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Bethesda Beach Drive Loop
Bethesda
5 Miles
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5 miles, flat, paved road from Garrett Park Elementary School (Oxford and Kenilworth) down Beach Drive and Rock Creek Trail to Cedar Lane.
6+ Mile Run Capital-Crescent Trail
Bethesda
6 Miles
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Out and Back from the Bethesda Library (7400 Arlington Rd.) down Arlington Rd. towards the Capital-Crescent Trail.
6.3 Little Falls Big Loop
Bethesda
7 Miles
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First three miles on Capital-Crescent Trail and MacArthur are flat or downhill, then a steady to steep climb through Battery Kemble park (hard dirt surface) with a hilly finish along Mass Ave. back to starting point at Little Falls Pkwy. Meet at Little Falls Library (5501 Massachusetts Ave.).
Bethesda USUHS to Mormon Temple
Chevy Chase
8 Miles
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7.3 miles of mostly flat paved paths starting at the baseball diamond at USUHS (corner of Stone Lake and Perimeter Rd.). Up Cedar Lane through Rock Creek to the Mormon Temple out and back. Mostly flat road run.
9 mile River Run to D.C.
Bethesda
9 Miles
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“Figure 8” loop in the outskirts of Bethesda along the Potomac River. Meet at the Glen Echo Park parking lot (Oxford Rd.). A good portion of the run is along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath — to Palisades and up MacArthur Blvd., CC Trail and Massachusetts Ave.
6 Mile Greenbelt Park Loop
Greenbelt
6 Miles
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Rough trail run along hilly fire roads. Meet at the entrance to the park parking lot.
Kentlands Loop Almost 5-miler
Gaithersburg
5 Miles
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Starting at Kentlands Square and heading west around town via Quince Orchard to Lakelands. Lakelands Park is a great place to stop for drills. Meet at Whole Foods (316 Kentlands Blvd.).
Gaithersburg Senaca Creek State Park
North Potomac
4 Miles
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Senaca is a beautiful park to run: 5 miles around the park, partly paved road and partly rough trail.
7+ Miles Double Loop Kentlands to Senaca
Gaithersburg
8 Miles
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Beautiful run in Kentlands neighborhoods and around Senaca’s trails via Longdraft. Some light hills. Meet at Not Your Average Joe's (245 Kentlands Blvd.).
11 Miles Around Gaithersburg Out And Back
Gaithersburg
8 Miles
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Paved path, sidewalk and neighborhood streets. Rolling hills. Very safe. Meet at the southernmost corner of the RIO Washingtonian Center in the parking lot.
11.6 Mile Suburban Tour Run
Gaithersburg
12 Miles
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Looooooong and scenic loop starting in North Potomac, heading north up Riffle Ford to Germantown and back via Great Senaca Hwy. Meet at the Westleigh Recreation Club (14900 Dufief Mill Rd. in North Potomac).
Rockville 4-miler Around Town
Rockville
4 Miles
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Meet at the Montgomery College track for a warmup mile and some stretching. South down Washington St. towards West End Park, mostly neighborhoods roads.
5 Mile West End Park From Downtown Rockville
Rockville
5 Miles
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Easy neighborhood run from downtown Rockville through West End Park (meet at Rockville Metro Plaza).
Fallsgrove to Lakewood Country Club
Rockville
5 Miles
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A little over 5 miles starting at the Fallsgrove Stream Valley Park field.
Rockville to Derwood Half Marathon
Rockville
7 Miles
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Out and back run. A good route for hot days. It avoids a fair amount of the exhaust and whatnot one normally gets when running along the Pike.
4 Mile Silver Spring Downtown Loop
Silver Spring
4 Miles
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Meet at Ellsworth Urban Park. Big loop, mostly flat, around neighborhoods and downtown.
5.6 Sligo Creek Parkway
Silver Spring
6 Miles
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Gorgeous out and back from Silver Spring’s Sligo Creek running path. Super scenic trail with lots of shade.
