2016 Race Information

When’s Packet Pickup? Where can I stay? When should I show up? All the details and information for the 2016 Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon can be found right here.



Starts AND Finishes in Old Town Alexandria



October 2, 2016, 7:00 am



Race Start
7:00 am



13+ years old for half marathon

no age limit for 6k


*Runners must be able to run the first 10 miles on GW Parkway in 150 minutes or 15:00 pace. The finish line will remain open for four hours after the 7 a.m. start time.

OMG, totally I race almost every weekend and you have the best DC area race!!! I did it last year and signed up again for this year!!! Amazing race and I race almost every weekend!!!!!

— M.V.

I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to join you this weekend.  The event to me was a great success and I really enjoyed it.  I really appreciate all the support you had to offer.  Thanks again and I hope to see you all next year!


Days Until the 2016 WWBHM & 6K








Hotels. Timing. Premium

Great Premium/Free Parking

All participants receive a high-quality, gender specific technical tee-shirt. Finishers of the half marathon and 6k also will receive a unique and memorable finisher’s medal*.  Complimentary parking and shuttle service to and from the start/finish in Old Town Alexandria is available for all participants at the US Patent and Trademark Office off Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, VA. Participants are highly encouraged to use the shuttle service as parking in Old Town in highly restrictive. For more information, please click here. Plus all registrations come with a FREE TicketGuardian policy so you can get reimbursed up to 100% of your non-refundable entry fee if you need to cancel due to covered illness or health, injury, job layoff, work and scheduling conflicts, accidents, family emergencies, military duty or more.

Through our registration site, you may also add on the following:

  • FedEx Delivery – Have your packet conveniently delivered to your home (Contiguous 48 states).

Woody Wilson branded items like the Woody Hoody will also be available at the Woody Wilson Expo on a limited basis.

Hotel Accommodations 

Official Host Hotel – The Westin Alexandria 

The Westin Alexandria is an upscale retreat in Alexandria’s exclusive Carlyle District. The hotel is located near historic Old Town and only three blocks from the King Street Metro and Amtrak Station. The hotel offers a 100% smoke free environment, valet parking, 24-hour room service, WestinWorkout Fitness Studio, Concierge and business center, and an indoor heated pool and hot tub.

Sink into a blissful sleep in the iconic Westin Heavenly® Bed, then rise and shine in the Heavenly® Bath. Each room includes a refrigerator, flat screen TV, work desk with ergonomic chair, high speed internet access, complimentary Starbucks Coffee, and plush robes.

In a city renowned for its great restaurants, some of the area’s best dining can be found in The Westin Alexandria. The signature restaurant, Trademark Drink and Eat, is a bar and eatery pioneering the dining scene in the Carlyle District, with an inventive mixology program and rustic pub fare by Chef Matthew Miller. Trademark is a popular meeting spot for local professionals and guests alike due to its sophisticated, social atmosphere and carefully selected wine and beer list.

Book Your Room

Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street

1456 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314
Reservations: 703-548-5474
Special Accommodations

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Timing is Everything.

We will utilize the disposable D-tag/B-tag timing technology from Chronotrack Race System. With a good Internet connection, we will be streaming results live at the event.

We will not only issue you your final finishing time but also your 5-mile and 10-mile splits along with visible clocks at all three locations. We will post results and awards online within hours of event completion. Last year, we posted our results in an extremely timely manner, most likely before you even got home from the race. Typically with a good connection, results are posted onsite and you can check via your iPhone or whatever it is you use to keep you distracted all day.

Of course, timing and scoring of the WWBH will be conducted in a manner conducive to the rules of USATF.

Remember: No chip = no time.


The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon and 6k passes right through the heart of quaint historic Old Town and its overwhelming number of stellar choices of dining and shopping. Feel like Indian, Greek, Italian, Cajun, Thai, Irish, Southwestern, or just a burger and chili. It’s just minutes from the start/finish area. Plus, Hoffman Town Center (USPTO) also is home to several fine restaurants, a coffee shop and an ice cream store. And home to the massive AMC Hoffman Center 22, a delightful movie theatre with nearly two dozen film options every day and that movie-quality popcorn which we crave from time to time.

