Race run alongside scenic C&O Canal Towpath.
The full marathon is out'n'back twice.As for the race itself, the half marathon will take runners along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trail (better known as the C&O Canal Trail) that winds alongside the waters of the Potomac between Georgetown, where the race starts, and the Glen Echo neighborhood just to the northwest along the river. There, runners will make the turnaround and head back along the route they've just run in the opposite direction, back to Georgetown for the race finish.The terrain for the race is all unpaved gravel surfaces along the trail, which is flat and fast for the entire race, save for the occasional hill as runners are reaching the turnaround point. The starting and finish line lies on the southern bank of the canal in Georgetown, just east of the Francis Scott Key Memorial, while the turnaround lies just past Glen Echo Park, near the Clara Barton Historic Site. The race is limited to the first 350 entrants, so runners are encouraged to sign up early to ensure they get a spot in the race.
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