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by Charlie Ban January 25, 2019 at 11:00 am 0

Name:  Miguel Cuya

Self-described age group:  Early 40s

Residence:  Fairfax

Occupation: Probation Officer

Volunteer roles in the running world: Every year I volunteer as a driver for elite runners competing in the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler.  I am also a race director for a few DC Road Runners races, including the DCRR Cross Country 3+Miler, DCRR Bluemont 5k, and the National Capital 20-Miler and 5-Miler.

Why you run:  After running for the last 10 years, I have found running to be a great stress reliever and a great way to keep fit.  More importantly, I have found running to be a great way to meet people and now most of my close friends are runners.

When did you get started running:  I started running at age 32.  In the past, I used to associate running with going around in circles around the high school track (no workout plan like PE in high school).  This changed after I ran my first race, the DCRR Capital Hospice 12k, in February 2009.  This was the moment when I decided I was going to start running and competing in races.

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by Charlie Ban January 22, 2019 at 3:19 pm 0

The 2016 Navy-Air Force Half Marathon. Photo: Dustin Whitlow

  • Citing budget constraints, the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and 5 Miler have been cancelled. George Banker suggests registering discontent with the decision in writing to:
    • Captain Roy Undersander
      Chief of Staff, NDW
      1411 Parsons Ave., SE
      Suite 200
      Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5001
  • Two more locals qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials at the Houston Marathon Jan. 20. Poolesville alumnus Chase Weaverling ran 1:03:58 in the half marathon to beat the 1:04:00 standard and Georgetown Running Club member Maura Linde, a Sykesville, Md. native and Century alumna, ran 2:44:37.
  • Georgetown alumnus Amos Bartelsmeyer also appeared on the Citius podcast after running 3:55 for the mile in his first post-collegiate race.
  • Fairfax’s Rochelle Basil will compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, March 30 in Aarhus, Denmark, for her native New Zealand. She ran at George Mason University.

 

by Charlie Ban January 18, 2019 at 11:00 am 0

Name: Tanya Senanayake

Self-described age group: F 35-39

Residence: D.C.

Occupation: Attorney specializing in campaign finance litigation

Volunteer roles in the running world: I love mentoring other runners, especially women and those new to running. I also created an Instagram account (@oaktreerunner) to bring attention to mindful running and women’s running, and to connect with women of color runners, since a meaningfully diverse representation of runners encourages even more people to try out this great sport. And I assist Coach Wilson Komen with his outreach and community partnerships building.

Why you run: Running makes me feel stronger, builds my resilience, and gives me space to find stillness. There is something about running that makes me really attentive to my surroundings, like the sounds of gravel crunching underfoot and the presence of roots and rocks and frogs, but also lost in a flow state at the same time. This is meditative and healing for me.

When did you get started running: I started running after I turned 30, during my first year in D.C. On a whim I decided to organize a team at work for the Lawyers Have Heart 10K. At the time, I couldn’t run more than a few blocks, but I printed a 10-week Hal Higdon plan that I found online. I crossed out Weeks 6 and 8 because there wasn’t enough time (mistake!) but ended up loving the feeling of camaraderie and friendship that come with training for a race and the feeling of accomplishment at running a half mile without stopping, then a mile, then two miles, and eventually the race.

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by Charlie Ban January 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm 0

Northwood coach Giovanni Reumente accepts a care package for Obsaa Feda and Eldad Mulugeta before they headed to Nike Cross Nationals. Photo: Charlie Ban

  • The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named four local coaches Coach of the Year for their respective states:
    • Virginia – Marc Hunter, along with his wife Joan, guided Loudoun Valley’s boys team to its second straight Nike Cross Nationals title.
    • D.C. – John Ausema’s Gonzaga team won its third straight D.C. title.
    • D.C. – Emily Farrar guided the Woodrow Wilson girls to their first, and a public school’s first, D.C. title this fall.
    • Maryland – Northwood alumnus Giovanni Reumente returned to his alma mater and guided his boys’ team to county and regional championships and took two runners to Nike Cross Nationals.
  • A WTOP reporter rescued a runner who fell into Broad Branch Creek and nearly drowned Sunday, Jan. 13.
  • Lisa Reichmann and Julie Sapper of Run Father and Faster are producing a podcast during the approach to the Boston Marathon. Listen to it on iTunes here.
  • Gaithersburg High School alumnus Ian Torrence is conducting a survey on treadmill use. Take it here.
  • Lake Braddock alumna Kate Murphy appeared on the Citius podcast to talk about her injuries.

by Charlie Ban January 14, 2019 at 12:51 am 0

Can’t stand the treadmill? Me neither. You want to run outside after snowfall? Here’s a look at what (mainly paved) paths are looking like.

With melting and refreezing, particularly in shaded parts of paths, conditions will be a crapshoot. I want to make it very clear RunWashington is not guaranteeing your safety if you do go for a run outside. That said, thanks to some observers who were out on Sunday and Monday and the policies maintained by local governments, we can give you an idea what to expect out there.  .

In Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Capitol is cleared and salted rigorously.

The D.C. Department of Public works cleared the Metropolitan Branch Trail Sunday morning.

Foot traffic around the Mall has likely cleared a lot of the snow.

East Potomac Park, as far south as Buckeye Drive, is likely clear and sees limited traffic. The Hains Point loop south of Buckeye has likely not been cleared.

However, if you’re hoping to do some cross training in a DC DPR pool, you’re out of luck, because they’re closed Monday.

In Virginia

NovaParks has cleared the W&OD Trail.

 

Arlington County clears the Custis Trail, Four Mile Run Trail, Bluemont Junction Trail and Route 110 Trail concurrently with residential streets. Some areas of these trails have frozen again, however.

The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail Snow Patrol Team will be clearing between LBJ Memorial Grove to the 14th Street Bridge from 1 p.m – 6 p.m. Monday.

Arlington County’s rec centers are closed.

In Maryland

Montgomery County plowed its portion of the Capital Crescent Trail

Word is that the Millennium Trail in Rockville is “mostly clear” along Wootton Parkway.

 

Rock Creek Trail north of Peirce Mill around 11 a.m. Sunday. Photo: Charlie Ban

by Charlie Ban January 11, 2019 at 11:00 am 0

Name: Bryan Steverson

Self-described age group: 40s

Residence: Loudoun County

Occupation: Federal Employee

Volunteer roles in the running world: (as applies) I’ve helped with a few local 5ks and am on a steering committee for a new to be announced local race in LoCo

Why you run: To eat! Actually I’ve been running since I was in middle school, so its just a habit that has taken over my life (in a good way). Cooking is a hobby of mine so running helps me think I’m justifying some of the food I’m cooking (I like to cook french food).

When did you get started running: 6th Grade – I was a miler at first. Then I switched to run the 400 meters and relays. Relay races are where I did the best and had the most fun. I always enjoyed running with a team and competing with other teams – takes the burden off of myself a bit. Plus there is just something about running with a baton and trying to beat your competition to make the handoff that drives me to run faster.

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