WRC should NEVER turn down an invitation to a party!

From our friend, Samia Akbar at the Clarendon Pacers:

“I just wanted to extend an invite to you and everyone else at the Washington Running Club to the Nike Women’s Half Prep-Rally put on by Pacers happening Thursday, April 11th. This event will be held at the Clarendon location at 7pm. We’ll have plenty of delicious food, sweet treats, giveaways, fashion shows, specials on Nike apparel, a DJ etc!!! It’s going to be a super fun atmosphere so please feel free to stop in and bring friends. This open to everyone, people training for the race and new runners alike.”

I am thinking we gather at American Tap Room (map) afterwards? Should be fun for all!

Laura Jennings Wins 2 Gold Medals at Masters Indoor Championships

One of Laura Jennings' two gold medals

Clockwise from top left: Laura Jennings, Eileen Kickish, Jess Crawford, and Debra Cane. Photo courtesy of USATF

Last weekend, WRC member Laura Jennings raced to 1st place in both the women’s 30-35 3000 Meter race and the women’s 30-39 non-club 4 x 800 Meter race at the 2013 Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Championships took place in Landover, MD.

On Friday afternoon, Laura tackled the 3000 Meter race—her first ever. She crushed the competition, beating the next woman in her division by over a minute. After her race, she watched Orville Rogers, 95 years old, race to a 3000 Meter world record for his age division. The entire crowd stood to cheer on Rogers during his final laps. “To see such an athletic feat at that age was nothing short of amazing,” says Laura. Rogers would go on to set six world records at the meet. Continue reading

Metric Marathon SDR

Google responded that 26.2 km is roughly 16.2799 miles. For those interested in covering this distance during this Sunday’s Distance Run (SDR), I propose Rock Creek Trail with a modified version of the Western Ridge-Valley Trail Loop. The modification to the posted route will be turning onto Wise Road (from Western Ridge Trail to Valley Trail) rather than continuing up to Beach Drive. Assuming a fully charged battery, we will have a better map for this run after Sunday.

Yes, all 30 foot high geysers will be avoided!

See you Sunday!

Volunteer Opportunity: W&OD 5K

This comes from the desk of our tireless club treasurer, James Scarborough:

I would like to propose that WRC provide Arlington Safety and Health Foundation (Jay Wind‘s non-profit) race assistance on Sunday, 24 March, at the W&OD 5K. The race starts at 4pm and doesn’t conflict with Sunday morning. The registration starts at 2:30pm and I’m sure [Jay] can use a person or two there. There’s also a need for course sentries in several locations. Since it’s a double out and back 5K on the bike-path, nobody will out there that long.

Probably absolute maximum time commitment would be between 2:30 and 5:30 (and that’s helping to clean up). I’ll probably be running the race and probably helping with the packet pickup; last year I helped registration too, and I’ve helped at the finish line in the past as well.

So, if we can get four or five WRC people helping, that would be great. The starting point is practically next door to John Kendra, too, right in the middle of Falls Church.

Friends of the W&OD are a beneficiary, and the local Boy Scout troop usually provides volunteers.

If you would like to lend a hand on this coming Sunday, March 24th, please contact James at either treasurer@washrun.org or jbs1958 [at] comcast [dot] net. He will make sure that your talents are used either on the course or to help with other parts of the race.

And for those who are interested in racing, you can enter either online or by USPS mail.