by Charlie Ban March 19, 2018 at 11:17 am 0

USATF Masters Indoor Championships

March 16-17, 2018

Wayne Curry Sports and Learning Center
Landover, Md.


Coverage from USATF tv

The Potomac Valley Track Club made the most of its home-track advantage and won its third indoor national championship in six years.  The club won the 2013 and 2015 championships, the 2013 meet also contested at the Wayne Curry Sports and Learning Center in Prince George’s County.

By scoring athletes in dozens of events, many competing in multiple events, Potomac Valley scored 990 points to easily outdistance the TNT International Racing Club’s 669. TNT is based in Pennsylvania and won the 2012 indoor championship, along with the 2011 and 2016 outdoor USATF Masters’ titles.

Also, competing for Riadha, Alisa Harvey won the 50-54 400 meters (1:02:35) and 800 meters (2:21.73).


by Beth Roessner March 19, 2018 at 9:21 am 0

Veggie and quinoa bowl topped with egg. Photo: Beth Roessner

Runners have heard it thousands of times: They need carbohydrates and lots of them. It was common to see runners gobbling down bowls upon bowls of starchy pastas and eating tons of bananas.

But this and other conventional sports nutrition knowledge is being questioned as the scientific field of nutrition grows.

Many runners have taken it upon themselves to buck conventional dietary knowledge and experiment with a diet that is tailored to them. For some, it means eschewing meat and loading up on plant-based proteins. For others, it means making a deep switch and relying on healthy fats for energy. Ditching grains has become popular, too.

From paleo to veganism, specialty diets have become popular for runners as tools of weight loss, health advancement or as a performance boost, but like running shoes, it is not a one-size-fits-all approach.


by Charlie Ban March 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm 0

Name: Robert Dewey 

Self-described age group: Fifties 

Residence: Bethesda 

Occupation: Government Relations VP, national wildlife conservation non-profit

Why I run: Running has been core part of my identity for over 40 years. I love to do it and it makes me feel great. 


by Vanessa Junkin March 12, 2018 at 9:01 am 0

Yezid Alexander (left) and Tyler Andrews climb Shoreham Drive, roughly 10k into the Rock ‘n’ Roll D.C. Marathon. Photo: Charlie Ban

Tyler Andrews has been training more than 9,000 feet above sea level in Quito, Ecuador, for the past two months as he prepares to attempt a 50k world record in April.

Down at Potomac River-level at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon, he had a chance to test himself at sea level – and he won in 2:20:45, nearly five minutes ahead of the second-place runner.

Both men’s and women’s titles will remain in the D.C. area after a sweep last year. Andrews lives part-time in Arlington.

“I feel super confident after this,” Andrews said after the race.

Andrews, 27, who lives part-time in Arlington, will aim to break the 50k world record of 2:43:38 on April 13 at a race put on by one of his sponsors, Hoka One One, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (more…)

by Charlie Ban March 12, 2018 at 9:00 am 0

Sam Affolder, Connor Wells, Jacob Hunter and Colton Bogucki after setting the indoor 4xmile relay record. Photo: Joan Hunter

  • Loudoun Valley set the national high school indoor record in the 4xmile at the New Balance Indoor National meet, running 17:01.82. Connor Wells, Jacob Hunter, Sam Affolder and Colton Bogucki also won the 4×800 relay, running 7:39.30, the all-time second fastest indoor 4×800 time.


by Charlie Ban March 12, 2018 at 8:56 am 0

Sarah Bishop in mile 17 of the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon. Photo: Dustin Whitlow

Sarah Bishop joins Chris and Charlie Ban to talk about her Marine Corps Marathon victory, fitting training into a busy lifestyle and her budding coaching career.


by Vanessa Junkin March 11, 2018 at 11:18 pm 0

Keira D’Amato leads the women’s race at the Rock ‘n’ Roll D.C. Half Marathon approaching mile 6. Photo: Charlie Ban

She won races at Oakton. She was a several-time All-American at American. Now more than a decade later, Keira Carlstrom is moving up in race distances and continuing to win.

Now Keira D’Amato, 33, she won the Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington D.C. Half Marathon in 1:16:31.  Even though she lives near Richmond, she said she felt like a “hometown girl” running the D.C. race.  


by Charlie Ban March 9, 2018 at 12:25 pm 0

Name: Mike Harlow

Self-described age group: 65, over-the-hill geezer

Residence: Forest Hill, Md.

Occupation: (if applicable) Retired

Why I run: Lifestyle change when I turned 50. Used to be a two-pack-a-day smoker. Quit when I turned 50 and started running.



by Joanna Russo March 8, 2018 at 10:20 am 0

OTBP Nov Dec
I went to the woods to feed my soul; to gain back energy drained by a fast-paced life; to feel something other than cement beneath my feet. I found what I was looking for at Greenbelt Park. It was a massage for the senses, an elixir for the mind, a balm for the body. Greenbelt Park offers the sights of tall trees on a hot summer day, beams of sunlight straight off a prayer card, and melodies of birds for my ears only. It’s definitely not for those seeking an overly technical and mountainous trail experience, but it fills a need to experience the road less traveled with less traveling.



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