Monumental Runner – Ann Pohlers

Name: Ann Pohlers

Self-described age group: 45-49

Residence: Vienna

Occupation: Software Project Manager

Why you run: I like pushing my physical limits to see what is possible

When did you get started running: 1998 while serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Africa

Have you taken a break from running: Yes, there were some years where I was just burnt out.

Training shoe: Brooks Ghost 10

Coach or training group: Northern Virginia Running Club

The hardest race you’ve ever run: El Cajon 20K

Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running: To run a 50-mile trail ultra when I turn 50

Running mentors: Deena Kastor, Pam Smith, and all the women who made running possible for my generation

My favorite place to run in the D.C. area is: On the National Mall

Favorite local trail:  W&OD

My best race was: Leesburg 20K 2018 – Broke a 12-year-old PR by 12 seconds

Favorite local race: Greasy Gooney 10K and MCM 10K

Ideal post-run meal: Tacos

Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc: Huma Gel, lemon flavor

Pet peeve: Runners who see you are running faster than they are and make passing difficult in a race.

Goals: Run a sub-5-hour marathon in November 2018 (same time as my first marathon 18 years ago), and run a 50-mile trail ultra in 2020

Your advice for a new runner:  Trust your training

Favorite running book: ohh this is tough, Older, Stronger, Faster by Margaret Webb, and Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer

Running quote: From Coach Joe Vigil – “Bring a good attitude”

Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner: There are so many trails everywhere that keep runners safe from traffic!!! I come from San Diego where we had to run on the road most of the time.

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.

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2023 PNC Parkway Classic

Born in 1984 as the George Washington Parkway Classic, it is among the most scenic and spacious distance races on the East Coast. From the serene beauty of our spacious course meandering through the finest spring bloom in the DC

Jingle Bell Rock & Run

Run, Walk, or Jog – choose the 5K, 10K, or 1 Mile Jammie Jingle

LIVE Race December 3, 2022, Ashburn, VA

RACES START AT 9:00 AM

​Celebrate the Holidays and get your groove on with the Jingle Bell Rock &

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