Thompson Boat Center
For more information, visit:
Anacostia Community Boathouse
Anacostia Community Boathouse:
1900 M St., SE, Washington, DC, 20003
1201 M St., SE, Washington, DC, 20003
For an aerial map, visit the NPS Site and zoom in to find the boat launch, parking and the race course. Directions may be found below the map.
The races can be viewed from along M St. in the direction of the Anacostia Community Boathouse, from the Penn Ave Bridge, or from Anacostia Park anywhere along Anacostia Drive. There are walkways across the bridge, but no shuttle.
Athlete drop-off is on M St. under the Pennsylvania overpass on the way to the boathouse from where it is a short walk for the athletes to their trailer. Volunteer attendants will guide you. Athlete pick-up is at the Maritime Plaza.
There is no parking at the boathouse.
Parking is at the Maritime Plaza, or anywhere along Anacostia Dr. in Anacostia Park. All parking is free. A free shuttle runs between the Maritime Plaza and the boathouse. There are walkways crossing the river, but no shuttle.
St. Andrew's, Delaware
350 Noxontown Road,Townsend, DE 19734
From 495, take exit 19 US Route 50 east towards Annapolis. Continue on Route 50 past Annapolis and cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Bear left on Route 301 North when it splits off Route 50 and follow 301 for an hour to Middletown, DE. At Middletown, exit right on 299 east, which is East Main Street in Middletown. Cross the railroad tracks and in one or two blocks, turn right on South Broad Street. Pass St. Annes Church Cemetary on your right and start looking for Noxontown Road to your left. Turn left on Noxontown Road. Continue on Noxontown Road past St. Andrew's School on your right, continue around the bend in the road and on your right you will see Noxontown Pond, the race course, and then a fenced field with buses, tents, racing shells and parked cars. Turn right into the race and parking area at the break in the fence. Drive along the dirt road or across the field and look for the B-CC Crew Blue & Gold striped tent located on the edge of the pond and park where you can.
Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Race Course Notes:
Lane 6 is closest to the visiting crews’ launching area and lane 1 is closest to the St. Andrew’s campus. The race goes from left to right, with the boats coming in sight for the last half of the race.
Occoquan at Sandy Run Regional Park
10450 Van Thompson Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039
To reach Sandy Run, take I-95 south of the Beltway, exit at Lorton Road, turn right on Lorton, turn right on Furnace Road, right again on Ox Road (Route 123), left on Hampton Road, turn left on Van Thompson and follow it to the park entrance.
There are a variety of ways to get to Sandy Run Regional Park, but most of us try to avoid the "mixing bowl," which is where the Beltway (495 and 95) and 395 meet, just north of Springfield. A good way to avoid that area is to take 495 to Braddock Road (the exit before the Beltway), go west on Braddock Road to Burke Lake Road, take a left on Burke Lake Road to Lee Chapel Road, take a left on Lee Chapel Road to Ox Road (route 123), take a left on Ox Road to Hampton Road, take a right on Hampton Road to Van Thompson Road, take a slight left on Van Thompson Road.
Another option is:
South of Washington DC: To reach Sandy Run, take I-95 south of the Beltway (South of Springfield, Virginia and North of Fredericksburg Virginia), exit at Lorton Road, turn right on Lorton, turn right on Furnace Road, right again on Ox Road (Route 123), left on Hampton Road, turn left on Van Thompson and follow it to the park entrance.
The Vulcan Quarry Lot is located at the traffic light opposite the entrance to Occoquan Park on Rte. 123 S: instead of turning right onto Hampton Rd. from Rte. 123 to go to Sandy Run Park, continue for about 2 more miles. You’ll find the entrance to the lot on your right.