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Overall Rating (17 Reviews)
3.5
(17 Ratings)  (17 Reviews)
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3.5
Explore the Nation’s Capital! Experience a VIP running tour of the Nation’s Capital when you run the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Washington DC. Our impressive, award winning courses boast postcard worthy views of the most iconic monuments in the district. Beginning in one of the most recognizable … MORE
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    nickj4444 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This race is a lot of fun - the organizers aim to create a party atmosphere and pretty much succeed. The bands playing every couple miles are a great touch. … MORE

    This race is a lot of fun – the organizers aim to create a party atmosphere and pretty much succeed. The bands playing every couple miles are a great touch. The course is brilliant – the first few miles are great for getting inspired with a lovely tour of the National Mall and several monuments, then there’s a peaceful middle stretch through Rock Creek Park, and then the last half is through neighborhoods – lots of folks on their doorsteps and curbs to cheer you on. Not as flat as you might expect in DC, with one decent little hill as you come up from the park into Georgetown, but overall fairly fast. Plenty of food and another band at the end; swag’s nothing special.

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    Tailhook007 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The folks at Rock n' Roll marathons put on a great production. The finisher medal is beautiful, they continue to use the wicking blue t-shirt with the logo for the … MORE

    The folks at Rock n’ Roll marathons put on a great production. The finisher medal is beautiful, they continue to use the wicking blue t-shirt with the logo for the specific location, but that’s not why I run.

    The course starts you off on Constitution Avenue, with epic views of the Washington monument, glimpse of the White House and back side of the Lincoln Memorial… then the gentle rolling through Georgetown. I could not find a course elevation map… the course transitions to the parkway which is hilly. There is a 8% grade hill at 6.0-6.5 mile marker from the parkway exit up transitioning runners back into the neighborhoods.

    Overall great fan support and volunteer support, plenty of water, energy drinks… There were several bands on the course… at mile marker 5, they had a DJ… BUT you could not hear the music because one of people on stage couldn’t help themselves in screaming support, woooo hoooing!!! It was beyond annoying! Take the mic from that lady! I appreciate support but yelling a volume 11 is a bit much…

    This race is very much worth your while if you want to run a half marathon completely within the District of Columbia! I would run this again.

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    dwhit490 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Another really good Rock N Roll race. Really cool to run down Constitution avenue past the Smithsonian Museums and DC monuments. DC has a lot of hills and a monumentally … MORE

    Another really good Rock N Roll race. Really cool to run down Constitution avenue past the Smithsonian Museums and DC monuments. DC has a lot of hills and a monumentally tough hill right after mile 6, coming out of Rock Creek Park into Adams Morgan. That one was tough!!! As with all of the Rock N Roll races, there were a lot of bands playing and DJs spinning on the streets for the race. The water/gatorade stations were copious. There was plenty of energy gels, but I don’t like the kind that were handed out – SIS. I think they are gross! I got two medals – one for the actual race and another nice one for running this one after the Virginia Beach Rock N Roll. There were two things that could have been much better: 1. How are you going to have a music themed race in Washington, DC and there were NO GO-GO bands!?!?!?!? DC is the home of Go-Go! Do better, Rock N Roll!!! 2. The “beer” at the end of the race – Heineken 0.0. A zero alcohol beer??? What a waste!!! Please have a good beer at the next race. Not only is Heineken 0.0 no alcohol, but it’s gross! Again, Do better, Rock N Roll!

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    RRWAEB83 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Personally I begrudgingly do RNR- customer service is not great, you get 0 bang for your buck, expos are underwhelming, and it’s overhyped. That being said, the race was a … MORE

    Personally I begrudgingly do RNR- customer service is not great, you get 0 bang for your buck, expos are underwhelming, and it’s overhyped.

    That being said, the race was a lot of fun.

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    50StateRunner50 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Given the number of runners, the expo was much smaller than what you would have seen from the rock ‘n’ roll series in the past. The start corrals were organize … MORE

    Given the number of runners, the expo was much smaller than what you would have seen from the rock ‘n’ roll series in the past. The start corrals were organize well and moved fairly smoothly.

    The race was going to point and started on Constitution Avenue. The Washington monument, Smithsonian, White House and Lincoln Memorial we’re all passed within the 1st mile. From there the course largely ran through a rolling park and ran through neighborhoods near Georgetown and Howard universities. There was a long sustained hill right at mile six. Otherwise, I would consider this course as rolling. The aid stations rotated between water and Gatorade. There were energy packs provided at around mile eight. The turn from the hype on the race did include a significant downhill run where are you face the capital for roughly a mile before taking a left turn towards the DC armory.

    The race volunteers were friendly, but the aid station workers were struggling to keep enough Gatorade/water on the table. I had to stop and wait for a couple minutes at 2 aid stations before someone was ready to give me a drink as none were poured waiting on the tables.

    Given the number of runners, the finishing area was very crowded. The race shirt and finish your metal were decent. I did not stand in the long line to wait, but I heard that they were only offering nonalcoholic beer at the beer tent.

    The departure from the racer it was a little rough. As this was a point to point race, The metro seemed to be everyone’s means of getting back to their parking or hotels. The trains were on a limited schedule and the crowds were huge. I had to wait 40 minutes before I could board the train. The ride to the to my station took another 35 minutes and I was not able to leave my hotel until 1 PM this afternoon. I understand this is not an issue for the race organizers, but I wanted to post this as it could cause issues for folks that they do not pack their vehicles for heading to the start line the morning of the race, as they could be charged an additional nights room and board if they’re staying in a hotel.

