Rock ‘n Roll has announced the course for the 2012 USA race on March 17!!
I ran this race a couple years ago when it was still the National Half Marathon and not Rock n Roll branded. From what I remember, it appears there are a few changes to the course.
The race is unique because it is the only full marathon run entirely in DC! The Marine Corps Marathon, for example, veers off into Virginia for a little bit. It is a great way to see a lot of DC all at once!
In my opinion, the first half is most scenic portion. The course begins and ends at historic RFK Stadium , home to just about every professional sports team at one time or another (Redskins, Senators, Nationals, United, Freedom). The first few miles follow East Capitol St. and Constitution Avenue beside the national mall and all the monuments. The course then turns north up 18th Street and Connecticut Avenue. The hilliest portion is on Connecticut when you run underneath Dupont Circle and up towards the National Zoo. Once up near the zoo, the course veers right on Columbia Road and travels through Adams Morgan . Harvard Road takes you over to McMillan Reservoir (that supplies the majority of the city’s water) and Howard University . A long stretch on North Capitol St. takes you back downtown. Then, you can check out new hotspots in DC: H St NE and 13th Avenue NE before the final push on C Street back to RFK Stadium.
I know many of you are running the race, but if you’re not, Jess from Jess Runs has put together an amazing plan for spectators ! Her plan outlines a great strategy for being able to see your friends at multiple points throughout the race. If you’re not interested in moving around, I have one other suggestion: stand along Connecticut Avenue just north of Dupont Circle. Seeing my mom waving to me at the midpoint of one of the longest hills was absolutely amazing. Just what I needed to keep going! It was also at this point in the race that I had finally warmed up and was ready to ditch my hat and gloves (it was really cold in 2010, I don’t see this being an issue this year).
Now that I’ve caught you up on the route, let me bring you to another critical race logistic the outfit. Imagine my glee at learning that the race falls on St. Patrick’s Day this year! What luck for an Irish lass like myself. Purchase #1 for the day:
I’ve never owned a Sparkle Skirt before, but this is definitely the occasion for it. I’ll be running my half marathon in green sparkles. What I like about this skirt, is that I can wear it over top of any bottom I already own. Depending on the weather, this will be long tights or capris. Lucky for me, I already own a green Sparkly Soul Inc. headband too!
I have not purchased them yet, but I’m leaning towards my first pair of calf compression sleeves. Since they are not available in green, I’m leaning towards orange. The other color on the Irish flag! What do you think?
QOTD: What do you think of my race ensemble? Have any suggestions for additions? Also, please let me know if you’ll be running RnR USA too! I’d love to meet you!