Running in Washington, DC

You’re new to the city and looking for a great way to get some exercise, see the sites and get to know the city all at once…right? Well, whether you are a new face in the ever changing DC population or looking for new ideas to change up your running routine, here are some great ideas for you.

Upcoming DC Road Races:

The 7th Annual Scope it Out 5K Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Awareness course will start and end at Freedom Plaza, taking runners and walkers up scenic Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol, bringing the Scope It Out message to the doorstep of our nations decision makers. 3K people participated last year.

Join the movement to end poverty on April 28th and support A Wider Circle’s efforts to help lift adults and children out of poverty. In the past ten years, A Wider Circle has furnished more than 10,500 homes, delivered more than 2,500 educational workshops, and recycled more than 8,000,000 pounds of furniture.

The Capitol Hill Classic 10K race is the major annual fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Cluster School, a DC Public School. Cash prizes are offered to top finishers along with awards in 10-year age groups. All participants receive a colorful t-shirt, refreshments and are eligible for random prizes. A kid’s fun run rounds out the morning’s activities.

The Color Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. Our events are all about people of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of the Color Run course will be the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a VERY long time.

Running Trails in DC-area:

  • Rock Creek Park: An extensive system of trails and paths cover Rock Creek Park and outlying areas such as Glover Archbold Park. These trails consist of a blue-blazed trail that follows the east side of the creek, a green-blazed trail that follows the western ridge of the park and tan-blazed connector trails. Also, for physical fitness enthusiasts, there is a 1.5-mile exercise course that begins near Calvert Street and Connecticut Avenue.
  • Capital Crescent Trail: The Capital Crescent Trail is built on the abandoned railbed of the 11 mile Georgetown Branch of the B&O Railroad. It is a shared use off-road trail from Georgetown, DC to Silver Spring, MD suitable for walkers, joggers, bikers, and rollerbladers.
  • Mount Vernon Trail: The Mount Vernon Trail runs along the Potomac River, paralleling the George Washington Memorial Parkway. With the river as your companion, you can run, ride, or walk along this 18-mile multi-use trail stretching from Mount Vernon Estate to Theodore Roosevelt Island.
  • C&O Canal: C&O Canal Towpath is 184 miles long and contains 177 locks. The canal used to transport torpedoes and runs from Georgetown’s Jack’s Boat House to Cumberland, MD!


Check out the Washington Running Report ( and MapMyRun ( for more great running tips and trails in DC.

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