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Tuesday Night Washington Park Run

Please join us at Washington Park on Tuesday night for a run! All abilities are welcome and you can run your own pace and length. Like in past meetups, there is generally a mixed crowd that attends, so chances are good you'll find someone to run with.

Meetup Location and Time

We meetup near the corner of Franklin and Virginia in the parking area of the fire station at the Northeast corner of the park. We start to run promptly at 6:30 PM, so please be on time!

Running Path and Distance

We run counterclockwise on the outer gravel trail that follows the perimeter of the park, which is ~2.6 miles. The inner road is also an option at ~2.4 miles. The left lane of the inner road is the path for runners and pedestrians, and avoid the right lane which is for bikes and cars. There are options to cut across the park for a shorter distance. Please review the park map to familiarize yourself with the paths and options.

Laps and Pace

Some people run one lap, while others run two...some people even show up early and run a pre-lap before their 2 laps. The group tends to have a wide variety of paces ranging everywhere from jackrabbit 6 minute miles to slow & steady 12 minute miles, but whatever your pace, we welcome you out.

Informal Pace Groups

We do not formally organize pace groups. If you want to run with someone, please introduce yourself on the event webpage or before the run. Generally, we follow the model that one naturally falls into a pace group. While in that pace group introduce yourself to start a conversation. Unfortunately, not everyone will find someone to run with depending on the night. People commonly run alone, but socialize before or after laps at the park and at the pub. Overall, don't be shy! Feel open to introducing yourself if you are new, and existing people please introduce yourself to start new conversations. Meetup groups are what you make of it.

We Run in Most Weather

We will run in most weather. Please use your own discretion for example avoiding running in lightning. But we have run in -10 degree temps, and rain, and snow, so expect someone to be there for the run.

Trail conditions and Gear

The trails might be clear, muddy, snowy, icy, etc., so make sure to wear the proper equipment. In icy and snowy conditions you should consider Yak Traks or Micro Spikes or a trail shoe with more traction, and in mud consider waterproof shoes. The inner road will be more clear usually than the outer trail, so that is always an option.

Depending on the weather wear the appropriate clothing and layers. In wet or cold weather, you might consider a change for after the run.

If it is dark or becomes dark during the run, it is recommended to wear a headlamp or have a small flashlight because the park lighting is not always sufficient.

Recovery after the Run (the pub visit)

After the run many of us regroup next to the fire station and then visit a pub! We run and hang around the park for about an hour, but usually in cold weather people head immediately to the pub. So, if you don't see anyone after the run, we are at the pub because we are anxious to warm-up and/or hangout.

The pub location is announced before the run. Feel free to ask anyone for directions if you are uncertain about the location. As the group has gotten bigger we have a more informal visit to the pub. We sometimes have a combined table, while other times we have multiple tables, or mingle at the bar. Nonetheless, this is a great time to meet people and hang out, so please join us!

Animal friends...

Feel free to bring your dogs. Just be aware of leash laws, etc.


There is plenty of street parking available adjacent to the fire station/park on both sides of Franklin and east of Franklin on Virginia.

It's free...

The run has always been free, however, any donations are greatly appreciated to cover the hosting fees for the group. Or feel free to buy me a beer!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THE PARK! It was my first time with the group and at the park. This park was gorgeous and definitely kept my mind blissfully occupied. The flowers were intense. My dog was very happy. I think we will be going again!

    August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to stop running for a while because of a sudden IT Band injury. I understand it's a common running injury, so if anyone has experience and treatment advice beyond what I can get from the all-knowing Google (stretch, strengthen hip, quality time with a foam roller), I'd greatly appreciate it.

    August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Calling all noobs! I run at about 14:30 but getting better each time. So if anyone is still in the beginning stages like me, i would love to have the company.

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Katie (.

    Hi, Mentioned to a few in passing. Really want to run the Ragnar Relay race is anyone knows of a team trying to fill a spot:

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there really people that run 6 minute miles here? And How many at that pace???

    August 26, 2013

  • Aimee C.

    I'm looking to get back into running and hopefully keep my motivation up! I get off work at 6 in the Lowry area so hopefully I can make it.

    August 24, 2013

  • Becky

    I'm new to town and looking forward to meeting everyone!

    3 · August 24, 2013

  • Brad

    Going to be out of town for a few weeks - vacation and back to back work trips.

    August 23, 2013

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