WRC News, February 2011

Washington Running Club February 2011
WRC: We run the nation’s capital.

Long Run — SUNDAY LONG RUNS begin at 8 am, as always! Meet on the corner of 33rd and M in Georgetown, and meet for coffee at Dean and Deluca after the run.
Happy New Year, Washington Running Club!

Happy New Year from WRC President John Kendra

I hope that all of you will leverage the resource that is WRC to further your goals for the year, whether in athletic performance and development, general health & fitness, or recreation (ideally all of the above).
Big shout out and thanks to outgoing Prez Elyse Braner and her team (Amanda, James, Tamma, Dan, Brian, and Madeline) for their great service to WRC over the last couple of years. Elyse set the bar pretty high with her considerable energy and enthusiasm, attributes she is now employing at her gig with the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.

So who the heck am I?? My bio info: I have been a member of WRC for about five years now and in particular have become a fixture on the Sunday morning long-run scene. While I have never been mistaken for a “gifted athlete” I have been a lifelong fitness aficionado: running since about age 10, practicing weightlifting about that long, and, for about the last six years, a committed yoga practitioner. My wife Sylvia and I live in Falls Church City, Va.; our two sons Joseph and Gabe are currently in college (William & Mary, VCU). By occupation I am a research engineer for SAIC.

The new WRC board (see below) met on December 18 and discussed a wide range of issues. In a nutshell the goals we have for the club are very simple: 1) continuity in the club elements we all value, in particular the Sunday long runs and post-run social scene at Dean & DeLuca, the annual party (see below), and ~bi-monthly happy hours; and 2) increased emphasis on participation of WRC teams—either as runners or volunteers—at interesting races.

The benefits of the latter goal are multifold; increased team participation in races benefits the individual, strengthens bonds among club members, and raise the public profile of WRC. Two excellent upcoming opportunities (about which you will be hearing more) are:

· Carefirst Bluecross Blueshield National Half Marathon Team Relay (March 26, shares course with SunTrust National Marathon, Relay legs are 5 miles, 5 miles, and 3.1 miles)
· American Odyssey Relay (April 29-30, 12 teammates, 200 miles from Gettysburg PA to Washington DC)

Please know that this invitation to participation applies to you (yes, you) as a member of WRC. It’s your club, and the WRC board wants to hear whatever good ideas you might have (though we will also request you contribute some energy towards turning good ideas into reality :-D).

That’s all for now (what, you want more…?!). I am truly looking forward to running with you in 2011!

Wanted: Reebok Product Testers!

This from WRC member Liz Lambert:

I’ve been working as a fit tester for Reebok for a bit and they are in need of more testers (below). It’s fun. You always have the option of not participating in any trial. Generally you wear something for several weeks, rate it, fill out a questionnaire and send the garment back. Then they send it back to you to keep for free (unless you hate it in which case it seems they send you something even better …) Happy to answer any questions if it’s of any interest […snip] –Liz

Liz can be reached at lambert.liz@gmail.com. Below, the info from Reebok:

We are currently looking for fitness enthusiasts to test Reebok apparel and footwear. If you have any friends or family that wear a

Women’s size 5, 7 or 9 shoe,
Men’s size 9, 11, 12 or 13 size shoe (we only test basketball footwear in Men’s size 11 and 13) or
Men’s or Women’s Apparel tops or bottoms in size Medium
please have them email us at producttesting@reebok.com.
Thank you for being a valued product tester for Reebok.


Enjoy the newsletter, not to mention the cachet conferred upon you when it’s learned you’re a member of DC’s finest running club?

Then pay your dues. Here’s how:

Send a check payable to Washington Running Club or WRC to James Scarborough, P.O. Box 545 McLean, VA, 22101. Please include your postal and email addresses with the check.

Amount: Annual dues are $20 for individual and $30 for family membership, due in January. If you join on or after September 1st, you are paid for the remainder of that year and the entire following year.

Track Time

Get the edge on your competitors by hitting the track now! Options:
Group at Banneker Track (DC): Wednesday mornings at 6:45A, led by Steve Laico (stephenlaico@gmail.com)
Potomac Runners @ Washington/Lee HS track (Arlington, VA), Wednesday evenings at 6:30P; www.potomacrunners.com
NOVA Runners: generally have Tuesday track workouts in Arlington, but current status is unknown; www.novarun.com
Capital Area Runners @ Washington/Lee HS track : Tuesday AM/PM track workouts; Thu PM/Fri AM tempo runs; www.capitalarearunners.com
If you know of other workouts, please inform us!

Race Results

Left: Dan Yi finishes second overall at NCR Marathon. Congrats, Dan!
Anthem Great Pumpkin 5k (10/9/2010, Reston VA): Kirk Masterson, 18:24, second place in age group. John Kendra, 18:46, first place in age group.
21st Annual National Capitol Region Marathon (11/27/2010): Dan Yi, 2:38:08, second place overall
New York Road Runners Jingle Jog 4-Miler (12/11/2010): Carla Freyvogel, 32:27, second place in age group.

Congratulations to all our runners. Send us your results. Go, WRC!
WRC “Holiday” Party
Ahem, we’re still getting it together. Plan on late Feb/early March and watch your inbox for an update.

Share your news: Got race results, running stories, or other (G-rated) content/photos of interest? Newsletter submissions are welcome! E-mail Christine Hackman at hackman.christine@gmail.com
Washington Running Club: We run the nation’s capital!

Have ideas for WRC activities, long run routes, etc? Just want to chat about running? Contact us at jrkinva@gmail.com or hackman.christine@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

President: John Kendra
Vice President: Christine Hackman
Secretary: Kirk Masterson
Treasurer: James Scarborough
Director at Large: Deborah Pressley
Director at Large: Dan Yi