Discover the nation's capital during these organized races, marathons and more.
Whether you’re a serious runner or like to stay active while having fun with friends, DC has great organized race options for all fitness levels.
Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
Step into spring with the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. Arguably one of the prettiest races in DC, the run is timed to take place during the National Cherry Blossom Festival during late March or early April and loops around the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park. The run is in high demand, and to avoid overcrowding, the National Park Service limits the number of entrants to 15,000. Sign up online to be included in the entry lottery.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
You won’t need your running playlist to stay motivated during this marathon, half marathon or 5K race. Runners descend on DC during March for the popular Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon where participants are serenaded by live bands and cheer teams positioned along the course. Celebrate crossing the finish line with a post-race festival and concert.
Spartan Stadion at Nationals Park
Marine Corps Marathon
The Marine Corps Marathon is now in its fourth decade and is considered one of the best marathons for families and beginners. Unlike most races it doesn't offer prize money; instead the event is a celebration of the courage and commitment it takes to train for and complete a marathon. It’s also a chance to see the Marines in action doing everything from race operations, security and playing in the Marine Corps Band.
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