Thursday, March 08, 2018

Local Running Clubs to Host Runner Motivation Station


H Street Runners and Argonaut Running Club are proudly joining forces again on Saturday, March 10th, to host a special RUNNER MOTIVATION STATION on H Street NE during the DC Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon.  Join us at 1206 H Street, outside of the Queen Vic (1206 H Street NE), as we gather to rock out and cheer (loudly!) for runners as they approach Mile 12 of the race course.

Photo credit: Elise Bernard

We are pleased to announce that THE QUEEN VIC will be opening at 7am to support this effort.  The bar will be open with food and drink! 10% off food & drink for all runners in the marathon or half marathon and for anyone who comes out to support a runner in the marathon/half marathon.  ALSO, runners get a free shot of Jameson.  (You can stop in for your shot during the race, or come by with your race bib after.)

And if you're hoping to hear some live Rock n Roll music that morning, you can't beat our location, which is just yards from Rock 'n' Roll's H Street Stage (next to the AutoZone at 12 & H) with LIVE BANDS rocking out for the duration of the race.

Our goal is to HELP MAKE H STREET ONE OF THE MOST HIGH-ENERGY STRETCHES OF THE MARATHON COURSE.  We'll have posters/signs, noisemakers, and even some fun, non-traditional sources of energy to hand out to runners (e.g., chocolate, jelly beans).  We'll have markers and supplies on hand if you would like to make up your own sign that morning.  So come join us at 12th and H on Saturday for the DC Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and have a drink, hold a sign, listen to live music, and just get loud!

There's some cost to putting on this event, and so we'll ask that participants please consider making a small donation ($2-4) to help us pay for the cost of poster board, candy, and other motivation station supplies.  But donations are not required!

  • 7am 
    • Marathon/Half Marathon start
    • Arrival/setup, Queen Vic opens
  • 7:30am 
    • DC Police & Fire vehicle roll through to ensure race route is clear
    • Official pace vehicle & camera trucks follow 
  • 8am
    • Elite Marathoners arrive on H Street!
  • 8:30am (approximate)
    • Majority of Marathoners begin to arrive on H Street
  • 10am (approximate)
    • Majority of Half Marathoners begin to arrive on H Street 
  • 11:30am
    • Most runners have cleared H Street
Please know that this Runner Motivation Station is FAMILY FRIENDLY and open to the entire community, runners and non-runners alike.  In fact, we'd like to have as much of the H Street/Capitol Hill North Community come out as possible.  And given that you're probably not going to be able to drive anywhere due to marathon-related road closures, why not come have some fun on H Street during the race?

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