2011 Race Information

Race Details

Location: Alexandria, VA National Harbor, MD

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2020

Start Time: 7:30am

Distance: Half Marathon (13.1 miles) Limit 5,000 starters – all entrants must be able to average at least 15 minutes per mile – total time 3:16


The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon is a point-to-point race that begins at Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, continues up the George Washington Memorial Parkway, crosses the Potomac River on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and finishes at National Harbor, MD, site of the Michelob ULTRA Finish Line Festival.

Course Description

  • Start: at Mt. Vernon Estates
  • Head North on George Washington Parkway to Alexandria City Line
  • Continue North into Alexandria City; at Wilson Bridge overpass turn right onto wide pedestrian walkway
  • Continue East over Wilson Bridge; enter Maryland
  • Continue heading East into Maryland on Wilson Bridge Connector Pedestrian throughway
  • Turn Left on throughway running parallel to Harborview Boulevard
  • Turn Right onto National Harbor Boulevard
  • Circle National Harbor property via National Harbor Boulevard
  • Enter Southpointe Park on National Harbor property; turn Right onto National Harbor Riverwalk (2011 COURSE CHANGE: runners do not run along gravel path in Southpointe)
  • Continue on National Harbor Riverwalk; pass Awakening statue
  • Continue on crushed shell path for approximately 25 meters; turn Right into parking lot
  • Circle Michelob ULTRA Finish Line Festival in parking lot past Beer garden and live performance of the Darby Brothers.
  • Finish: at National Harbor.

View the Course Map


This event will utilize IPICO timing tags. IPICO timing tags are durable, recyclable tags. You must use the tag assigned to you and have attached to your shoe.

No chip = no time.

Our timing tags are recyclable; you may keep your tag, return at the finish, or recycle at any Pacers Running Store.

Michelob ULTRA Finish Line Festival

Michelob ULTRA, the Official Beer of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, is proud to sponsor the 2011 Finish Line Festival. Food and beverages will be provided at the finish area for runners. Entertainment and an awards ceremony will be held at the Finish Line Festival after the race featuring a beer garden and vendors throughout the finish line village.


The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon enjoys seasonal late summer temperatures averaging 80°F Hi’s and 57°F Lo’s. However, unseasonable conditions are possible. Please take advantage of our water stations located along the course. Heat exhaustion is the most prominent injury among our runners. Listen to your body and take in proper fluids. For more information, please see the ACSM position statement on exercise and fluid replacement.

Official DC Roadrunners Club/Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon Training Program.

For the second consecutive year, the DC Road Runner Club Summer Training Program is the official local program of the October 2, 2020 Woodrow Wilson Half Marathon. The program is open to any healthy adult at virtually any level of athletic ability. There is no speed requirement and all paces are welcome. The training program, with expert coaching, includes Saturday morning group training runs and mid-week speed workouts. Throughout the program there will be seminars provided by professionals in physical therapy, nutrition and more! Click here to register.

Exchange/Deferral Policy

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon has a no-refund policy. However, we are committed to fairness to our runners. If you register and cannot run on October 2, 2011, we will allow you to exchange your entry with another runner or defer your entry to 2012. ALL exchanges and deferrals must be sent Pat Dalby at [email protected]. The deadline for deferrals is September 2, 2011, and the deadline for exchanges is midnight, September 17, 2011. No exceptions so please do not ask for this accommodation after the respective deadlines. Do not give your entry to another person without exchanging through us. If that person has a medical emergency during the race, we will have your emergency medical information instead of theirs, and that could delay treatment. For the safety of everyone, please follow the approved procedure for exchange or transfer of your entry. Also, unauthorized exchanges of bib numbers can lead to incorrect results and could rob an age-group winner of an award and recognition."

EXPO & Packet Pickup

All runners can pick up their bib numbers, t-shirts and other goodies at our EXPO/Packet Pickup at the Westin National Harbor on October 1, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We will have a dozen vendors at the EXPO with cool products and services specifically for runners, so you can pick up that last-minute pair of running socks, shoes, sunglasses, head band, gel, etc.

Spectacular Memories by Marathonfoto

After much research, we have chosen Marathonfoto as the official race photographer of the 2011 Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. Our research included running in several Marathonfoto events. We were impressed with the quality of the photos and the lively nature of the photography. We hope you will enjoy your race pictures as a way to remember your race fondly for a long time.

Two Major Championship Races

The 2011 Woodrow Wilson will once again serve as a championship event for:

Potomac Valley Association (PVA) of USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championship: for all card-carrying PVA/USATF members, you are competing for prize money and prestige at the second annual PVA Half Marathon Championships. Prize purse - open athletes male/female first place $300, second place $200, third place $100. Prize purse for Master athletes male/female first place $250, second place $150, third place $100. Double dipping is allowed. Prizes will be in the form of gift cards.

