Washington, DC > SunTrust Rock & Roll USA Marathon & Half Marathon
Washington, DC • Saturday, March 16, 2013 • 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 subject to change for its 2013 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, the home of the NFL's Washington Redskins. 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 8:00 AM, and runners in the half marathon are limited to three hours on the course (those running the full have six hours to complete the race). Please check back for updated information and changes to the race course, schedule and more for 2013.
Race Weather & Climate
The first weeks of spring can still be quite cold in the Washington area, as temperatures average between 33°F and 55°F in March. Wet weather is a possibility (either rain or a late-season dusting of snow), as area precipitation averages nearly 4 inches during the month. On the day of the race (March 16), the average high is 56°F and the average low is 37°F.
View the race route map for the Rock & Roll USA Half Marathon
$85 for the half marathon, if registered by October 31, 2012
$110 between November 1 - December 31
$125 between January 1 - March 10, 2013 (or when the race sells out)
To reserve your spot in the late winter/early spring 2013 running of Washington's SunTrust Rock & Roll USA Marathon or CareFirst Rock & Roll Half Marathon, register online at RaceIt.com.
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