A Different Half Marathon

Most runs have water stations and bananas on hand for refueling.  The DC Half and Half Marathon challenges you to down a half smoke with chips at the midway point.  

After running 6.55 miles, you are greeted by our volunteers at Ben's Chili Bowl and given a basket of Ben's finest half smoke with chili, mustard and onions (vegetarian alternative available).  Show your clean basket to a volunteer and you can run the remaining 6.55 miles to the finish line!   


DC Half and Half Marathon proceeds are donated to ScholarCHIPS which supports and mentors college bound students with incarcerated parents.  Learn more about how the DC Half and Half Marathon came to support this amazing organization!

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Registration for 2020 to Open October 1st!

We are back for another amazing year! Join us for the 9th annual running of the DC Half and Half Marathon...Pandemic Version! Where will you choose to go as your midpoint?  



U Street DC                H Street DC                Baltimore


The Original! 

13.1 miles 

1 half-smoke

1 t-shirt 




Triple Threat! 

39.3 miles 

3 half-smokes

1 t-shirt 



As with all things 2020, this year's event will be different. We will provide you with a voucher to present to any of the three designated Ben's Chili Bowls. It's up to you to make the run happen!


  • Want to run a half marathon in one day? Awesome!

  • Want to run a mile everyday for 13 days? Make it happen! 

  • Want to run 39.3 miles and visit all three locations? Knock yourself out! 

The window to complete your run will be from November 1st-December 31st. You will receive your half-smoke voucher via email by October 31st.* You can present it at any of the 3 Ben's Chili Bowl locations for your half-smoke (you can do veggie, too).


We highly encourage appropriate attire as seen below. Let us know you're doing this thing! Tag us on all your socials (#DCHH2020 #RunEatRun) as you run, eat and run. T-shirts will be sent in early January 2021. Please note that we do not offer refunds.


As always, all proceeds go to ScholarCHIPS!! 


*Registrations after November 1st will receive a voucher within 24 hours.   

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