Tidal Basin Run presents
Sunday, June 29, 2014, at 9:00 AM
Thomas Jefferson Community Center
3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA 22204


Buckle Michael Wardian runs with Grant and Pierce
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    Get in on the fun!
  • How about 211 laps around the 200-meter indoor track at Thomas Jefferson Community Center
  • for the 5th annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon, in pursuit of a World Record?
  • The 5th annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon is Sunday, June 29, starting at 9:00 AM, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA.
  • Optionally, you may try for the world record for the indoor 50 kilometer (50K)
  • Your time at 211 laps counts are your marathon time if you decide to continue on toward 250 laps (50K) even if you don't finish the additional 39 laps.


  • HIGHLIGHTS: In 2013, Michael Wardian of Arlington VA set the world record for the fastest 50K ever run on an indoor track, 3:12:13. In 2010, Wardian set the world record for the fastest marathon ever run on an indoor track, 2:27:12. In 2012, Barry Goldmeier set a world record for the fastest marathon ever indoors run juggling three balls, and Chris Campbell set a world record for the fastest marathon ever run indoors wearing a kilt. (Believe it or not, Guinness actually tracks these records.)

  • In 2010, we had 7 starters and 4 finishers. Winner: Michael Wardian (with a world record 2:27:12) | 2010 Results
  • In 2011, we had 14 starters and 10 finishers. Winners: Michael Wardian and Dana Casanave | 2011 Results
  • In 2012, we had 43 starters and 36 finishers. Winners: Michael Wardian and Dana Casanave | 2012 Results | 2012 welcome letter
  • In 2013, we had 55 starters and 51 finishers, including 17 who continued on to 50K. Winners: Michael Wardian and Alison Slade in the marathon, Wardian (with an indoor 50K world record 3:12:13) and Cathy Ahn in the 50K | 2013 Results | 2013 t-shirt | 2013 welcome letter

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  • Records: Only five places in the USA currently host indoor marathons:

  • Ada OH
  • Goshen IN
  • Hagerstown MD
  • Northfield MN
  • Arlington VA

  • West Allis WI hosts Icebreaker Indoor Marathon on a non-standard 442.8m course, neither 200 meters, 220 yards, 400 meters, nor 440 yards, and thus not record-eligible.

    Other indoor marathons wordwide since 2010:

  • Montreal PQ CAN
  • Moscow RUS
  • Mustasaari FIN
  • Ottawa ON CAN
  • Senftenberg GER
  • Sherbrooke PQ/CAN
  • Thunder Bay ON CAN
  • Toronto ON CAN

    The Belt Buckle

  • All finishers earn the coveted Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon belt buckle

    Full Information

  • For full information and registration, please see www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin/marathon.html
  • We look forward to welcoming you as a participant or a spectator!
  • Directions:

  • From Baltimore and points north:
        • Take I-95 or BW Parkway south to I-495 Capital Beltway WEST (outer loop)
        • Take I-495 Beltway to I-66 EAST (a left-hand exit after Tyson's Corner.
        • Take I-66 EAST to VA 120 Glebe Road exit SOUTH.
        • Take VA 120 Glebe Road two miles SOUTH across Route 50.
        • Turn LEFT on 2nd Street South (Sunoco station / 7-11 at corner)
        • Take 2nd Street South for one block to Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, second parking lot on the left.
        • Enter thru Door #12.

    Records Q&A

  • To be an American or world record, an indoor race must be held on a 200-meter or 220-yard covered track.
  • After extensive research, we have now identified several indoor 50Ks in the past.
  • Bislett 50K Indoor was held in Norway on held February 16, 2013, on a non-standard 545-meter track
    News coverage and photos
          • Entry Form
          • Facebook page
          • Searchable results
          • Printable results
                • It is possible that NO American Indoor 50K records exist other than our race in 2013..

  • The marks at Bislett, however, are neither indoor track records nor even general track records, according to Ken Young, Association of Road Racing Statisticians (www.arrs.net), the keeper of world and American records. He wrote:
    I "tracked" down the details on the track and it turns out to be a 545m "track" circuit inside Bislett Stadium ... The maximum allowable size for indoor tracks to be considered for records is 220 yd (slightly more than 200 meters). This "track" (at Bislett) is larger than the standard outdoor track and as such, I classify it with road races rather than track races. Hence, no records at the Bislett indoor 50K. It doesn't even qualify for indoor rankings.
    -- Ken Young, Association of Road Racing Statisticians
    -- July 7, 2013

