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Running Shorts

  • The Virginia Sports Information Directors awarded all-state honors to several local distance runners: 
    • Division III: First Team – Sam Llaneza, University of Lynchburg (Brentsville District); Second Team Ryan Henderson, Christopher Newport (George Mason High School); Emily Miller, Shenandoah (Patriot); Second Team Sam Koltisko, Christopher Newport (Freedom) 
    • Division I: First team – Annabelle Eastman, George Mason University; First team Diego Zarate, Virginia Tech (Northwest); First team Derek Johnson, Virginia (Tusacora); First team Fitsum Seyoum, Virginia Tech (Tusacora); Second Team Lauren Berman, Virginia Tech (Robinson); Second Team Kyra Holland, William and Mary (Loudoun Valley)
  • Potomac River Running plans to open a store in South Riding, Va.
  • VDOT and the Commonwealth Transportation Board selected the Mt. Vernon Trail North Enhancement Trail Project for SMART Scale Funding. This award is for $28.2 million and preliminary engineering will start in 2026. This project will repair and widen approximately 6.5 miles of the Mount Vernon Trail in Arlington and Alexandria, from Roosevelt Island to Jones Point Park
  • The Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities and the Department of Project Implementation will hold a 6:30 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, July 28 to provide an update on the Holmes Run Bike & Pedestrian Trail Restoration Project at the Patrick Henry Recreation Center at 4653 Taney Ave.
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Five years after Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter kicked off his professional running career right out of high school, his mother Joan is making the same jump.

She will oversee training for the Boulder-based Timman Elite, an all-male collection of distance runners, including her son, who mostly represent the United States. She brings with her 18 years of high school school coaching at three different Northern Virginia high schools — with two Nike Cross Nationals titles in the last four seasons — and several intervening years coaching a youth team. Hunter served as a remote interim coach since March, before she and husband Marc retired as Loudoun Valley’s track and cross country coaches.

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2021 KS Memorial Superhero 5k & Fun Run

Join us the morning of Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Silver Spring, MD for a race in memory of Kevin Stoddard. All proceeds go directly to the SuperHERO Foundation in Kevin’s honor to help others fighting a superheroic battle against

Montgomery County Road Runners dodged a thunderstorm on Friday to host more than 100 runners at its Midsummer Night’s Mile on the Gaithersburg High School track.

Chris Moen of Bethesda claimed the fastest time of the night, staying with the pack in the first two laps before taking the lead and crossing the line in 4:36. D.C.’s Jacqueline Kasal was the fastest woman with her 5:24 finish.

Race volunteer Stacey Geldin said she could sense participants’ excitement before the start of the four-lap race, which divided the field across eight heats according to their estimated finish time. Heavy rain passed through the area in the hours before the race, leaving behind temperatures in the mid-80’s with 75 percent relative humidity.

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The National Park Service is accepting public comment through Aug. 22 regarding the ongoing closure of Beach Drive to through traffic.

The 4.25-mile stretch of Beach Drive between Broad Branch Road and the Maryland border has been closed since April 2020 to allow more room for physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, with portions open for cars to reach picnic areas.

The agency offered possible scenerios, including extending the current closure indefinitely, reopening the road — which was rebuilt over the past several years, or exploring the possibility of a hybrid approach, including extending weekend closures to include Mondays and Fridays or opening the road during rush hour on weekdays.

Public comment will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Aug. 22. To provide comments online or get additional information on the project, visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/beachdrive. Mailed comments should be postmarked by Aug. 22, 2021, to receive consideration:
Superintendent
ATTN: Beach Drive
Rock Creek Park
3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW
Washington, DC 20008

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Blackwater Canyon Half Marathon

The Blackwater Canyon Half Marathon will take place on the Blackwater Canyon and Allegheny Highlands Trails running from Thomas, WV to Mill Race Park in Parsons, WV. Please join us for this epic event in support of the Highlands Trail

The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer — which can mean one big thing for the running community: more runners are taking to the region’s sidewalks, paths and trails.

