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Transportation Support for 2018

on Sun, 01/07/2018 - 23:59

A variety of transportation services are provided to help our pariticipants. All of these services are provided to our participants as part of their registration fee.

Friday Transportation Service

For 2018, the Clarion Conference Center and Hotel is the HQ for the event.

  1. We will provide a free van shuttle pick-up at 1:00 pm for up to 10 participants from Union Station to the Clarion Hotel in Harpers Ferry (this is an new added feature)
  2. Anyone arriving by train to Harpers Ferry can call the Clarion to arrange a ride from the train station to the hotel. The hotel shuttle will pick you up as a courtesy.

*Saturday Transportation Services

  1. Bus to Start - We will run a shuttle bus from the Clarion to the start (Potmac, Old Anglers Inn) at approximately 2:00 a.m. All participants and guests may take advantage of this bus to ride to start at no additional cost. This bus will return back to Harpers Ferry after the 4:00 am start for guests who are not participating.
  2. Ongoing Support Vans - Support vans and cars will be available all day to provide food, drink and minor first aid. All vans can be used to pick up and return or move ahead walkers. Our staff will determine if an exhausted walker will return to the start or to the end of the route - generally based on the distance the walker has already traveled. Our vehicles will be stationed at 6 different locations covering this event but may be contacted at all times if there is a problem.
    • Hop and Drop - this is where someone is not able to keep a reasonable pace to meet the 10 p.m. deadline in Harpers Ferry. In this case, a participant can take advantage of the van and move up to another stop and skip some miles, this would shorten the walk but allow them to finish on time. We reserve the right to insist that slow walkers use this assistance we provide.
    • Disabilities - if you are hurting badly or are exhausted, we may offer a ride all the way to Harpers Ferry. Keep in mind that if you want to fully bail out and would like to head home you must arrange that with someone else - i.e., have a back-up plan. Also, any rider dropped off at Harpers Ferry must wait until walkers are finished since the van will need to service other walkers. 
  3. Bus back to Start - At approximately 10:00-10:30 pm there will be a return bus from the finishing location at the Clarion, Harpers Ferry to the Old Anglers Inn (start). This bus is expected to make one more stop at the Bethesda Transit Center for walkers who need to connect to mass transit (this is an new added feature)

Shuttle Ride to Union Station DC - Sunday Morning

We expect to offer one shuttle van going back to Union Station, Washington DC but you must make a reservation with us for this ride. There will be limited space available. The van will start leaving at approximately 11 a.m. and should arrive at Union Station between 12-1 pm. 

Other Options to Union Station DC - Sunday Morning

In the event you miss our van shuttle to Union Station, there is a train leaving Harpers Ferry station at apporximaely 11:00 am. Also, you may be able to call for an Uber or Lyft ride.

*NOTE: Parking is available at either the start - Old Anglers C&O parking lot (please display parking permit) across from the Inn - or the finish HQ location at the Clarion Hotel in Harpers Ferry even if you are not a guest there.