DC is a terrific running city, full of parks, bike paths, trails and
bridges. Such features are most pronounced west of Rock Creek, where the
Atlantic Coastal Plain ends and the Piedmont Plateau begins.
We have broken
down the routes into three categories: Runs originating from Georgetown,
runs from Pierce Mill in Rock Creek Park, and runs from Capitol Hill (3rd
and Pennsylvania Ave, NW).
Rock Creek for its shade, its hills, and its trails. The C & 0 Canal
has the rare advantage of being a route that is flat, dirt, with no interruptions.
All these routes
are reasonably safe - though one should exercise caution at all times,
and especially at night, in the woods, and around busy traffic areas, both
auto-like and human-like. Have fun and don't get lost!
Many thanks to
David Keating, John O'Donnell, Gerry Ives, James Scarborough, and Josh
Adelman for their help in developing this list.
Be sure to check
out the other pages of the WRC's website, all interesting and award winning
Map of Rock Creek Park
Map Pedometer (great for mapping routes anywhere!)