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      • If vaccination rates continue on pace in Washington, D.C., outdoor races will be allowed to resume at 50 percent capacity, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced April 5.
      • The City of Rockville is collecting input about the future of RedGate Park via a survey that you can take here.
      • I have updated the DMV Distance Derby, you can see the standings through March here.
      • The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its Division I All-Academic individual and team honors for the 2020-2021 cross country season. Local runners include:
        Alyssa Aldridge Georgetown
        Margaret Coogan George Washington
        Sami Corman Georgetown
        Katie Dammer Georgetown
        Maggie Donahue Georgetown
        Annabelle Eastman George Mason
        Camden Gilmore Georgetown
        Bethany Graham Furman John Champe
        Mary Hennelly Georgetown
        Kyra Holland William & Mary Loudoun Valley
        Caroline Howley Duke McLean
        Baylee Jones Georgetown
        Rachel McArthur Colorado Patriot
        Harry Monroe Virginia Gonzaga
        Peter Morris Virginia Loudoun Valley
        Matthew Payamps Georgetown
        Jack Salisbury Georgetown
        Parker Stokes Georgetown
        Women’s Teams GPA
        American University 3.8
        George Washington University 3.67
        Georgetown University 3.668
        George Mason University 3.5
        Men’s Teams GPA
        George Mason University 3.52
        George Washington University 3.41
        Georgetown University 3.41
        American University 3.36
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Name: Judy Doldorf

Self-described age group:  I am pretty deep into the Masters Division at this point

Residence:   Manassas, Va.

Occupation:  Public Safety GIS Manager for Fairfax County Department of Information Technology

How has your running changed in the last year:  As races started to get sucked up in the COVID vacuum, I went into more of a maintenance mode.  Instead of following a schedule, I ran when I wanted and I didn’t stick to any set mileage or pace goals.  The flexibility and not having any set goals was actually kind of nice. 

Why you run:  Running is just a part of my life.  Not running doesn’t feel normal to me.  Sometimes I run for mental clarity.  Sometimes I run to feel the sun and wind and rain.  Sometimes I run to spend time with friends and sometimes I just run to simply run.

When did you get started running: I’ve been running my entire life, but after having kids, I started running and racing on a regular basis.  I think it had something to do with needing some “me” time.

Have you taken a break from running:  I have, but not by choice.  See my answer below for the major injury question.

Training shoe:  I am all Altra!  For road, my go to is the Altra Escalante. For trail, Altra Superior.

Coach or training group:  My coach is Devon Yanko with Chaski Endurance Collective.  I cannot say enough about her and this group!  My training group is DQTC and again, I cannot say enough about this group!

The hardest race you’ve ever run:  Maybe because it is still fresh in my head, but I’d have to say the Terrapin Mountain 50K.  It is a great race that offers a bit of everything from forest roads, jeeps trails, single track, etc. with the bonus of about 7,000 feet of elevation gain which is no joke.  So.  Much.  Climbing.  This race had me walking sideways to get up/down stairs for a couple of days.

Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running: I’ve been heading toward the ultramarathon distance for some time now and have a few 50K races and one 50 miler under me.  So, I am going to take it a bit further and see how the 100K and 100 miler feel.

Favorite local trail:  I frequent the trails in Prince William Forest, so those trails are at the top of my list.  I love running on the Appalachian Trail, although I don’t get the opportunity to do so often.

My best race was:  I ran the 2015 NYC Marathon.  This race wasn’t the best because of my result (it was actually my worst marathon time), but the experience of the race itself.  The energy and excitement at this race is like no other!

Favorite local race: I am a big fan of the EX2 Adventure trail races.  I’ve run a number of them over the years and they never fail to disappoint.

Ideal post-run meal: In an ideal world, my post run meal would be a huge veggie omelette with a side of home fries and bacon.  But until I get my own personal chef, a fruit and protein smoothie, it is!

Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc: I am a fan of Spring Energy.  All the flavors are excellent, but my favorite is Speednut.

