What can I expect if I come out to run with the group, will I be welcomed?
YES! We try to be as welcoming and friendly as possible to new people joining us for runs.
Do I have to become a member before ever coming out to run with the club on a Sunday run?
NO! You are welcome to check us out first to see if we are a good fit for you. However, we love new members so if you find you like WRC, please join!
Is WRC for beginning runners?
We welcome runners of all abilities and aspirations. However, if running is completely new to you, you may not be able to find someone to run with. It depends on turnout and the preferred pace of other runners. Similarly, even faster runners could find themselves without company for all of part of their workout. But we do strive to form groups that can run together. All are equally welcome and appreciated.
Where does the Sunday Distance Run begin?
The Sunday Distance Run (SDR) starts at 8 a.m. from the sidewalk outside of 3307 M St NW, D.C. in Georgetown. The starting time shifts to 7 a.m. between Memorial Day and Columbus Day in an effort to beat the heat. We meet for coffee and conversation at a nearby location following the run.
I’m going to be in town for an internship (or temporary work assignment). Can I run with the club without officially joining?
YES! We welcome visitors who are in the DC area for brief stints to join us at any time without becoming formal members of the club. This is especially true for students who are sometimes here for internships and on very limited budgets.
Do members get together to run at other times?
Members may organize ad hoc runs and workouts to meet their training needs.
Does the WRC offer formal coaching or training programs?
The club does NOT offer formal coaching, but there is a wealth of knowledge among the active members in the club about training. Many members have run multiple marathons and freely share information on their training. The club has members who excel at many distances, from 5Ks to ultra marathons. Members exchange ideas primarily while running and over coffee.
How big is WRC and what is the membership make-up?
Club size and makeup has varied over the years between a few dozen and more than 100 active members. While in its early days WRC was an elite club primarily for fast runners, our members today represent a wide variety of age groups and abilities. If you enjoy running at any level and are looking for a supportive community, we encourage you to give us a try.