Celebrate National Running Day in Washington


A jogger makes her way along the Potomac River on the Rock Creek path near the Kennedy Center. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
June 5, 2013

Today is National Running Day, and the mild weather is cooperating with anyone headed out to the roads and trails this afternoon. Looking for a good place to run or folks to run with? Read on.

Run clubs

Potomac River Running’s Cleveland Park run club was among those that MisFits columnist Vicky Hallett tested when she spent five days tracking down run and fitness clubs headquartered at D.C. stores. Today they’re co-sponsoring a special fun run with Competitor Group and Brooks, that features giveaways, test shoes, raffles and discounts for anyone so inspired that they want to sign up for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon. (6:30 p.m., 3513 Connecticut Ave. NW, www.potomacriverrunning.com

The DC Capital Striders running group is hosting an evening run starting at Lincoln Park, with two separate four-mile loops. One winds around the Capitol and part of the Mall, and the other follows the Anacostia West Side River Trail, past RFK Stadium to Congressional Cemetery. (6:30 p.m., 12th Street NE and East Capitol Street, next to the Lincoln Statue, www.meetup.com/dccapitalstriders)

City Sports Georgetown has a regular Thursday-night run, but for National Running Day the store is joining with Asics to host a 5K fun run, with raffles, giveaways, refreshments and more. (6 p.m., 3338 M St. NW, dcnatrunningday-es2.eventbrite.com)

The DC Road Runners have regular Wednesday-night track workouts at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington. This is a membership club ($20; students $10; households $25), but you can try a track workout free before deciding to join. (7:30 p.m., Washington-Lee High School stadium, Washington Boulevard and Stafford Street, Arlington, www.dcroadrunners.com)

At Fleet Feet in Adams Morgan, Wednesday night is ladies night. The women-only run is three to five miles long. (Gathers 6 p.m. for 6:30 p.m. run, 1841 Columbia Rd. NW, www.fleetfeetdc.com)

Road Runner Sports Falls Church is partnering with Mizuno for a fun run led by Capital Area Runners, with demo shoes and a raffle. (Store events start 6:30 p.m., run starts at 7 p.m., 1120 W. Broad St., Falls Church, www.meetup.com/runningday)

The Potomac River Running store in Burke hosts a “Hump Day Dash” on Wednesdays on the trails and paths of Burke. It tends to last 50 minutes or less. (6:30 p.m., 5715 Burke Center Pkwy., Burke, www.potomacriverrunning.com)

Lululemon Bethesda Row hosts a weekly run on Wednesdays, with three- and five-mile options, often on the Capital Crescent Trail. (6:30 p.m., 4856 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, www.lululemon.com)

Know of another group run happening tonight? Let us know and we’ll add it.

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