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by Beth Roessner February 26, 2018 at 9:36 am 0

Zachary Zhao (1966) during the Parks Half Marathon. Photo: J.Bird


Cross country races are tough, guts-out, lung-ravaging affairs, and for most high schoolers, 5k is long enough.

But some want to ride that feeling a little longer. Like Zachary Zhao.


by Jake Klim February 26, 2018 at 8:59 am 0

First, let’s get one thing straight although there are numerous hills that make this run strenuous at times, Difficult Run is actually named after the tributary stream, or run, that runs for nearly 16 miles through Fairfax County, eventually ending at the Potomac River approximately two miles south of Great Falls.


by Charlie Ban February 26, 2018 at 8:59 am 0

  • The transfer period for Cherry Blossom bibs ends Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
  • Kensington’s Cindy Conant was named the long distance runner of the year for the 55-59 age group by USATF.
  • A taxi drove onto the Custis Trail in Arlington the afternoon of Feb. 19.
  • College and high school teams continued their indoor track postseasons with conference and state meets, respectively. Here are the local distance event winners or local sweeps. On ths high school side, Northern Virginia girls dominated the 6A 1600 meters, and Loudoun Valley’s boys swept the top six spots in the 4A 1600 meters.


by Sarah Beth Hensley February 19, 2018 at 8:57 am 0

Josh Estep

Josh Estep struggled to finish his first race.

Estep was in the Air Force and stationed in Florida in 2011 when he signed up for a 10k.

“The last couple of miles I was huffing and puffing and pouring sweat,” he said. “I thought anyone who runs more than 10k — you’re crazy. Anything more than that, you’re going to die.”


by Charlie Ban February 19, 2018 at 8:36 am 0

Georgetown’s Martha MacDonald at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

  • Georgetown freshman Martha MacDonald finished third in the women’s under-20 6k at the Pan American Cross Country Cup in San Salvador, El Salvador Feb. 17. MacDonald was third in a sweep of Canadian women, running 21:02, behind the 20:36 winning time.
  • The Oxon Run Trail reopened Saturday in Southeast D.C.
  • The Washington Post published a story about refugee Ethiopian runner and Silver Spring resident Demssew Tsega Abebe‘s Valentine’s Day reunion with his family.
  • The George Mason and George Washington indoor track teams collected eight first place finishes at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships in Kingston, R.I. and American’s Brianna Belo added another at the Patriot League Championships in Lewisburg, Pa.


by Andrew Gates February 12, 2018 at 8:47 am 0

Brian Schmidt finishing the Step Sisters’ Ribbon Run 5K. Photo: Jessica Monte 

It’s as inspiring as it is a little naughty.

T-shirts that say “Run like Schmidt,” worn by dozens of runners at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn.

Parents love it, though. The shirts aren’t as self deprecating as you think, because Brian Schmidt, the school’s cross country and track coach, is running again despite a traumatic injury a few years ago. He had been an avid road racer and ultramarathoner, and before Rock Ridge opened, had coached at Dominion and W.T. Woodson.

“I’ve been running since 1983 and when something gets taken away from you that you’ve been doing for 34 years, it’s very difficult to come to grips with it,” he said.


by Charlie Ban February 12, 2018 at 8:00 am 0

  • The last few days’ worth of heavy, sustained rain has caused Lake Accotink to flood a little. It’s not a huge problem, and affects only the area near the dam, but you should not try to cross it. In fact, don’t try to cross any flooded trails, you have no idea what might be under there. At the very least you’ll probably twist your ankle.
  • For the 2017 season, the local Gatorade Players of the Year for cross country include, for D.C. Gonzaga sophomore Gavin McElhennon and National Cathedral School senior Page Lester, for Maryland Walter Johnson senior Abbey Green and for Virginia, Loudoun Valley junior Sam Affolder and South Lakes senior Olivia Beckner.
  • The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named Loudoun Valley coach Marc Hunter boys’ coach of the year.

Jonathan Terrell

  • Washington, D.C. consultant Jonathan Terrell completed the World Marathon Challenge, in which runners complete marathons on every continent over the course of seven days.
  • The transfer period for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run is open through 11:59 p.m. Feb. 29.
  • South Lakes alumnus Alan Webb will be one of the inaugural inductees to the National High School Track and Field Hall of Fame.  Webb, the American record holder in the mile since 2007, will join 29 other inductees, including former U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun (R-Kan.) who has lived in Washington, D.C. Here’s his July 2017 appearance on Pace the Nation.
  • The Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B voted to approve a 1.6 mile segment of the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which will connect Fort Totten to Takoma Park, Md.

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