Iwo Jima Memorial

Welcome!  This is the home of the world-famous (well, maybe locally well-known) SLR.

Our start time is now 7:00 am for the summer.  Every Saturday we meet at North Meade Street Park, a small park northwest of the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Rosslyn. The closest address for mapping purposes is 1300 Arlington Blvd, and street parking is available in the neighborhoods adjacent to N. Meade Street. Be mindful of parking signs, since Arlington County enforces them enthusiastically, and please do not park on Marine Memorial Circle (inside Iwo Jima), since parking there is for memorial use only.

At least one porta-john is available year-round near the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the memorial's water fountain is usually on during the summer. We run rain or shine! As far as winter weather goes, the run will go as planned unless otherwise posted via email/twitter/facebook and the SLR website.

All are welcome!  If you don't want to run the same distance or course as the main group, you can go for half the distance you want to run and re-trace your steps back to Iwo Jima.  Mileage options will be given in the email preceding each Saturday's run.  We are always looking for volunteers to bring post-run beverages, and/or mid-run beverages during the summer - the club will reimburse your water and Gatorade expenses. To help with beverages, please send an email to Mike.

SLR always features a run from our Route Catalog, which gives us a wide range of options to keep things fresh for you each week. We have routes that are flat, hilly, looped, out & back, roads, sidewalks, trails, and more, reaching all around the DC, VA, and MD area!

For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions or email slr@dcroadrunners.org.

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Date Miles Route Map Download Post-Run Beverages Mid-Run Beverages
08/19/2017 18 Custis / W&OD (map) (PDF) (GPX) Eunja R. Kerstin F.
08/26/2017 13 Southeast DC   (map) (PDF) (GPX) Eunja R. Lindsey W.
09/02/2017 16 Mock MCM   (map) (PDF) (GPX) Caroline N. Gary M.
09/09/2017 20 C&O Canal Towpath (map) (PDF) (GPX) Caroline N. Gabrielle B.
09/16/2017 14 Ross Drive   (map) (PDF) (GPX) Caroline N. Ben M.
09/23/2017 16 Arlington Triangle   (map) (PDF) (GPX) Ben M. Donna L.
09/30/2017 23 Big Loop   (map) (PDF) (GPX) Ben M. Kam Y.
10/07/2017 14 Mt. Vernon Trail   (map) (PDF) (GPX) Marzia T. N/A
10/14/2017 10 Chain Bridge Loop (map) (PDF) (GPX) Marzia T. N/A


Email mike@dcroadrunners.org if you can help out with any beverage needs.  Please volunteer - it's your duty; if you regularly take part in SLR then you should also be volunteering!

SLR August 19 - Custis to W&OD

Hello Saturday Runners!

This week's route is an out & back along the Custis and W&OD trails (downloads: cue sheet and gpx). The recommended distance for those of you training along with our MTP for Marine Corps is 18 miles, but you can easily go any distance you like on this route. When you reach the W&OD trail at the Custis gazebo intersection, you'll be 5 miles out from the start, so go as much further as you like to get your target distance. For 18 miles, the turn around point is on Virginia Ln, just before crossing the I-66 overpass.

Thank you Eunja Rau for post-run drinks, and Kerstin Fagerstrom for mid-run drinks! This week's mid-run drinks will be at about the 6 mile point, at the end of N Roosevelt St, near the basketball court, just before the W&OD Trail goes through Benjamin Banneker Park. In addition, you'll pass at least 4 places along the trail where there should be working water fountains, but with the forecast calling for strong sun, warm temperatures, and high humidity, it's never a bad idea to carry some of your own fluids too.

Happy running!



SLR August 12 - Long Bridge Park

Hello Saturday Runners!

Our route this weekend, on Saturday August 12, will be the 15 mile loop through Long Bridge Park (downloads: cue sheet and gpx). If you'd like to run a similar but shorter loop, there are a few options to jump over to the Mt Vernon trail early. For about 8.5 miles, take a left off of Crystal Drive at the Crystal City Water Park trail, which brings you over to the Mt Vernon Trail at the airport. For 11 miles, take a right off of Potomac Ave at S Glebe Rd, cross to the far side of Rt 1 (Jefferson Davis Hwy), turn left, and then get on the Four Mile Run Trail back towards the bottom of the airport and Mt Vernon Trail.

The annual club picnic is also this Saturday evening (activities start at 5:30 pm) at the Landon School in Bethesda, MD, including a kids' race, cross country 3 mile race, plus Gaupos Mexican food and an ice cream truck for everyone! This is a really fun event, and is free for all club members if you register online in advance up through tomorrow (Friday) at 6:00 pm. If you'd like to attend the picnic but skip the race, you can do that as well, but please still register and select this option so that we can get an accurate headcount.

Thanks this week go to Jerry McEnerney for post-run drinks, and Matthew & Emily Chesnes for mid-run drinks! Mid-run drinks will be located on Slaters Lane, between miles 7 and 8, on the left side of the road just before you get to a group of shops that includes Buzz Bakeshop.

I'd like to also send an extra special THANK YOU this week to everyone who has volunteered for SLR drinks this summer, or signed up to do so! We're now completely covered up through the Marine Corps Marathon in October! There will still be more opportunities to volunteer in the fall, and sometime within the next few weeks I'll be posting a route and distance schedule to bridge the gap from the summer Marathon Training Program to the winter Marathon Training Program.

Happy running!



SLR August 5 - Piney Branch

Hello Saturday Runners!

This Saturday, on August 5, we will be running the Piney Branch route (downloads: cue sheet and gpx) for just under 12 miles. This route can be shortened to about 10 miles by going left off of 16th St. onto Columbia Rd and then across Rock Creek at Calvert, and descending onto the trail via Shoreham. An option to extend this route to 16 miles is to keep going on 16th St. all the way up to the first left after Military Rd, descending onto Beach Drive (and/or Ross Drive) via Joyce Rd. Either one of these modifications would cause you to miss the mid-run drink station this week though, so keep that in mind if you plan to follow either option. We should have some nicer weather coming our way this weekend with clear skies and dew point dropping into the 50s, but it's still summertime so keep on carrying your own fluids!

Thanks this week to Jerry McEnerney for post-run drinks, and Katie Poore for mid-run drinks! Mid-run drinks will be located on Piney Branch Pkwy, at the roadside parallel parking near the picnic area. We're now down to only two more slots that need to be filled for mid-run drinks this summer, so many thanks to all of our volunteers, and please get in touch with me if you're able to help out on either September 2 or September 9!

Volunteer needs along with the weekly route & distance schedule are always kept up-to-date on the SLR web page, and you can email me any time to schedule your slot. Post-run volunteers are typically scheduled for at least 2 consecutive weeks to cut down on handoffs of the bins, while mid-run drinks can be booked on a week by week basis. SLR drinks are entirely volunteer supported, so if you regularly enjoy this perk, do your part to keep it going! Volunteering is easy, doesn't take a lot of time, and all restocking expenses will be reimbursed by the club.

Happy running!



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