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 year. 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 Anna if you have any other questions that are not covered.

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Date Miles Route Map Navigation Downloads Post/Mid-Run Beverages
4/20 18 Arboretum - Azaleas!! Cue Sheet & GPS  Hope Seck
4/27 12 Piney Branch Cue Sheet & GPS Kristine Gift 
5/4 14 MBT - Catholic Cue Sheet & GPS  
5/11 14 Capital Crescent OaB Cue Sheet & GPS Kate Scott 
5/18 16 Arlington Loop Cue Sheet & GPS  
5/25 14 Battery Garesche Cue Sheet & GPS  Kate Scott

SLR - A Winter Adventure - 12-14ish Miles

Hello Saturday Long Runners!

Welcome back to our regularly scheduled Saturdays at 8 AM at North Meade Park. How did you like cancelling SLR in favor of the Snowball Series? Shoot me an e-mail, drop into my DMs on Strava, or catch me before, during, or after SLR to chat about it! I'm currently writing this e-mail on Friday morning and it looks like we're going to get 4-5 inches of snow today, which will hopefully stop early-mid afternoon. With colder temperatures coming in over night, expect tomorrow to be an icy-snowy-slush fest, though I'm hopeful something will be plowed for us.

With all that being said, please please please make safe decisions tomorrow morning! I'll be out at the park at North Meade Street as usual, but don't drive in poor conditions and remember that slogging through 10 miles on the treadmill is safer than sliding down the Rosslyn Hill. That being said, we're going to play tomorrow a little bit by ear, but I have a few routes in mind depending on what conditions look like in the morning.

One option is RFK if the bridges don't seem to be too icy. The streets in DC are normally plowed pretty well and they tend to do a good job of making the Mall passable (plus the Mall in the snow is absolutely gorgeous!). If Capitol Hill hasn't been cleared yet, Hains Point has been fabulous this week for running on dry surfaces and is another option. Custis and the W&OD were both plowed very well the past couple of mornings and are also an option if the plows can get out in time. We'll make a game time decision in the morning (likely based on nothing more than gut feelings, a bit of reconnaissance, and hope), but be prepared to take tomorrow easy, focus on staying upright, and making the best choices for yourself and your goal races.

The next club event is the happy hour this Thursday January 25th at Four Courts at 5:30 PM! After that, our next club race is on February 10th for the Langley 8K! We're still in need of many volunteers to make this event successful, and will be cancelling SLR for the week because of the race. Signups for the Club Challenge 10 Miler are open (as a reminder you MUST be a member to participate, signups are free, and there will once again be a bus from Court House/Dupont Circle) and the Langely 8K is the best training race out there: twice the hills, half the distance, all the fun!

Happy Running (or skiing! or sledding!)



No SLR: JFK 20K and MLK 5K

Hello Saturday Long Runners!

As a reminder there is no SLR this weekend, instead come out and run (or race!) the JFK 20K or MLK 5K at Carderock at 10 AM for the 20K and 9 AM for the 5K. It looks like we’ll once again miss the rain for this one, though the canal might still be a bit sloshy, so bring your steeple chase skills! As a reminder, signups close TONIGHT at 7 PM and there will not be race day registration in accordance with our NPS permits.

The Route: This one goes out to everyone who requests an out and back on the C&O for SLR! Except this time we start by heading south from Carderock to the Chain Bridge (a perfect 10K with a little bit of downhill) then back up a gradual incline to Carderock. The views on this part of the canal are some of my favorite in the area! Be on the look out for beavers, ducks, deer, herons, and all sorts of other wildlife!

Want Something Shorter? Well you’re in luck! The JFK 20K has an accompanying 5K that starts an hour earlier! Test your speed on this shorter version of the out and back and still make it home in time for brunch! We also still need a few volunteers for the race, so please sign up if you're able!

Need a Longer Route? Might I recommend what I once dubbed the WTF JFK MLK 25K. Run the 5K at 9 AM, jog around for a little cooldown and warmup, then double back in the 20K at 10 AM! Twice the races, still zero dollars, and infinite bragging rights on Strava!

Thirsty? We’ll have a water stop on the 20K around the 5/7 mile markers by one of the locks! Though the puddles on the canal may be tempting, they are not potable and you will end up with dysentery (ask me how I know, I dare you).

Need a Bathroom? Carderock has some very reliable ones! As far as along the course, there may be a stray portopotty or two along the canal, but I wouldn’t plan on it.

We’ll return to our regularly scheduled 8 AM SLRs at North Meade Park next Saturday! The next club race is the Langley 8K on Saturday February 10th and we WILL be cancelling SLR accordingly. Come out for a great tuneup before Club Challenge!

Happy Running!


No SLR: Al Lewis 10 Miler!

Hello Saturday Long Runners!

As a reminder there is no SLR this weekend, instead come out and race (or just run for fun!) the Al Lewis 10 Miler at Hains Point! This looks to be the warmest Al Lewis in recent memory (which is to say it’s not going to be under 20). Equally as important, it looks like the wind and rain should hold off until after the race! As a reminder, signups close TONIGHT at 7 PM and there will not be race day registration in accordance with our NPS permits.

The Route: The gun goes off at 7:30 tomorrow for a double out and back around Hains Point. This is a fast, flat, USATF certified course, but that doesn’t mean you have to race it. Snowball Series races are free for club members and are a great opportunity to experiment in a low-stakes race environment. Try out some new racing shoes, see what outfits work best for the weather, practice taking water along the course, eat a new breakfast, the possibilities are endless!

Want Something Shorter? There’s also a 5 Miler option for a single out and back around Hains Point that starts at 7:45! If you want the day off, please consider helping out and volunteering! We still need more volunteers!

Need a Longer Route? Warmups and cooldowns of any distance can make for a further run. Park at SLR start for a 4-ish mile downhill warmup and a 4-ish mile uphill cooldown to get around 18 for the day!

Thirsty? There will be a water stop at the end of Hains Point, which we’ll pass four times during the race. This year it should even be liquid water and not frozen!

Need a Bathroom? Historically bathroom access before the race has been hit or miss, but I believe the park service will be opening them for us this year!

The next club race is the JFK 20K and MLK 5K next Saturday. SLR will be cancelled once again, come out to Carderock for a fun event! We still need volunteers as well, please help out if you can!

Happy Running!


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Upcoming Events

May Happy Hour/Snowball Series Awards Ceremony
Thu, May 23rd, 2024, @6:00pm
DCRRC Women's Distance Festival 5K and Run After the Women 5K
Sun, Jun 9th, 2024, @8:00am
Book Club
Sun, Jun 16th, 2024, @4:00pm
DCRRC Hugh Jascourt 4-Miler
Fri, Jun 21st, 2024, @7:00pm
DCRRC Age Handicapped 4-Miler
Thu, Jul 4th, 2024, @8:00am
DCRRC Bastille Day 4-Miler
Sun, Jul 14th, 2024, @7:00pm
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