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September 24, 2021
  • Boston Marathon, the world's oldest continuously-run 26.2-mile race, always attracts a large contingent of runners from Arlington. The marathon was not held in April 2020 or April 2021 because of COVID, but with the race moved to Monday, October 11, the numbers from Arlington picked up again, and now include 39 of our county's top runners:
  • Courtney Bristow, Laura Chipkin, Joel Cohen, William Collins, Megan Curtin, Jeff Davis, Mindy Forsyth, Olivia Franklin, Ryan Hepworth, Mary-Gretchen Johnson, Margaret Klimek, Daryle Lademan, Claire Lewis, Nicole Lind, Gabrielle Mckenzie, Melinda Metz, Ben Michelson, Scott Milam, Gary Morgans, Michael Naff, Rebecca , Rachel Penney, Zachary Prescott, Sarah Sams, Kevin Schmiegel, Juhi Shah, Emily Sharp, Armand Silva, Yvonne Spencer, Altaf Sulaiman, Yuko Takakusaki, Julia Taylor, Yerlan Utegenov, Richard Viola, Michael Wardian, Arielle Weiner, Reynolds Wilson, Jay Jacob Wind, and Robert Young.
  • Morgans took home 3rd place M60-69 at Arlington 9/11 Memorial 5K in 2019 after winning the division in 2018 in 22:43. In a more competitive field this year, Morgans place 6th M60-69 in 25:50 at age 68.
  • Wardian has won many marathons and ultramarathons and participated in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Men's Olympic Marathon trials. Some of the notable ultra-marathons Wardian has completed include the Marathon des Sables, the Western States Endurance Run, the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race and the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run. The United States Track and Field Association named Wardian the 2008 and 2009 Ultra Runner of the Year.
  • Wind has written for this newspaper since 2007 and always covered Boston Marathon. He has run to finish 34 Boston Marathon, including the last 24 in a row, and hopes to hit the magic number 25 in a row this year, despite slowing down since turning 70. Wardian and Wind are both members of Arlington's Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club announces its annual Young Flyers youth track and field training program on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 PM to 4:00 October 3 through December 12. Registration is $40, and students get weekly snacks and a racing t-shirt, as well as lessons with expert coaches running, race walking, jumping, and throwing. See

    August 23, 2019

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  • Leesburg 20K is the longest race in the DC area during the long, hot summer.
    Sean Barrett

    Arlington runners persevered through the heat -- Sean Barrett, 34, finished second overall in 1:10:10 behind Steven Mance, 35, of Washington DC, who won in 1:09:52, and Graham Tribble, 31, took third place in 11:11:21.

    Alayna Bigalbal, 24, of Reston, led all women in 1:22:54, trailed by Arlington runners Andrea Ruano Duke, 25, 13th in 1:35:34; and Laura Chipkin, 39, 25th in 1:43:16.

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    SushilaNanda In the accompanying 5K, Sushila Nanda, 58, scored 11th place among women in 23:37; with Treston Knight, 36, 170th among men in 45:22.

    The intense heat sent three runners to local hospitals. All were treated for hyperthermia and released.

  • At DC Road Runners Club's annual Bluemont Park 5K, three Arlington men swept the podium. In a close race, Bobby Beasley, 33, earned the gold medal in 17:00; Steve Nawrocki, 33, took silver in 17:15; and Benn Thomas, 39, held bronze in 17:18.

    Among women, Liz Ozeki, 31, of Rockville won in 18:55, pursued by Christie Wetzel, 31, of Falls Church, second in 19:46; and Betsy Goldemen, 28, of Arlington, third in 20:29.

  • After a year-long layoff to let a sore knee heal completely, Arlington's Desta Beriso Morkama, 34, returned to the winner's circle at two recent DCRRC races. At Steve Thompson 8K in Springfield, Morkama ran 29:27, outkicking Bobby Beasley, second in 29:56; followed by Steve Naworcki, third in 30:16 -- making it a clean sweep of the overall awards for Arlington's men.

    Elizabeth Goldemen snagged third place among women in 35:31.

    At Paul Thurston 4.5 Miler at Burke Lake Park, Morkama led another triumvirate of Arlington runners, winning in 27:03, ahead of Steve Nawrocki, 33, second in 27:51; and Miguel Matta, 34, third in 28:03.

    Chelsea Suydam, 27, snagged fourth place among women in 33:48.

  • Safety And Health Foundation's annual Roosevelt Run 5K is on Thursday, August 29, starting at 6:45 PM at Theodore Roosevelt Island, accessible from northbound George Washington Memorial Parkway. For complete information and registration, see or call 703-927-4833.

  • Pacers Running Stores's Clarendon 5K at 8:00 AM and 10K at 9:00 AM are set for Saturday, September 21, to benefit Wendy Martinez Legacy Project, a memorial to runner Wendy Martinez, who was murdered last year while out on arun near Logan Circle, near the Pacers store there. See or call 703-248-6883.

  • Running podiatrist Dr. Ben Pearl of hosts King of the Hill One-Mile Run / Walk on Thursday, September 26, 2019, starting and finishing at his house at 1620 South Nelson Street, running down the hill on 16th Street South from Nelson Street past South Taylor Street and then back up the hill. Dr. Pearl offers a post-race reception and awards to top three M/F overall and top three M/F in 10-year age groups, including post-race stride evaluation. See or call 202-431-6174.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club invites young athletes in 1st to 8th grade to its Young Flyers youth track and field training program at Thomas Jefferson Community Center on Sunday afternoons, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, October 6 through December 8. The program trains about 80 students from Arlington and the surrounding area to run, throw, jump, and race walk. See or call 703-927-4833.

    May 19, 2019

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  • For the second consecutive year, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) ranked Arlington as the #1 fittest city in the USA in ACSM American Fitness Index®.

    In the report at, Stephen Friedhoff, MD, chief clinical officer of Anthem, Inc., the study's sponsor, said, "Arlington, Virginia’s balance of healthy behaviors and community infrastructure earned it the title of #1 Fittest City. Arlington ranked in the top 10 for 22 of the 33 indicators in the Fitness Index, with six indicators ranked #1. We congratulate the city of Arlington for its impressive commitment to health, fitness, and overall wellness on behalf of its residents."

    (Yes, we are a county, but we understand.)

    ACSM ranked Arlington in the top 10 for 22 of 33 indicators and first place in these categories:

    Arlington ranked #1 in both summary categories: personal health and community / environment.

    The report said, "Arlington residents reported the most physical activity with 92.6 percent exercising in the previous month and 32.9 percent reporting meeting the aerobic and strength activity guidelines."

    Arlington ranked high in other categories:

    The report emphasized, "The Fitness Index celebrates the tremendous efforts that all cities put into improving the health and well-being of their residents as we all move toward a healthier future for America."

    Helping Arlington achieve its top ranking, Arlington has 49 miles of off-street paved multi-use trails, including Bluemont Junction Trail, Custis Trail, Four Mile Run Trail, Mount Vernon Trail, and Washington & Old Dominion Trail.

    In addition, Arlington features unpaved natural trails at Dawson Terrace Park, Donaldson Run Park, Fort C. F. Smith Park, Glencarlyn Park & Long Branch Nature Center, Gulf Branch Park & Nature Center, Lacey Woods Park, Lubber Run Park, Potomac River & Heritage Trail, Rock Spring Park, Thrifton Hills Park, Tuckahoe Park, Windy Run Park, and Zachary Taylor Park.

    Arlington lists the total lengths of all of these trails at

    Arlington is home to two of the largest races in the USA, Marine Corps Marathon and Army Ten Miler, each with more than 25,000 finishers in 2018.