  • Results of the Moscow (RUS) Night Ultramarathon 6h - 50km Split
  • February 15-16, 2013 | Results
  • January 28-29, 2011 | Results
  • January 29, 2011 | Results
  • January 25-26, 2008 | Results
  • February 01-02, 2002 | Results
  • More links to be added.
  • World-record keeper Andy Milroy, International Association of Ultrarunners statistician, reports these historical best times:
                • Igor Tyazhkorob 3:14:49 01 Feb 2002 Moscow
                • Marina Bychova 3:54:53 01 Feb 2002 Moscow
  • In 2010, marathon/ultramarathon champion Michael Wardian set a world record of 2:27:21 at this event, breaking Olympic Marathoner Joie Ray's record of 2:34:54, set in 1928 in Boston
  • In 2011, Wardian repeated his win, but his 3:15:19 came a week after he ran a six-day race across the Sahara Desert
  • In 2012, Wardian three-peated -- no world record, but a win is a win is a win -- and Dana Casanave two-peated as women's champion
  • Indoor marathon world list - top 50 | With ages added NEW!
  • The women's world record is 2:57:34 by American Nichole Porath on January 6, 2013, in Northfield MN | News coverage in Running Magazine | breaking the old record of 3:08:53.8 by Melissa Gillette on February 26, 2012, in Goshen, Indiana | February 26, 2012 -- "World record likely set today at Maple Leaf Marathon" -- in The Elkhart Truth

  • In the marathon, Tidal Basin Run offers a $100 cash prize each to the male and female winner, $50 to second and third, PLUS a $100 bonus each to the male or female winner of the marathon or the 50K for a world record
  • Entry Fee: $55 by February 28, $60 by April 30, $65 by May 31, $70 by June 27, $75 after June 27
  • Add $10 for optional 50K
  • Tidal Basin Run members get a $10 discount
  • Volunteers: Volunteers who do not use the track are welcome for free. Volunteers, please report to Ric Francke. We need at least 10 volunteer timers each to fill in the MarathonLaps score sheet for 3 runners.
  • Time limit: six hours, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. During the marathon, the track is closed to the public. Doors close at 3:30 PM.
  • Live announcer: Nationally-known radio personality CHUCK WILLIAMS
  • Finisher's premium: In addition to t-shirts, we present a pewter belt buckle to all finishers within the six-hour time limit. (Traditionally, belt buckles are presented in 100-mile races. We hope it's OK to present them for a 211-lap race.)
  • You may order extra buckles - 1 for $20, 2 for $19 each, 3 for $18 each, 4 for $17 each, 5 for $16 each
  • T-shirt: We hope you like this year's t-shirt by Sport ScienceSportScience

    Some FAQs:

    Q. How many aid stations?
    A. Just one, but you pass it 210 times. You're never more than 200 meters from water, Simone Super Energy, and Gatorade.

    Q. What's the temperature, Kevin?
    A. TJ's constant indoor temperature is 70 F.

    Q. Does utilization of the timing system mean that runners do not have to stay in lane 1? Will accurate distance be measured regardless of lane?
    A. You must run 211 laps, but you may use any of the four lanes.

    Q. Are pacers/spectators allowed to run with racers?
    A. Yes, but only for brief periods. The track is open only to entrants during the race.

    Q. May I place my own bottles on the aid station table?
    A. Yes, we will have several tables on the outside of the track, one just for personal provisions. Please mark your personal bottles with your name. No food please. Please take care not to spil on the floor of the gym. Refreshment tables will be on the outside of the track at the south end of the gym.

    Q. Can I bring my own jelly beans and chocolate?
    A. Yes, place them on the table for personal provisions. Since TJ does not allow food in the gym, please count your jelly beans. You wouldn't want to lose one.

    Q. The chip will tick off our laps if we stay to the left...so are the volunteer lap counters there just for backup if the timing system isn't counting laps right?
    A. Yes. The timing system and the volunteer lap counters will be under the clock at the EAST side of the track.

