Running Around Town:  Washington, D.C. 


  • Running is a rigorous physical activity.  Even conditioned and experienced runners have succumbed to injury or even death while running.  Auto accidents, heart attacks, strokes, dehydration, falls, lightning strike and assault are real possibilities for every runner.  The decision over whether to attempt routes listed here is strictly up to the runner.  The author does not encourage the use of the information provided as the sole basis for deciding whether or not to try a route.  Runners should consult doctors, and do their own investigations of trail safety.

  • Water, restroom facilities and phones have often been noted in the route directions of the guide.  The areas outdoor water fountains are usually turned-off November through April.  Sometimes they are not turned on at all in efforts by the park services to save money.  Make your own precautions for water and restrooms. 

  •  Many routes listed cover difficult terrain.  Others encounter significant auto or bicycle traffic.  Parents should decide whether their children are ready to safely explore and use the routes listed. 

  • Great care was taken in trying to get and organize the vast amount of information contained in Running Around Town: Washington, D.C.   It was primarily gathered during 1999.  Every route listed was personally traveled by the author.  However, geographic information changes.  Signs get removed, street names change, new roads and trails get added, old ones disappear or get replaced.  These changes may make it hard to follow the instructions and maps that have been provided.  Use caution and common sense.  It takes some skill on your part to read a map.  Don't rely on your memory alone when trying out a new area.  Print the directions and map then take them with you. 

  • Trail measurements were made either by using a measuring wheel, or by using a bicycle that was calibrated to the wheel.  The wheel measured in one foot increments.  Almost all of the bicycle measurements were made to the one-hundredth of a mile.  On average, features such as intersections, bridges and facilities on the routes were recorded with distance information every tenth of a mile.  Well over two thousand total miles were covered during the research phase.  The information was later organized on spreadsheets for individual trails or routes.  Though the data has been checked, it is easily possible that transcription or computational errors have been made.  These might increase the listed route distance or even shorten it.  Such errors, if they have been made, are regrettable but are a normal part of geographic exploration.  For instance, many mile markers installed on the C&O Canal Towpath are off by as much as ten percent. 

  • Events listed may be canceled at any time.  By providing event information to the public, the author does not endorse the events or vouch for the reliability of the event organizer's publications. 


About Running Around Town 1999. Nadim Ahmed


Last modified: September 26, 2006