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Jarad Schofer, with the streets of Washington, D.C. looming behind him. Photo: Courtesy of Jarad Schofer

For one of his latest outings, Jarad Schofer zig-zagged through the residential areas bordering Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, but he wasn’t perfect.

“I’m going to start checking Strava before I leave a neighborhood,” he says with a laugh.  

When he studied the log, he saw a blank strip in a thicket of lines, about one-tenth of a mile of Nash Street NE. The oversight — or overstep, maybe — cost him a 20-minute drive both ways.

Missing even a tiny portion won’t do when Schofer aims to cover each and every street in D.C. with his footsteps. This from a guy who couldn’t run a mile just a decade ago.

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Lindsay Carrick runs the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon. Photo: Charlie Ban

It took U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Lindsay Carrick two hours and 43 minutes (and 43 seconds) to run the Military World Games marathon in Wuhan, China. It took more than three weeks to find out her effort was good enough to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials.

But the course and race management checked out, and it made the fall and winter a lot simpler for Carrick, who had been aiming to run under 2:45 for two years.

Her coach, Patrick Gomez, said the Olympic Trials qualifying time was a larger goal, but he wanted her to be able to do well at the Military World Games without overdoing it. They had a backup race planned if needed.

“We went into the race saying let’s set ourselves up to be as successful as possible, and it just happened to be an Olympic Trials qualifying mark,” he said.

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Running Shorts

Loudoun Valley’s Ava Gordon (197) races Nike Cross Nationals. Photo: Courtesy of Nike

Loudoun Valley’s boys and girls team finished 10th at Nike Cross Nationals Dec. 7 in Portland, Ore. West Springfield’s Sean Stuck finished 104th in 16:19.

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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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Andrew Bumbalough trains in Oregon. Photo: Talbot Cox

Andrew Bumbalough’s marathon career began almost by accident. 

A professional runner for Nike since 2010, Bumbalough was training with the Bowerman Track Club in Portland, Ore. and focusing on chipping away at his 5K PR, aiming  to qualify for the Olympic and World Championship teams. But then one of his teammates was trying to make the 2012 Olympic marathon team, and he needed a pacer. 

So Bumbalough went to Houston to pace his friend, planning to run 10 miles. Except one of the other pacers had cramps and had to stop. Bumbalough, though, “felt amazing.” 

“I was running a 5-minute pace, I felt strong, I kept clicking off the miles,” said Bumbalough, 32, a 2010 Georgetown graduate. “I went all the way to 16 miles. I think my coach was impressed, but also a little irritated. That kind of planted a seed in the back of my mind that I could do a marathon at some point.” 

Now Bumbalough is hoping to earn a spot on the 2020 men’s marathon team when he competes in the Olympic Trials in Atlanta on Feb. 29. He finished as the fourth American in the 2019 Chicago Marathon, running a 2:10:56.

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Carlos Shultz leads the 4A race at the Virginia state meet. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Sam Affolder was hurting in the third mile of Nike Cross Nationals last December.

After leading Loudoun Valley throughout the year in defense of its 2017 first-ever national title, things were looking grim for the senior. Most runners behind him saw him as a target to pass, but Carlos Shultz saw him and knew that’s where he needed to be.

“I saw Sam up there, and I knew if he was falling off, I couldn’t be ‘back there,'” he said.

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Running Shorts

Runners traverse the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile course in 2019. Photo: Dustin Whitlow/DWhit Photography
  • The lottery for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile is open through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 12.
  • UnderArmour will hold a free running clinic 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the University of Maryland. See more information here.
  • Danielle Siebert, associate head coach of the University of Maryland track and cross country team, has been named event manager for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team.
  • The Army Ten-Miler has an open personnel listing for a program manager in operations. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 10.
  • Prince George’s County Parks is seeking volunteers to help with trail maintenance at Patuxent River Park- Jug Bay Natural Area the following days from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 14, April 11. Contact [email protected] for more information.
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Robyn Kenul runs the Bowie State Football 5k in August. Photo: Charlie Ban


Name
: Robyn Kenul

Self-described age group: I’m 32 years old

Residence: Reston

Occupation: Registered Dietitian

Why you run: I started running as a way to stay in shape, and I keep running because I enjoy working towards a goal. There are always limits to surpass and more PRs to set which makes running extremely rewarding.

When did you get started running: I dabbled with running back in 2013. My sister was a runner at the time and got me into it. I ran a few miles here and there and joined her at our local turkey trot race. I had the idea that running a marathon sounded much more cool so I decided to train for and run my first marathon back in 2015. That’s where my love for distance running began.
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Trotting with the best of them

Washington’s Bill Magure closes out the end of the Alexandria Turkey Trot, surrounded by strollers, dogs and costumes. Photo: Charlie Ban

I’ll add results to various D.C.-area turkey trots as I come across them. We also have some photos from Alexandria.

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