East Potomac Park is not necessarily a route, or a trail, in itself. However, given that it is located at the intersection of so many of Washington, DC’s popular running trails, it affords runners a variety of training options. Jutting southeast of the Jefferson Memorial, East Potomac Park is a pancake flat peninsula that represents the southernmost reaches of Southwest DC. Ohio Drive runs continuously around the park, making for a wide, well-maintained circuit loop that clocks in at around five miles. (Buckeye Drive SW cuts across the peninsula at its widest point just east of the 395 overpass, allowing runners a slightly shorter loop and a smooth connection to longer routes that run north and south through this part of the city.)
Given the large width of Ohio Drive and its flat profile, East Potomac Park is an excellent location for tempo runs and interval training of all kinds. Since East Potomac Park is accessible from many local running trails, it easily allows runners to bookend their workouts with warm-up and cool-down jogs. Please note that Ohio Drive is shared by pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers, so runners should exercise good caution when making use of the road (there are not any sidewalks lining Ohio Drive, and the concrete pathway that borders the peninsula frequently floods and is in bad repair). Wear reflective gear, and remain close to the shoulder of the road.