Spin in the Woods (XC)

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Event Time: 

9:00AM 8km race

Race Director Name: 

Ted Hsu


Scott's Run Nature Preserve
7400 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA

From I-495, take exit 43-44 and follow signs for Georgetown Pike, Route 193, West.  Follow Georgetown Pike west approximately 0.6 miles west from the Beltway to the main parking area on the right hand side at the bottom of the hill (at the intersection with Swinks Mill Road).  Note that the park is listed on some maps as "Dranesville District Park."


Course Description: 

Course Map Updated for 2015!

This cross country race features hills, dirt trails, forest, and obstacles (small creek crossings, rocks, some low hanging branches, and fallen trees) to jump over and duck under. Due to popular demand, the steep hill near the beginning is back! The course so much fun that you'll get to do it twice in this two-loop, 7.7km course.

Race Details: 

Parking Instructions for 2015!

 Carpool is strongly recommended! Arrive early and use one of the 3 parking options:

  • Park at Scott's Run Nature Preserve west (large) parking by following the directions above. We will reserve some spaces here for general public use since the park is open to the public during the race.

  • Park at Scott's Run Nature Preserve east (small) parking. This east parking lot is available only 0.3 miles west of the Beltway (before descending the hill, on the right hand side) on Route 193. From here, walk on the trail pointed west (download the course map) to reach the west (large) parking for registration.

  • Limited, additional parking with generous assistance from Sharon Masonic Lodge - 999 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA 22101

    From I-495, follow signs for Georgetown Pike, Route 193 East. At the first traffic light just inside the Beltway, turn south onto Balls Hill Road. Shortly after this turn, the Lodge is the 2nd left (immediately after Cooper Middle School). 

    Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/NTuEe. Please park only on the left-hand side, and not in front, of the building as you face the building, and stay off of all lawn areas at this private property at all times. 

    A 15-passenger shuttle will be available between 7:30am and 8:40am to take you to Scott’s Run east parking. From there, walk on the trail pointed west (download the course map) to reach the west (large) parking for registration. Make use of the shuttle to help ensure on time start by arriving early. We appreciate your help in preventing late rush.

    In the event it becomes impossible to transport runners to registration on time, we will regrettably have to turn runners away and do apologize for the inconvenience. Notify spin_in_the_woods@mcrrc.org with comments and suggestions so that we can do better next time.

    Starting at 9:30am, the shuttle will be available at Scott’s Run east parking to take you back to Sharon Masonic Lodge.     

  • Please park ONLY at the designated areas described above, as doing otherwise could jeopardize our ability to secure necessary permits for the event in the future.



The race is part of our low-key club race series and is free for MCRRC members, $10 for non-members 18 and over, and $5 for non-members under 18. Registration is race-day only starting an hour before the race. Low Key Club Race Entry Form