Welcome to the 2015 George Washington's Birthday Marathon and Relay ... Sunday, February 15, 2015
Information For Runners:
Race Date: Sunday, February 15, 2015. Start time: 10:00 a.m. for all runners.
No "early start" this year. For runners' safety, we are starting all runners together. We won’t have police support, emergency medical technicians, course marshals, aid station staff or any other support services prior to this time. There are two highway intersections that are not safe for runners to cross without uniformed police presence, and the two mile stretch on Springfield Road has no shoulder to run on. Runners present on the course outside the hours we’ve negotiated with USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Prince George’s County and the City of Greenbelt violate our permits and jeopardize the availability of these venues to support future races. Please don't "run rogue."
Course: Three-loop course through Greenbelt, Maryland and the U.S.D.A. Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. USATF-certified, Boston Marathon qualifier. Course map here.
Relay option: three (or two) runners complete 9.7, 7.3 and 9.2 mile legs.
Aid stations: 13 aid stations (3 more than in the past), at approximately two-mile intervals. Water and Gatorade at all; GU at many.
Comfort Stations: facilities available at aid stations (except for 2.4-mile).
Time limit: 6½ hours (equates to a 14:53/mile pace). Solo marathoners must begin the third loop by 2:15 pm.
|Sign-up Date ==>>||Through 12/31/2014||01/01 - 01/31/2015||02/01 - 02/15/2015|
|Relay Runners (each)||$25||$35||$45|
Bad Weather arrangements, refunds, etc. Please read carefully; different from previous years!
- No cash refunds or deferrals to 2016. Registrations may be transferred for a small fee. If you're looking for someone to buy and run with your bib, consider posting on the DC Road Runners Facebook page or Craig's List.
- In the event of forecasted unsafe weather, we will make a decision on Thursday afternoon, February 12 whether to conduct the race as planned. The following Sunday, February 22, will be our bad-weather alternate race date.
Other info: Entry fees include technical-fiber, long-sleeve shirt and post-race party. Solo marathoners get finisher medals. We share roads with vehicle traffic; personal audio is strongly discouraged; keep the volume down if you must.
Registration: Open now at https://www.dcroadrunners.org/sign-up/gwbm
Information For Families and Friends:
Packet pickup: Saturday, February 14 from 4 pm to 8 pm or Sunday morning before the race, at the Greenbelt Youth Center (99 Centerway, Greenbelt MD). You may also leave small bags with us in the Multi-Purpose Room on Sunday. (Not responsible for personal property, etc., but you knew that.)
Accommodations: The Greenbelt Marriott is our 2015 offical hotel. It's only 1.7 miles from the Greenbelt Youth Center or 1.4 miles directly to the start line ... a perfect warm-up jog! We have negotiated a block of rooms at the hotel's lowest available rate of $109/night. Please click here or on the Official Race Hotel tab to go directly to Marriott's online reservations.
Post-Race Festivities: hot food, beverages, entertainment and awards at the Greenbelt Youth Center. Hot showers (or cold, if you prefer) are also available in the Gym.
Get Involved: Volunteer!
We need lots of volunteers to put on this race, including course marshals, aid station personnel, food service at the post-race party, packet pickup and course set-up (on Saturday) and clean-up. If you'd like to help, please click here to volunteer, or contact Alison Smith, the DCRRC Volunteer Coordinator, with questions or for more information. Note: for people running the 2014-15 DCRRC Snowball Series races, volunteering at the George Washington Birthday Marathon fulfills your volunteer requirement.
We're a non-profit organization that exists solely to support runners and running in the D.C. metropolitan area. Entry fees cover race expenses and a small contribution to our ongoing operations. When you run with us on President's Day weekend (or at other times), you're supporting the sport of road running, not lining corporate coffers.