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Running Shorts

  • Richard Montgomery alumnus Rohann Asfaw is once again the USATFCCCA Division I National Athlete of the Week, following his win at the Wolfpack Invitational, where he led the University of Virginia to victory.
  • Annie Lutz, =PR=’s footwear buyer, and Joe Rolen, a show collector, will be the guests on this week’s Potomac River Running Instagram Live, Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 8-9 p.m.
  • Volunteers with the Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail scrubbed the mold and mildew off of the Trollheim Bridge (south of Roosevelt Island), making it less slippery when wet.

Name: Exavier Watson

Self-described age group: 41

Residence: Montgomery County

Occupation: Government Contracting

Volunteer roles in the running world: Was the track meet director for four Tommie Smith Youth Track Meets in Washington, D.C., which brought over 25 youth track teams to D.C.; hosted by former U.S. Olympic track athletes in a full day of track competition and health awareness.

How has your running changed in the last six months:  I have transitioned from running to stay in race shape, to running for the enjoyment of it. Before the pandemic I was racing regularly and my runs and workouts were more intense; whereas now I actually enjoy the scenery and stop regularly to take pictures of things I see.

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Turkey Day 5k

Grab your family and friends and start the day in a healthy way. Join runners, joggers and walkers for a morning of Thanksgiving fun and festivities! There’s a run for everyone… 5k (8am), 1-mile fun run (9am), and a free

It had been a while since I had added a new loop, so to celebrate the return of reasonable hours for the National Arboretum, there is now a 10k segment in there, mostly free of car traffic.

The loop follows the outer loop, going clockwise, with a trip up to Mount Hamilton (counterclockwise around the top loop), and then a smaller interior loop. You can follow the path of the loop, which is a few steps over 10k, here. The start is the R Street exit sign and the finish the cross street on the road leading to the out-of-use gate. It’s really easier to follow the map, but it makes sense when you’re in there. If people are interested, I will add chalk markings.

View overall results for the first five months of the DMV Distance Derby here

I didn’t get all the September marks, so I just have the overall results, though I may have missed one or two.

The segment results are generally organized to fit compactly.

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Holiday Half & 4 Miler

The Holiday Half Marathon and 4 Mile Fun Run showcases beautiful Wakefield Park, Lake Accotink and the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail. Come and join in on the fun! The starting gun goes off at 8:30 AM in Wakefield Park.

Running Shorts

  • Chantilly alumnus Sean McGorty will be the guest on this week’s Potomac River Running Instagram Live, Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Georgetown alunmna Emily Infeld was a guest on The Hurdle.
  • The Dojo of Pain is holding a limited capacity marathon in East Potomac Park Dec. 5 at 6:30 a.m. Due to permit resrictions, the field is limited to 100 runners, who must finish within three hours. Email [email protected] for more info, and please include a brief running bio.
  • Following a vote of no confidence by the faculty, Samantha Huge resigned as athletic director at the College of William and Mary. It remains to be seen what this will hold for the college’s plan to cut men’s track and field and reduce roster spots for men’s cross country.

A former West Point classmate needed a new kidney, and Dave Ashley did a blood test to see if he was a match.

After further testing, it turned out he was. But when he tried to research whether he’d be able to keep doing endurance sports, which helped him with anxiety issues resulting from deployment, he wasn’t able to find answers.

“So I really had to make this decision kind of blindly, hoping that on the other end I’d still be able to do at least some of the activities that I’m really passionate about and are therapeutic for me,” said Ashley, now 46, who lives in Arlington.

This coming January will mark four years since the now-retired U.S. Air Force colonel donated his kidney — and he’s showing that living with one kidney isn’t stopping him as he completes athletic feats, from ultramarathons to bike rides.

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Gingerbread Man Mile

Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man. The race is a 1 miler for kids ages 6-14. Kids age 4-5 run about a half mile and there is a free tot trot

Name: Ruth Driscoll-Lovejoy

Self-described age group: 30-35 (ageless wonder according to my husband)

Residence: Alexandria

Occupation: Environmental Policy Analyst

Volunteer roles in the running world:  I used to organize a volunteer team for the annual D’Feet Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk in Galveston, Texas. In DC, I’ve donated more than a few sweatshirts to MCMers for “throw-away” attire. My understanding is that these are collected and donated to charity after the race.

How has your running changed in the last six months: It’s been a lot of feeling like I’m getting somewhere, pausing, and having to start all over! The last race I ran was a half-marathon in November before I started a PRP (that’s platelet-rich plasma) treatment series that halted running for several months. With a stuttering start, I had just been cautiously cleared to begin running and build mileage in March. Over the last six months, I’ve gone from a painfully slow rebuild to being a steady 10K runner being forced to slow down again. The past few weeks, I’ve just been enjoying four-mile runs.

Why you run: I definitely run for balance and my mental and physical well-being and because I enjoy being a part of the running community. I also like to joke that running races is the closest I can get to that feeling of earning an A+ on a test. It doesn’t really matter where I place, but if I’ve trained and I do my best, I make the grade.

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Tristan Forsythe didn’t like what he was reading.

It wasn’t that there wasn’t enough writing about running out there, it just didn’t speak to him in a voice he recognized.

“The stuff that I enjoyed reading was personal stories from people inside the sport, rather than results, statistics and rankings,” he said.

Even when he got those stories, they were watered down, lost in translation.

In April, when he was home in Pittsburgh, his sophomore year at Georgetown interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, he was bored and contemplating the worst: starting another running blog. But instead of focusing on his own running, he decided to make what he always wanted to see — a window into the lives of other runners.

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