Father's Day 8K Returns to Georgetown, Features Olympic Talent

The third annual race will be Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

The 's (GRC) third annual Father's Day 8k will take over the Sunday evening. In addition to providing a littler exercise for dad, the event will feature top running talent like Claire Hallissey, a 2012 Olympic contender, and Michael Wardian, a three-time Ultra Runner of the Year.

“An evening race gives dads the morning to sleep in and the afternoon to spend with their families. Then they can bring the family to Georgetown to cheer for them while they race and cap off a relaxing Fathers Day taking everyone to Thomas Sweet for a well-deserved ice cream,” Race Director Patrick Murphy said in a press release.

The GRC Racing Team produces the event as the sole fundraiser for team members. Funds raised provide a "modest stipend to travel to professional competitions and national championships to represent both the team as well as the regional running scene," according to a press release about the race.

Hallisey, an Arlington resident and UK native, will use the race as a "tune-up" before the games in London.

“The timing of the events works perfectly into my training for the Olympics, and the canal is one of my favorite training spots,” said Hallissey in a prepared statement.

To add to the competition, the race will feature a father-son and father-daughter team competition, Murphy explained in an email to Patch.

The entire course is on the canal towpath, beginning and ending at Potomac and Grace Streets, NW. The turnaround is near Fletcher’s Boathouse. The race begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

Additional information from the press release:

To register, and for more about information about the race, go to www.fathersday8k.com. On race day, registration will held at the Georgetown Running Company (3401 M Street NW, D.C.) from 2-4:30 p.m., and at the start/finish at Potomac and Grace Streets from 5-6:15 p.m. To enter the father-son and father-daughter competition, email fathersday8k@gmail.com.


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