Explore National Mall, one of the most popular destinations in the city, which attracts around 24 million visitors each year. This route takes you past some of the most iconic American sites, including Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial and the White House. It also takes you past some of the best museums in the world, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Art.
This historic path is a must-see if you’re in Washington. The route follows the Potomac River, and features canal structures from the mid-19th century, during the time that the canal had a role in transport. This path is ideal for running, offering a wide dirt path, with excellent scenery. If you love nature, you can also watch out for turtles and herons in the canal throughout your run- you’ll most likely spot a few!
Less busy than many of the other trails in Rock Creek Park, this mostly dirt trail is a local hidden gem. This scenic route takes you up and down ridges, offering views of the river, and surrounding areas.
With race day occurring on the first Sunday of every April, this race offers beautiful scenery as you run past blooming cherry blossoms. This course covers some of the city’s best sights, including the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument and more! This is the 2015 course, and is subject to change for 2016.
This 10K course is part of the Marine Corps Marathon series. With the Marathon being known as “The People’s Marathon”, its mission is to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill, and showcase the organizational skills of the U.S. Marine Corps. The event is open to all runners ages 14+. This is the 2015 course and is subject to change for 2016.
This scenic route takes you past some of Washington’s must-sees, including Lincoln Memorial, The White House and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. If you have a chance to run this route during the spring, expect to see cherry blossoms decorating your path!
Take a tour around the neighbourhoods of Embassy Row and Georgetown! This run starts in Embassy Row, where you will see many embassies and stately homes; getting to experience the diplomatic and international side the city is known for. The route continues through the historic neighbourhood of Georgetown, where you’ll see historically significant buildings and sights, as well as places to shop or grab a bite or drink after your run. Finally, the route ends back in Embassy Row, at Sheridan Circle.
The Marine Corps Marathon is held in Arlington, Virginia and Washington, DC. Known as “The People’s Marathon”, its mission is to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill, and showcase the organizational skills of the U.S. Marine Corps. The event is open to all runners ages 14+.
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