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

Running Shorts

Divided lanes coming to Hains Point, safety measures in the works for the Mount Vernon Trail, three locals make national high school XC meet, local collegians race at NCAAs.

St. Albans and GVS’s Vivian Kelly won their first DC cross country titles while St. Johns’ girls and St. Albans’ Pierre Attiogbe repeated.

Running Shorts

Beach Drive remains closed to through traffic year-round, locals win conference, USATF titles.

Capt. Kyle King won the Marine Corps Marathon, a year after he planned to make his debut at the race, and Chelsea Baker of the British Royal Navy made tremendous strides winning the women’s race.

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