On Site Packet Pickup
Packet Pickup will be available on site the morning of the race from 6:30am to 7:55am (closing 5 minutes prior to your race time).
Our tables will be located north on the grounds of West Potomac Park by baseball fields.
To ensure you are able to collect your race bag prior to the event, we strongly recommend you attend the Packet Pickup event at Pacers Clarendon or 14th Street prior to the race. See Pre Race packet pickup info for more details.
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On Site Registration
Registration will not be available on site the morning of the race due to restrictions imposed when hosting events on National Park Service sites.
To ensure you are able to register and collect your race bag prior to the event, we strongly recommend you attend the Packet Pickup events at Pacers Clarendon or 14th Street before race day. See Pre Race packet pickup info for more details.
If you have gear you want to set aside prior to the race, we’re on it!
Use the clear bag check bag that was provided to you at Packet Pickup to stow your stuff.
We will have a sectioned-off, attended area inside West Potomac Park.
Though we will have attendants monitoring the area, Pacers Running will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Please bring no valuables.
The Bag Check area will shut down at 10:00 am. Any uncollected items will be taken to Pacers Clarendon. After one week all items will be donated.
Getting to the Race
- Directions - Car
Please refer to the map to find the best way to arrive from your starting point.
From NW Washington or Montgomery County:
Take a major artery south into the District and downtown Washington, D.C. Look for parking south of Pennsylvania Avenue and north of Constitution Avenue, NW, between 18th and 23rd Streets or along Constitution Avenue. Please allow plenty of time before the start to locate a parking space.
From Downtown Washington:
Head south on 17th, 19th, 21st or 23rd Streets, NW. Look for side street parking between Constitution Ave, NW and G Street, NW. Please allow plenty of time before the start to locate a parking space.
From Virginia (west):
Take I-66 to the US 50E/Constitution Ave, NW exit. I-66 crosses the Potomac River into the District at Constitution Ave, NW. Look for side street parking north of Constitution Ave, NW between 18th and 23rd Streets, NW. Please allow plenty of time before the start to locate a parking space.
From Virginia (south):
Take I-395 North, cross the Potomac River (14th Street bridge). In the District, the Washington Monument will be on your left. Make a left onto Constitution Ave, NW. Look for side street parking north of Constitution Ave, NW between 18th and 23rd Streets NW. Please allow plenty of time before the start to locate a parking space.
Parking is available in lots A, B, and C on Ohio Drive located South of East Basin Drive (near the George Mason Memorial) and approximately .8 miles from the start/finish (see map here). If you choose to park in these lots, please note that you will be unable to depart prior to Park Police opening up streets at approximately 9:15am. Please be patient as other participants finish the last mile of their race.
Ohio Drive near the Polo Fields will be closed early for set up. To access lots A, B, and C you will need to enter from Ohio Drive south of East Basin Drive or from East Basin Drive ( road behind Jefferson Memorial).
There is no parking on Ohio Drive in West Potomac Park in the vicinity of the start/finish line. There is no parking along Independence Avenue at any time. Additional parking available on side streets north of Constitution Avenue NW between 18th and 23rd Streets NW and along Constitution Avenue, NW. Parking in this corridor is best for individuals needing to depart early from event. Please observe posted parking restrictions.
Generally, if possible, we recommend arriving by public transportation to avoid any issue with finding a place for your vehicle.
- Directions - Public Transit
Metrorail Opens at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday and may not be conducive to arriving on time. Please check metro rail and bus schedules.
Please consider having a friend drop you off at Independence Avenue and Ohio Drive, SW before the 10K run, then ride Metrorail home.
The closest stop to the event site is Foggy Bottom/GWU on the Orange and Blue lines. The stop is located at 23rd & H Streets, NW.
To get to the Foggy Bottom station from the race site, go north on Ohio Drive, pass the Lincoln Memorial, and walk or jog north along 23rd Street, NW to H Street, NW.
If you ride Metrorail to the event, walk south along 23rd Street past the State Department and Lincoln Memorial. Pass on the east side of Lincoln and look south to the Potomac River. That park adjacent to the river is the race staging area.
Metrobus Routes also serve the area. Please review the Trip Planner to select a route from your starting point.
- Directions - Cycling/Walking
If you live within biking distance of the race site, such as Capitol Hill, near Dupont Circle, in Adams Morgan, or Georgetown, you can reach West Potomac Park in a half hour or less. If the weekend forecast indicates dry conditions, consider bicycling to the Veterans Day 10K.
Several Capital BikeShare docks are located near the start/finish. See map here for closest locations.
West Potomac Park is on the Potomac River
West Potomac Park is located just south of the Lincoln Memorial. If using a GPS, request directions to the intersection of Independence Avenue & Ohio Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20001.
Bring Your Support Crew
We encourage you to bring family and/or friends to cheer you on as you take on the Veterans Day 10k course! Handmade signs, noisemakers, and the like should be the least they can do for you.
We suggest supporters look out for you at the Start and Finish line Ohio Drive, SW across Independence Avenue from the Lincoln Memorial. Or, there are countless other great vantage points along Ohio Drive.
With such a festive atmosphere, it is a great event for families!