The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. 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

Anacostia parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

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 parkrunners 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.


Getting There

Location of start

The run starts across from the turn off from 1901 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!