Today’s 53’rd annual George Washington’s Birthday Marathon organized by the DC Road Runners Club had to be canceled due to the recent heavy snowfall. However; in honor of the event, I am publishing my throwback recap from when I ran the race.
Back on February 20, 2000 I decided just a week or two earlier to run in the George Washington’s Birthday Marathon with my running buddy Todd, and a new running friend Joel. I had just come off of my PR marathon at Steamtown and then two weeks later the Marine Corps Marathon, both four months earlier in October. I hadn’t trained specifically for a winter marathon, but my endurance was good because I had resumed longer weekly runs of about 16 miles after the holidays.
Joel and I drove over from Virginia on race morning and arrived early for packet pick-up. We met Todd and hung out together until the race started. We ran the early part of the race together, then broke apart to run our own races.
The race was run on a three-loop course and had less than 200 runners. It was a beautiful day for February, and felt very warm in the sun, but much cooler in the shade. I had on a lightweight pullover shell over my running bra, and I remember taking it off and tying it around my waist when the course took us back into the sun. If I remember correctly, we were in a shaded area for quite some time before hitting the clearing and the sun for a stretch… Eventually, I warmed up enough to drop my jacket at the start/finish point on one of the laps and ran the rest of the race in just my running bra, wishing I had on shorts as well!
As I’ve mentioned in other throwback recaps, almost all race shirts were cotton back then, and this one was long sleeved.
I was very happy to finish in 3:42:44 (8:30 pace) and even win my age group. Of course it was a very small race, and I just might have been the only one in my age group!
- Have you ever been signed up for a race that was canceled due to bad weather?
- How often do you sign up for races last minute?
- Who raced this weekend?