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 Navigation Downloads Post-Run Beverages Mid-Run Beverages
9/23/2017 16 Arlington Triangle   Cue Sheet & GPS Ben M. Donna L.
9/30/2017 22.5 Big Loop with Detour Cue Sheet GPS Lily B. Kam Y.
10/7/2017 14 Mt. Vernon Trail Cue Sheet & GPS Marzia T. N/A
10/14/2017 10 Chain Bridge Loop Cue Sheet & GPS 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 September 23 - Arlington Triangle

Hello Saturday Runners!

Tomorrow's route will be a 16 mile loop around Arlington Triangle (downloads: cue sheet and gps) to connect all four of the Mt Vernon, Four Mile Run, W&OD, and Custis trails. If you'd like to go further, you can add mileage on any of these trails, but to go shorter probably the easiest way is to just make it an out & back, since this is a loop route. Though it's officially fall now, it will still be a little bit on the warm side tomorrow, though hopefully with somewhat lower humidity at about 75%, so do take that into account when deciding what fluids to carry.

Thank you Ben Malakoff for post-run drinks, and Donna Lekang for mid-run drinks this week! Mid-run drinks will be located at the W&OD trailhead, at the intersection of S Four Mile Run Dr and Shirlington Rd, at about the 7 mile point in this route.

If you can't make it to SLR or are looking to switch things up with a race this weekend, you should check out the club's National Capital 20 Miler & 5 Miler races which will be held on Sunday morning at Carderock Recreation Area! It's not too late to register, which you can do through Saturday, though no on-site registration will be possible on Sunday.

Please note: We're still meeting at our summer time of 7:00 am! Unless a late heat-wave dictates otherwise, the plan is to switch back to 8:00 am in two weeks, on the first Saturday of October. I'll be giving you all more advance reminders next week, and will highlight the change at the start of SLR, in these emails, and on Facebook & Twitter.

Happy running!



SLR September 16 - Ross Drive

Hello Saturday Runners!

This Saturday's route, on September 16th, will be Ross Drive (downloads: cue sheet and gpx). This route is typically about 14.5 miles, but since Beach Drive is closed, I'm going to recommend a slight modification that will make it probably closer to 15 miles. Rather than looping Beach Drive and Ross Drive, my recommendation is to simply make this an out & back route, going to the left up Ridge Rd and then Ross Dr, turning around when you get to the end of Ross Dr. If you'd like to shorten the route to any other distance, you can simply turn around sooner, or to add distance you can keep going on Beach Drive north of Ross Drive, where it will be re-opened. It's going to be a little bit warmer than last weekend, but still good running weather, with temperatures in the 60s and low 70s as you get towards the end of your long run, so do expect things to warm up.

Thanks to our MTP coordinator Jonny Pellish for post-run drinks this week, and Ben Malakoff for mid-run drinks! Mid-run drinks will be located at Pierce Mill along the Rock Creek trail, which you'll pass at roughly 5 and 10 miles on this run, on your way out and then again on your way back. The day will be heating up, and humidity will be high, so do carry your own fluids too if you need to!

Please note: we're still meeting at our summer time of 7:00 am! I'm expecting that we'll switch back to 8:00 am in a few weeks, on the first Saturday of October. I'll be giving you all advance reminders over the next few weeks, and will highlight the change the week before it happens in a few places, at the start of SLR, in these emails, and on Facebook & Twitter.

Happy running!



SLR September 9 - C&O Canal Towpath

Hello Saturday Runners!

While we're all sending hurricane thoughts to the south and west this week, we're going to have some fantastic long run weather here tomorrow! It's going to be a clear sunny day with mid-day high temps in the lower 70s, and mid to upper 50's for us in the morning. This week's route will be out & back on the C&O Canal Towpath (downloads: cue sheet and gpx), for a scheduled distance of 20 miles if you're targeting MCM, or anything more or less. Once you get onto the Towpath, the trail's mile posts line up pretty closely with distance from the start, so for a 20 mile run you'll turn around at mile marker 10, or for 16 miles turn around at mile marker 8, etc.

Thank you Caroline Nicholson for post-run drinks, and Gabrielle Batkin for mid-run drinks! Mid-run drinks will be located along the Towpath at Lock 7, which you'll pass at about 7.25 and 12.75 miles if you're going out & back for 20. There's also a water fountain (and bathrooms) at Fletchers, which is just over 3 miles from the start, and can give you a total of 4 water stops on this route.

Happy running!



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DCRRC National Capital 20 Miler and 5 Miler
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Sat, Oct 14th, 2017, @9:00am
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2017 Costume Caper 5K
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Board of Directors Meeting
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2017 Gar Williams Half Marathon
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