Jefferson
Tidal Basin Runs
www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin

OUR PROGRAM:
  • Tidal Basin Runs are free training runs for fun and fitness on the third Wednesday of each month.   Please join us!
  • Our current meeting spot is at the southern end of East Potomac Park near Hains Point, 927 Ohio Drive SW, Washington DC. | MAP
  • We host three runs:  1500 meters (0.93 miles) at 12:00 noon, followed by 3000 meters (1.86 miles) and 5000 meters (3.11 miles) at 12:15 PM.
  • For each race, we have a designated non-runner to start the clock and record finisher times
  • Although the monthly runs are informal and free, we record and report results on-line and to RacePacket, and Washington Running Report.
  • We also offer special Presidential Fitness Runs with 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, and 10000m on national holidays.

     

     
    In memory of Tidal Basin Run past vice-president / PVTC treasurer Peter Blank
    by Jay Jacob Wind, president, Tidal Basin Run; secretary, Potomac Valley Track Club

    Peter, the man with no last name, we miss you.

    You literally led the path for us. You painted the markings Tidal Basin Run uses every month to demarcate our 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, and when there's a will or a Way, 10000m and 15000m.

    You helped lead Tidal Basin Run out of the complexities of finding a permanent location, about a decade ago, after National Park Service asked us nicely to drift away from West Potomac Park.

    Like Alexander Hamilton, you invented Tidal Basin Run’s treasury. You helped us join as a self-sufficient member of RRCA by suggesting a $10 more-or-less-lifetime membership and Presidential Fitness Runs on national holidays. When PVTC’s treasurer stepped down, you jumped in, filed our tax returns, and then kept our books for many years. As PVTC’s team captain, you herded our cats, organized our relay teams, and led us to USATF Masters Indoor Championships in 2013 and 2015.

    Peter, ever the friend, ever the inspiration, ever the well-organized guy among less-well-organized chaos, you were always there for us until your illness tore you away, and we'll be there for you on Saturday, December 9, at your memorial service.

    Our Tidal Basin Runs Wednesday, November 15, and our Cranberry Crawl races Saturday, November 18, we dedicate to you.

    From National Press Club Wire:
    Peter Blank, long-time Kiplinger editor, Club Silver Owl, 63
    November 9, 2017
    by Kevin McCormally

    Peter Blank, 63, long-time editor of Kiplinger Tax Letter and a Silver Owl member of the National Press Club, died November 7 after a long battle with cancer. Peter’s wife, Georgeann, reported that Peter died peacefully at home, with her and their daughter, Elizabeth, at his side.

    Beyond his journalistic accomplishments, Peter was well known for his athleticism around the club. He was instrumental in starting the media softball league, and often referred to as the “commish.” He was a regular at the fitness center, exercising at noontime nearly every work day, either on the treadmill or using the club as his base for multi-mile runs around the monuments (taking special pride in his endurance on Code Red days). Peter’s penchant for exiting the club in skimpy shorts and shirtless led to the establishment of a stricter dress code for runners.

    In recent years, Peter became an accomplished and decorated speed-walker, participating in Senior Olympics and Senior Games around the country. A fierce competitor, his real joy came from his skill as a tactician putting together relay groups that could run to victory.

    In the 27 months since he was diagnosed with cancer, Peter’s relentlessly upbeat nature buoyed the spirits of his friends. Peter joined National Press Club in 1984 and suspended his membership last year due to his illness. A native of Pennsylvania, Peter held a degree in civil engineering from Princeton University [hence the orange & black], a doctorate in law from Widener University School of Law, and a master of laws in taxation from Georgetown University.

    A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 9, at 11:00 AM at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Rd, Fairfax VA 22032.

    Facebook Post
    by Beth Blank

    It's with great sadness that we announce that my dad Peter Blank passed away last night after a 2 1/2 year battle with bladder cancer. Though he faced a very serious prognosis from the start, he fought relentlessly and truly beat the odds of someone diagnosed with such a devastating disease.

