Great value for DC
When looking for a low cost option, you’ll find a lot of them in the DC area. However, some locations are safer than others – and that honestly is what you want if you are budget shopping. Why not stay just a little outside the city? Springfield Virginia has a safe ‘small town’ feel and lots of Air BnB options. For hotels, I’d recommend the Wingate in Springfield (6550 Loisdale Ct, Springfield, VA 22150•(703) 664-1576). It’s about a 15 minute drive to downtown Washington, and has local eateries and shops nearby. Your average room cost is just $75 – which is a great value for the DC area. The Wingate offers free BBQ Grills so you make a meal on a budget, an outdoor pool for seasonal entertainment, and a free shuttle and tour/ticket assistance to downtown entertainment. Their rooms also have a microwave and mini fridge. And Monday through Thursday they have a free happy hour! You can essentially have a large lunch that day and enjoy the happy hour for dinner (one night they had tacos!).
I’m a former Marine and ran the Marine Corps Marathon as my first marathon in 2010, and I’ve run it three more times since then. I’ve run a total of 10 marathons and at least 15 ultras including the JFK 50 miler and several 100 milers. After spending a few years in recovery from Lyme’s disease, I have recently been accepted into one of the world’s most difficult ultras: the Fat Dog 120. I run every race in support of a wounded warrior organization called the SemperMax Support Fund. For me, this is a personal journey. In 2004, Lt. Col. Tim Maxwell was wounded just 50 yards from me. Since then, I have focused my life on reducing wounded warrior suicides. It’s a humbling journey, and you can read more about me and my efforts on the organization’s website.