Garret Martucci of Arlington, VA left plenty of cushion in his Father’s Day win at Dash for Dad. Right from the start, he proved to be the fastest competitor in the 820 person field, completing the 4 mile course in 20:59. But it wasn’t winning the race that was most special. Martucci was running for his uncle, who has prostate cancer. Dash for Dad, a 4 mile race starting at Pentagon Row in Arlington, VA was created by the Zero Project to End Prostate Cancer.
[button-red url=”https://register.racedctiming.com/results/default.aspx?event=13004&r=2963″ target=”_self” position=”left”] Results [/button-red]Eddie Valentine of Arlington, VA was 2nd place in 22:22. His father passed away when he was 14, and this was a special way to remember him. Rounding out the top 3 was Alex Roederer, 14, of West Bethesda, Maryland.
In the women’s race, Jenny Fitzgerald of Woodbridge, VA took home the title in 24:28. Looking to break 25 minutes, she was very pleased in achieving her goal. Mary Beth Chosak from Arlington, VA was second place in 26:19 and Melissa Wisner rounded out the top 3 in 26:25.
Not everyone participated in the open division at Dash for Dad. Runners had the option to stop at the first mile and put on a tie, a creative twist to today’s race. Andy Chosak of Arlington, VA selected this unique option. As a new father, today was extra special to Andy. He completed the race while pushing his 9-month old son, James, and watched his wife take home second place in the women’s division.
A kid’s dash preceded the run, with all ages and faces engaged on the starting line. Leo Weber-Jones, 6, made a point to run all out for Dad and never quit. Even his two year-old brother, Hugh, joined the fun. Drinking an entire Gatorade after the race, he proudly showed off his medal.
Dash for Dad is a national movement, featuring 27 races throughout the US with over 15,000 participants.