W&OD Trail 5K


Friends of the W&OD
9th annual
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM


Out'n'back on Washington & Old Dominion Trail
from Bluemont Park South Shelter towards Falls Church and back

329 North Manchester Street, Arlington VA

• Enter early and save $20!
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Enter by mail (PDF) | (DOC)
Please join us as a volunteer
  • Sponsor us (PDF) | (DOC)
  • Complete 2017 Results | Awards
  • Read our 2017 letter to entrants | PDF | DOC
  • In memory of Walter L. Mess, chairman emeritus of NOVA Parks
    • Read about Walter L. Mess's leadership of NOVA Parks
    • Read about Walter L. Mess's service in the OSS
    in memory of Roger B. Neighborgall,
    longtime president of Friends of the W&OD Trail
    • Read about the creation of the W&OD Trail

    To benefit
    Friends of the W&OD Trail

    Falls Church-McLean Children's Center

  • Start and finish
  • Bluemont Park, 329 North Manchester Street, Arlington VA
  • Scenic course with a long uphill outbound and a long downhill back
  • USATF-certified course VA-08016-RT
  • 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
  • Directions
  • 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
  • Commemorates
  • NOVAparks
  • The 58th anniversary of the founding of NOVA Parks
  • The 44th anniversary of the opening of W&OD Trail on September 7, 1974

  • History:
  • 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 | Photo
  • March 5, 2011 -- "Registration Underway for W&OD Trail 5K Run in Honor of Walter L. Mess" -- Falls Church Times
  • Photos: Web photo | Accepting NVRPA 50th anniversary plaque | In 1998
  • T-shirt
  • (2017 edition) Front & Back | courtesy of FastSigns of Fairfax VA (703-352-6200)
  • (2016 edition) Front | PSD
  • (2015 edition) Front | PSD
  • (2014 edition) Front | JPG
  • (2013 edition) Front
  • (2012 edition) Front
  • (2011 edition) Portrait of Walter L. Mess for the front (2 mB)
  • (2010 edition) Front
  • (2009 edition) Front | Back
  • Race-Day
  • Race-day packet pick-up Sunday, March 25, from 9:15 AM to 9:45 AM, at Bluemont Park South Shelter

  • Pi-reciting contest for all ages at 9:35 AM -- π = 3.14159...
  • You choice of Acme Pies for the winner
  • Timing
  • 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.
  • Sponsors
  • To join us as a sponsor, see www.safetyandhealthfoundation.org/wod/sponsor.doc | PDF
        or call 703-927-4833 (Jay) or write racedirector@att.net
  • Post-race
  • Refreshments courtesy of sponsors:
  • Carb Boom! ™
  • Honest Sport ™
  • Great Harvest Bread
  • Acme Pie Company -- Joy by the slice
  • To place a pie order for pick-up at the race, please call Sol at 202-215-3063
          The pies: 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 Pecan-Maple-Belgian Chocolate
  • Awards
  • Acme Pies, SHF wooly caps, Pacers Running Stores $10 gift cards
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall M/F and 1st, 2nd, 3rd by 10-year age-group M/F
  • Benefits
  • Friends of the W&OD and Falls Church-McLean Children's Center
  • 2017 Sponsors
    FastSigns of Fairfax VA (703-352-6200)

    serving all your business needs for more than 20 years, from signage to commercial printing to engraving services
    TD Bank Clarendon / Arlington (703-387-0187)
    If you open an account with TD Bank linked to SHF's Affinity Membership Program, TD Bank donates $50 to us. If you already have an account and call TD Bank to link to our program, TD Bank donates $10 to us. It's the best offer we've had all day!

  • 2017 Results
  • 2016 Results
  • 2015 Results
  • 2014 Results
  • 2013 Results
  • 2012 Results

  • 2011 Results

  • 2010 Results
  • 2009 Results

    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 agree 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 3/25/2018 [__ __]
    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 ACE Physical Therapy
    [__] $20 before January 1, 2018                                 [__] $10 before January 1, 2018
    [__] $25 before February 1, 2018                                [__] $15 before February 1, 2018
    [__] $30 before March 28, 2018                                  [__] $20 before March 1, 2018
    [__] $35 before March 22, 2018                                  [__] $25 before March 22, 2018
    [__] $40 by March 25, 2018 (race-day before 9:45 AM)            [__] $30 by March 25, 2018 (race-day before 9:45 AM)            
    [__] Enclosed is an additional tax-deductible donation          $___ to FCMLCC            $___ to FoWOD             $___ to SHF