Overall Rating
Overall Rating (7 Reviews)
3.4
(7 Ratings)(7 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.6
SCENERY
3.9
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3.6
The United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, known for having the only marathon course contained entirely within the District of Columbia, originated as the National Marathon, in 2006. DC’s iconic landmarks set the stage for a race like no other. Runners enjoy great community support, … MORE
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    bayna6 FIRST-TIMER '17

    It was nice running through DC and the neighborhoods, but it was so cold that the water at the stops had turned to ice. The spectators were fantastic even with … MORE

    It was nice running through DC and the neighborhoods, but it was so cold that the water at the stops had turned to ice. The spectators were fantastic even with the frigid temperatures.

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    4
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    4
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    3

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    jmskafidas REPEAT RUNNER '17

    What I loved about this race was that you kick of your run next to the Washington monument. You proceed to run towards, maybe not directly in front of, a … MORE

    What I loved about this race was that you kick of your run next to the Washington monument. You proceed to run towards, maybe not directly in front of, a variety of other very notable monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial. Running over the bridge towards Arlington cemetery was quite amazing as well. Be aware that this is a point-to-point course, not a loop, so have your uber/lyft app ready and be prepared to pay a MASSIVE surcharge to return to the start. Otherwise you’re stuck attempting to funnel into the metro, which has been severally backed up the 2 years I’ve run it with racers all funneling on one line. Kind of leaves you with a sour end of race day.

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    4
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    3
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    3

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    rjgarner527 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Loved the course! Most memorable section is definitely the wear blue Mile. Plenty of aid stations and post race refreshments of water, gatorade, chocolate milk, banana, granola bar, and hummus … MORE

    Loved the course! Most memorable section is definitely the wear blue Mile. Plenty of aid stations and post race refreshments of water, gatorade, chocolate milk, banana, granola bar, and hummus w/pretzels hit the spot! Also liked the option to pick up merchandise upon exit.

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    2
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    5
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    4
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    Trevinds REPEAT RUNNER '08

    I ran this race when it was called the SunTrust National Maration - now known as the Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon. This race is run entirely in the DC … MORE

    I ran this race when it was called the SunTrust National Maration – now known as the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon. This race is run entirely in the DC area unlike the Marine Corps Marathon which is run mostly in Northern Virginia with parts going through DC. A pretty flat course so a PR is very achievable. I have also run the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon and I can say that plenty of fluids are staged throughout the course, and post refreshments/food are plentiful. If someone was to ask me if I recommend the Rock ‘n’ Roll – I would say yes, but would add – “Run the Rock ‘n’ Roll in March, and then try to run the Marine Corps in October. Both Medals, side by side, would be something to talk about and compare.”

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    5
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    5

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '17

    This is a typical Rock N Roll race - 2,300 full marathoners & 13,000 half marathoners. The half marathoners started 90 minutes after the full, so there wasn't the usual … MORE

    This is a typical Rock N Roll race – 2,300 full marathoners & 13,000 half marathoners. The half marathoners started 90 minutes after the full, so there wasn’t the usual bottlenecking of the combined races.

    Strangely, there was more security at the expo than at the race itself.

    Very little spectators and the course is fairly nondescript. I had hoped we’d run by more of the famous sites.

    There was a “blue mile” for those men and women of the military who lost their lives while serving. It was the most moving part of the day (even though it was on one of the worst hills of the course).

    At the end, you receive a medal and a finisher’s jacket.

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    4
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    3
    SCENERY
    3
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    4

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 18, 2017 at 1:12pm

    Thanks Drew! And congrats on checking off DC. It's too bad this course and the Marine Corps Marathon share minimal overlap, since so many of the well-known DC landmarks lie along the MCM course. But I love the idea of the Blue Mile – from what I've heard, it's almost unanimously considered the most memorable and moving part of the course.

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    HeatherJ FIRST-TIMER '14

    This was the first and only time I've ever taken a ride in the sag wagon! My sister and I ran this with our mom for her first half. Apparently, … MORE

    This was the first and only time I’ve ever taken a ride in the sag wagon! My sister and I ran this with our mom for her first half. Apparently, she wasn’t keen on using the port-o-potty’s before the start, so we had to wait in a line at mile 1. That’s when we got picked up and dropped-off about 1/2 a mile later. We were then back on track to run by several statues, monuments and other iconic places. If you aren’t trying to PR, you can get some great photos.

    My only qualm is that I’m not a big rock ‘n’ roll series fan. Considering the whole premise of this race series is to have the course lined with music, it didn’t exceed or even meet my expectations. It seemed pretty on par with any other race – but at a premium cost.

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    3
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    4
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    2

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    MadelynMarino FIRST-TIMER '14

    This was a typical Rock and Roll race. Big expo, well organized and lots of participants. The first five miles were pretty flat. Then we hit the BIGGEST HILL EVER. … MORE

    This was a typical Rock and Roll race. Big expo, well organized and lots of participants. The first five miles were pretty flat. Then we hit the BIGGEST HILL EVER. It was horrible, but just a blip in the entire course.

    The remainder of the course went throughout the DC area, passing many of the historic sites including the Washington Monument, the White House, and the Capitol building. It was a cool experience running through a city with many cool buildings.

    Overall, I would recommend this half marathon if you are looking for a larger, well organized, race.

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