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Loudoun Valley sophomore Ava Gordon. Photo: Ed Lull

Things were going quite well for Ava Gordon during her freshman year at Rock Ridge High School. She was the top freshman in Virginia’s 5A division, finishing fourth at the state meet and 15th at Nike Cross Southeast. She liked her coach and her teammates and running around Ashburn.

The problem was, other people were coming to like Ashburn, too. The population growth was forcing the Loudoun County School District to expand, adding Independence High School. That meant students eastern Loudoun County would be redistributed among Rock Ridge, Independence and Briar Woods. At the same time, her family decided it was time for Ava’s grandmother to move in, and that would mean needing more room of their own. So the Gordons headed west, and Ava and her older sister Alex.

“It was something we had been talking about doing for a while, but the timing wasn’t right,” Dan Gordon said. “We were going to have Alex at Rock Ridge, Ava was going to be moved to Briar Woods. We just wanted to reset everything, have everyone at the same school, everyone in the house and finally make that move.”

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Spook Hill Cider & Wine 4 Mile Run

Wine? YES! The Spook Hill Cider & Wine 4 Mile Run starts at 0830 and takes participants on a journey through historic Burkittsville MD., Boordy’s South Mountain Vineyard, and the Distillery Lane Ciderworks’ orchard, utilizing a beautiful hybrid cross-country/road course.

Clockwise from top left: Ashley Davidson chats with a Westfield runner during the 2016 DCXC Invitational. Dickson Mercer interviews Matt Llano after the 2013 USATF 12k Championships, Kelyn Soong consults with Meb Keflezighi after the 2017 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, and Charlie Ban hears from Rich Mendelowitz after the 2015 Army Ten-Miler.

A lot of hardworking journalists put together RunWashington, all on top of their full-time jobs. Meet a few of them, learn a little bit about their personalities and read some of their best work.

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Shauneen Werlinger nears the end of the 2019 Marine Corps Historic Half. Photo: MarathonFoto

For Shauneen Werlinger, a trip to the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials figured to be the culmination of a long development that started at Thomas Jefferson High School, continued through a spectacular collegiate career and evolved to include her career and family.

But instead of competing in Atlanta, she’ll be following the race alongside her husband and children. Instead of growing the Trials field by one, she’s growing her family by one, with a son due in January.

The decision to pass on the race is one Werlinger, 34, said she did not take lightly.

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Canaan Valley Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Canaan Valley Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

5k – Saturday, April 25, 2020 – 10am

Half Marathon & 10k – Sunday, April 26, 2020

Canaan Valley Resort
Davis, WV 26260

Running Shorts

Quince Orchard alumnus Liam Walsh. Photo: Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University
  • Heritage alumna Weini Kelati was named USATFCCCA Division I National Athlete of the Week for her win at the Joe Paine Invitational Oct. 4. She runs for the University of New Mexico.
  • George Washington University freshman James Glockenmeier was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for finish as the top freshman in his race at the Paul Short Run.
  • Liam Walsh, a 2016 Quince Orchard alumnus, was named University Athletic Association Cross Country Athlete of the Week Sept. 17. He led Carnegie Mellon to victory at the Allegheny College Classic, taking first place overall.
  • Georgetown alumna Rachel Schneider competed in the preliminary heat of the 5,000 meters at the IAAF World Championships. Georgetown alumnus Amos Bartelsmeyer, running for Germany, advanced to the 1,500 meter semifinals.
  • The Army Ten-Miler is Sunday, Oct. 13. If you don’t have a bib, don’t run in someone else’s.
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Jonathan Terrell finishes the Miami race in the 2018 World Marathon Challenge. Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Terrell

Name: Jonathan Terrell

Self-described age group: 55-59

Residence: Washington, DC

Occupation: President of KCIC Consulting

Volunteer roles in the running world: I love to help new runners in their dreams to complete long courses.

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St. Rita 5K & Fun Run

Come join a fun-filled morning at Alexandria’s hottest fall 5K, the St. Rita 5K & Fun Run!

The 16th annual running of this perennial favorite features a flat, fast course along Eisenhower Ave., a live DJ, a large indoor staging

Washington Latin junior Zoe Edelman. Photo: Ed Lull

Over a 5k, Zoe Edelman barely gets warmed up.

Thanks because the Washington Latin junior got her real start in racing doing half marathons. In 2016, at age 12, she ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll D.C. Half Marathon in just over two hours with her father, Josh.

What’s more, she ran it with a broken wrist, with a cast on her arm.

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Washington Latin senior Luke Tewalt. Photo: Ed Lull

When he tore onto the track at Kenilworth Park while finishing the DCXC Invitational, Luke Tewalt wasn’t upset to be counted third among seniors. Nearing the finish line as the clock turned over into the 15:30s, he knew he was going to PR no matter what (he ran 15:35), and that was unthinkable a few weeks before.

On his second set of one of his favorite workouts as Washington Latin Public Charter School’s season got started, he felt something go wrong in his right glute.

“It was a twinge, but I felt like I could run through it,” he said. “A little while later, I couldn’t move without it hurting.”

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