Iwo Jima Memorial

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

Our start time is now 8:00 am.  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.

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

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Schedule:

Date Miles Route   Post-Run Beverages Mid-Run Beverages
10/1/2016 16 Arlington Triangle (map) Jenn B. Eileen B.
10/8/2016 23 Big Loop (map) Rachel G. Shelley M.
10/15/2016 14 Mt. Vernon Trail (map) Anita H. N/A
10/22/2016 10 Chain Bridge Loop (map) Anita H. 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 24 - Marymount Chain Bridge

Hello Saturday Runners!

Our route this weekend on September 24 will be Marymount Chain Bridge (additional map here), for just over 14 miles. To shorten this route to 12 miles, you can return via the Key Bridge rather than Memorial Bridge. To further shorten the route to 10 miles, take the Key Bridge return and also do not take a left off of Military Rd into Taylor Park, but continue straight to N Old Glebe Rd. If you'd rather lengthen the route beyond 14 miles, you can continue along the river to return via the 14th St. Bridge for 16.5 miles.

Before this Saturday's run, at 6:30 am on 9/24, Gavin Cribb from Fast Track Sports Medicine and Performance Center will be back to give a short free workshop on strength training for runners. We all love to run, but sometimes miss this important part of a wholistic training plan. Now that fall is officially here, we will be changing our meeting time next week on October 1, to 8:00 am. Enjoy the extra hour of Saturday sleep until next summer!

Thank you Jenn Barton for post-run drinks, and Kyle Edgerton for mid-run drinks! This week's mid-run drinks will be located on North Old Glebe Rd, just to the west of Military Rd, at about mile 6.5 of the route. All of our volunteer needs through the Marine Corp Marathon are now filled, so a big thank you to everyone who has helped out! For the future, up-to-date volunteer needs and a route schedule are always posted on our web page, and you can email me any time to schedule your slot. Our drinks are entirely volunteer provided, so if you're an SLR regular, please do your part to help support them!

Happy running!

Mike

 

SLR September 17 - C&O Canal Towpath

Hello Saturday Runners!

This week we have the first 20-miler of this training cycle for fall marathons on our schedule, an out & back route on the C&O Canal Towpath (additional map here)! If you'd like to run any other distance, it's very easy to modify this one by just turning around at half of your desired distance. In addition, once you get onto the Towpath, the marked mile posts will rougly correspond to your distance from our meeting point, so for example, you would turn around at mile marker 10 for a 20 mile run, mile marker 8 for a 16 mile run, etc.

Fortunately this Saturday's weather should be better than last week, with temperatures in the mid-60s at the start. High temps later in the day will get up to the 80s, but that's a 10 deg improvement from last Saturday! Mid-run drinks will be located at Lock 7 on the Towpath, which is roughly 7 miles out along this route. If you're running 20 miles, you will also pass this drink station again at mile 13 on your way back. In addition, there are water fountains (and bathrooms) at Fletcher's Boathouse, which you'll pass at miles 3 and 17 of a 20-miler.

Thank you Rachel Grocock for post-run drinks, and Ellie Evans for mid-run drinks! All of our volunteer needs through the Marine Corp Marathon are now filled, so a big thank you to everyone who has helped out! For the future, up-to-date volunteer needs and a route schedule are always posted on our web page, and you can email me any time to schedule your slot. Our drinks are entirely volunteer provided, so if you're an SLR regular, please do your part to help support them!

Happy running!

Mike

 

SLR September 10 - Mock MCM

Hello Saturday Runners!

On Saturday this week, September 10, our route will be a fall race preview on the Mock Marine Corps Marathon route (additional map here). The planned distance is 16 miles, but if you'd like some extra mileage while also getting an even better preview of the race route, there are a few out-and-back sections on Lee Hwy and Rock Creek, which you can add on to make it 20 miles (see alternate map). Or for 18 miles, if you only do the Lee Hwy section (which I'd suggest between the two), you'll get to run up the largest hill anywhere on the race route. For a shorter run, you can skip the Mall segment for 10.5 miles, or add only a portion of it for anything in between. This year's race route is slightly modified from last year due to Metro's SafeTrack, but our mock route still covers the meat of it.

After some relief last week, we're going to be back to high temperatures and steamy humidity this weekend, so don't forget all of the precautions you've been taking this summer! We will have mid-run drinks provided this week, but it's a good idea to also carry your own fluids for long runs in this kind of weather. Mid-run drinks will be located on the northeast side of the Tidal Basin, near the intersection of Maine Ave & Wallenberg Pl and the paddle boat parking area, accessible twice at about 7.5 and 12.5 miles into the 16 mile route.

Thanks this week go to Jennifer Vu for post-run drinks, and Katie Morgan for mid-run drinks! All of our volunteer needs through the Marine Corp Marathon are now filled, so a big thank you to everyone who has helped out! For the future, up-to-date volunteer needs and a route schedule are always posted on our web page, and you can email me any time to schedule your slot. Our drinks are entirely volunteer provided, so if you're an SLR regular, please do your part to help support them!

Happy running!

Mike

 

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