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by Dustin Renwick June 4, 2018 at 9:55 am 7 Comments

John Brittain and Betty Blank discuss the nuances of sharing the W&OD Trail. Photo: Jimmy Daly

John Brittain and Betty Blank discuss the nuances of sharing the W&OD Trail. Photo: Jimmy Daly

It’s not me. It’s you.

Let’s hang some laundry before we pack it away until next spring: Runners think cyclists are aggressive, dangerous road hogs, and cyclists think runners are inattentive, unpredictable road blocks.

Trotting out the old tropes is easy. Fortunately, runners and cyclists have never been afraid of some hard work. Sharing the same space means that the intersection of rights for runners and cyclists has the potential to stoke passionate arguments on each side. Yet neither the rhetoric nor the reality always match the stereotypes.

Among a dozen cyclists and runners, the two most common words used to describe the relationship between the athletic communities were “annoying” and “respect.”

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by Maggie Lloyd June 2, 2018 at 7:52 pm 0

Robert McManmon runs the Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon with his wife, Mary. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Robert McManmon runs the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon with his wife, Mary. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Boston, New York, Marine Corps, Chicago. Getting into one of these marathons is half the battle. Year after year, missed qualifying times and bad luck with lotteries are the source of much heartache for runners. To some, racing on behalf of a charity offers a back door to the starting line when all else fails.

But these charity runners will tell you it’s not about the race bib.

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by Charlie Ban May 29, 2018 at 11:47 am 0

You’ll probably find the Dojo of Pain running around Hains Point on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Tuesday and Thursday are the most popular days for group runs in the D.C. area. Photo: Dustin Whitlow/DWhit Photography

The Washington, D.C. area is spoiled with more than 200 organized runs each week. Some are organized by running specialty stores, others by running clubs, and almost all are open to new members. We’ve organized a calendar that compiles meeting times and details about each run, along with where you can find more information.

Some groups are pretty casual. Others are hardcore. Some ask that you RSVP and others require you to be a member. Some days have more than three dozen different runs.

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by Charlie Ban May 28, 2018 at 1:36 pm 0

Abbey Green closes in on the Maryland 4A 3200 meter title. Photo: Eric Green

Walter Johnson senior Abbey Green won three titles at the Maryland state track championships, headlining local winners and two 1-2 local sweeps.

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by Charlie Ban May 25, 2018 at 10:48 am 0

 

Name: Jess Micciolo

Self-described age group: Right in the middle of 25-29

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Occupation: Attorney

Why you run: I run because I love the feeling of pushing myself and achieving goals I didn’t think were possible when I set them. The joy of breaking a PR makes the weeks of hard training and all of the setbacks worth it.

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by Maggie Lloyd May 21, 2018 at 1:31 pm 0

Ryan Stasiowski finishes the 2013 Patuxent 10k. Photo by: Charlie Ban

Ryan Stasiowski finishes the 2013 Patuxent 10k. Photo by: Charlie Ban

Patuxent River Park in Upper Marlboro, Md. boasts more than 6,000 acres of nature trails and wildlife just ten miles off the Beltway.

If you prefer a running soundtrack of croaking frogs to mp3 playlists, you’ll be right at home, along with the wandering beavers and occasional snake.

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by Pace the Nation May 21, 2018 at 1:01 pm 0

Ryan Hogan, elite athlete coordinator for P3R, talks about recruiting and caring for elite athletes who race the Pittsburgh Marathon, Liberty Mile and EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. The Pittsburgh Marathon just played host to the first of two consecutive U.S. Half Marathon Championships.

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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