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Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon Will Host The Potomac Valley Association Half Marathon Championship.

Alexandria, VA, July 7, 2013 - Potomac Valley Association/USATF is proud to return as a supporter of the 4th Annual Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon presented by Endurance Enterprises LLC , slated for October 6, 2013, 7:00 a.m. 

The destination half marathon will begin at George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Virginia, travel up the George Washington Memorial Parkway and over the majestic Woodrow Wilson Bridge path. Once in Maryland, the USATF-certified 13.1-mile course will travel clockwise around National Harbor resort with sweeping vistas of the famed Potomac River and the bridge before ending at the river in front of the eclectic Awakening Statue. This event is a must for your marathon training program.

The field is set to close out at 5,000 entrants. Registration can be found at www.wilsonbridgehalf.com.

Potomac Valley Association (PVA) of USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championship: for all card-carrying PVA/USATF members (in good standing) who will be competing for prize money and prestige at the fourth annual PVA Half Marathon Championship. Prize purse - open athletes’ male/female first place $300, second place $200, and third place $100. Prize purse for Master athletes’ male/female first place $250, second place $150, third place $100. Double dipping is allowed. Prizes will be in the form of gift cards.

It is with great pleasure that PVA will be supporting the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon for a fourth year. The race has established its place within the Washington running community. The race lives up to the expectation of each runner and provides the right venue to have each runner to test their fitness level. 

The 2012 top PVA Championship winning times:

Open: Christopher Mills 1:07:52 Michelle Miller 1:19:57
Master: Joel Kinnuneh 1:23:08 Kristi Markowicz 1:26:58

PVA membership is available at the following website http://www.usatf.org/assoc/pva.

There will be additional prize money totaling over $9,600.00 for open, masters, and Americans which are listed on the race website ( http://www.wilsonbridgehalf.com

“Based on experience gained in the inaugural (2010) Wilson Bridge Half, my plan was to stay relaxed and consistent on the George Washington Parkway and go for broke upon reaching the Wilson Bridge. Unfortunately, the last hill behind National Harbor was a challenge, even though I knew it was coming and remembered it well. Next year I think I'll take a more measured approach to the last three miles. As a Masters runner I'm starting to focus more and more on time. As it gets harder to match past racing results, I find that my first priority is to try to beat my times from the previous year. I managed to achieve that at Wilson Bridge, although my time was only a few seconds faster and accomplished under almost ideal conditions. That being said, I'll take it, just as I'll always be looking to get my name as near to the top of the results sheet as I can muster”, stated 2011 master runner up retired Marine Lt.Col. Alex Hetherington (1:17:11) and PVA member.

Records – Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon


10-02-2011 Moses Kigen Kipkosgei 28 1:02:37 Kenya
10-02-2011 Bekelech Bedada 19 1:12:44 Ethiopia 

10-02-2011 Patrick Kuhlmann 40 1:14:14 Arlington, VA
9-19-2010 Kristi Markowicz 40 1:20:42 Arlington, VA

The race will benefit six charity partners: Autism Speaks, Back on My Feet, Child & Family Network Centers, Washington Area Women’s Foundation, RunningBrooke Fund and Rebuilding Together Veterans Housing.

For additional information and registration: visit http://www.wilsonbridgehalf.com or call Steve Nearman at 703-587-4321.


Michael Wardian: Interview


  • Results:
  • 2008 championships (none)
  • 2007 championships (none)
  • 2006 championships:
  • December 16, 2006, PVA 10K open & masters men's & women's championship, Saturday, December 16, 8:30 am, Hains Point (East Potomac Park), Washington DC
  • 10K Champions: • Women's open: 1. Liza Recto, Lexington Park MD • Men's open: 1. Jim Noone, Fairfax VA; 2. Todd Hotham, Washington DC; 3. Mike Devine, Clifton VA • Men's Masters: 1. Jay Jacob Wind, Arlington VA; 2. James Scarborough, Arlington VA; 3. Jack McMahon, Rockville MD; 4. William David Price, Smithsburg MD


  • December 9, 2006, PVA USATF 5K Men's Championship, Solomons MD
  • December 9, 2006, PVA USATF 5K Women's Championship, Solomons MD
  • 5K Champions: • Women's open: Liza Recto, Lexington Park MD • Women's masters: Tami Graf, Lusby MD


  • Draft minutes, December 9, 2009
  • Approved minutes, June 29, 2006