Ride Details!

Date: Saturday, October 3

Time: Main ride starts at 8am in Crystal City; see optional alternative starting times & locations below; Kidical Mass ride for young children and their families (3 mile distance) starts at 10am from Crystal City.

Where: Crystal City: 18th Street and Crystal Drive

Cost: $10 for individuals, $25 for families (up to 4 individuals) and includes a technical t-shirt for each individual. Additional shirts are available at $10 each (supplies are limited)

What: The Arlington Fun Ride is a scenic, family-friendly bike ride is in its 5th year and will give the anticipated 250+ participants a chance to experience the paved trails that make up the “Arlington Loop.” To ensure the ride is accessible and inclusive of all experience levels, riders may choose to start at any of the 4 rest stops along the loop to complete 16-, 12-, 8- and 4-mile distances, ending at our Family Fitness Festival at the finish in Crystal City. There will also be a shorter 3-mile Kidical Mass children’s loop in Crystal City, suitable for riders ages 10 and under.  The event is hosted by Phoenix Bikes and supported by Arlington County, local businesses, bike advocates and other community partners. We also need volunteers to help pull this off – click here to see how you can help!

Exact rest stop/starting locations to be announced soon. ALL RIDES FINISH IN CRYSTAL CITY, where the Family Fitness Festival will be held from 11am-12pm. PLEASE NOTE THAT WALK UP / DAY OF REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO STARTING IN CRYSTAL CITY ONLY. Approximate ride start locations, distances to the finish line, and the respective check-in and start times for each, are as follows:

1) Crystal City / 16 miles / Check-in begins @ 7am, start @ 8am

2) Columbia Pike / 12 miles / Check-in/start between 8am – 9am

3) Ballston / 8 miles / Check-in/start between 9am – 10am

4) Rosslyn / 4 miles / Checkin/start between 9:30am – 10:30am

5) Kidical Mass Ride Loop / 3 miles / Check-in begins @ 9am, start @ 10am in Crystal City

The Arlington (More) Fun Ride… NEW THIS YEAR: Riders will have the option to complete a fun scavenger hunt at each rest stop, with the answer to the clues to be found at a local landmark or community organization/business within ¼ mile of the bike trail; successful completion of each scavenger hunt will gain participants entries into prize raffles (up to 5 raffle entries per  person) to be drawn at the Family Fitness Festival. Regardless of scavenger hunt participation, ALL riders will get one raffle entry for crossing the finish line in Crystal City. 

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13 Responses to Ride Details!

  1. Danielle Werchowsky says:

    What are the shorter routes if we don’t want to do the entire 17 miles?

  2. Hi, Danielle –
    The AFR itself will have two official routes – the full loop you see pieced together here, and the much shorter Kids Ride (won’t be more than 3 miles, most likely). While we can’t support an additional route, we’d be happy to advise you on good shortcuts between the top and bottom of the route. They’ll probably be mostly on streets, but we can suggest a route that takes you on low-traffic roads. Drop us a line and let us know how we can help!

  3. Tom Bragan says:

    Will the Kids Ride begin at the same point as the full ride? Personally, I’d prefer a start and end for the Kids Ride in North Arlington if possible.

  4. Admin says:

    Tom – yes, the Kids Ride will start and end at Phoenix Bikes/Barcroft Park.

  5. Tom – The Kids Ride will be run in conjunction with Kidical Mass Arlington, and will start/end with the rest of the ride.

    You should check out Kidical Mass – kidicalmassarl.blogspot.com – we have monthly rides in the summer, and many are in North Arlington (we tend to stay south of Lee Highway, as we try for flatter routes). There’s a ride 9/15/13 in South Arlington (Alcova Heights Park to the Columbia Pike Farmers Market), which you’re welcome to join. Next summer, I’m sure we’ll be back in North Arlington.

  6. Dwayne says:

    the Mount Vernon trail tends to be pretty busy. I plan to have my 7yr old do the 17 mile loop with me, he’s done 17 before so the distance isn’t the issue, but will the trail be busy at that time in the morning? I’m concerned about his safety. If there are a high volume of runners, bikers and pedestrians with dogs and strollers (like I’m used to during weekday evenings) that won’t be safe for him. Thanks.

  7. Dwayne says:

    Will this event (or at least the availability of those trails) be affected by the shutdown?

    • Admin says:

      Like the rest of the region, we’re watching the situation and will make changes if absolutely necessary. Considering the volume of trail riders on the MVT this morning, we do not expect that the route will need to change.

  8. Admin says:

    Dwayne – traffic on the Mount Vernon Trail, as you know, can vary considerably. In previous years, we’ve had no issues with overcrowding or it being a challenging environment for younger riders. That said, you’re in the best to position to judge whether or not the MVT section is something your son would enjoy. If it seems a bit much, there’s always the Kidical Mass Ride that starts a little later.

  9. Admin says:

    Posted at our Facebook event page:

    “Like the rest of the region, we’re watching the Federal Government closure situation and will make changes if absolutely necessary. Considering the volume of trail riders on the MVT this morning, we do not expect that the route will need to change.”

    The Mount Vernon Trail has been used, as usual, by thousands of cyclists this week. As a result, we do not expect to change our route.