DC UL continues to expand its tentacles into running and 2/16 brought 10 of us to the annual George Washington Day marathon (sponsored by the DC Road Runners) in mah-velous Greenbelt. Kathryn, Kevin (good to see you Kevin!) and Brian H. ran the full marathon and we had two teams of three relay runners (each running between 7+ and 9+ miles). Aileen, Maria and Pat were one of the relay teams (with Pat killing the course) and Danielle, Alex and Lisa powerfully owned the other relay team. Brian was a total trooper, in spite of an injury and Danielle took Susanne’s official spot due to Danielle’s injury (tho’ in true DC UL style, Susanne ran the relay anyway).
The course consists of three loops, with add-ons for the 1st and 3rd loops. The last loop consists of a hill that (she casually says) was ‘felt’ by many. The run is adjacent to BARC (the Beltsville Agricultural Center), a very pleasant jaunt. It also is NOT closed to vehicular traffic, so eyes must be glued to the road. There are a few other challenges: like potholes and a curved surface. Other than that Ms. Lincoln….
The day started with a chill (so Brian was in his element), but it warmed to a beautiful running day. Brian completed his first ‘official’ marathon (and I think he’s fully caught the running bug) and several ran their first relay.
Some hotspots, some blisters, some soreness…so, all in all, a typical DC UL trip (sans backpack). All were great troopers.
We were greeted by a campfire in the woods, cheering and snacks and then most of us went to the New Deal Café for lunch and a quickie history on Old Greenbelt (by yours truly). And Alex and I soothed our bones in the waterfall hot tub in the Greenbelt Aquatic Center.
A great day, with my wonderful DC UL peeps. This was Susanne’s last DC UL outing before she hits the AT trail. It’s been an absolute pleasure to have her with us and we look forward to following her thru-hike adventure.
Photo credit: Lisa K.