Guide to DC Area Marathons

January 28, 2011 7:26 AM

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure

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Multitudes of walks and races for many different charities come through the DC area. Here is a brief listing of some of the larger ones, with links to registration/information pages.
Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure (

Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk For The Cure

This nationwide walk comes to the DC area every October, and people from all over the area flock to the nation’s capital to participate. In just 3 days, participants walk more than 60 miles and finish up right on the national mall. Organize a group, or walk on your own! Three camps over the weekend offer hot meals, showers, and even live entertainment.

Marine Corps Marathon

The Marine Corps Marathon is the 4th largest marathon in the States, and the 8th largest in the world! In 2010, the Marine Corps Marathon celebrated it’s 35th year. Race participation is capped at 30,000 individuals, and each year is a sell out! This is truly a “people’s race” with no prize money for the winner.

Suntrust National Marathon

The Suntrust National Marathon takes you on a journey through the heart of the city. Qualifying times are required in order to participate, and race participation is limited to 15,000! For those who are able to get in, though, there are cash prizes at stake!

George Washington Birthday Marathon & Relay

2011 marks the 50th annual GW Marathon! The race takes you through Greenbelt, MD in three scenic loops, and can be used as a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. Not up for the marathon? Try the relay!

Ringing in Hope Walk, Run & Fun

This marathon is held in Northern Virginia in picturesque Ashburn, along a certified race trail. For those who can stand the cold, this is the perfect way to ring in the new year! Participants can choose from a 10k run, 3k run, or a 1k walk (open to the whole family). The walk benefits six local charities, and after the race they serve hor d’oeuvres on none other than a silver platter! Family activities start as early as 1:30pm, and the run takes place before sundown.

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