Club News, July 8, 2003

The WRC – Club News, July 8, 2003

People news, member race results, new racing page, pool outing success, at the track, Sunday distance run, and sites of DC.

Here for the Summer
Doug Herman, 27, is in town doing an internship at the World Bank. Doug, a runner and triathlete who recently ran a 64 minute 10 miler, has been joining us on the Sunday runs and at the track.


We are sad to report that Patrick Dudley will soon be leaving the DC area to attend Duke University this fall where he’ll work toward his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in economics, as well as jump right in to help resolve the ACC/Big East conference mess. They need some good old fashioned clear economic thinking there, Patrick…we know you can help them out (tell them “money-grubbing bad, education good!“).

Pat has been a regular at the Sunday runs and we’ve been seeing grand improvement in his running and racing. If he hasn’t seen it himself, he’s not looking hard enough. The guy is clearly talented and we see great things in his running future as long as his studies don’t lead him to become overly economical about his training.

Prior to his departure, we intend to hold some suds aloft and toast to his future success. Stay tuned for more on said happy hour event.

Races on the 4th were run under some extremely hot and humid weather conditions. Prior to the races, the following forecast was heard from a Mr. Adrian Cronauer: “The weather out there is hot and shitty, with continued hot and shitty in the afternoon. Tomorrow a chance of continued crappy weather. A pissy weather front coming down from the north. Basically it’s hotter than a snake’s ass in a wagon rut.”(from Good Morning Vietnam)

Thus, those members running ventured into their respective races with a mindful of detailed weather data.

Cure Autism Now 5k, July 4th, Potomac, MD


Run on a rolling course right in the middle of Potomac…starting and finishing at the Potomac Library. Over 700 finishers.

2nd Frank Sprtel 30  15:50 (top 5 prize winner)
9th Jim Wadsworth 46  17:27 (1st age group)
16th Bryon Powell 25  17:55
63d David Keating 43  20:38

4th Nikki Underwood 22  19:03 (top 5 prize winner)
5th Maria Kozloski 38 19:29 (top 5 prize winner)
8th Marie Sandrock 31  20:23 (1st age group)
30th Erica Morton 26  23:00
33d Sarah Buckheit 43  23:24
144th Anne Aurand 48  30:22

Frank studies the arrows to ensure directional correctness

Front pack hurdles speed bump showcasing additional talents

Erica brings it on in 

PVTC Go Fourth 8k, Alex, VA, July 4th


3d Beth Miller 33  34:17 (top 3)

10th Jay Wind 53  31:46 (1st age group)

DCRRC Age Handicapped 4 Miler, Alex, VA, July 4th


12th Jay Wind 53, 15th Roberto Rodriguez 47, 18th Mark Drosky 42, 40th Bob Platt 51, 50th James Scarborough 45

Western States 100 Miler, June 28th & 29th, (272 finishers)


The Western States Endurance Run is one of the oldest ultra trail events in the world and certainly one of the most challenging. The Run is conducted along the Western States Trail starting at Squaw Valley, California, and ending in Auburn, California. The trail ascends from the Squaw Valley floor (elevation 6,200 feet) to Emigrant Pass (elevation 8,750 feet), a climb of 2,550 vertical feet in the first 4½ miles. From the pass, following the original trails used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850’s, runners travel west, climbing another 15,540 feet and descending 22,970 feet before reaching Auburn. Most of the trail passes through remote and rugged territory, accessible only to hikers, horses and helicopters (let’s not forget rugged moutain men & women too). I yi yi…that’s just crazy stuff….yet…

Prasad Gerard, our own rugged mountain man, took 72nd in the event and 23d in the over 40 age group in 23:19:33. This is from Prasad: “I ran the last 10 miles very strong and I survived the canyons. I am looking forward to Vermont on the 19th of July.” Vermont is another 100 miler!…you go Prasad!

