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…)
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Sceats–Basil (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.