Pace the Nation host and Pacers owner Chris Farley has run under three hours for the marathon for 18* straight years, but number 19 is in jeopardy after strong headwinds in the last few miles of the Philadelphia Marathon slowed him down to 3:01:04. While some would chide him for waiting until nearly the end of the year to make his attempt, this is neither here nor there.
He will attempt to save his streak at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 29 in East Potomac Park. Breaking3, an adaptation of the two-hour marathon attempt inside a Nike commercial, will feature pace setters honed in on the 6:50-per-mile pace necessary to bring Farley through 26.2 miles with a little breathing room.
The pace group will travel counter-clockwise on Ohio Drive and Buckeye Drive. Roads will remain open with traffic traveling clockwise.
Ten years ago, a federal shutdown came in one of the busiest months for road racing,and nearly cancelled the Marine Corps Marathon.
Zoo Loop now closes at 5 p.m., Arlington Boulevard comments due Sept. 28, Kelati heading to world road racing championships.
After a nearly year-long hiatus, Pace the Nation has returned with St. Andrews graduate and Georgetown recruit Tinoda Matsatsa.
Keira D’Amato breaks the American record in the half marathon, Chantilly’s Sean McGorty makes the world 5k team and DDOT will hold a meeting on a new bridge to the Arboretum.