Saturday Long Runs

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

Our start time is now 7:00am for 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 nearby neighborhoods. 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 water fountain is usually on during the summer. We run rain or shine! As far as winter weather goes, the run will go as planned unless otherwise posted via email and the SLR website.

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. Mileage options will be given in the email preceding each Saturday’s run. We are always looking for volunteers to bring post-run beverages, and/or mid-run beverages during the summer – the club will reimburse your water and Gatorade expenses. To help with beverages, please send an email to Mike.

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions or email


Date Miles Route Post-Run Beverages Mid-Run Beverages
9/24/2016 14.25 Marymount Chain Bridge (map) Jenn B. Kyle E.
10/1/2016 16 Arlington Triangle (map) Jenn B. Eileen B.
10/8/2016 23 Big Loop (map) Rachel G. Shelley M.
10/15/2016 14 Mt. Vernon Trail (map) Anita H. N/A
10/22/2016 10 Chain Bridge Loop (map) Anita H. N/A


SLR September 26 – Arlington Triangle

Hello Saturday Runners!

Our route on Saturday September 26 will be Arlington Triangle for 16 miles. To get 18 miles, at Lynn St. you can continue on the Mt. Vernon Trail past Roosevelt Island and back via Memorial Bridge, or to get a shorter run I would suggest turning the route into an out & back.

Don’t forget that the Clarendon Day street festival (as well as 5K & 10K races) are happening on Saturday morning, so you may run into some street closures on your way to or from SLR. You can find details on street closures here. You might also bump into the 10K race underway when crossing Wilson Blvd on your way back to North Meade St Park at the end of Arlington Triangle, so please use caution, be courteous to race participants, and follow directions from any course marshals who may be at the intersection.

Thanks this week go to Rodney Ast for post-run beverages, and to Elizabeth Haxthausen for mid-run beverages! We have no volunteers scheduled after this week, so please get in touch with me if you can help with either mid-run or post run drinks. These are both entirely volunteer supported, and won’t resume until we get volunteers! A scheudle of routes and volunteer needs is posted on the SLR page so let me know what you can cover. Please email me any dates you’d like to do mid-run drinks, or at least 2 consecutive weeks (preferably 4 weeks) for post-run drinks – all beverage expenses will be reimbursed by the club.

Happy running!


SLR September 19 – Battery Kemble Loops

Hello Saturday Runners!

I hope everyone has been getting out and about in the excellent Fall-like mornings we’ve had this week! Our route on Saturday, September 19, will be Battery Kemble Loops for about 16 miles. You can shorten the route to 14 miles by running everything as written on the cue sheet, except skipping the two loops of Battery Kemble park. To shorten the route further, simply turn around and retrace your steps when you’ve reached half your desired distance. Extra mileage beyond 16 can be added either with additional loops of Battery Kemble park, or extra out-and-back distance on the Capital Crescent Trail.

Thank you Rodney Ast for post-run beverages, and thanks also to Rory Quirk for our mid-run beverage station! We are in need of post-run volunteers starting on October 3, and mid-run volunteers for two Saturdays in October, so take a look at our up to date schedule posted on the SLR page and let me know if you can cover either of these. As always, you can email me any dates you’d like to do mid-run drinks, or at least 2 consecutive weeks (preferably 4 weeks) for post-run drinks – all beverage expenses will be reimbursed by the club. Please volunteer; it’s your duty if you regularly participate in SLR!

Happy running!


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