There is no time more beautiful to take a run through the nation’s capital than during the fall. Competing in the Georgetown Half Marathon is the perfect way to take in the dazzling colors and splendor of fall in Washington, DC. Participating in this race is an ideal excuse to spend the weekend in this bustling metropolitan area during one of the best times of the year. Here is everything that you need to know about this half marathon and how to make the most out of your race experience:
GEORGETOWN HALF MARATHON DETAILS
This year’s race will be held on Saturday, October 12. Beginning at Fletcher’s Cove on the C&O Canal Towpath, this out and back course runs along the canal and the scenic Potomac River. With a top elevation of 44 meters above sea level and a low point of 12 meters above sea level, this flat course is perfect for setting your next personal record. The tree-lined canal route delivers plenty of shade for a comfortable run, and the locals always bring out the best in runners with tons of support.
Registration fees start at $85 and rise to $100 up to the race day. There are $10 discounts available to active military and members of various running clubs. The proceeds of the race benefit two organizations that improve girls’ education in Nepal and Kenya.
WHERE TO STAY
For maximum convenience and accessibility to the start of the race, be sure to consider some hotels in Arlington, VA. You’ll still be minutes away from the race, but you can avoid paying DC’s notoriously high prices. The Hyatt Place Arlington/Courthouse Plaza puts you close to the start and finish line of the half marathon, making it easy for you to compete on race day. This comfortable hotel boasts modern guest rooms, an available full breakfast to start your day, and a fitness center to help you prepare for the event. Courtyard by Marriott Arlington Rosslyn is a great, budget-friendly place to stay. Free Wi-Fi, available breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center can help you stay prepared for your race.
WHAT TO DO
While in the area, you will not want to miss the chance to pay tribute to the country’s bravest veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. This vaunted national military cemetery is the home of the moving Tomb of the Unknown, President John F. Kennedy’s eternal flame, and many other historical monuments.
Of course, you cannot participate in the Georgetown Half Marathon without taking the time to explore the trendy area around Georgetown University. In addition to the stunning campus, visitors to this charming area of DC will delight in all of the shopping and dining opportunities in the Georgetown neighborhood.
WHAT TO EAT
Savvy runners understand the importance of fueling up before race day. The night before your race, you are going to want to carbo-load at one of the city’s many Italian restaurants. Carmine’s Italian Restaurant is an iconic DC institution offering up heaping helpings of classic Italian dishes served up family-style. The massive 1930s-style dining hall is the perfect setting for your Italian feast.
Once you have finished your race, you can eat well knowing that you have earned the right to indulge your taste buds. Local favorite Founding Farmers is an ideal choice for a post-race meal that satisfies your hunger without tanking your nutrition. This trendy farm-to-table restaurant specializes in dishing up some of the best seasonal flavors in an inviting atmosphere. Nosh on specialties such as the fried green tomatoes, goat cheese ravioli paired with a chicken cutlet, shrimp and grits, and much more. You simply cannot go wrong with any of the menu choices.