Pet peeve:  Runners that come to a dead stop at aid stations.  I have smashed into many a runner that have done this.

Goals: I am training for my first 100K in June.  I am hoping to run a 100 miler in the fall but have not decided on that just yet.  It just seems so far to run.  Haha.

Your advice for a new runner:  Do not compare yourself to others.  Run for yourself.

Song in your head during a run:  I did go through a phase when my kids were younger and songs from their various shows would repeat in my head.  Try running to the Team Umizoomi theme song in your head and not breaking into some sort of dance in the middle of your run.  Or better yet, the Baby Shark song.  Admit it, now it is in your head.  You’re welcome.

Have you dealt with a major injury:  Unfortunately, yes.  In 2017, I suffered a pelvic fracture due to a misstep into a pothole to avoid an oncoming car.  This basically transformed me into a couch potato for six months.

Running quote:  “If you run, you are a runner.  It doesn’t matter how fast or how far…”

Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner:  The DC area has so much to offer for all kinds of runners.  There are a ton of trails and paths that offer many many miles.  And on any given (normal) weekend, you can usually find multiple races at various distances.

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  • Part of the Western Ridge Trail will be closed for up to seven months for rebuilding starting March 31 between Porter Street NW to Bluffs Footbridge along Beach Drive NW. It’s the paved path that runs under the Porter Street Bridge, and the detour will follow the paved path on the other side of Rock Creek.
  • The National Park Service has rolled back the pedestrian closure of East Potomac Park.
  • Georgetown alumnus Andrew Bumbalough was a guest on the Morning Shakeout podcast.
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  • East Potomac Park and West Potomac Park will be closed to pedestrians during peak cherry blossom bloom, which is a variable but generally forecast to be March 26 – April 12, so Hains Point will be inaccessible in an effort to reduce crowding during the pandemic.
  • Montgomery County is closing Little Falls Parkway, between River Road and Arlington Road.
  • Marine Corps Marathon men’s course record holder Jeff Scuffins (2:14:01) died at 58.
  • Thomas Jefferson alumna and Springfield resident Shauneen Werlinger was a guest on the D3 Glory Days podcast.
  • Georgetown sophomore Maggie Donahue and women’s cross country coach Mitchell Baker were honored by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as athlete of the year and coach of the year for the Mid-Atlantic cross country region.
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As fog rolled rapidly though the Cumberland Mountains in Eastern Tennessee, it created a strobe-like effect as dawn was breaking. From a fire tower, Rockville’s John Kelly could be seen, then not seen, then seen again… climbing a long hillside cleared for power lines.

Conrad Laskowski and Ed Aramayo watched Kelly pick up something orange, shake it around and put it on his head.

“It was a wool hat,” Laskowski said.

Photo: Conrad Laskowski
John Kelly climbs “Rat Jaw” on his fifth loop of the 2017 Barkley Marathons. Photo: Ed Aramayo

Even five days later, the excitement perked up Kelly’s otherwise calm even-keeled demeanor.

“I spotted that orange hat I’m like, ‘Score! this is awesome!” he said. “It’s one of the most exciting things I’ve ever seen.”

That hat, along with the plastic grocery bag he had fashioned into a poncho, helped Kelly, 32, mitigate the cold and rain and repurpose them to help propel him forward, with just a few miles to go in what was likely 130 miles over 59 hours and 31 minutes, over some of the most rugged terrain in distance running.

In 2017, he became the 15th person to complete the Barkley Marathons over 30 years, the first from the Washington, D.C. area.

