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  • A man stabbed a high school student while the student was running on the Custis Trail around 8 p.m. Aug. 27. WTOP reported that a man approached the boy as he crossed under the Washington Boulevard bridge, stabbed him and fled. The boy is recovering.
  • Fairfax County and Herndon police are searching for a man who they think has exposed himself to or tried to grab six women on the W&OD trail in August, the Washington Post reported. Incidents were reporting Aug. 3, 15 and 18 near the Fairfax County Parkway, Aug. 26 in both Reston and near Ferndale Avenue in Herndon and Aug. 30 on Old Reston Avenue near the trail. In the last incident, he tried to abduct a teenager who was walking a dog.
  • Beach Drive will remain closed to through traffic through Oct. 31 while the National Park Service deliberates long-term closure options.
  • The transfer period for the Marine Corps Marathon will close at midnight tonight. Wearing someone else’s bib if you haven’t formally registered is bad form and grounds for lifetime bans for both the unregistered runner and the bib doner.
  • The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority will build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the Potomac River between Long Bridge Park and East and West Potomac Parks.
  • The District Department of Transportation will build a 3.8-mile extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, paralleling South Capitol Street SE and connecting to the Oxon Hill Farm Trail .
  • Oakton and American alumna Keira D’Amato won the US 20k championships.
  • Hayfield alumna Nikea Green was inducted into the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame
  • George G. Marshall High School inducted its 2016 girls cross country team into the school’s hall of fame. The team won the VHSL 5A championship with team composed of Heather Holt, Ava Bir,  Hannah Smith, Sophie Tedesco,  Jenna Robbins,  Natalie Bardach and Layan Qasem and coached by Darrell General and Clifford Wong.
  • St. John’s College High School’s Desmond Dunham was named USTFCCCA National Girls Coach of the year. 

 

