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Running Routes

Running Routes (or biking routes) that originate from the Eckington neighborhood. Unless noted, all routes return back to the original starting point. Also, most runs will include drinking water locations within reasonable intervals (as I hate carrying water).

Eckington to Theodore Roosevelt Island

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13-mile run (6 1/2 each way) from the Metropolitan Branch Trail R ST access path to Theodore Roosevelt Island and back. If you bike, be sure to park your bicycle just before the footbridge.

This route is completely off-street (with street crossings) and uses the Metropolitan Branch Trail, wide multi-use sidewalks from Union Station to National Mall, National Mall trail, Rock Creek Trail, Kennedy Center Trail, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge, and the Mount Vernon Trail.

Water fountains just before the 2-mile mark at the Japanese-American Internment Memorial and the Summer House, along the Mall, just after the 4-mile mark north of Lincoln Memorial, and at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial at the 6 1/2-mile mark.

Full route description and interactive map: Eckington to Theodore Roosevelt Island


Eckington to Gravelly Point

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11-mile run (5 1/2 each way) from the Metropolitan Branch Trail R ST access path to Gravelly Point and back. Watch planes take-off or land (depends on the wind direction) at one of the best “plane-spotting” spots in the country, due to its location of just a few hundred feet from the north-end of Reagan’s runway.

This route is completely off-street (with street crossings) and uses the Metropolitan Branch Trail, wide multi-use sidewalks from Union Station to National Mall, National Mall trail, multi-use sidewalks behind Jefferson Memorial, 14th Street Bridge, and the Mount Vernon Trail.

Water fountains just before the 2-mile mark at the Japanese-American Internment Memorial and the Summer House and along the Mall.

Full route description and interactive map: Eckington to Gravelly Point


Big Bear to National Zoo

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6-mile run from the Big Bear to the National Zoo and back. Great run for early morning (Zoo grounds open at 6 a.m.) as it will be just you and the animals. You could also take the Red Line Metro back to Eckington, if you like.

Water fountains just after 2-mile mark (3 1/4 mark for return) and inside zoo grounds, so you should be able to go empty-handed.

Full route description and interactive map: Big Bear to Panda Bears


Big Bear to Rock Creek Park Exercise Course

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Big Bear Cafe (bigbearcafe-dc.com) to Rock Creek Park Exercise Course (mile 4 – 5). Push-up bars, parallel bars, misc other stations, concluding with pull-up bars. 7.5 miles total.

Water fountains at 2, 3, 5, 6.5; so you should be able to go empty-handed (except for $2 for a couple of “power Krispy Kremes.”

Full route description and interactive map: Big Bear does Pull-ups


Big Bear’s Exorcism

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9.5-mile run from the Big Bear to The Exorcist stairs. Run along entire National Mall, enter Georgetown via C&O Canal, and return through Dupont.

Plenty of water fountains along the first 5.5 miles and then at just after 7 and 8.5 mile marks. Take a $ or 2 for a drink and Krispy Kremes at Dupont Circle.

Full route description and interactive map: Big Bear’s Exorcism


Big Bear’s Awakening

11.5 mile run to Hains Point and where  “The Awakening” sculpture used to lay.

Water fountains at mile markers: 1.5; 2.5; 4; 5; 7.5; 8; 9; 10.

Full route description and interactive map: Big Bear’s Awakening


Big Bear to Nationals Ballpark

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7.5-mile run from the Big Bear to the new Nationals Ballpark and back.

Water fountains just past the Capitol steps (3 and 6-mile marks) and a CVS in the south.

Full route description and interactive map: Big Bear to Nationals Ballpark


“Eckington Park” – Normal Loop

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1 lap around “Eckington Park” (the Capital Commerce Center vacant lot) is 0.3 mile (if a normal rectangle-ish lap is taken). This entails following the ridge along the southern end (crossing over the ditch just past the trees), 8 ft from the fence on the eastern edge, turning with a slight (non-stride jarring) turn at gate, 4 ft from the building (follow ridge), and finishing down the western edge (4 ft from the iron/brick fence).

Bring your dog, who will either exercise with you or play with other dogs if any are at the fully-enclosed “park.” There are plenty of divots, so use your trail-running stride and wear your Nike Free shoes for a great calve workout.

Metered (M-F) parking is located along western, southern and eastern edges. Enter fence via a small gate at the southwest corner (right of the brick) or a double gate at the eastern edge. Directions to the “park” are here.

Full route description and interactive map: “Eckington Park” – Normal Loop


“Eckington Park” – Large Loop

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1 lap around “Eckington Park” (the Capital Commerce Center vacant lot) is 1/3 mile (if the outer edge is taken). This entails following the ridge along the southern end (crossing over the ditch just past the trees), 8 ft from the fence on the eastern edge (continuing all the way up this edge to the iron/brick fence), 6 ft from the iron/brick fence on the northern edge, following the dog-leg around the building, 4 ft from the building (follow ridge), and finishing down the western edge (4 ft from the iron/brick fence).

See previous route for more details about the “park.”

Full route description and interactive map: “Eckington Park” – Large Loop

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more to come…

9 responses »

  1. Lots of jaywalkin’
    And I’ve never been one to jog in place when I do have to wait on lights.

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  2. Wow. How do you handle all the traffic lights on these routes? The stopping the starting would drive me nuts, I think, which is why I rarely begin long runs in our neighborhood. I suppose at 6 AM it’s not so bad, but that’s so not going to happen for me, at least until I have kids.

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  3. this is so cool. what can we do for you at the bear to welcome you back from your run?

    -Lana

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  4. how about some routes for us slow, 3 milers? :)

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  5. Pingback: “Eckington Park” laps « eckington (way better than spotsylvania)

  6. Are you for real? I don’t understand why we don’t have the MBT yet. That would be a very pleasant route for jogging/biking in our hood. There is no way I’m running all the way to the zoo.

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  7. These are awesome – thank you! One question, though – you list the Exorcism one as 13 miles, but mapmyrun says it’s only 9.41. Which is correct?

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  8. Thanks. Corrected. If you are of the type of runner that hates starting, really gets into the run after a few miles, enjoys running past pedestrians, and burns it out at the end, you will find this to be a fairly enjoyable run.

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