- 3 miles/5K
- Road Race
I registered for this race last-minute while visiting family in DC. On-site registration was very easy, and $25 for a chip-timed race is a pretty great deal. You can also register for the entire series (5 races, every Friday night through April) for $100, and registering for the series gets you either a tech shirt or a $10 gift card to a local running store.
The registration area is in a mall, which is great because it offers access to real bathrooms, and there was a bag check as well. Lots of people come straight after work and need to change and stash their stuff. In my case, I was a tourist, so having a place to change and safely store my backpack was awesome. It's also metro-accessible, which was really nice for me as an out-of-towner.
The race starts and ends in a park right across the street from the mall/registration area, and there was a great community vibe. Lots of people obviously knew each other/had run the races before, and were ready to have a good time. The route is nothing spectacular, but the volunteers and police escorts are amazing, there's one water stop on the course, and plenty of bottled water at the end. If you're looking for a fun, casual 5k, this is the race for you.