Getting to the Race

Metro Service

Getting to the race site by Metro is easy. We hope to have a large increase in the number of participants and spectators using Metro. The Smithsonian Metro stop (Orange, Blue and Silver lines – Mall exit) is only ¼ mile from the start and finish line. The full Metro system will open at 5:00 A.M. on race morning, providing ample time for participants to take Metro from the outlying stops. If you wish to take a short warm-up to the race site you can exit the Red, Blue, Orange and Silver lines at Metro Center (.9 of a mile to the start); the Yellow and Green Line at Archives/Navy Memorial (.9 of a mile to the start); or the Blue, Orange, Yellow, Green and Silver lines at L’Enfant Plaza (.8 of a mile from the start). Due to the proximity of the Smithsonian stop, there will be no shuttle bus service for Metro users.

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Walk from the Headquarters Hotel

The host hotel,The Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St., NW, Washington, DC 20001, is 1.5 miles from the race start and finish. This makes a great warm-up before the race, but if it is a longer warmup than you like, you can take Metro from Gallery Place.


Bicycle Valet Parking

Two Wheel Valet will provide a bike valet service on race day adjacent to 14th and Independence Ave., SW. You may drop off your bike starting at 6:00 A.M. and retrieve it after the race This service is free to participants. NOTE: The bike parking area will close at 12:00 noon on race day, April 3, so please be sure to retrieve your bike by then! You may NOT leave any belongings attached to your bike. If you want to leave any belongings, you will need to place them in the clear plastic bag you will be given at packet pickup and then take it to the bag check area on race morning.


Staging Areas

The staging area for the 10-Mile run is on the Washington Monument Grounds nearest the intersection of 15th St. and Constitution Ave., NW. The staging area for the 5K Run-Walk is on the Washington Monument Grounds on the Independence Ave. side in the vicinity of the Sylvan Theater.