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by Sarah Beth Hensley April 23, 2018 at 11:56 am 0

Twelve pairs of running shoes, on their way to a donation bin. Photo: Charlie Ban

Spring is here along with signs of the season: blooming flowers, warmer temperatures and dwellings yearning to be cleaned.

Spring cleaning is an opportunity to purge and get organized, and runners may too find themselves trying to clear their homes of unneeded items such as old shoes, ill-fitting race shirts or shabby shorts. Some area organizations and business can help runners get rid of mementos gathering dust and help others in the process. (more…)

by Charlie Ban April 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm 0

  • Arlington’s Tyler Andrews ran a world record track 50k, 2:46:06, in Santa Barbara April 13.
  • Bethany Sachtleben won the Collegiate Running Association 10k championship Saturday at the Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond, running 33:37 for a 1:47 margin over second place.
  • Loudoun Valley alumnus Drew Hunter won the B.A.A. Mile in Boston, running 4:07.
  • Georgetown alumnus Andrew Bumbalough finished fifth at the Boston Marathon, running 2:19:52 to place third among Americans.
  • Matt Rodjom will represent the United States in the World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup, part Sunday’s London Marathon. He runs despite Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, which distorts most of his vision directly ahead.

by Charlie Ban April 18, 2018 at 9:45 am 0

Runners pass through the second mile of the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon. Photos: Charlie Ban

In 2017, race crews across the country set up clocks, finish lines, traffic control and water stops for 703 marathons. D.C-area runners finished more than 291 of those races. In fact, more than 14,091 times, a local runner has crossed the finish line. That’s nearly 500 more than 2016, when the region notched 13,576 finishes, but down from 2013’s 15,950 local finishes.

The two biggest local marathons claimed the most local finishers, including the winners.

That all adds up to 369,184.2 miles of racing, not counting extra distance tacked on when runners didn’t hit the tangents.

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by Charlie Ban April 16, 2018 at 8:50 pm 0

Graham Tribble, 23rd man across the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Photo: MarathonFoto

Arlington’s Graham Tribble finished 23rd to lead local finishers Monday at the Boston Marathon, running 2:30:06. Sean Kinne led Washington, D.C. residents in 2:37:23 and Laurel’s Eric Schuler led local Maryland men.

D.C’s  Breana Avalos’s 3:03:42 was the first local female finisher, Germantown’s Erin Kelman ran 3:05:33 led local Maryland finishers and Falls Church’s Christie Wetzel ran 3:08:49 to lead Northern Virginia finishers.

Of the more than 600 local entrants, 521 finished.

The race was cold, windy and rainy. Cabin John’s Chris Bain, who finished his 21st straight Boston, said it was the worst weather he had seen for the race. Bethesda’s Ben Beach finished his 51st straight Boston, extending his own record.

The race also saw Desiree Linden become the first American woman to win since Lisa Weidenbach Rainsberger in 1985. Georgetown alumnus Andrew Bumbalough finished fifth at the Boston Marathon, running 2:19:52 to place third among Americans

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by Charlie Ban April 16, 2018 at 8:05 am 0

Talk of race strategy and pacing petered off last week as the Boston Marathon weather forecast grew more dire. Cold, with freezing rain and a headwind. That means even more thought paid to what you’re going to wear out there. A few local runners shared their race-time wardrobe with RunWashington. May they each make it to the finish line in one, thawed piece.

Gaithersburg’s Lisa Reichmann will wear the Maiyu Motorcycle Rain Gear Rain Suit Rain Jacket and Rain Pants until it’s time to race. Then she’ll keep a running jacket on. She’d much rather be warm than cold.

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by Charlie Ban April 13, 2018 at 10:15 am 0

Photo: Dustin Whitlow/DWhit Photography

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.

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by Jacqueline Klimas April 12, 2018 at 10:59 am 0

Rich Mendelowitz warms up at the Yorktown High School track. Photos: Marleen van den Neste

Rich Mendelowitz sat in a doctor’s office looking at a picture of his brain. The photo lit up on the left side, healthy and full of arteries.

But, the right side was totally blank.

Mendelowitz, 59, was completely in shock. He’s the president of DC Road Runners and has run 2,000 miles per year for most of his life – and doctors told him that’s why he wasn’t already dead.

“The only reason I was alive was because of my fitness and running,” the Arlington runner said.

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by Charlie Ban April 11, 2018 at 10:07 am 0

Our Spring 2018 issue is out in running specialty stores, with a look at the year-end runner rankings, Marine Corps Marathon champion Desta Morkama, the state of the local running industry and more!

RunWashington magazine is published twice a year – in April and August. You can also view it online here. Issuu also has back issues dating to August 2013.

 

 

by Charlie Ban April 9, 2018 at 11:22 am 0

Photo: Courtesy of the Boston Athletic Association

Heading into the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, 605 Washington, D.C.-area runners have registered, though some may not race.

Last year, 615 D.C.-area runners crossed the  finish line.

Arlington’s Mike Wardian (2:27:35) and D.C.’s Caitlyn Tateishi (2:52:52) led local runners, with D.C.’s Dave McKay (2:27:45), Rockville’s Jay Hudson (2:39:55), Fairfax’s Rochelle SceatsBasil (2:58:42) and Bethesda’s Natalie Atabek (3:04:50) led their respective states. Ben Beach, of Bethesda, finished his 50th straight Boston Marathon.

We usually publish the list of local entrants, but the BAA website is telling us not to, so you can search for registered runners at your leisure here.

Then, sign up to track them here.

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