    Arlington hosts numerous other races, conducted by PTA, non-profits, Pacers Running Store and Potomac River Running Store, and clubs including Bishops Events, D.C. Road Runners Club, Potomac Valley Track Club, Safety and Health Foundation, Tidal Basin Run, and Virginia Happy Trails Running Club.

    Arlington has 158 parks offering both natural greenspace and playing fields for every sport from baseball to bocce, listed at

    In addition to outdoor activities, Arlington has many indoor facilities, including Thomas Jefferson Community Center, with an indoor 200-meter track that hosts programs all year for youngsters, high school students, and adults.

    Runners World magazine covered the story with the teaser headline "What is the fittest city in America? The rankings are in, and here’s a hint: It hosts the Marine Corps Marathon and is home to ultramarathoner Michael Wardian."

    The article at lists the top 10 fittest cities: Arlington, Seattle, Wash.; Minneapolis, Minn.; San Francisco, Cal.; Madison, Wisc.; Washington, D.C.; St. Paul, Minn.; Irvine, Cal.; Denver, Colo.; and Portland, Ore.

    On the other end of the spectrum, the 10 least-fit cities are Corpus Christi, Tex.; Arlington, Tex.; Detroit, Mich., Bakersfield, Cal.; Louisville, Ky.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Toledo, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; North Las Vegas, Nev.; and Oklahoma City, Okla.

    Every year, more than 60 -- and as many as 100+ -- runners from Arlington go to the Boston Marathon, a high ratio for a county of 234,965, according to the most recent U.S. census data.

    Responding to the announcement of the survey, Arlington County Civic Federation president Duke Banks said, "Community activism clamoring for community infrastructure has been a core element of the 104-year history of Arlington County Civic Federation, which is one of the reasons Arlington today has the parks, fields, and trails needed for a community to keep fit. The challenge going forward is how to increase this community infrastructure for a growing population where Arlington County has no more undeveloped land and is facing competing interests on how to use public land. Unless the county can find ways to increase park acreage for casual space, fields, and trails, we are in danger of losing our position in rankings of this type."

    Also discussing the survey, Arlington County Department of Park and Recreation director Jane Rudolph said, "Fitness is flourishing in Arlington. Parks are quick and easy to get to, and we have 8.3 acres of parks per 10,000 residents. Our abundance of farmers' markets, parks, playgrounds, and trails and a thriving walking and bike-friendly community also contribute to our overall fitness. Arlington is a great place to live, work and play."

    Chris Farley, owner of Pacers Running Store, which conducts races and weekly free group runs, said, "As a life-long Arlingtonian, I am not surprised Arlington County is the fittest city in America. The county attracts high achievers who are health conscious. Combined with amazing parks and green spaces where we can run and work out, this area is really unmatched when you are out there sweating it out for your health."

    Ray Pugsley, owner of Potomac River Running Stores and a USA national champion both as a junior and as a masters runner, said, "Arlington is a fabulous place to be a runner or walker! People visiting from outside of the DC Metro area are surprised at the number of miles of trails and at the diversity of surfaces to run , with everything from runner-friendly roads to paved bike trails to cinder horse trails to challenging single track along Potomac River's shoreline. Not only does Arlington have the miles of 'infrastructure' to keep running/walking fresh, we are blessed with good running stores and many activity-centered events to keep motivation levels high. At Potomac River Running, our Tuesday evening "Ladies' Run" and Wednesday evening "Pub Run" are always well attended and attracting new participants. It is good to be a runner/walker and live in Arlington!"

    Historical note: Demonstrating how bicycle-friendly is Arlington County, former Arlington County Board chair Jay Fisette rode his bike to work almost every day of his 20-year tenure on the board.

    Historical notes: Trail improvements take a long time, but patience is rewarded. Starting 40 years ago, Arlington County held public meetings to plan an extension to Four Mile Run Trail from Shirlington under Glebe Road and I-395 connecting with the pre-existing paved trail to National Airport. About 7 years ago, Arlington County completed the extension, and now bicyclists can ride from Falls Church to DCA all the way, except for two road crossings at Walter Reed Drive and Shirlington Road.

    At the other end of Arlington County, starting 20 years ago, county officials and park advocates worked with Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Transportation to design a bike-friendly bridge over Lee Highway (US-29). The project finally got approval from all stakeholders, and now construction has begun. When done, the bridge will enable a continuous, stoplight-free paved bicycle / runner / walker trail on the W&OD Trail and Four Mile Run Trail from Walter Reed Drive over Lee Highway, over Leesburg Pike (VA-7) all the way to Gallows Road in Fairfax County, Va.

    April 15, 2019

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  • At the 123rd Boston Marathon, 33 men and 20 women from Arlington made the long trek from suburban Hopkinton, Mass., to the finish line on Boylston Street in downtown Boston.

    One of Arlington's greatest marathoners, Michael Wardian, 45, finished 144th among men in 2:33:23, ahead of Andrew Scott, 32, 365th in 2:40:22; and Evan Fallor, 27, 454th in 2:42:29.

    Among Arlington's women, Erica Stoltenberg, 31, set the pace, 795th among women in 3:16:40, followed by Melinda Metz, 42, 1449th in 3:24:22; and Shauna Waite, 34, 2332th in 3:30:53.

    Almost every conceivable weather conditions hit the runners -- first a thunderstorm at 6:00 AM while runners were boarding the bus on Charles Street, between Boston Commons and Boston Public Garden, delaying the first departures for 20 minutes until the storm passed -- then perfect conditions, overcast and cool --then sunny and hot, then a drizzle, then a drenching rain, and finally, sunshine again at 5:00 PM.

    Arlington's other male finishers were Matthew Howard, 27, 566th in 2:44:26; Kyle Heubner, 24, 711th in 2:46:40; Jonathan Finer, 30, 1414th in 2:53:48; James Defilippi, 41, 1684th in 2:55:52; Robert Young, 37, 1719th in 2:56:05; Miguel Matta, 34, 1868th in 2:57:02; Aaron Seip, 22, 1937th in 2:57:29; David Colman, 33, 2310th in 2:59:19; Michael Naff, 48, 2396th in 2:59:41; Adam Desanctis, 32, 2460th in 2:59:58; Keith Cassidy, 37, 2738th in 3:02:16; Tony Gao, 23, 3299th in 3:06:01; Takayoshi Kuramoto, 51, 3500th in 3:07:20; William Cavin, 24, 3766th in 3:09:08; David Cole, 45, 5655th in 3:20:55; Chris Snow, 47, 5733th in 3:21:31; Bronson Lee, 46, 5746th in 3:21:37; Binyam Kebede, 38, 5758th in 3:21:43; Art Summers, 53, 6418th in 3:26:05; Huan-Chou Chang, 46, 7238th in 3:31:43; Adam Popp, 40, 7450th in 3:33:21; Bradley Klimek, 43, 7940th in 3:37:24; Hunter Jones, 56, 8875th in 3:45:28; Sean Burke, 35, 9232nd in 3:48:30; Joshua Schwinghamer, 40, 9929th in 3:55:44; Mark Dickson, 55, 10127th in 3:57:35; Adam Kazin, 43, 11817th in 4:22:14; Joshua Babb, 36, 12372nd in 4:31:36; Jay Jacob Wind, 69, 13592th in 5:00:49; and William Thomas, 53, 13722th in 5:06:12.

