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16th Annual NIH Take-A-Hike Day

 Thursday, June 6, 2024
Bethesda Campus Building 1 Front Lawn | 12:00 pm
Other routes and locations also available below
Rain or Shine!
We encourage you to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a refillable water container.

We Have a Fun and Exciting Event Planned for You!

What better way to take a break from all of the hustle and bustle than to go for a leisurely stroll or jog around the perimeter of the NIH campus (total distance 3.25 miles).  Arrive early and visit the various information booths that will be in attendance.

Take-A-Hike Day Warm Up at 11:40 am 

Here is your chance to be head and shoulders (and knees and toes) above your co-workers. Come join the NIH Recreation and Welfare (R&W) on the front grounds of Building 1 for a pre-walk/fun run warm up session.


Opening Remarks from NIH Leadership at 11:50 am

Sign language interpreting and CART services are available upon request to participate in this event. Individuals needing either of these services and/or other reasonable accommodations should email Linda Kiefer or call 301-827-3252.  Requests should be made at least five days in advance. To access Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS), call 711.

Please email us if you have any questions regarding NIH Take-A-Hike Day. 

Start Begins at Approximately at 12:00 pm

At 12:00 pm, NIH Leadership will blow the official starting whistle in front of Building 1. The fun runners will go first followed by the walkers. Everyone will proceed down Wilson Drive to the NIH Perimeter Pedestrian Pathway and turn RIGHT on to Rockville Pike.

Please Note: This is not a timed event or competition. Everyone who participates in the event is a winner.

NIH Take-A-Hike Day Trail Map


Everyone will be required to follow the pedestrian "rules of the road", and must obey the traffic signals at all intersections, crossing only on the "WALK" light. The NIH Police will be stationed at the intersections to further ensure the safety of our participants.


Water Table Stations

KEEP HYDRATED - There are four (4) WATER TABLE STATIONS along the event trail and one (1) water table station
located in front of Building 1. You are encouraged to bring a refillable water container.


Other Take-A-Hike Day Routes

Democracy Plaza  BayviewExecutive Boulevard
This event is sponsored by the NIH Office of Management in partnership
with the Office of Research Services, Division of Amenities and Transportation Services (ORS/DATS), and the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association.