Dan DiFonzo

Dan DiFonzo is a public relations professional who has been writing for RunWashington, usually about his native Montgomery County, since 2014. That includes a tribute to friend and fellow coach Mike Broderick, published earlier this yearRead more of his work here

Name:  Dan DiFonzo

Self-described age group:  55-60

Residence:  Rockville, Md.

Occupation:  Public Relations Professional

Volunteer roles in the running world: (as applies) Pacer for the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler, Coach for MCRRC’s Experienced Marathoners Program (XMP), MCRRC Race Announcer, various MCRRC volunteer roles

Why you run: The endorphin high, camaraderie, and achieving short and long term goals. .

When did you get started running:  I’ve been running since elementary school.

Have you taken a break from running:  Not often. Usually forced breaks due to the occasional injury.

Training shoe:  Asics Nimbus

Coach or training group: XMP

The hardest race you’ve ever run: Hmmmmm….probably my first marathon. The Marine Corps Marathon in 1994.

Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running:  Continuing to run the JFK 50 miler after losing vision about mid-way through the race.

Running mentors:  All of the fellow coaches who I currently run with.

My favorite place to run in the D.C. area is:  Rock Creek Park

Favorite local trail:  Rock Creek Trail

My best race was:  Steamtown Marathon

Favorite local race:  Parks Half Marathon

Ideal post-run meal: Chocolate Milk

Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc:  GU Espresso Love–2X Caffeine!

Pet peeve:  Spelling errors

Goals:  To continue running pain-free

Your advice for a new runner:  Just run easy

Favorite running book: The New Competitive Runners Handbook

Song in your head during a run:  Don’t Fear the Reaper

Have you dealt with a major injury: Thankfully, no. Just a few bouts of plantar fasciitis and some nagging meniscus fragments floating in my knee.

Running quote: Enjoy Every Step

Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner:  Great trails, great sights and great people.

Recent Stories

Race pacing for fun and fitness

A break from racing one of my favorite events gave me a chance to help other runners reach their time goals.

Eight local runners will compete in the Olympic Marathon Trials Saturday morning in Orlando.

Running Shorts

St. Albans alumnus wins club cross country championship.

Running Shorts

Locals contribute to NCAA titles, another Trials qualifier, Prince William County moves toward an indoor track and comments are sought for the Capital Crescent Trail.

Losing to Live 5K Walk/Run

WHEN Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 9:00 am WHERE This convenient location is just minutes from your house located 1/2 mile inside the 1-495 Capital Beltway at exit 51. Spectators are welcome to watch and cheer on the runners. Capital

Kensington 8K Race

Since 1994, the Kensington 8K Race has been a favorite DC area fall race – a fun, fast event with beauty, challenge, and excitement. Run it this year on Saturday, September 21, 2024!

The 8K distance is $39, with a

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