The .US National 12K race returns to the Alexandria TODAY (Sunday, November 15) in Old Town for the 3rd year with a new course along the Parkway! Runners of all ages and abilities can choose between a 12K, a 1-mile speed test, or a kids fun run.

For more information about the race click this link. There’s still time to register! You can view parking restrictions for this race at this link.

Here are the road closures. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Road Closure Information

Sunday, November 15  (Race Day) 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • North Union Street – from Franklin Street to Pendleton Street
  • Pendleton Street – from North Fairfax Street to North Union Street
  • Franklin Street – from South Washington Street to South Union Street
  • South Washington Street – from Franklin Street to South Alfred Street
  • GW Memorial Parkway – from Northdown Road to South Alfred Street

The 2015 St Rita 5K and Fun Run for Education is this Saturday, November 14, in Alexandria, Virginia with a course in the Eisenhower Valley! The race is a USATF certified course and limited to the first 600 entrants. Runners of all ages and abilities can choose between a 5K or a fun run.

This is the 12th Annual St. Rita 5k and the first year on the flat and fast course of Eisenhower Avenue. The race started as a modest effort to raise funds for a much-needed playground for the students at the school.  Since then, it has grown every year.  Last year, the women’s race was won by Susannah Sullivan, a 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier in a blistering time.  Two women were under 17 minutes and one was under 18.  The men’s was won bu Kevin McNab in under 15 minutes!  We give out cash to the top finishers but go two and sometimes three deep in all adult race categories, depending on the depth of each field.  Children’s awards are given out in the fun run to all finishers.  Medals to the top three in various age group and gender categories and trophies for the 5k winners.

While supplies last, there is great race bag swag in the form of Noodles and Co. Coupons, Free small pizza coupon from Z Pizza, free chicken sandwich from Chik-Fil-A and free small yogurt form Sweet Frog, and many other exciting coupons and goodies.

St. Rita is a small school located in the Arlandria section of Alexandria.  The student population is among the most diverse in the city with well over thirty first or original generation in a school with only one class per grade.  Every penny raised from registrations and corporate sponsors goes to enhancing the educational opportunities in the school.

There will be a DJ spinning tunes and an indoor staging area in the PTO Building.

Please go to for more information and to register.  Residents of the areas near the race can use the coupon code NEIGHBOR5OFF for $5 off teh price of entry in the 5k.



The Arlington County Police Department will close several streets near the Pentagon on Sunday, October 11, 2015, for the 31st annual Army 10-Miler race.  The race begins at 8:00 a.m. on Route 110, crosses the Potomac River into the District of Columbia, returns to the Commonwealth via I-395 HOV lanes and ends in the Pentagon north parking lot.

The following roads in Arlington County will be affected:

  • Route 110 between Rosslyn and Crystal City will be closed in both directions at 5:00 a.m. (Use the George Washington Memorial Parkway as an alternative)
  • I-395 HOV northbound from Crystal City to the 14th Street Bridge will be closed at 6:00 a.m.
  • Eads Street from Army Navy Drive into the Pentagon/ northbound I-395 HOV lanes will be closed at 5:00 a.m.
  • I-395 southbound HOV exit to S. Eads Street / Pentagon south parking lot will be closed at 5:00 a.m.
  • Route 27 in both directions from George Washington Memorial Parkway to I-395 will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Army Navy Drive from S. Eads Street to S. 12th Street from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • 12th Street from S. Eads Street to Long Bridge Drive from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Long Bridge Drive will be closed from S. 12th Street to Boundary Channel Drive from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

All roads should be reopened by noon.

In addition, access to the Pentagon north parking lot will be restricted to “Authorized Vehicles Only” from 4:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Parking for Pentagon employees and Pentagon Memorial patrons will be available in the south parking lot via Columbia Pike and S. Fern Street.

Runners, spectators and support personnel are encouraged to use Metro, as parking is limited.  The Pentagon and Pentagon City stations on the Blue and Yellow Lines are located within walking distance of the start and finish lines.

For more information about the Army 10-Miler, please visit the official website.

2014 GW Birthday Classic in Alexandria, Virginia
The annual George Washington Birthday Classic 10K & 2K fun run, part of the celebration of George Washington’s Birthday each President’s Day weekend, has been canceled due to the really bad, unsafe weather that is due to hit our area on Sunday.

Check out these expected wind chills on Sunday:

Here’s the message from Pacer’s, an organizer of the event:

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