Well that was interesting. The DMV area was slammed with major winds that caused a state of emergency to be called for all of Maryland on the morning of Saturday, March 3. Sadly but most prudently, the race was cancelled around 5am that day. I was gung ho to get out on the trails that morning but looking out the window that morning I could see that as much fun as it would be, there was definitely safety hazards out there. It was as if a hurricane was barreling down on the area.
Link to weather coverage of the area: www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/03/05/a-mighty-wind-behind-one-of-washingtons-worst-ever-winter-wind-storms-on-march-2/?utm_term=.47e2f6e5a0de
As a reprieve, I went back to bed and slept in a few hours. After a lazy morning, I noticed that the wind had drastically died down and it appeared safe to venture out. Susan and I decided to go for a long trail run through Rock Creek Park in the early afternoon as a substitute for the cancelled run. They may have cancelled the trail run, but we were bound to get in some miles one way or another.
Our run turned into essentially a long afternoon trail run/hike. We spent hours on the trails racking up 13+ miles and good conversation. It was during this time however, that we noticed why exactly the race was cancelled. Trees were downed everywhere on the trails. Old, new, big, and small all types of trees were snapped on the trails. It would have been really unsafe idea to run during the windstorm after navigating the aftermath. Though, with the wind gone and storm over, we still approached the trail with safety in mind especially when interacting with fallen trees.
I am sad that the race was cancelled, but then again I am happy. It was such an adventure to run around on the trails during that afternoon and impromptu outing.
(Pictures and GPS to follow)