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), because this parking area 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! In cases of extreme weather (snow, ice, thunderstorms, heat waves) we do occasionally either change our meeting time or cancel the run, but the run will be held as planned unless otherwise posted via email/twitter/facebook and here on the SLR web page.

All are welcome! We're an informal group, and there are no requirements for speed, racing experience, or what distance means "long" for you, other than the suggested route that most of our group will be running each week. If you don't want to run the same distance or course as the main group, you can go out for half of your own target distance and re-trace your steps back to Iwo Jima. More specific route info and mileage options will be given in the email/post preceding each Saturday's run. SLR always features a run from our extensive 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 local area of DC, VA, and MD!

For more details about Saturday Long Runs please read our Frequently Asked Questions to get a sense for what it's like to run with us, or send an email to Mike if you have any other questions that are not covered.

We are always looking for volunteers to bring post-run beverages for the group, and mid-run beverages during the summer. To help with beverages, please check out the schedule of needs below and email Mike to book your slot. More info on what you need to do as a volunteer (it's easy!) is on our FAQ page. If you regularly take part in SLR then you should also be volunteering!

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Schedule:

Date Miles Route Map Navigation Downloads Post-Run Beverages
10/20/2018 10 Chain Bridge Loop Cue Sheet & GPS Abbey G.
10/27/2018 12 Upton Hill Cue Sheet & GPS Abbey G.
11/3/2018 12 National Capitol Cue Sheet & GPS Volunteer Needed!
11/10/2018 11.5 Four Mile Run Park Cue Sheet & GPS Volunteer Needed!
11/17/2018 14 Glover - Soapstone - Rock Creek Cue Sheet & GPS Volunteer Needed!
11/24/2018 12 RFK Cue Sheet & GPS Volunteer Needed!

SLR October 20 - Chain Bridge Loop

Hello Saturday Runners!

In case you missed last week's run, one more reminder that our meeting time is now 8:00 am, where it will remain until next summer.

For those of you training for MCM, tomorrow will be your last tapering long run before the race! We have the 10 mile Chain Bridge Loop (downloads: cue sheet and GPS) on the schedule for this, which will stretch your legs in the first half on some hills and then smooth out in the back half along the canal. If you're training for a later race and would like to add distance, an easy way to do this is to take a left at Taylor park onto the Marymount Chain Bridge route (downloads: cue sheet and GPS), and then return via either the Key Bridge, Memorial Bridge, or 14th St Bridge, for 12, 14, or 16 miles respectively.

For those of you who are running the Marine Coprs Marathon, or will be there as family, friends, spectators, or volunteers, DCRRC has partnered again this year with Hope for Warriors! As a DCRRC member, you can access the race via the Charity Village. As a partner, you can leave your gear at their tent and rest easy before the race, enjoying snacks and easy access to porty-potties, and pizza at 11:00! The tent is a convenient walk to the start. Additional details and full info is available on our website at the volunteer page.

Thank you Abbey Gibson for providing this week's post-run drinks! I've now posted the upcoming route and distance schedule to bridge the gap between summer and winter marathon training blocks, so four more weeks of volunteer coverage are now needed starting after next week. Please let me know if you can volunteer for any or all of these days! The weekly schedule of volunteers, routes, and distances is always kept up-to-date on the SLR web page, and you can email me any time to book your slot. For general info on how volunteering works see the SLR FAQ or send me an email if you have any other specific questions.

Remember that we will now no longer have organized SLR mid-run drink stations until next summer, so please be sure to carry your own water if you need it. You can look for water fountains that may be located along any week's route using its interactive map. Select the "OpenCycle" map overlay type from among the available options (map, satellite, etc.), and zoom in a few steps until you can see blue faucet icons located around the map, which are public water fountains. Not all of these are guaranteed to be functional at any given time though (particularly in winter), so do carry water if it's important to you.

Happy running,

Mike

 

SLR October 13 - TIME CHANGE 8:00 AM - Mt. Vernon Trail

Hello Saturday Runners!

Starting this week, on October 13, our meeting time will be shifting one hour later to 8:00 am, where it will remain until next summer. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep! Right on cue, this week should bring the coolest Saturday morning of the season so far, with a chance of showers in the morning as well.

Our route this week will be out & back on the Mt. Vernon Trail (downloads: cue sheet and GPS) for a recommended distance of 14 miles, though you can easily alter this to suit your own needs. Since this is an out & back route, you can turn around at any point after reaching half of your target distance for the day. The turn-around point for 14 miles (at 7 miles out) is near the railroad crossing just before coming into the center of Old Town. If you're going for 15 miles or more, continue through Old Town on Union Street, and pick up the Mt. Vernon Trail again when the street ends just before the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Remember that we will now no longer have organized mid-run drink stations until next summer, so please be sure to carry your own water if you need it. You can look for water fountains that may be located along any week's route using its interactive map. Select the "OpenCycle" map overlay type from among the available options (map, satellite, etc.), and zoom in a few steps until you can see blue faucet icons located around the map, which are public water fountains. Not all of these are guaranteed to be functional at any given time though (particularly in winter), so do carry water if it's important to you.

Thank you Abbey Gibson for providing this week's post-run drinks! I've now posted the upcoming route and distance schedule to bridge the gap between summer and winter marathon training blocks, so five more weeks of volunteer coverage are now needed starting after next week. Please let me know if you can volunteer for any or all of these days! The weekly schedule of volunteers, routes, and distances is always kept up-to-date on the SLR web page, and you can email me any time to book your slot. For general info on how volunteering works see the SLR FAQ or send me an email if you have any other specific questions.

Happy running,

Mike

 

SLR October 6 - Big Loop East

Hello Saturday Runners!

This week we're going to be running an exciting new route, Big Loop East (downloads: cue sheet and GPS) that I've added to the rotation as a companion piece to the classic Big Loop route that's currently under construction. Distance for this new route is just about the same as the other Big Loop, each at 23 miles. If you'd like a shorter run, you can return via the Pennsylvania Ave bridge and the Mall for about 13 miles, or via the Benning Rd bridge and Maryland Ave for about 16 miles. We should thankfully have a break from this late-season heat on Saturday, with temperature and dew point in the low 60s giving what will feel like a nice comfortable morning for a run!

With the longest run of this MCM cycle completed and weather cooling down (hopefully?), starting next week we will be meeting one hour later, at 8:00 am. Mark your calendar and change your alarms!

Thanks this week to Coach Jonny for covering post-run drinks, and Anna Suhring for providing our last mid-run drinks of the season! Mid run beverages will be located near the parking area at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, which is on the east side of the river just before the route crosses back to the other side at mile 14. Remember that after this week we will no longer have organized mid-run drink stations until next summer, so starting next week remember to carry your own water if you need it.

The weekly schedule of volunteers, routes, and distances is always kept up-to-date on the SLR web page, and you can email me any time to book your slot. For now the next couple weeks are covered, and I will soon post the schedule through November which will open up a few more volunteer needs - feel free to sign up in advance if you'd like! For general info on how volunteering works see the SLR FAQ or send me an email if you have any other specific questions.

Happy running,

Mike

 

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