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by Charlie Ban January 28, 2018 at 5:50 pm 0

We hope everyone had a great time finding out what your running friends looked like after a day at work. Thank you to Pacers Running and On for their support of our inaugural party, District Distilling for playing host and Elyse Braner and Melanie Dalby for their tireless work organizing the festivities. Check out our photo album, courtesy of Steve Laico.

Laurance Frierson, Tatsu Osada, Laura Povlich and Kim Probolus. Photo: Steve Laico

by Charlie Ban January 26, 2018 at 11:00 am 0

Jessica Sutter
Capitol Hill

Self-described age group: 40-45

Occupation: Education Consultant

Why you run: Running makes me feel strong & never fails to help clarify whatever is clouding my mind on a given day

When did you get started running: Shortly before my 30th birthday. My dad had just run his first marathon and challenged me to train for a half-marathon with him. I had never run longer than a 5k before I started training for the 2007 Baltimore Half-Marathon. I’ve now run that race 7 times, and 16 half-marathons in total.

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by Charlie Ban January 25, 2018 at 12:43 pm 0

Photo: Brian W. Knight/Swim Bike Run Photo

 

We start off with the Joanna secret agenda item. At (10:05), we are joined by three time guest (Episode 5 and Episode 92)  and Pacers Events Race Director Lisa Reeves, who talks about the spring 2018 races and a new event accompanying the Love the Run You’re With 5k. At (45:38) Farley attends a retirement party and makes a guessing game out of it. At (51:20) Docs goes to Nola followed at (53:30) by Farley has lunch with a where are they now person and it is a longer segment than the Docs weekend segment. At (57:38) we have a bonus where are they now segment followed by another bonus where are they now update.

by Sarah Beth Hensley January 24, 2018 at 10:12 am 0

The Fort Hunt 10k Photo: D.C. Road Runners

Jonny Pellish loathes running on the treadmill — even when temperatures drop below freezing in the D.C. area.

The VP of training for D.C. Road Runners said he would always rather run outside than on the treadmill, no matter the weather.

“For me, running is about getting outside,” Pellish said.

When asked how cold is too cold to run outside, Pellish retorts bluntly: “I don’t think it’s ever too cold.”

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by Charlie Ban January 19, 2018 at 10:09 am 0

Check out the final ranking of road racers in the D.C. area for 2017

After sorting out the results of roughly 100 races, we’ve determined the top local road racers for 2017. Runners had to finish three races in the first six months of the year and three in the second six months. We average the first and second halves for the final scores.

Every race on a USTAF-certified course is graded on the per-mile pace based on historical results. That pace becomes the baseline on which point are awarded for that race. A runner who reaches that baseline pace earns 1000 points for the race, and point deviations results from pace differences by the second. For example, if the baseline pace for a race is 5:00, someone who runs 5:00 pace earns 1000, but a runner who averages 4:55 pace earns 1005 points, and a 5:05 average earns 995 points.

We will be celebrating the top runners in the D.C. area Thursday, Jan. 25 from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at the District Distilling Company, 1414 U St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.

Enjoy spirits, heavy appetizers, photo booth, dancing, and whiskey tasting. Socialize with other area top runners! Sponsored by Pacers Running and On.

Buy tickets here!

Check out the 2018 ranked races here

by Charlie Ban January 15, 2018 at 10:17 am 0

  • Herndon High School alumna Hiruni Wijayaratne ran a Sri Lankan record 2:36:35 at the Houston Marathon Jan. 14. The dual citizen, who lives in Boulder, qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
  • Pace the Nation host Chris Farley, who also owns Pacers Running Stores, saved his 19* year sub-3-hour marathon streak Dec. 29 on Hains Point. Read the Washington Post’s telling of the story.
  • Arlington resident Jay Wind has written a novel, Arlington Sunrise, about the Marine Corps Marathon and so much more.
  • Safety Alert: WTOP reports that a man “who appeared to be jogging” grabbed a young girl at around 4 p.m. Jan. 3 on a path near Wrightwood Place in Sterling.
  • WMATA told the National Park Service Jan. 11 that the Foundry Branch Trolley Trestle over Glover Archbold Park is at risk of imminent collapse. Additional barriers have been added to the park entrance and Park Police personnel are reportedly patrolling for trespassers.