6.75 Via Takoma Park
Silver Spring
7 Miles
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Meet at Nolte Local Park for warmup. Long loop on the outskirts of Silver Springs through Takoma Park neighborhood and up via Sigo Creek Parkway path.
8 Mile Sligo Creek Out And Back
Silver Spring
8 Miles
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Meet at Sligo Creek Elementary School parking lot. Gorgeous out and back from Silver Spring’s Sligo Creek running path. Super scenic trail with lots of shade.
Woodside to Silver Spring to Brightwood Loop
Silver Spring
9 Miles
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9.13 miles neighborhood run starting at Woodside Delicatessen Of Silver Spring & Rockville.
8 Miles Old Town - Mt. Vernon
Alexandria
4 Miles
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Flat out and back run starting in Old Town, heading north up Mt. Vernon Trail along the water, and a quick stint on Four Mile Trail Run before turning around. Meet in front of Alexandria City Hall (301 King St.).
Old Town Waterfront to Bel Haven
Alexandria
6 Miles
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5.7 miles out and back following Union St. and the Mt. Vernon trail along the water. Flat roads and pedestrian paths with interesting town and river scenery. Meet at Trader Joe’s (612 N St Asaph St.).
Alexandria — National Harbor
Alexandria
10 Miles
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10 miles out and back from the city center across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Path and into National Harbor before turning around. Meet at Helen Miller/Bernard Hunter Park on the corner of N Fayette St. and Queen.
4 Miler Theodore Roosevelt Island
Arlington
4 Miles
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From Rosslyn across to TR Island and looping around the rough trails. We’ll do some additional short out and back springs on the island. Meet at the parking lot on the north end of 7-11 (1625 Wilson Blvd.).
9.62 Arlington — Glebe Park
Arlington
10 Miles
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We’ll head east on the Custis Trail before heading up in some pretty greenery areas around Potomac and Glebe Parks. Park and meet at the Key Bridge Marriott (1401 Lee Hwy) by the bridge.
Around Burke Lake
Fairfax Station
5 Miles
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Just about 5 miles around the rough trails of Burke Lake. Meet at the marina, which is the main entrance and past the park and information center (off Golf Drive on the west side).
7.5 Miler Burke, Virginia
Fairfax Station
8 Miles
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Mixed paths and sidewalks through some urban roads and some quiet neighborhood streets. “Figure 8” run starting at the Northern Virginia Academy of Early Learning (6215 Roberts Pkwy.) and looping
4 mile Fairfax County Trail Out and Back
Fairfax
4 Miles
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Sometimes a flat, shady trail is all you need. This follows the Accotink Creek from Pickett to Woodburn. Meet at the northernmost baseball diamond at Thaiss Park off Pickett Rd.
5.6 miles at Fairfax Villa Elementary School
Fairfax
6 Miles
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5.6 miles starting at Fairfax Villa Elementary School (10900 Santa Clara Dr.) and making a big loop around George Mason University and downtown Fairfax. All on sidewalks; there are some light hills and some major intersections.
10 Mile Out and Back to Mosby
Fairfax
5 Miles
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Mix of wooded trails and street running starting in downtown Fairfax and turning around at Mosby Woods Elementary School (via Old Lee Hwy). Park in the Farmers Market parking lot and meet in front of Wells Fargo on Main St.
Woodbridge 5-Miler
Woodbridge
5 Miles
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Some busy streets and some quiet paved paths. Starting on Rippon, up Blackburn, to Featherstone, and Farm Creek Dr. Plenty of parking at the Rippon Landing VRE Station and a good meeting place.
Prince William Forest 7 Mile Loop
Dumfries
8 Miles
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This is one of the best spots for hitting a trail run. We’ll go by some hills, Quantico Creek and the Old Pyrite Mine. Turn off Dumfries Rd. onto the Spriggs Lane Fire Rd. and park at the water tower.
Woodbridge — Lake Ridge Long Loop
Woodbridge
13 Miles
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A nice suburban residential area in Lake Ridge-Dale City; a short cross over and back on the parkway but everything else is backroads. Meet at the NE corner of the parking lot of Woodbridge Junior HS off Old Bridge Rd.
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