Washington, DC

Name: Katelyn Engen

Self-described age group: 24-29

Residence: Kensington, Md.

Occupation: Collegiate athletic trainer

Volunteer roles in the running world: I ran my first race with Ainsleys Angels at the end of 2019, with hopes to do it more in 2020. Now my goal is to run more with them in 2021! They’re a group that organizes runners & chairs so everyone access to road racing. The National Capital Region group is fantastic.

How has your running changed in the last six months: I ran a ton the first few months, recently, since going back to work, I’m running a much more reasonable amount. I’ve found that more than ever, I run for my own well being & mental health, not just because I have a race to train for.

Why you run: Because I am way nicer & more patient on days I run!

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Of all the things we do at RunWashington, one of my favorites is our Monumental Runner series. When I cold call someone and ask them if they’d like to be featured, most of them usually answer “why me?” That tells me that they probably have a lot more to say about their lives as runners than they thought, and I wind up really enjoying getting to know them (especially if they really are a stranger). Here are a few recent Monumental Runners from D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

You can see the whole series here

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Bowen Shuttleworth left for Williamsburg last month, eager to join the dozens of young men from Northern Virginia who, over the years, made their academic and athletic marks while running for the College of William and Mary.  

Last Thursday, he skipped a physics lab to make a mandatory track team meeting. There, Athletic Director Samanta Huge told the men’s indoor and outdoor track athletes that their teams, along with men’s and women’s swimming and gymnastics and women’s volleyball teams, would be cut at the end of the school year, attributing the decision to budget pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Huge abruptly hung up the video call, Shuttleworth said, taking no questions.

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Running Shorts

Suspect image captured during Aug. 29 incident.Photo: Courtesy of the Arlington Police Department
  • Arlington Police charged David Marlowe with robbery, three counts of assault and battery and five counts of indecent exposure in connection with a series of incidents along Arlington County trails in August. More details are available here but they involve abusive language, assault and battery of trail users and several moonings.
  • Bethesda’s Ben Beach completed his record-extending 54th Boston Marathon, albeit remotely, running from KenGar Park in Kensington into Washington, D.C. and Virginia.
  • This week’s guest on the Potomac River Running Instagram Live, Wednesday from 8-9 p.m., is Saucony rep Ty Akins.

 

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Things cooled down a little in August, but the season break in humidity didn’t happen. As a result, there weren’t too many changes at the top of most of the DMV Distance Derby segments.

Overall results

You can switch among the months using the tabs at the bottom of the screen. The segments are generally organized to fit compactly.

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Name: Caroline Peterson

Self-described age group: 34

Residence: Woodbridge

Occupation: Graphic designer

How has your running changed in the last few months: I have been running more miles than I typically do during the summer.  Between more frequently and just higher miles

Why you run: I run for my own mental and physical health.

When did you get started running: I was laid off from work at the beginning of 2013, and I learned about color runs, so I decided to train for a 5k and then just kind of grew from there.

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The weight of the ink on her cross country uniform was almost imperceptible, but it dragged Julia Clark down when she raced. 

For three years, since the first time she walked into her high school as a freshman, the building taunted her. J.E.B. Stuart High School, named for a Confederate general. 

But as a senior, wearing the simple J of the renamed Justice High School Wolves, she felt something she hadn’t for her entire track and cross country career up to that point – unmitigated pride. 

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