Race Info

Twilighter Race Information

The Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest is one of the most popular races of the summer in the National Capitol area. The event consists of the 8K race (including a wheelchair division) and a 1k fun run followed by music, refreshments, and an overall rockin’ good evening. The 2012 Runfest is the 27th running of Rockville’s summer night block party.

Place and Time

Saturday, July 21st, 2012
Rockville Town Center | N. Washington Street and Middle Lane

6pm – 8:15pm | Final Packet Pickup and Chip Distribution
7:00pm | Festival Begins
8:40pm | 8k Wheelchair Start
8:45pm | 8k Race Start
8:50pm | Fun Run Start


The 8k course winds through neighborhood streets and around the Montgomery College Rockville campus. There will be a clock at each mile. The course will be closed to traffic, marshaled, and monitored extensively, including course marshals, an emergency radio network, Rockville City Police, roving paramedics, and medical aid stations. Water and medical aid are available at the start, on the course, and at the finish. See Course Map for additional details.

Runners reaching the corner of Route 355 and N. Campus Drive more than one hour after the start of the race will be instructed to finish the race on the sidewalk.

IPICO Scoring

The race will be scored using the IPICO electronic timing system. You will pick up your individually-assigned chip with your race packet, and it will be collected immediately upon your completing the race. It is very important that you wear your assigned chip. Open and Masters Awards will be based on gun time and age group awards will be based on net time. Please see the Runner Instructions for additional details.

Awards and Random Prizes


Category Depth Cash Prize/Certificate
Open 5 $350/$250/$200/$175/$150 Yes
Masters 3 $150/$75/$50 Yes
Wheelchair 3 $150/$75/$50 Yes
19 & Under 3 Yes
20 -24 3 Yes
25 – 29 3 Yes
30 -34 3 Yes
35 -39 3 Yes
40 – 44 3 Yes
45 -49 3 Yes
50 -54 3 Yes
55 – 59 3 Yes
60 – 64 3 Yes
65 – 69 3 Yes
70 -74 3 Yes
75 -79 2 Yes
80 + 1 Yes

Note: Open, Masters, and Wheelchair scoring will be based on Gun Time. Age-Group, and Team scoring (open and masters) will be based on Net Time.

All participants are eligible for random prizes, however, you must be present at the post-race festival to win random prizes.

Fun Run

The Fun Run starts right after the 8k. The course is a short, 1 kilometer (.62 mile) out-and-back. Fun Runners may enjoy the post-race festival, but they do not receive a T-Shirt.

Post-Race Festival

The famous Rockville Rotary Twilighter festival begins right after you finish your race. There will be free refreshments and random prizes for registered runners and great live entertainment, music, and dancing for everyone. It’s Rockville’s biggest summer block party — bring the family.

Entry Fee | 8K Road Race

$28 by May 20th
$32 May 21st through July 1st
$37 July 2nd through July 20th

On-Site Registration at Potomac River Running
$37 Friday, July 20th from 5pm – 8pm
$42 Saturday, July 21st from 10am – 8pm

Entry Fee | 1K Fun Run

$10 At all times
Note: There are not shirts distributed for the 1K Fun Run

Entry Confirmation

You will receive an entry confirmation if you register online.

Register Early & Save! – and remember NO REFUNDS -

Race packets may be picked up at any of the times below. You also may register at these times for the 8K (if the entry limit has not been reached) and for the Fun Run.

Packet Pickup Locations and Times

Race packets may be picked up at any of the times below. You also may register at these times for the 8K (if the entry limit has not been reached) and for the Fun Run.

Friday Night: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Potomac River Running
Saturday (Race Day): 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Potomac River Running
Saturday (Race Day): 4:00 pm – 8:15 pm in the Rockville Town Square

Chip Pickup

IPICO tags will be distributed at packet pick-up. For more information, see Runner Instructions.

Race Beneficiary

Funds raised from the Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest go to support the Rockville Recreation Fund and the Rockville Rotary Club Foundation.

The City of Rockville Department of Recreation and Parks manages the Rockville Recreation fund, which allows hundreds of children and dozens of families the opportunity to participate in recreation programs that they could not otherwise afford. Residents who qualify as low income can request funding subsidy for one program per quarter, and must pay a portion of the fee out of pocket. Last year over two hundred children and families received funding to offset the cost of summer camp, sports leagues, after-school daycare, and teen programs. Families with low income were able to take classes, use the swim center and join a community center.

If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Thompson, Superintendent of Recreation at 240-314-8627 or by e-mail at bthompson@rockvillemd.gov.

Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges – including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns – while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.

Past recipients of the Rockville Rotary Club Foundation’s Runfest proceeds also include Treatment and Learning Centers for scholarships, stadium lights for Rockville Community Baseball, Crime Solvers to fund rewards, and Cub Scout Pack 492 for its fine programs.

Team Competition

The 8k race will include team competition for those runners who wish to register as teams. There will be Open and Masters team categories. All team competition will be co-ed. Teams must consist of five or more runners including at least two women and two men. Masters teams: all runners must be age 40 or older. See Team Competition for additional details and registration procedure.

Race Administration

City of Rockville

The Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest is presented by the Rotary Club of Rockville, hosted by the City of Rockville Department of Recreation and Parks, and conducted by the Montgomery County Road Runners Club.

Please take a look at our Race Organization to get a better understanding of the amount of time, effort, and dedication that goes into this event. If you would like to be part of this outstanding volunteer team, we encourage you to volunteer to work the race.

For More Information

Questions may be sent to 301-353-0200, or email the MCRRC at Twilighter@MCRRC.org


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