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Alexandria to host running championship

About 5,000 of the nation’s top distance runners and everyday joggers are expected at the first nationally certified 12K race Nov. 17 in Alexandria, officials announced Tuesday.

The .US National Road Racing Championships is the first season-ending road race for the USA Running Circuit. Winners will share in $100,000 prize money, with $20,000 going to each men’s and women’s first-place winners.

The Nov. 17 date is a bit late into the fall, but “it needed to be season-ending,” said Jill M. Geer of USA Track & Field which is the governing body for running events in the United States. That organization will sponsor the race along with top-level-domain registrar Neustar, the Alexandria Police Foundation and Pacers Events. “The New York City Marathon is in early November and we didn’t want to interfere with the Marine Corps or Army marathons.”

The race course, which starts in Old Town, winds into the Del Ray neighborhood and up to Potomac Yard before returning to Old Town, also will feature a family 5K run and a kids’ fun run. The Alexandria Police Foundation, which will provide community outreach and recruiting, hopes to raise $15,000 from the race toward its plans for a police memorial, said executive director Virginia Hill-Obranovich.

Patricia Sullivan covers government, politics and other regional issues in Arlington County and Alexandria. She worked in Illinois, Florida, Montana and California before joining the Post in November 2001.

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