Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Community Veteran 5k Run/Walk

 Community Veteran 5k Fun Run/Walk
On the Met Branch Trail
Saturday, November 10, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join your friends and neighbors for a 5k fun run/walk on the Met Branch Trail. Registration is FREE and participants will receive canvas bags while supplies last. The run/walk will kick off with an exciting Zumba warm-up and light refreshments will be served at the end of the race. Bring your friends and family for a brisk run or leisurely stroll on the popular Met Branch Trail!

Register now!
When: Saturday, November 10. Registration and warm-up activities begin at 10am.

Where: On the Met Branch Trail. Start/Finish will be at the Rhode Island Ave. access point. (View map of access point here)

Who: All ages and abilities are welcome!

See you on the trail!

Photo by Gregg Adams

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Have You Seen Queen Anne's Lace?

By Kendra Allen, MBT Ambassador

As you’re riding or walking down the trail, have you noticed the white flowers that mingle with the grass, especially by the community garden? Well these flowers are called Queen Anne’s Lace and they have an interesting story to go with their name. The story goes that it was named after Queen Anne of England, who was an expert lace maker. Although she was no amateur with the needle, one day she pricked her finger and a single drop of blood fell into the lace. This is where the dark purple floret in the center of the flower comes from. Next time you’re on the trail why don’t you try to find the drop of blood!

Photo: Kendra Allen

Volunteers Lend Hands to DC Prep Garden

By Kendra Allen, MBT Ambassador

Volunteers got hands on experience in the DC Prep Garden last Saturday. Participants were able to help Mary Crom, Garden Coordinator, weed and work on sections of the garden that were not regularly maintained. Although the work day only lasted a few hours, you were able to see the difference in the garden by checking out the huge pile of weeds on the compost. When the volunteers were finished they enjoyed snacks that included a tasty drink made with mint leaves from the garden.

Photo: Kendra Allen

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Finish Line: Week of July 9th

This week’s activities are listed below. See the Finish Line calendar for the latest updates

Wednesday, July 11th 
Creative Corner with Quest Skinner (2:30-4:30 p.m.) – Create a work of art with local artist. Meet on
the trail near the Rhode Island Ave. Shopping Center parking lot.

Fresh Eats with Pat Fisher (5 p.m. until food runs out) – Sample delicious, nutritious snacks. Meet on
the trail near the Rhode Island Ave. Shopping Center parking lot.

Tai Chi with Manifest Ra* (7-8 p.m.) – Practice meditation in motion. Meet on the trail at the S Street
Pocket Park, near the intersection of S and 4th Streets, NE.

Saturday, July 14th
DC Prep Garden Work Day with Mary Crom* (9-11 a.m.) – Lend a helping hand to the trailside garden. Meet at the garden, behind the orange DC Prep school building, on the trail just south of the Edgewood Street, NE/Franklin Street, NE Bridge.

Soulful Flow Yoga with Sariane Leigh* (9-10 a.m.) – Reduce stress and increase vitality. Beginners and continuing students alike are welcome! The class will be near the trail, behind 611 Edgewood Street, NE.

*Activities are free, but register now to receive a spot! Email or call 202.974.5102.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Volunteers Spruce up MBT on Fourth of July Holiday

By Kendra Allen, MBT Summer Trail Ambassador         

The Fourth of July is probably one of the most anticipated holidays of the summer season. But of course, why wouldn’t it be? With the promise of fireworks, delicious dishes at barbeques, the day off from work and most importantly, the act of celebrating our nation. This year on the Fourth of July, a handful of volunteers kicked-off their holiday by helping Rails-to-Trails Conservancy spruce up the Met Branch Trail. Bearing trash bags, rakes, brooms and gloves, we worked our way along the trail from Edgewood Street, NE (Franklin Street Bridge) to just past the S Street NE pocket park. The clean-up included removing trash from the trail and scouting for any damage caused by the storm from the weekend before.

Volunteer Randall Meyers at the trail clean-up. 
One volunteer, Randall Myers, filled an entire extra-large trash bag by himself. He lives by Fort Totten and uses the trail to navigate the city safely on his bike, sometimes to get to work. He is no stranger to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and regularly participates in the various events that are held on the trail. “It’s important to organize events on the trail because it makes people more aware and comfortable using it. The trail should be fun for people in the neighborhood,” said Myers. He offered volunteers a valuable piece of advice regarding clean-ups, "If it looks biological, don’t pick it up."

We got a lot accomplished during our clean up and we were very grateful for our volunteers who were able to make it. We’ll have cleanups every Wednesday in July from 4-7 pm. Hopefully, you’ll join us!

