Start and finish
Bluemont Park, 329 North Manchester Street, Arlington VA
Scenic course with a long uphill outbound and a long downhill back
Open to all
Runners and walkers welcome, also baby strollers and well-behaved dogs
Enjoy a lovely day on the W&OD Trail!
See displays about the W&OD before & after race
Join our Facebook page
From U.S. Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard), turn north on Manchester Street to the end, then turn right into free parking at Bluemont Park
More parking on-street, at nearby Ashlawn School, or at Bluemont Park North Shelter, 601 North Manchester Street at WIlson Boulevard
The 58th anniversary of the founding of
The 43nd anniversary of the opening of W&OD Trail on September 7, 1974
March 28, 2012 -- "Walter Mess Plaza Dedicated on W&OD Trail at Lively Ceremony" -- Falls Church News Press
March 26, 2012 -- "Mess Plaza Dedicated in Falls Church" -- Falls Church Patch
March 10, 2011 -- City of Falls Church proclaims March 27, 2011, as Walter L. Mess Day -- press release from NVRPA
March 5, 2011 -- "Registration Underway for W&OD Trail 5K Run in Honor of Walter L. Mess" -- Falls Church Times
Web photo | Accepting NVRPA 50th anniversary plaque
| In 1998
(2016 edition) Front
(2015 edition) Front
(2014 edition) Front
(2013 edition) Front
(2012 edition) Front
(2011 edition) Portrait of Walter L. Mess for the front (2 mB)
(2010 edition) Front
(2009 edition) Front
Race-day packet pick-up Sunday, March 26, from 8:30 PM to 9:45 PM, at Bluemont Park South Shelter
Conducted with the able assistance of
Falls Church-McLean Children's Center
W&OD Trail Patrol
Pi-reciting contest for all ages at 9:35 AM -- π = 3.14159...
You choice of Acme Pies for the winner
We use the old-fashioned manual timing method.
Wear your bib number visibly on the front of your shirt.
Leave your name tag intact at the bottom of your bib number.
Everyone starts together.
Enjoy the race -- we guarantee this year's weather to be better than the slush-storm in 2015
Look at big display clock when you finish.
We record your finish on a Time Machine® and collect your name-tag to confirm the order of finish.
Then we print results immediately after the last finisher.
To join us as a sponsor, see
or call 703-927-4833 (Jay) or write email@example.com
Refreshments courtesy of sponsors:
Great Harvest Bread,
Whole Foods Market
Joy by the slice from
Acme Pie Company
To place a pie order for pick-up at the race, please call Sol at 202-215-3063
Gluten-Free Key Lime;
Baked Coconut Custard;
Sour Cherry with Streusel Topping;
Blackberry with a Hint of Lime (vegan);
Scottish Apple with Whiskey-Plumped Raisins; and
1st, 2nd, 3rd overall M/F and 1st, 2nd, 3rd by 10-year age-group M/F
Friends of the W&OD
and Falls Church-McLean Children's Center
W&OD TRAIL 5K • REGISTRATION FORM
Make checks payable to SHF • 611 South Ivy Street • Arlington VA 22204
By entering this event, I agree, warrant and covenant as follows:
I know that running is a potentially hazardous activity.
I should not enter or run in competitive runs unless I am medically able and properly trained.
I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run.
I assume all risks associated with running in this race including, but not limited to, falls, contact with other participants,
the effects of weather, including high heat and/or humidity, the conditions of the road and traffic on the course, all such risks being known and appreciated by me.
Having read this waiver and knowing these facts, and in consideration of your acceptance of my application, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf,
waive and release Arlington County Virginia, Falls Church-McLean Children's Center, NOVA Parks, RRCA, USATF, Safety And Health Foundation, Friends of the W&OD Trail, Falls Church-McLean Children's Center, and all sponsors, their directors,
officers, employees, agents; representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event
even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver.
I acknowledge that the application fee shall be non-refundable. I agree that the organizers of this event may use my name and likeness for publicity purposes.
Signature ______________________________________ (parent or guardian if under 18)
Name ________________________________________________________ Gender [___] (M | F) Age on 3/26/2017 [__ __]
Address _____________________________________________________ Birthday ____ ____-____ ____-____ ____ ____ ____ (mm-dd-yyyy)
City ST ZIP _________________________________________________ Phone ____ ____ ____-____ ____ ____-____ ____ ____ ____
E-mail ______________________________________________________ T-shirt [___] (S | M | L | X)
Best 5K __ __:__ __ Where/When?______________________________ [___] I will push a baby-stroller (start at 9:59 AM)
Enclosed is my entry fee, payable to SHF:
Adults Students up to 8th grade, members of FoWOD, and families of FCMLCC or Palmercare Chiropractic
[__] $20 by January 15, 2017 [__] $10 by January 15, 2017
[__] $25 by January 31, 2017 [__] $15 by January 31, 2017
[__] $30 by February 28, 2017 [__] $20 by February 28, 2017
[__] $35 by March 25, 2017 [__] $25 by March 25, 2017
[__] $40 on March 26, 2017 (race-day before 9:45 AM) [__] $30 on March 26, 2017 (race-day before 9:45 AM)
[__] Enclosed is an additional tax-deductible donation $___ to FCMLCC $___ to FoWOD $___ to SHF