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Getting to the Race

Getting to the Race

Below are maps of interest for Race Day. Construction is a near-constant in Washington, DC, so minor adjustments may be needed if unexpected construction projects appear.


Metro Service will not be available for getting to the race site on race day. (It will be open for return trips.)

Other Options for Getting to the Race

Below are some other suggestions on how to get to the race. Parking is always at a premium and streets that are part of the race course will be closed. We suggest that you consider other alternatives to driving to the race, but if you decide to drive, arrive early.

Parking with SpotHero

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservations app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the
Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

  • The Ronald Reagan Building parking lot is open 24/7  and is very close to the race site:  http://itcdc.com/parking/  The cost is $17 on the weekend. Note: This lot has a security check point for car entry, as well as re-entry into the building. Be aware of this because it may mean that it will take a little more time than you had planned on.
  • Click Here for a map that shows all of the metered DC parking in the city.  Please note that meter parking is controlled by the city and this can change at any time.
  • Here is link to some general parking information in DC:  http://dcparking.org/dc-street-parking/
  • Use Uber or Lyft.  To ease congestion, we ask that people coming from Maryland or DC program in “17th and Constitution Ave., NW” as their destination. People coming from the south (Virginia) should program in 17th and Independence Ave., SW. ( Please note that 15th St. will be closed between Constitution Ave. and Independence Ave. starting at 1 a.m. on Sunday, September 12.) Other streets on the course will start to shut down at 7:00 a.m. So, please plan to arrive early.
  • Plan to bike  Two Wheel Valet will provide a bike valet service on race day on the Washington Monument grounds. 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 11:30 a.m. on race day, September 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.
  • WMATA has an app and trip planner. If you plan to bus: https://www.wmata.com/schedules/timetables/index.cfm

Plan on arriving early!


Getting to the 5K Starting Area

The 5K Run-Walk staging area and start-finish line are located on Independence Ave., SW about 200 yards east of the intersection of 17th and Independence Ave., SW. There will be easy access to the 5K Run-Walk starting line from the staging area on the 17th St. of the Washington Monument Grounds. Signs will direct 5K Run-Walk participants in the 10 mile staging area to the 5K Run-Walk staging area.

Metro Service will not be available for getting to the race site on race day. (It will be open for return trips.)

Getting to the starting line of the 5K Run-Walk will take a bit of planning and timing.

If you are approaching the Washington Monument Grounds from the East (that’s the side where the Smithsonian Metro stop is located), turn and walk toward the Washington Monument. Bear to the left as you approach the Monument (the ten milers will be heading to the right) and head towards the intersection of 15th and Independence Ave. This is where you want to cross 15th St. You will proceed down Independence Ave.,SW for approximately 1/4 mile to the start line close to the intersection of Independence Ave. and 17th St.

Prior to the start of the 10 mile at 7:30 A.M. you will be able to cross this intersection without delay (except for a brief pause while our 40 elite women start at 7:18 A.M.). Once the first wave of the 10 mile starts at 7:30 A.M. through the final wave at 8:00 A.M., you will be able to cross only during the short gaps between each wave of the ten mile. Uniformed US Park Police officers and marshals will “open and close” this intersection in between the waves for the safety of our 5K Run-Walkersto-be and our 10 milers heading out. There will only be about 10 minutes between when the last 10 miler heads out and when the top 10 milers return between about 8:00 a.m and 8:10 a.m. After 8:10 a.m., U.S.. Park Police officers and volunteers will continue to allow 5K participants to cross during gaps in the flow of the 10 milers. However once the stream of finishers becomes more dense, these opportunities will diminish. If you want to avoid the wait, you can head north on 15th St. toward Constitution Ave. and cross over between Madison Dr. and Constitution Ave. and circle around the Washington Monument on the Lincoln Memorial side. We cannot delay the start of the 5K Run-Walk from the 9:00 A.M. start for runners who have not been able to cross 15th St.

If you are approaching from the north (White House side) or west (Lincoln Memorial side), you can head to the 10 mile staging area on the Constitution Ave. side of the Washington Monument and look for signs pointing you down 17th St. toward the 5K Run-Walk start.

If you are approaching from the south (Tidal Basin side) head towards 17th and Independence Ave.

Confused? The various limitations put upon us by the National Park Service and the layout of the roadways near the magnificent Washington Monument Grounds, make direct access to the 5K staging area a bit challenging. The bottom line is it is best to make sure you are at the start line of the 5K Run-Walk before 8:30 A.M. The 5K Run-Walk starts at 9:00 A.M.