    I will remember my dad for his fighting spirit, for his love of running, for being my #1 cheerleader, as well as for being the most passionate Philadelphia sports fan I've ever met. He amazed me in so many ways, from his ability to do extremely complex math in his head to knowing essentially every Seinfeld quote. He was truly a unique man and I'm so thankful that I was able to have 22 great years with him.

     

     


    MEMBER, ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA rrca
  • Tidal Basin Run is a member of  Road Runners Club of America
  • We thank DC Road Runners Club, Peter Lamberton, and Potomac Valley Track Club for sponsoring our initial membership dues to RRCA.
  • We ratified our by-laws on Wednesday, June 17, 2009.
  • Our $10 annual membership gets you a vote at our occasional meetings and helps to pay our annual RRCA dues and insurance.
  • To join, you may
  • We also conduct Presidential Fitness Runs on national holidays | Event records
  • The modest entry fees for our Presidential Fitness Runs on national holidays also help pay our RRCA dues and insurance
  • 2017 Officers: Jay Jacob Wind, president; Kirk Gordon, James Scarborough, and Roxane Sismandis, vice-presidents; Robert Platt, secretary; Ric Francke, treasurer


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    GRANT-PIERCE INDOOR MARATHON GPIM
  • On June 25, 2017, Tidal Basin Run was proud to present the 8th annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon - 211 laps around the 200-meter indoor track at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, in air-conditioned comfort
  • Complete information
  • Complete results
    Special Edition Tidal Basin Run
  • New Year's Eve Eve Race
  • Saturday, 30 December 2017
  • Madison Community Center, 3829 North Stafford Street, Arlington VA 22207
  • 2:00 PM: Registration opens, on-site only
  • Events:
  • 2:15 PM: 1500 meters
  • 2:30 PM: 3000 meters, 5000 meters, and 8000 meters
  • Course: all courses run along Old Glebe Road, Military Road, and (8K) Zachary Taylor Park's Donaldson Run Trail
  • Entry Fee: $2 for members, $5 for non-members before December 22; $5 for members, $10 for non-members after December 22
  • Awards: Please bring a gift to share (no used socks allowed)
  • For more information, please contact James Scarborough, BBA, MBA, MPH, CPH, DTM
  • 703-536-7764 or e-mail to jbs1958@comcast.net
  • Enter on-line
  • Express registration


    REGULAR MONTHLY RUNS:
  • LOCATION:   Hains Point (927 Ohio Drive SW) at the southern end of East Potomac Park, the starting line of many local runs. | MAP
  • DIRECTIONS:   From Independence Avenue, follow Ohio Drive south over Tidal Inlet Bridge and continue to Buckeye Drive. Turn left at Buckeye Drive and continue east to Ohio Drive on the Washington Shipping Channel side facing Waterfront. Turn right and continue south to Parking Area 13 near Hains Point.
  • EVENTS:
  • START:   1500m and 3000m start at Parking Area 13 on Ohio Drive just north of Hains Point. 5000m starts about 142 meters north (because East Potomac Park is about 5142 meters around)
  • COURSES:   1500m and 3000m run north on Ohio Drive (facing traffic, which is sparse) to a turnaround point, then straight back to the common start /finish line. 5000m runs north on Ohio Drive alongside Washington Shipping Channel, left (west) on Buckeye Drive to Ohio Drive southbound (again facing traffic) alongside Potomac River, around Hains Point, and back to the common finish line.
  • BATHROOMS:   Available near playground north of Hains Point
  • PARKING:   Free at Hains Point
  • MAPS:  | 1500m course (out'n'back) | 3000m course (out'n'back) | 5000m course (starts ~142m north of finish) | 10000m course (starts ~284m north of finish)