    Arlington's female finishers were Julie McTernan, 28, 2801st in 3:34:22; Julia Taylor, 47, 2846th in 3:34:40; Tina-Lynn Tabibi, 40, 3123rd in 3:36:43; Margaret Klimek, 36, 4288th in 3:44:39; Marcy Frazho, 36, 4822nd in 3:48:07; Emilie Johnson, 31, 4985th in 3:49:15; Lucy Mccausland, 64, 4991st in 3:49:18; Claire Lewis, 58, 5394th in 3:51:58; Deb Ryan, 46, 5925th in 3:55:31; Jennifer Keller, 41, 6218th in 3:57:55; Allison Sarfati, 29, 6315th in 3:58:39; Beata Jajko, 43, 6636th in 4:01:33; Yuko Takakusaki, 51, 7544th in 4:10:24; Patricia Lecerf, 50, 8018th in 4:15:31; Ryan Alvis, 40, 8825th in 4:25:22; Cindy Walls, 61, 10699th in 5:03:17; and Jenna Wiederhold, 30, 11856th in 5:59:18.

    March 24, 2019

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  • With 527 male finishers and 621 females, Four Courts Four Miler is Arlington's largest St. Patrick's Day event.

    The course flowed downhill from Court House Road on Wilson Boulevard to Rosslyn and Jefferson Davis Highway, then turned around and went straight back up the hill.

    'Twas a great day for the wearing of the green, and hundreds of runners sported bright green t-shirts, hats, and even neckties.

    Daniel Samet, 25, of Washington DC, celebrating by winning by a wide margin in 20:37, ahead of Arlington's Will Shafer, second in 21:19, and David Wertz, 25, of Washington, third in 21:53.

    Eight more Arlington men finished in the top 20 -- Nick Oltman, 31, seventh in 23:49; Brian Hendricks, 28, 10th in 24:37; Daniel Spangler, 29, 12th in 24:51; Neal Hendricks, 28, 14th in 24:57; Tim Ryan, 30, 16th in 25:02; Jon Wright, 24, 17th in 25:04; Michael Ryan, 30, 19th in 25:13; and Scott Milam, 47, 20th in 25:34.

    Arlington's Katie Read, 33, finished eighth overall to take first place among women in 23:52, one spot ahead of Taylor Tubbs, 23, another Arlington runner, second in 23:57. Rounding out third place in 24:28 was Sarah Zieve, 24, of Washington DC.

    Among the top 20 women were Arlington runners Molly Ritter, 32, 6th in 26:06; Susan Hendrick, 33, 7th in 26:37; Shoshana Oppenheim, 26, 14th in 28:45; Breanna Brukalo, 25, 18th in 29:13; and Ellen Nicholson, 29, 20th in 29:21.

    Arlington's young athletes ages 8-10 won both male and female top prizes. Winning the award for top 8-10 male was Eamonn Greiner, 9, 113th overall in 30:32. Matching his performance to win top 8-10 female was Madeline Mangi, 9, 808th overall in 43:25.

  • At Nottingham Discovery Friendship 5K on the hills of north Arlington, Arlington men and women swept all the top five positions.

    Brian Young, 40, won the race in 19:39, followed by Ben Ingram, 15, second in 20:42; Benjamin Rakatansky, also 15, third in 21:26; Thomas Humes, 36, fourth in 21:56; and Jeremy Levy, 44, fifth in 22:09.

    Sarah Watchman, 15, won the women's race in 22:43, ahead of Erin Burns, 36, second in 24:33; Jessica Parker, 36, third in 24:39; Hannah Hawkins, 11, fourth in 24:39; and Erin Butler, also 11, fifth in 25:22.

    In total, 136 men and 105 women finished the challenging out-and-back course. At the midpoint turnaround on the cul-de-sac on North Jefferson Street north of 27th Street, greeting the runners were more than 100 cheering spectators, including hula dancers, bell ringers, and kids with helium balloons.

  • At 11th annual W&OD 5K at Bluemont Park, conducted by Friends of the W&OD Trail and Safety And Health Foundation, Mark Walchinsky, 40, of Alexandria topped the field in 18:36, leading Cordell Hansen, also 40, of Aldie, second in 19:32; and Richard Alan Harfst, 55, of Annandale, third in 20:26.

    Sarah Horn, 33, of Alexandria, repeated as women's champion in 21:48, leading Kate Hattemer, 31, of Arlington, second in 24:00; and Mary Lowe Mayhugh, 62, of Washington DC, third in 24:25.

    The race was held in memory of Walter L. Mess, founding chairman of Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, and Roger Neighborgall, longtime president of Friends of the W&OD Trail, in recognition of the 45th anniversary of the opening of the first mile of the 45-mile trail in 1974.

    Sponsoring the post-race picnic were three Arlington stores: Acme Pie Company, run for 20 years by Arlington baker Sol Schott and soon to open a real store at 2803 Columbia Pike; Bella Ethiopian Restaurant and Hookah Lounge on South George Mason Drive; and Trader Joe's of Clarendon on North Highland Street.

    Overall and age-group winners received Acme pies, and Robert Weiner of Accokeek, Md., won the pi-reciting contest, an annual feature of the race.

  • Boston Athletic Association announced the entry list for 2019 Boston Marathon, the world's oldest and most prestigious running event, including 61 Arlington runners: Cathy Ahn, Ryan Alvis, Susan Ashcom, Joshua Babb, Elissa Burack, Cristina Burbach, Sean Burke, Keith Cassidy, William Cavin, David Cole, David Colman, James Defilippi, Amanda Denning, Adam Desanctis, Mark Dickson, Evan Fallor, Jonathan Finer, Marcy Frazho, Lu Gao, Tony Gao, Kyle Heubner, Matthew Howard, Emilie Johnson, Hunter Jones, Adam Kazin, Binyam Kebede, Jennifer Keller, Bradley Klimek, Margaret Klimek, Caitlin Koob, Faith Korbel, Daryle Lademan, Patricia Lecerf, Bronson Lee, Miguel Matta, Lucy McCausland, Julie McTernan, Claire Messinger, Melinda Metz, Michael Naff, Alison Pauly, Adam Popp, Deb Ryan, Allison Sarfati, Joshua Schwinghamer, Andrew Scott, Aaron Seip, Chris Snow, Erica Stoltenberg, Art Summers, Tina-Lynn Tabibi, Julia Taylor, Brad Tennis, William Thomas, Nick Turner, Shauna Waite, Cindy Walls, Michael Wardian, Jenna Wiederhold, Jay Jacob Wind, and Robert Young.

    Wardian is the most-widely-known among them, holding multiple world records and USA and international accolades for his marathon and ultra-marathon victories.

  • March 10, 2019
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  • Four runners -- Tyler Andrews of Cambridge MA, Aaron Kremer of Washington DC, and Louis Levine of Baltimore, and Frankline Tenorio of Quito, Ecuador -- took the pace out fast at Saturday's United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon, covering the first 10 kilometers between 35:21 and 35:34.

    By the end, Andrews, 28, last year's defending champion, overwhelmed the others to win in 2:24:13, with Kremer second in 2:29:34, and Levine third in 2:32:00. Tenorio dropped to sixth place in 2:39:00, behind Adam Staveski of Washington DC, fourth in 2:34:25, and Zachery Smith of Phoenix AZ, fifth in 2:35:50.

    Among women, Katie Walter of Chapel Hill NC was the early leader with 41:53 at 10K, three minutes ahead of her competition. She held the lead wire-to-wire, winning the gold in 2:59:54, ahead of Megan Venables of Newark NJ, second in 3:13:17, and Anna Buser of McLean, third in 3:15:43.

