The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Anacostia Park, Washington. The course is run entirely on asphalt paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

The Anacostia parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Anacostia parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

A simple out and back course along the asphalt Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Begin directly across from the turn off from Anacostia Drive into the US Park Police Facility (no parking allowed there). Follow the Trail east then north east until it dead ends (do not take the fork to the right that crosses the road). Turn around and come back to the start. It is fast and flat throughout.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts across from the turn off from Anacostia Drive into the US Park Police Facility.

Getting there by public transport

Take the metro Green line to the Anacostia Station and exit out the north exit for Anacostia Park. When you get off of the train, follow the signs for the Parking Garage exit/“Kiss & Ride”.
Bus: A number of buses stop at the Anacostia Metro station. Metro’s trip planner shows which buses will take you to the stop. From the Metro entrance on Howard Road, walk North on Howard Road (towards the freeway and Firth Sterling Ave). Walk under the freeway, and take your second right after the underpass (look for the Metro Parking Garage entrance immediately after the freeway exit). Walk towards the parking garage. When you reach the garage, look for the pedestrian entrance to Anacostia Park on your left. Proceed along the road to the run start, passing the NPS/Park Police buildings on your right.

Getting there on foot

From the metro station go to your right along the large covered parking area to turn left and go through the gate in the fence. Walk straight north passing the Parks buildings on your right until you reach the Riverwalk.

Getting there by road

Off highway 295 south take exit 4B onto Howard Rd SE. At the first traffic light turn right then again immediately turn right and follow the street to the metro parking garage.
Off highway 295 north take exit 3A onto Barry Rd SE. At the first light turn left onto Firth Sterling Ave SE. Go two blocks and turn left onto Howard Rd SE. Immediately after the first light turn right onto the access road for the metro parking garage.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!