A small town girl making the big city home. She loves everything DC, and is slowly introducing her one-year-old to the world of Smithsonians, monuments, cherry blossoms and the DMV. A perfect day in town would include breakfast at Eastern Market (or Founding Farmers), checking out the National Gallery of Art, a burger and/or shake at Good Stuff or sandwich from Taylor Made, the two mile walk around the monuments, and cupcakes from Sprinkles (or Georgetown Cupcake if the line isn't forever long) to go.

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Spring Races in the DC Area

My number one fan at the 2012 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler.

My number one fan at the 2012 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler.

So. You forgot to sign up for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler. Or you didn’t get in the lottery. Or you didn’t train in time for the race thanks to the flu.

Well. No excuse.

Here are a few other races going on around the region you can still get in on, before the weather warms up too much. By June, I have a feeling we’ll all be looking for the nearest air conditioned building, and having to hit the pavement at 5 a.m. just to escape the humidity.

DC Races

  • The Hills Are Alive 5K & 10K. March 23 at 9 a.m. Fort Dupont Park. $40-$45, with proceeds going to fund a six-month childhood obesity program sponsored by DC Running Clubs. Noted as the toughest 5K & 10K in Washington DC. More information and registration here.
  • National Police Week 5K. May 11 at 9 a.m. 4th & F Streets, NW. $35, with proceeds supporting Officer Down Memorial Page and Concerns of Police Survivors. More information and registration here.
  • Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure 5K Run/Walk. May 11 at 8 .m. National Mall. $40-$45 for individual registration. More information and registration available here.

Maryland Races

  • Bowie Annual Spring 5K/2 Mile Walk. March 23 at 8.m. Bowie Town Center. $25, with proceeds going to the Bowie Food Pantry. More Information and registration here.
  • Rocky on the Run 5K Run/Walk. March 23, 8:30 a.m. Lyndwood Square Shopping Center in Elkridge. $25 for adults, $15 for children. No race day registration. Proceeds will go to the Rockburn Elementary School PTA. More information and registration here.
  • Warrior Dash. May 18 at 9 .m. Mechanicsville. Mud obstacle run. More information and registration here.

Virginia Races

  • Run for Rights 5K. March 30 at 8 a.m. Bon Air Park and Bluemont Park in Arlington. $25 after March 18, proceeds supporting Amnesty International Mid-Atlantic Region. More information here.
  • Crystal Run 5K Fridays. April 5, 12, 19, 26 at 6:30 p.m. Crystal City, Arlington. $20 per race, or $60 for all four runs.  More information and registration here.
  • Charlottesville Marathon/Half Marathon/8K. April 6, and noted as “the most scenic marathon course in the East” by Running Times Magazine. More information and registration here.
  • 2013 Parkway Classic 10 Mile & 5K. April 21 at 8 a.m. Old Town Alexandria. More information and registration here.

Planning Ahead for Fall Races

  • Virgina Beach Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon – September 1, 2013. More  information and registration here.
  • Ragnar Relay – October 4-5, 2013. More information here.
  • Army Ten Miler – October 20, 2013. More information and registration here.

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