Take Back the Pike
If you've ever had a meltdown over Rockville Pike gridlock, you'll appreciate this event. Pike's Peek 10K lets foot traffic take over the road on the morning of April 24. So empowering. The race also promotes public transportation: You start at the Shady Grove Metro station and run down the Pike to White Flint. All entrants dig the point-to-point net downhill route, which leads to fast times; plus there's the allure of being in a money race, with awards from $500 to $75 and age-group prizes. (Elite runner Jen Rhines famously won a $20,000 bonus here in 1998 for finishing in 32:45, 15 seconds under the sponsor's challenge time.) Kids can join a short fun run. But all these assets aside, what really makes this event stand out is the post-race feed, the most lavish I've seen. No measly banana-bagel-water bottle thanks here. I'm talking about serious food from sponsors like Dave & Buster's, Hard Times Cafe, P.F. Chang's and Whole Foods.
Posted by: Mike | March 24, 2005 2:25 PM | Report abuse
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