The MCM course starts near Iwo Jima, heads south on
Jefferson Davis Highway to a loop around Pentagon City, back up Jeff
Davis, across the Key Bridge into Georgetown, east down The Mall, around
the Capitol, back west on The Mall, around East Potomac Park to Hains
Point and back, over the 14th Street Bridge, again past the Pentagon
and once more up Jeff Davis to finish at the Iwo Jima Memorial. Convoluted—and
worth every step.
0630 hours. Temps maybe high 40's at
the sanctioned early start. Not everything was ready for us: no
water at the first aid station; an unmarked turn added maybe a
quarter-mile before I and a couple of others figured out what had
As I neared the White House at 9:00 a.m.
I heard the 105mm cannon blast a mile away, signaling the full start.
I covered another six miles before the first runner
passed me at m18. Superb crowd support helped me finish pretty
well even on the final uphill to Iwo Jima, crossing the line
at 1215 hours.