Getting to the Race
Metro will open at 5:00 A.M. on race day. The race starts at 7:30 A.M. We encourage everyone to use Metro. You can take the Metro (Blue and Orange lines) to the Smithsonian Mall stop, which is .25 mile from the staging area on the Washington Monument Grounds. Other possible stops include L’Enfant Plaza (Blue, Orange, Green and Yellow Lines), about .8 of a mile from the start; Metro Center (Red, Orange and Blue lines), about .9 of a mile from the start; or Archives (Green and Yellow lines), about .9 of a mile from the start. Due to the proximity of the Smithsonian stop, there will be no shuttle bus service for Metro users.
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 Parking Area
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, or leave it and enjoy the cherry blossoms, then retrieve it later in the morning. This service is free to participants. NOTE: The bike parking area will close at 12:00 noon on race day, April 12, 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.