Iwo Jima Memorial

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

Our start time is 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! In cases of extreme weather (snow, ice, thunderstorms, heat waves) we do occasionally either change the 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! 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. 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, or send an email to Mike if you still need more info.

We are always looking for volunteers to bring post-run beverages for the group, and/or 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 detailed info on what it takes to 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
1/20/2018 15 Iron Triangle (pulled from the archives!) Cue Sheet & GPS Steve K.
1/27/2018 18 National Arboretum (new route!) Cue Sheet & GPS Steve K.
2/3/2018 13 Cathedral - Clintons Cue Sheet & GPS Christine & Paul W.
2/10/2018 16 Battery Kemble Loops Cue Sheet & GPS Christine & Paul W.
2/17/2018 20 C&O Canal Towpath Cue Sheet & GPS Christine & Paul W.
2/24/2018 14.5 Ross Drive Cue Sheet & GPS Christine & Paul W.
3/3/2018 10 Chain Bridge Loop Cue Sheet & GPS Christine & Paul W.

 

SLR January 20 - Iron Triangle

Hello Saturday Runners!

This week's route is a deep cut from the archives, which some of you may remember, but will be new to most of you, including myself. The route is Iron Triangle (downloads: cue sheet and GPS), a 15 mile 3-sided loop around North Arlington, which presumably got its name from the unrelenting rolling hills along this route that will make you feel like you're made of iron at the end. If 15 hilly miles isn't enough for you for some reason, you can add extra distance by going further west on the W&OD trail when you get to it at about mile 9. For a shorter run, which will also give you relief from hills in the second half, you can start out with everyone else and then turn right instead of left at Old Glebe Rd just before mile 5, to return on the Towpath and instead run the 10 mile Chain Bridge Loop.

Thank you Steve Kuhn for volunteering to cover post-run drinks this week! We're actually all set on volunteers for the time being until I start planning further out, but 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 more info on how volunteering works, please first see the SLR FAQ, and after that get in touch with me if you'd like any additional details.

Registration is now open for the RRCA Club Challenge Ten Miler, on February 26. This is a great event where you can represent our club among the other RRCA chapters in DC and Maryland, while testing yourself on a challenging course! The club will pay your $10 entry fee, but you must be a current DCRR club member or else your name will be removed from the roster. We'll also provide bus transportation to the race, with pickup and dropoff at Courthouse and Dupont Circle, which you'll need to register for here if you'd like to reserve a spot.

Happy running,

Mike

 

SLR January 13 - Normanstone Klingle

Hello Saturday Runners!

For the first time since its re-opening, this week's route will be just under 13 miles to the Normanstone Klingle loop (downloads: cue sheet & GPS). Instead of the old abandoned road at Klingle, you now get to run down a brand new paved trail! For a longer run you can continue further up Rock Creek, or add 4 miles by running a second loop around Normanstone-Klingle. While we've got some rain on the way Friday, it will hopefully move out overnight and things will be dry on Saturday morning. I'm going to be out of town this week, but Coach Jonny will be there to start things off for SLR and the Marathon Training Program!

Many thanks to Bonnie Harvey for post-run drinks this week and over the past month! We now need more volunteers for post run drinks, so take a look at your calendar and let me know what you can do. Post-run drinks will not resume until the next volunteer steps forwarwd! 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 more info on how volunteering works, please first see the SLR FAQ, and after that get in touch with me if you'd like any additional details.

Registration is now open for the RRCA Club Challenge Ten Miler, on February 26. This is a great event where you can represent our club among the other RRCA chapters in DC and Maryland, while testing yourself on a challenging course! The club will pay your $10 entry fee, but you must be a current DCRR club member or else your name will be removed from the roster. We'll also provide bus transportation to the race, with pickup and dropoff at Courthouse and Dupont Circle, which will have separate registration to be announced soon.

Happy running,

Mike

 

SLR Cold Weather - January 6

SLR Runners,

We are still planning to hold tomorrow morning's Arlington Triangle run as scheduled, since surface conditions on the Mt Vernon, W&OD, and Custis trails are expected to be generally runnable. Consistently cold weather means less melt and re-freeze to form black ice, but it also means that temperatures will be beyond what most of us are used to around here. The current forecast for the morning is 8 deg F, with wind chill down to -7 deg F. Be sure to dress in layers, cover exposed skin, wear a warm hat, and use gloves or mittens with liners. Please remember that safety is the first priority, and act on possible early warnings of frostbite or hypothermia at any point during what for some of you will be more than 2.5 hours outdoors. If necessary you can head back early using the Metro (National Airport, East Falls Church, Ballston), a taxi, or Uber/Lyft, or duck indoors for a few minutes at any business for some relief.

Stay warm,

Mike

 

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