C&O Canal Towpath Marathon and Half Marathon

C&O pic 1The race date for the second annual C&O Canal Towpath Marathon and Half Marathon is not set. For web page placeholder purposes only the event shows a Sunday May 3, 2015 race date. The marathon will start at 6:30 AM, and the half will start at 7:00AM. 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 4Online registration for this event is not set up yet.

There is no race day registration for this event.

Runners can also register for the race starting at 6:45AM on race day near the start/finish or at the Thursday pre-race packet pick-up at the Georgetown Running Club located at 3405 M Street NW Washington, DC 20007 from 7:00-8:00PM.

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

Packet pickup will commence on race day at 6:45 AM at the race start/finish. Saturday night packet pickup is yet to be determined.

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

The finisher awards are being produced by Steel Images. An image of the award artwork is above. There are no age group awards or first finisher awards. Great thanks to Steel Images for the fantastic finisher awards!

Weather

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

Results

The 2014 half marathon results are here, and the 2014 marathon results are 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 seven hours to complete the marathon and 6 1/2 hours to complete the half marathon.

Swag

Swag for this event is yet to be determined. 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.