Iwo Jima Memorial

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

Our start time is at 8:00 AM for the rest of the winter. 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 for safety, 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 Megan if you have any other questions that are not covered.

Due to health concerns there will be no mid-run drinks until further notice, please bring your own and be safe.

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Date Miles Route Map Navigation Downloads Post/Mid-Run Beverages
3/4 14  Ross Drive  Cue Sheet & GPS  Eunja
3/11 10   RFK (actually 12, but easy to turn around)  Cue Sheet & GPS  Eunja
3/18 (up to) 20 C&O canal out and back Cue Sheet GPS Eunja
3/25 11.75 Water Route (can add on by running out and back down Mt. Vernon to see cherry blossoms from across the river) Cue Sheet & GPS  Eunja
4/1 13 Cathedral Clintons Cue Sheet & GPS  
4/8 12 4 Mile Run Park Cue Sheet & GPS  
4/29 18 National Arboretum Cue Sheet & GPS  

SLR - April 1 - 13 miles - Cathedral Clintons (updated)

Hi Runners,

Happy Friday! I am racing Cherry Blossom 10 Miler Sunday, so I will not be at SLR, but Nate has graciously volunteered to kick you off! The route this week is the Cathedral Clintons with a slight twist to simplify it. Nate created this new cue sheet and will bring copies to the run (thank you Nate)! The GPS file is also here/available from Strava.

Sunday, April 23, PNC Parkway Classic 10 Mile Water Stop, click here to volunteer.

Now is a good time to start reading the next book club book for June 25th. The book is "For the Glory" by Duncan Hamilton - The Untold and Inspiring Story of Eric Liddell, Hero of Chariots of Fire.

Happy running!



SLR - March 25 - 12 Miles - Water Route

Hi Runners,

Happy Friday! Apologies for the late email, but better late than never. By popular demand I switched tomorrow’s route to be the Water Route to give us a chance to visit the Cherry Blossoms before they are gone. The cue sheet and gps files are here.

If you are planning to run longer, I plan to add on by coming back across the memorial bridge and doing an out and back on Mt. Vernon to see the Cherry Blossoms from the other side of the Potomac.

We have urgent needs for volunteers at several upcoming Club and external races we're supporting. Please "pay it forward" by coming out and supporting our running community!
Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2: Cherry Blossom 10-Mile and 5K races, click here to volunteer or email Nita Roncone. Sunday, April 23, PNC Parkway Classic 10 Mile Water Stop, click here to volunteer.

See you tomorrow!



SLR - March 18 - C&O Canal

Hi Runners,

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! If you checked this route earlier in the year please note it has changed as the the DC Rock and Roll Half will block off many streets in DC. If driving to SLR from DC or MD, please note the closed roads here.

The route this week is up to 20 miles on the C&O canal towpath. The cue sheet and gps files are here.

Best of luck to those of you racing this weekend – I know there a lot of you


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