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  • The W&OD Trail bridge spanning Lee Highway in Arlington opened March 12.
  • Montgomery County will resume closing two sections of Little Falls Parkway to motorists on weekends starting March 27.
  • Loudoun County’s Office of Mapping and Geographic Information has launched a new mobile-friendly online map of the county’s unpaved roads.
  • The Montgomery County Council will be discussing budget amendments March 23 at 9 a.m., including the includsion of the Capital Crescent Trail Tunnel. View the meeting here
  • The People’s Alliance for Rock Creek is organizing a campaign to ask the National Park Service to permanently close upper Beach Drive to through traffic.
  • The College of William and Mary announced that its men’s track and field team, previously retained for a season after initially being cut last September, will remain an NCAA sport.
  • Georgetown’s women team finished 18th and its men’s team finished 22nd at the NCAA Cross Country Championships March 15 in Stillwater, Okla. Georgetown alumnus and former coach Mike Smith coached Northern Arizona to the men’s title and Walt Whitman alumnus and former Georgetown coach Will Palmer, an assistant at Alabama, helepd coach women’s winner Mercy Chelangat and third place finisher Amaris Tyynismaa. Individual finishers with D.C.-area connections included:

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  • Registration for the Marine Corps Marathon’s virtual options will open Wednesday, March 10 at 12 p.m.. If the race is able to be run in-person this October, those registered for the virtual race will have priority for in-person registration.
  • Pacers Running, Summit to Soul and Vida Fitness are holding a virtual event at 7 p.m. March 10 for International Womxn’s Day including 40 minute yoga class and a panel discussing womxn’s leadership in the running community with Pacers CEO Kathy Dalby, Summit to Soul owner Kim Wattrick, Track Tuesday coach Keshia Roberson, New Balance’s Morgan Taylor and the November Project’s Katherine Foley. Learn more here
  • The District Department of Transportation and Rock Creek Park are holding a remote public meeting from 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. March 18 regarding the Rock Creek Park trail.
  • Georgetown’s men’s and women’s cross country teams qualfiied for the NCAA Championships, George Mason sophomore Annanbelle Eastman qualified as an individual
  • Georgetown graduate student Robert Brandt ran 13:24.31 to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 5,000 meters.
  • Georgetown alumna Emily Infeld ran 31:08.57 to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 10,000 meters. She was a guest on the More Than Running and For the Long Run podcasts.
  • Oakton and American alumna Keira D’Amato has signed a professional contract with Nike. She ran 32:16.82 at the Texas Qualifier to meet the U.S. Olympic Trials standard for the 10,000 meters.
  • I just learned about Georgetown alumnus Andre Laboy’s podcast Conversation Pace, which has featured interviews with a slew of other Georgetown alumni:
  • Georgetown alumna Josette Norris was a guest on the Run Your Mouth podcast.
  • A handful of local runners won distance titles at the Virginia Indoor Track state championships:
    • 5A 4×800 meters Freedom (South Riding) 9:46.88 – Kayleigh Burke, Maya Porter, Madison Garber, Mackenzie Keller
    • 6A 1600 meters – Zach Morse Oakton 4:16.73
    • 3200 meters Bryce Lentz 9:23.25
    • 3200 meters Gillian Bushee Herndon 11:07.52
    • 4×800 meters West Springfield 8:09.87 – Luke Hawkins, Alex Asady, Tyler Weeks, John O’Donnell
    • 4×800 meters West Springfield 9:48.11 – Chloe Miller, Ella Johnson, Aidan MacGrath, Jane Bruenjes
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Name: Omar Ali

Self-described age group: 50-55 (but I’m on the very low end of this age group)

Residence: Kensington, Md.

Occupation: Clinical scientist for a small biotech company

Volunteer roles in the running world: I usually volunteer for various roles with my running club (MCRRC). Most of the time, you can find me working as a course marshal or serving food at the end of a race. My favorite role is handing out bibs to runners – it’s fun to see the excitement on people’s faces, especially if it’s their first race.

How has your running changed in the last six months: I usually run with the club’s Experienced Marathon Program (XMP) in the summer and the club’s Winter Trails program in the…well winter (and I really miss running with these groups). With nothing in the immediate future to train for, I’ve just been maintaining some base mileage. I’ve definitely gotten slower during the pandemic, which has been discouraging. But I figure I’ll regain the speed once I start training for a race again. The time off from training has forced me to get a little more serious with strength and cross-training, which I’ve always neglected.

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