Georgetown to Dalecarlia
Today I took the Capital Crescent Trail for a planned 8 mile run. I started from the Bike Trail at the Washington Harbour building and ran through the Dalecarlia Tunnel and back (9.2 miles). From the 9.0 mile marker forward, it is a steady uphill, and back to Georgetown it's all downhill. Right now the area just after Jack's Boats/Potomac Boat Club has some construction, but there is enough room where runners and bikers can get onto the main course. I did find at least one established restroom (Fletcher's Boathouse), so it's okay if you have to make a pit stop while you run. There are some deer along the path, but IMHO, just give them a glance and leave them be. The area is wooded with parts of the course by waterways, so make sure you apply your trusted insect repellent and wear headgear when you go out. I started my run around 6:00 am, and the area got substantially populated about 7:30-7:45: remember to use common sense/common courtesy/situational awareness. I didn't run the entire course, but what I did see was well maintained, with clear course markings (w/mile markers) and restroom access and opportunities. There are dirt trails along the path, but make sure you consult the map so if you take them, you don't stray too far. This was a worthwhile course for running on a Sunday morning!