• We operate subject to the regulations of National Park Service C&O Canal Towpath
  • Masks are required in certain areas when physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails, overlooks, and parking lots, but not during active recreation in open areas
  • National Park Service posts updates on its and on the park's social media channels, such as National Park Service Public Health Update page

  • We anticipate full in-person races in September and October

  • W&OD Trail 5K


  • POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO CLOSURE OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA REGION PARK AUTHORITY FACILITIES FOR THE NEAR FUTURE
  • Not currently accepting entries
  • We await further instructions as to when we may re-schedule, and we will provide more information as soon as possible

  • SAFETY AND HEALTH FOUNDATION presents

    Friends of the W&OD
    12th annual
    W&OD TRAIL 5K
    Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

    www.SafetyAndHealthFoundation.org/wod

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

    329 North Manchester Street, Arlington VA

  • Complete 2019 Results | Awards
  • In memory of Walter L. Mess, longtime chairman of NOVA Parks
    • Read about Walter L. Mess's leadership of NOVA Parks
    • Read about Walter L. Mess's service in the OSS
    and
    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
    WOD
    Friends of the W&OD Trail

    FCMLCC
    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
  • Interactive GMAP
  • 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 60th anniversary of the founding of NOVA Parks
  • The 46th 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
  • Past years' t-shirts
  • Designed by FastSigns of Fairfax VA (703-352-6200)
    FastSigns
  • (2019 edition) Front
  • (2018 edition) Front & Back
  • (2017 edition) Front & Back
  • (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 29, from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM, at Bluemont Park South Shelter
  • Conducted with the able assistance of
  • Falls Church-McLean Children's Center
  • NOVA Parks
  • W&OD Trail Patrol
    TrailPatrol

  • Pi-reciting contest for all ages at 9:45 AM -- π = 3.14159...
  • Your choice of Acme Pies for the winner
  • Timing
  • Enjoy the race -- we guarantee this year's weather to be better than the slush-storm in 2015
  • 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
  • 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:
  • Acme Pie Company -- Joy by the slice
    AcmePieCo

  • To place a pie order for pick-up at the race, please call Sol at 202-215-3063
          The pies:

  • Trader Joe's Arlington - Clarendon, 1109 North Highland Street, Arlington VA 22201 (703-351-8015)
    Trader_Joe's

    -- Bananas and blueberry bars

  • Awards
  • Acme Pies, 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
  • 2019 Results
  • 2018 Results
  • 2017 Results
  • 2016 Results
  • 2015 Results
  • 2014 Results
  • 2013 Results
  • 2012 Results

  • 2011 Results

  • 2010 Results
  • 2009 Results