National Industries for the Blind National Half Marathon Championships – visually impaired runners of all VI classes are eligible. Due to a generous grant from National Industries for the Blind in Alexandria, we are able to provide travel reimbursement for interested visually-impaired athletes on a first-come first-served basis. Prize money will be awarded to top finishers. All B1 runners must use our advance start. B2 and B3 athletes have the option to use the advance start or line up with the open field.

Honorary Race Chair

We are pleased to announce that NBC4 news anchor Doreen Gentzler is returning as Honorary Chair. Last year, Doreen and husband Bill completed the half marathon and intend to do so again this year. Doreen is a big supporter of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, one of our charity partners.

Prize Money and Incentives

The 2011 Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon will award more than $10,000 in prize money, including the Potomac Valley Association (USATF) Championships, plus American-only money to help promote U.S. distance runners.

Overall WWBH Male and Female winners

  • First place - $1,000
  • Second place - $500
  • Third place - $250
  • Fourth place - $200
  • Fifth place - $100

American-only Male and Female Top Finishers

  • First place - $800
  • Second place -$500
  • Third place - $300
  • Fourth place - $200
  • Fifth place - $100

Masters (age 40+) Male and Female Top Finishers

  • First place - $200
  • Second place - $150
  • Third place - $100

You will earn prize money for every category in which you score. For example, if the overall winning male is an American over 40 years of age, he would earn $2,000 ($1,000+$800+$200) in cash and if he were a PVA member, he would also earn gift cards for $300 for open and $250 for Masters.

We also will pay a $300 cash bonus to every male finisher who completes the 13.1-mile course by foot in 1:05 or less and to every female finisher who completes the 13.1-mile course by foot in 1:16 or less.

In an effort to bolster the competitiveness of America’s distance runners, WWBH will pay an additional $1,000 cash bonus to every U.S. citizen who qualifies for the Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston on January 14, 2012. The male standard is 1:05 and the female standard is 1:15.

Directions & Transportation

View directions to National Harbor

From Washington D.C.

  • Take I-295 South for approximately 5.5 miles
  • Take National Harbor Exit 1B

From Maryland

  • Merge onto I-495 / I-95 Capital Beltway – Inner Loop
  • The lanes will divide after you pass Exit 4. Make sure stay in the right lanes in order to follow the ‘Local Lanes’.
  • Take National Harbor Exit 2A

From Virginia

  • Merge onto I-495 / I-95 Capital Beltway – Outer Loop
  • As you are approaching the Woodrow Wilson Bridge stay in the right hand lanes in order to take the ‘Local Lanes’
  • Cross the Woodrow Wilson Bridge
  • Take National Harbor Exit 2A

IMPORTANT NOTE: If traveling to National Harbor from Virginia via the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, please follow the signs that indicate “local lanes.” For more information regarding local and thru lanes and general construction information, please visit www.wilsonbridge.com.


Parking & Transporation to Start

Beginning at 5:00am, complimentary bus transportation will be provided from National Harbor to the start line at Mount Vernon. There will be 5 (five) free events parking areas that will be filled on rolling first-come-first-served basis at the direction of Police and Parking Attendants.Once all event lots are filled to capacity, Fleet Garage will be utilized for parking. If you park in the parking garage, paid lots or meters in National Harbor, you will be charged a fee for parking, so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY AND BOARD THE BUSES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you are not on the bus by 6:00am, you may encounter a wait to board. The last bus will leave at 6:30am. Late runners cannot be accommodated.

Note: There is no parking at the race start. Roads will be closed to non-race officials at or before 6:00am so plan drop-offs accordingly. There is no transportation back to the start from the finish after the race.

Road Closures

Roads will be closed along the course (some intermittently) on GW Parkway, the Bridge path and National Harbor Blvd. All roads should reopen by 10:30am.


The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon is committed to a safe and healthy event. The race utilizes trained medical volunteers, emergency physicians and personnel, and nurses. We also utilize emergency services provided by the City of Alexandria and Prince George’s County. Please make yourself familiar with the following procedures:

  • Police officers are staged at every intersection and can radio for medical assistance.
  • All water station volunteer coordinators are equipped with radios and are able to call in to central command for medical dispatch.
  • The City of Alexandria and Prince George’s County will have bike units, mobile transports, and ambulances staged along the course and at the finish.
  • If you have a medical condition, please write this information on the back of your bib. This will assist medical personnel if a situation arises.
  • A main medical tent will be situated in about 200 yards from the finish line. Medical personnel will be wearing identifiable shirts and will be in and around the finish area.
  • Listen to your body. If you are not able to complete the event, please stop and have a police officer or volunteer captain (at water stations) call in for transport. A sag bus will also be available to pick up lagging runners.

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