Washington, D.C. Festival
The race will finish where it began; under the RED arch in Algonkian Regional Park. On Sunday, the Half Marathon ONLY will start in Great Falls Park and finish in Algonkian Regional Park.
Family and friends should plan to reunite with race participants at the Finish Line Festival. After your run, celebrate your accomplishment with some music and activities then load up on food and refreshments. A true family event, the Finish Line Festival offer free samples, product trials, demonstrations and prizes from The North Face, GORE-TEX®, Repreve, Sierra Nevada and more!
All participants have the option to leave personal belongings and extra gear at the Finish Festival Area while running.
A perforated bag tag is provided at the bottom of your race bib. Please bring your bag, labeled with the provided tag, to the Gear Check booth before the start of the race. Event staff will place it in a secure location for pickup post-race.
Drop bags on-course are ONLY allowed for GORE-TEX® 50 Mile participants at locations specified in the course guides. Please see the course guide for additional gear check information.
• The North Face • GORE-TEX® • Repreve • Sierra Nevada • Mountain Athletics • Kicking Horse Coffee • Eternal Water • Charm City Run • Twill • Leave No Trace • Karno Kids Foundation • Challenged Athletes Foundation • Team Red, White & Blue • DC Capitol Striders • Run Well • Potomac Heritage Trail Association • Vintage 50 Catering
The North Face Global Athlete Team Member, Dean Karnazes, will be answering questions, taking photos and signing autographs from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM at The North Face Retail booth at the Finish Line Festival. Stop by to meet the Ultramarathon Man himself.
For those too young to enter the Endurance Challenge, the Karno Kids’ Race provides a fun, supervised way for kids to join in the action on race day.
Dean Karnazes will lead the way on a 1K course alongside some notable characters, including Elsa, Olaf, SpongeBob SquarePants, Kevin the Minion, Buzz Lightyear, Big Bird and Elmo, to name a few.
Registration is free and parents can sign up race day at the Karno Kids’ booth.
All kids’ race participants receive a medal and free finisher photo from Ultra Race Photos, the Official Race Photographer for the series. Parents must include a legible email address to receive the free photo code.
On-site screen-printing will be available at no additional charge for participants to customize race shirts with their distance.
Option 1: Skip the line on race day and opt to have your shirt pre-screen printed during pre-race packet pick-up. Pre-printed shirts will be available for pick-up after your race at the Packet Pickup Booth. Don’t forget to pick up your shirt after your race! Unclaimed shirts will NOT be mailed.
Option 2: If you are undecided, you may bring your shirt on race day to be printed at that time. Please note that wet or damp shirts cannot be printed. If you plan to have your shirt printed on race day, do not plan to run in it.
All GORE-TEX® 50 Mile, 50K and Marathon participants will receive a free meal ticket on their race bib, redeemable at the Catering booth. Food for spectators, other participants and Sunday participants can be purchased at the Concessions booth.
A Beer Garden will be provided for spectators and participants to enjoy an adult beverage after the race. The first beer is free for all race participants. It is important to note that at certain Endurance Challenge events, beer service and sales may not be permitted or may have certain restrictions due to state laws.
Please bring cash if you plan to purchase additional beer or food.
The North Face Performance apparel and footwear will be on display at The North Face retail booth. Stop by to check out the latest in performance gear and sign up for The North Face VIPeaks, the free rewards program from The North Face.
The North Face apparel and other products will be available for sale at the Charm City Run booth where you can pick up any last minute race necessities.
In the GORE-TEX® Runner Recovery area, participants can refuel and rejuvenate their muscles with a free massage, ice baths and a smorgasbord of the usual post-run fare like bagels, bananas, oranges, energy bars, electrolyte drink, snacks and more.
You have been dedicated, trained hard and passed under the Red arch for the final time; now it’s time to party.
Once you’ve received your finisher medal and Eternal Water Bottle available in the Finish Chute, head into the Finish Line Festival Area to meet family and friends to celebrate than with an ice cold beer, a wide selection of food and one of the best post-race parties in trail running.
We ask that all spectators remain outside the finish chute. The area is reserved for runners only.
Weather in Washington D.C. this time of year is generally warm and humid. Please be prepared and bring the appropriate clothing and accessories.
Average high temperature: 66°F Average low temperature: 42°F
The North Face prizes and medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each of the six solo race distances. Overall awards and medals will also be given to the top three finishing Marathon Relay teams.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female participants in the GORE-TEX® 50 Mile race in the following amounts:
First Place – $1,000 Second Place – $600 Third Place – $350
We encourage other runners and spectators to stay for the awards ceremonies and support the finishing athletes.
If you are unable to attend the awards ceremony, you may pickup your award early at the Awards booth. Unclaimed awards will NOT be mailed.
The top three male and females in each age division will receive prizes from The North Face. If you place in the top three overall for your race distance, you do not qualify for an age group award. The age divisions are as follows:
19 and under
Age Group awards will not be presented in a formal awards ceremony; however, you may pick up your award at the Awards booth. Unclaimed awards will NOT be mailed.