Things to do in Washington, D.C. during the Marine Corps Marathon Weekend
Washington, D.C. is one of the world’s most famous cities. Home of the United States Government, The White House, and many more famous memorials. Every year we take runners of all levels to this iconic city to compete in the Marine Corps Marathon. This race allows you to run through Washington, D.C. and see many of the monuments along the way.
A fascinating and unique atmosphere is generated at this race. The race doesn’t offer prize money, instead, the race focuses around the core values of community spirit! Pride and honour are so important, which is why the race is also known as ‘The People’s Marathon’. creating an atmosphere unlike any other. Thousands of U.S. Marines line the route and cheer you along the way. Aside from running a fantastic marathon there’s so many interesting things to do in America’s Capital. We asked our friend over at Marine Corps Marathon and resident of Washington, D.C. Ashley Topolosky what we should do next time we’re in Washington, D.C. So over to you Ashley…
“So many of the must-see sights are on the MCM (Marine Corps Marathon) course but can also be reached during a visit to the area on foot, by bus, Metrorail or by bike and most are open during MCM Weekend and completely free for visitors to experience. In addition to those landmarks along the National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial to the US Capitol, the MCM course goes past many of highlights of the city. Here’s some for you to enjoy over the marathon weekend:
Marine Corp War Memorial (Iwo Jima)
The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial represents America’s gratitude to Marines and those who have fought beside them. While the bronze statue depicts one of the most famous battles of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in defence of the United States since 1775. The memorial is open year-round and can be found on Arlington Ridge on the axis of the National Mall, it is also the landmark that all Marine Corps Marathon finishers see as the complete their 26.2-mile mission.
A very humbling experience. This is a shrine to those who honourably served the nation during times of war and peace. Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 service members, veterans and their families. The cemetery is also home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and JFK’s gravesite. The cemetery is located across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. at the end of Memorial Avenue and bus tours are available to visit key memorials within the grounds. www.arlingtoncemetery.mil
The area of Arlington which is just across the Potomac River from the United States Capital City also boasts an electric and booming dining scene. Its lively urban villages offer everything from upscale dining to local neighbourhood pizza places, all easily accessible via the region’s Metrorail system, taxi, foot, bus, and Capital BikeShare.
The award-winning cuisine available includes the most diverse selections of cuisines and outdoor dining options, from American to Asian, Indian to Italian and Mediterranean to microbrews.
Here is a selection of Arlington’s most popular and unusual dining options:
Jaleo by Michelin-starred José Andrés, Crystal City’s True Gem
Inspired by internationally recognised culinary innovator, Jose Andrés, Jaleo, vibrantly showcases the rich regional diversity of Spanish cuisine. Located in Crystal City along mile 22-23 of the Marine Corps Marathon course, this restaurant celebrates the tradition and the cutting edge as Jaleo embraces the incredible spirit of Spain.
Twice Michelin starred José Andrés, once named in Time’s “100 Most Influential People”, has carefully crafted a menu using authentic local ingredients, with a range of dishes designed for sharing. Along with signature tapas dishes, savoury paellas, seasonal Spanish omelettes, ensaladas and tortillas, feature on the menu as well as a wide variety of the finest Spanish cheeses, wines and sherries.
Upscale neighbourhood dining at The Liberty Tavern
Founded by two native Arlington families, the Fedorchaks and the Normiles, The Liberty Tavern is a popular neighbourhood dining restaurant located in Clarendon – just a short walk from the MCM finish area. In a restored historic property, the bar and lounge offers a professional service with a warm ambiance and a delicious menu offering both sophisticated multi-course or more casual dining options.
The restaurant prepares everything in-house under the leadership of Executive Chef Matt Hill, including the breads, pasta, sausages and desserts. Popular dishes include the Spicy Maryland Blue Crab and Shrimp Spaghetti, Tuscan Hanger Steak and a variety of woodfired pizzas.
Named after one of the most famous and beloved icons in the history of Uyghur, Queen Amannisa in Crystal City offers the best authentic Uyghur dining experience in the USA. Uyghur are a Turkish ethnic group living in Eastern and Central Asia, meaning the cuisine is a perfect fusion of both cultures.
Polow is the most popular Uyghur dish and take hours to prepare to perfection. The healthy, steamed dish consists of lamb, carrots and onions, served with rice. Laghman is the traditional dish of the Ughur people and the recipe has been developed over thousands of years. The noodle dish is made with ginger, garlic, tomato, celery and bell peppers, served best with mincemeat, chicken or beef.”
It was a wild weekend at the Marathon du Mont Blanc. Sadly the weather closed in and put paid to some events but a number of our runners completed the full marathon around Europe’s highest peak. Congratulations to everyone on a mega achievement 🏔