Name: Meghan Maloney
Self-described age group: The dreaded super competitive 30s group
Residence: Old Town Alexandria
Occupation: Project Manager
Why you run: Mostly to stay healthy and active, but I just love the feeling of running far and fast
Name: Shlomo Fishman
Self-described age group: Competitive Open Male Division
Residence: Silver Spring
Occupation: Wellness Fitness Specialist
Volunteer roles in the running world: My volunteering ranges from being course marshal, to assisting with the City of Rockville youth track meets, and any other roles as needed within the Montgomery County and D.C. area.
Why you run: Running allows me to be the best person I can be. When I push myself during a workout or a run, it allows me to apply it to any challenges or stressors I may face in day-to-day living.
Name: Adrienne Moore
Self-described age group: A new masters runner!
Residence: Falls Church
Occupation: military musician
Volunteer roles in the running world: D.C., Maryland and Virginia team leader for Oiselle Volée running team
Name: Tatiana P. Mota
Self-described age group: Masters (I am 41)
Occupation: Human Resources Department for National Geographic Society. HR Business Partner.
Volunteer roles in the running world: I love cheering at races – NYC and Marine Corps has been my favorite ones to cheer on – super fun
Why you run: I run because it makes me feel stronger and that strength translates into my daily life and helps me tackle life challenges more confidently. I also run because It teaches me about myself and my capabilities. Whether is a good or bad run, I always learn something. I also like the way it makes me feel.
Name: Robert Dewey
Self-described age group: Fifties
Occupation: Government Relations VP, national wildlife conservation non-profit
Why I run: Running has been core part of my identity for over 40 years. I love to do it and it makes me feel great.
Name: Rachel Cannon
Self-described age group: “Is almost-30 still young?”
Residence: Brookland, Washington D.C.
Occupation: Exhibitions Technician/Guest Services Manager at a local museum
Why you run: I’m an anxious person by nature, and running helps calm my brain. Plus, I love this city, and running connects me to it.
Name: Eric Setash
Residence: Centreville, Va.
Occupation: Mortgage Loan Officer
Why you run: the health benefits, stress reduction, blah, blah, blah…. Really though, I just enjoy the crap out of it
When did you start running: I started running in the early 90’s then took a decade off to start a family. Then picked it up again in 2005
Self-described age group: 40-45
Occupation: Education Consultant
Why you run: Running makes me feel strong & never fails to help clarify whatever is clouding my mind on a given day
When did you get started running: Shortly before my 30th birthday. My dad had just run his first marathon and challenged me to train for a half-marathon with him. I had never run longer than a 5k before I started training for the 2007 Baltimore Half-Marathon. I’ve now run that race 7 times, and 16 half-marathons in total.
Name: Julie Hartenbach
Self-described age group: 31 years old
Occupation: Program Analyst
Why you run: This reason changes as my life changes. Years ago I ran for competition, then I ran for fitness. Now, with a toddler at home, I run for sanity. It’s a moment in the day where I can step away and just breathe for a few minutes, even if I’m running with the stroller, it’s my time.