Running the Race
(NOTE: The 2017 race day schedule will be posted here when it becomes available. The link above will take you to the 2016 Race Day Schedule, which is expected to be similar to 2016, but this schedule is subject to change.)
Using the Porta-Johns
There will be 200 porta-johns throughout the staging area. Please do not urinate anywhere else. We are guests in a National Park. A number of years ago runners “relieved themselves” on the FDR Memorial which was an embarrassment to the race organizers and nearly caused our permit to be revoked. Please use the porta-johns only! Staff porta-johns are intended to expedite getting volunteers back to their jobs. Please do not attempt to use “Staff” toilets. We ask that spectators and volunteers try to use the porta-johns either before 7:05 A.M. or after 8:00 A.M. so we can keep the race participant lines down to a minimum as the starting time approaches.
Pin your bib number on the front of your shirt or shorts. Your bib number must be visible at all times during the race or you may be subject to disqualification. Your MyLaps Bib Tag is on the back of your number. Do not remove it. Please complete the important emergency medical information on the back of the bib.
Runners will be timed and scored using the MyLaps Bib Tag. There is a single Bib Tag adhered on the back of your bib number. Simply leave the Bib Tag where you find it — on the back of the bib. Do not remove it. The Bib Tags are single-use.
There will be a special start for about 30 of our elite women 10-Milers at 7:18 A.M. The wheelchair race will start at 7:29 A.M. The first wave of the 10-Mile race will start at 7:30 A.M. The final wave will start at 7:53 A.M. The 10-Mile starting line will close at 8:00 A.M. sharp. No one will be allowed to start the race after this time. The 5K Run-Walk will begin at 8:40 A.M. and the 1K Kids’ Run starts at 9:30 A.M.
Runners have been pre-assigned to starting corrals based on their projected finishing times. See details on Wave Start.
10-Mile: Flat and fast. USATF Certified (DC10003JS). Digital clocks at every mile. Water available at the start. Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula available on the course at aid stations located at 2.5, 4.25, 6, 7.75 and 8.85 miles. DrinkMore Water, compliments of Navy Federal Credit Union, is also available at the finish. Medical services are available at all these locations as well.
Teams are scored by net time. Unfortunately, due to number switching, team results will not be announced on race day.
There will be a large digital clock at the finish line. When you cross the finish line and the series of transponder mats that determine your net time, keep moving. This allows room for others to complete their runs. Do not re-enter the course or cross the transponder mats at the finish a second time. All reunions must take place in the Reunion Area on the Washington Monument Grounds, not on 15th Street.
With the wave start all runners except those finishing among the top 25 men and women will be scored and placed based on net times. All runners must complete the course in less than 2 hours and 20 minutes after the final wave starts. Runners not maintaining a 14-minute-per-mile pace at 5 miles will have to leave the course. If you fall behind 14-minute-per-mile pace during the second half of the race you will be required to board our sweep vehicle. Timing and scoring at the finish line will be discontinued 2 hours and 20 minutes after the final wave starts and no runner with a time greater than 2:20:00 net time will be listed in the official results regardless of what wave he or she started in. If you have any doubt about your ability to finish 10 miles in less than 2 hours and 20 minutes, you can complete a form on the event website to change to the 5K Run-Walk.
• No headphones allowed. Running with a dog, baby stroller, or racing stroller is prohibited. No skates allowed.
• Stay on the roadway at all times. You will be disqualified if you “cut” the course.
• Race officials reserve the right to remove any runner from the course for medical or any other valid reason.
• We discourage spectators from bringing pets. However, if a spectator accompanying you brings a dog to the race site, please be sure it is leashed at all times and kept well clear of the start/finish area and off the course. Spectators must stay off the course for their own safety and for the safety of our 15,000 runners.
• Be careful of potholes and the transponder mats on the course and at the start and finish.
Video security personnel and scorers will monitor the course at various points to ensure that all finishers run the designated course. Marshals will note persons entering or leaving the course and our judges will review the evidence to consider disqualifying those individuals.
Cheaters will be banned from future editions of the race at the discretion of the Chief Judge.
The Race Committee will not tolerate inconsiderate behavior toward any of our 2,000 volunteers. Anyone treating a volunteer official in an abusive manner will be immediately disqualified from the race.
Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to drug testing in accordance with the IAAF Procedural Guidelines for Doping Control or the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will carry out drug testing, and the adjudication of positive findings. Athletes found to have committed a doping violation will be disciplined according to the USADA Protocol and suspended, if appropriate, according to applicable IAAF rules. Such penalties may result in a period of ineligibility as well as disqualification from the event. Any substance taken by an athlete is at his/her own risk and may result in a positive sample. (This includes cold medicines, nutritional supplements, and some over the counter medicines.) Information on banned drugs and drug testing may be obtained by calling the USADA Drug Reference Hotline at 1-800-233-0393 or at the USADA website, www.usantidoping.org.