It's a short, furious sprint around the small body of water that is the Tidal Basin, with the FDR Memorial on one side and the Jefferson Memorial on the other. Soon a small park in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be added to it. (Right: The "hill" on the 3K course.)
The run is very scenic. Best of all is when this horde of dashing men and women suddenly descends upon strolling tourists, especially in the beginning when the pack of runners is still tight. Their eyes tend to get big and they invariably freeze in place, usually with their arms wrapped protectively around their torsos, until the mad pack is past.
I have run this race in 72 of the last 81 months. This month I ran a 12:59 (6:58) for the 1.86 mile distance, which is pleasing since breaking 13 minutes is my benchmark of a good race. I hadn't done that in a year. My co-worker M was complaining about feeling sick and saying he might have to drop out but he threw down an 11:48 (6:20). I should be so sick.
This is the 3-mile race we're getting ready for later this month.