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by Charlie Ban May 21, 2018 at 7:09 am 0

A particularly pockmarked stretch of Beach Drive, south of Wise Road. Photo: Charlie Ban

  • The National Park Service will close Rock Creek Park’s Beach Drive, between Joyce Road and the Maryland state line, for roughly a year starting in mid-July. At the same time, Beach Drive will be reopened between Broad Branch Road and Joyce Road. The closure will include the paved path alongside Beach between Joyce Road and Bingham Drive and the Valley Trail between Joyce Road and Sherill Drive. Wise Road will remain open until work crews reach it.
  • The closure will continue to disrupt traditional long run routes that make use of Beach Drive. Here are some alternative loops.

 

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by Charlie Ban May 14, 2018 at 12:56 pm 0

As of May 9, all but three W&OD Trail-owned water fountains were working. The exceptions are Buckthorn Lane, Loudoun County High School, and Lee Highway

Georgetown senior Amos Bartel was named track performer of the meet at the Big East Track and Field Championships. His wins in the 800 meters and 4×800 meter relay were among four distance titles for the Hoyas:

  • 3000 meter steeplechase
  • 1.Margie Cullen 10:33.42
  • 800 meters
  • 1. Amos Bartelsmeyer Georgetown 1:49.50 10
    2. Ruach Padhal Georgetown 1:49.75 8
  • 1 Georgetown 7:38.39 Charles Cooper, Joshua Bell, Jack Salisbury,  Amos Bartelsmeyer
  • 10,000 meters
    1. Nicholas Golebiowski 30:10.36

Runners with local connections have been featured on some running podcasts. Among them:

by Charlie Ban April 30, 2018 at 3:33 pm 0

Patriot alumna Rachel McArthur (right) was on Villanova’s Penn Relays-winning distance medley relay team. Photo: Villanova University

  • Patriot alumna Rachel McArthur ran the 800 meter leg of Villanova’s winning distance medley relay team at the Penn Relays. Bullis’ Masai Russell won the high school girls’ 400 meter hurdles in 59.49.
  • Shauneen Werlinger, a Springfield resident and a Thomas Jefferson alumna, qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials, finishing fourth at the Eugene Marathon April 29 in 2:44:35. She’s the fourth local runner to qualify for the race, which will be held in Atlanta, with several additional runners living nearby or having connections to the D.C. area.
  • Arlington’s Jamie Watts finished the New Jersey Marathon Sunday.
  • Results for RunWashington’s Runner Rankings have been loaded and are current as of late March, with updates coming this week.

 

by Charlie Ban April 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm 0

  • 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.

by Charlie Ban March 26, 2018 at 11:54 am 0

The MCRRC Runners of the Year

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by Charlie Ban March 12, 2018 at 9:00 am 0

Sam Affolder, Connor Wells, Jacob Hunter and Colton Bogucki after setting the indoor 4xmile relay record. Photo: Joan Hunter

  • Loudoun Valley set the national high school indoor record in the 4xmile at the New Balance Indoor National meet, running 17:01.82. Connor Wells, Jacob Hunter, Sam Affolder and Colton Bogucki also won the 4×800 relay, running 7:39.30, the all-time second fastest indoor 4×800 time.

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by Charlie Ban March 5, 2018 at 8:50 am 0

The Capital Crescent Trail was one of many blocked over the weekend by fallen trees. Photo: TJ Morton

  • High winds over the weekend forced the Burke Lake 12k and Thaw 5k to postpone until March 18.
    • The Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Marathon and 50k were cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
  • The D.C. Road Runners announced the club’s annual honors:
    • Outstanding Female Runner – Christie Wetzel
    • Outstanding Female Master – Christine Westcott
    • Most Improved Female – Anna Suhring
    • Outstanding Male Runner – Desta Morkama
    • Outstanding Male Master – Kevin D’Amanda
    • Most Improved Male – Rodrigo Vellon
    • Justine Peet Outstanding Volunteer – Paul Westcott
    • Coach of the Year – Jonny Pellish
      • Hall of Fame Inductions:
        • Bob Platt
        • Rich Mendelowitz

 

  • The Georgetown Running Club also announced team honors:

by Charlie Ban February 26, 2018 at 8:59 am 0

  • The transfer period for Cherry Blossom bibs ends Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
  • Kensington’s Cindy Conant was named the long distance runner of the year for the 55-59 age group by USATF.
  • A taxi drove onto the Custis Trail in Arlington the afternoon of Feb. 19.
  • College and high school teams continued their indoor track postseasons with conference and state meets, respectively. Here are the local distance event winners or local sweeps. On ths high school side, Northern Virginia girls dominated the 6A 1600 meters, and Loudoun Valley’s boys swept the top six spots in the 4A 1600 meters.

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by Charlie Ban February 12, 2018 at 8:00 am 0

  • The last few days’ worth of heavy, sustained rain has caused Lake Accotink to flood a little. It’s not a huge problem, and affects only the area near the dam, but you should not try to cross it. In fact, don’t try to cross any flooded trails, you have no idea what might be under there. At the very least you’ll probably twist your ankle.
  • For the 2017 season, the local Gatorade Players of the Year for cross country include, for D.C. Gonzaga sophomore Gavin McElhennon and National Cathedral School senior Page Lester, for Maryland Walter Johnson senior Abbey Green and for Virginia, Loudoun Valley junior Sam Affolder and South Lakes senior Olivia Beckner.
  • The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named Loudoun Valley coach Marc Hunter boys’ coach of the year.

Jonathan Terrell

  • Washington, D.C. consultant Jonathan Terrell completed the World Marathon Challenge, in which runners complete marathons on every continent over the course of seven days.
  • The transfer period for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run is open through 11:59 p.m. Feb. 29.
  • South Lakes alumnus Alan Webb will be one of the inaugural inductees to the National High School Track and Field Hall of Fame.  Webb, the American record holder in the mile since 2007, will join 29 other inductees, including former U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun (R-Kan.) who has lived in Washington, D.C. Here’s his July 2017 appearance on Pace the Nation.
  • The Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B voted to approve a 1.6 mile segment of the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which will connect Fort Totten to Takoma Park, Md.
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