Race Details

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THE 10K COURSE: Designed for speed.

The start is on Redland Rd just east of the intersection with Sommerville Drive near the Shady Grove Metro Station. (see map) About 1/4 mile after the start runners make a left turn on to MD Rt. 355 (Rockville Pike). From there it’s a straight shot down (190 ft. elevation drop, with some uphill sections) to the finish near White Flint Metro on Marinelli Road. Water will be available at the start, 2 stations on the course, and the finish. Split times will be called or displayed at each mile. The course is USATF Certified (MD07015JS).

All participants will receive a race technical t-shirt at packet pickup, and all finishers will receive a premium after crossing the finish line.

The Pike’s Peek 10K  has awards for MCRRC members, Place Finishers, Masters and Age Groups.  Check here for details.

Packet Pickup will be held on:
Saturday, April 28nd –10am-6pm at RnJ Sports Rockville (11910-R Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852).
Sunday, April 29rd – 6:30-7:30am near the starting line at Shady Grove Metro.

While we do not give refunds, we would be happy to permit a bib transfer to another runner. To do so, please submit the following to office@mcrrc.org NO LATER THAN THE END OF THE DAY ON WEDNESDAY 4/25/18:

  • Runner name
  • New runner name
  • New runner address
  • New runner e-mail address
  • New runner phone number
  • New runner DOB
  • New runner age
  • New runner gender
  • New runner t-shirt size
  • New runner emergency contact name & number
Please note we do not handle the financial portion of a transfer. Should you wish to collect funds from the person running in your place, it is your responsibility to do so.


You can drive to and park at the Shady Grove Metro Station.  The 10K starts at 7:50 AM. Please note the metro will  NOT open early.  If you try to take the metro to the race, you may not make it to the start line in time.  Please plan accordingly, we must start the race at 7:50 am!

Run the race,  enjoy the brunch and festivities near White Flint Metro at the Marinelli Road Finisher Festival, then take Metro back to Shady Grove from the White Flint station. Baggage check is available at Shady Grove metro and will be waiting for you at White Flint Finish Festival.

Pike’s Peek Bag Check Instructions

Hate lines? So do we. So we’re doing things differently to speed up the bag check as well as reduce unnecessary bag waste. Key instructions:

  • Bring your own bag. Gym bag or backpack is fine. (Don’t bring a trash or kitchen bag – they are not durable. Don’t bring a shopping bag – they have no secure closures.) Label it with your bib #. Make it readable: Halfway up the bag, write your bib # in 4” tall black numbers on a white label. Make sure the label sticks. Repeat on the other side. Draw a line underneath so we know which way to view the numbers. Even if the number isn’t something like 19 (which can be read upside-down as 61), the orientation hint helps us read numbers more quickly.
  • If you forget your own bag, we’ll have a free bag and labeling station next to the bag check on race day morning. But if you want to avoid a line, bring your own labeled bag!

For more back check advice click here.

10K runners will have the full use of the northbound side of Rt. 355 until Gude Drive (approx. 1 mile). After that, competitors must run in the two median lanes. Traffic and safety considerations prohibit strollers, baby joggers, skates, pets, and headsets.

Hand Cycles and wheelchairs are allowed in the race. If you would like to register and use a hand cycle or wheelchair, please email the race director and let them know you will be participating in the race.  pikespeek@mcrrc.org

Participants unable to maintain a 14-minutes-per-mile pace will be directed onto the sidewalk and from that moment must follow normal pedestrian rules at the cross streets.

The Pike’s Peek 10K will feature a number of highly qualified pace teams to help you achieve your PR.  You can identify the pace leaders by the bright shirts and large signs with projected pace.   If you have a PR in mind, be sure to run with a pacer!

New in 2017 – we will no longer use shoe timing chips! Chips will now be attached to your bib for your convenience.

Unofficial results will be posted at the race site, as they become available. Official 10K results will be posted on this website by 4pm on race day.

After your race, enjoy the fabulous Pike’s Peek post-race festival on Marinelli Road. This year we will again feature the delicious food from Mama Lucia’s restaurant and our race sponsors will have lots of fun activities planned.  Participants must display their runner’s number to be served.

Have your children be a part of race day with the Kids Fun Run! The race features a 1K run and a 50-meter Toddler Trot. For more information, visit the Kids Fun Run page.

icon-GreenTeamThe MCRRC Green Team has partnered with local organizations to collect used shoes for recycling. Shoes with some life left will go to someone in need, while well-worn shoes will be transformed into athletic surfaces and other products. Collection bins will be available at Packet Pick-up. Questions? Email: greenteam@mcrrc.org.