    Among Arlington's men, Ryan Johnson, 33, took 17th overall in 2:48:50, followed by Daniel Ray, 28, 20th in 2:50:58; Evan Miller, 30, 33rd in 2:57:55; Robert Young, 38th in 2:59:27; Daniel Spangler, 29, 86th in 3:12:09; Sam Brown, 26, 94th in 3:14:30; James Crennan, 26, 117th in 3:19:55; Takayoshi Kuramoto, 51, 118th in 3:19:55; Reynolds Wilson, 127th in 3:22:12; and Kevin Broh-Kahn, 27, 139th in 3:22:39.

    Rebecca Palacios, 23, paced Arlington's women, 136th overall in 3:22:35. Just two minutes back was Melinda Metz, 42, 150th in 3:24:19; ahead of Laura Chipkin, 38, 216th in 3:31:40; Amy Murphy, 32, 381st in 3:45:23; Calla Simeone, 24, 431st in 3:47:58; Julia Drude, 34, 435th in 3:48:09; Hina Ayub, 38, 440th in 3:48:25; Harriett Davis, 26, 573th in 3:56:35; Sara George, 24, 636th in 4:00:19; and Bridget Hatton, 27, 666th in 4:02:40.

    In total, 1761 men and 1090 women finished the marathon.

    In the accompanying half marathon, Sean Barrett, 34, led Arlington's men, 15th overall in 1:10:59; pursued by Tyler Anyan, 26, 17th in 1:11:09; Evan Fallor, 27, 22nd in 1:12:07; Kyle Heubner, 24, 41st in 1:15:05; Marty McCormick, 38, 50th in 1:15:54; Jonathan Finer, 30, 72nd in 1:18:09; Michael Naff, 48, 97th in 1:20:41; Ted Terpos, 23, 115th in 1:21:48; Francisco Ibarra Barragan, 41, 130th in 1:23:07; and James English, 23, 149th in 1:24:41;

    Maura Carroll, 29, led Arlington's women in 1:21:35, pacing Sarah Patrick, 26, 116th in 1:21:50; Molly Applegate, 23, 126th in 1:22:28; Uriah Pamintuan, 26, 257th in 1:29:39; Erica Stoltenberg, 31, 298th in 1:30:45; Elizabeth Goldemen, 27, 352nd in 1:32:31; Jessica Pate, 27, 380th in 1:33:16; Caitlin Koob, 27, 433th in 1:34:22; Piper Dean, 16, 442nd in 1:34:37; and Michala Hall, 23, 451st in 1:34:57.

    They were among 5536 male finishers and 6952 females.

    Jake Dexter topped Arlington's men in the 5K, fourth overall in 20:22. Behind him were Thomas Rogers, 28, 8th in 20:51; Nelson Sobrinho, 45, 9th in 21:06; Garrett Dexter, 12th in 21:28.0 Kenneth Thompson, 32, 24th in 22:50; Anand Kumar, 27, 33th in 23:26; Jon Honey, 29, 41th in 23:50; Daniel Stein, 29, 43th in 23:51; Justin Parks, 23, 65th in 24:39; and Eric Gibble, 30, 85th in 25:17.

    Ali Van Dorn, 26, scored 54th in 24:09 to lead Arlington's women, ahead of Katelyn Stover, 25, 63th in 24:34; Kyoko Kawai, 56, 99th in 25:42; Lindsay Tom, 30, 136th in 26:48; Sarah Bell, 164th in 27:19; Cori Jaques, 24, 167th in 27:24; Andra Kniep, 48, 218th in 28:34; Rebecca Fuller, 26, 236th in 28:47; Sarah Goodman, 27, 254th in 28:59; and Nikki Casasanto, 24, 347th in 30:18.

    Women outnumbered men 1383 to 703 in the 5K.

    Rock bands from all around the DC area played live on the course, including The Foxfires, Enviro Drum-Maryland, Ocho de Bastos, Supreme Chord, The Rockits, Bravenoise, The Buzz Hounds, D.J Daniel, School of Rock, Soul Stew, and BATALA Washington DC, plus headliner Carbon Leaf at the finish line.

  • Friends of the W&OD Trail and Safety And Health Foundation announced plans for W&OD 5K in memory of Walter Mess and Roger Neighborgall to be held Saturday, March 23, at 11:00 AM at Bluemont Park South Shelter, 399 North Manchester Street. See for complete information.

    March 3, 2019

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    George Mason University’s Green Machine
    Photo by Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series
  • With more than 17,000 runners ages 12 to 86, the eighth running of United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K on Saturday, March 9, is the DC area's fifth largest race, behind Race For The Cure, Army Ten Miler, Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, and Marine Corps Marathon.

    The race brings fun to the run with live music, including George Mason University’s Green Machine, all along the course, alongside the historic buildings and parks of the Nation’s Capital. Runners from all 50 states and 57 countries run the full and half marathon, starting on Constitution Avenue and 14th Street NW near the Washington Monument and ending at RFK Stadium. The course is also dotted with cheerleaders and themed water stations.

    See for results of Saturday's race.

    From Arlington, 1151 are entered -- 156 in the full marathon, 887 in the half marathon, and 107 in the 5K.

    Arlington's Rock'N'Roll full marathoners include three elite racers: Molly Applegate, Sean Barrett, and Sarah Patrick; and 153 others:

    Mark Abman, Will Adams, Stefan Aleksevitch, Craig Allen, Arielle Angerthal, Charles Lebon Anoma, Manuel Avendano, Jessi Axe, Hina Ayub, Michael Balensiefer, Joseph Baucke, Kevin Biller, Elyse Braner, Jill Brasky, Grace Brassell, Kevin Broh-Kahn, Sam Brown, Jimmy Bryant, Lauren Bull Montana, Alice Burns, Jose Cantu, Ashley Casper, Jiadi Chen, Shengyuan Chen, Joseph Chestnut, Laura Chipkin, Jose Choque, Jasper Cooke, Joseph Copeland, Chip Coyle, James Crennan, Tanja Crk, Kevin Curley, Daniel Curtin, Marguerite Cushing, Edward Davis, Harriett Davis, Christopher Del Cid, Andrew Dickson, Sean Douglass, Julia Drude, Jenny Du, Henry Duong, Andrew Fawkes, Julia Flynn, Avery Fox, Justin Frick, Frank Fumich, Sara George, Mark Geurtsen, Michael Gilbertson, Edgar Granados, Brian Gray, Kyle Griffin, Kara Halpin, Syed Hashmi, Benjamin Hess, Tyler Hinnendael, Trinh Hoang, Ian Huang, John Hudak, Gregory Isham, Jill Jamieson, Meredith Karam, Edward Kelley Jr., Trevor Kendrick, Sean Kennedy, Michelle Keppler, Vuk Kesic, Lon Krall, Veronica Kung, Takayoshi Kuramoto, Sedar Labarre, Renee Lariviere, Daniel Lawver, Matt Lebrun, Matthew Lewis, Keena Li, Greg Lyons, Yiyang Ma, Kimi Markovich, Charles McAllister, Jessica Rae McBean, Marty McCormick, Emily McLenigan, Trager Metge, Melinda Metz, Monica Meyers, Evan Miller, Joselyn Miranda, Daniel Moline, Sean Moran, Kirk Morgan, Amy Murphy, Tyler Murray, Connor Myers, Sarah Nawrocki, Jason Ng, Thomas Oemcke, Brittany Page, Rebecca Palacios, Ashley Paraiso, Mark Parrotte, Patricia Passman, Stephanie Pena, Alison Perez, Adam Phelps, Brandon Posner, Ryan Preusse, Stephanie Quayle, Aylim Ramirez, Leighann Ransom, Anant Raut, Daniel Ray, Norman Reich, Kenneth Riley, Antoinette Rucker, Christopher Rung, Chandler Sachs, Reid Sanchez, Marla Schnall, Alexander Schneider, Thalia Segovia, Cameron Seider, Calla Simeone, Michael Sison, Arianna Skipper, Jeffrey Skowera, Alexa Slotkoff, Richard Smekal, Daniel Spangler, Michael Stevenson, Jeremy Stratton, John Suarez, Wilfred Tagud, Benn Thomas, Christina Upton, Rosalie Vecchi, Andrew Vogt, Nicholas Von Mertents, Elizabeth Walton, Nick Wang, Tim Warren, Scott Weinhold, Luke Whittington, Kevin Williams, Jay Jacob Wind, Alexandra Wong, Shirley Woodward, Higuchi Yoshihiko, Martin Yu, Zhe Yuan, and Chris Zilka.

