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The weather April 8 certainly qualifies as the Best of Washington Running. Photo: Dustin Whitlow/DWhit Photography

The Best of Washington Running is back, and we’re going to do things a little different this year.

We’ll still collect nominations in 20 categories, plus a bonus “worst of” category, but the RunWashington editorial staff will evaluate the finalists and report back with the winners. And we’ll be awarding lifetime achievement awards to some of the perennial winners to further exhibit the depth of what the running community has to offer.

Nominations will be open through 11:59 p.m. May 31.

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Chris Farley at the Jingle All the Way 15k. Photo: Steve Laico

 

Pace the Nation host and Pacers owner Chris Farley has run under three hours for the marathon for 18* straight years, but number 19 is in jeopardy after strong headwinds in the last few miles of the Philadelphia Marathon slowed him down to 3:01:04. While some would chide him for waiting until nearly the end of the year to make his attempt, this is neither here nor there.

He will attempt to save his streak at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 29 in East Potomac Park. Breaking3, an adaptation of the two-hour marathon attempt inside a Nike commercial, will feature pace setters honed in on the 6:50-per-mile pace necessary to bring Farley through 26.2 miles with a little breathing room.

Watch the attempt on Pace the Nation’s Facebook live broadcast, starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 29. 

The pace group will travel counter-clockwise on Ohio Drive and Buckeye Drive. Roads will remain open with traffic traveling clockwise.

 

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