Tom's Run Relay

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Tom's Run Relay is an annual 200-mile running and biking relay along the C & O Canal Towpath from Cumberland, MD to its terminus in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Runners continue through Washington, DC and cross the 14th Street Bridge to access the Mount Vernon Trail. Runners continue along the Mount Vernon Trail through Old Town Alexandria, VA to the finish at Fort Hunt Park. Tom's Run Relay is the oldest overnight relay in the Washington, DC area.[1] Runners start after midnight and must be accompanied at all times by a bicycle escort.[2]

Tom's Run Relay is run in honor of U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tom Brooks who was diagnosed with and later died from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.[3][4]


  1. ^ Hallett, Vicki. "Not up for a marathon? Try a relay race.", The Washington Post, Washington, DC, 13 February 2012. Retrieved on 6 March 2012.
  2. ^ Hill, Lanessa. "Team Depends on Each Other in 200 Mile Relay", The Standard, Fort Detrick, MD, 24 May 2011. Retrieved on 6 March 2012.
  3. ^ Montgomery, David. "In the Long Run", The Washington Post, Washington, DC, 1 June 2009.
  4. ^ Kruska, Ed. "The Web Master", U.S. Coast Guard Reservist, Washington, DC, August 1999.