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.
Name: Paul Karlsen
Self-described age group: I will be a Masters runner by the end of this year.
Residence: Bethesda. Previously London. Originally Scotland.
Name: Brian Murphy
Self-described age group: 30-34M
Residence: Silver Spring
Occupation: Aeronautical Information Manager at the Federal Aviation Administration
Volunteer roles in the running world: I am the coordinator of Montgomery County Road Runners’ Sunday Long Run (Meets at Ken-Gar Park every Sunday at 8:00). I volunteer often in many roles at the College Park parkrun – including Run Director. I am the newly formed Pub Run co-coordinator for MCRRC (meets at local pubs for social runs 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month). I’ll soon help as co-coordinator of MCRRC racing team. I’m also a regular fixture as course marshal, race packet stuffer, or packet volunteer at a lot of MCRRC races.
Why I run: I run because I love it. I love to see how much I can push myself to hit new goals. I also love the running community. I’ve met some of my best friends though the running community.
When did you get started running: I started running about 9 years ago as a way to get fit.
Name: Jenn Dietz
Self-described age group: over 30 club
Occupation: Program manager for a nonprofit and head cross country coach at West Potomac High School
Name: Mike Tosto
Self-described age group: 30-34
Residence: Springfield, Va.
Occupation: Mechanical & aerospace engineer
Volunteer roles in the running world: I coordinate and lead the Saturday Long Run group for DC Road Runners Club, which meets every weekend year-round in Arlington, VA, across the street from the Iwo Jima Memorial. Everyone is always welcome to join us if you’d like some company on your long runs!
Self-described age group: 44 years old
Residence: Washington, DC
Occupation: Communications VP at an aging services association
Volunteer participation in running: I’m the chair of the board of directors for Girls on the Run – DC, a nonprofit organization that runs 10-week programs for girls in grades 3-5 that teaches them important life lessons, while also training to run a 5k. It’s an incredible program. We serve girls in all wards of the city.