SDR for March 1, 2015

Believe or not, March is just a few days away although winter is still very much with us. However, we have good news to share for our Sunday Distance Run scheduled for March 1, 2015:

1. Many trails are clear of snow and ice so we’ll be able to return to our favorite routes.
2. Race Team Coordinator Julia Taylor is leading the run. She has some great routes planned for the group!

As always, we’ll be meeting at 8:00 a.m. in front of the CB2 store in Georgetown. Hope to see you out there!

P.S. Don’t forget – we’re fielding teams for spring races! Click here for more information.

WRC is Off to the Races !

Julia Taylor, Official Race Coordinator, Washington Running Club

Julia Taylor, Official Race Coordinator, Washington Running Club

Who could be a better Race Coordinator for Washington Running Club than the consummate racer, Julia Taylor?

As a strong runner and dedicated competitor, Julia is WRC’s new Race Coordinator. She has successfully lobbied the new president, Lauren Gabler, for funds to support WRC members who compete under the club’s banner.

To that end, you can expect that financial help with entry fees, gear, transportation and post-race snacks when you join one of the club’s teams.

Julia will be sending out queries periodically as races loom near. However, please feel free to let her know if there is a particular race that interests you. Take a look at the list of races, chat with your training partners and let Julia know if you want a particular race to be considered for subsidy. She will help you form a team and ensure that the club picks up part of the tab for your efforts.

• March 1st.  St. Pat’s 10K
• April 12th.  Cherry Blossom Ten Miler
• April 20th.  Boston Marathon
• April 26th.  George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Miler
• May 17th.  Capitol Hill Classic 10K
• June 13th.  Lawyers Have Heart 10K
• July 18th.  Rockville Twilight 8K
• September 13th.  Parks Half Marathon
• October 4th.  Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon
• October 25th.  Marine Corps Marathon
• November 8th.  Veterans Day 10K
• December 6th.  Jingle All the Way 5K

Julia can be reached at info@washrun.org

Run strong!

SDR UPDATE: Run on Saturday, 2/14 NOT Sunday, 2/15

Hello All –

Due to extreme cold on Sunday, and concern for everyone’s safety, we’re moving the Sunday Distance Run scheduled for Sunday, February 15 to Saturday, February 14. We’ll still meet in front of CB2 at 8:00 a.m.

This is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with all of the runners you love :)

Running routes will be determined tomorrow (Saturday) morning as this may affect training plans, long runs, etc.

If you have any questions, send an email to lauren@washrun.org.

Thanks!
Lauren

UPDATED: SDR Routes for February 8, 2015

The next Sunday Distance Run will take place on February 8, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. in front of the CB2 store in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Our pace groups include:

  • 7:00 min/mile – 8:00 min/mile AND the 8:00 min/mile – 9:00 min/mile groups running the High Road -Ranger Station Loop through Rock Creek Park for 13.6 miles with the opportunity to add on.
  • 10:00 min/mile group running 8-10 mile out-and-back run on the Capital Crescent Trail out of Georgetown to either Fletcher’s Boat House or the water fountain just beyond the Maryland State Line, respectively.

For more information on our routes, click here. If you have questions about our routes, or need a different distance/pace/etc, please send a message to president@washrun.org.

NEW POST RUN MEETING PLACE: We’ll be at the Washington Canoe Club after the run starting at 9:00 a.m. If you’re up for it, join us for coffee at Malmaison just down the road.

See you on Sunday!

2015 President’s message to WRC members

Greetings, my fellow WRC-ers,

I’m pleased to be writing to you as the Washington Running Club’s newest president and excited to join the WRC board for another year of running and socializing with our great club! I’d also like to thank Kirk Masterson for his two years of service to WRC as president – they are certainly big shoes to fill.

On Saturday, January 17, WRC held it’s annual meeting and party which lended itself to productive club discussions as well as lighthearted conversation catching up with friends both new and old. Many thanks to our VP, Carla Freyvogel, for hosting the party in her beautiful home and for serving wonderful meals and drinks – perhaps we should double as a cooking club?

Club Goals for 2015
Without further ado, let’s lay out some of our goals for the next year based on feedback from club members.

  • Increase participation on the WRC board: the WRC board is the heartbeat of the club. While we have several positions already filled – including President, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Treasurer, Social and Outreach Coordinator, and Race Manager – we need more support for other important positions, such as Secretary and Run Coordinator, to name a few. Click here to learn more about the positions and send an email to me at lauren@washrun.org if you’re interested in joining the board!
  • Grow the Sunday Distance Run pace groups: WRC is growing and that’s great news for our Sunday Distance Runs. A greater number of runners means greater opportunity to have a running partner and improve your running overall. We plan to do this by continuing to embrace the greater DC running community and welcoming runners of all levels.
  • Socialize more!: running forms great bonds, but there’s something special about seeing your best running friends out of uniform (in non-running clothes) for the first time! This year, we’ll have more happy hours, outings, and special runs, volunteer opportunities, and it will be posted on our club calendar so you can plan for our events.

How can I help?

Join the board or organize an event: there’s a lot you can do to give back to the club! Whether it’s joining the board or organizing a happy hour, you can dedicate as much or as little time as you want – everything helps.  Reach out to lauren@washrun.org with your ideas.

Represent WRC at a race: signed up for any races? Join the WRC racing team! Send an email to our Race Coordinator, Julia Taylor, at jtrunningdc@gmail.com to learn more.

On behalf of the WRC Board, thank you so much for your membership, camaraderie, and commitment to running. We have a lot to look forward to in the coming year and I am thrilled to be sharing it with you!

See you on Sunday,
Lauren

Vote now for the recipient of the 2014 Alfred tomFelde Trophy!

Kit Wells and the tomFelde Trophy

Kit Wells proudly displaying the tomFelde Trophy at our 2013 annual meeting and party.

Believe it or not, another running-filled year has passed, which means it’s time to vote for the recipient of the 2014 Alfred tomFelde Trophy! This award is one of WRC’s highest honors and commemorates one individual who provided exceptional service to the club.

Since 1972, there have been 29 recipients of the award, many of whom are still active members of the club. Last year, the tomFelde Trophy was awarded to Kit Wells for his outstanding redesign of the WRC website and maps and overall promotion of the club.

Who should follow in their footsteps?

Send an email to lauren@washrun.org by Sunday, February 15 to cast your vote!