Running a marathon is a major accomplishment. From staying physically fit, donating to your favorite charity, or simply embracing the scenics surrounding you there are several benefits that come along with running a marathon.
Check out some of the best marathons, half-marathons, street races and 5Ks in the area.
The Nation’s Triathlon consists of a 1.5K swim in the Potomac River, a 40K bike ride through D.C. and Maryland and a 10K run past several historical landmarks. The event takes place in September and features a weekend funfilled full of activities including a live band and a Health & Fitness Expo.
Jingle All the Way 5K
This 5K race happens in the midst of holiday season. The race starts and finishes on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 12th and 13th Streets, near Freedom Plaza. During the race runners past museums, the National Mall and other scenic routes.
Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
Taking place during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in late March or early April, this race loops around the Tidal Basin and East Potomac River. The event includes a 10 Mile Run, 5K Run-Walk and a 1K Kids Run. In order to prevent overcrowding, the event only allows 15,000 entrants who are selected in a lottery after signing up online.
Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon
If you love music, this is definitely the race for you. The annual 26.2-mile race takes place during March and features live bands and cheer teams scattered along the course. It begins at RFK Stadium and takes runners through a scenic route past national neighborhoods and monuments. To top it off, there’s a post-race festival and concert waiting for you as you cross the finish line.
Marine Corps Marathon
Known as “the people’s marathon,” this particular race takes place in October and has been going on for four decades now. The Marine Corps Marathon course runs about 26.2 miles and also includes a 10K race. In addition to the race, the weekend features a Health and Fitness Expo, Crystal Run and the Healthy Kids Fun Run.