“The third annual ‘Running of the Streetcar is Sunday February 10th!”

by Prince Of Petworth January 24, 2019 at 3:55 pm 0

From an email:

“You heard about it in the past. You started training over a year ago. You may have even taken the ride along H just to get to know the competition, learn where it speeds up and where you might have the advantage.

The third annual “Running of the Streetcar” is here!

Think you’re faster than the streetcar? We bet you are, but come find out for sure on Sunday February 10th. Just think of the famed Running of the Bulls at Pamplona, except for this event your goal is to outpace a big, red mechanical beast — H Street’s infamous streetcar!

This year we’re pleased to announce that Duffy’s Irish Pub on H Street will be our host!
Check-in will be at 2:00pm at Duffy’s. We will be grabbing the streetcar at 2:15pm down to the end of the line the intersection of Benning Road and Oklahoma Ave NE (near RFK stadium), where we will exit the streetcar, cross the street, and get set to race the streetcar all the way to 3rd and H (last stop before the Hopscotch Bridge/Union Station) for a start ~ 2:30-2:45 pm (pending street car traffic). The sidewalks are not being closed for this event, so all runners are required to follow traffic laws and be aware of/ polite to pedestrians on H St.

The streetcar ride to the start will allow everyone to preview the course ahead of time and receive some pointers from runners who participated in the event in the past. The distance from the Oklahoma Avenue stop all the way back to 3rd and H is 1.92 miles.
WE WELCOME SPECTATORS FOR THIS EVENT, and so feel free to invite friends and family to join us at the start to ride the car to the end, meet us at the finish line, or cheer on outside of Duffy’s! As passengers on board the streetcar, they’ll have a unique platform from which to observe the runners in their efforts to outpace the red Goliath. It won’t be a walk in the park!

For the event, we are asking for a $5 (or any amount) suggested donation to help H Street Runners host our motivation station for the Rock N Roll DC Marathon/Half Marathon. Any amount will help and will go straight into supplies that will fuel all the runners in March!

We will be having another collection for BOMF and Medals for Mettle! We’ll be collecting running shoes for Back on My Feet (BOMF) (https://dc.backonmyfeet.org/donate), which is a charity that “uses the power of running to fuel economic stability for those experiencing homelessness”. Also, please consider bringing a race medal or two as a donation to Medals for Mettle, a nonprofit founded by marathoners, which gives race medals to honor and uplift folks – especially children struggling with serious illness or disease. To learn more about Medals for Mettle, check out their website — https://medals4mettle.org/. Medals from all races (any distance) will be accepted and will be presented to very deserving people who will really love them. Consider donating a race medal – or as many of you can!

After the race, all our welcome to join us for a special celebration at Duffy’s Irish Pub. This event will happen rain or shine.”

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