Name: Tanya Senanayake
Self-described age group: F 35-39
Occupation: Attorney specializing in campaign finance litigation
Volunteer roles in the running world: I love mentoring other runners, especially women and those new to running. I also created an Instagram account (@oaktreerunner) to bring attention to mindful running and women’s running, and to connect with women of color runners, since a meaningfully diverse representation of runners encourages even more people to try out this great sport. And I assist Coach Wilson Komen with his outreach and community partnerships building.
Why you run: Running makes me feel stronger, builds my resilience, and gives me space to find stillness. There is something about running that makes me really attentive to my surroundings, like the sounds of gravel crunching underfoot and the presence of roots and rocks and frogs, but also lost in a flow state at the same time. This is meditative and healing for me.
When did you get started running: I started running after I turned 30, during my first year in D.C. On a whim I decided to organize a team at work for the Lawyers Have Heart 10K. At the time, I couldn’t run more than a few blocks, but I printed a 10-week Hal Higdon plan that I found online. I crossed out Weeks 6 and 8 because there wasn’t enough time (mistake!) but ended up loving the feeling of camaraderie and friendship that come with training for a race and the feeling of accomplishment at running a half mile without stopping, then a mile, then two miles, and eventually the race.
Name: Bryan Steverson
Self-described age group: 40s
Residence: Loudoun County
Occupation: Federal Employee
Volunteer roles in the running world: (as applies) I’ve helped with a few local 5ks and am on a steering committee for a new to be announced local race in LoCo
Why you run: To eat! Actually I’ve been running since I was in middle school, so its just a habit that has taken over my life (in a good way). Cooking is a hobby of mine so running helps me think I’m justifying some of the food I’m cooking (I like to cook french food).
When did you get started running: 6th Grade – I was a miler at first. Then I switched to run the 400 meters and relays. Relay races are where I did the best and had the most fun. I always enjoyed running with a team and competing with other teams – takes the burden off of myself a bit. Plus there is just something about running with a baton and trying to beat your competition to make the handoff that drives me to run faster.
Name: Naomi Warner
Self-described age group: mid-thirties going on 22
Volunteer roles in the running world: (as applies) Unofficial and official race pacer – I’ll be pacing the 4:15 group at the Disney World marathon this month.
Why you run: I run because it gives me life. Running is my therapist, happy hour, social time with friends, a way to clear my head, a break from the stresses of work and family.
Name: Brandon Skall
Self-described age group: Not quite 40
Occupation: DC Brau CEO/Co-Founder
Volunteer roles in the running world: I am the co-founder of Braurunners (along with Adam Duffy). Every month we do a group run that starts and finishes at a bar serving DC Brau. We always feature a local non-profit and ask our runners to donate something to the charity. We buy everyone’s first post run beer. In under two years we have raised over $14,000 and brought attention to some great causes in the D.C. Metro area.
Why you run: To connect my body and mind. To listen to the Grateful Dead while cruising through beautiful D. C. sunrise. To meditate and take inventory of my thoughts and days. For the amazing running community I have found and strength I find in sharing my life with people who motivate me.
Name: Marty Horan
Self-described age group: Old guys who still think they’re teenagers (aka 55-59 age group)
Residence: Gaithersburg, Md.
Volunteer roles in the running world: Currently, professional race packet stuffer for Parks Half Marathon and Pike’s Peek 10K with the world’s greatest running club, the Montgomery County Road Runners Club (MCRRC)! Previous MCRRC VP & Board member, previous Race Director, Kentlands Lakelands 5K & MCRRC Firebirds Mile.
Name: Laurel Holmquist
Self-described age group: 30-39
Why you run: I love the freedom of being able to get somewhere on my own accord (please disregard any fancy gear you may see me wearing). It’s reassuring to me to know that no matter how Metro or traffic are looking, I can always get home. Also, I love medals.
Name: Scott Melchior
Self-described age group: 35-39
Residence: Northern Virginia
Volunteer roles in the running world: Coach small charity groups, run seven Marine Corps Marathons with Team USO or wear blue, honored to push with Ainsley’s Angels in 2018
Name: Andrea Keane-Myers
Self-described age group: 45-49 Female
Volunteer roles in the running world: secretary, MCRRC Board of Directors, co-race director- Cabin John Kids’ Runs
Name: Chris Carney
Self-described age group: Masters (first race in my new 45-49 age group, this weekend)
Residence: Falls Church
Occupation: Attorney for the federal government
Volunteer roles in the running world: Have volunteered at various races, including the MCM beer tent.
Name: Christopher Jolly
Self-described age group: 27, so between 20-30
Residence: Washington, DC
Occupation: Turnover Agent
Volunteer roles in the running world: Feeding the homeless at the Convention Center for Thanksgiving & various cheer stations
Why you run: to become faster, fitter, accomplish bigger goals. Eventually BQ.