Friday, October 24, 2008
Tomorrow AM it is off to DC for the Marine Corps Marathon with Kristen and Dorothy. We will meet up with Meredith and some other Kickrunners for dinner. I haven't been to DC since my highschool days, and I'm looking forward to running through our nation's capitol on a course nicknamed "The Marathon of the Monuments."
The race starts in Arlington, Virginia, and winds its way through Rosslyn along Lee Highway before turning on Spout Run and the George Washington Parkway. Runners will experience a climb on Lee Highway in the first few miles of the new course, but are rewarded with a descent along Spout Run and the parkway. Runners will enjoy the spectator friendly streets of Georgetown as they travel down M Street, turning on Wisconsin Avenue and then K Street. In a significant change for 2008, the course passes the Kennedy Center and takes runners into Hains Point at approximately the halfway point of the race.
Next, runners pass the Jefferson Memorial before entering the National Mall and pass numerous monuments, memorials and landmarks, such as, the Lincoln, FDR, Korean War and Vietnam Veteran's memorials, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol. Runners continue along Jefferson Drive and cross the 14th Street Bridge back to Virginia.
For the last 10K runners will venture to Crystal City, return past the Pentagon and finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial.
The trip and race should be a blast, and at least provide a great opportunity for pictures and video.