by Charlie Ban January 12, 2018 at 9:56 am 0

Name: Julie Hartenbach

Self-described age group: 31 years old

Residence: Alexandria

Occupation: Program Analyst

Why you run: This reason changes as my life changes.  Years ago I ran for competition, then I ran for fitness.  Now, with a toddler at home, I run for sanity.  It’s a moment in the day where I can step away and just breathe for a few minutes, even if I’m running with the stroller, it’s my time.

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by Sarah Beth Hensley December 31, 2017 at 2:42 pm 0

The road ahead following through with a New Years resolution, won’t be easy, but it’s not supposed to be. Strategic thinking can make your pursuit of a resolution more successful. Photo: Charlie Ban

Want to run your best 5K in 2018? Looking to lose weight, run your first marathon or qualify for the Boston Marathon? Running-themed New Year’s resolutions can be ambitious, but there are some reliable ways to realize your goals.

Setting realistic goals is a major step toward success, said Jerry Alexander, who coaches at both Georgetown Running Club and Northern Virginia Running Club.

“It’s easy to set goals that sound good and sound inspirational, like qualifying for the Boston Marathon, but if you’re someone who is 20-25 minutes off of that time, it may be a bit too much to bite off,” said Alexander, who coaches more than 150 athletes between the two clubs.

Alexander said there’s a sweet spot when setting a running-themed New Year’s resolution.

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by Charlie Ban December 26, 2017 at 1:41 pm 0

Chris Farley at the Jingle All the Way 15k. Photo: Steve Laico

 

Pace the Nation host and Pacers owner Chris Farley has run under three hours for the marathon for 18* straight years, but number 19 is in jeopardy after strong headwinds in the last few miles of the Philadelphia Marathon slowed him down to 3:01:04. While some would chide him for waiting until nearly the end of the year to make his attempt, this is neither here nor there.

He will attempt to save his streak at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 29 in East Potomac Park. Breaking3, an adaptation of the two-hour marathon attempt inside a Nike commercial, will feature pace setters honed in on the 6:50-per-mile pace necessary to bring Farley through 26.2 miles with a little breathing room.

Watch the attempt on Pace the Nation’s Facebook live broadcast, starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 29. 

The pace group will travel counter-clockwise on Ohio Drive and Buckeye Drive. Roads will remain open with traffic traveling clockwise.

 

by Charlie Ban December 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm 1 Comment

The DCXC Invitational senior race featured two top-15 finishers at the Foot Locker Championships: Page Lester (right) an Abbey Green. Photo: Dustin Whitlow

It’s a tough call, but on the basis of Loudoun Valley’s Nike Cross Nationals victory and Abbey Green and Page Lester‘s top-15 finishes at Foot Locker, the D.C. area has likely put together its strongest and most diverse cross country season in recent years. D.C., Maryland and Virginia all had superlative runners who distinguished themselves throughout the season in races near and far.

If you want to keep track of the D.C. area’s graduating top runners, you can easily do it by bookmarking the University of Virginia athletics site. Five of our All-RunWashington postseason runners have committed to the Cavaliers to add to the eight underclassmen on the roster this year.

The RunWashington coaches panel met Nov. 27 to decide whose performances throughout the 2017 cross country season had earned them this honor. State championship meet performances carried the greatest weight, though other post-season performances and outstanding invitational results also figured in.

The coaches panel consisted of John Ausema, Gonzaga; Anthony Belber, Georgetown Day School; Steve Hays, Walt Whitman; Kevin Hughes, Georgetown Visitation; Mike Mangan, Lake Braddock; Chris Pellegrini, West Springfield; Kellie Redmond, T.S. Wootton; Scott Silverstein, Winston Churchill and Cindy Walls, Bishop O’Connell.

In addition to the All-RunWashington team, coaches from each state or D.C. picked their next seven top runners. Those teams can be viewed here:

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