District of Columbia,
- 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Road Race
- Event Website
This was my third time running a race in D.C. but my first RnR D.C. half. Previously I've run MCM and Cherry Blossom.
RnR D.C. was a lot different from the start. The expo was held at the Armory and because I hit some bad weather driving into town I wound up getting there two hours before it closed. There were three lines out the door to get in which was a first for me. I waited out in the snow for 40 minutes before making it inside. The hold up was that they were checking backs and wanding everyone with metal detectors before allowing us to enter.
Once I got inside the expo the packet pick up process went smooth since I already knew my bib number. I took a quick trip around the expo to check out the vendors then headed out.
Typically I don't like race shirts but this one really grew on me. It's a short sleeve tech shirt with an eagle and a record. It struck me as funny so I kept it.
Getting to the start line was a snap because I caught an Uber down. The corrals were very well managed with large, clear entry points.
The race itself took us through more of downtown D.C. rather than around the monuments like MCM and Cherry Blossom do. I enjoyed the change in scenery.
Mile 6 started the Blue Mile which is dedicated to service men and women that have lost their lives. This is always such a somber mile for reflection.
This also happened to be the biggest hill on the course. The Blue Mile volunteers really helped me get to the top.
The remainder of the course was gently rolling hills until the end.
There were plenty of water stops, aid stations and bands along the course.
I even stopped for some Guinness at mile 9 that a local group was handing out!
The race finished right outside of RFK Stadium where bands were playing.
RnR races throw hands down the best after parties. I snagged water, Gatorade, chips, fruit snacks, a banana, chocolate milk and some pizza.
Trying to get out of the race was a different story though. My hotel was 2 miles away so I figured I'd just catch an Uber. It took over and hour and a half to get one. There aren't any restaurants or coffee shops down by the stadium so I walked a few blocks with some other runners to a 7/11 to grab coffee and wait. I've never had this much trouble trying to get back from a race and it put a damper on the amazing experience I had.
If you plan to run this race in the future plan ahead for better arrangements to get out.