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The Fifteenth Annual NPC-50 sponsored by the U.S. Secret Service Employee Recreation Association (USSS-ERA) will take place on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the U.S. Secret Service Training Center in Laurel, MD, about five miles north of Washington, DC. The race begins with a short Opening Ceremony at 8:15am. The first runners take off at 8:30 am. The final leg begins at 10:45 am. The race will be officially over and the course will close at 11:30 am. The Awards Ceremony follows at noon.


The NPC-50 is open to all full-time employees of city, county, state, federal or military law enforcement agencies.


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* Online registration available February 12, 2015*

Team applications must be submitted via our on-line entry system no later than Thursday, April 2, 2015.

The entry fee of $600 should be mailed, along with a copy of the online application, to:

P.O. Box 2045
West Chester, PA 19380

The entry fee for applications received after Thursday, April 3, 2015 is $650. Entry fees are fully refundable through April 23, 2015.

After submitting an application online, captains will receive two emails with further information about how to access and manage team records.

ADDRESSED TO Tanti Rowland, Registrar,

Each team must submit a RUN PLAN listing the 10 runners and two alternates by Thursday, April 23, 2015.

A FINAL RUN PLAN must be entered online no later than Thursday, May 7, 2015.

The team captain is responsible for insuring the eligibility of all runners and alternates on his/her team. Captains verify eligibility when submitting the Run Plans.

The team captain is also responsible for submitting a WAIVER signed by each runner and alternate. The waiver can be downloaded from the web site and is due the morning of the race.


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Each team will designate a captain and co-captain. They will act as the only official spokespersons for the team. The Team Captain and/or Co-Captain must attend one of the Captains’ meetings the week before the race. Captains Meetings will be held on:

Tuesday, May 12, 10 a.m. at USSS Headquarters, Washington, DC and Wednesday, May 13, 4 p.m. at USSS Training Center, Laurel, MD


Lin·Mark Computer Sports, Inc., a professional timing service will provide individual and team times using the ChronoTrack disposable timing system. These times will be considered the official times and will be the basis for all awards. Team times will be the sum of all 10 runners’ chip times.


Immediate medical assistance will be available throughout the course from trained and licensed Emergency Medical Technicians.

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Refreshments for runners, volunteers and support personnel will be available throughout the race in the Refreshment Tent, located near the Start/Finish line. Bagels, donuts, fruit and juice will be available in the early morning hours. Lunch will be provided.


Each team should select a name. Names will always be listed with a team’s department/agency, so there is no need to repeat the department/agency in the selected moniker. Names can be simple identifiers such as:

Homicide Division - Big City PD

or more creative, such as

The Flying Wollendas - Big City PD

Where appropriate, we will also list, or refer to, the officer in whose memory a team is running.

Photo of man.TEAM T-SHIRTS

Some teams choose to design their own t-shirts to wear during the race. We suggest that any artwork or logo be put on the back of the shirt so that it will not be covered by the bib number during the race. By selling extra t-shirts, teams may be able to defray the cost of travel to this event.


Some teams choose to use team sponsors. These teams may display the sponsor's logo on their t-shirt and/or on a banner no larger than 2 feet by 3 feet, at the team rally point only. If a team sponsor would like to become a race sponsor, they should contact Deirdre Henry, Race Director at


The U.S. Secret Service Employee Recreation Association will provide team photos for all participating organizations. Photos will be taken from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., in an area to be determined.

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We encourage teams to bring a flag or marker and establish an area where runners and supporters can gather.


Mid-May temperatures range from lows in the 50s to highs in the 70s. The race will be run rain or shine; however, the course will be closed and the race will be halted if lightning is sighted.


For teams outside the Washington, DC area, we strongly recommend that you make hotel reservations as soon as possible. With 10,000+ law enforcement personnel in town for National Police Week, available rooms will be scarce.


A limited number of parking spaces will be available at the race course. Each team will receive three parking passes for use on race day. Team buses or extended vans can be accommodated as necessary. Further information regarding access to the U.S. Secret Service Training Facility will be provided in later correspondence with team captains.

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