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Welcome to the 2014 George Washington's Birthday Marathon and Relay ... Sunday, February 16, 2014

    We want to update you on the 2014 George Washington's Birthday Marathon and Relay.

    We share your disappointment that we had to cancel the race . If you haven't already done so, please take a look at our "You Make the Call" photo album for a view of actual course conditions on Sunday morning.

    We are not going to re-schedule the race for 2014.  We considered doing so, but there are schedule conflicts for at least the next four weeks.  February 23 is the Maryland RRCA Club Challenge 10-Miler, March 2 is the DC Road Runners Club's Burke Lake 12K, March 9 is the DCRRC Fort Hunt 10K, and March 15 is the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Rock ‘n’ Roll USA 1/2 Marathon.  Beyond that, runners are off their peak training, or are preparing for other races, so re-scheduling for later in the spring isn't a good option for many runners.

     Unlike some of those big commercial marathon promoters, we're not going to take your money, say "too bad about the weather," and run.  We will send all runners their shirts and bibs.  We will send solo marathoners their medals.  And we will send each runner a refund for the un-spent portion of the entry fee, which will be about $20-24 for solo marathoners and $10-12 for relay participants.  (That's an estimate, not a promise, and the actual amount may be lower or higher.)

    Please give us a couple of weeks to get everything packaged and in the mail.  We'll send another email to report progress.

    Thank you for your support of the George Washington's Birthday Marathon and Relay.  We hope you'll join us on February 15, 2015 for the next presentation of the race.  Please contact the race director if you have any questions.

Information For Runners:

Race Date: Sunday, February 16, 2014.  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: ten aid stations, at approximately the 2.4, 5.8, 7.9, 9.7, 13.2, 15.2, 17.0, 20.4, 22.5 and 24.3 mile points.  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.

Entry fees:

Sign-up Date ==>> Through 12/31/2013 01/01 - 01/31/2014 02/01 - 02/16/2014
Solo Marathoners $45 $60 $75
Relay Runners (each) $22.50 $30 $37.50
Registration transfer $10 $10 $15

Refunds, etc. No cash refunds or deferrals to 2015. 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.

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 15 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 Holiday Inn is our official race hotel.  Please click here for a direct link to reservations; be sure to use group code "WBM". The Greenbelt Holiday Inn is sold out.  As of February 2nd, rooms for Saturday night are still available at the Greenbelt Marriott.

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 contact Alison Smith, the DCRRC Volunteer Coordinator.  Note: for people running the 2013-14 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.

Questions?

Please email the race director.

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