    Arlington's Rock'N'Roll half marathoners include:

    Daniel Abatemarco, Jonathan Abrams, Patricia Acosta, Cailin Adair, Jennifer Adams, Laurie Adams, Theresa Adams, Leonardo Aguilera, Ashley Ahmed, Hie Joo Ahn, Chris Almeida, Carla Alvino, Gina Amenta, Gabriela Anciola, Lindsay Andersen, Adam Anderson, Brandon Anderson, Scott Andrew Osdras, Zachary Angerthal, Sake Antonides, Tyler Anyan, Sondra Appelson, Hector Arellano, Monica Arnold, T.W. Arrighi, Silvio Audi, Patricia Averill, Batzolboo Baatarkhuyag, Josh Babb, Lisa Backer, Joey Baird, Mark Baird, Carla Balakgie, Keri Baldino, Andrae Baly, Menuka Ban, Anita Bark, Jaclyn Barrientes, Paige Basconcillo, Kerry Beck, Ryan Becker, Branislava Bell, Vicki Belleau, William Bellerose, Ed Bendert, Courtney Benedict, Ron Benedict, Stephanie Bennett, Tia Bent, Weston Berg, Mickey Bergman, Craig Berkey, Elisabeth Bernabe, Kyle Berney, Arushi Bhalla, Brittany Biagi, Laura Biederman, Emily Bigham, Caitlin Blair, Kathryn Blaylock, Gregg Bliss, Lindsey Bly, Lindsay Booth, Jessica Borbee, Elliott Bostelman, Cara Bousie, Brianna Carroll Boyle, Colleen Boyle, Harlan Boyles, Cole Bradley, Lindsay Brandt, Jaclyn Bricker, Alex Brill, Alison Broadbent, Emily Broom, Darla Brown, Elizabeth Brown, Greg Brown, Isabel Brown, Matthew Brown, Kristin Brynsvold, Connie Buck, Matthew Budrejko, Maria Buggey, Cherise Burdeen, Dawn Burke, Patrick Burke, Gianna Burkhardt, Peter Burrow, Ashlee Burt, Kara Busath, Charlotte Bussema, Ed Butler, Bridget Butterworth, Jeff Byard, Natalie Campos, Karin Caifa, Brendan Callahan, Sekou Calliste, Angela Caltagirone, Emily Camardo, Katie Camp, Antonio Campanelli, Lauren Candee, Alexis Cano, Samantha Cantrell, Hannah Canty, John Capano, Heather Caplan, Judy Carbonell, Caroline Carini, Corinne Carpenter, Jenise Carroll, Anna Caruso, Alexandra Caryl, Jacob Caryl, Brenna Casey, Antonia Cermak-Terzian, Tara Cervone, Justin Chan, Kyle Chance, Rachel Cheche, Michael Chekim, Christopher Chen, Jiong Chen, Adam Childers, Mark Christy, Jordan Ciminelli, Jacqueline Cincotta, Cassandra Clark, Charla Cleary, Michael Coffman, Gabriel Cohen, Mackay Coleman, Daniela Collaguazo, Megan Collins, Erin Collons, Allison Comparin, Collier Cook, Jacob Cook, Danielle Copsetta, Amy Cosgrove, Andrea Costello, Matthew Costello, Meghan Costello, Leah Coughlin, Robert Cousart, Rachel Crabtree, Caroline Craver, Barry Creedon, Richard Culbreth, Alison Cummings, Megan Curtin, Samuel Curtsinger, Jenny Curwen, Philip Curwen, Madison Dagley, Elise Damman, Brad Danker, Jessica Dankos, Lincoln Davidson, Ebony Davis, Ethan Davis, Jamie Davis, Lucas Davis, Zuri Davis, Fernando De Greef, Erin Elizabeth De Jonckheere, Piper Dean, Anna Dedova, Madeleine Degeorges, Charles Del Pizzo, Jessica Del Pizzo, Ryan Delaney, Antonio Delgado, Regina Demarco, Julia Demarest, Monica Demartin, Daniel Derancy, Alexandra Deveney, Anne Devens, Mona Dexter, Mayra Diaz, Katherina Diaz-Viana, Sarah Dickman, Lindsey Dilibero, Amanda Dittmar, Hillary Dolinsky, Christy Donato, Kathleen Donnelly, Sarah Doolen, Maggie Doran, Karen Dowling, Conor Doyle, Shannon Drury, Henry Dunbar, Tess Duncan, Laura Dunnick, Brian Durand, David Dwyier, Jeremy Eckhause, Marion Eckhause, Stephanie Eckman, Kiran Edelstein, Allison Edwards, Maria Edwards, Clare Egan, Christopher Ekimoff, Christina Elgin, Laura Elsner, Robert Endler, Kaylee Engle, Sarah Engle, James English, Alex Epshteyn, Gil Erlich, Shannon Erlich, Kym Escobar, Andrew Eshman, Jackson Eskay, Ronald Esquivel, Bailey Estes, Russell Evans, Shannon Evans, Allison Ewing, Robert Ewing, Scott Ewing, Evan Fallor, Pedro Falto, Summer Favors, Kyle Feathers, Michael Feffer, Jaime Ferns, Stephanie Fichter, Jonathan Finer, Marc Fink, Patrick Fink, Jonathan Finkelstein, Kevin Finnerty, Alyssa Fiore, Christine Fischer, Karah Fissel, Aaron Fleisher, Chris Fleming, Anthony Flores, Meryl Flynn, Ian Forbes, James Ford, Peter Ford, James Forgrave, Drake Forrest, Kara Foshay, Stephen Fox, Layne Francella, Andres Franco, Christine Fries, Jacqueline Fulgham, Anthony Fusarelli, Grace Gahlon, Katherine Gairhan, Steven Galusha, Molly Garcia, Nekita Garrick, Amanda Gatti, Neil Gavigan, Brian Geary, Christina Georgia, Matt Gerken, Ty German, James Geurts, Kelly Geurts, Kathleen Geyer, Duncan Gilson, Becca Ginsberg, Katherine Girard, Basilio Giurgola, Brian Glance, Alicia Glanz, Elizabeth Goldemen, Dan Goldstein, Louis Gomez, Amy Gonzalez, Sarah Goodman, Kristofer Gordon, Morgan Gosbee, Heather Gottry, Julia Gould, Nicholle Gousie, Jessie Graham, Eden Gray, James Green, Katie Green, Cassy Guillory, Joel Gulick, Joshua Habursky, Molly Hahn, Chad Haimowitz, Dan Hake, Ashley Hall, Michala Hall, Rob Halliday, Tony Halloin, Danielle Hamel, Julie Hammerman, Ah-Reum Han, Zhuang Hao, Katie Harada, Suraj Haradagatti, David Hardin, Daniel Hardy, Samantha Harman, Brittany Harris, Chris Harris, Dawn Hart, Michelle Hart, D. Leigh Hasson, Laura Hatch, Phillip Hathaway, Bridget Hatton, Frederick Hawkins, Kevin Hayes, Mary Healy Freeman, Amanda Heerwig, Camille Hegtvedt, Eric Heighberger, Scott Helsel, John Henault, Julie Henderson, Marissa Henderson, James Henry, Katrina Henry, Meghan Herold, Noelle Herring, Kyle Heubner, Sara Heydari, Aj Hice, Martha Hice, Alfredo Higuera, Shori Hiikata, Bailey Hill, Brian Hill, Lourdes Hinayon, Frank Hoare, Johnathan Hodges, Kristen Hodsdon, Scott Hoffman, Caroline Hoffmann, Ibrahim Hojeij, Erika Holcomb, Jason Holcomb, Maeve Holland, Sylvea Hollis, Dylan Holt, Molly Holt, Brice Holzgang, Kate Hoobler, Alison Hoogewerff, Brandon Hopkins, Frank Hopkins, Brittney Horsley, Bethany Horstmann, Steve Horvitz, Christina Hotsko, Cory Howell, Jennifer Hsia, Lawrence Hsia, Noelle Hubbard, Jane Hudson, Emily Huesman, Derek Huetinck, Renee Huffert, Andrea Huston, Stephanie Iacobucci, Francisco Ibarra Barragan, Yusuke Inoue, Yuri Ishii, Eric Jacobi, Leigh Jacobs, Timothy Jacobs, Mark Jacobsen, Samantha Jacobsen, Beata Jajko, Laura Jankovich, Stephanie Jansen, Kara Jefferies, Kathryn Jenks, Cailin Jerger, Josh Jewell, Matt Jewell, Christopher Jimenez, James Jindra, Emilie Johnson, Lainey Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Jillian Johnston, Abigail Jones, Dalton Jones, Lisa Jones, Matthew Jones, Sawyer Jones, Sean Jones, Sheila Jones, David Jordan, Jose Juarez, Jeffrey Juergens, Olivia Juergens, Tyson Kade, Ayat Kamel, Tricia Kane, Dinesh Kannan, Leyla Karakas, Christine Kasper, Kyoko Kawai, Vicky Kazmierczak, Megan Keane, Rachel Kearney, Reka Keller, Noah Kennedy, Dorthymarie Kerr, Bridget Khatchatoorian, Aamir Khwaja, Zoya Khwaja, Riley Kirsch, Alexander Kiselica, Siobhan Klie, Scott Kniep, Zach Kniep, Courtney Koch, Robert Koch, Kevin Koernig, Caitlin Koob, Andre Kosiander, Barbara Kosiander, Joseph Kotula, Jake Kramer, Jonathan Kramer, Jacob Krawitz, Courtney Kreft, Vanessa Kreshover, Catherine Kriendler, Boris Kris, Victoria Kromer, Joshua Kulas, Holly