By Emily Leayman
ALEXANDRIA, VA. - George Washington frequently made the trip from his Mount Vernon estate to Old Town Alexandria, a roughly eight mile journey. Every spring, individuals have the chance to walk (or run) in his footsteps.
The 32nd annual George Washington Parkway Classic is Sunday, April 23 at 8 a.m. The event features a 10 mile, 5K and kids' dash.
The 10 mile race starts from the steps of George Washington's Mount Vernon home and winds up the parkway to Old Town. The 5K race starts at Belle Haven Park.
DASH is providing free shuttles for runners to the start line from Fairfax Street, Alexandria; Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria; Pentagon City, Arlington (10 Mile runners only). After the race, runners can take free shuttles from Fairfax Street to King Street Metro, Pacers Running (1301 King St.), Eisenhower Avenue, and Pentagon City.
The Parkway Classic was founded in 1985 by Congressman Jim Moran and race director Nancy LaValle. The Up to 10,000 runners participate each year. Over the years, the race has raised nearly $1 million for Alexandria non-profits. A portion of the proceeds are benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Alexandria.
Top finishers will receive awards at Oronoco Bay Park about an hour and fifteen minutes after the first runner finishes.
Community organizations will offer fun activities throughout the day. Port City Brewing Company is holding tastings and fun contests for participants and will hold a beer garden after the race. The soon-to-be-opened Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria, located along the race path at 220 South Union Street, will be open to race spectators from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. It will feature poster-making stations to help cheer on race participants. Runners can stop at a refuel bar, featuring juice samples from South Block Juice Co.
Runners can also stop for water and Gatorade at stations every two miles along the race path.
Register for the race online. Military personnel will receive discounts. Registration will not be open at the event.