Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this course paved?


A: Only the starting 1/8 mile and final 1/4 mile home stretch is paved. The rest of the course is 100% natural terrain soft grass, gound, mulch and gravel. The trails are in impecable shape, as they are regularly maintained by the White House Foundation, and they also fill in any holes they find along the trail and cover wet spots with mulch.

Q: Can I bring a stroller on the course?


A: Yes! We recommend using an off-road/rubber-tire stroller as it is natural terrain with some rolling hills so there will be some bumps along the way but we've definitely had many parents with strollers on the course before. We just ask that you line up behind the initial group of fast runners.

Q: Can I run the race with my dog?


A: We gave this a try in 2015 and it went great so yes! However, because there are a few sections of the course that run parallel, and also some sections that are very tight, and to keep the safety of our runners top of mind, we require the following:

  • Only 1 dog allowed per runner
  • Dogs MUST be on a leash
  • Those with dogs will be asked to line up behind the main group of runners at start
  • Please clean up after your dog should they "take a break" on the course
  • We reserve the right to ask any dog that appears agresive or to be an issue to our runners to leave

Q: Are there any plans to expand the race to include a 10K race?


A: Yes, while there are currently 10 miles of trail in Leopold's Preserve, so its certainly doable; however currently a large section of the trail is closed while construction is being done on James Madison Highway / US-15. When that construction project ends, the complete loop should be able to reopen and when that happens we do plan to have a 10K option in the future, possibly even a Mountain Bike option.