Photo: Matthew Lehner

Photo: Matthew Lehner

If you’re hoping to catch some looks in Georgetown, hop behind the wheel of race organizer Jay Wind’s maroon Ford Aerostar XLT van. I did in 2011, for a spin around M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. It handled well enough, but what mattered was inside. Enough equipment to manage a road race, or have a lot of fun on the lam:

  • A scaffolding for the finish and start lines
  • Enough cones to set up a driver training course
  • A few tables and chairs
  • Some odds and ends that could probably repair a metro escalator
  • A computer older than me
  • Ribbons
  • A loudspeaker
  • A wooden train whistle
  • Extension cords to stretch to a 5K turnaround
  • Miscellaneous track implements, including several shot puts
  • Banners
  • A stack of frisbees
  • PVC piping
  • Bolt cutters
  • Tents
  • A beach ball
  • A plastic novelty oversized lime