Prasad looking remarkably strong and fit at the
end of a mere 100 miles…we guess the gold and
silver in his pockets didn’t weigh him down too much

New Racing Page

A new web page with racing stuff (selected race info, training, volunteering, and general running info) is now on the page. It’s a work in progress at the moment, but will hopefully become a more comprehensive WRC racing resource page as time goes on. Check it out here! If anyone has anything they think should be added, please email us and let us know.
Racing Wrap Up

We humbly and sincerely apologize if we’ve forgotten any members in races, who would have liked to have seen their names in print. If so, send an email to and we’ll update the page just for you!

In the future, if you run a race out of town and want to see your results posted, please send any info in. Interesting quotes or observations are welcome as well.
Pool Outing – Splashingly Good Fun

Thanks to the generosity and good will hosting of Tris Kruger, more than two dozen WRCers and associated friends enjoyed a swimmingly good time on the 4th of July in Potomac.
The refreshing pool certainly made the heat and humidity bearable.

Aside from Tris, the smiling countenances of the following were recorded: Sarah Buckheit, Win Persina, Erica Morton, Nikki Underwood, Donna Ives, Adina Wadsworth, Anne Aurand, Susan Maher, David Young (and friend Abigail), Chris Duke, Brian Yourish, Henry Grossmann, Bryon Powell, James Scarborough, Steve Baker, Dave Keating, Jim Wadsworth, Gerry Ives, Jim Hage, Norman Brand, Ray, Jay Wind, Bob Platt, and Bob Trost.

General pool chatter and lounging about. James shows a few how to shrug off any tough questions they may someday encounter, such as, “now, just where are your weapons of mass destruction?!”

Chris Duke (in chair) does lifeguard duty over some water challenged runners

Members in varying degrees of pool proximity, though the deck over 
troubled waters remains empty

Tris takes first in the umbrella carrying event as Chris (shirted) and Brian (naked) discuss New Joisy (coinkidinkely, both are from there)

Hi ho Silver Bike! Bryon conquers the water motorcycle jump by being the only one to
stay on and upright…thus, he was the outright winner of the prestigious water
motorcycle award to be determined and given later

At the Track


We continue to get great turnouts at the Tuesday eve track workouts. Some of those showing lately include:

  • Erica Morton (and friend Marcus)
  • Adina Wadsworth
  • Heidi Reester
  • Ashley Etue
  • Julie Warner (and friend Melissa)
  • Jaimie Graetz
  • Steve Baker
  • Bryon Powell (and friend Rob)
  • David Young
  • Bruce Reynolds
  • Al Han
  • Frank Sprtel
  • Mike Wardian
  • Patrick Dudley
  • Ben Gutman (and friend Felice)
  • Jim Wadsworth
  • Yancy Hall
  • Jim Heileman
  • Doug Herman
  • Dave Keating

Also, our esteemed president Barb Fallon Wallace has been showing for some striders as she continues her recovery from a stress fracture.Party on dudes!

For more info on WRC track workouts, the track page tells a story or two.

Sunday Distance Runs

We Want YOU! 


For distances of 10-18 miles (if you want/need to go shorter, you can turn around and head back at any point to your liking since our runs are almost always out and back courses). We start at 8 am in Georgetown on M Street.  Distance run info and directions

Sites of DC – What is This?


This section of the news will be a regular feature…bringing attention to some of the sites and places in our Nation’s capital. Spots somewhat off the beaten path will be highlighted, though occasionally we may present things more well known as well. If members care to run about the city once in a while, they’ll likely come across some of these…so study on so you’ll know what you’re passing.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial pictured here and erected in 1991 honors all of America’s federal, state and local law enforcers. Inscribed on the Memorial’s blue-gray marble walls are the names of more than 14,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty, dating back to the first known death in 1794.

Designed by Washington, D.C. architect Davis Buckley, the Memorial sits on three acres of federal park land called Judiciary Square. The site has served for some 200 years as the seat of our nation’s judicial branch of government. A glance around the space finds plush carpets of grass, nearly 60,000 plants and 128 trees decorating the Memorial grounds. Each year, around the first of April, some 14,000 orange and yellow daffodils make the Memorial one of Washington’s most spectacular attractions. (Source)

This is a very calm, honorable, and relaxed site worth checking out…it’s located near the Building Museam between Union Station and downtown along E Street, NW.

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