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Thanks to Dan Cruz, spokesman for the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon & ½ Marathon, for answering our questions.
What makes the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon & ½ Marathon unique?
The Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Carefirst is the premier spring running event in our nation’s capital. The only marathon run entirely inside the District of Columbia, event weekend combines fitness and fun with each mile of the race featuring live, local bands, cheerleaders and motivating spectators, culminating with a major music headliner performing at the finish line festival.
Please offer a few course highlights.
The start line is located to Constitution Avenue, a scenic venue conveniently located to city center hotels and more than 5 metro stops within one-mile. The race route travels down Constitution, passing the White House on the right and the Washington Monument on the left as runners head toward George Washington University. The course then loops back towards the National Mall and Lincoln Memorial, passing West Potomac Park and crossing the Arlington Memorial Bridge. Marathoners will also view the US Supreme Court and US Capitol building before enjoying more than 3 scenic miles along the Anacostia River’s waterfront. Both the marathon and half-marathon finish at RFK Stadium.
How many runners do you expect in this year's race?
The event annually attracts more than 25,000 entrants across all distances.
Do participants receive any swag associated with the race?
All participants receive a technical tee and for the first time in 2015 marathon finishers receive an exclusive jacket at the finish line.
Will the race benefit any charities?
The race partners with 18 preferred and official charities.
If someone can't run are there other opportunities for participation?
There are opportunities to volunteer at the expo or staff a water station on race day. And the post race concert at RFK Stadium is free and open to the public.
Are there any exciting pre or post-race activities?
For the first time in 2015 the event’s signature two-day Health & Fitness Expo will be held at Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The expo, where all participants pick up their race number, is and free to the general public, featuring a series of interactive clinics, free samples and the latest in health and fitness apparel. Event weekend concludes Saturday afternoon with a finish line festival and headliner concert at RFK Stadium.
Will there be a place to store valuables?
Yes. Gear check is available and UPS trucks are utilized to transport participant gear bags from the start to the finish. The finish area provides plenty of space for runners to safely and efficiently retrieve their belongings from the trucks, which are designed perfectly for the effective implementation of gear check.
Any helpful tips for getting to the race?
The start line venue is conveniently located to city center hotels and more than 5 metro stops within one-mile.