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The Potomac Heritage Trail 50 km
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Run Information


On the Potomac Heritage Trail
upstream from Turkey Run

Course: Mostly trail, with a couple of miles on dirt along the canal, and a mile or two of pavement. The route begins in DC, crosses over the Key Bridge into Virginia, continues on single track up to the Beltway, then returns to DC over the Chain Bridge.

Markings: Trail will be marked in DC with flour/chalk. In VA, you will follow blue blazes, with the exception of the detour to the Turkey Run Aid station. This portion will be marked with flour/chalk.

Aid:

  1. Battery Kemble 4.7 miles
  2. Theodore Roosevelt 8.6 miles
  3. Chain Bridge 12.5 and 24.5
  4. Turkey Run 17 and 20 miles

***Carry water bottles or camelback***

Pre-run Briefing: Check in required at start. Pre-run briefing at 7:45 A.M.


Well, not all the trail is beautiful. Here, we are underneath the Cabin John Bridge, aka, the American Legion Bridge, aka the Beltway

Results: Results will be posted, but will not be reported to Ultrarunning Magazine or any other publication. Please enter your finishing time on the sign-in sheet at the finish.

Post Race: The post race party will include plenty of food and refreshments. Showers will be available.

Printing this Page: This page is designed so that the images won't display when you print it.

Directions:

From MD/495 Beltway:

Take the Conn. Ave. Exit South. Continue South on Conn Ave past zoo on your left (about 7 miles). Woodley Road is the third right past the zoo. Turn right on Woodley Road at traffic light. 2711 is 2 blocks up Woodley Road. To find parking, continue on Woodley Road past the stop sign and park on the street up the hill.

From VA points West

Cross Theodore Roosevelt Bridge on I-66.
Veer left over bridge--stay left
Veer left at fork
Left at yield sign
Right at light on VA Ave.
Right at next light on Rock Creek Parkway.
Take Conn Ave exit (left exit) after 2-3 miles
Left at light onto Calvert
Right at light onto 29th. When you reach the stop sign, the start is one block to the right. To find parking, turn left and park up the hill.

From VA points South

From I-395 take exit 8B, (second Washington Blvd exit)
Stay left past the pentagon, as the right lanes keep ending.
Move to your right as you approach the memorial bridge.
Turn right to cross the bridge.
Right at end of bridge.
Right to loop under bridge onto Rock Creek Pkwy.
Stay left on Pkwy
Left exit to Conn Ave after 2-3 miles
Left at light onto Calvert
Right at light onto 29th. When you reach the stop sign, the start is one block to the right. To find parking, turn left and park up the hill.

From Downtown

From K St. and Conn Ave. Take Conn Ave North. Drive 1.9 miles (crossing Taft Bridge over Rock Creek) Turn left on Woodley Road (third light after Taft bridge). 2711 is 2 blocks up Woodley Road. To find parking, continue on Woodley Road past the stop sign and park on the street up the hill.

By Metrorail (open at 7AM, so you might be cutting it close) Take red line to Woodley Park. North on Conn Ave, left on Woodley Road. (2 blocks)



Along the Potomac Heritage Trail

Potomac Heritage 50km History

The Potomac Heritage 50km was created by Jeanne Christie and Larry DeHof. Larry was the RD for many years. When Jeanne and Larry left for Maine, Kerry Owens took over the event in 2003 and gave it a new start/finish. The event continues to prosper under Kerry's leadership.

Results

2010 Report and Results

2009 Report and Results

2008 Report and Results

2007 Report and Results

2006 Report and Results

2005 Report and Results

2004 Report and Results

2003 Report and Results

2002 Report

2001 Photos [scroll down after taking link]

2000 Reports by: Valerie Meyer and John Dodds. Photos in the 2001 Photo Album [scroll down].

Report from 2002

Photos from 2002

The run started with a cold clear dawn at the Capitol Yacht Club. 57 Runners participated in this years event. Some choose to head in early, meet along the trail, while a core group completed the entire 50 Km. Those who made it back to the CYC enjoyed hot showers, good company and lots of good food (vegetarian chili, wild rice soup, sandwiches and more).

Of special note were two new participants to this years event. Ray Scharenbrock completed his 7th circuit of running a marathon or longer in all 50 states plus DC. His running buddy, Don Lang also completed his 322 marathon and plus run. Meeting runners like this makes events like this even more special. There also were several runners who completed the distance for their first ultra.

A very special thanks to Dan Grayson for providing Aid at Roosevelt Island, Ft. Marcy, and Fletcher's Boat House. We couldn't do this event with the quality of aid without Dan. I want to thank everyone who participated. Jeanne and I enjoy putting this event on each year and will continue as long as we have the full cooperation of all the runners.

This years participants were: Steve Platt, Amy Bloom, James Moore, Rebecca Moore, Meggie Havemann, Glen Fleming, Bob Phillips, Anstr Davidson, Lucia Davidson, Charlie Miracle, Scott Mills, Kerry Owens, Stan & Margie, T.J. Harrington, Seth M., Pam Gowen, Alan Gowen, James Cavanaugh, Phil Young, Janet Vicent, Lou Jones, Noelle Olson, Maria Bertacchi, Joe Clapper, Betsie Millar, Donald Lang, Ray Scharenbrock, Olwen Huxley, Chris Shanley, Mary Deppa, Brian McNeill, Jeff Reid, Gena Bonini, Jeff Reed, Monika Braken, Farouk Elkassed, John Dodds, Bill Turrentine, Terry Ottina, Lance Sullenberger, Charles Bright, Lisa Green, Danny McDonnel, Bunny Runyan, Karen Kreig, Rocky Febener.

If I forgot anyone, misspelled your name, etc. (sorry)

Happy Trails,

Larry & Jeanne

Photos from 2002


Flag by Jeanne Christie
Jeanne's Flag for the Potomac Heritage Trail Run