Kulp, Jason Kurrass, Pauline Kusiak, Jennifer Kuzdzal, Ann Lafontaine, Dipesh Lalwani, Tammy Lamantia, Julie Lamont, Emily Landon, Alayne Lansberry, Richard Lashier, Christopher Laver, William B. Lawson Jr, Jeffrey Lee, Kwangwon Lee, Suhyeon Lee, Drew Legrand, Andree Leonelli, Camille Lepire, Caroline Lewis, Oliver Lewis, Elizabeth Lien, Harrison Lim, Maureen Limon, Tracy Lin, Christine Lindell, Mitchell Liwanag, David Llanso, Martin Loken, Susan Loney, Christopher Long, Riley Lopez, Chelsea Lord, Emily Lorenz, Bianca Loreti, Gina Lucchese, Lori Lui, Nicole Lundgren, Annie Lutz, Jonathan Lutz, Tess Lynch, Andrew Macpherson, Mckenzie Maddox, Ahmed Madhi, Amanda Maggio, Adarsh Mahesh, Tori Mahoney, Christian Mai, Abdoul Maiga, Erin Maines, Hoi-Ying Mak, Rebecca Malone, Julien Mamy, Taylor Mangum, Brandon Mann, Kayla Mardin, Julie Marshall, Alton Martin, Sarah Martin, Adela Martinez, Cynthia Martinez, Kait Martinson, Allie Marx, Amanda Mascolo, Casey Mason, Michelle Mason, Bob Mathew, Matthew Matyjek, Katy May, John McAdams, Lacy McAlister, Judith McAuley, Madeline McAuliffe, Sean McAuliffe, Kate McCartan, Erin McCarty, Lucy McCausland, Keighley McConnell, Leslie McCrea, Michelle McCready, Paul McDonald, Melanie McDonough, Brandon McGowan, Alexander McGuire, Brian McKenzie, Hannah McKiernan, Erin Mckinley, Amy McLay, Isabella McLay, Madelyn McLay, Sean McLay, Katherine McVey, Rebecca Megel, Kevin Melo, Angela Mendez-Butterfield, Ivette Mestre, Paul Metcalf, Melanie Mfume, Rebecca Middleton, Marlena Milenkowic, Maryrose Milkovich, Kristin Millay, Joshua Miller, James Minichiello, Sabrina Mittal, Macy Mize, Courtney Mizerak, Laura Molina, Caitlin Molloy, Jenna Molster, Robert Molster, Natalia Montelongo, Colleen Moore, Angela Moran, Erol Morey, Jerry Morgan, Chandler Morrell, Ricky Morris, Carly Moss, Rebekah Moss, Sam Mouer, Jillian Mueller, Lindsey Muir, Daniel Mullaney, Amaury Munoz, Marykate Murphy-Wojtasik, William Nabach, Michael Naff, Eitan Naftali, Andrea Nagy, Jennifer Nakamura, Sheila Nale, Donald Names, Steve Napier, Sarah Neil, Michael Nelson, Anna Nguyen, Oray Nicolai, Donna Norman, Peder Noteng, Grace Nowadly, Stephen Nowicki, Deborah Noymer, Derrick Nursey, Jorge Obando, Thomas O'Brien, Caitlin O'Connor, Kaitlyn O'Connor, Colleen O'Kane, Ashley O'Keefe, Alicia Oken, David Olkowski, Lydia Olsen, Erin Omahen, Andy O'Neal, Amy Orlando, Stephanie Ortbals, Sarah Ortman, Holden Ottolini, Russell Owen, Jessica Owens, Allysa Packard, Uriah Pamintuan, Jp Panier, Lindsey Parham, Joanna Parys, Alejandra Pasquel, Jessica Pate, Suzanne Paul, Azzurra Pearson, Audrey Kathryn Pease, Andy Pecina, Shannon Pederson, Christopher Perdieu, Roberto Perli, Andrew Perlstein, Mark Perry, Aaron Peters, Matthew Peterson, Vu Pham, Ranajit Phene, Helen Phillips, Jenn Phillips, Daniel Pi, Lori Pierce, Michael Piesto, Chantal Pinard, Chantal Pinard, Meredith Pipkin, Marshall Popkin, Claudia Pors, Chelsea Porter, Tarah Portland, Abigail Potter, Katie Powell, Rachael Prijoles, Heather Prochnow, Steven Proctor, Meredith Pugh, Joanna Pustilnik, Anastasia Putilina, Paola Quijano, Patrick Quinn, Bridget Rackauskas, Madeline Rackauskas, Jocelyn Rafferty, Aaron Raike, Molly Ransone, Ajay Rao, Elizabeth Rauch, Mark Reed, Matthew Reinhard, Kelsey Reynolds, Preston Rhodes, Shannon Rhoten, Charlotte Richards, Blake Richardson, Emily Riley, Javier Rios, Joan Ritter, William Rivlin, Philip Rizk, Darren Robbins, Halee Robbins, Nicholas Robbins, Chelsea Robinson, Sarah Rodis, Ileana Rodriguez, Roberto Rodriguez, Mary Rogers, Daniel Romero, Sergio Rosas, Kelly Rose, Andrew Rosenblum, Lindsay Ross, Martha Roszak, Kennette Ruben, Joseph Ruppert, Eve Rutzen, Joel Rynes, Alessandro Sacco, Upal Saha, Yu Sakamoto, Carri Salas, Michael Salinas, Scott Salvatore, Suzy Sanderson, Yardley Sands, Alexander Sanjenis, Heather Sanne, Anna Santiago, Erika Santoyo, Jeff Sartin, Jeffrey Sartin, Frances Saunders, Seema Sayala, Elizabeth Sayan, Eric Scamardella, Kimberly Schmitt, Kimberly Schneider, Michelle Schrader, Dara Schulman, Edyta Schwartz, Elle Scott, Kendra Scott, David Scull, Ebony Scull, Erica Searfoss, Caroline Seats, Saravanan Seetharaman, Fadi Seikaly, Karim Seikaly, Sarah Seiler, Pierre-Antoine Senes, Jonathan Seng, Anissa Sepulveda, Leigh Serroka, Gabriel Servais, Rufael Seyum, Austin Shamlou, Janet Shannon, Micaela Shaw, Nina Sheppard, Kevin Shers, Alexandra Shields, Colin Shields, Kayla Shields, Stephen Shields, Danielle Shindler, Alison Shipley, Olamide Showalter, Anura Shrivastava, Alex Shybut, Katherine Sickbert, Ben Siebold, Evan Siegel, Andrew Sigfrids, Mercedes Sigfrids, Philippe Signore, Ashley Sikora, David Silversmith, Caroline Simon, Jessica Simon, Ariel Simons, Rebecca Singh, Chase Sires, Nichole Sisserson, Kate Skidmore, Lindsay Skolrood, Abigail Slagle, Robert Smeltz, Alex Smith, Ike Smith, Grace Solares, Robin Solomon, Matthew Sonduck, Sreelakshmi Sonty, Megan Sorrell, Elizabeth Speck, Alex Spigelman, Doug Sponyoe, Rattana Srijedsadarak, Timothy Stanis, Julie Starnes, Jeff Stein, Kenneth Stein, Connor Stemple, Erica Stoltenberg, Rebekah Stroman, Carolyn Sughrue, Tamir Sukhee, Melissa Sullivan, Jessica Summers, Lisa Swan, Michael Swanchara, Sean Swarthout, Bryan Swartz, Perilla Swartz, Carrick Sweeney, Seth Sweigard, Robert Swennes, Frank Swigonski, Tina-Lynn Tabibi, Jon Talotta, David Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Stephanie Taylor, Amanda Telford, Madeline Templeton, Ted Terpos, Matthew Terpstra, Ben Terrett, Shaun Terrill, Armand Thelen, Chavannes Thomas, Rich Thomas, Stephanie Thomas, Sarah J Thompson, Michael Thorgersen, Paul Tinker, Max Titus, Kira Tokarz, Lindsay Tom, Susan Tong, Seth Toski, Lisa Towell, Lauren Trahan, Ky Tran-Trong, T.J. Tree, Michael Trinh, Gerald Tritz, Michael Trzesniowski, Nick Turchetta, Elizabeth Turcott, Michelle Uejio, Leah Utley, Daniela Valencia, Mollie Valencia, Alejandra Vargas, Kate Vasko, Mike Violette, David Vogt, Kelsey Vogt, Kate Von Mertens, Anita Wabeke, Nick Walion, William Waller, Lauren Walsh, Meaghan Walsh, Stacy Wanamaker, Tiffany Wang, Ryan Ward, Cherry Washington, Sarah Weber, Ann Webster, Michael Wehr, Xiaoyan Wei, Matthew Welsh, Madeline Welter, Froukelien Wendt, Brett Werblow, James Werking, Jennifer Wesley, Pamela Westfall, Benjamin White, Han White, Sara White-Delehoy, Allison Whittington, Brian Wilber, Katie Wildman, Claire Wilhelm, Samantha Wilkins, Nicholas Williams, Day Willse, Drew Wilson, Kennedy Wilson, Savannah Wilson, Matt Winesett, Zachary Witmer, Harrison Wolff, Dana Wonderly, Kim Woods, Erica Wysocki, Rosamond Xiang, Darice Xue, Sihui Yan, Yu Yan, Chetan Kumar Sarma Yanamandra, Cesar Ybarra, Ryan Yoder, Courtney Yon, Tina Youn, Alicia Young, Carl Young, Milne Young, Francis Yu, Jonathan Zentner, Krista Zentner, Naixin Zhu, Katherine Zimmerman, Spencer Zimmerman, Tracy Zimmerman, Kyle Zinn, Mary Zost, and Wendy Zupac.

