The Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC half marathon was my first ever race in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series, and it did not disappoint. The first plus of the day was a perfect weather forecast. Glorious sunshine, no wind, and starting line temperatures in the low 50s. In mid-March! The course was a running tour of some of the best sights that Washington has to offer. Starting at the Washington monument and finishing at the Capital building, with gorgeous stretches along the Potomac and through Georgetown neighborhoods, the wonderful sights kept your mind off your  increasing fatigue and that bothersome thought of “why the heck am I doing this?” (Well almost!) The course was on the flatter side for the first 6 or 7 miles, but after that, it was game on. There was a hill between mile 7 and 8 that literally stopped you in your tracks. Probably close to 90% of participants were walking it.  I have done numerous races in DC, and the spectator support is always incredible, and this race was no different. The people in Washington really come out for their local races! There were numerous spectator run rest stops ranging from  beer to Dunkins Donuts to an adorable little girl offering Ferrero Rocher chocolates. The finish line was a welcome sight,  and I know that Rock N Roll is known for their big finisher parties, but the crowds were too much for us.   We were happier trying to change out if our sweaty race clothes in a parking garage (isn’t that what all runners do??🤣🤣) and finding a nice quiet spot for a delicious meal. All and all, a great day!

Caroline C.