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by Charlie Ban May 29, 2018 at 11:47 am 0

You’ll probably find the Dojo of Pain running around Hains Point on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Tuesday and Thursday are the most popular days for group runs in the D.C. area. Photo: Dustin Whitlow/DWhit Photography

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.

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by Charlie Ban May 28, 2018 at 1:36 pm 0

Abbey Green closes in on the Maryland 4A 3200 meter title. Photo: Eric Green

Walter Johnson senior Abbey Green won three titles at the Maryland state track championships, headlining local winners and two 1-2 local sweeps.

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by Charlie Ban May 25, 2018 at 10:48 am 0

 

Name: Jess Micciolo

Self-described age group: Right in the middle of 25-29

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Occupation: Attorney

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.

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by Maggie Lloyd May 21, 2018 at 1:31 pm 0

Ryan Stasiowski finishes the 2013 Patuxent 10k. Photo by: Charlie Ban

Ryan Stasiowski finishes the 2013 Patuxent 10k. Photo by: Charlie Ban

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 to mp3 playlists, you’ll be right at home, along with the wandering beavers and occasional snake.

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by Pace the Nation May 21, 2018 at 1:01 pm 0

Ryan Hogan, elite athlete coordinator for P3R, talks about recruiting and caring for elite athletes who race the Pittsburgh Marathon, Liberty Mile and EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. The Pittsburgh Marathon just played host to the first of two consecutive U.S. Half Marathon Championships.

by Charlie Ban May 21, 2018 at 7:09 am 0

A particularly pockmarked stretch of Beach Drive, south of Wise Road. Photo: Charlie Ban

  • 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.

 

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by Sarah Beth Hensley May 20, 2018 at 9:16 am 0

A Potomac River Running’s Shannon Scanlon evaluates a customer’s form. Photo: Potomac River Running

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.

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by Charlie Ban May 19, 2018 at 10:15 am 0

Tim Hughes

Self-described age group: Thirties

Residence: Columbia Heights

Occupation: External relations and outreach manager, Trust for America’s Health

Volunteer roles in the running world: YTri and Teens Run D.C.

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.

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