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by Charlie Ban January 14, 2019 at 12:51 am 0

Can’t stand the treadmill? Me neither. You want to run outside after snowfall? Here’s a look at what (mainly paved) paths are looking like.

With melting and refreezing, particularly in shaded parts of paths, conditions will be a crapshoot. I want to make it very clear RunWashington is not guaranteeing your safety if you do go for a run outside. That said, thanks to some observers who were out on Sunday and Monday and the policies maintained by local governments, we can give you an idea what to expect out there.  .

In Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Capitol is cleared and salted rigorously.

The D.C. Department of Public works cleared the Metropolitan Branch Trail Sunday morning.

Foot traffic around the Mall has likely cleared a lot of the snow.

East Potomac Park, as far south as Buckeye Drive, is likely clear and sees limited traffic. The Hains Point loop south of Buckeye has likely not been cleared.

However, if you’re hoping to do some cross training in a DC DPR pool, you’re out of luck, because they’re closed Monday.

In Virginia

NovaParks has cleared the W&OD Trail.

 

Arlington County clears the Custis Trail, Four Mile Run Trail, Bluemont Junction Trail and Route 110 Trail concurrently with residential streets. Some areas of these trails have frozen again, however.

The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail Snow Patrol Team will be clearing between LBJ Memorial Grove to the 14th Street Bridge from 1 p.m – 6 p.m. Monday.

Arlington County’s rec centers are closed.

In Maryland

Montgomery County plowed its portion of the Capital Crescent Trail

Word is that the Millennium Trail in Rockville is “mostly clear” along Wootton Parkway.

 

Rock Creek Trail north of Peirce Mill around 11 a.m. Sunday. Photo: Charlie Ban

by Charlie Ban January 8, 2019 at 12:53 pm 0

Clarendon Day 5K  Photo: Brian W. Knight/Swim Bike Run Photography

With a new year comes a new slate of races for RunWashington’s runner rankings. We’ve shuffled some around, added some, shed a few others.

Each of these races is run on a certified course (but it’s up to you to make sure you don’t run too far). To be ranked for the year, runners must run at least six races, three before July 1 and three after. Why? It’s the most fair (and manageable) way to help put together a list of the runners who have made a commitment to road racing in the Washington, D.C. area.

There are at least 51 events in each half of the year, giving you plenty of opportunities to get in the races you need to be ranked. We’re still confirming a few dates for races. Keep in mind, races may be removed if they encounter course trouble, but we will try to replace them if something is removed.

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by Charlie Ban December 20, 2018 at 8:48 am 0

Katie Hirsche, Claire Wigglesworth, Zoe Edelman, Ava Nicely and Sophia Hanway race the second mile of the D.C. state meet. Photo: Charlie Ban

After years of Page Lester and Taylor Knibb laying waste to the D.C. state meet, this fall saw some more competitive races, particularly on the women’s side, both in terms of the individual race and the team standings, with Wilson upsetting defending champion St. John’s, who missed junior Cady Hyde to injury. And while Gonzaga continued to win the boys’ team title, the competitive distance between juniors Gavin McElhennon, Luke Tewalt and Cullen Capuano narrowed. Kenilworth Park continued to serve as the site of the DCXC Invitational, which managed to go off, albeit muddy, when other invitationals were forced to cancel after heavy rain.

John Ausema (Gonzaga), Kevin Hughes (Georgetown Visitation) and Jim Ehrenhaft (St. Albans and National Cathedral) selected the D.C. team.

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by Charlie Ban December 20, 2018 at 8:47 am 0

W.T. Woodson’s John Leal and Tyler French stalk West Springfield’s Chris Weeks at the Virginia state 6A championships. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Northern Virginia teams swept day two of the state championships, with Tuscarora winning its fourth title in five years and West Springfield and Loudoun Valley winning their first titles. On the boys’s side, Loudoun Valley won its fourth straight and WT Woodson edged West Springfield for the Cavaliers’ first team title.

Chris Pellegrini (West Springfield) and Mike Mangan selected the Virginia team.

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by Charlie Ban December 20, 2018 at 8:47 am 0

 

The girls varsity race pack heads through the first mile at the Montgomery County Championships. Photo: Charlie Ban

While Northwood didn’t unseat Severna Park at the Maryland state meet, the Gladiators’ runner-up finish was the best by a D.C.-area boys team in six years. On the girls’ side, Bethesda remained home to the top team, but this year it was Walt Whitman. Private schools saw some solid work by St. Andrew’s freshman Allison Mitchell and Bullis’ Nicholas Kariyanis.

Giovanni Reumante, Scott Silverstein and Chad Young selected the Maryland team.

