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Trail Run -Rockville/Gaithersburg
CREATED: 09/22/11 by Andre REPLIES: 5
Andre's ravatar Andre    JOINED: 4/8/11    POSTS: 50
Trail Run -Rockville/Gaithersburg
POSTED: 9/22/11 10:01 AM

I'm looking for a good trail run in the Rockville/Gaithersburg area. Something in the 15 mile range. Any one got any good recs?

Thanks

laineym3's ravatar laineym3    JOINED: 7/2/10    POSTS: 122
RE: Trail Run -Rockville/Gaithersburg
POSTED: 9/22/11 10:56 AM

Hi Andre- I'm Elaine and lead the MoCo Region for DC Tri :) When you said "trail", do you mean paved? or natural surfaces?

There's lots of options in the Rockville/Gburg area...

Andre's ravatar Andre    JOINED: 4/8/11    POSTS: 50
RE: Trail Run -Rockville/Gaithersburg
POSTED: 9/22/11 11:04 AM

Hi Elaine,

I'd prefer natural surfaces. A 10 - 15 mile loop would be perfect. Thanks!

-Andre

laineym3's ravatar laineym3    JOINED: 7/2/10    POSTS: 122
RE: Trail Run -Rockville/Gaithersburg
POSTED: 9/22/11 11:31 AM

There's 2 popular natural surface trails in this area:
Seneca Trail: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/senecaguide.html

Schaeffer Farms (very popular local for MTBs):
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=4&sqi=2&ved=0CDYQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.trailvoice.com%2Fwashington-dc%2Fparks-trails%2Fschaeffer-farm-trail-system-mountain-biking&ei=aVR7TuGwENLI0AGl_5HsAg&usg=AFQjCNGFBIgfM5Tsv399jvRhSLuUWvFhGg

and

http://www.more-mtb.org/galleries/gal_imgs/1/schaeffer.jpg

I haven't ran Seneca before, but have biked Schaeffer many times. Schaeffer is great and well maintained.

JessO's ravatar JessO    JOINED: 6/16/09    POSTS: 66
RE: Trail Run -Rockville/Gaithersburg
POSTED: 9/22/11 5:39 PM

Little Bennett Regional Park isn't too far from you, either. 20+ miles of trails up there. here's a map from EX2's 10K. If you stick to the perimeter, you could get something in the 15mi range.

http://www.ex2adventures.com/images/maps/2011-BCB-2-Course-Map-Little-Bennett%20001.jpg

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 898
RE: Trail Run -Rockville/Gaithersburg
POSTED: 9/23/11 9:08 AM

Another fun option is the Seneca Greenway Trail. Trail running from Riley's Lock on the C&O canal up to Damascus. There is a marathon and 50k held on the trail annually.

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