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
There will be a bike parking area available at 14th and Independence Ave., SW. You may lock your bike starting at 6:00 A.M. in the designated bike parking area and retrieve it after the race, or leave it and enjoy the cherry blossoms, then retrieve it later in the day. You may lock your bicycles to any of the race barricades, but please be conscious of allowing as much room as possible for people to lock their bikes. We will be sharing this service with spectators and Cherry Blossom visitors. 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!