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Running in Washington

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Best places for workouts in Washington

If you want to do more than just going out for an easy run there are some good options available.

Track runners might like Maury Wills Field and Georgetown Community Track and those looking for a hill workout can go to Rock Creek Park.

If you want to test your fitness against local runners, Anacostia parkrun and Fletchers Cove parkrun are available here for you.

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Running in Washington during COVID-19

Tracks may not be open as per usual right now. On RUN:TRACK:RUN, visitors can report whether or not a track is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Coolidge High School is marked as open.

Summer running in Washington

Summers in Washington get very hot. July often sees temperatures of around 37°C99°F . It might be wise to do your training early in the mornings or on a treadmill indoors. The temperature in the warmest month of July is normally around 2679 to 35°C94°F at noon and 2170 to 28°C82°F at 6 AM.

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Winter running in Washington

Winters in Washington can get cold and snowy. January might see snow and the temperature is often below -10°C20°F .

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If you want to run after sunset or early in the morning National Mall should have electic lighting.

Highly rated places to run in Washington

National Mall, Maury Wills Field, East Potomac Park, Rock Creek Park, Anacostia River Trail Anacostia River Trail and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal TowpathChesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath are popular places to run in this area.

East Potomac Park
Flat asphalt/concrete running spot
Image by Ben Schumin on Flickr
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal TowpathChesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath
10.5km flat gravel/dirt running route
Image by Brendan Ross on Flickr

Your favourite running surface in Washington

For those who like to run on soft surfaces, these are recommended: National Mall, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal TowpathChesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath and the course of Fletchers Cove parkrun.

Those looking for a flat course with firm surface can go to East Potomac Park or the course of Anacostia parkrun.

About track availability in Washington

DC school tracks and fields will be made available for personal exercise at no cost during the following days and hours when the regular school year is in session, other than on District and school holidays:
* Monday through Friday from 6:30A.M. to 8:00A.M., and from 4:UO P.M. until dusk, but not later than 8:00P.M.
* Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00A.M. to 5:00P.M.

Track and field hours will be posted. Track and field usage and availability during the summer and District or school holidays will be determined by Office of the Chief Operating Officer and the Office of the Chief of Schools in consultation with schools.

Anyone using DCPS track and field facilities will do so at their own risk.

Cardozo Education Campus
Synthetic track
Image by Ted Eytan on Flickr

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Great running spots in Washington

National Mall | Rock Creek Park | East Potomac Park

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Running routes in Washington

Anacostia River Trail | Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath

Group runs in Washington

Anacostia parkrun | Fletchers Cove parkrun

Running tracks in Washington

Eastern Senior High School | Maury Wills Field | Georgetown Community Track | Hotchkiss Field | Coolidge High School | Cardinal Stadium | Archbishop Highschool Track | Buchanan field | Greene Stadium | Cardozo Education Campus | Anacostia High School | H.D. Woodson High School | Ballou STAY High School | Beauvoir School | Wilson High School | Track | Track | 400m synthetic track | Synthetic track Show all tracks

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Weather in Washington

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Comments on places around Washington

COVID-19 REPORT on Coolidge High School
08/12 -20: Reported as open during the COVID-19 outbreak

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