Crystal City 5K Fridays to Start This Week

by ARLnow.com April 4, 2012 at 11:02 am 4,053 21 Comments

An annual springtime athletic tradition is coming back to Crystal City this week.

Crystal City’s 5K Fridays will start this coming Friday, April 6 — the first of four Friday races that will run through April 27. The race, organized by Pacers Events, will take runners on a looped course up and down Crystal Drive, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Registration is $20 per race or $60 for all four races. Runners can register online or in person, before the race.

Arlington County Police will be blocking off lanes of several Crystal City-area roads between 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. on race days. Among them:

  • Northbound lanes of Crystal Drive between 23rd Street and 12th Street (one northbound lane of Crystal Drive will remain open between 15th and 12th Street)
  • Northbound lanes of Crystal Drive between 26th Street and Potomac Avenue/27th Street
  • Northbound lanes of Potomac Avenue between 27th Street and 33rd Street
  • One southbound lane of Potomac Avenue between 27th and 33rd Street
  • Two westbound lanes (one lane to remain open) of 12th Street between Crystal Drive and Old Jefferson Davis Highway/Clark Street
  • One northbound lane of Old Jefferson Davis Highway will be closed for approximately 100 feet (one lane to remain open)

Disclosure: Crystal City BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser

  • CrystalMikey

    Always a great series…just hoping for overall better weather this year!

    • Michael H.

      Looks like upper 50s this Friday. A little warmer next Friday.

  • J

    drink tickets this year? I like to combine my exercise w/drinking at the end…..

  • Alex

    Hate the traffic backup this creates for people heading to Alexandria that would also like to get home and start their weekend – seriously – why can’t this be held on a Saturday or at least start it at 7:15? This makes that crap-tastic bottleneck at the Legal Seafoods intersection even worse, and on a Friday no less.

    • Ali

      Cut over to South Eads, take it to Glebe and then turn on Route 1 there.

      • Alex

        Thanks Ali – appreciate the alternate route suggestion (seriously, not sarcasticly) – doesn’t work for me though – I need to get on the GW Parkway exit right after Legal. I could take Rt.1, but the GW cuts the time in half for where I go. That intersection gets worse than usual with the race b/c all the people coming from Arlington that use the strategy of exiting early and driving around the block past Kora and up to that intersection can’t do that, and it causes a big cluster. If it was a once in a while race – fine – but every Friday? C’mon man…people can jog on their own time – no need for a weekly organized race during rush hour.

    • CrystalMikey

      Because it’s meant as a race to be run after work.

    • Really??

      Because then ArlNow commenters would have 1 fewer thing to complain about… and what fun would that be?

      • Michael H.


      • Michael H.

        There’s also the fact that the race route passes by “ugly concrete buildings” in Crystal City, which is a neighborhood that is always dead after 5 pm as everyone knows. The race is co-sponsored by Crystal City BID, an ARLnow advertiser, so there must be some great conspiracy for ARLnow to be mentioning it on here without labeling it as a Sponsored Post (although there is a notice at the bottom of the article).

        The route will also pass near 220 S. 20th St., a new glass-facade building that is so wrong in so many ways because it’s too modern-looking. (Ignore the fact that it is not “another ugly concrete building” because one building can be wrong in two different ways.)

        Hmm, what else can I think of?

  • seadubs

    This is the most annoying thing for people who live on Crystal Drive. I can’t get out of my apartment while this is going on, because they block Crystal Drive in front of my apartment, AND they close the service road. What is the point of that?? I tried to leave, and they told me maybe they could let me through in 20 or 30 min. Are you kidding me?? I can’t wait for this bs to be over.

    • CrystalMikey

      At least you know in advance and can plan around it.

      • Michael H.


        It’s not like the race suddenly shows up without warning.

    • Not even a runner

      Oh boohoo! You can’t go somewhere for 20-30min because something that is PLANNED is getting in your way for a few minutes. Walk, or better yet, go run. Probably better for you anyways

      • CrystalMikey


      • arglebargle

        I’m a runner, who is pondering doing this series, and even I can see how it would get on peoples nerves who live/work there.

        I scoff at the complaints of people who are blocked in for a once a year event. In fact I’ve even made ‘kind’ gestures to motorists who honk their horns at me while blocked by a race.

        But every Friday night. for a month seems excessive.

        • CrystalMikey

          This is actually the 3rd year of this series, so it’s nothing new.

      • Michael H.


      • seadubs

        Or maybe I have somewhere to be, at a certain time, that I need to drive to, and I can’t leave work early. You try having to deal with this every friday, then you can act like an ass.

        • CrystalMikey

          I do know this pain…I used to live in Crystal City too.

    • drax

      That’s life in the city. This is why you live here. If you lived in the country, you’d be blocked by snow for days on end or cows or whatever.


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