Washington, DC

Name: Bobby Huang

Self-described age group: I am smack dab in the middle of the 20-29 age group
Residence: Silver Spring, Md.
Occupation: Scientific Software Developer at NASA
Volunteer Roles in the Running World: I once coached a Pacers 14th Street track workout with Lauren Bartels because everyone else was too busy
Why you run: Because one day I won’t be able to run and it would be a shame if I didn’t take advantage of it now

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Finishing the For the Love of It 10K was special for Reston’s Kate Hutton.  After having her first child eight months ago, she has taken her return to running slowly and cautiously, essentially re-starting her running career from scratch. She was finally capable of running more than six miles.

For her, pregnancy threw her fine-tuned body out of whack, far from the easy pregnancies she had heard about, and her initial goal of running as long as she could. And she’s not alone.

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Perfect 10

The Perfect 10 presented by Fidelity Investments is back again! Determine your distance – 10K or 10 Miles. Once you cross that finish line you’ll be handed a one-of-a-kind finisher medal! The race includes a 10 miler, a 10k, and

As her World Class Athlete Program team stood victorious in winning the 2015 Army Ten-Miler, Kelly Calway lowered her five-month-old daughter, Hattie, into the trophy. She fit perfectly. 

Four months later, when Calway came home from Los Angeles with a stress fracture, it was her eight-year-old, Hazel who told her, “Mom, I love you,” and helped ease Calway’s fears that she had let the family down when she dropped out of the 2016 Olympic Trials.

As Calway, of McLean, nears the 2020 Trials, she’s counting on pushes from her family to help her get closer to the 25th place finish she notched at the 2012 Trials or her 2013 Marine Corps Marathon title than to her injury-shortened 2016 race. 

“My dream is to get my whole family running together,” she said. 

She’s close to it. Her husband, Chris, is training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll D.C. Half Marathon. Hazel, now 12, has been running 5ks since she was a four-year-old in Girls on the Run, and Hattie, now 4, has run a mile. The three set up water stops and cheering stations on her long runs as she puts the finishing touches on her training. 

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Turkey Day 5k

Grab your family and friends and start the day in a healthy way. Join runners, joggers and walkers for a morning of Thanksgiving fun and festivities! There’s a run for everyone… 5k (8am), 1-mile fun run (9am), and a free

Name:  Julie Lawson

Self-described age group:  41

Residence: Takoma, D.C.

Occupation: I am the Director of the Mayor’s Office of the Clean City, which means I work with agencies and advise Mayor Bowser on environmental policy, particularly on trash and litter. Before this, I was founder and executive director of Trash Free Maryland. I love the Anacostia River, Chesapeake Bay and oceans!

Volunteer roles in the running world: I loved coaching for Girls on the Run, and especially their middle-school program, Girls on Track. The girls inspired me every day.

Why you run: Over the years, the reasons have varied–fitness, clearing my head, burning off my dog’s energy. The reason I keep at it is because it makes other things I like to do, like riding my bike or hiking, easier and more fun.

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RunWashington has spent the last year introducing you to the D.C. area’s Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers. Now meet the locals in person at a meet and greet/send-off from noon to 1 p.m., Sunday Feb. 16 at Pacers Running in Clarendon, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard. The store in directly across the street from the Clarendon Metro Station (Orange and Silver lines) and the neighborhood sports plenty of restaurants for brunch before or afterward. We’ll have our top marathoners and plenty of snacks on hand, please RSVP at our Facebook event page.

The races will be held Feb. 29 and covered extensively on RunWashington.

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Ben’s Run 5 miler/5K

This is the 10th anniversary and final Ben’s Run. This well-organized event benefits kids with cancer at Children’s National where Ben was treated for leukemia before he passed away. More than 1,000 runners and walkers typically register for the 5

Usually, running coach Kathy Pugh’s More than Miles Bootcamp group doesn’t cross streets for their runs, but Pugh said when they do, Roberta Stewart is there to serve as “safety patrol.”   

Even if there are no cars coming, Stewart backs Pugh up on not crossing without a “walk” signal. 

This behavior is something Stewart sees in D.C., along with drivers not always stopping at lights. 

For pedestrians, it’s better to wait than risk crossing to get to the other side a little faster, she said. 

“It is absolutely worth it to wait those 30 seconds,” Stewart said. “It’s not worth it to say I’m in a hurry. Because that car is going to win against your body every time.” 

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Kyle Stanton was showing us how it’s done. His Strava posts that fall of 2017 revealed a true disciple of Renato Canova marathon training. It was a training log leaving little doubt that a breakthrough was coming.

Like his Nov. 12 post titled 20 Hard. 3 Weeks. Twenty hard, as in 20 miles at the natural surface Dual Ferries loop, solo, averaging 5:25. Three weeks, as in Stanton wouldn’t have to wait much longer before achieving his goal at that year’s California International Marathon. 

True to form, Stanton, then 26, ran 2:17:48, a sizable P.R., to finish 28th overall and qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

Then, in July 2018, the lights went out. The title of Stanton’s last Strava post — his last run — read like this: 

Injured…  

Stanton had been doing rehab work in an attempt to solve compartment syndrome. It’s a difficult and confusing injury to address, Stanton said, in that it typically requires some combination of lots of time off in addition to a surgery followed by a long recovery. That night, Stanton ran from his house in Rockville to a nearby middle school to try some short intervals. “And I did two or three of them,” he said, “walked back off the track, walked back in and never put the flats on again.”

Stanton shared later in our phone call: “So someone asked me, ‘How’s your calf?’ And I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ I forgot that was why I initially stopped running.” 

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