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Running Shorts

  • Fleet Feet Gaithersburg will close permanently in the next week. It was voted best running specialty store in Maryland in 2015 by RunWashington readers.
  • Dietician and Lane 9 Project cofounder Heather Caplan was a guest on the For the Long Run podcast.
  • A few weeks ago, Loudoun Valley coaches Joan and Marc Hunter were guests on the Final Surge podcast. Feel free to stop listening before the Upper St. Clair coach talks.
  • Keira D’Amato will be the guest on this week’s Potomac River Running Instagram live, Wednesday July 15, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Quince Orchard High School announced its 2020 Hall of Fame class, including five unners
    • Susan Katz- Class of 1996, Track & Field
    • Cara Harrison- Class of 2010, Cross Country and Track & Field
    • Caitlyn Kennedy- Class of 2005, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Track & Field and Cross Country
    • Kiki Manners- Class of 2006, Soccer, Indoor Track & Field and Lacrosse
    • Neal Darmody- Class of 2008, Cross Country and Track & Field
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Name: Nikki Pisha

Self-described age group: 30-34

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Occupation: Art Curator

Volunteer roles in the running world: I’ve coached several friends and my husband to their first marathon starting lines. It is incredibly rewarding to watch them put in the work and hit their goals.

How has your running changed in the last few months: Honestly, not really. I’ve always enjoyed running solo, so I’ve been doing even more of that. Even though I love racing, I don’t run for the racing. I run to compete against myself and push myself. I usually go out around 5 a.m., so it’s been nice to keep that up and enjoy all the empty trails without having to dodge other runners too. I’m so thankful to have my running to lean on right now.

Why you run: I am an only child, and I need time for myself. Running gives me that. It allows me to push myself in ways that I never thought imaginable and work really hard which is extremely rewarding. It also gives me the best outlet to just be me and get lost in my thoughts. I’ve run in this area for over a decade now, and there is nothing better than running a route I know well and getting so lost in thought that I come back to reality several miles later and realize I’m almost home.

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Jarad Schofer shares stories from the streets during his nine-month journey around all of D.C.’s public streets and alleys.

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Photo: Dustin Whitlow/DWhit Photography

On July 12, Silver Spring’s Shlomo Fishman will be running 40 miles around Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and Washington D.C. to raise money for the Kids In Action programs at the HSC Pediatric Center, providing inclusive recreation services for kids with developmental and physical disability. Find out more and donate here.

Name: Shlomo Fishman

Self-described age group: Competitive Open Male Division

Residence: Silver Spring

Occupation: Wellness Fitness Specialist

Volunteer roles in the running world:  My volunteering ranges from being course marshal, to assisting with the City of Rockville youth track meets, and any other roles as needed within the Montgomery County and D.C. area.

Why you run: Running allows me to be the best person I can be. When I push myself during a workout or a run, it allows me to apply it to any challenges or stressors I may face in day-to-day living.

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Miranda DiBiasio in July 2019. Photo: Niamh Brennan

Miranda DiBiasio fell in love with running while she was in high school, relieved to find an activity that was so personally rewarding. Running allowed her to breathe, calm her nerves and find peace.

She didn’t feel as seasoned as other runners her age, and she was drawn to George Washington University, which was also growing — the Colonials were debuting track teams when she would start school. She could grow as a runner alongside a new team.

Throughout her time at GW, DiBiasio learned a lot about being a competitive runner. The track program demanded more time and energy than she had ever experienced, but she took it in stride. She quickly learned that it was no longer just about showing up for runs, it was about putting in the work off the field too — a hard lesson for a lot of runners to learn. This required more work on flexibility and a ton of work on strength to correct her form. She watched her diet like it was a religion.

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Running Shorts

D.C.’s Kerry Allen was a guest on the Run Farther and Faster podcast.

Oakton High School and American University alumna Samia Akbar was a guest on the Ali on the Run podcast.

The Guestbook Podcast recounted the Juneteenth Marathon held in Washington, D.C. June 13.

Herndon alumna Hiruni Wijayaratne was a guest on the Rambling Runner podcast.

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Name: Ryan Bos

Self-described age group: 45-50

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Occupation: Executive Director, Capital Pride Alliance

Volunteer roles in the running world: Organized a challenging 8K trail and road race off of Lake Michigan, called the Tower Run.

Why you run: To stay fit, mentally healthy, and be able to indulge my sweet tooth for dark chocolate.

When did you get started running:  Playing night time team tag growing up in my neighborhood, as early as third and fourth grade.

Have you taken a break from running: Yes. I had some knee issues after high school, come to find out I needed a heel lift in my right shoe because my leg was shorter. More recently I took about 2.5 months off because of COVID-19 and a follow-up condition that had me in the hospital for about 10 days.

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