WRC Giving Back!

WRC’s first volunteer opportunity of the year is quickly approaching! This year, we’ll be cleaning up the area around the Washington Canoe Club – a location where we’ve all logged many miles running as well as enjoying post-run refreshments with gorgeous views of the Potomac.

Here’s the details:

What: Potomac River Watershed Cleanup
Where: Meet at the Washington Canoe Club
When: Cleanup runs from 9:00am-12pm on 4/11/15, meet outside the Washington Canoe Club at 8:45am
RSVP: Please email Pat O’Keefe at pg.okeefe@gmail.com by 3/25/15 if you would like to join (limited spaces available)
Getting there: Parking is only available at the boathouse for Washington Canoe Club members.  Metered street parking and parking garages are available on Water Street near the boathouse.  Volunteers are also encouraged to take public transportation or bike.
Suggestions: Volunteers are encouraged to bring water bottles, as well as wear long sleeves, pants and sturdy shoes.  Gloves and bags will be provided.
Many thanks to our volunteer coordinator, Pat, for organizing this great event!

2015 Boston Marathon Teams

Here’s a message from our Race Team Coordinator, Julia Taylor:

Spring is here and for many of us, our next big race is the Boston Marathon!

If you are a current team member running the Boston Marathon and are available to join a WRC team, please email me at jtrunningdc@gmail.com!

Currently, we have two racers for both the women’s open and women’s masters teams.  The deadline to register team members is March 30th.

I am also planning to organize either a shake-out run the day before or a social gathering after, so stay tuned…

Happy training everyone!

Let’s cheer on Julia and Robert at the RnR DC Marathon and Half!

rnr-dc-logo-15This Saturday, March 14, is the Rock n’ Roll Marathon and Half here in DC. We have two superstar runners competing in the races – Julia Taylor in the marathon and Robert Kirk in the half. Both have been training hard through the treacherous winter and are ready to wow the crowds tomorrow morning!

Any other WRC-er’s running that I missed?

Cheer Station
Let’s show Julia and Robert some WRC love tomorrow morning. Join our cheer station on Rock Creek Parkway between miles 5 and 6, around the Mass Avenue (Glover) Bridge and the Waterside Drive entrance. Many thanks to Julia Blakely for leading our cheer station which is perfectly placed just before the grueling Calvert hill!

If you can’t make it to this cheering section, but still want to support the runners, here’s a course map.

SDR for March 8, 2015 + Daylight Savings Reminder!

Somehow it’s March and it’s still snowing, but the WRC Sunday Distance Run is ON for Sunday, March 8. We’re expecting about 8 inches of snow, followed by a chilly Friday that won’t encourage too much melting of the snow and ice. Saturday and Sunday look like they’ll be a bit warmer – mid 40’s – so we’ll have to gauge the trail conditions over the next few days.

With that being said, our group will still be meeting at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 8 in front of the CB2 store on M Street in Georgetown (click here for directions). We’ll have folks running anywhere from 8 miles to 20 miles at a variety of paces. Everyone is welcome.

Don’t forget!
Daylight savings starts on Saturday night, meaning that we’ll lose an hour of sleep leading up to our long runs. Fear not: we’re still meeting for coffee post-run so we can guarantee caffeine will help you make it through the day!

First Sunday Photo: March 2015

Many thanks to our Race Coordinator, Julia Taylor, for leading our Sunday Distance Run last week. Numbers were low due to treacherous conditions, but our passion was high — especially for those training for Spring races!

Here’s our monthly first Sunday photo courtesy of Julia:

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Nice work, guys!

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!