We get together and run the trails of Rock Creek Park, mostly on weekends, year round, regardless of unpredictable weather patterns or season changes. Some of us train for ultras, while some of us run simply for the pure love of the sport. Rock Creek Park spans 1700+ acres in the heart of D.C., and is a beast of natural beauty, best enjoyed as a group, or even at times in barren solitude. With that said, some fine [and not so fine] print:
We run trails, which come packed with heavy changes in elevation and nature elements. Since we give it our all out there on those challenging hills, I encourage everyone to try a mile or two of trail running prior to joining the group to make sure that first and foremost, you enjoy it [it's not for everyone!] and secondly, your body's comfort level and capability going into a team run will be in sync with your expectations.
A few elements of nature to expect: thick tree roots in direct path, fallen trees, stream crossings, long uphills, large [and small] rocks, large horse pellets [..yep], icy conditions, steep inlines / declines.
Most runs will feature a variation of trails, with levels of difficulty that range from easy to very challenging. Each run has a target distance and approximate pace to equalize expectations and help us stay on course together as a group. Since some of the trails are narrow, have lots of twists, and limited visibility - in order to maximize safety and fun, we stride together, as a small team.
Safety and communication are crucial. Every step makes a difference. Let's make it count.
We yield to other runners, and alert hikers when passing. We also yield to horseback riders. Horses are gentle giants, and receive our courtesy. Small, unruly children are a different story.
A few more points to consider:
Thereare no cancellations due to weather. All scheduled runs take place rain or shine, and all weather conditions are welcome.
Distance will range anywhere from 5-20 miles, with no pressure at any time to commit to a certain distance ahead of the run. All runners have the option to split from the group at any given time, as long as intentions of doing so are known for everyone's peace of mind and safety.
The group is private and limited in members. Quality over quantity; non active members are deleted on a very regular basis. While I completely understand busy schedules, we're in this group as runners who are passionate about the game. Therefore, if you RSVP, please attend, otherwise shoot me a message if you cannot go. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions/ concerns at any time. Also, if you cannot join us for a run within the next 4-6 weeks, please adjust your membership accordingly.
While I love this park, I don't know every turn and corner, and certainly don't have the trails committed to memory... unfortunately! As a result, keeping an open mind will go a long way!
Not foregoing the above, let's run!
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