Category Archives: Policies


If, for any reason, you decide you no longer wish to run with ARRC, here is our refund policy:

Spring/Summer season refund request made by:
June 15 – 80%
July 15 – 40%
No refunds after July 15th.

Fall/Winter season refund request made by:
December 31 – 80%
January 31 – 40%
No refunds February-March.

For a refund, please send a copy of your registration to:


Train of Thought is our newsletter distributed weekly to all registered members!  This is our main communication with the current members with important information regarding weekly long runs, volunteer information, race registration information, midweek mileage, and much much more…

There is also a quarterly version of Train of Thought that is distributed past, current and potential members of the club.  To sign up for this newsletter simply enter your email address on the newsletter form located along the right panel of this website.

If you are a registered member of ARRC and are not receiving this newsletter, please take the following troubleshooting steps:

  • Add to your address book (check your spam folder!).
  • Make sure you are checking the same email account that you used to register for ARRC.
  • Send an email to if you still cannot find the newsletter (please note if you would like the newsletter to go to a different email address than what you used for registration).

If you are no longer interested in receiving this newsletter, simply follow the unsubscribe directions located at the bottom of any issue.

Please note that is an unmonitored email account.  All newsletter inquiries should be sent to!


ARRC is looking for leaders to volunteer to be a mentor/pace leader!

Mentors should have a positive attitude and set an example for members by following the ARRC “Rules”.  ARRC will cover your membership fee and any costs associated with Red Cross First Aid and CPR training.  In return we ask that you maintain the following responsibilities:

  • Attend at least 75% of the weekly Saturday long runs
  • Run/walk at various paces periodically to meet all members of your group
  • Participate and lead group in warm-ups before run/walk
  • Be available and willing to answer questions from members
  • Carry a cell phone on group runs in case of emergency
  • Volunteer for at least one homebase or waterstop (friend or family member is fine)
  • Attend periodic mentor meetings as needed (generally 10-15 minutes prior to group runs)
  • Submit bio and photo for posting on website
  • Join the ARRC-Mentors Yahoo group for special communication needs

If you are interested in becoming an mentor or pace leader for ARRC, please contact a member of the Board of Directors, indicating your pace group and program (marathon, half marathon, fitness).

Disclaimer: Unless noted otherwise and/or mentor is a certified coach, please acknowledge that mentors are not certified and any advice, especially medical or nutrition related, are simply the opinions of the mentor and absolutely does not eliminate the need to follow up with a doctor or other medical expert, especially in the case of injuries!


ARRC relies upon volunteers to help make the training experience enjoyable for all our runners and walkers! We have 2 main areas that we look for volunteers on a weekly basis:

  • Homebase Volunteers
    This volunteer will sit at Gateway Park (or during the winter months, COSI just down the street) and watch keys, coats, etc for our runners, along with the group supplies such as water and gatorade. The time commitment can last anywhere from 1-3 hours on a typical basis.. on the extra long runs, it would be nice to have 2 volunteers to split the time.
  • Waterstop Volunteers
    This volunteer will set up a table with water, gatorade and/or snacks along the route that our runners and walkers will be travelling. A board member will help pick out the spot for you depending upon the route and length of the run.

All waterstop and homebase volunteers will receive a $25 gift card for each volunteer duty as a THANK YOU for your help! Additionally, homebase volunteer will also be reimbursed for parking in WJLA garage by submitting the receipt to the Club Treasurer.

That said, receiving a gift card for volunteering must be pre-arranged. This will avoid issues when several members show up unannounced on the same date. This will also allow currently scheduled volunteers to choose whether they still want to volunteer, would rather run, or would prefer to sleep.

Mentors may also benefit from a $25 gift card AFTER they fulfill their obligation to host one waterstop or one homebase. They should also take into consideration filling the longer distance needs before offering to host a 10 mile or shorter run.

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to or contact one of our board of directors!

Inclement Weather

ARRC trains in nearly all types of weather. You never know what to expect come race day.

However, if there are thunderstorms, we do NOT run. If you wake up and hear thunder or see lightning, go back to sleep.

During winter training we will not run if the trails are unsafe due to ice/snow.

In the event of a cancellation we will post an announcement on this website and also the facebook page, so check one of those resources before heading out!

It might be a good idea to carry some cash or a metro card just in case you need to bail out during the middle of a run.

ARRC “Rules”

We wish for everyone to have a fun and safe experience while training with ARRC. To that extent we ask that you please follow our rules. These are the same rules that are included in the ARRC waiver during registration: 

  • No Headphones during runs
    headphones can be quite dangerous since they limit your ability to hear what is going on in your surroundings. We want you to be able to hear a biker or other runner approaching.
  • Everyone is required to supply his/her own hydration device
    While we will provide water and sports drink at home base and on our longest runs, you may find yourself in need of hydration on a shorter run or before you reach a water stop.
  • No more than 2 abreast on the trails
    This allows others to pass you safely. If a bike or another runner calls ‘on your left’ it is also good form to move into a single file to allow them more room especially if there is oncoming traffic. Remember, you may need to pass someone else and will appreciate it if you aren’t sent out into harms way!
  • No more than 10 in a group on the trails
    This is also so faster runners and bicyclists can pass you safely. It’s much easier to pass a few people quickly. Don’t bunch!
  • Announce your walk breaks
    When taking a walk break, ensure you don’t stop suddenly in the middle of the trail or cut in front of someone who will now be faster than you; it’s just as easy to cut in behind someone. If you know people are near you, move to the side; alternatively, do a quick glance before stopping to ensure you aren’t cutting anyone off.
  • If you need to stop for any reason, move off the trail
    If you need to re-tie your sneaker or if you drop something, please step off the trail and assess the situation. If you suddenly bend down a bike might not see your new low profile. You don’t have brake lights so other runners won’t know your intention to stop until it’s too late! If you are turning around on the trail, also step off to make sure it’s safe to do so first.
  • Have fun and take an active part in the club!
    ARRC welcomes all suggestions on how we may improve our program — feel free to discuss with any mentor, director or by email (