What it Takes

Running a marathon isn’t that hard, is it? You dedicate yourself to training for a few months, build up mileage and aim for a good effort on race day. I mean, some four million Americans crossed a marathon finish line last year, right? Finishing, however, is one

A Long Run on the Towpath, A Really Long Run

Throughout his 20 year career in the Army, Jeremy Rausa has learned how to deal with challenges. Multiple deployments – to Iraq, Korea, and Germany – meant he had to be away for long stretches from his daughter Adriana, now seven. A passion for running helped him

The All-RunWashington Preseason Team

Simply put, last year was good for the D.C. area’s cross country runners. West Springfield’s Caroline Alcorta’s third place was the best Footlocker Cross Country Championships race by a girl since Erin Keough won it all in 1986. Katy Kunc and Hannah Christen gave Lake Braddock two


For most people, running remains a hobby at the end of the practice, the end of the race, the end of the day. Not for David Finland. “Running was a key thing for me,” he said. “I didn’t have anything to do. [Life] was kind of boring.”

Hundreds of Miles Against Hunger

Running 500 miles in five days probably sounds like a crazy idea. That’s exactly what Amos Desjardins wants people to think. “Sometimes it takes doing something crazy if you really want to get people’s attention,” he said. He’s bound to get hungry with that kind of routine,

Hundreds rumble at Riley’s

When most race registration websites encourage runners to sign up their particular event, Riley’s Rumble Half Marathon cautions participants. “Don’t be seduced by the lush bucolic countryside of rural Montgomery County,” it said. “This race will challenge the best runners. If you want the 3 H’s (hills,

In it to Tie it

Late into the Napa Valley Marathon, Alana Miller was hurting. She typically starts out strong, but fades after 15 miles. Beside her, Ashley Vaughan delivered a steady stream of consciousness that kept her friend focused on the miles ahead. “She came up with these ridiculous stories to

Crystal City Twilighter 5k features fast fields

The Crystal City Twilighter 5k‘s seventh running was a who’s who of the regional running scene. Area running clubs emptied their stables. The course was new – faster, with fewer turns. And conditions, while not good for racing, exactly, were about as good as they get for

Far travels for fast times

The fastest miler at the DC Road Runners One Mile and 3k Track Championships knew the area well, but a five-hour drive preceded his win. Sandy Roberts broke the meet record (4:13.67, set in 2013 by David Chorney) with his winning time of 4:09:35 in the men’s

Temesgen sets Rockville Twilighter record

Etaferhu Temesgen slashed the Rockville Twilighter 8k record to win in 26:33 over Susanna Sullivan, whose 26:43 nearly matched the prior 26:40  record. “She’s been doing her training in Rock Creek Park the last three months,” said Ayele Bleed, her manager. “She runs twice a day seven