This will be race #1 of the Snowball Series.
Course: USATF certified 10K loop course on Macarthur Boulevard and the C&O Canal Towpath, click here for map.
10:00am – 2 Mile Fun Run (shorter, FREE race accompanying the “main event”).
10:30am – 10K Race.
Fees: Entry fee is a loaf of home-baked (not store-bought!) bread. Please see below, or contact race directors Bob Thurston and Delabian Rice-Thurston, if you need clarification as to what qualifies as “home-baked.” Alternatively, for non-bakers, free for DCRRC members, $5 for non-members.
Registration: Online by clicking this link until 7 p.m. the day before the race, or day-of-race on-location starting at 9:30 am. Note: Race-day registration is in the little shopping center’s parking lot across MacArthur Boulevard, as our race permit does not allow us to exchange money on National Park Service grounds.
Refund policy for Snowball Series races: In the event the race is canceled, pre-paid non-members will receive a credit to be applied to a future Snowball Series race.
Volunteers: as with every race, we will need many volunteers to help coordinate the race events, please e-mail the race director if you would like to volunteer, and remember this counts as your Snowball Series volunteer requirement.
A note from Race Director Delabian Rice-Thurston: What is the “Bread” contribution of “The Bread Run 10K”? We’ve had a couple of questions from people new to the race. Here’s a bit of history. When my husband Bob came up with this idea 30 years ago, our now-33-year-old was on my back in a yurt at Glen Echo for the first race, and Bob had gotten into baking bread. He wanted to do a 10K with hot drinks, fresh breads and conversation after the race for the club. He got Glen Echo as the venue, baked some 48 loaves and put on the race. Breads were given as prizes and eaten by all. It was a cold run and the first time we had a 10K “short” winter race with hot refreshments that I can remember. People thought it was a great idea and wanted to contribute their own breads to the next race. Thus, the Bread Run became a winter holiday institution!
Then the homeless crisis came, and people who didn’t know the purpose of the bread or the history of the race brought Giant/Safeway/Wonder bread. We don’t want to rename it “The Homemade Bread or Gourmet Baked Goods Run”! Anything you bake yourself qualifies. People have brought bread from places like Panera and Marvelous Market; those are fine, too. People have made cupcakes and banana bread in addition to kneaded breads of all types. We just hope you don’t bring Wonder Bread, thinking the bread is for the homeless.
Hope that explains it. If you’d like getting what you brought as a prize, then it’s fine to bring it. That’s it in a nutshell.