    Arlington's Rock'N'Roll 5K runners include:

    Karina Arancibia, Elizabeth Auten, Susan Baumbach, Leanza Bethel, Josh Blane, Benjamin Bodnar, John Boshier, Talia Bronfin, Daire Burke, Matt Carrier, Nikki Casasanto, Colleen Chambers, Kevin Chambers, David Clark, Diana Copeland, Brennan Deal, Emily Deanne, Aliza Dominey, Jered Dominey, Brandi Dunn, Julianna Dye, Roger Eckert, Sarah Eckman, Inga Emery, Jonathan Emery, Alex Fischoff, Mitchell Ford, Rebecca Fuller, Kaidi Gao, Elizabeth Garcia, Karen Gerstbrein, Eric Gibble, Jason Gillis, Jessica Giron, Colleen Godbout, Tiffany Godbout, Ashley Graham, Geoffrey Gray, Mary Grutta, Jeff Harris, Alice Hayes, Rob Hayes, Stephanie Hayes, Ana Hernandez, Lauren Hollingsworth, Willie Hollingsworth, Jon Honey, Grace Howe, Peter Hughes, Cori Jaques, Andra Kniep, Jake Kniep, Martin Kobylarczyk, Meghan Kocijanski, Anand Kumar, Brian Lawler, Jefferson Lee, Beidi Luo, Will Lutterman, Wenjun Mao, Victor Martinez, Ana Maxim, Ali Mazurek, Julia McCombs, Michelle Mcgauvran, Katherine McIntyre, Susan Miller, Anne Mohan, Karoline Moraes Costa, Christopher Murguia, Kamaria Nelson, Jon Nenner, Kari Panigall, Caroline Paris, Benjamin Park, Jason Park, Justin Parks, Camila Pasquel, Disha Pillai, Jerrica Proferes, Aimee Puschkin, Ellen Quinn, Margo Ricks, Karina Rodriguez Topete, Thomas Rogers, Melissa Rowe, Shaun Sargent, Stephanie Semadeni, Becky Siu, Nelson Sobrinho, Daniel Stein, Kim Stein, Katelyn Stover, Nakyung Sullivan, Reiji Taniguchi, Kenneth Thompson, Ali Van Dorn, Ana Amélia Veras, Erin Verni, Kelley Washington, Eileen Whelan, Jeremy Wilson-Simerman, Andrew Wisniewski, Jamie Wonderly, Mitch Woody, Kenneth Wydler, and Alexis Yeager.

