Message to our Cranberry Crawl entrants:

Thank you for entering PVTC's 2017 Cranberry Crawl on Saturday, November 18, 2017, starting and finishing at Carderock Recreation Area on C&O Canal Towpath near Potomac MD.

  • Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - Cranberry Crawl 5K run or race walk (7:50 AM) & 10K run (no 10K race walk) (8:00 AM)


Carderock Recreation Area does NOT have a GPS address, sorry about that. 

From Georgetown, take M Street westbound.  Cross Foxhall Road.  M Street becomes Canal Road.  Pass Chain Bridge.  Canal Road become Clara Barton Parkway.  Go 5 miles more west.  Pass under I-495 Capital Beltway overpass.  Go one mile west. Exit right onto ramp labeled "Carderock Nav Surf War Cen."  At top of ramp, turn left, cross over both lanes of Clara Barton Parkway, bear right at "Carderock" sign, and go through tunnel under C&O Canal Towpath.  Immediately after the tunnel, look to your left for a gravel path.  That path takes you to the start line.  Now continue by car to the t-intersection.  Turn left for 75 parking spaces, or turn slight right for 60 parking spaces and toilets, or continue right to 50 parking spaces, or continue all the way right to 120 parking spaces and toilets.  Return to the main entrance road and walk up the gravel path to the start line. 

Pick up your bib number at the start line, not at any of the parking areas or the pavilion.  Please bring your own safety pins, as we often run short.  Maybe even bring extra safety pins to donate to our box.


Please call or write Mike Cannon, race director (910-261-8446),

What do I do on race day?

  • Our 5K races start at 7:50 AM; our 10K races start at 8:00 AM. 
  • Race-day packet pick-up begins on-site one hour before the race.
  • Allow time to find parking, pick up your bib number, and get to the start.
  • Our races are on park roads and paths, open to the public. Be courteous to other park users.
  • We expect about 300 participants at our distance races.

How Do I Run a Race Using a Bib Number, not a timing chip?

  • Read the answer
  • Please pin your bib number visibly on the FRONT of your shirt, not obscured at all.
  • Please DON'T REMOVE the name tag at the bottom of your bib number! We collect those name tags at the finish line to score the race.
  • Make sure your correct distance is marked "5K" or "10K" on the bottom of your bib number, and correct any errors both on your name tag AND on the change chart at the registration desk near the start line
  • If you are a race walker, please mark "RW" on the bottom of your bib number.

  • Location: Carderock Recreation Area, near Potomac MD
  • Maps: 
        • Google Map 
        • Interactive GMAP

  • Awards: Cranberry loaves for top 3 in 10-year age groups (men and women), plus racewalkers

  • Results: Published later in the day at
  • Packet pick-up: Race day only, opens at 6:45 AM
  • Time limit: Must finish by 9:30 AM
  • Field limit: The first 300 entrants
  • Post-race refreshments
  • No t-shirts for this race, but you can order PVTC stuff via
  • No race-day registration. If your friends or family want to pre-register, please use these links:
  • Enter on-line | Express registration | Enter by mail (DOC) | PD

The status of entries chart is now up'n'running at

If you must change your distance (and thus your start time), please enter your bib number, your name, and your change at the registration table on the CHANGE CHART when you pick up your bib number.

We conduct our races on Saturday in memory of Peter Blank, PVTC's treasurer, who died on November 7.

When you pick up your bib number, please sign the big card or glossy paper in Peter Blank's memory.  We present that card to Peter's family at his memorial service on Saturday, Dcember 9, at 11:00 AM at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Rd, Fairfax VA 22032.  If you knew Peter -- who ran all our races till he got sick -- or even if you didn't, please join us to celebrate the memory of our dear friend Peter.


You start at the top of the gravel path leading from the tunnel under C&O Canal up to the Towpath.  You take a slight right turn at the very beginning.

The 5K course is 2500 meters out'n'back once, eastbound then westbound, so when you get back to the top of the gravel path, you turn left for 45 feet (15 years, about 14 meters) to the finish line.  Don't sprint those last 45 yards -- they are downhill, and we don't want anyone to fall.

The 10K course is the first 5000 meters as above, but the 10K midpoint is on the Towpath straight ahead of the start / finish. Stay right of the refreshments table at the 10K midpoint, then turn left to circle the table and head back eastbound for another tour of the course.  As above, when you return to Carderock, bear left to go down the gravel path to the finish line, but for safety, don't sprint the last 45 feet to the finish.

We have a refreshments table with water and Gatorade at the start / finish, the 2500-meter turnaround near Lock 10, and the 10K midpoint back at Carderock.

This is the fourth race of PVTC's annual five-race Ed Barron Championship series. 
You may join PVTC and score points in this race.  



Your services are urgently requested!

See for complete information about the 2018 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships meet that WE DIRECT on March 16-18, 2018

We need more team members!

Thank you, 

Jay Jacob Wind, secretary (703-927-4833)

Mike Cannon, race director (910-261-8446)

Potomac Valley Track Club