Boston Benny

Don’t feel sorry for Ben Beach. Yes, his goal of a string of 45 consecutive Boston Marathon finishes seemed to end on a closed course just miles from the finish line last year, where two bombs rocked the city and the nation. And yes, a 46th consecutive finish would

Runners, sun turn out for 30th GW Parkway Classic

The George Washington Parkway Classic kicked off its 30th running with a shady 10k before a long, sunny stretch that didn’t slow winner Dereje Deme, whose 49:46 was the first sub-50 time in three years, or Claire Hallissey, who is in the middle of a farewell tour

UPDATED:Your 2014 Boston Marathoners

Of the Washington, D.C. area’s tens of thousands of runners, 865 have registered for the 2014 Boston Marathon. The list has been updated to reflect a more comprehensive search of local runners Injuries and other curves balls that life can throw will keep some of the runners

Aiming high at Boston

If the conditions are right, competitive marathoner Scott Allen, 27, of Washington, D.C., has his eyes on a PR in Boston. It’s an ambitious goal. A personal record at the monumental 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21 would mean beating his current record of 2:36:05 from the

Turning inspiration into racing fashion

Ask Melani Hom to recount how April 15, 2013 unfolded through her eyes and she still gets emotional a year later. The date – if it hasn’t been engrained in runners’ memories – was last year’s Boston Marathon, where scenes of rescue workers attending to bloody finish

Nearly 18,000 turn out for Cherry Blossom Ten Miler

As Washington-area residents have learned this year, if you don’t like the weather, wait a while. A week after sleet, hail and snow pelted anyone who went outside, runners at the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile enjoyed nearly-perfect conditions. The only complaint many had was with the late-looming

Falls Church native captures first national title at Cherry Blossom

Chasing Greg Meyer’s American record put Christo Landry in contention at the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, and though he fell short of the 46:13 standard, the Falls Church native came away with his first national championship in 46:41. His finish put him sixth overall. Now a professional

Bawcom resets American record at Cherry Blossom

Janet Bawcom weighed her effort at the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile on going for the overall win and although she ran out of room to catch Ethiopian Mamitu Daska, she still came away with another national title and 52:12 finish that lopped 1:16 off the American Record

Alexandria man takes running tour of Virginia’s counties

Running bucket lists, in some form or another, seem to come naturally to runners. Races they want to do, parks they want to run in, athletes they want to meet. The 50 States Marathon Club has quite a following; it even has a website for its hundreds

Reston Marathon runners withstand sampling of weather

Registering for a marathon is speculation. Runners slap down their entry fees and play the averages, hoping for a good day months away. When a few hundred signed up for the Runners Marathon of Reston, forcing a sellout two months in advance, they bet that the late