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Weekly Run – Easy Runs
October 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Enjoy running with others at a conversational pace on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Runners and walkers at all paces are welcome. (All conversation topics are welcome, too!) There are a variety of routes from 4 to 8 miles. You do not need to be a club member to participate in these runs. There is no fee.
We occasionally see evenings with few participants so if you would like to express interest or get a sense of whether others at your pace/distance are coming on any particular evening, use the T/Th yahoo group. Conversation about related topics (routes, carpooling, where to eat afterward, etc.) is fine too. If you find these emails interrupt your work, filter them to a folder that you can check at your leisure.
We start running at 6:30 PM or within a few minutes after. (On particularly frigid nights, we may start a few minutes early if everyone who has posted to the yahoo group has arrived.) Most people arrive 5-10 minutes early to figure out who they’re going to run with or make last minute clothing choices. Traffic being what it is in Montgomery County, a few people show up with seconds to spare – or minutes late. (If you haven’t posted to the yahoo group that you’re coming, we won’t wait so be prepared to run fast to catch up!) Afterward, some of us occasionally seek out interesting and inexpensive restaurants for a post-run dinner or drink.
Winter – Paved Trails
September 8 – April 9
County Council Building Parking Garage – Southwest of the intersection of E Jefferson St and Monroe St in Rockville, MD. Parking garage can be entered from E Jefferson traveling east or Monroe traveling north. Garage is free to exit after 6:30pm. Meet at ground level inside parking garage.
We run on the streets and sidewalks of Rockville combined with paved trails such as parts of the Millenium Trail. All runs share a common 2.75M after which people running different distances take different routes.
It’s dark out there! Wear reflective clothing and bring a headlamp or flashlight.
There are water fountains and bathrooms available within the County Council Building: Walk through the parking lot. Pass the fish pond to get to the back door of the building. Inside the building, turn right at the guard office and after a few steps, you’ll see a fountain and bathrooms on your right.
Summer – Paved Trails
April 10 – September 7
Needwood Lake Circle – Park in 2nd parking lot as you go round the circle. Meet at south end of parking lot.
We run out and back on the Rock Creek Hiker/Biker Trail heading south. There are fountains at miles 1.8 and 3.65 (and again on the way back, of course).
The trails are shared with cyclists, strollers, and wildlife. The trails are wooded and usually a bit cooler than the street temperature. There is a porta-potty at the lower end of the Needwood parking lot.
You are welcome to do any of these summer runs on your own during the winter season but you must come significantly earlier than 6:30pm to avoid park rules about closing at sunset.
Summer & Winter – Unpaved Trails
On Tuesdays in the summer, the Mymuddyshoes group hosts and announces a 6 mile evening mud run from the Needwood trailhead parking lot. On winter Tuesday nights, trailees run the Redlands Trail loop (4-5 miles) from the Redlands Middle School parking lot with headlamps.
Mymuddyshoes hosts runs from Cabin John on Thursday evenings summer and winter for 6-8 woodsy miles. The Tennis Center parking lot is the starting point. There is also a Carderock run Thursdays on the Goldmine Trail and along the C&O Canal towpath in the summer, starting at Carderock parking lot.
Meet for these runs at for warm-up, 6:30pm for the full run. Remember, headlamps for winter nights, and take note that some park trails close at sunset (reason that there are no winter runs at night from Needwood).