Sometimes it isn’t the people with the loudest voices, or the most clever (or cheesy) signs that pump you up in a race. Sokphal Tun’s motivation came from someone who didn’t even know there was a race.
Contrary to the cliched slogans, Madelyn Chavanne thought the Rock ‘n’ Roll D.C. Half Marathon was, in fact, the best parade ever.
It was shortly after Madelyn’s first birthday that her mother, Julie, brought her out to the corner of Harvard and Georgia avenues in Northwest to watch the race.
“It was Maddy’s first time spectating a race, and she loved the cowbell and clapping at the runners,” Julie said.
Meanwhile, after climbing Shoreham Drive in the middle of the Rock ‘n’ Roll D.C. Half Marathon, Sokphal had resigned herself to not setting a PR. But when she hit mile eight and saw Madelyn, she had to go in for the sweatiest hug of the little girl’s life so far.
“I had to stop because i don’t get to see them very often,” she said. “It was a good surprise.”
Julie told Sokphal they’d be out there but she figured the chances of seeing them were pretty slim. But that motivated Sokphal to finish the race, in spite of her time goal deflating.
“Even if it’s not your day, always remember to thank the volunteers and the spectators,” she said. “They are out there in the cold for a long time and don’t always get to see their friends.”
Derwood’s Lake Needwood helped Maggie Lloyd almost forget all about the summer misery and, somehow, the pandemic, for an hour or so.
Loudoun County’s map of unpaved roads led me to a beauty of a run north of Leesburg.
The sights, smells and open roads of the National Arboretum are open to runners nine hours a day.
Patuxent River Park in Upper Marlboro, Md. boasts more than 6,000 acres of nature trails and wildlife just ten miles off the Beltway. If you prefer a running soundtrack of croaking frogs…
Losing to Live 5K Walk/Run
WHEN Saturday, June 17, 2023 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
CHCI 5K: Run To Lead
DATE: Sunday, June 11, 2023
7:30 AM | Gates Open/Participant Check-In
8:20 AM | Opening Ceremony
8:30 AM | Kids Run
9:00 AM | 5K Run-Walk
1500 S Capitol Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20002