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Don’t underestimate a runner with a stroller

Let’s get something out of the way early: There’s nothing wrong with people passed by a running pushing a stroller. When Alexandria’s Matias Palavecino breezes by with Leo or Chloe in their BOB, know its an Ironman world championships qualifier getting in a little resistance work. He

Lester wins DC-MD private schools championship

For the second consecutive year, Dalton Hengst of McDonogh nabbed the top spot in the varsity large school race at the Maryland-D.C. Private Schools Cross Country Championships. But this time, it was far from the neck-and-neck race to the finish he experienced last year. He blew away

D.C. races: a handcycle mecca

Push-rim wheelchair racers and handcyclists are familiar on the courses of D.C.-area races, but that’s not the case elsewhere in the country. For as long as Army Capt. Kelly Elmlinger can remember, running has been a part of her life and of her family’s. Three years ago,

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

Summer camp options abound for cross country runners

With summer finally here, many D.C.-area high schoolers are already looking ahead to the upcoming cross country season. Namely, ways to maintain their fitness levels during the off-season or to log additional training time to start the season off strong. We spoke with several new and long-running

Here to Stay

Eritrea native Weini Kelati came out of nowhere to take high school running by storm She blends in with her classmates at Heritage High School, constantly joking around and texting with her friends and cross country teammates. But Weini Kelati doesn’t share the same stories with her classmates about growing up in Leesburg, having shown

Luckily, it’s How You Finish

Sunday’s 40th Marine Corps Marathon started out on the wrong foot when rain and unusually long, slow security lines frustrated thousands of runners, but fortunately, it’s not how you start a marathon, it’s how you finish. The 23,217 finishers made it the third-largest in the race’s history, with

The Four-State Appalachian Trail Challenge

For many, hiking the Appalachian Trail is a rite of passage. Spanning 2,180  miles from Georgia’s Springer Mountain to Katahdin, Maine, the “A.T.” challenges even the most seasoned athletes with its untamable terrain and unpredictable elements. Just 64 miles northwest of Washington lies Harpers Ferry, W.V., a

Ethiopian marathoners sweep first-place finishes at Firecracker 5k

The crowd erupted as Abu Kebede Diriba and Gregory Mariano rounded the corner onto Market Street in the final 200 meters of the Firecracker 5k, Saturday at Reston Town Center. The men had pounded the wet pavement neck and neck for most of the race, and now

Witters wins fourth straight Father’s Day title

Ryan Witters was a little rusty, but muscle memory took over and powered him to his fourth consecutive Father’s Day 8k title on the C&O Canal Towpath in Georgetown. He captured the title in 26:20 — smoking his nearest competitor, Matthew Deters of Arlington, by a full 50