If you’re headed to the capitol city and you’re a runner, you might want to plan your trip around the date of March 26, 2011 since that’s when the Sun Trust National Marathon and Half Marathon will take place. The course is touted as “majestic” in nature since it begins at RFK Stadium and takes runners alongside the National Mall where they will pass the Capitol Building, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Monument, in addition to the historic Smithsonian museums and sculpture garden. Runners will then run by the White House as they turn north on 18th Street. As they head north through the Adams Morgan district the course will bring them by both Howard University and Trinity College where they will find some of the most inspiring of the course’s many cheering stations. Turning back south on North Capitol Street brings in a stunning view of the Capitol Building for over a mile before runners head back east towards the finish of the half marathon. If continuing with the full marathon, runners will revisit some of the beautiful National Mall buildings before heading south along the river and past the Washington Nationals Ballpark. Followed by a few miles on the Anacostia Riverwalk trail, runners will then head back across the river to the finish line at RFK Stadium. And in keeping with past tradition, the 2011 race will once again include its popular National Pasta Dinner on the night before the race March 25th from 4:30 8:00. If interested in participating check out the race’s site to register, offer to volunteer, or sign up to run for a cause like the American Cancer Society or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to name a few.