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.
Name: Ann Pohlers
Self-described age group: 45-49
Occupation: Software Project Manager
Why you run: I like pushing my physical limits to see what is possible
Name: Aaron Richards
Self-described age group: Late 20’s
Occupation: Defense contractor
Volunteer roles in the running world: I volunteer as a coach for Saturday morning runs with the National Capital Area Chapter’s Team In Training group.
Why you run: Because it’s a great way to challenge myself. I saw running as a punishment when I played baseball and basketball in high school and college. Now I find running as a way to compete with others, better myself, and find time to unwind after a stressful day. I also run because not everyone has the luxury of being able to wake up every day and go for a run. I want to take advantage of that gift before I’m too old.
Name: Allison Guindon
Self-described age group: 20-29
Occupation: Office Manager at a small non-profit
Why you run: The ability to travel, or cover distance by foot has had a big appeal to me for as long as I’ve been a runner. There is such satisfaction in looking back after a long run and seeing how many miles I covered. Coming from a track event (pole vault) where I measured my workouts in meters, and my approach on a jump in feet, there is still something fantastic and mind boggling about running 13 or 26 miles. Running has also been a spectacular social vehicle, most of my friends in D.C. are people that I know through running somehow!
Name: Nene Reed
Self-described age group: 35-39 (I’ll officially be a Master in January though)
Occupation: IT Consultant
Volunteer roles in the running world: Northern Virginia Running Club – Gear Coordinator/Webmaster
I’m a radio correspondent for Territorio Trail Media (Spanish web and podcast) specializing in trail running and ultrarunning. We will be covering Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc for the fourth consecutive year and with more than 12 hours broadcast from Chamonix.
Name: Neisa Condemaita
Self-described age group: 40-49
Residence: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Freelance Field Producer/Radio Correspondent. & Substitute Teacher at Mundo Verde Public Charter School (The first green-focused Charter School in D.C.)
As a runner, I am really into race times, paces, etc. Not that I obsess over comparing myself to others, but it really interests me to see what types of runners are hitting specific times. Like elite club runners finishing sub-16 minute 5K’s, or a 45-year-old running a 1:25 half marathon. It’s really what motivates me and encourages me to continue to set goals. As I think about myself getting older, seeing these runners still smashing times and setting PRs inspires me to keep pushing myself. When I see 60+ year old men and women running alongside me in races, I’m not embarrassed or intimidated because we’re on the same running level, I’m excited to realize that my best is still in front of me (if I want it to be).
Name: Laurance Frierson
Self-described age group: 35
Residence: Adams Morgan
Occupation: Attorney; moonlight artist
Why you run: Hot days when you’re mashing footsteps smooth enough to tickle trees; nights when you are small with the fireflies; and pack running when breathing becomes a language.
Name: Katie Morgan
Self-described age group: Under 30 crowd
Residence: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: I work in the environmental advocacy space, currently at Ocean Conservancy
Volunteer roles in the running world: I joined the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club – Rock Creek Crew last year in order to give back to the trails that I run on every week, and have loved it ever since. The club goes out each month and helps repair and restore sections of trail in Rock Creek Park that need a little love – last month we patched up a section of the Battery Kemble trail. We repair wash outs after big rain storms to blow downs from big wind events, general trail maintenance, invasive control and everything in-between. We work with the National Park Service, and it is a fantastic way for me and my fellow volunteers to give back to the trails we love! I’ve learned so much – how to use a pick mattock, dig a trench, position trails to reduce erosion and spot issues on trails I otherwise never would have paid attention to. As an avid trail runner, this is probably my favorite activity outside of running each month, and it gives me great pride each time I run over trails I helped restore.