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Any MCM vets?
My first marathon... Can't wait.
I've got some friends and family showing up to cheer me on - just trying to figure the best way for them to bounce around on race day.
Is MetroBus or MetroRail the way to go?
Do Metro cards need to be pre-purchased?
With all the stops throughout the metro-area, is it likely that they will be able to hit a few different locations to see runners?
Thanks for any help!
I prefer the subway. Think of it this way... some streets will be clogged up and/or closed for the race. The subway? Won't get stopped for the race. Some of the stations may be crowded.
Metro cards do not need to be pre-purchased. There are ticket booths at the stations. But at a crowded station (like after the race, in Rosslyn), it surely is nice to already have a prepaid card. DC locals can most certainly give you better skinny than me.
Absolutely possible to hit a few different locations. Georgetown, stuff around the Capitol, and Crystal City. The start/finish (though this will be crowded). Very accessible.
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I've heard about terrible lines afterward at Pentagon, and at Arlington, and at Rosslyn (different years, I think). The year I did it, we shuttled over to Crystal City (MCM had a shuttle for that), and Crystal City metro was fine.
So maybe keep an open mind about which station to use afterward, depending where the crowds go. Or probably better to plan ymmv's idea (Court House). And yeah, have a metrocard prepaid for afterward, cause there will be out-of-towners who don't know how to use the machines to buy/recharge cards, and they will very likely be clogged up -- but you can do that when you first board in the morning -- just buy enough to include the afterward trip too.
DW reported that, as a spectator, there was nowhere to buy food whilst spectating -- she spectated via metro, popping around the course. We had worked out estimated time points at different places.
It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.
Just one suggestion. Whatever you do, do not try to take the Rosslyn metro after the race. At MCM in 2010, the lines were phenomenal and not moving at all. We accidentally found a shuttle bus to Georgetown a couple blocks from Rosslyn and took it to the metro stop near campus.
Not exactly on point to your original questions, but whatever you do, avoid Rosslyn.
Good stuff. Thanks all!
I've never run MCM but as a local, I think Metrorail is the way to go. Metrobus is for the professionals.
+1 on buying a Metro card with the amount they'll need beforehand and not having to wait for people to figure out the farecard machines on race day.
Again, I've never done the race, but if Rosslyn is a nightmare, you may want to walk to Arlington Cemetary if it's open and you're staying on the Blue Line.
FWIW, last year, I had two friends running and wanted to cheer on both of them. I used the 14th Street bridge to see them shortly after the start as they entered Hains Point and jogged back to the Pentagon to see them at Mile 20 (as I was crossing back into Virginia, I also got to see the front runners, which was kinda cool).
Good luck at the race! (Even though I don't know anyone running, I'm planning to cheer people on at the Pentagon again this year).
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