    UPCOMING RUNS
  • All at Hains Point, East Potomac Park, Washington DC
  • #527 Wednesday, December 20, 2017 -- Santa Claus is coming to town
  • #528 Wednesday, January 17, 2017 -- Winter Wonderland
  • #529 Wednesday, February 21, 2017 -- Send us a (late) Valentine's Day card!
  • #520 Wednesday, March 21, 2017 -- A good time for the wearing of the GREEN!
  • #531 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 -- Post-Boston recovery run


    STANDARD INSTRUCTIONS
  • Thank you for registering for Tidal Basin Run's Presidential Fitness Runs. We look forward to welcoming you!
  • For directions, please visit our web page www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin
  • Please arrive about 11:45 AM to check in.
  • We start the 1500-meter run at 12:00 noon, and the longer runs start about 12:15 PM.

  • The start line for the 1500-meter and 3000-meter runs are near Parking Area 13 on the east side of Ohio Drive SW, before you get to Hains Point.
  • They run north on Ohio Drive to a turnaround point and back.
  • Since East Potomac Park is about 5142 meters around,
  • the start line for the 5000 meter is 142 meters north of the 1500-meter/3000-meter start, and
  • the start line for the 10000 meter is (142 x 2) = 284 meters north of the one-mile and 1500-meter/3000-meter start line.
  • Both the 5000-meter and 10000-meter runs circle East Potomac Park counter-clockwise, so you are facing any traffic, rare on national holidays.

  • As you finish your run, listen for your time and watch for it on the clock.
  • You receive a card indicating your overall place.
  • Checkmark the distance you ran and write your name, gender, age, city, and e-mail address if we don't already have it.
  • Then turn it in to the scorekeeper.
  • After everyone is in, we announce the finishers in order.
  • We post the results later in the day on our web page www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin


    RESULTS:
  • 2017

  • November 15, 2017 - #526
  • October 18, 2017 - #525
  • September 20, 2017 - #524
  • August 21, 2017 - #523½ - Solar Eclipse Special Edition
  • August 16, 2017 - #523
  • July 19, 2017 - #522
  • June 25, 2017 - 8th annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon
  • June 21, 2017 - #521
  • June 10, 2015 - #520½ - Triple Crown Races
  • May 17, 2017 - #520
  • April 19, 2017 - #519
  • March 15, 2017 - #518
  • February 15, 2017 - #517
  • January 25, 2017 - #516
  • 2016

  • December 30, 2016 - #515½
  • December 21, 2016 - #515
  • November 16, 2016 - #514
  • October 19, 2016 - #513
  • September 21, 2016 - #512
  • August 17, 2016 - #511
  • July 20, 2016 - #510
  • June 26, 2016 - 7th annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon
  • June 15, 2016 - #509
  • June 4, 2015 - #508½ - Triple Crown Races
  • May 18, 2016 - #508
  • April 20, 2016 - #507
  • March 16, 2016 - #506
  • February 29, 2016 - #505½
  • February 17, 2016 - #505
  • January 20, 2016 - #504

  • 2015

  • December 28, 2015 - #503½
  • December 16, 2015 - #503
  • November 29, 2015 - #502½
  • November 18, 2015 - #502
  • November 11, 2015 - #501½
  • October 21, 2015 - #501
  • October 12, 2015 - #500½
  • September 16, 2015 - #500
  • August 19, 2015 - #499
  • July 15, 2015 - #498
  • July 3, 2015 - #497½ - Celebrating Independence Day
  • June 28, 2015 - 6th annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon and 50K
  • June 17, 2015 - #497 | Video on WUSA-9 TV
  • June 6, 2015 - #496¾ - Triple Crown Races
  • June 3, 2015 - #496½ - Celebrating National Running Day
  • May 20, 2015 - #496
  • April 15, 2015 - #495
  • March 18, 2015 - #494
  • February 18, 2015 - #493
  • February 16, 2015 - #492½
  • January 21, 2015 - #492
  • January 19, 2015 - #491¾