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by Charlie Ban December 18, 2018 at 3:54 pm 0

Runners loosen up for the Virginia 6A boys championship Nov. 10. Photo: Bruce Buckley

The 2018 cross country season in the D.C. area was marked by a lot of rain. Some races, like the Oatlands and Octoberfest invitationals, were cancelled outright. Others, like the Glory Days Invitational, were altered to preserve as much of the course as possible. Races that went on were often much slower, and forced runners to be more tactical. Times appropriately went out the window. It seemed to pay off, though, in late November when many the Nike Cross Southeast regional was run in a deluge. By that point, the conditions were second nature to most of our local runners, who took advantage and found themselves near the front of the race. Ten boys in the top 25 and three girls in the top 15. Loudoun Valley’s boys then went on to repeat as Nike Cross Nationals champions, the first boys team to do so, and improving on their record-low score in the process.

Locally, we saw the first public individual and team champions in D.C. state meet history, a first state title for Loudoun Valley’s girls, W.T. Woodson’s boys, West Springfield’s girls and Woodrow Wilson’s girls. Young runners had breakout seasons all over the place, while the veterans continued to demonstrate a mastery of the sport. Loudoun Valley’s boys won their fourth straight state title and Tuscarora’s girls won their fourth in five years.

RunWashington convened members of its coaches panel to look at local runners’ seasons and name them to the All-RunWashington Postseason Team, which comprises the top 10 boys and top 10 girls in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The Maryland, D.C. and Virginia teams comprise the next seven boys and seven girls. The coaches who selected the postseason teams are: Chad Young, Bethesda-Chevy Chase; Chris Pellegrini, West Springfield; Mike Mangan, Lake Braddock; John Ausema, Gonzaga; Kevin Hughes, Georgetown Visitation; Jim Ehrenhaft, National Cathedral School and St. Albans; Giovanni Reumante, Northwood and Scott Silverstein, Winston Churchill.

Coaches considered overall season progress but gave more weight to postseason performances.

See the D.C., Maryland and Virginia teams here and have a look at all of RunWashington’s cross country coverage here.

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by Andrew Gates December 10, 2018 at 1:03 pm 0

Pacers Race Director Lisa Reeves, in her element, leading the Four Courts Four Miler in seasonal attire. Photo: Brian W. Knight/Swim Bike Run Photography

The D.C. area is home to one of the most vibrant running communities in the world, with multiple races happening every week. But it’s easy for runners to miss the inner workings when they’re focused on getting to the finish line.

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by Charlie Ban December 4, 2018 at 3:54 pm 0

Jacob Windle, Mateo Baretto, Kellen Hasle, Connor Wells and Jacob Hunter celebrate Loudoun Valley’s second straight Nike Cross Nationals victory. Photo: Steve Klotz/Youth Runner

There was panic in the Jungle.

People felt it at home in Purcellville, at the Commonwealth Games, in a University of Virginia dorm and beamed it back to the Gleendover Golf Course in Portland, Ore.

From all indications, Loudoun Valley was all over the standings as they raced Nike Cross Nationals. Second. Third. But definitely not first. A long way from being the first boys team to defend a national title.

“After the second mile, we heard we were in third, and it wasn’t even close,” Coach Marc Hunter said. “We were probably 30 or 40 points back, and you’re not going to make that up in a mile.”

Something had to be wrong.

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by Charlie Ban December 4, 2018 at 12:56 pm 0

Photo: ArlingtonNow

  • A roughly 0.4-mile paved path opened in Arlington County over the weekend on the western side of Washington Boulevard, between Towers Park and Columbia Pike.
  • The California International Marathon Dec. 2 doubled as the U.S. Marathon Championships. Former Georgetown grad student Sam Roecker finished third in 2:30:25, Alexandria’s Bethany Sachtleben, a former George Mason runner, was sixth in 2:31:20 and former Silver Spring resident Maegan Krifchin finished eighth in 2:32:47. All had previously qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. Former Silver Spring resident and University of Maryland runner Patrick Reaves qualified for the Olympic Trials, running 2:17:40, as did Columbia native Brian Harvey (2:17:48), American University alumnus Mark Leininger (2:17:50) and Arlington resident Kieran O’Connor (2:18:52).

by Sarah Beth Hensley December 3, 2018 at 11:15 am 0

Headbands and beanies, picture here at Core 72’s D.C. location, can be a great gift for the runner on your list. Photos: Sarah Beth Hensley

Struggling with what to get the runner on your holiday list? Fear not — there are plenty of options that can be purchased at D.C.-area retailers that can suit anyone from the occasional 5K trotter to the most extreme endurance athletes.

As technology develops, trends change and new brands take off, several shops shared what rises to the top and should be under runners’ trees this holiday season.

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