Finish Line Festival by Bridgeyard Apartments

Totally LIVE rockin tunes by our signature band The Darby Brothers? After-race food and drinks like micro-brews? All that and more at the WWBH Finish Line Festival by Bridgeyard Apartments. The Festival at the Bridgeyard Apartments will include an awards ceremony, vendors, our charity partners and live music. Kick back and enjoy our most popular rockin band the Darby Brothers, while you enjoy your beverages – including a selection of micro-brew beers – and hang with your family and friends while they admire your beautiful and well-deserved finisher’s medal.

The Finish Festival by Bridgeyard Apartments is open to the public. Meet up with your family and friends that came out to support you. beat-woodyOur race mascot, Woody Wilson, will be in attendance to cheer runners over his bridge. He will also mingle with runners and guests at the Finish Festival by Bridgeyard Apartments, and the perfect chance to get a photo op with a past president! Strike a pose and show your friends how you ran like a president!

View Directions

View Finish Line Festival

Woody Wilson’s Packet Pickup

Woody Wilson’s Presidential Packet Pickup

Saturday only, October 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Please remember there is no race day packet pickup.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Race weekend kicks off on a high note as the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon & 6K throws its annual welcoming party – the Woody Wilson’s Presidential Packet Pickup – at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office building located at 600 Dulany Street in Alexandria. There is abundant parking and USPTO is an easy walk from the King Street and Eisenhower Avenue Metros.

Runners may pick up their packets on Saturday, October 1 (8am to 8pm). There is no race day packet pickup.

Plan to spend some time with us before setting out for your race on Sunday. Don’t forget to meet your favorite running president, Woody Wilson, who will be available for photos! For more information, please click here.

Runner's Expo

Friday, October 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

U.S. Patent and Trade Office
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Thank you so much for everything! We’ve received nothing but positive feedback about the entire event. Everything was organized and enjoyable and not to mention, the course was beautiful! We are grateful for all of your team’s help throughout the entire planning process and race day.


It was love at first running for fans who wrote in about this four-year-old gem. ’The course, the course,’ they shouted from the survey.

Runner's World February 2013 Issue

Refund Policy

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon & 6K events are non-refundable.

Deferral and Transfer Policy

The Deferral request deadline has passed so please do not contact us about deferring to 2017. But you still can request a refund of your non-refundable entry fee through our entry fee insurance policy if you qualify. To request a refund through TicketGuardian, please call 866-675-4673 or email claims@ticketguardian.net. You can find additional information on your race confirmation email.

Transfers must be submitted via e-mail to info@wilsonbridgehalf.com by midnight on September 17, 2016.  Please include in your email the full name and e-mail address of the transferee, to which we will issue a comp code. The transferee must then register separately. Runners also have the option to transfer between races (6K runners must pay the difference in registration to upgrade to the half marathon). No cost to transfer from half marathon to 6k.

We have hosted running superstars like Fernando Cabada, Kellyn Johnson, Catherine and Samuel Ndereba,
Bobby Mack, Moses Kipkosgei (1:02 course record) and Ricky Flynn.

Course Record

10-02-2011      Moses Kigen Kipkosgei          28        1:02:37                    Kenya

10-05-2014      Lilian Mariita                    26        1:12:34                        Kenya


Age Division Winners – top 3 male & top 3 female

  • 19 & under
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80 & over
 Visually Impaired National Championship Winners
  • Top 3 male
  • Top 3 female

For the 6K

Top 3 Overall Males and Top 3 Overall Females & Age Division Winners – top 3 male & top 3 female

  • 1-13
  • 14-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70 & over

For the safety, comfort and consideration of others, please leave your strollers, baby joggers, inline skates, skate boards, mopeds, bicycles, unicycles, go-karts, dogs, horses and other pets in the comfort of your home.

27 Best Half Marathons

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon was ranked in Runner’s World magazine as one of the 27 BEST half marathons in the United States, out of more than 1,500 half marathons in the nation!

But it is more than just the scenery.

We have developed a first-class destination half marathon by engaging people who know running – experienced runners, experienced race managers, experienced journalists, experienced event managers and experienced logistics experts.We have purposefully limited the size of our field to 5,000 for your safety and enjoyment. There are plenty of races out there with crowds and on-course music, but we are not one of them. Crowds are for general-admission rock concerts and music is best enjoyed at the post-race Finish Line festival.

We have always lined the course with great support – in fact, we have eight pit stops – for refueling and potty breaks – on our 13.1-mile course, all with water and some with our official replacement drink Gatorade and three flavors of Excel Gel – vanilla, chocolate and berry.

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