bigwheelbikes.com
  • 3119 Lee Highway, Arlington VA (703-522-1110)
  • 6917 Arlington Road, Bethesda MD (301-652-0192)
  • 2 Prince Street, Old Town, Alexandria VA (703-739-2300)
  • 1034 33rd Street NW, Georgetown, Washington DC (202-337-0254)
  • 9931 Falls Road, Potomac MD (301-299-1660)
  • Pacers Running Stores
  • Pacers Running Stores
  • www.runpacers.com
  • 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA 22201 (703-248-6883)
  • 1301 King Street, Alexandria VA 22314 (703-836-1463)
  • 10420 North Street, Fairfax VA 22030 (703-537-0630)
  • 1821 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20009 (202-506-2029)
  • 300 Tingey Street SE, Washington DC 20003 (202-554-1216)
  • 7 Palmer Square West, Princeton NJ 08542 (609-454-5429)
  • Martha's Vineyard Marathon
  • Martha's Vineyard Marathon
  • www.MarthaVineyardMarathon.com
  • Boom Nutrition
  • Carb BOOM!
  • A product of Boom Nutrition
  • Order on-line at www.boomnutrition.com
  • Honest Tea
  • Honest Tea • Honest Ade • Honest Sport
  • Available at stores everywhere
  • www.honesttea.com
  • Dr. Myles Schneider

  • Dr. Myles Schneider
  • Annandale Foot and Ankle Center (703-750-1124)
  • www.annandalefootandankle.com
  • RBC Wealth Management

  • RBC Wealth Management
  • Mr. Nick Ruffin, Personal Investing
  • 2010 Corporate Ridge Road, Suite 250
  • McLean VA 22102
  • (703-556-9490)
  • Mario's Pizza House 
  • Mario's Pizza House
  • 3322 Wilson Boulevard
  • Arlington VA 22201
  • (703-524-0800)
  • Simone Super Energy™
  • Simone Super Energy™
  • www.simonesuperenergy.com

  • Technical documentation:
  • Metro 29 Diner
  • Metro 29 Diner Restaurant
  • 4711 Lee Highway
  • Arlington VA
  • (703-528-2464)
  • Whole Foods of Arlington
  • Whole Foods Market
  • 2700 Wilson Blvd
  • Arlington VA 22201
  • (703-527-6596)
  • and many other locations
  • Falls Road
  • Falls Road Running Store
  • 6247 Falls Road
  • Baltimore, MD 21209
  • (410-296-5050)
    • Press Room
    • Headphones and water belts
    • Re personal listening devices, we follow USATF rule 144.3.b (Assistance to Athletes):
      The visible possession or use by athletes of video, audio, or communications devices in the competition area. The Games Committee for an LDR event may allow the use of portable listening devices not capable of receiving communication; however, those competing in championships for awards, medals, or prize money may not use such devices.

    • 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 1
    • Midpoint
    • Turnaround 2
    • Finish line

    • Since we offer prize money ($250, $150, $100 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd M/F), we ask you to follow this rule: if you expect to finish in the money, please don't wear headphones. Because of the specificity of Rule 144.3.b, we must disqualify potential money-winners whom we see wearing headphones or other two-way devices such as cell phones and the new talking wristbands. Sorry about that.

    • 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.