“Do you lead group runs in Rock Creek Park?”

That question, or some variation of it, is probably the most common question I get on Rock Creek Runner.

The main goal of Rock Creek Runner has always been to provide a space for runners to come together and learn from each other, both through my posts and the advice shared by others in guest posts and comments.  But up until now, the community that has formed has been exclusively web based.

So I’ve decided Rock Creek Runner needs to try something new.  We’re going to start a running club for those of us here in DC.

Not just any running club.  A fun, low key running club where people can come together and make new friends, learn new trails, and share training advice.   Most of all, we’re going to have a blast hanging out in Rock Creek Park.

rcrers5The Rock Creek Runners

The name, while a bit obvious, explains it all.  A group of runners hitting the trails of Rock Creek Park.  To keep things simple at first, we’ll be hosting a Saturday morning about once a month.  During every run we’ll get creative and explore a new route or trail.

A few more things to keep in mind:

  • All are welcome!  Even if you’ve never run trails before, this group is a great way to try it out.
  • At first all runs will be in the 4 to 5 mile range.  The route and distance will be emailed out the week before each run.  If it works out to have longer runs later down the road, we’ll play around with that as well.
  • We will adjust the pace as needed during each run.  If the group is small, we’ll all run together at a pace that works for everyone.  If the group is larger, we can split into different paces.
  • As the group takes shape over time, other events and longer runs will be added to the schedule.

The first group run will be Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 am.

I’ll post the date for the next run in the sidebar area, or you can always check in with the official Rock Creek Runner’s info page, but I don’t plan to post all of the info as a blog post before each run.

The best way to get information about each run is to officially join the group by signing up below.  Even if you can’t come to this first run, but want to join for another, signing up is the best way to stay in touch.

The week before each run, I’ll send out all the details of where to meet, when we’re running, and a trail map of the route.  Occasionally you’ll also receive member only info on trail running in DC.

Don’t worry, no spamming with non-running group related stuff.


This is going to be tons of fun, and I’m stoked to get to know more of you and spend some time running together.  If you are in the DC area, I hope you’ll come out on Saturday, May 18th!

Don’t live in DC?

I wish I could be more places to do more running groups like this.  Thanks for reading the blog and I look forward to see you around on the web!

Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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