72°Partly Cloudy

by Charlie Ban February 6, 2018 at 11:40 am 0

Name:  Eric Setash

Age:  53

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


by Charlie Ban January 26, 2018 at 11:00 am 0

Jessica Sutter
Capitol Hill

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.


by Charlie Ban January 12, 2018 at 9:56 am 0

Name: Julie Hartenbach

Self-described age group: 31 years old

Residence: Alexandria

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.


by Charlie Ban November 3, 2017 at 1:14 pm 0

Name: Roxane Sismanidis
Self-described age group: 62 (60-64 age group)
Residence: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: retired State Department, volunteer with the National Park Service and Casey Trees
Volunteer roles in the running world: Vice president, Tidal Basin Run
Why I run: It’s who I am and what I do. I love the exercise and running outside.
When did you get started running: Senior year in high school


by Charlie Ban October 26, 2017 at 2:54 pm 0


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.


by Charlie Ban September 18, 2017 at 10:03 am 0

Name: Ken Alegre
Self-described age group: 35-40
Residence: Arlington   
Occupation: Software Tester
Why I run: I run to inspire others to make the impossible possible. If we are dedicated into putting in the time and the effort into improving yourself, especially into improving any weaknesses that we have, we can achieve anything. This applies not only to running, but anything in life that we want to accomplish.


by Charlie Ban September 11, 2017 at 8:03 am 0

Photo: Brian W. Knight/Swim Bike Run Photo

Photo: Brian W. Knight/Swim Bike Run Photo

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!


by Charlie Ban September 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm 0

Amanda Marr with daughter, Claire

Amanda Marr with daughter, Claire

Amanda Marr

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. 



Subscribe to our mailing list