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Course Description

This flat and fast course will take runners through the streets of downtown Washington, DC, taking in gorgeous views of famous Monuments and the Potomac River. The Start and Finish lines for both races are located on 15th Street NW, directly next to the Washington Monument- in the heart of the city!

Highlights include a jaunt onto the Rock Creek Parkway to pass the Kennedy Center and sightings of the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Tidal Basin before hitting the home stretch.

At several points along the 15K course, runners will double back and pass other participants going the other way. That means you will have plenty of chances to see the many others who will be dressed up in fun costumes and adorned with jingle bells, which makes for an incredibly fun and festive experience.

5k +28 ft / -28 ft

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Start and Finish Line Details

The Start Line of the event is held on the Washington Monument grounds located at the intersection of 15th Street, NW and Madison Drive, NW. The 5K will start at 8:00 AM and the 15K at 8:30 AM.

There will be a Bag Check area where attendants will monitor your items if you leave them using the official race bag provided at Packet Pickup. Bag Check will be available up to 11:00 AM.

Prior to the race, a water refill station will be available for filling your water bottles.

Before or after the race, be sure to visit the photo booth and take your picture with Santa!


On Course Support

Certain things you can’t do without. We have made sure to provide all of the necessities.

A water refill station will be available at the Start/Finish Line area as well as at water stations on course. There will be one water stop on Ohio Drive SW on both the 5K and 15K course. The 15K will also have a water stop at Hains Point, and again at the western end of the Independence Ave SW out-and-back for a total of 3 water stops.

US Park Police officers and the Race Director travel by police car to lead the race while more officers and another Race Crew member trail all competitors to monitor for any irregular situations that may arise and require attention.

There will be a Medical station at the Start/Finish Line area and there will be Medics available on course  to care for injuries or anything that requires medical attention.

Lastly, we have will port-a-potties at the Start/Finish Line area, and port-a-potties will be on course near 23rd and Independence.

We’re Looking Out For Your Safety

Lisa, our Race Director, makes no bones about it– making sure the race course is completely safe is our top priority. We have thought through all the details including providing cones, barriers, signage, and directionals so that the course is well marked and placing crew and volunteers so there’s help if you need it. We work closely with municipalities to ensure we have police and medical support always on hand. Our high standards ensure you can let loose and enjoy your run.