Iwo Jima Memorial

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

Due to forecasted excessive heat, SLR will begin at 6:00 AM on Saturday, June 22.


Our start time is at 7:00 AM for the rest of the summer. 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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Schedule:

Date Miles Route Map Navigation Downloads Post/Mid-Run Beverages
5/18 16 Arlington Loop Cue Sheet & GPS  
5/25 14 Battery Garesche Cue Sheet & GPS Kate Scott
Mid: Gary Morgans & Donna Lekang
6/1 15 Battery Kemble  Cue Sheet & GPS Carolyn Yang
6/8 14 Vienna Metro  Cue Sheet & GPS Carolyn Yang
6/15 13 Cathedral Clintons  Cue Sheet & GPS Carolyn Yang
6/22 13 Southeast DC  Cue Sheet & GPS Kate Scott
6/29 10 Chain Bridge Loop  Cue Sheet & GPS Kate Scott
7/6 12 Pentagon Army Navy  Cue Sheet & GPS Christie & Rodrigo
7/13 14 Capitol Hains  Cue Sheet & GPS Christie & Rodrigo
7/20 12 C&O Canal OaB  Cue Sheet & GPS Christie & Rodrigo
7/27 14 Ross Drive  Cue Sheet & GPS  

SLR - A Winter Adventure - 12 to 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!)

Anna

 

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!)

Anna

 

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!
Anna

 

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