C&O Canal Towpath Marathon and Half Marathon

C&O pic 1The inaugural C&O Canal Towpath Marathon and Half Marathon is planned for Friday, September 26th, 2014. Both the marathon and half marathon will start at 7:30 AM. This event will take place in its entirety in Washington, DC. The start/finish is located on the C&O Canal Towpath at the parking area at The Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington, DC 20007.

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Registration

C&O pic 4To register, click here. Entrant fees: $60 for the half and $75 for the marathon to August 31; $70 for the half and $85 for the marathon after August 31.

Race Location/Info

The race takes place in its entirety in Washington, DC on the flat dirt and crushed stone surfaced C&O Canal Towpath. The start/finish is located on the C&O Canal Towpath at the parking area at The Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington, DC 20007.

Packet Pickup

Thursday pre-race packet pick-up will take place at the Georgetown Running Club at 3405 M Street NW Washington, DC 20007 from 7:00-8:00PM. Packet pickup will commence on race day at 6:45 AM at the race start/finish.

Parking

The parking area can be viewed at this link.

To be most precise it is recommended that the GPS Coordinates 38.917917,-77.101192 be used in GPS units to obtain directions to the start/finish. Using the address 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington, DC will get you close to the start/finish but possibly on the incorrect side of the C&O Canal.

Directions

Use this link to obtain directions to the start/finish.

To be most precise it is recommended that the GPS Coordinates 38.917917,-77.101192 be used in GPS units to obtain directions to the start/finish. Using the address 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington, DC will get you close to the start/finish but possibly on the incorrect side of the C&O Canal.

Travel

Use this link to view airport distances from downtown DC which is just a few miles from the race start/finish. Reagan National Airport (DCA) is four miles away, Dulles (IAD) is 26 miles away, and Baltimore-Washington (BWI) is 33 miles from downtown DC..

Hotels

There are numerous hotels in the DC area.

Course Info

This race takes place in its entirety in Washington DC on the flat dirt and crushed stone surfaced C&O Canal Towpath. 3.28 miles of the towpath will be used for this event. Runners will head southeast from the start to the Francis Scott Key Bridge at which point runners will turn around and head northwest on the towpath. After running 3.28 miles northwest, runners will again turn around and head back southeast towards the start/finish line. Upon reaching the start/finish line runners will have completed a quarter marathon – or one course loop. Half marathon runners will run this course loop twice and marathon runners will run this loop four times in order to record finishes in their respective races. The course map can be viewed at http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/298178205/.

The course map can be viewed at http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/298178205/.

Volunteer

If you would like to be a race volunteer please contact Mike at events@altisendurance.com. Volunteers earn free race entries for themselves (or to donate to a friend/relative) in any Altis Endurance race and/or donations to a favorite charity/non-profit organization.

Awards

All finishers will receive a finishers awards. There are no age group awards or first finisher awards.

Weather

Historical average high and low temperatures in Washington, DC on September 26th are 76 and 58 degrees.

Results

Results links to be posted here

Aid Stations

Aid stations for the half marathon are located at miles 1.6, 2.5, 4.1, 4.7, 6.0, 6.6, 8.2, 9.1, 10.7, 11.2, and 12.5

Aid stations for the marathon are located at miles 1.6, 2.5, 4.1, 4.7, 6.0, 6.6, 8.2, 9.1, 10.7, 11.2, 12.5, 13.1, 14.7, 15.6, 17.2, 17.8, 19.1, 19.7, 21.3, 22.2, 23.8, 24.3, and 25.6

The usual race food will be provided at the aid stations, ie. cookies, chips, water, and Gatorade. It is recommended that runners bring their own energy gels, electrolytes, and water bottle to the race as needed

Cutoffs

Runners have eight hours to complete their respective race.

Swag

A Mid-Atlantic Marathon and Half Marathon Series shirt will be provided to entrants who enter by September 4th. Runners who enter the event on September 5th or later are not guaranteed a shirt. All finishers will receive a quality finisher medal.

Refunds/Transfers/Miscellaneous

As is the case with most races, there will be no refunds of entry fees to entrants. Transfers of race bibs from one runner to another is also not allowed. This event is limited to 200 entrants. There will not be a waiting list if the race fills.

Questions

If you have any questions please contact Mike at events@altisendurance.com.