The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series celebrated 20 Years Running and supported the St. Jude’s Research Foundation this year.  The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provides care to children with cancer and the families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.  This year also marked United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon & 1/2 Marathon’s 6th year with the series since its inaugural race in 2012 as “Rock ‘n’ Roll USA”.  The race is known for having the only marathon course contained entirely within the District of Columbia, originated as the National Marathon, in 2006.  District of Columbia’s iconic landmarks set the stage for a race like no other.

RRT Tent

On Saturday March 11, 2017, the Baltimore RRT team assisted in the DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon with the set up of a refreshment stand along the course.   A rare frigid blast of arctic air was still in the area leaving most volunteers with numb hands.

Passing out Gatorade   


Huge Group of runners needing hydration

After arriving at 6:30 a.m. when dawn was breaking, the RRT team began to set up tables, banners, and Gatorade mix to create the refreshment station for the 7th mile on the course. Runners enjoyed uplifting community support from the RRT team who greeted runners with roaring cheers and lightning quick service. Both races came to end around noon with winners Samuel Doud (2:26:57) & Christie Wetzel (3:04:01) taking the 1st place spots for Male and Female respectively.

Beautiful Scenery of DC

Overall the RRT team was vital in the setup, management, and teardown of the refreshment station. This was clearly evident in the countless smiles, laughs, and cheers received throughout the day. The organizers of the event expressed deep gratitude, and made sure to ask if we’d be there next time- to which the answer is a resounding yes!

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