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RunWashington is the Washington, D.C. area’s source for news and thoughtful examination of the distance running scene. Founded in 1984 as the Washington Running Report, the magazine was rebranded in 2012 and is published until 2018. We now publish online regularly and send out a weekly email newsletter to subscribers. Submissions and pitches are welcomed, providing the subject has a direct connection to the Washington, D.C. area and the contributor is a D.C.-area resident.

Contact Charlie Ban with editorial concerns and Denise Farley for advertising inquiries.

Please note that we generally entertain story pitches regarding the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and prefer contributors to live here.

RunWashington editorial staff

Editor in Chief Charlie Ban spends his days covering county government issues for the National Association of Counties newspaper County News and his evenings and weekends editing RunWashington. He lives in Northwest D.C., runs for the Georgetown Running Club and curses the University of Richmond’s trustees daily for cutting the school’s men’s track program. Reach him at [email protected]. Follow Charlie and RunWashington at facebook.com/runwashington, on Twitter @runwashington and Instagram @runwashington.

RunWashington contributors

Katie Bolton ran her first 5k in high school. She finished 12 minutes behind the star of the cross country team but she beat two of her friends so she kept running. She’s not much faster today but she can run a lot farther. She once wrote a college paper about Dean Karnazes. It was for a gender studies class. She stands by it. Katie lives, works and runs in Washington, D.C.

Andrew Gates is the author and self-publisher of science fiction novels Iris and Rise of the Immortal Warrior. He works at Potomac River Running.

Vanessa Junkin works for the Wicomico County, Md. Recreation, Parks, Tourism & Civic Center and is the secretary of the Eastern Shore Running Club. She previously covered courts and justice for The Daily Times in Salisbury, Md.

Jake Klim is a sub-elite runner with the Georgetown Running Club who lives in North Bethesda, Md. His work as a freelance television producer has appeared on National Geographic Channel, The Weather Channel, History Channel and Military Channel, among others. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Klim has spent the past 12 years exploring the various trails the greater-Washington, D.C. area has to offer and documents his training at www.jakeklim.blogspot.com. He has written a book on a World War I submarine raid on Cape Cod, www.attackonorleans.com.

Maggie Lloyd moved to Washington from Boston, which means she got a lot of strange looks from D.C. residents in the winter whenever she ran in shorts and a t-shirt. She’s a science policy nerd by day and is always on the lookout for the opportunity to practice her steeplechase skills, primarily by jumping over park benches to get around tourist groups.

Jen Maranzano is a former four-time NCAA Division III All-American runner who continues to race with the D.C.-based running group, the Dojo of Pain.

Dickson Mercer works as a speechwriter for Siemens and previously wrote speeches for the U.S. Department of Transportation, wrote arts and entertainment features for newspapers and spent 16 months with the U.S. Peace Corps in Niger,West Africa with his wife Emily. He lives in Takoma Park, competes for Georgetown Running Club and tends to log his miles around Hains Point in the morning and the National Mall in the evening.

David Pittman is a health and medical writer who has covered running for ESPN Rise and Running Times, plus other sports while a student at the University of Georgia. A Washington resident, he serves on the board for the Washington Running Club.

Jenny Paul is a recovering journalist turned lawyer who lives, works, and runs in Washington, D.C.  She trains with the D.C.-based running group Dojo of Pain and continues to resent the state of Maryland for taking away the Georgetown Branch Trail and the “big loop” to make way for the mythical Purple Line.

Beth Roessner is an avid runner, writer, home cook and coach living in Washington D.C. She works with newbie runners and wellness seekers to help them achieve all of their goals.

Laura Scaduto she studied journalism and exercise science at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and employs her skills in both as a writer and an ACSM-certified personal trainer. She competes in triathlons and previously wrote for RunHaven and enjoys writing about science, fitness and pop culture.

Kelyn Soong is the sports editor for the Washington City Paper and previously worked in the sports department at The Washington Post. He can often be found covering running and tennis in the D.C. area. He is still chasing the elusive sub 5:30 mile.

Sophie Tedesco is a junior at George C. Marshall High School in Virginia where she is a captain on the cross country team, managing editor of the school newspaper and an avid writer who has self-published her first novel.

RunWashington-featured photographers

Sara Alepin teaches at the Washington School of Photography, as an audio/visual technician at the Phillips Collection and owns her own photography business, Photos from the Harty.

Niamh Brennan is a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School who specializes in baseball, running and equestrian photography. When she’s not taking pictures she enjoys spending time with her family, riding horses and watching the Nationals. www.niamhbphotography.com.

Brian Knight has worked as a contract photographer for Pacers Events for several years and captures great environmental shots and photos of winners, mid-packers and volunteers at several races a year. His work can be seen at www.swimbikerunphoto.com, and in Washington Post, Shape, Yahoo! News, Backpacker, Competitor Magazine, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Metro Sports DC, and DCist.com.

Ed Lull was a quick mid-distance runner at Lake Braddock and the College of William and Mary. He restarted the Chantilly Youth Association track program nine years ago after a two-year period of dormancy and lives in Fairfax with his wife of 23 years, Lynn, and his three daughters Cali, Samantha and Hannah, who are all involved in the CYA track program. He photographs at many Northern Virginia cross country and track meets.

Dustin Whitlow is an Arlington-based photographer for DWhit Photography. www.dwhitphoto.com.

Rich Woods is a photographer and filmmaker who studied both film and photography at Howard University. www.richwoodsfoto.com.

Cheryl Young has been running for 23 years and works as a mortgage banker. A Reston, Va. resident, she loves the variety that comes with running in Northern Virginia. She is a major organizational force behind the Capital Area Runners. youngrunner.smugmug.com


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