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Washington, DC > Rock & Roll USA Marathon & Half Marathon
Washington, DC  •  Saturday, March 15, 2014  •  Course Map  •  Series Calendar

A popular marathon and half-marathon destination thanks to its relatively flat city streets combined with the historic beauty of both its architecture and and its natural scenery, the streets of Washington D.C. serve as the route each year for the race formerly known as the National Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay road race, which became the SunTrust Rock & Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock & Roll Half Marathon in 2012.

Though the course is (as always) subject to change for its 2014 running, in recent years the race has taken runners on a fast and flat race through the streets of the nation's capitol, with lots of views of the country's iconic national monuments like the U.S. Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, the White House and the U.S. Botanical Gardens.

Runners in both the half and the full marathon share the same race route for most of the half marathon, which follows a point-to-point course that starts near the Washington Monument on 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, and finishes near RFK Stadium, along East Capitol Street and near Anacostia Park. In between, runners will pass by many of the nation's capital's most historic places and monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Arlington Memorial Bridge and Oak Hill Cemetery.

While most of the course is flat and fast, as any visitor to Washington will be familiar with, there are a few rolling hills that start just before runners reach the mid-way point of the half marathon. The course rises more than 100 feet quickly as the course runs along the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway between miles 6 and 7, and then slowly descends over the next few miles as runners make their way through the second half of the half marathon.

The scheduled starting time for both the half marathon and the full marathon is 7:30 AM, and runners in the half marathon are limited to 4 hours on the course (those running the full have 5 1/2 hours to complete the race). Walkers are welcome to take part in the half marathon, provided they can complete their 13.1 miles within the 4-hour course time limit.

Just shy of 20,000 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon in 2013, while 3,540 runners finished the full marathon. For runners participating in the full marathon, the course continues on past RFK Stadium and heads toward the Capitol Building and the Library of Congress, and then heads across the Mall for long stretches along the Potomac and Anacostia River waterfront areas.

Race Weather & Climate

The first weeks of spring can still be quite cold in the Washington area, as temperatures average between 38°F and 56°F in March. Wet weather is a possibility (either rain or a late-season dusting of snow), as area rainfall averages nearly 4 inches during the month, with just over 1 inch of snow.

On the day of the race (March 15), the average low is 37°F and the average high is 56°F.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Rock & Roll USA Half Marathon

Starting Time

7:30 AM


$90 for the half marathon, if registered by September 30, 2013
$110 between October 1 - December 31
$130 between January 1 - March 9, 2014 (or when the race sells out)


To reserve your spot in the late winter/early spring 2014 running of Washington's SunTrust Rock & Roll USA Marathon or CareFirst Rock & Roll Half Marathon, register online at RaceIt.com.

Official Race Website


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