Washington, DC

Name: Ciara (Donohue) Adam

Self-described age group: I am 23 so in races, I guess the age group 20-30?

Residence: I live with my husband in Winchester, Virginia

Occupation: I am a registered nurse at Winchester Medical Center

Volunteer roles in the running world: I can’t think of a volunteer role I have had with the running world recently, but I am hoping to look more into assistant coaching/volunteer coaching at local schools when the pandemic clears up.

How has your running changed in the last few weeks: Running the last few weeks has been a blessing. I work 12-hour night shifts in the hospital and when I fit in a run, I am always way less anxious about work. Fresh air has never felt better when you run after being in the hospital all day. New-nurse anxiety is a real thing topped off with being a new nurse during a crazy pandemic. Running is that something I am familiar with and keeps me grounded. In times of uncertainty, it feels wonderful to fall back to the sport I love most.

Why you run: Although I am not running near as much as I used to during high school and college, I find that when I do find the time to fit in good run, I am so much more relaxed and clear-minded. I find (as most people do) running as a de-stressor and I always feel 100% better when I get my feet out the door. It feels so good to challenge your body, feel your heart beating, and just be in your thoughts.

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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

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  • Georgetown alumna Kate Landau was a guest on the Morning Shakeout podcast. She was the top finisher with local ties at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. Read more about her here
  • Mike Smith, another Georgetown alumnus and former director of track and field, was a guest on the Morning Shakeout a few weeks ago.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools tracks are now open to the public. Don’t be idiots about it!
  • Loudoun County High School alumnus Tommy Curtain will be a guest on Wednesday night’s Potomac River Running Instagram Live, from 8-9 p.m.
  • Georgetown alumnus Dylan Sorensen ran a 4:37 mile while dribbling a basketball.
  • The USA Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association awarded All-America awards to NCAA Championships qualifiers. Distance runners with local ties include:
    • Division I: Northwest alumnus Diego Zarate, a Virginia Tech student, in the mile; Briar Woods alumnus Jack Joyce, a Virginia Tech student, in the distance medley relay; Chantilly alumnus Brandon McGorty, a Stanford student, in the distance medley relay; Heritage alumna Weini Kelati, a New Mexico student, in the 5k, 3k and distance medley relay; Westfield alumna Sara Freix, a Virginia Tech student, in the 3k and distance medley relay and Patriot alumna Rachel McArthur, a Colorado student, in the distance medley relay.
    • Division III:  Quince Orchard alumnus Liam Walsh, a Carnegie Mellon student, in the mile; Georgetown Day School alumus Tristan Colaizzi, a Williams student, in the distance medley relay and Thomas Jefferson alumna Abigail Shoemaker, a Chicago student, in the 5k.

Finishing the For the Love of It 10K was special for Reston’s Kate Hutton.  After having her first child eight months ago, she has taken her return to running slowly and cautiously, essentially re-starting her running career from scratch. She was finally capable of running more than six miles.

For her, pregnancy threw her fine-tuned body out of whack, far from the easy pregnancies she had heard about, and her initial goal of running as long as she could. And she’s not alone.

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Veteran’s Day 5k

Join =PR= for the Veterans Day 5K and 1K Fun Run as we honor all US service men and women who have helped keep our great nation safe and free! The starting gun goes off at 8 AM in Fairfax

Randall Myers runs the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon. Photo: Charlie Ban

Name: Randall Myers

Self-described age group: Masters > 40

Residence: Arlington

Occupation: Emergency Medicine Physician

Why you run: I enjoy training for, preparing for and competing in races

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Saturday mornings aren’t the same for Teens Run D.C., a mentoring and distance running program for underserved youth.  Zoom hangouts have replaced the group’s Saturday runs, the Mentoring Matters 5k, scheduled for May 16, has been canceled and several events with local running groups didn’t happen as planned in April, all consequences of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the physical distancing guidelines necessary to limiting transmission. 

For now, the organization is continuing to reach members and volunteers virtually until life returns to a new normal, said Lizzie Majewski, the group’s director of operations and finance. Majewski said the AmeriCorps coaches who typically work with middle school students are sharing videos on Facebook and Instagram, plus checking in with students by phone and Microsoft Teams. 

“We will continue to educate and connect with our community, and we look forward to our group runs and gatherings returning. As many others do right now, we miss our community,” Majewski said.

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Frosty 5k

Keep your running shoes fired up this winter and join us for the Frosty 5K and 1K Fun Run! The Frosty 5K benefits the Robinson Secondary School Track & Field Team. The starting gun goes off at 8:30 AM at

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