Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered in this list, please feel free to contact the race directors. We will be happy receive your inquiry.

What is your refund policy?

Registration fees are non-refundable, even in the event of race cancellation. However, we provide the following options:

  1. Request to switch from the 20-miler to the 5-miler race before packet pick-up.
  2. Transfer your registration to someone else. Transfers must be requested before packet pick-up.
  3. Registrants can always come to packet pickup to retrieve their t-shirts, even if they are not able to run.

Can I register on race day?

Our race permit does not allow for race day registration.

When and where is packet pick-up?

We offer multiple options for packet pick-up.

On race day, how early should I arrive at Carderock Recreation Area?

Early is always better, because parking fills up quickly. Please plan to arrive 30–60 minutes before start time if you are picking up your bib number on race day.

How do I switch from the 20 Miler to the Janet Braunstein 5 Miler?

Contact the race directors to request a switch. These requests do not carry extra charges, but they must be requested before the first day of packet pickup.

Do you accept credit cards for payment?

Yes, credit cards are accepted for both races with online registration.

Where do I park?

There are four parking lots at Carderock Recreation Area, but spaces fill quickly. We encourage runners to carpool.

What is the time limit to finish the National Capital 20 Miler?

The finish line will remain open for 5 hours. Runners should maintain a pace of 15 minutes per mile. After five hours, the finish line will close, and race support will end.

As a spectator, can I track runners?

Yes, we offer a runner tracking application through ChronoTrack.

Can I use headphones while racing?

We strongly discourage headphone use because we want to ensure the safety of all runners. We do not impose a ban on wearing such devices. However, runners who wear headphones will be disqualified from award consideration.

What is the stroller and dog policy?

These races are held on a fairly narrow public trail. In addition to the many race participants, this trail also remains open to the public for use by walkers, runners, and cyclists. Therefore, dogs and strollers are prohibited from these events.