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  • The Virginia Sports Information Directors awarded all-state honors to several local distance runners: 
    • Division III: First Team – Sam Llaneza, University of Lynchburg (Brentsville District); Second Team Ryan Henderson, Christopher Newport (George Mason High School); Emily Miller, Shenandoah (Patriot); Second Team Sam Koltisko, Christopher Newport (Freedom) 
    • Division I: First team – Annabelle Eastman, George Mason University; First team Diego Zarate, Virginia Tech (Northwest); First team Derek Johnson, Virginia (Tusacora); First team Fitsum Seyoum, Virginia Tech (Tusacora); Second Team Lauren Berman, Virginia Tech (Robinson); Second Team Kyra Holland, William and Mary (Loudoun Valley)
  • Potomac River Running plans to open a store in South Riding, Va.
  • VDOT and the Commonwealth Transportation Board selected the Mt. Vernon Trail North Enhancement Trail Project for SMART Scale Funding. This award is for $28.2 million and preliminary engineering will start in 2026. This project will repair and widen approximately 6.5 miles of the Mount Vernon Trail in Arlington and Alexandria, from Roosevelt Island to Jones Point Park
  • The Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities and the Department of Project Implementation will hold a 6:30 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, July 28 to provide an update on the Holmes Run Bike & Pedestrian Trail Restoration Project at the Patrick Henry Recreation Center at 4653 Taney Ave.
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  • The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile entry lottery closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 30.
  • The Army Ten-Miler will be held in person Oct. 10.
  • The National Park Service will hold a virtual meeting July 8, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to present a range of alternatives for the future of the 4.25-mile stretch of Beach Drive between Broad Branch Road and the Maryland border. That strech has been closed to through traffic for more than a year to allow pedestrian use during the pandemic. Public comment will be accepted  July 8 – Aug. 22. To provide comments online or get additional information on the project, visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/beachdrive.
  • Doubles by Rachel Schneider and Robert Brandt led the way for local distance runners at the Olympic Trials. On the shorter distance side, T.C. Williams alumnus Noah Lyles made the Olympic team, winning the 200 meters.

 

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  • A number of local track and cross country coaches are retiring, including Loudoun Valley’s Marc and Joan Hunter, Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Chad and Emily Young and Thomas Edison’s Berni Flynn. Lake Braddock’s Mike Mangan has been hired as head cross country coach and assistant track coach at Webber International University in Babson Park, Fla.
  • Local distance runners scored six double wins at the Virginia and Maryland state track championships. The following are distance winners:

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  • This fall’s Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile will play host to the U.S. 10 mile championships, something the race had done previously in 2013 and 2014. The entry lottery is open through June 30.
  • The National Park Service will improve 1.5 mile of muti-use trails this summer near the National Mall, including the Rock Creek Trail near the Kennedy Center and along Ohio Drive in West Potomac Park. Detours will be noted.
  • Write to your elected officials and ask them to support the Capital Trails Network. For more information and a template, visit the WABA action alert.
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      • If vaccination rates continue on pace in Washington, D.C., outdoor races will be allowed to resume at 50 percent capacity, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced April 5.
      • The City of Rockville is collecting input about the future of RedGate Park via a survey that you can take here.
      • I have updated the DMV Distance Derby, you can see the standings through March here.
      • The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its Division I All-Academic individual and team honors for the 2020-2021 cross country season. Local runners include:
        Alyssa Aldridge Georgetown
        Margaret Coogan George Washington
        Sami Corman Georgetown
        Katie Dammer Georgetown
        Maggie Donahue Georgetown
        Annabelle Eastman George Mason
        Camden Gilmore Georgetown
        Bethany Graham Furman John Champe
        Mary Hennelly Georgetown
        Kyra Holland William & Mary Loudoun Valley
        Caroline Howley Duke McLean
        Baylee Jones Georgetown
        Rachel McArthur Colorado Patriot
        Harry Monroe Virginia Gonzaga
        Peter Morris Virginia Loudoun Valley
        Matthew Payamps Georgetown
        Jack Salisbury Georgetown
        Parker Stokes Georgetown
        Women’s Teams GPA
        American University 3.8
        George Washington University 3.67
        Georgetown University 3.668
        George Mason University 3.5
        Men’s Teams GPA
        George Mason University 3.52
        George Washington University 3.41
        Georgetown University 3.41
        American University 3.36
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  • Part of the Western Ridge Trail will be closed for up to seven months for rebuilding starting March 31 between Porter Street NW to Bluffs Footbridge along Beach Drive NW. It’s the paved path that runs under the Porter Street Bridge, and the detour will follow the paved path on the other side of Rock Creek.
  • The National Park Service has rolled back the pedestrian closure of East Potomac Park.
  • Georgetown alumnus Andrew Bumbalough was a guest on the Morning Shakeout podcast.
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