I may not understand marathon runners, but I absolutely admire them. As a middle- and long-distance swimmer in high school and college I know what it is to move and move and move and move, granted I never had a course such as this to swim. The race begins at RFK Stadium, proceeds to the Capitol, Union Station and the Ellipse before turning north through downtown, up Connecticut Ave, then through Adams Morgan and thence east to Columbia Heights, down past McMillan Reservoir, down North Capitol and then through the Atlas District and then finishes back at RFK.
Expect rolling road closures in the area starting at 7am, and if you’re planning on driving through town tomorrow morning, be sure to check out the full course map PDF, as well as the street closure PDFs. If you’re heading down to the start or finish line at RFK, Metro is opening up early on Saturday at 6am to accommodate those going through town early, but if you’re coming in from the sticks, you may want to drive in, since Metro’s about as reliable as that kid you knew in high school that did “graffiti” for the paint high.
I have to wonder, though, why the organizers put the brutally bumpy and under construction H Street NE so late in the race. That seems to be throwing up another obstacle to the already difficult course.