Washington DC – March 17, 2012
On a brisk early Saturday morning, I, along with 35 of my soon to be closest friends volunteered at the Rock-N-Roll marathon in Washington DC at mile 17. We arrived there between 7:30 am to 7:45 am. Volunteers set up tables, poured tons of water into cups and waited for the runners to arrive. The marathon began at 8 am. We anticipated our first runner around 9:40 am and sure enough, here came Michael Wardian, 5 time winner of this race and local elite running favorite. About 30 seconds later, another runner came by and then a few minutes later other runners. These guys are fast!!
Around 10 minutes later, our first female runner arrived. What I didn’t know at the time was, this runner who wound up winning the race; had not run more then 10 miles before this day. That’s impressive; but left me wondering how her legs felt on Sunday morning.
All in all, it was a great day! We saw waves of runners pass us, many runners thanked us for volunteering and the race director came by and told us we had the cleanest aid/water station. What he didn’t know is DC Capital Striders Running Group are pro’s at this stuff.
Thank you ALL volunteers – please join us again at another local race and give back to the running community!
On a cold, brisk, early Sunday morning, the DC Capital Striders Running Group offered a slew of volunteers for the annual St. Paddy’s Day 8K road race. If you have never volunteered at a race before; you should; plain and simple. It is a great way to give back to the running community; to which we take so much from.
DC Capital Striders offers volunteers to many local races annually. Come join us sometime; meet your fellow DCCS members; and see what goes on behind the scenes.
Tip of the Day: If you are runner, please say thank you to the volunteers AND when you are done drinking your water, don’t toss the cup at the feet of the volunteers; wait til you are past the water station and then drop it. We promise to pick it up.
A few weeks ago (June 4 and 5) I, along with several DC Capital Striders friends and runners, had the opportunity to attend and participate in the North Face Endurance Challenge. Several friends were running various distance events from 10K all the way up to the 50 miler. This is one of my favorite weekends of the year!
DC Capital Striders Running group secured a sponsorship with North Face recently and had the opportunity to have a tent at the race site for the weekend. Members running included Chris G.; Jeff A.; James B,; Tom H., Tom M.; Theresa A.; Jeff A. and friends Autumn C and Adriana A. Even though I wasn’t participating as a runner this weekend, the endorphins were flowing watching friends compete and accomplish such wonderful running feats.
Many local running favorites finished in the top three for the 50 mile race including Matt Woods, Jordan Mcdougal, and Michael Wardian. Also featured on race weekend was ultramarathon favorite and North Face sponsored athlete Dean Karnazes. I had the opportunity to meet him and also speak with the executive director of his foundation, Karno Kids. DC Capital Striders may organize a spring race for Karno Kids with its mission to encourage, motivate, inspire youth to get outside and become physically active and to restore & preserve the environment for their use and enjoyment.
Join DC Capital Striders for weekly trail runs open to all runners at Great Falls park (Difficult Run) each Wednesday evening and on Saturday mornings at various locations around Washington DC. Our hope to is organize a huge team for next year’s race – 2012!
For more information, visit: www.meetup.com/dccapitalstriders-nova/
Tip of the day: Whether you are participating in an event as a runner, a friend, a motivator or a volunteer – you can still enjoy the experience.