  • 2014

  • December 29, 2014 - #491½
  • December 17, 2014 - #491
  • November 30, 2014 - #490½
  • November 19, 2014 - #490
  • November 11, 2014 - #489½
  • October 15, 2014 - #489
  • October 13, 2014 - #488½
  • September 17, 2014 - #488
  • September 1, 2014 - #487½
  • August 20, 2014 - #487
  • July 16, 2014 - #486
  • June 29, 2014 - 5th annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon and 50K
  • June 18, 2014 - #485
  • May 31, 2014 - Triple Crown Races
  • May 26, 2014 - #484½
  • May 21, 2014 - #484
  • April 20, 2014 - #483½
  • April 16, 2014 - #483
  • March 19, 2014 - #482
  • February 19, 2014 - #481
  • February 17, 2014 - #480¾
  • January 20, 2014 - #480½
  • January 15, 2014 - #480

  • 2013

  • December 22, 2013 - #479½
  • December 18, 2013 - #479
  • December 1, 2013 - #478½
  • November 20, 2013 - #478
  • November 11, 2013 - #477½
  • October 16, 2013 - #477
  • October 14, 2013 - #476¾ | Columbus Day Layoff Races
  • October 2, 2013 - #476½ | Congressional Intransigence Races
  • September 18, 2013 - #476
  • August 21, 2013 - #475
  • July 17, 2013 - #474
  • July 14, 2013 - 4th annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon, also 50K
  • June 19, 2013 - #473 | Celebrating Juneteenth
  • June 1, 2013 - #472¾ | Triple Crown, Greenbrier Park, Arlington
  • May 27, 2013 - #472½ | Memorial Day Presidential Fitness Runs
  • May 15, 2013 - #472
  • May 11, 2013 - #471½ | Happy 55th Birthday to James Scarborough
  • April 17, 2013 - #471
  • March 20, 2013 - #470 | Original
  • February 20, 2013 - #469
  • February 18, 2013 - #468¾
  • January 21, 2013 - #468½ - Bluemont Park, Arlington VA
  • January 16, 2013 - #468

  • 2012

  • Training Log
  • December 30, 2012 - #467½ - The Sunday At The End Of The Year training runs - 1500m, 3000m, and 5000m
  • December 19, 2012 - #467
  • November 25, 2012 - #466½ - Post-Thanksgiving training runs - 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, and 10000m
  • November 21, 2012 - #466
  • November 12, 2012 - #465½ - Veteran's Day training runs - 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, and 10000m
  • October 17, 2012 - #465
  • October 8, 2012 - #464½ - Columbus Day training runs - 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, and 10000m
  • September 19, 2012 - #464 | The last race of summer 2012
  • September 3, 2012 - #463½ - Labor Day - 1 mile, 2 mile, 3 mile, and 6 mile
  • August 15, 2012 - #463 | A perfect race on a perfect day with a perfect game!
  • July 18, 2012 - #462
  • July 14, 2012 - 3rd annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon
  • July 4, 2012 - #461½ - Independence Day - 1 mile, 5K, 10K
  • June 20, 2012 - #461
  • May 16, 2012 - #460
  • April 18, 2012 - #459
  • April 1, 2012 - Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, Washington DC | Men's results | Women's results
  • March 21, 2012 - #458
  • February 29, 2012 - #457¾ - Leap Year Day - 1500m, 3000m
  • February 20, 2012 - #457½ - Presidents Day Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 5K, and 10K
  • February 15, 2012 - #457
  • January 18, 2012 - #456
  • January 16, 2012 - #455¾ - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 8K, and 10K
  • January 2, 2012 - #455½ - New Year Celebration

