Runners start the out-and-back course for the Georgetown Half Marathon near the Francis Scott Key Bridge, just off Canal Street and Whitehurst Freeway. From there, the course unfolds entirely along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath, a dirt trail that runs alongside the 184.5-mile-long canal that shares its name. With the exception of a few very minor hilly stretches, the terrain for the race is pancake-flat; you’ll reach the half-way turnaround point at Cedar Island, across the Potomac River from Turkey Run Park. After that, it’s all the way back to the Key Bridge for the race finish.
Note: The course map above provides the approximate route for the race. Though every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, changes are sometimes made to race routes due to weather conditions, road closures or other circumstances that can require a course to be changed. If you see an error above, contact us here.