Around Town: July’s OutdoorFest Mappy Hour @ The North Face, 7/14/16

Georgetown from TR IslandView of Georgetown from Theodore Roosevelt Island

DC’s Mappy Hour, put on by OutdoorFest, recently got a face lift (no pun intended), from their partnership with The North Face in Georgetown.

With a new attitude and the new partnership (this will be the third Mappy Hour with The North Face) the event has grown into an even more interesting social exercise.

This month’s Mappy Hour will feature a fitness competition (people will be split into teams), including a .8 mile run to Theodore Roosevelt Island and back. Afterwards, there will be a chat led by The North Face athletes and free beer! Learn more and register here.

Parking is free, and they have also partnered with Lyft to help get you to The North Face between 6-10pm. See the code to use when you register.

OutdoorFest’s DC Mappy Hour – July 2016
The North Face in Georgetown (3333 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007)
Thursday, July 14
Free (must register)

Around Town: REI Classes @ Wunder Garten

REI Classes at Wunder Garten

As you’ve no doubt heard many times before, REI is building a flagship store at the former Uline Arena in NoMa. That remains exciting news.

Less exciting is, the store is not set to open until the Fall of 2016. Well, drat.

Fear not, because REI has been partnering with the Wunder Garten beer garden to offer up classes on a range of topics.

For the remainder of August, REI will host (mostly) free classes at the REI Community Space at Wunder Garten (NoMa).

The topics are as diverse as your interests. From running to bike repairs to backpacking to yoga to camping, they basically run the gamut on outdoor activities. They even have a Pub Trivia night scheduled for August 20th.

The REI Community Space is mere steps away from the beer garden itself, so you can grab a pint, pick up something from the daily food truck option and enjoy the class.

I have attended one class (Backpacking in the Appalachians on August 5th), which was informative, with lots of practical tips. I found it helpful as it sparked ideas on what gear I needed and what tasks were needed when planning your own backpacking trip. Thumbs up.


Have a look at the offerings for the rest of August and sign-up!

REI Classes
REI Community Space at Wunder Garten Beer Garden
Select August Dates
Evenings (Times vary)
Free (mostly)
All ages

Sports Park: THEALUMRUN Comes to DC, 3/29/15


THEALUMRUN™ is coming to DC at the end of March.

The first road race specifically focused on university alumni and college sports fans, THEALUMRUN will hold its inaugural event in DC on March 29, 2015.

Participants can choose from a 5K or a 10K race. In addition, there will be a 1K future alumni fun run for children.

After the race, runners can enjoy live music, a wellness village with group fitness options, a spa tent and much more.


Craig Dixon, co-founder of THEALUMRUN, chats with ParkLife DC:

ParkLife DC: Why did you choose DC for the first THEALUMRUN?

Craig: The other founders and I are from the DC area, this is our backyard. DC also attracts huge numbers of college grads, with a broad cross-section of people that love their schools.


ParkLife DC: Where else will you host this racing events?

Craig: We are planning for eight cities in 2015, including Richmond and Virginia Beach in Virginia, Philadelphia and even one on the West Coast in Portland, OR.


ParkLife DC: What does it mean in the event bio to ‘raise money for their University’?

Craig: Each participant has the opportunity to make a donation to their school’s Annual Fund or to their local scholarship fund. Many alumni chapters in DC have scholarship funds for local students to attend their university, including my alma mater, William & Mary.


ParkLife DC: How do the School Teams work?

Craig: Anyone can race, with or without a team, and any group can form a team. We encourage alumni chapters to form a team for their members, or multiple teams. Teams will receive shirts in their school colors. Team members can run either the 5K or the 10K.

In addition, there will be a Reunion Party on the Friday before the race and a day of service on the Saturday, in support of a local DC charity, which we are finalizing now.


ParkLife DC: I notice that you’re tracking school participation and fundraising on the website, is there any prize for being the top school in any category?

Craig: It’s meant to be fun and for schools to have bragging rights.


ParkLife DC: What should an alumni chapter do if they want to participate?

Craig: Help spread the word. Get their members to run. Help generate volunteer support for the day of service. Put it on your calendar or share via your Facebook page or Twitter account. We can also provide a template for sharing key points.


You can register here.

There is also a Flash Sale (20% discount) until February 15th. (Use Promo Code: TAR20)


THEALUMRUN 5 and 10K Race
Freedom Plaza
Sunday, March 29
$35 for 5K
$40 for 10K
Reunion Party, Friday, March 27
Day of Service, Saturday, March 28