  • 2011

  • December 21, 2011 - #455
  • November 27, 2011 - #454½ - Post-Thanksgiving Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 5K, and 10K
  • November 16, 2011 - #454
  • November 11, 2011 - #453½ - Veterans Day Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 5K, and 10K
  • October 19, 2011 - #453 - Peter Blank's birthday!
  • October 10, 2011 - #452½ - Columbus Day Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 5K, and 10K
  • September 21, 2011 - #452
  • September 5, 2011 - #451½ - Labor Day Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 5K, and 10K
  • August 17, 2011 - #451
  • July 20, 2011 - #450
  • July 16, 2011 - #449¾ - 2nd annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Arlington VA
  • July 3, 2011 - #449½ - Independence Day Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 5K, and 10K
  • June 15, 2011 - #449
  • June 1, 2011 - #448¾ - National Running Day - 1M, 3K
  • May 30, 2011 - #448½ - Memorial Day Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 5K, and 10K
  • May 18, 2011 - #448
  • April 24, 2011 - #447½ - Easter Egg Roll Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 5K, and 10K
  • April 20, 2011 - #447
  • March 16, 2011 - #446
  • February 21, 2011 - #445½ - Presidents' Day Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 5K, and 10K | Photo of Wind, Blank, and Francke
  • February 16, 2011 - #445
  • January 19, 2011 - #444
  • January 17, 2011 - #443½ - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 8K, and 10K

  • 2010
  • December 15, 2010 - #443
  • November 28, 2010 - #442½ - Post-Thanksgiving Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 8K, and 10K
  • November 17, 2010 - #442
  • November 11, 2010 - #441½ - Veterans Day Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 8K, and 10K
  • October 20, 2010 - #441
  • October 11, 2010 - #440½ - Columbus Day Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 8K, and 10K
  • September 15, 2010 - #440
  • September 6, 2010 - #439½ - Labor Day Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3M, 8K, 9K, and 10K
  • August 18, 2010 - #439
  • July 21, 2010 - #438
  • July 5, 2010 - #437½ - Independence Day Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3M, 8K, and 10K
  • July 1, 2010 - #437¼ - 1st annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Arlington VA
  • June 16, 2010 - #437
  • May 31, 2010 - #436½ - Memorial Day Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3M, and 10K
  • May 19, 2010 - #436
  • April 21, 2010 - #435
  • April 3, 2010 - #434½ - Easter Egg Roll Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 5K, and 10K
  • March 17, 2010 - #434
  • February 17, 2010 - #433
  • February 15, 2010 - #432½ - Presidents' Day Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3M, and 10K
  • January 20, 2010 - #432
  • January 18, 2010 - #431½ - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Presidential Fitness Runs - 1M, 3K, 6K, and 10K

  • 2009
  • December 16, 2009 - #431
  • November 18, 2009 - #430
  • November 11, 2009 - #429½ - Presidential Fitness Runs
  • October 21, 2009 - #429
  • October 12, 2009 - #428½ - Presidential Fitness Runs
  • September 16, 2009 - #428 - Refreshments and post-race clean-up courtesy of Ruthi Postow Staffing Inc.
  • August 19, 2009 - #427 | Photo by Paula Treger
  • July 15, 2009 - #426
  • July 3, 2009 - #425½ - Presidential Fitness Runs
  • June 17, 2009 - #425 - Commemorative JUNETEENTH 144th Anniversary certificate for all participants | www.Juneteenth.us | www.juneteenth.com/history.htm
  • May 20, 2009 - #424
  • April 15, 2009 - #423
  • March 18, 2009 - #422
  • February 18, 2009 - #421
  • January 21, 2009 - #420

  • 2008
  • December 17, 2008 - #419 - A memorial to Ray Blue
  • November 19, 2008 - #418
  • October 15, 2008 - #417
  • September 17, 2008 - #416
  • August 20, 2008 #415
  • July 16, 2008 #414
  • June 18, 2008 #413
  • May 21, 2008 #412
  • April 16, 2008 #411
  • March 19, 2008 - Last race of winter 2008 (no results collected)
  • February 29, 2008 #409.5 Leap Year Day
  • February 20, 2008 #409
  • January 16, 2008 #408

