Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon & 6K

Sunday, November 12, 2017 • Alexandria, VA • Course Map

Alexandria’s Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon combines the beauty of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, the streets of historic Old Town and the iconic Woodrow Wilson Bridge with a finish festival under the bridge along the Virginia side of the Potomac River.

In 2013, the race got an extra-special honor from Runner’s World magazine, which named the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half one of the 27 best half marathons in the United States, out of more than 1,500 halfs nationwide.

Runners start the race at the pedestrian path of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Washington Street and travels five miles down and back on the GW Parkway.

A trip up Washington Street through the heart of Old Town ends with a stint to the top of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and back to the Virginia side and down the ramp into the finish festival under the bridge at Jones Point Park.

While most of the course is flat – in fact, much of it unfolds at an elevation just above sea level along the Potomac – there are is one hill up to the top of the bridge, but the view of DC’s monuments and the Old Town Alexandria shoreline is worth the sweat and the downhill back almost makes up for the work to the top.

Organizers note that half marathon runners are expected to be able to keep at least a 15-minute-per-mile pace for the first 10 miles so they can re-open the GW Parkway in a timely manner.

The 6k is a very fast out and back which also ends in the finish festival under the bridge.

Complimentary parking at the US Patent & Trademark Office and a complimentary 2-mile shuttle to the starting area and back to USPTO make this a very fun, convenient and stress-free morning of running.

And don’t forget to check out the many many restaurants and shops in Old Town and Hoffman Town Center after your run.

Race description provided by Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon.

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the Potomac River in northern Virginia, just a few miles south of Washington, D.C., Alexandria typically sees mild to moderately cool weather in November, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 11°F (in 1929) and as high as 86°F (in 1974).

On race day (Nov. 12), the average low is 41ºF and the average high is 59ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Woodrow Wilson Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:00 AM


  • $65 – $90 for the half marathon
  • $40 – $60 for the 6K


To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon or 6K, register online at RunSignUp.com here.

Official Race Website



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2 comments… add one
  • EC February 22, 2016, 1:10 pm

    Any idea why the 2016 WWB Half Marathon info isn’t posted yet?

    • Steve Nearman March 17, 2016, 10:16 pm

      We have posted on the website and FB pages that the 2016 Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon will be on October 2. National Harbor gave away our traditional first Sunday of October to the Color Run and we needed to modify the course which took time as we worked patiently through the permitting process to receive approval on a course which has never been used before – staging under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Old Town. We will be utilizing most of the same course, including GW Parkway, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge pedestrian path and Washington St. in Old Town Alexandria. Registration will open in the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience.


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