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
1/6 10 Al Lewis 10 Miler - No SLR!    
1/13 13 JFK 20K - No SLR!     
1/20 14 Ross Drive Cue Sheet & GPS  
1/27 16 Arlington Loop (Taylor's Version) Cue Sheet & GPS  Mid: Edgar Gil
2/3 20 Big Loop Cue Sheet & GPS  
2/10 5 Langley 8K - No SLR!    
2/17 18 Rock Creek MBT Cue Sheet & GPS  
2/24 22 North Anacostia Cue Sheet & GPS  

SLR: 14 Miles Ross Drive

Hello Saturday Long Runners!

Along with the gorgeous fall weather we've been having during the week, we will also apparently have rain every Saturday (at least it sure feels that way). Luckily tomorrow shouldn't be too bad when we start out, but prepare to be damp by the end of the run. Rainy runs in Rock Creek Park are always a treat, though, so take in the scenery and appreciate that at least it isn't 80 and sunny! Now let's get into it:

The Route: Ross Drive (strava, gps, pdf) is such a crowd favorite that it's the only route we're doing twice in this cycle and was requested for this week by several people! Rock Creek Park in the fall is the best place in the city and if running there earlier this week was any indication we should have some great colors on the trees! We'll head up Rock Creek through the Zoo Loop (whose hours recently got cut for the winter :() then up Beach Drive before heading back down via Ross Drive and Ridge Road. As a reminder, Beach Drive is closed to vehicle traffic but Ross Drive and Ridge Road are not, stay alert in these areas especially in the rain!

Want Something Shorter? An out and back through Rock Creek Park is the easiest way to cut mileage off. If you're looking for a different route back, you can also come down to the waterfront instead of the trail when leaving Rock Creek Park (though that does add a little bit of mileage, so keep that in mind).

Need a Longer Route?I know a lot of folks were a little disappointed when the Big Loop fell on the same weekend as the DC Half, so part of the motivation for a run through Rock Creek was to give a second chance to get the Big Loop in before your Big Race Day! If you want to do this option, continue up Rock Creek Park before heading over to the CCT via Leland and coming back down for a total of 21! Another good option for adding on a little less mileage is to run a second loop of Beach-Ross-Ridge for a little over 3 miles extra.

Thirsty? Thanks to Kristine Gift for providing post run drinks this week! Other than those there aren't a ton of options for water, so be sure to bring some if you need it. The only really reliable stop is at Peirce Mill in Rock Creek around miles 5.3 and 9, and that fountain has been having some issues lately.

Need a Bathroom? Peirce Mill is also your best bet for those as well at miles 5.3 and 9! There aren't a lot of other options, so keep that in mind for tomorrow!

The next club race is the Alexandria Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day! Not only is this the best Turkey Trot in the Mid-Atlantic, but it is also the club's biggest race of the year. We need a ton of volunteers for packet pickup and race day, so please volunteer if you're able to! It is also time to renew your DCRR Membership, as those expire on November 30th! Your membership gets you access to hundreds of organized group runs and workouts a year, 22 free races, countless discounts at local running stores, and so much more for only $35 a year! Renew today!

Happy Running!



SLR: **8 AM Start** **New Route** 22 Miles North Anacostia

Hello Saturday Long Runners!

SLR will be starting at 8 AM this week and every week from now until spring! Figured I'd get that news out of the way early. The weather looks very mild for this weekend, but we might see some showers on the run so be prepared for a little rain! Also I'd like to give a very loud good luck to everyone racing Chicago or Army 10 Miler this weekend. If you're looking for the perfect Army 10 Miler shakeout, this route will run us very close to Stadium Armory (where the expo and packet pickup are located) at right around 6 miles. Come for a pre-race jog, grab your packet, and take the Metro back to North Meade Street! Now let's get into it:

The Route: I'm not sure how I convinced the board to let me do a 22 mile long run, but man am I excited for it (and you should be too)! North Anacostia (strava, gps, pdf), as I'm calling it will take us to the northern part of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail all the way through Bladensburg, MD before we traverse our way back into DC and down the Metropolitan Branch Trail. This gives us an opportunity to see some parts of the city we don't normally get to see on our long runs and will be a bit of an adventure! Pay attention to the turns between the Riverwalk and Monroe Street, there aren't many of them and they aren't particularly confusing, but it is a new area which provides every opportunity to get turned around. When in doubt, follow signs for Catholic University and DC! If you're not already sold, the northern part of the riverwalk when we'll run through Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is one of my absolute favorite places in the DC area and I'm really excited for everyone to get a chance to see it!

Want Something Shorter? The best way to cut off distance is to take the metro back to the park (and we're even starting at 8, which means that you can also take the metro to SLR and just grab a train home if you're near a station)! For around 15.5 miles, take the train back from the Brookland-CUA station. After that there are stops roughly every half mile to mile along the MBT, in addition to Union Station at mile 18.5 and Smithsonian around mile 19.5. As I mentioned in the intro, if you want a lot less mileage and need to pick up your bib, cutting off from the group at Lincoln Park and making a beeline for Stadium Armory is an excellent move!

