July 21, 2010 | Leave a Comment
The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon press conference and rally took place today in Market Square in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, marking two months before the start of the inaugural Sept. 19 race. Race fan, dignitaries and sponsors were on hand to show their support.
Steve Nearman, founder and event manager, and an Alexandria businessman, said running a race across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge had been a dream of his since 2007.
“I liked the idea of someone in this race running over the bridge and thinking, ‘Wow! Somebody came up with this idea and that is really cool’”, said Nearman, a running journalist and long time runner who now competes in the 50-54 age group track events.
The 13.1 mile-trek will start in historic Mount Vernon in Virginia, travel along the George Washington Memorial Parkway, then, for the first time ever, runners will cross the Potomac River on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The race ends at the National harbor in Maryland.
“This is an outstanding example of community and commerce coming together,” said Alexandria mayor Bill Euille, who attended the kickoff. “And, it’s going to be a great and fun event.”
Nearman announced there were nearly 3 thousand runners already signed up for the event.
The race will also benefit the following charities – the Alice Ferguson Foundation, the American Heart Association, Autism Speaks, the Child & Family Network Centers, back on My Feet-DC and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.
For more information head to the race website: www.wilsonbridgehalf.com