This was probably the most fun 5k run I’ve ever done. And the best part? It was completely FREE! This run started at the Potomac River Running store in DC and ended at the Embassy of Switzerland, hence the name “Run to Switzerland”.
We arrived at Potomac River Running around 8:30AM to check-in. At check-in, we decided which pace group we wanted to run in and got a colored wristband for that group. I was injured and Ed hates running, so we chose the green wristband, which is the 10-11 minute mile pace group. We also had the opportunity to demo a pair of Ons for the run. On is a Swiss performance running shoe and clothing company. I tried out the Cloudflyer, which is a light stability shoe (same as my Brooks). Potomac River Running transported our own personal shoes and other personal belongings to the Embassy.Run route maps were handed out at the start. There were also volunteer leaders for each pace group to lead the way.
The run route went through DC and was pretty hilly.
When we arrived at the Embassy, they gave us a “Swiss passport” and stamped it. The Embassy was beautiful!
There was a celebration at the Swiss Embassy. The celebration included a Swiss brunch, photo booth, and live music. I felt like I was at a wedding reception!
The celebration ended at noon, but we left around 11:30. There was a metro station nearby, but we chose to share an uber back to the store with another runner.