Before and After Photos

Welcome to the MBT Summer Ambassadors and Intern

There are new faces on the Met Branch Trail this summer. With generous support from REI, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has teamed up with the Student Conservation Association to sponsor two Trail Ambassadors, and Beacon House to sponsor a high school Journalism Intern. The Trail Ambassadors will organize trail cleanups and other events, collect data on trail use, and answer questions during trail activities. The Journalism Intern will write stories about the MBT activities this summer. 

When you see them on the trail, stop and say hello!

Profile: Trail Ambassador Kendra Allen
By Armonté Butler

A native Washingtonian, Kendra Allen, is one of two members of the Student Conservation Association working on the Met Branch Trail this summer as a Trail Ambassador. Kendra is a senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA majoring in Magazine Journalism. She has a passion for writing and photography, and aspires to be a writer for a music publication and be a photographer for National Geographic or Spin. While a Trail Ambassador, she plans to not only to apply her journalism skills but learn more about biking in Washington, D.C.

In Kendra’s free time you’ll find her listening to music or hanging out with friends at Busboys and Poets, where she enjoys the lyrical works of her peers. If you see Kendra on the MBT don’t scurry away from a quick chat! She enjoys talking to community members who travel through the trail via walking, running, or biking. She plans to increase the traffic on the trail by bringing awareness to the community and finding creative ways to publicize this wonderful trail.

Profile: Trail Ambassador Lindsey Hethcote
By Kendra Allen

Lindsey Hethcote is also an MBT Bike Ambassador. She recently graduated from the University of Denver, and is interested in land management and community development. In addition to being a Trail Ambassador, she works for Ecoagriculture Partners, an organization that advocates sustainable agriculture management, where she writes about agriculture and land management issues.

She enjoys reading, biking, hiking, and is especially interested in discovering some of D.C.’s trails. Although as a child she dreamed of being a veterinarian and astronaut, her career interests now involve promoting sustainable land management techniques and working with indigenous people in developing countries. She is excited to learn more community development and creating successful outreach programs as a Trail Ambassador this summer. Lindsey is particularly looking forward to planning activities in the trailside garden at DC Prep Charter School.

Profile: Journalism Intern Armonté Butler
By Armonté Butler

Armonté Butler is a Met Branch Trail journalism intern with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. He is a rising-senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School and has a passion for journalism and urban development. On the trail, you can see him capturing photos and interviewing walkers, bikers, and runners. His role as a journalism intern includes interacting with the community, participating in trail events and activities, and bringing awareness of the trail to community members.

This summer, he plans to enhance not only his journalism skills but photography as well. After high school, he will attend college and plans to major in Human Development or Public Health. Armonté loves to interact with the community and becoming involved with issues of global importance. Armonté is thrilled to be working with the Met Branch Trail community!

Monday, July 2, 2012

This week's Finish Line activities on the MBT

Volunteers help clean the MBT in January. It's time for another clean-up!
Wednesday, July 4

Trail clean-up 
9am – 11am
On the trail at the Rhode Island Ave. entrance (near shopping center with Forman Mills)

Before your July 4th celebrations begin, join us on the trail for a quick clean-up! Luckily the storm didn’t wreak too much havoc on the MBT, but the trail is still in need of a little TLC. Join us on Wednesday morning to help clean, sweep and brighten the MBT. Cool refreshments will be served.

Creative Corner with Quest Skinner
2:30pm – 4:30 pm
Brookland Artspace Lofts, just off the trail at 3305 8th Street N.E.

Join local artist Quest Skinner to paint mini-mural boards for the Met Branch Trail.

Thai Chi class with Manifest Ra
4pm – 5pm
On the trail at the S Street pocket park (4th and S Streets, NE)

Join local life balance expert Manifest Ra for a guided Tai Chi session, a series of gentle movements to reduce stress and increase flexibility.           

**Fresh Eats is taking a break for the July 4th holiday and will return next Wednesday, July 11**

Saturday, July 7

Finish Line Workout with Lashawn Scott-Boone of Jamboa Dance
9am -10am
Meet on the trail near the Rhode Island Ave. Shopping Center parking lot.
Join fitness instructor Lashawn Scott-Boone for a fun dance workout.

Edgewood Farmers Market
9am – 1pm
680 Rhode Island Ave., NE – in the parking lot near the entrance to the MBT

Brought to you by Premier Community Development Corporation (PCDC), the new Edgewood Farmers Market is right off the trail! Grab some fresh, seasonal produce after your trail workout.