Last year, my sister, Sarah Mercer-Bowyer, graduated from veterinary school in Southern California. She then accepted an internship at an equine medical center in Northern California. This required Sarah and her husband, Greg, to move.
I have a feeling, though, that Sarah didn’t have to twist Greg’s arm.
Their new home is in Auburn. It’s a town of 13,000, founded by gold miners, located approximately 35 miles from Sacramento, and it’s a great place for them to live.
At age 95, Roy Englert may not have competition in his age group. But he does have the clock.
“I was running against time, actually,” Englert said of his recent performance at the USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, where he broke three age group world records.
- Three women with local connections qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn. D.C. resident Caitlyn Tateishi ran 2:43:35, West Potomac alumna (and 2013 Marine Corps Marathon and 2016 Army Ten-Miler winner) Kelly Calway ran 2:42:26 and Oakton and American University alumna Keira (Carlstrom) D’Amato ran 2:44:03.
- Patriot alumna Rachel McArthur, a freshman at Villanova University, won the U.S. junior 1,500 meter title, running 4:25.70. Georgetown University freshman Rey Rivera finished second in the 800 meters, running 1:50.47. They will compete at the world junior championships in Finland July 10-15.
- Fairfax’s Beth Ann Telford was a guest on the Diz Runs podcast, talking about her 2017 World Marathon Challenge.
- Potomac River Running is opening a store at the One Loudoun shopping mall in Ashburn in the next few weeks.
Chantilly alumnus Sean McGorty won the NCAA 5,000 meter championship a little over a week ago.
We’re having some trouble with our water fountains. Many are not working and if they are, produce only a trickle. Let us know where and when you found such a fountain and RunWashington will try to get some answers about what is going on and when we can expect some repairs. Thank you!
Fountains compiled by Joanna Russo. New or broken fountain? Let us know here
It’s a simple expectation. You press the button and water comes out. Except sometimes it doesn’t.
Three years ago, we introduced the running community to Matthew Hua, a runner at J.E.B. Stuart High School who would not allow his unique medical condition slow him down. In the time since, Matthew has proven unstoppable. In fact, within four days, Matthew hosted a dinner for the many champions who’ve supported him and his family over the years, graduated from Stuart with an international baccalaureate diploma and underwent surgery to further improve his breathing capacity.
RunWashington caught up with Matthew and several of his champions to find out what has changed in his life since 2015, and how running has changed him.
Name: Katie Morgan
Self-described age group: Under 30 crowd
Residence: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: I work in the environmental advocacy space, currently at Ocean Conservancy
Volunteer roles in the running world: I joined the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club – Rock Creek Crew last year in order to give back to the trails that I run on every week, and have loved it ever since. The club goes out each month and helps repair and restore sections of trail in Rock Creek Park that need a little love – last month we patched up a section of the Battery Kemble trail. We repair wash outs after big rain storms to blow downs from big wind events, general trail maintenance, invasive control and everything in-between. We work with the National Park Service, and it is a fantastic way for me and my fellow volunteers to give back to the trails we love! I’ve learned so much – how to use a pick mattock, dig a trench, position trails to reduce erosion and spot issues on trails I otherwise never would have paid attention to. As an avid trail runner, this is probably my favorite activity outside of running each month, and it gives me great pride each time I run over trails I helped restore.
Chantilly alumnus Sean McGorty, finishing his fifth year at Stanford, won the NCAA 5,000 meters, running 13:54.81 to edge Syracuse’s Justyn Knight by 0.22 seconds. Look out for him next week on the Pace the Nation podcast. Heritage alumna Weini Kelati, running for the University of New Mexico, finished the 5,000 meters in 15:46.57 for ninth place.
Charlottesville-based runner Ann Mazur discusses how she turned to yoga to help her running.
It takes an hour to get here from Washington, D.C.
You head north on Interstate 270, pass by the main exits for Frederick and continue onto U.S. Route 15. Catoctin Mountain comes into view. And as Cactus Flats Roadhouse passes by on your left, be on the lookout for your exit: Mountaindale Road.
You wind down through fields, passing by Mountaindale Convenience Store. When you have to choose right or left, choose left, and continue on what is still Mountaindale (Putnam Road is to the right). If you start seeing log cabin-inspired homes and the Cold Deer Hunting and Fishing Club, you chose correctly, and are almost there.