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Growing together with a running coach

Every day, more runners transition from casual to competitor, from I’m in it to finish to I want to PR or place in my age group. At any point in this progression, a coach might be helpful—whether as an advisor or a cheerleader or an accountability partner—and

Still business in the back

Most runners will never win a race. They’ll never make the front page of the results; they’ll never qualify for Boston. Sometimes they’re last, or close to it. But they run, and they keep showing up.   They’re “back-of-the-packers,” meaning simply, “whatever distance, or whatever race you’re

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

A lot of uncertainties when directing an inaugural race

The cones are out. The flyers are up. Volunteers are milling around and bibs and t-shirts are in a stack, just ready to be claimed. Is anybody going to claim them? That’s what any race director invariably wonders when they put a first-time race on the calendar.

Off the Beaten Path: The Hash House Harriers

I wasn’t approaching a normal running club. That much was clear as I cautiously approached a group of runners convening near a D.C.-area metro station. No one glared down at a Garmin, willing it to load data. I saw no race t-shirts and no new shoes (sporting

Cooking By the Book!

Soccer player. Elaborate cupcake decorator. Sub-1:30 half marathon specialist. Engineer. U.S. Corporate Athletic Association track star. Mother of two. A 5:45 a.m. out-the-door multiple-days-a-week dedicated running club member. This may sound like three or four or seven people, but really it’s just one local superstar who excels at

Marine Corps Marathon Charity Partners Program

For runners who missed out on general registration for the Marine Corps Marathon, the Charity Partners Program offers a chance to enter late and raise money for a good cause. Marine Corps is unique among marathons because it does not require its participating charities to pay any kind

Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K Takes on December in Washington, DC

By Mollie Zapata December 3, 2011 National Harbor, MD For the Washington Running Report This event certainly had some problems. WRR plans to follow up on these in our upcoming Jan/Feb issue. More than 15,000 runners competed in the Inaugural Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K at National Harbor

Survivors and Supporters Drawn to National Race to End Women’s Cancer 8K

By Mollie Zapata Washington, DC November 6, 2011 For the Washington Running Report More than 2,200 people from 34 states plus the District of Columbia gathered to show support, raise money, and compete in the National Race to End Women’s Cancer 8K and 1 Mile Walk in Washington,