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  • The “zoo loop” on the Rock Creek Trail is nearing completion, with work potentially being done by the end of July.
  • The current plans for the pedestian expansion of the American Legion Bridge include a ramp to the C&O Canal Towpath but not MacArthur Boulevard.
  • Oakton and American University alumna Keira D’Amato has been named to the U.S. marathon team for the World Track and Field Championships, following Molly Seidel’s injuray withdrawal. The women’s marathon is Monday, July 18 at 9:15 ET. She’s also opening a Potomac River Running store in Richmond.
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  • Arlington County is accepting feedback on the Arlington Boulevard Trail through Tuesday, July 5.
  • Georgetown alumna Emly Infeld made the U.S. world championships team in the 5,000 meters with her third place finish at the USATF Championships.
  • Laurel resident Juliette Whittaker, who sent the national high school record in the 800 meters in 1:59.04, winning the U.S. U20 championships and making the world team, was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Outdoor Track for Maryland.
  • Georgetown’s Lucas Guerra made the U.S. U20 world championships team in the 3,000 meters.
  • Washington Latin alumnus Luke Tewalt, racing for Wake Forest, made the U.S. U20 world championships team in the 1,500 meters.
  • Aaron Yoder, world record backward mile holder, will compete in the U.S. Backward Running Track Championship July 9 at Edison High School.
  • Arlington’s Mike Wardian finished his cross-country run to Delaware from San Francisco to raise money for World Vision.
  • St. John’s junior Meredith Gotzman was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Outdoor Track for Washington, D.C.
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  • The Rock Ceek path has reopened between Shoreham Drive and P Street, and the tunnel through the I-66 bridge south of the Kennedy Center has opened.
  • Three Trials Fever patients will experience relapses in 2024, thanks to their races at Grandma’s Marathon, which qualify them for the Olympic Trials. Reston resident and Falls Chuch native Susanna Sullivan was third in 2:26:56, Thomas Jefferson alumnus Johnny Phillips ran 2:14:10 and Centennial alumnus Brian Harvey ran 2:17:40.
  • The Road Runners Club of America recognized Arlington County was recognized as a “Runner-Friendly Community.”
  • A handful of local distance runners will be competing in the USATF Championships and the USATF U20 Championships this weekend in Eugene, Ore.
    • In the 800 meters, the District Track Club’s Vincent Crisp and Georgetown alumna Sabrina Southerland.
    • In the 1,500 meters, Georgetown’s Matthew Payamps and Jack Salisbury and Georgetown alumna Josette Norris.
    • In the 5,000 meters, Chantilly alumnus Sean McGorty, the District Track Club’s Willy Fink, Heritage alumna Weini Kelati and along with Norris, Georgetown alumnae Emily Infeld and Katrina Coogan.
    • In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Tuscarora alumnus Fitsum Seyoum.
    • In the U20 meet, Laurel resident Juliette Whittaker will run the 800 meters.
      • Washington Latin alumnus Luke Tewalt will run the 1,500 meters, for Wake Forest.
      • Georgetown’s Lucas Guerra will run the 3,000 meters.
      • In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Colgan alumnus Bryce Lentz, running for the Air Force Academcy, and Oakton alumnus Garrett Woodhoouse, running for Utah State.
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  • Georgetown’s Parker Stokes led local distance runners at the NCAA Championships with his third place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 8:18.88.  Colgan alumnus Bryce Lentz ran 8:52.33 in the semifinals for the Air Force Academy.
    • Georgetown had two women’s 10,000 meter finalists: Charlotte Dannatt finished eighth in 33:26.78 and Maggie Donohue finished 13th in 33:42.99.
    • Patriot alumna Rachel McArthur ran 4:21.15 in the semifinals for Colorado.
    • Howard’s 4×400 meter team of Jessika Gbai, Ameenah Saalih, Ozioma Scott and Jessica Wright finished sixth in 3:28.39.
  • Our long, regional nightmare is over – the Riley’s Rumble Half Marathon will return to the Maryland Soccerplex after a year in exile to the C&O Canal Towpath, albeit its original course.
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Sean McGorty (17) racs the U.S. 10k championships May 27 in Eugene, Ore. Photo by Johnny Pace
  • Chantilly alumnus Sean McGorty made the U.S. 10k team for the upcoming world championships, running 28:29.57 to finish third at the U.S. championships. St. Albans alumnus Tai Dinger was 16th in 28:51.52. Georgetown alumna Emily Infeld narrowly missed making the team, finishing fourth in 31:30.04. Heritage alumna Weini Kelati was fifth in 31:39.90 and Reston’s Susanna Sullivan was 17th in 32:12.77.
  • D.C.’s  Gina McNamara won the RRCA National One Mile title at the Loudoun Street Mile in Winchester, Va., running 4:31.7. She also won the Collegiate Running Association national title. Loudoun Valley coach Kevin Shirk won the masters division in 4:26.5, as did Aldie’s Adrienne Glasheen in 5:19.1. Reston’s Terri Rath won the grandmaster’s title in 6:09.3.
  • Brentsville alumnus Sam Llaneza (Lynchburg) finished fifth in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Division III Championships, running 3:48.60. Oakton alumnus Tor Hotung-Davidsen (Lynchburg) finished sixth in the 800 meters in 1:50.86.
  • The strongest local distance runner representation at the NCAA Championships will come in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, where Georgetown’s Parker Stokes, Tuscarora alumnus Ben Nibbelink (Virginia Tech) and Colgan alumnus Bryce Lentz (Air Force Academy) all moved on to the semi finals. Georgetown’s Maggie Donahue and Charlotte Dannatt advanced to the 10,000 meter finals and Patriot alumna Rachel McArthur, running for Colorado, advanced to the 1,500 meter semifinals. The next rounds will take place June 8-11 at the University of Oregon.
  • Herndon alumna Hiruni Wijayaratne will appear on the Today Show Wednesday, June 1 with Al Roker, whom she coached for the Brooklyn Half Marathon. She’s scheduled to be on close to 9:30 a.m. Eastern.
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  • The National Park Service is accepting comments on proposals for regulating traffic in East Potomac Park until 11:59 MT Thursday, May 19. Comment here through May 19 at 11:59 pm MT   View detailed proposals
  • The National Park Service will hold a virtual meeting 6:30-7:30 pm May 24 to present a proposed pedestrian and bicycle study along Military Road in Rock Creek Park. Register here
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  • The Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, Little Falls Watershed Alliance and Alice Ferguson Foundation have organized a cleanup near River Road April 9 starting at 10 a.m.RSVP through LFHA for the clean-up.
  • The National Mall and Memorial Parks is proposing transportation improvements on Ohio Drive in East Potomac Park to improve visitor safety and access to Hains Point, specifically a new bike/pedestrian lane. They are hosting an upcoming public meeting from 5:00-6:30 p.m. April 19. Learn more here.
  • If you see a car on the Capital Crescent Trail, report it by calling NPS (in D.C.) at 202-619-7300 or Maryland-National Capital Park Police (in Maryland) at 301-949-8010.
  • The Marine Corps Marathon general registration has sold out.
  • The Credit Union Cherry Blossom organizers awarded the Les Kinnon Outstanding Service Award to Danny Talmage.
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  • The lottery for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile is open through 11:59 p.m. Jan. 16.
  • Former Northwood coach and security assistant Giovanni Reumante was arrested and charged with two counts of a sex offense for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with a minor student. Anyone with information about the case or who knows of other potential victims are encouraged to contact the Montgomery County Police Department Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.
  • Prince George’s County will use its Sports and Learning complex as a COVID-19 vaccination site, taking it off the table for holding indoor track races this winter, which will prompt a change to outdoor winter meets in many cases.
  • The 2023 and 2024 U.S. Cross Country Championships will be held at Pole Green Park in Hanover County, Va., the first time the race has been held in Virginia. The Montgomery County, Md. Agricultural Farm Park played host to the race in 2009. In 2023, runners will compete for a spot on the U.S. team for the Pan American Games and the 2024 race will select the U.S. team for the World Championships. Each of the races will feature six national championship events, including: the U20 Women’s 6K Championship Race (under 20 years of age), U20 Men’s 8K Championship Race (under 20 years of age), Senior Women’s 10K Championship Race (open runners 20-39 years of age), Senior Men’s 10K Championship Race (open runners 20-39 years of age), Master’s Women’s 8K Championship Race (runners 40+ years of age) and Master’s Men’s 8K Championship Race (runners 40+ years of age). The events will also include the U.S. Armed Forces National Championships, as well as a citizen’s race that will be open to the community.
  • Oakton and American alumna Keira D’Amato won the U.S. Half Marathon Championships and was a guest on the More than Running Podcast.
  • Heritage alumna Weini Kelati was a guest on the C Tolle Run podcast.
  • Pacers Running Stores owner Chris Farley talked about his sub-three-hour* marathon streak on Pace the Nation.

 

 

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