Since its inception 38 years ago, runners have been consistently impressed with the Capital City Marathon (CCM).
“THE gold standard for how to put on a running event.”
The scenery of Washington’s capital city, which boasts rural landscapes, marine and mountain views, and friendly neighborhoods, is stunning.
“One of the prettiest courses I’ve ever run. Town, forest, fields, neighborhoods, a high bridge and even the state Capitol.”
Rolling hills help marathoners qualify for Boston at a high rate.
“Running across Henderson Inlet feels like it’s just me, the herons and sometimes eagles and otters.”
Swag is always original and high quality.
“CCM has the BEST bling – shirts, hats, sweatpants, jackets, medals …”
The festive post-race run fair features locally sourced food, free massage and a recent thirst-quenching addition.
“The finish area is fantastic: food, massages, music, photo ops … and if that weren’t enough, beer!”
If there is one thing CCM is known for, it is the amazing volunteers and spectators who support the marathon, half marathon, 5-mile and free Kids Run. Every year, 600 volunteers, the true heart and soul of the event, leave a lasting impression.
“… the BEST spectators and community support I have ever seen!”
CCM is a 100 percent volunteer effort that aims to help future running stars.
“(CCM) returns all of its support to local high school cross country teams whose members will be the next generation of distance runners.”
And CCM is proud of its past, which includes a brush with a marathon-running legend.
“… when you get back into town, you cross the footsteps of Joan Benoit, on her way to winning the first U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trial.”
All distance runners eagerly anticipate getting to the finish line. The final stretch of the CCM marathon, half marathon and 5-mile race offers fatigued runners a special treat.
“The last mile is unbelievable, with the wonderful downhill past the Capitol and down the middle of the road to the crowds near the finish.”
And the size of the CCM field is Goldilocks-approved because it’s “just the right size.”
“You won’t be packed in like cattle in the chute, but you won’t get terribly lonely either.”
Register today for the May 19 marathon, half marathon and 5-mile. Kids in the eighth grade and younger may participate in a free 1.2-mile kids run on May 18, the same day as the run fair. http://www.capitalcitymarathon.org/registration.html