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    brbender262 FIRST-TIMER '12

    Great course through Washington DC, and awesome music throughout the event. Modest swag giveaways, which has likely improved over the years. MORE

    Great course through Washington DC, and awesome music throughout the event. Modest swag giveaways, which has likely improved over the years.

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    jmskafidas REPEAT RUNNER '17

    What I loved about this race was that you kick off 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 off 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. Kind of leaves you with a sour taste at the end of race day.

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    TDJones REPEAT RUNNER '18

    A very small field for the full. It's better to run the half - more support, etc. Not sure I'll do this race again. The full runners start earlier now, … MORE

    A very small field for the full. It’s better to run the half – more support, etc. Not sure I’ll do this race again. The full runners start earlier now, so at least the start area isn’t crowded like in years past when the races started together.

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    BrooklandRunner FIRST-TIMER '08

    I coached a training group and received a complimentary entry. I had a friend run with me. The course has some hills that are challenging. It was an early marathon … MORE

    I coached a training group and received a complimentary entry. I had a friend run with me. The course has some hills that are challenging. It was an early marathon in my career.

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    BrooklandRunner REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This tied my PR. Great effort on a perfect day. I didn't realize I was so close to my PR. I signed up because I didn't have to travel. I'm … MORE

    This tied my PR. Great effort on a perfect day. I didn’t realize I was so close to my PR. I signed up because I didn’t have to travel. I’m not a huge fan of RnR, but they do put on a decent race.

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    starlingk2003 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my least favorite marathon to date, and not just because of my injury. This would have been a good half marathon, and the half was the biggest group … MORE

    This was my least favorite marathon to date, and not just because of my injury. This would have been a good half marathon, and the half was the biggest group of runners. First of all, they are sticklers for making the runner pick up the packet in person. Not unheard of, but certainly annoying. The Expo was at the National Guard armory, and the security to get in made for long LINES outside in the cold and falling snow (not all day long I’ve heard, but certainly when we got there close to closing). I thought the personal pickup was for security purposes, but my lawyer friend pointed out that it’s really about sponsors- they guarantee that every runner will be at the Expo to pick up their bib and so will be there to pass by the vendor booths. Ugh. So it’s about money. So we wait in a LONG line that wasn’t managed well (apparently a shorter line was available for people with no bags to be checked, but no one knew this and it wasn’t said until after a good long while in the cold.) My husband had a pocket knife on him and decided to stand outside in the cold rather than surrender it, (personal choice) and my 14 year old son FORGOT that he also had a pocket knife, and walked right in through security after getting wanded with a metal detector that didn’t go below his waist. So tell me, what’s the point? The shirts they had for sale that I liked were sold out in all but large and larger, so I bought nothing. There weren’t very many other races there represented (advertising upcoming marathons, etc) and just not a very good expo in my opinion. I DID like that they offered actual PACE GROUP COLOR CODED bibs which you could have and wear in addition to your official bib. I did NOT pick one up, and since I didn’t do well, I’m glad that I wasn’t wearing one that said 3:40 as I finished at 5:25.

    The three distances offered all started at different times, and from 2 different locations. I ran the full which started first at 7am. Beyond their control was the fact that the DC Metro which is hemorrhaging money had shortened their hours and didn’t even OPEN until 7am. So anyone doing the full had to find another way. They offered shuttles from the finish point (RFK Stadium) but the last shuttle left at 5:45 am!! That’s a LONG TIME to stand outside in the cold at the start! The chute was typical and the corrals were open, people seemed to honor their assigned corral (any one who wanted to, could change their corral at the Expo anyway). The timing mat for some unknown reason was NOT directly below the large inflatable arch we ran under to start. It was 6 feet BEFORE the arch, so I didn’t get my watch started right on time, but that wasn’t a huge deal just WHY?? The first half of the marathon was not too bad. There were SOME nice DC sights, we ran down Constitution Ave, so you could look to your right and see the White House, and we ran up near the Lincoln Memorial twice. It could’ve been better though. At mile 6 was a HUGE ENORMOUS STEEP hill that I knew was coming from the elev map I had found, but still took my breath away. I was able to run it and not even lose too much time. We ran through Rock Creek Park which was pretty, but the roads weren’t great. Many runners mentioned the potholes in the street. And there were multiple homeless camps under the bridges we ran under. One with furniture even. Several runners tossed their gloves here. Once we got up north of all the sights though, there was NOTHING ELSE good about the course. At. All. It was not beautiful, it was not flat, it was not fast or with tons of spectators. The HALF MARATHON runners who started 90 minutes AFTER us, had a different experience! LOTS OF STREET PARTIES, free beers, fun spectators, etc… At the halfway point is where the course split! The half marathon runners (who of course weren’t with us) would be done but we got to soldier on to the second half of the course which was the WORST half. NOTHING pretty, NOT NICE neighborhoods. A huge hill that you had to climb twice once going and once coming back. switchbacks galore where you get to the end and have to make a 180 degree turn around a cone- at LEAST 3 times we had to do that, LESS aid stations second half, LESS music. Not NONE, but LESS. The 5K had it worst. Their 5K was on the second half of the marathon course. They ran out on a highway across a bridge and turned and came back. NO SIGHTS OF DC WHATSOEVER. The 5K also had ONLY water at their aid station. No gatorade at all. The medals weren’t all that inspiring, and the shirt is just “ok” in my opinion. I finished finally, and we just left. Oh! not many photographers on course either. And at LEAST ONE of them I recognized from like mile 4 or 5 and right near the finish. So they must not have had many bodies to station and shoot pictures. Anyway, that’s what I have to say. I haven’t remembered it all… I don’t really want to remember this one- except to never run it again, unless they redesign the course.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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… MORE

    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. LESS

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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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    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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