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Mohammad Schultz

Frozen 5K   (2014)

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The course is flat and fast and takes runners through the streets of GMU-Manassas at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center and the surrounding roads. Not bad at all and many people attend this short distance race.

Mohammad Schultz

Just Glo 5K   (2013)

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It is not a timed event but family friendly. This race event features live music, moon bounces, games, vendors, and food, and is all topped off with a glow in the dark, 5k run, New Life Christian Church is partnering with World Vision's program, SchoolTools, to provide backpacks and school supplies for children in local Prince William County schools this fall. Your registration fee goes directly to one backpack full of school supplies that will be in the hands of a child at the beginning of the school year.

John Kinnicutt

Crystal Run 5k Fridays   (2014)

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Every Friday night in April, Pacers Running Stores put on a 5k race through the middle of Crystal City. These are very low-key races, but can be super competitive! The races are easy to get to using mass-transit, but I wouldn't recommend trying to drive there.

The course is a double out an back, which I like because I get to see all the other runners a couple times along the course. And the course in pancake flat!!! It's really possible to run very fast there.

Each race is only $20, but you get a discount and a free t-shirt if you sign up for the series.

Will Run For A Medal

Run or Dye Washington 5K   (2014)

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This was my first color run and it happened to take place on Memorial Day Weekend, when I would be in DC. The race expo was at Road Runner Sport in Falls Church, VA but day-of packet pick-up was also available. We opted to metro in, rather than drive but parking was around $10. Either way, you are right by the start/finish line.

We opted to purchase additional color packets, which I would recommend for families to make it more fun. We all wore our race t-shirts, which were of course white but many people dressed up for the race. I wore sunglasses because I have contacts and my friends daughter actually wore goggles to protect her eyes. The run was pretty laid-back with some people choosing to run and many walking. The course started and ended at RFK Stadium and looped behind it along a trail. Color stations were scattered throughout the course, and volunteers would reach into boxes and throw handfuls of color at runners. The color stations were of course fun, you could see them coming since the color was everywhere and it was windy that day, but it made me feel a bit sorry for the volunteers who were in the haze of color during the entire race. They weren't wearing masks or anything and I know the color is supposedly non-toxic, but I got some of it in my mouth during the race and it was an unpleasant feeling. So I would suggest that the race offer better dust protection for the volunteers and on the flip-side I would suggest that runners thank those volunteers, well once you get past the color station so that you do not get a mouth full of color like my friend's daughter did when she screamed "color me" at a color station.

Overall, I had a great time and recommend color runs especially for families. Just keep in mind that you pay for the experience of being pelted with color rather than the swag.

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Michelle K.

Rock N Roll Washington DC   (2014)

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This is one of my favorite half marathons. The course is relatively flat with one big uphill between Miles 6 and 7. It winds through the neighborhoods of DC, instead of the generic DC course that just laps around the monuments and downtown DC only. And since it goes through the neighborhoods, the locals usually come out and support the runners...making the crowd fun and lively. The race start and finish are easy to access via Metro since it opens early for the race, and the event organizers do a great job coordinating with the city.

Other pros include a great technical race shirt, a fun medal, a drawstring bag, well organized finish festival
Minor cons: The expo could be better as it lacks in variety of vendors, and the race swag, other than the bag and t-shirt did not have as much promotional or free items.

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