  • 2007
  • December 19, 2007 #407 | Photos by Scott Fraser
  • November 21, 2007 #406
  • October 17, 2007 #405
  • September 19, 2007 #404
  • August 15, 2007 #403
  • July 18, 2007 #402
  • June 20, 2007 #401
  • May 16, 2007 #400
  • April 18, 2007 #399
  • March 21, 2007 #398
  • February 21, 2007 #397
  • January 17, 2007 #396

  • 2006
  • December 20, 2006 (lost forever) #395
  • December 13, 2006, extra race
  • November 15, 2006 #394
  • October 18, 2006 #393
  • September 20, 2006 #392
  • September 11, 2006 | Photos by Jeanne Larrison: Before the start | The start | After the finish
  • August 2006 #391
  • July 2006 #390
  • June 2006 #389
  • May 2006 #388
  • April 2006 #387
  • March 2006 #386
  • February 2006 #385
  • January 2006 #384

  • 2005
  • December 2005
  • November 2005
  • October 2005
  • September 2005
  • August 2005
  • July 2005
  • June 2005
  • May 2005
  • April 2005
  • March 2005
  • February 2005
  • January 2005

  • 2004
  • December 2004
  • November 2004
  • October 2004
  • September 2004
  • August 2004
  • July 2004
  • June 2004
  • May 2004
  • April 2004

  • 2003 and earlier
  • July 2003 and photo by Jay Jacob Wind
  • PHOTO June 2003 by Ken Krehbiel
  • PHOTO September 2002 by Alan Penberg
  • About Thomas Jefferson Memorial

  • STANDARD INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Welcome to the ___th monthly running of Tidal Basin 3K.  We date our start to April 1974, and we've run every month, even during the ice storm in November 1995, first day of the Federal furlough, the day Bill met Monica.
  • All races start near the southern end of Ohio Drive in East Potomac Park, about 100 meters north of Hains Point.
  • The start lines of the 1500-meter, one-mile, and 3000-meter races
  • When you finish, you receive a card and a pencil.  Please fill out the card and return it to the finish line official.
  • Sometimes we have prizes or certificates; sometimes we don't.
  • Every month, we need at least one designated non-runner to be our starter and hand out cards and announce times.  Who can do that next month?


    THE DESIGNATED NON-RUNNER:
  • For each monthly race, we need at least one designated non-runner (DNR).
  • We bring the pencils, sign-up sheets and clipboard, result cards, digital display clock, Time Machine, and a whistle.
  • The DNR should bring a stopwatch and anything else helpful, such as certificates, refreshments, cash prizes, etc.
  • After pre-race instructions, the DNR stands in front of the group, starts them with the whistle and a hand signal, starts the official clock and Time Machine.
  • Then the DNR sets up the cards for hand-out.
  • As finishers come in, the DNR calls times and hands out cards and pencils, them collect cards and sorts them by number.
  • The finish line works best with 3 people -- a time caller, a card-and-pencil-hander-outer, and a collector-sorter.
  • Ask a question or volunteer as a Designated Non-Runner


    PRESS ROOM:
  • January 21, 2011 -- "Running: Palks led racing pack in 2010" -- in The Capital, by Evan Thomas

    WE WENT BACK TO THE FUTURE!
    BackToTheFuture
  • We activated our flux capacitors on Wednesday, October 21, at 12 noon!
  • On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown, Marty McFly, and Jennifer Parker went Back to the Future!
  • To celebrate that historic day, Tidal Basin Run printed official BACK TO THE FUTURE t-shirts
  • A high-tech performance shirt by Sport Science >
  • Wear it for the obligatory photo!

  • Thinking four-dimensionally, we ordered 48 official "Back to the Future" t-shirts, emblazoned with
         the bright orange logo,
         the digital date October 21, 2015, and
         the DeLorean "OUTATIME" blazing into the future at 88 MPH using 1.6 gigawatts of energy!
  • Listen to the BEST running music ever!


    IN MEMORIAM:
  • In memoriam: Ray Blue