Washington, DC


Name: Katie McHugh. Or Dinterbeast. I’ll answer to both.

Self-described age group: I’m timeless.

Residence: The Hill is Home.

Occupation: Pediatric oncology research nurse

Volunteer roles in the running world: I am an expert cowbell ringer and very proficient in vuvuzela blowing. I am also an exceptional relay van driver, and I will get the team to the next exchange on time no matter what ill directions I have been given.

How has your running changed in the last few weeks: I’ve whittled down to only one running partner: my one-year-old daughter, Molly.

Why you run: Because it’s fun, duh!

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Name: Laurence J Clark MD FACP

Self-described age group: Masters Senior

Residence: Mount Vernon, Va.

Occupation: Physician, Medicare Medical Director, Noridian Healthcare Solutions (13 states including West Coast), Volunteer Medical Director, Carpenters Shelter Clinic

Volunteer roles in the running world:  Organizer for the Run for Shelter to support local homelessness initiatives

How has your running changed in the last few weeks: I have been running by myself around the Chinquapin Park oval to maintain social distancing at the usual time I would be running with NOVA

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Running Shorts


Name: Rebecca Middleton

Self-described age group: 40-49

Residence: Arlington

Occupation: Anti-hunger leader – executive director of Alliance to End Hunger

How has your running changed in the last four weeks:  I was signed up for a number of spring races that were cancelled/postponed so it’s been a big mindshift. I’m most disciplined when I have a race on the calendar, so not knowing when the next in-person race will be is a challenge. A friend in Boulder sent me information about the Un-Cancelled Project virtual race series by Run the Edge  – it has been a fun way to stay motivated.  Another big change has been planning routes to maximize social distancing. For me this means avoiding trails and hitting quieter streets. The upside has been having a bit more flexibility with my schedule overall so easier to stick to a running routine. I’m grateful to still be able to run and try to be mindful of what a gift it is.

Volunteer roles in the running world: I’d signed up to volunteer for the first time at this year’s Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile. I was really looking forward to it, but clearly it wasn’t meant to be. I look forward to volunteering just as soon as races start back up.

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Tysons’s Chris Gellene, 58, spent his Easter Sunday differently than most. While families around the country were asleep in bed, Gellene was finishing up a 100-mile run sometime between 3:30 and 4 in the morning. But after some rest and a good night’s sleep, he says, “I got up the next day, it was Easter morning. I got and went about my Sunday.”

Originally signed up to run the Pistol 100-Miler in Tennessee, Gellene was worried when he learned that he would not be able to run the race. Gellene is no stranger to the 100-mile distance. The Pistol 100-Miler would have been his 12th.

“I trained for it and I was in shape and I’d run a lot of mileage,” he said.

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A Walt Whitman runner is getting a bone marrow transplant, but will need help from blood and platlet transfusions. 

Ben Lesser got a major boost in his fight acute myeloid leukemia when the National Marrow Donor Program yielded a partial match.


Help Ben

Donate blood

You can donate whole blood every 56 days. Lesser can accept A negative, B negative, AB negative and O negative.

Donate platlets

You can donate platelets every 7 or 14 days. In D.C., at the Donor Center at Children’s National Hospital, you can donate platelets every 14 days. Around the country, you can donate platelets every 7 days at the Red Cross (see the Red Cross website). If you have ever been pregnant, you may need to have an HLA test first.

Send Ben a card or note: 

Ben Lesser
6106 Harvard Ave. PO Box 607
Glen Echo, MD 20812

If you’d like to organize a group of people to donate blood, or if you simply prefer to speak to someone, please call the Donor Center at Children’s National Hospital at 202-476-5437.


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Name: Taylor Williamson

Self-described age group: 35-39

Residence: Silver Spring

Occupation: Global Health Systems Manager at RTI International

Volunteer roles in the running world: I have been a pacer for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile for years, and I volunteer for MCRRC races as I am able. Pikes Peek is one of my favorites!

Why you run: Ive run for so long that my motivations change about every couple of years. I run now because it keeps me sane by burning off excess energy and letting my mind shut down. I also really appreciate the running community in Montgomery County. It’s a dedicated and engaged group of people.

How has your running changed in the last four weeks: I was training for Pikes Peek in April; aiming to better a very slow 10K PR. Since that race and all the others have been shut down, I’m taking time off to heal from a bad hamstring strain.

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