As more runners ditch the treadmill in favor of running outside, there are health and safety reminders to consider. Chief among them is knowing the correlation between warmer temperatures and running risk, said Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, the medical director of MedStar Sports Medicine for the Washington region. Spring can yield some warm-but-not-too-warm running conditions, but “just because the air feels [cooler], you have to be careful,” he said.

Temperatures can feel comfortable and quickly get dangerous as you exercise, he said. Runners need to be careful with outdoor exercise when temperatures are between 73 and 82 degrees, but with higher humidity levels — a foregone conclusion in the D.C. area — temperatures as low as 73 can be high risk, Dr. Douoguih said.

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Running Shorts

  • The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile entry lottery closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 30.
  • The Army Ten-Miler will be held in person Oct. 10.
  • The National Park Service will hold a virtual meeting July 8, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to present a range of alternatives for the future of the 4.25-mile stretch of Beach Drive between Broad Branch Road and the Maryland border. That strech has been closed to through traffic for more than a year to allow pedestrian use during the pandemic. Public comment will be accepted  July 8 – Aug. 22. To provide comments online or get additional information on the project, visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/beachdrive.
  • Doubles by Rachel Schneider and Robert Brandt led the way for local distance runners at the Olympic Trials. On the shorter distance side, T.C. Williams alumnus Noah Lyles made the Olympic team, winning the 200 meters.

 

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Moonlight on the Falls Marathon

Join us for the Inaugural Moonlight on the Falls Marathon August 28-29, 2021 at beautiful Blackwater Falls State Park in Tucker County, West Virginia. Beat the summer heat and run with us under the stars and enjoy the perfect running temperatures

Real estate developers may have their eye on Calvert County, Md. land, but at least 3,000 acres is safe.

 

What’s there?

Interactive trail map

The American Chestnut Land Trust protects hardwood forest, wetland and farmland. In the process, those lands offer 19 miles of trails that make it the ideal running spot in the county.

It’s off the beaten path, about an hour’s drive from D.C., but it’s not hidden. Signs on U.S. Route 4 point it out to anyone who passes, a turn onto Dares Beach Road, past Calvert High and Double Oak Road.

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Georgetown alumna Rachel Schneider made the U.S. Olympic team Monday after finishing third in the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Chantilly alumnus Sean McGorty, who has the Olympic standard in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, had to stop to twice try to put his shoe back on Monday during the first of two preliminary heats. He caught back up to finish ninth and advanced on time.

Local results and upcoming races

800 meter first round
14 Joe White (Georgetown alumnus) 1:48.57
22 Vincent Crisp (District Track Club) 1:49.36
29 Matthew Payamps (Georgetown) 1:52.83

10,000 meter final
12 Robert Brandt (Georgetown) 28:09.92

3,000 meter steeplechase first round
13 Katy Kunc (Lake Braddock alumna) 9:37.85 (races final June 24, 11:47 p.m.)

3,000 meter steeplechase first round
9 Sean McGorty (Chantilly alumnus) 8:25.95  (races final June 25, 7:42 p.m.)
10 Fitsum Seyoum (Tuscarora alumnus) 8:28.72
15 Derek Johnson (Tuscarora alumnus) 8:32.97

5,000 meter final
3 Rachel Schneider (Georgetown alumna) 15:29.56
8 Josette Norris (Georgetown alumna) 15:48.70

1,500 meter first round June 24, 9:04 p.m.
Jack Salisbury (Georgetown)

800 meter first round June 24, 7 p.m.
Sabrina Southerland (former Georgetown runner)
Juliette Whittaker (Laurel resident)
Julia Rizk (District Track Club)
Michelle Howell (District Track Club)

5,000 meter first round June 24, 10:04 p.m.
Robert Brandt (Georgetown)

10,000 meter final  June 26, 6:44 p.m.
Emily Infeld (Georgetown alumna)
Rachel Schneider (Georgetown alumna)
Katrina Coogan (Georgetown alumna)

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