Washington, DC
Jonathan Terrell finishes the Miami race in the 2018 World Marathon Challenge. Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Terrell

Name: Jonathan Terrell

Self-described age group: 55-59

Residence: Washington, DC

Occupation: President of KCIC Consulting

Volunteer roles in the running world: I love to help new runners in their dreams to complete long courses.

Why you run: Where to begin?  Time to myself, for my general well-being, as a mood enhancer, to be active for my children.

When did you get started running: Late starter.  Ran first half marathon at 47 and first marathon at 48.

Have you taken a break from running:  Yes – I’m recovering from a serious injury

Training shoe: New Balance Minimus

Coach or training group: Leslie Knibb

The hardest race you’ve ever run: JFK 50

Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running: I completed the World Marathon Challenge in 2018

Running mentors: Gary Thompson – always an optimist and he never gives up

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

Favorite local trail:  Capital Crescent Trail

My best race was: Dubai Marathon, the foutth of the seven in the World Marathon Challenge

Favorite local race: Children’s National Race For Every Child. It might not be the biggest race, but it’s the most important as it directly benefits our community and raises money to help kids grow up stronger. This year’s race will be held on Oct. 19. I encourage everyone to join me in racing!

Ideal post-run meal: Sushi

Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc: Powerbar fruit gels

Pet peeve: Runners walking in the middle of the road at the end of marathons

Goals: To return to fitness and complete the North Pole Marathon

Your advice for a new runner:  Start each workout with a warmup and finish with a stretch out.

Favorite running book: Born to Run

Song in your head during a run: “I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters

Have you dealt with a major injury: Yes.  Was crushed by an SUV last year and broke a lot of things.  I now understand why so many people dislike running as I am having to start over.

Running quote: Focus on the right now – the finish will take care of itself.

Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner:  Great variety of safe places with an iconic backdrop of the Nation’s Capital.

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