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In October, thousands of runners descend on DC for the Marine Corps Marathon. Both soldiers and civilians run in this grueling, yet inspiring, road race.
In October, thousands of runners descend on DC for the Marine Corps Marathon. Both soldiers and civilians run in this grueling, yet inspiring, road race.
 

DC Road Races: Marathons and Triathlons to 5Ks

With such beautiful vistas, DC is a running town. Check out where you can compete - or spectate.

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DC’s signature landmarks and flat, even roads make it a popular destination for marathons and long-distance races. Mark your calendar and start training to participate in one of these major annual events.

Washington, DC Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & Half-Marathon: This marathon and half-marathon began in 2005, attracting elite runners who meet qualifying times.

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K: This road race occurs in early April, during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. More than 12,000 runners traverse the Tidal Basin and East and West Potomac Parks, sprinting past DC’s world-famous cherry blossoms.

Army Ten-Miler: In early October, a field of 26,000 runners race past notable landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and Union Station.

Marine Corps Marathon: Dubbed “The People’s Marathon,” the Marine Corps Marathon takes place the last Sunday of October, attracting 30,000 runners and thousands of spectators. The course begins in Arlington, Va., continues past the monuments and memorials and concludes at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (a.k.a. the Iwo Jima statue).

Nation's Triathlon: A back-to-school triathlon of sorts, the Nation's Tri takes place annually in early September. It's considered one of the most scenic (and athlete-friendly) triathlons in the nation for its iconic views and flat course.