The Washington, D.C. area is spoiled with more than 200 organized runs each week. Some are organized by running specialty stores, others by running clubs, and almost all are open to new members. We’ve organized a calendar that compiles meeting times and details about each run, along with where you can find more information.
Some groups are pretty casual. Others are hardcore. Some ask that you RSVP and others require you to be a member. Some days have more than three dozen different runs.
We have our runner rankings updated through the Memorial Day weekend’s races. See how you stack up five months into 2018.
You need to be run three races in January-June and three July-December to be ranked at the end of the year. See what races are ranked.
A problem with your ranking? Are you listed under two names and need to merge them? Contact us at [email protected].
Walter Johnson senior Abbey Green won three titles at the Maryland state track championships, headlining local winners and two 1-2 local sweeps.
All our hosts are back together in the studio with a grab bag of topics. Each host wrote down several topics on a piece of paper, which Farley pulls from a vase. Warning – the following descriptions are spoilers if you want to enjoy the topic reveals.
Name: Jess Micciolo
Self-described age group: Right in the middle of 25-29
Residence: Washington, D.C.
Why you run: I run because I love the feeling of pushing myself and achieving goals I didn’t think were possible when I set them. The joy of breaking a PR makes the weeks of hard training and all of the setbacks worth it.
Patuxent River Park in Upper Marlboro, Md. boasts more than 6,000 acres of nature trails and wildlife just ten miles off the Beltway.
- The National Park Service will close Rock Creek Park’s Beach Drive, between Joyce Road and the Maryland state line, for roughly a year starting in mid-July. At the same time, Beach Drive will be reopened between Broad Branch Road and Joyce Road. The closure will include the paved path alongside Beach between Joyce Road and Bingham Drive and the Valley Trail between Joyce Road and Sherill Drive. Wise Road will remain open until work crews reach it.
- The closure will continue to disrupt traditional long run routes that make use of Beach Drive. Here are some alternative loops.
It doesn’t take long in the D.C. area to see a flyer for a 5K, a social media post about a group run or a specialty running store. There are dozens of local outlets for runners, but the specialty running store industry is facing a changing landscape, as online competitors siphon business and customers adopt new shopping habits.
Potomac River Running is one of many stores that has felt the pinch. Owner Ray Pugsley said over the last five years, sales have been down 15 to 20 percent. He attributes some of that decline to a shift in consumer habits: more people are turning to online and big-box retailers for lower prices and convenience.
Self-described age group: Thirties
Residence: Columbia Heights
Occupation: External relations and outreach manager, Trust for America’s Health
Why you run: I love it – both competitively and recreationally – and, it makes me feel good. I also love the outdoors and exploring, so running is a great way to combine the two.