Here’s a selection of superlatives awarded by local running clubs.
- Three Loudoun Valley relay teams won national championships over the weekend, with two setting national indoor records.
- Distance Medley Relay: 9:54.41 (national record): Jacob Hunter (1200 in 3:01.331) Akere Simms (400 in 50.908) Connor Wells (800 in 1:55.96) and Sam Affolder (1600 in 4:06.205)
- 4xMile: 17:01.81 (national record): Kevin Carlson (4:22.26), Connor Wells (4L21.456), Sam Affolder (4:06.192) and Jacob Hunter (4:11.901). Loudoun Valley also had two other relay teams in the top eight.
- 4×800 7:40.49: Jacob Windle (1:57.453), Connor Wells (1:57.046), Sam Affolder (1:51.368) and Jacob Hunter (1:54.619).
- At the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships, Heritage alumna Weini Kelati (New Mexico) finished second in the 5,000 meters and third in the 3,000 meters, the Georgetown distance medley relay team of Jack Salisbury, Lawrence Leake, Ruach Padhal and Nick Wareham finished third; Patriot alumna Rachel McArthur ran on the Villanova distance medley relay team that finished fourth and Georgetown’s Joe White finished fifth in the 800 meters.
- Montgomery County Parks Natural Surface Trail Manager Bob Turnbull was named “Trail Builder of the Year” by Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts, a mountain bike riding and trail building organization.
- The legal bib transfer period for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile runs through 11:59 p.m. Monday Feb. 28. If you miss this deadline, don’t run with someone else’s bib.
- The National Park Service will not plow the D.C. portion of the Capital Crescent Trail during the predicted Wednesday, Feb. 20 snowfall. Crews will wait until all the snow has fallen.
- DDOT will hold a public meeting on the Palisades Trolley Trail feasibility study 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at the Palisades Neighborhood Library, Meeting Room, 4901 V Street NW.
- Citing budget constraints, the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and 5 Miler have been cancelled. George Banker suggests registering discontent with the decision in writing to:
- Captain Roy Undersander
Chief of Staff, NDW
1411 Parsons Ave., SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5001
- Captain Roy Undersander
- Two more locals qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials at the Houston Marathon Jan. 20. Poolesville alumnus Chase Weaverling ran 1:03:58 in the half marathon to beat the 1:04:00 standard and Georgetown Running Club member Maura Linde, a Sykesville, Md. native and Century alumna, ran 2:44:37.
- Georgetown alumnus Amos Bartelsmeyer also appeared on the Citius podcast after running 3:55 for the mile in his first post-collegiate race.
- Fairfax’s Rochelle Basil will compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, March 30 in Aarhus, Denmark, for her native New Zealand. She ran at George Mason University.
- The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named four local coaches Coach of the Year for their respective states:
- Virginia – Marc Hunter, along with his wife Joan, guided Loudoun Valley’s boys team to its second straight Nike Cross Nationals title.
- D.C. – John Ausema’s Gonzaga team won its third straight D.C. title.
- D.C. – Emily Farrar guided the Woodrow Wilson girls to their first, and a public school’s first, D.C. title this fall.
- Maryland – Northwood alumnus Giovanni Reumente returned to his alma mater and guided his boys’ team to county and regional championships and took two runners to Nike Cross Nationals.
- A WTOP reporter rescued a runner who fell into Broad Branch Creek and nearly drowned Sunday, Jan. 13.
- Lisa Reichmann and Julie Sapper of Run Father and Faster are producing a podcast during the approach to the Boston Marathon. Listen to it on iTunes here.
- Gaithersburg High School alumnus Ian Torrence is conducting a survey on treadmill use. Take it here.
- Lake Braddock alumna Kate Murphy appeared on the Citius podcast to talk about her injuries.
- George Mason freshman Siobhra O’Flaherty finished 54th while for Ireland’s U-23 team at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Tilburg in the Netherlands.
- Clarksburg alumna Lucie Noall, a senior at Queens University, was named South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
- Josh Estep, whose 50 state marathon journey we profiled in February, finished up over the weekend at the Honolulu Marathon.
- 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).
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile entry lottery runs Dec. 1-Dec. 12.
The Custis Trail in Rossyln, between North Fort Meyer Dr and Lynn Street, will narrow to six feet for 9-10 months starting Dec. 3