Competition: Washington Running Club Runs the World!

Grand Prize: $100 gift certificate to Pacers!!!!!!

We know you all like good competition! Here is your chance to tap into both your creative spirit and your competitive nature…all without lacing up your racing flats.

WRC singlet relaxes on the porch.  Long Island Sound, Waterford, CT, USA.  Photo by Carla Freyvogel

WRC singlet relaxes on the porch. Long Island Sound, Waterford, CT, USA. Photo by Carla Freyvogel

Photograph your WRC singlet as it ventures around the world. Take it to the beach! Have it scale Mt. Rushmore! Bribe Beyoncé to bop down a Brooklyn street with it nicely pinned for the perfect fit. Being the international crowd that we are, we are expecting to see the singlet with Big Ben in the background or Scotland Yard. YOU think up the possibilities!

Competition Details:
  • Prize: $100 gift certificate to Pacers Running Stores.
  • Entries close: December 31, 2014, midnight
  • Elgible participants: WRC members in good standing
  • Prize awarded: WRC’s Annual Party in late January 2015
  • Judges: Three of the newest WRC members of 2014 & two members of the WRC Board of Directors. These individuals are not excluded from competing!

Send your photos to Carla Freyvogel at Multiple entries are permitted.

A gallery of current contest entries is available here.

A HUGE thanks to the Pacers Running Stores gang for their support and enthusiasm!

Club Singlets: Available Now, Visible Everywhere

Will Cotton's "Cupcake Katy" (2010) went on view at the National Portrait Gallery, but not without some local finishing touches.

Will Cotton’s “Cupcake Katy” (2010) went on view at the National Portrait Gallery, but not without some local finishing touches.

Our store has finally reopened to take your pre-orders for club racing singlets! One American songbird, Katy Perry, already received hers and wore it out to the National Portrait Gallery (June 18 – July 6)! artnet News has another view of Katy’s NPG selfie.

So WRC members: place your orders, and we’ll have you suited for our own sweet sport.

The Snows of Washington-jaro*

There are some times when we reluctantly bid friends farewell, and others when we are lucky to welcome them into our lives. Now, in a way, is both of those times.

Last summer, we said goodbye to Jonathan Baker, who was recalled by his unicorn brethren back to Marathon Mecca. But at the same time, we gained new friends and clubmates in Japan’s Daisuke Ogata and the UK’s Paul and Fiona Karlsen.

Now, in this past week we said お別れで安全な旅行 to Daisuke, who returns back to his family and fuller life in Sanda-shi. But we also recently welcomed two new members into our Young Harriers division! Here are some eyewitness reports about that breaking news:

From Elizabeth Lambert and Bill Hamblet, on February 22nd:

Evelyn Paige Laub Hamblet
(Ellie, Evie or “Peanut” – Evelyn is French for hazelnut btw – no accident).
7 lbs 1oz, 20 inches
Loooong toes and fingers
Tranqs out when in a stroller or wheelchair going over bumps (I attribute this to running – I’ve heard babies of runners tend to self soothe).
Her PR was in the Annapolis 10 miler back in Aug. She has also done the Parks Half and Run for the Parks and Tufts 10K for women (and women carrying future women).
WRC member I believe on my family plan.

And from Paul and Fiona Karlsen, on March 5th:

Hans Ernest Karlsen
Just wanted to let you know that little Hans Karlsen was born at 8.30am this morning, weighing in at 8lbs 2oz.
Fiona and Hans both doing well but very tired.
Cheers, Paul

Guess who’s receiving the next round of XXXXS singlets? Those two little leopard cubs, that’s who. Welcome to the club!

* with apologies to Papa.


Just a quick note of recognition and thanks to Carla Freyvogel, Mahdere Paulos Hirigo, Kayla Nolan, and Edward Dudlik, for combining forces in order to present a wonderful “Town of Runners” evening, shared with so many new and old friends. Our WRC hearts are with Bekoji, our minds are filled with thoughtful dialogue prompted by the film, and our legs are ready to carry us over the hills and around the track, just like Alemi and Hawii.

For those who feel moved by the screening to enable athletic, educational and leadership opportunities for Ethiopian women runners, we unhesitatingly suggest supporting the Girls Gotta Run Foundation.

Special thanks go to WRCers Liz Lambert and Michaela Corr, who both helped the club to coordinate this event, despite being drawn away to their other (amazing) obligations.

And finally, many thanks to everyone who attended tonight.