16 May 2013

Capitol Hill 10k Race Details, Road Closures and Packet Pick-up Info

Screen Shot 2013-05-16 at 12.31.07 AMRunners: lace up those shoes and get ready! The 34th Annual Capitol Hill Classic 10K is on Sunday morning. The race, together with the fun run, is arguably the neighborhood’s most popular race and benefits the Capitol Hill Cluster School.

Before the big day, here are a few tips in case you plan on running, cheering or navigating through the race course:

  • Do yourself a favor and pick-up your packet in advance. Packet pick-up will be held on Friday 17 May (5-7 p.m.) and Saturday 18 May (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) at Peabody Elementary School.
  • The 10K starts at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday at Stanton Park. DC police will start shutting down streets at 8 a.m. To familiarize with the course, take a look at the race maps, here.
  • When there are lags in runners, officers will direct traffic across the course. By 10 a.m. East Capitol should start to reopen, but drivers beware — the finish line at Stanton Park will remain closed until after the fun run, which starts at 11 a.m. Due to a race course change this year, the loop around RFK Stadium taking you from south-north along Independence Avenue and C Street, NE will remain open throughout the race.
  • Optimal viewing areas along the race include: Stanton Park, Lincoln Park, Eastern High School and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center plaza.
  • If you’re coming from outside the neighborhood, take Metro. Remember that Metro opens at 7 a.m. on Sunday. The start line is a short walk from either the Union Station (Red) or Eastern Market Metro (Blue/Orange) station.
  • In addition to Sunday’s race, there’s a Friday shadow run taking place in Kabul, Afghanistan. Race Organizers say about 150 soliders at Camp Phoenix will be running, and participants will wear the official Capitol Hill Classic 10K t-shirt and race bibs.
  • Don’t have it in you to run the full 10k? There’s a 3k course and a fun run loop around Stanton Park too. Registration is still open, sign-up now!

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2 responses to “Capitol Hill 10k Race Details, Road Closures and Packet Pick-up Info”

  1. BMcMahon says:

    Just in time for the Classic, the Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project has posted an interview with long-time neighbor Parker Jayne. Parker’s many stories include the founding of the Classic and his stint as chairman during its fifth year. It’s always good to remember that these neighborhood events didn’t just appear — volunteers worked hard to create and sustain them.

    View the full transcript at http://www.capitolhillhistory.org/interviews/2012/parker_jayne.html; search for “Classic”.

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