Convenient for MCM
If proximity to the starting line is important to you (so you can get a head start and your family can sleep in!), why not stay at the Double Tree by Hilton? Located at 300 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202, it is also convenient for your family – only blocks away where they might be able to see you at miles 22 or 23! Have dinner in their skyline restaurant, or just enjoy some of the best rooms in the city. But here is the real reason you want to stay there – and you’ll probably be one of the only runners to get this info! You aren’t too far from Pentagon City Mall. And while the Mall is fantastic – here is the real “Pentagon Top Secret” info! There is a tunnel right under highway 395 that allows you to walk straight to the Pentagon – and most people will have no idea. It’s completely legal for you to use it – and just walk from the Macy’s across the street towards the Pentagon. On the backside of the small parking lot you’ll see a tunnel right under the road – and presto – you just save 20 minutes of walking. There are lights at night too – not really bright ones, but you’ll be just fine walking at 0600 in the morning in late October.
I’m a former Marine and ran the Marine Corps Marathon as my first marathon in 2010, and I’ve run it three more times since then. I’ve run a total of 10 marathons and at least 15 ultras including the JFK 50 miler and several 100 milers. After spending a few years in recovery from Lyme’s disease, I have recently been accepted into one of the world’s most difficult ultras: the Fat Dog 120. I run every race in support of a wounded warrior organization called the SemperMax Support Fund. For me, this is a personal journey. In 2004, Lt. Col. Tim Maxwell was wounded just 50 yards from me. Since then, I have focused my life on reducing wounded warrior suicides. It’s a humbling journey, and you can read more about me and my efforts on the organization’s website.