Saturday, September 15th

posted Sep 13, 2012, 9:12 AM by Erik Thiele Orberg   [ updated Sep 13, 2012, 2:27 PM ]
Hi team,

I'm excited to give you this weekend's run: Rock Creek Park, crossing from Maryland into DC and turning around at the Lincoln Memorial (you can lunge up the stairs like Rocky!).

Plan to meet at 8am, the address is 3100 Leland St, Chevy Chase MD 20815. These are the driving directions:

It's a 50min ride from downtown Baltimore so make sure to give yourself enough time for the trip. Sign-up for carpooling here.

Here's our running route:

If you have a Garmin, you can easily upload it to your device and it will display the directions as you run.

For those without, here's a brief description:
  • Head East from the start and find Beach Drive. It's usually closed off to traffic on weekends and you'll log most of your miles on this road.
  • Run along Beach Drive for as long as permitted, when it re-opens to traffic shift to the adjacent Rock Creek Park Trail.
  • You know you're on track when you run past the zoo on your right and loop around a hill (don't follow Beach Drive into the tunnel - cars only!).
  • Stay on Rock Creek Trail as you pass the Kennedy Center on your left.
  • Follow the signs towards the Lincoln Memorial, this is your turn-around point (10.5 Mi). If you choose to rush up the stairs, remember that Rocky didn't have to run back another 10.5 Mi afterwards.
  • Back track to our starting point.
Saturday's looking to be perfect weather, but I strongly encourage you to carry your own water. There are water fountains at the park, but it's been a few months since I last ran here, so there's no guarantee they're still working.

This is a long run so bring plenty of gels. We plan on having a post-run brunch afterwards, location tba at the run.

Questions? Message me at

Happy running,