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. 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 Mid-Run Beverages
8/17/2019 15 Long Bridge Park Cue Sheet & GPS Emily & Kenneth R. Tan Z.
8/24/2019 18 Anacostia Riverwalk Loop Coming Soon Jill B. Michael R.
8/31/2019 13 Normanstone Klingle Cue Sheet & GPS Jill B. Shawn & Kate Z.
9/7/2019 16 Mock MCM Cue Sheet & GPS Emily & Kenneth R. Paul M.
9/14/2019 20 C&O Canal Towpath Cue Sheet & GPS Emily & Kenneth R. Jerry M.
9/21/2019 14 Ross Drive Cue Sheet & GPS Kyle E. Matt H.
9/28/2019 16 Arlington Triangle Cue Sheet & GPS Kyle E. Kate S.
10/5/2019 20 MacArthur AU Loop Coming Soon Kyle E. Liz O.
10/12/2019 14 MBT Catholic Cue Sheet & GPS Kyle E. N/A
10/19/2019 10 Chain Bridge Loop Cue Sheet & GPS Volunteer Needed! N/A

SLR August 17 - Long Bridge Park

Hello Saturday Runners!

Our route this week is Long Bridge Park (downloads: cue sheet and GPS) for a 15 mile loop through Crystal City and Alexandria. 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. Note however that either of these changes will cause you to miss our volunteer staffed mid-run drink station.

Speaking of which, thank you Tan Zhang for mid-run drinks, and Emily and Kenneth Riley for post-run drinks! Mid-run drinks will be located at about 7.5 miles, on Slaters Lane just before Portner Rd. We're now actually completely covered for drinks volunteers up through 10/12, so thank you to everyone who has gotten in touch with me! If you can help with post-run drinks on 10/19 and beyond, 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.

Coming up next week on Saturday the 24th, our annual club picnic, including cross-country 3-miler and kid's race! This year will be at a new location from recent picnics, at Lake Accotink in Springfield, with activities starting at 5:30 pm. Please register here if you plan to attend, run, or volunteer.

In other news, we have a new club apparel store, which is now up and running! For members who are on DCRRC race teams, you will still be provided with a free navy blue singlet as in the past, but you can now order a number of other additional items if you'd like.

Happy running,

Mike

 

SLR August 10 - Piney Branch

Hello Saturday Runners!

This week's route is the 12 mile Piney Branch loop (downloads: cue sheet and GPS). If you're at a point in your marathon training cycle where you're looking for a longer run, there's an easy modification that will make this 16 miles instead - follow the beginning of this route, and then continue on up 16th St all the way to Joyce Rd on the left, which will lead down to Rock Creek Park where you can take either Beach Drive or Ross Drive back onto the mapped route. We should have a relatively nice morning tomorrow, with dew point in the 50s, and temperature in the upper 60s!

Thanks you Emily and Kenneth Riley for post-run drinks, and Kam Yee for mid-run drinks! Mid-run drinks will be located on Piney Branch Parkway, on the right side of the road as you're heading down into Rock Creek Park (about mile 6). Our next volunteer need will be for mid-run drinks on September 7, so please let me know if you can help with this or anything else. 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.

In other news, we have a new club apparel store, which is now up and running! For members who are on DCRRC race teams, you will still be provided with a free navy blue singlet as in the past, but you can now order a number of other additional items if you'd like.

Happy running,

Mike

 

SLR August 10 - Battery Kemble Loops

Hello Saturday Runners!

Our route this week is Battery Kemble Loops (downloads: cue sheet and GPS) for 16 miles. You can shorten this to a 14 mile run by skipping the actual loops of Battery Kemble park, and just running out & back to the base of the park (and the mid-run drink station). Since the rest of the route is out & back, any further shortening is as easy as an earlier turn-around point. I'm once again out of town this weekend, but Coach Jonny will be there to start things off for both MTP and SLR.

Thanks this week to Eiko Sato for post-run drinks, and Matt Hoffman for mid-run drinks! Mid-run drinks will be located on MacArthur Blvd at the base of Battery Kemble Park, near the bus stop at the intersection with Chain Bridge Rd NW. Our next volunteer needs will be for both post-run and mid-run drinks on September 9, so please let me know if you can help with this or anything else. 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

 

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