    Q. So, if I can't bring a volunteer, will there be anyone there that can count my laps?
    A. YES.

    Everyone has a story. If you send us your story, we will add it to our web page www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin/marathon.html

    Press Room:

  • July 17, 2013 -- "Indoor marathon adds 50k, Wardian sets provisional world record" -- in Washington Running Report
  • July-August 2013 -- "Grant Pierce Indoor Marathon: This event was organized by the Tidal Basin Run Club and featured a marathon as well as a 50K" -- in Arlington Magazine | on Twitter | On Facebook
  • January 23, 2009 -- "Indoor marathon follow-up: no record for you" -- in Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinal
    Welcome letter:
  • Thank you for registering for Tidal Basin Run's Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon, Sunday, July 14, starting at 9:00 AM at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA 22204.
  • From Arlington Boulevard (Route 50), take Irving Street south (use caution in the construction area).  Turn right on 2nd Street South and proceed to free parking in front of TJ Center.
  • Doors open at 8:30 AM.  We open race-day packet pick-up a few minutes after 8:30 AM at the table inside door #12, the main entrance to TJ.  
  • Once you have your bib number, you may enter TJ and use the 200-meter indoor track to warm up.  Spectators may enter for free.  
  • For warm-ups, TJ also has a partly-shaded outdoor trail exactly 880 yards around -- 1/2 mile to the foot.
  • Once you receive your bib number, please pin it visibly on the front of your shirt, not folded or obscured in any way.  Our Jaguar timing tags are embedded in your bib number.  Please do not fold over the Jaguar timing tag.
  • At 8:50 AM, we play the National Anthem.  At 8:55 AM, we gather all participants for final instructions.  At 8:59 AM, we gather on the track for the start at 9:00 AM sharp, according to the clock on the wall above the start line.
  • We run the race counter-clockwise, just like on an outdoor track.  During the race, please stay in the left-hand lane.  When you pass another runner, please move to one of the two center lanes.  
  • We serve refreshments alongside the outside lane of the track, so please move to the outside lane when you stop for water or athletic beverage.
  • Please bring a friend or relative to serve as a volunteer lap counter.  
  • Please take a look at http://www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin/MarathonLaps.pdf
  • We will have one score sheet for each runner.  The volunteer lap counters will fill in your time as you finish each lap.  They may also inform you which lap you're on and help you count to 211, if necessary.
  • Radio personality Chuck Williams will keep you on your toes and motivated throughout the race.
  • After you finish, you may claim one of the pewter Grant-Pierce Marathon belt buckles, provided by Dynabuckle.  See http://www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin/2012buckle.jpg for a picture.  One to a customer, please.  
  • These belt buckles will be even more memorable than just the t-shirt.
  • Immediately after they finish, Tidal Basin Run treasurer Ric Francke will present a check for $100 to the first male and first female finishers, $50 to second and third, plus a $100 bonus if the winner breaks a world record -- 2:27:21 for men, 3:08:53 for women.
  • On Sunday evening after the marathon, please look for complete results at www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin/20140630.html
  • Net proceeds go to cover refreshments and our RRCA non-profit membership.


  • We conduct a free 1500m, 3000m, and 5000m at 12 noon on the third Wednesday of each month at Hains Point, East Potomac Park, Washington DC.
  • We also conduct races on national holidays, usually at 12 noon, for $5 members, $10 non-members, featuring Chris Farmer's fantastic brownies.
  • See www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin for full information.
  • We also invite you to our friends' races -- see www.racepacket.com, www.pvtc.org, www.safetyandhealthfoundation.org, and www.mc-coop.org for lists of upcoming events.

    -- Thank you
    -- Event directors
    -- Jay Jacob Wind, president, Tidal Basin Run 
    -- Ric Francke, treasurer, Tidal Basin Run
    -- racedirector@att.net
    -- 703-927-4833 (recorded message)
    -- 703-521-6157 (my fax machine)

    Michael Wardian dedicated his 2012 victory to his friend and inspiration, fellow North Face athlete Yan Dongdong.
    About Dongdong:
  • Born in 1984, Dongdong started climbing mountains in 2002, his freshman year in college. After graduating in 2005, Dongdong became a freelance translator, because such a lifestyle would grant a lot of free time - time to train for and go to the mountains. In May 2008, he was among the assault group which escorted the Olympic Torch to the summit of Everest, after eighteen months' training at the Chinese National Mountaineering Center. Dongdong then began to pursue the more simple, more intense form of mountaineering - exploring unknown areas and new peaks and routes in pure Alpine style, relying on the judgment and technical aptitude of himself and his partner(s) rather than large groups, fixed ropes or backup support. In January 2010, he became a sponsored athlete of The North Face China.
  • Since 2002, Dongdong had been on more than 40 expeditions and reached the summits of more than 20 peaks above 5000m including many first ascents and new routes including a 2008 Everest expedition.
  • On Tuesday, July 10, 2012, Dongdong was killed in the Xinjiang Province of China. He was on an expedition on Tomur, the highest peak in the Tianshan mountains, when he fell into a crevasse.