Name: Roxane Sismanidis
Self-described age group: 62 (60-64 age group)
Residence: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: retired State Department, volunteer with the National Park Service and Casey Trees
Volunteer roles in the running world: Vice president, Tidal Basin Run
Why I run: It’s who I am and what I do. I love the exercise and running outside.
When did you get started running: Senior year in high school

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Name: Brian Murphy

Self-described age group: 30-34M

Residence: Silver Spring

Occupation: Aeronautical Information Manager at the Federal Aviation Administration

Volunteer roles in the running world: I am the coordinator of Montgomery County Road Runners’ Sunday Long Run (Meets at Ken-Gar Park every Sunday at 8:00). I volunteer often in many roles at the College Park parkrun – including Run Director. I am the newly formed Pub Run co-coordinator for MCRRC (meets at local pubs for social runs 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month). I’ll soon help as co-coordinator of MCRRC racing team. I’m also a regular fixture as course marshal, race packet stuffer, or packet volunteer at a lot of MCRRC races.

Why I run: I run because I love it. I love to see how much I can push myself to hit new goals. I also love the running community. I’ve met some of my best friends though the running community.

When did you get started running: I started running about 9 years ago as a way to get fit.

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Monumental Runner – Ken Alegre

Name: Ken Alegre
Self-described age group: 35-40
Residence: Arlington   
Occupation: Software Tester
Why I run: I run to inspire others to make the impossible possible. If we are dedicated into putting in the time and the effort into improving yourself, especially into improving any weaknesses that we have, we can achieve anything. This applies not only to running, but anything in life that we want to accomplish.

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Monumental Runner – Mike Tosto

Photo: Brian W. Knight/Swim Bike Run Photo
Photo: Brian W. Knight/Swim Bike Run Photo

Name: Mike Tosto

Self-described age group: 30-34

Residence: Springfield, Va.

Occupation: Mechanical & aerospace engineer

Volunteer roles in the running world: I coordinate and lead the Saturday Long Run group for DC Road Runners Club, which meets every weekend year-round in Arlington, VA, across the street from the Iwo Jima Memorial. Everyone is always welcome to join us if you’d like some company on your long runs!

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Amanda Marr with daughter, Claire
Amanda Marr with daughter, Claire

Amanda Marr

Self-described age group: 44 years old 

Residence: Washington, DC 

Occupation: Communications VP at an aging services association

Volunteer participation in running: I’m the chair of the board of directors for Girls on the Run – DC, a nonprofit organization that runs 10-week programs for girls in grades 3-5 that teaches them important life lessons, while also training to run a 5k. It’s an incredible program. We serve girls in all wards of the city. 

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Name: John Ausema

Self-described age group: masters

Residence: Greenbelt, Md. 

Occupation: high school science teacher and cross country coach

Why I run: I enjoy exploring on foot, communing with woods and trails, and of course the “runner’s high”. Running keeps me fit, and it’s become so much a part of my routine that I would have difficulty if I stopped.

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susan pereles

Name: Susan Pereles

Self-described age group: 50-54

Residence: Potomac, Md.

Occupation: Director, Field Development, Autism Speaks (creator & race director for July 4 Autism Speaks 5k in Potomac for last 17 years)

Why I run: I run for two primary reasons–because it feels so good when I’m done and it pretty much allows me to eat whatever I want…and I do LOVE to eat!!

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