More than 621 local runners aiming for Boston in 2017

The Washington, D.C. area is sending 621 runners to the 2017 Boston Marathon based on their qualifying times. More will likely join as they register through charity programs leading up to the April 17 race. In 2016, a total of 610 local runners finished the race out

Traditions and superstitions abound at DCXC

It started by accident, but before every race, Aaron Liiva makes sure he dabs a little bit of marinara sauce on his spikes. He doesn’t use any particular type of sauce — although the Blake senior mentioned he’s partial to Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand. Usually, he just

DCXC course, conditions launch fast times in eight races

A rapidly cooling evening primed Kenilworth Park for fast races at the DCXC Invitational, conditions that D.C.-area cross country runners have ached for all season. Heather Holt’s 16:56 and senior Saurav Velleleth’s 15:01 times on the 3.07-mile course were just the fastest of likely hundreds of personal records, even

Running Shorts – Sept. 22

Security fears following a bombing at the Seaside Park, N.J. Semper Five 5k has prompted the cancellation of the McLean Run for the Warriors 5k, scheduled for Oct. 1. ” …The Board felt it had a responsibility to protect all involved. With the event less than two weeks

Summer humidity sticks around for Navy-Air Force Half

At the humid and overcast Navy – Air Force Half Marathon, many a runner had to temper their expectations. After a pleasant, mild Saturday, the return of sticky summer air on Sunday felt almost punitive. Yet the conditions did not stop Susanna Sullivan (Capital Area Runners) from

A healthy outing before Clarendon Day consumption

With fall racing season upon us, runners of all ages and abilities converged on the 2016 Clarendon Day races. The 5k/10k/double race fell a week earlier than usual, and though September weather can be unpredictable, the morning dawned mild and slightly overcast. Undeterred by Safetrack delays, 1,145

Oatlands offers early test for hopeful teams

The rolling, sometimes steep, hills of Leesburg’s Oatlands Invitational are a wake up call for a lot of runners. “This is the race that snaps you back into cross country,” said Abbey Green, a Walter Johnson junior who finished second. “This is where you get some great

DiGregorio wins second Parks Half title

She might have had a little more sweat in her eyes this time, but Megan DiGregorio still found her way to Bethesda to win the Parks Half Marathon for the second time in three years. The humidity made a difference this year, but didn’t keep her from

D.C.’s Running Superfan

The Enthusiasm Behind the Mask Max Nacheman saw a red dot in the distance as he approached mile 35 of the JFK 50 Mile. The D.C.-based first-time ultra runner was trudging along a lonely stretch of the course between aid stations and was tired. His knees hurt.

When parents are the cross country rookies

Parents: The Built-in Cross Country Fans As a new high school cross country season begins, there are things parents of aspiring runners need to know to best support their child’s budding interest in this glorious sport. Cross country is its own unique (and painful) animal. And high