Washington, DC

Name: Trevor Myers

Self-described age group: Grandmaster, not quite older than dirt

Residence: Bethesda

Occupation: Anesthesiologist-Dominion Anesthesia, Chief of Anesthesia Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington

Volunteer roles in the running world: Usually and obviously, I’m typically running the medical tent for larger races, but chip in anywhere I can.

How has your running changed in the last few weeks: My mental and physical exhaustion of the past six weeks has made it very difficult to find the energy to get time in, so I’ve returned to my favorite spot on the Potomac River over and over again

Why you run: Running has always been an escape for me, a respite in the storm of life. This has never been truer now, as we fight the scourge of Covid19.

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You’re at a picnic at a park, and so is another family nearby. Your uncle gets drunk and belligerent, wanders over to the other family, gets rude, starts taking food without asking.

If both families wanted the uncle to stop, who would he be more receptive to? 

“When we’re talking about violence against unarmed African Americans, whether by police or civilians, it’s largely been our family trying to get the drunk uncle to stop,” D.C.’s Fred Irby said.  “His family is looking at what’s happening, shaking their heads and saying ‘he doesn’t represent us as a family,’ but they haven’t done anything to pull him back.”

These days, Irby is applying that metaphor to the Feb. 23 shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, who was running in a Glynn County, Ga. neighborhood. After more than two months with no action by local authorities, the Georgia Bureau of Investigated Gregory and Travis McMichael and charged them with murder and aggravated assault May 7. 

In an online movement, #IrunwithMaud, that gained momentum following the May 6 release of video footage of the incident and stoked in large part by New York-based activist Alison Désir, runners dedicated their runs on May 8, which would have been Arbery’s 26th birthday, with many running 2.23 miles, commemorating the date of his murder. While there’s no shortage of violent incidents, including deaths, of unarmed African Americans, this was the highest profile, if not the first, involving a victim reported to be exercising at the time, particularly running.

It caught on, with thousands of runners, unable to gather because of physical distancing orders, followed through on social media platforms. 

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Leesburg 20k and 5k presented by Harris Teeter

Join us for the 32nd running of the Leesburg 20K/5K presented by Harris Teeter, benefiting YMCA Loudoun County – run through scenic, historic Leesburg. The starting gun goes off at 7:30 AM for the 20k and 7:48 AM for the 5k. Pricing for the 20k starts at $45 for early birds, then increases to $50 for standard, and ends at $55 for last chance. Pricing for the 5k starts at $35 for early birds, then increases to $40 for standard, and ends at $45 for last chance.

Mike Ricci set the stage for his 2020 by running the New Year’s Day 5k in Gaithersburg. As it turns out, by mid-May, he’s been spending more time working with the Manna Food Center, the race beneficiary, than he has been running outside. 

As communications director for Gov. Larry Hogan, Ricci’s been cut off from the leisurely runs out in the Old Line State while he manages the outreach for one of the country’s most active governors during the coronavirus pandemic, which ranges from state-wide communications down to relationship building to tackle consequences of the pandemic, including food insecurity. 

“I pretty much stick to the treadmill,” he said, quick to add, “not just because of the stay-at-home order, but because of my hours.”

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Freedom 5k

Boom! Bang! Run! Join =PR= at our Freedom 5K and kick off your Fourth of July week in style! The race includes a 5k and a 1k fun run. The starting gun goes off at 8 AM in Fairfax Corner. Pricing for the 5k starts at $35 for early birds, then increases to $40 for standard, and ends at $45 for last chance. Pricing for 14 & Under 5k and the 1k fun run starts at $25 for early birds, then increases to $30 for standard, and ends at $35 for last chance.

Ashley Donovan is used to starting off her ultramarathons with a low-key command. “Go” usually suffices. But the start of her latest 24-hour run was accompanied by sirens. 

At 6:01 a.m. May 9, as she started on a day’s worth of solitary 0.2-mile loops around the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad building and parking lot, an ambulance rolled out on a call. That service, and her fundraising run, hammered home the 24-hour nature of emergency response and demonstrated why she was doing this. The secretary on BCCRS’ Board of Directors, Donovan, of Upper Northwest D.C., has been a volunteer EMT since 2015. 

“People have been surprised when they hear I’m still volunteering,” during the coronavirus pandemic, she said. “This was a fine opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our emergency response system.”

The fundraising effort around her feat totaled more than $11,000, which will be split between the rescue squad and Feed the Fight, a nonprofit that feeds emergency and healthcare workers meals from local restaurants and caterers. 

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Name: Katie McHugh. Or Dinterbeast. I’ll answer to both.

Self-described age group: I’m timeless.

Residence: The Hill is Home.

Occupation: Pediatric oncology research nurse

Volunteer roles in the running world: I am an expert cowbell ringer and very proficient in vuvuzela blowing. I am also an exceptional relay van driver, and I will get the team to the next exchange on time no matter what ill directions I have been given.

How has your running changed in the last few weeks: I’ve whittled down to only one running partner: my one-year-old daughter, Molly.

Why you run: Because it’s fun, duh!

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Birthday Bash 5k

Join us in celebration of our 16th birthday! It’s not just a race, it’s a party celebrating our awesome customers and racers. Enjoy tons of fun activities with our vendors and free cupcakes! The race includes a 5k and a 1k fun run. The starting gun goes off at 8 AM in Fairfax Corner. Pricing for the 5k starts at $35 for early birds, then increases to $40 for standard, and ends at $45 for last chance. Pricing for the 14 & Under 5k and the 1k fun run starts at $25 for early birds, then increases to $30 for standard, and ends at $35 for last chance.

As you may have noticed, we don’t have many races happening for a while. 

For the rest of 2020, RunWashington’s rankings are going to change to the next best thing – Strava segments. Since we can’t all get together in one place and go shoulder-to-shoulder, the next best thing will be to compare performances on the same turf at the DMV Distance Derby.

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