I don’t know what was wrong with me. I had this beautiful gift, and I had been ignoring it for years.
The last time I remembered running in the National Arboretum was right before Thanksgiving 2014. Then, for some reason, I just stopped running there. It wasn’t until the end of this past January, after months of me telling myself I should go back there, that I actually did.
What a treat.
Even though it’s in Washington, D.C., I still think of the arboretum as being generally off the beaten path. It’s a real hike to get there, on some narrow sidewalks and a fair share of traffic lights. I can make it there in three miles from my office. It’s about two miles from the Rhode Island and NoMa Metro stations, so it guess it’s not that hard.
The entrance off of R Street NE is the most pedestrian-friendly access point, though the 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. hours can be an impediment to runners on weekdays who work standard schedules.
Once you get there, you have about six miles of road, mostly bereft of cars despite nearly half a million visitors annually. I have only used it for distance runs, but with such little traffic, it’s ideal for tempos.
My favorite stretch is a roughly quarter-mile dirt road along the Anacostia River that you can access from gates on the eastern end of the park. That road is where a bridge stretching over the river from the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail in Kenilworth Park is due to connect. After that, the District Department of Transportation plans to work with the arboretum and the Langston Golf Course to get trail users to M Street NE and Maryland Ave NE, because that connection over the river will do users no good outside of the arboretum’s operating hours.
There’s plenty of grass to get off of the pavement, but be careful treading too far into some trails — the whole point of the arboretum is to foster the growth of trees and plants, so make sure you don’t trample anything.
Derwood’s Lake Needwood helped Maggie Lloyd almost forget all about the summer misery and, somehow, the pandemic, for an hour or so.
Loudoun County’s map of unpaved roads led me to a beauty of a run north of Leesburg.
Patuxent River Park in Upper Marlboro, Md. boasts more than 6,000 acres of nature trails and wildlife just ten miles off the Beltway. If you prefer a running soundtrack of croaking frogs…
Difficult Run lets you cruise along a creek, jump on the northern end of the Cross County Trail or wander into Great Falls Park.
3rd Annual APA MOORE Equity in Mental Health 5K Run,…
About APA’s MOORE Equity in Mental Health 5k
The APA’s Division of Diversity and Health Equity invites you to join us in combating mental health inequities facing young people of color and in honoring mental health advocate Bebe Moore Campbell.
Losing to Live 5K Walk/Run
WHEN Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 9:00 am WHERE This convenient location is just minutes from your house located 1/2 mile inside the 1-495 Capital Beltway at exit 51. Spectators are welcome to watch and cheer on the runners. Capital