Parks Half Marathon

Sun September 26, 2021 Rockville, MD 20850 US Directions
Spectator Tips

Because of the many road closures necessary on the course, many locations will be hard for spectators to reach - especially by car.  Here are the best places to cheer on your loved one:

  • Starting Line - The starting line is located on the overpass on Redland Road, just north of Sommerville Road, near the Shady Grove Metro Station. The local roads leading up to Needwood Park will have one side dedicated to vehicles and one side for runners.  We advise you to not stand on public roads to cheer for runners. The Park itself will be closed to vehicular traffic while the runners are proceeding in those areas.
  • Aspen Hill Park - Participants will be passing through Aspen Hill Park before taking the foot bridge over Viers Mills Rd. Spectator areas in the parking lot are available. This is a great spot to see the runners as they come out of the trail, grab some water, and head towards Bethesda Hill.
  • Finish Line Spectator Parking - It is recommended that spectators park at Governor Metro and take the short walk down the hill on the sidewalk to the finish area. Parking is free at the metro lots on the weekends.
  • Runners will reach the finish line on Beech Drive just before the intersection of Grosvenor Lane adjacent to Rte. 355 North. There will be a complete medical station with physicians, nurses and emergency medical personnel as well as transportation, if required. 

Finally, wherever you choose to spectate, please give the race participants a clear path. As a courtesy to the runners and for everyone’s safety, we ask that you pay close attention to instructions by Course Marshals and Police and please yield to the runners at all times. Above all, have fun out there! If you have fun, the runners will, too!

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