What: Four Courts Four Miler
When: Saturday, March 13, 9 a.m.
Where: Courthouse, Arlington, VA (Metro accessible from the Courthouse stop on the orange line)
Why: I had no plans to do this race. Until I saw the shirt. Also, you know, if you like challenges and blah blah, and if, like me, you’re looking for an easy PR. (My 4 miler PR is 31-something, which is probably not an easy PR, per se, but it won’t be 100 degrees for this race, unlike my PR race.) Of course my PR race didn’t have a 2-mile hill either, which bring us to…
Details: The Four Courts Four is another new race from Pacers Events. This one has the added bonus of the Leap the Leprechaun challenge, wherein the Irish guy that works there will start 9 minutes late and try to pass everyone. His old start time was 6 minutes–I might stand a chance at 9!
But, the race starts and ends outside the Four Courts in Courthouse:
And then you run down a really great, mile-long hill. I tried to take pictures of the downhill in Rosslyn, which is even steeper, but I couldn’t find a place to park. But it gets even steeper! Then you run out to Rt. 110, and then, of course, you turn around and come back up the hill.
I ran this hill in training a few weeks ago, and as MCM Mama found, it’s not that bad. And look on the bright side: I vividly remember running the Battle of the Boulevard and reaching the top of this hill only to see the one leading to Clarendon before me. I’m sure I cursed out loud. At least now you get to stop 🙂