Need a Longer Route? If you insist. Coming back up along the Mount Vernon trail instead of by the cemetery will add an extra mile to make it 23, and traversing the 14th street bridge instead of Memorial can also add another extra mile to your run for 24.

Thirsty? We've got two mid-run drinks in store for this weekend because of the longer route (and lack of water along the Anacostia Riverwalk)! Deborah Magraff and Lisa Towell will be at Lincoln Park at mile 5 and will stick around if anyone is doing a shorter out and back version of the route (just let them know when you pass them the first time!). Jack Phillips will be along the Anacostia Riverwalk between miles 9-11 depending on the parking situation! He's also providing post run drinks which leads to me begging and pleading for folks to sign up for the next few weeks! The weather is getting cooler, but hydration is important year round! Other opportunities for water will come along the Mall (which fingers crossed will stay on for at least a few more weeks, but their time is dwindling), at the Bladensburg boathouse at mile 12, and along the MBT at Alethia Tanner Park around mile 17.

Need a bathroom? There are bathrooms along the Mall at the Washington Monument (which _should_ be open), some at the Bladensburg Boathouse around mile 12, and a few portopotties scattered along the MBT (the Dew Drop Inn has them blocked off, but they aren't locked and fences can move for a reason). Union Station has also finished their remodel and provides another good option around mile 18.5!

I am once again asking for SLR drinks support! As a reminder you can be reimbursed for any purchases made and it greatly benefits the club and your fellow runners! Any volunteering you do from now through the spring will also count towards Snowball Series volunteer credit! Get it out of the way early and focusing on crushing your age-group enemies throughout the winter!

Happy Running!



SLR 16 Miles: Mock MCM

Hello Saturday Long Runners!

Full disclosure: I've had a long week! Meant to switch SLR to 8 AM but missed the usual e-mail window mid-week and completely forgot. This week's run will be at 7 AM, however starting next week (10/7) we will meet at 8AM for the remainder of the winter. Luckily the weather tomorrow looks gorgeous and Nate Rathjen will be kicking it off while I'm up in New York racing Wineglass (send good vibes)! Now let's get into it:

The Route: This week we'll be doing a DCRR-once-a-year classic: Mock MCM (strava, cue sheet, gps). This is the perfect opportunity to test out your fitness on 16/26ths of the Marine Corps Marathon course while getting a nice tour of DC. We'll head in through Georgetown, down Rock Creek to Hains Point and make a loop, back over to Lincoln via the Tidal Basin, then around the Mall and Washington Monument before returning over the 14th Street Bridge. For those following along at home that means we'll miss the dreaded Rosslyn hill, an out and back in Rock Creek Park, and some twists and turns in Crystal City from the true course. There is a large festival on the Mall this weekend, but I don't think it will impact this route (which has us staying on Madison/Jefferson and not running on the Mall.

Want Something Shorter? Luckily, the MCM organizers have made a lot of great opportunities to cut serious mileage off this route (just don't try it on race day ;). Cutting off Hains Point will save you a little over 3 miles for around 12, Skipping the out and back to the Capitol will also give you around 2.5 less miles, and cutting off that (in my opinion, rather annoying) out and back to Lincoln will cut off a little less than 2! Luckily any twists and turns you're confused by today will be well marked come race day, so don't worry too much if you find yourself taking a slightly different path than the cue sheet says.

Need a Longer Route? Hains Point gives a lovely option for adding on mileage in multiples of 3! Running south along the Mount Vernon trail after crossing the 14th street bridge is another excellent way to get a few more miles and a bit of a taste of the latter stages of the marathon. For 26.2 miles tomorrow, see the course map above (but maybe avoid the part where you run on 395)!

Thirsty?As far as I'm aware the water fountains on the Mall haven't been turned off quite yet, but I'm assuming with the impending governent shutdown that their days are numbered (why they aren't considered essential is beyond me, but I digress). There are fountains on a fairly regular basis from mlies 3 to 13, just keep an eye out! Thanks once again to Ken Strazzeri for post run drinks as well!

Need a Bathroom? There are a few decent options to choose from! My personal favorites are outside the Jefferson Memorial around miles 4 and 13 (fun fact: I once talked to the guy who opens them who said "Yeah it's stupid we ever even lock them, so I open them whenever I get in instead of 8 AM when they want me to", a true hero). Additional bathrooms can be found at the Washington Monment when we pass it around miles 9.5 and 12, though these ones aren't nearly as nice. Hains Point also generally has some options, but which ones are unlocked depends on the day (though I generally have luck with the ones by the picnic area and playground at the end of the point).

We still need people for SLR drinks throughout October, starting next weekend. Please help out if you're able to! As a reminder the club will reimburse any purchases made towards drinks!

Happy Running!



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