By Colleen Flanagan
A few weekends ago, groups of runners in red dresses took over every street corner and crosswalk in DC. Devil costumes, red bulbous tutus, and hats were among their attire. These runners were a part of the 2012 DC Red Dress Run, a charity organization that raises money and creates awareness for a variety of causes. This is one of the many races DC hosts every year. Others include the Color Run, happening this weekend, Sunday October 21st, the Marine Corps Marathon on the 28th, the Livingsocial 5k, and many more.
DC is lucky to call itself the 4th most active city in the US. And while every run requires a certain amount of stamina, training, and hard work…most end with a killer after party. After the Color Run douses the runner in every-color paint, there are food, drinks, and music.
With 43,600 runners, the Marine Corps Marathon is the nation’s fourth largest marathon, and the only race conducted as a military operation. Members of the United States Marine Corps have spent months preparing for the race at the MCM headquarters in Quantico, Virginia. This year will mark the 37th running of “The People’s Marathon.” The nickname stems from the fact that MCM is the largest marathon in the world that doesn’t offer prize money. As such, it caters more to the people than the professionals. The race will begin outside the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and make its way through the city and along the National Mall before finishing back in Arlington.
If you’re interested in running to such lengths and reaping the after party benefits, you are advised to sign up fast! The Marine Corps Marathon, Color Run, and ultimate Tough Mudder all have a history of selling out before their races occur.
On your mark, get set, go!