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  • Arlington-based Potomac Valley Track Club finished second among all teams nationwide at 2019 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 1-3, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Among all teams, Atlanta Track Club won with 814 points, ahead of PVTC's 704 points and TNT International Racing Club's 496 points.

    Winning the 4 x 200-meter relay for men 65-69 in 2:35.58 were four runners who train at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Community Center: Jay Jacob Wind, Schuyler Webb, Keith Mathis, and Dan Williams.

    February 10, 2019

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  • To run one 26.2-mile marathon in a lifetime is the goal of many runners.
  • To run one marathon every day for 10 days, including the first seven on seven continents around the world, is a feat tried a few times before in history, but never as fast as Michael Wardian, 44, of Arlington, on Thursday, February 1, through Sunday, February 10.
  • Wardian averaged 2:55:17 per marathon, a total of 29:12:50, more than 43 minutes faster than the previous record of 29:54:56, set by Rik Vercoe of Great Britain in 2013.
  • "I did this to see if it was possible. I wanted to test myself and my limits and was unbelievably excited with how solid I felt," said Wardian after his record 10th marathon.
  • Wardian's tally: Nova, Antartica, in 3:16:43; Cape Town, South Africa, in 2:57:58; Perth, Australia, in 2:50:16 Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Asia), in 2:51:15; Madrid, Spain (Europe), in 2:56:02; Santiago, Chile (South America), in 3:04:13; Miami, Florida (North America), in 2:53:03; for an average of 2:58:30 (20:49:30 total time) for the first seven in seven days on seven continents.
  • Returning to the DC area, Wardian ran his last three in Washington DC in 2:50:00 on Friday, 2:48:43 on Saturday, and 2:44:33 on Sunday, saving the best for last.
  • "I have to give a huge shout-out to my wife Jennifer, my children Pierce, Grant, and Rosie, my parents, Jennifer’s parents, my siblings, and all my sponsors, especially Pacers Running Stores and Hoka One One for supporting this effort," said Wardian. "Their support has meant the world to me. I loved that the event became more about the community and less about me. I enjoyed seeing all the different people that came out and helped and in turn connected to each other. To conclude the record in the DC area was special to me, as Arlington is our home and where I started my running and racing career."

    October 28, 2018

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  • At the 43rd annual Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, 11,042 men and 9,657 women -- 20,699 total, 8th largest in the world -- earned the coveted finisher's medal and white jacket.

    The total number of finishers on Sunday topped 2017's record 20,041 and 2016's 19,678. Only New York City Marathon (49,312 finishers in 2015), Chicago (37,182), and Boston (26,610) are larger in the USA; and only Paris (40,173), London (37,562), Berlin (36,820), and Tokyo (35,293) are larger worldwide.

    Last year, Jeffrey Stein of Washington and Desta Beriso Morkama of Ethiopia and Arlington were the early leaders in the first mile, but somehow got misdirected onto Key Bridge instead of onto eastbound Lee Highway. Morkama rallied to win, while Stein dropped back to eighth place.

    Stein This year, Stein, 32, knew every step of the course and led a pack of 10 through five kilometers in 17:34 and 10 kilometers in 34:16, before pulling away at mile 24 to win by 37 seconds in 2:22:50, a fast time for the course.

    Behind him were Patrick Hearn, 28, of Irvine CA second in 2:23:27, who hung with Stein for 24 long miles; Will Christian, 35, of Chesapeake VA, third in 2:24:24; Samson Mutua, 33, of Kenya, serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston TX, fourth in 2:24:52; his teammate George Kiplagat, 32, also of Fort Sam Houston TX, fifth in 2:25:08; Jordan Tropf, 26, of Silver Spring MD, sixth in 2:26:45; Evan Williams, 32, of Seattle WA, seventh in 2:28:14; Dylan Villescas, 26, of Las Cruces NM, eighth in 2:28:17; Trevor Lafontaine, 25, of Fort Sam Houston TX, ninth in 2:29:39; and Michael Biwott, 29, of Fort Sam Houston TX, tenth in 2:30:57.

    Mendez The women's race featured no such drama, with 2015 women's winner Jenny Mendez Suanca, 38, of San Jose, Costa Rica, winning in 2:40:20, six minutes ahead of Army Lieutenant Lindsay Gabow, 24, of San Antonio TX and also stationed at Fort Sam Houston, second in 2:46:36. They led Marine Corps 2nd LT Lindsay Carrick, 25, third in 2:48:46; Sarah Bishop, 36, of Fairfax VA, fourth in 2:49:50 Katie Synge, 26, of Moretonhampstead, Central Devon, United Kingdon, fifth in 2:51:35; Brandy Stewart, 39, of Woodbridge VA, sixth in 2:53:36; Katrina Morrissey, 28, of East Longmeadow MA, seventh in 2:54:33; Amy Natalini, 36, of Barksdale Air Force Base LA, eighth in 2:55:57; Liz Starks, 38, of Huntingtown MD, ninth in 2:56:03; and Georgia Dolloff, 33, of Plymouth MA, tenth in 2:58:37.

    Among the finishers were 639 from Arlington, paced by megamarathoner Michael Wardian, 44, 16th male in 2:35:49; Erik Uribe, 35, 26th in 2:40:41; Robert Beasley, 32, 37th in 2:44:41; William Cavin, 24, 82nd in 2:55:53; Dave Brems, 33, 85th in 2:56:08; Takayoshi Kuramoto, 50, 94th in 2:57:39 and fifth in his age group; and Nick Turner, 41, 94th in 2:57:51.

    Former Arlington resident Chuck Engle, 47, now of Lancaster OH, landed 831st in 3:27:58. He owns more sub-three-hour marathons than anyone else in history.

    Among women, Arlington's Rachel Rabbitt, 23, chased down 36th place in 3:11:22, ahead of Courtney Bristow, 39, 39th in 3:13:12; Nicole Wright, 25, 76th in 3:21:53; Margaret Klimek, 35, 81st in 3:22:52; Hannah Lee, 23, 86th in 3:23:21; Gabrielle Names, 28, 102nd in 3:25:13; Sarah Ashby, 30, 174th in 3:30:26; and Megan Saxton, 23, 175th in 3:30:32.

    Nat Shaffir, 81, of Silver Spring MD, was the oldest finisher in 7:17:22; and Jacqueline Bardol, 77, of Alexandria VA, was the oldest woman, running 6:32:08.

    The marathon course started on Route 110 near Arlington Cemetery, ran through Rosslyn and Lyon Village in the first four miles, then crossed Key Bridge into Washington DC for 18 miles. At mile 22, the course re-entered Arlington and ran through Crystal City, past Long Bridge Park and the Pentagon, and under Memorial Bridge, and up the steep hill on Marshall Drive to finish at the Marine Corps Memorial commemorating the Marines' 1943 landing and flag-raising at Iwo Jima, Japan.

    Medal The medal, cast in bright red steel, opens to reveal a removable challenge silver coin commemorating the landing at Iwo Jima.

    Flags were at half-mast all around the Pentagon to mourn the loss of 11 souls in Pittsburgh the day before the marathon.

  • John Butler, 25, of Washington DC, won the accompanying 10K in 32:16, with Arlington's David Everett, 25, fourth in 35:19. Among women, Mary Reiser, 24, of Baltimore MD, won the 10K in 36:18, pursued by Arlington's Erika Elko, 30, fourth in 40:20.

  • At Encore Theater's Costume Caper 5K at Bluemont Park on Saturday, Joseph Mercer of Alexandria won in 23:27, with Arlington's Kenneth Woodrow third in 23:42. Brenda Mackintosh of Springfield won the women's race in 24:11, with Arlington's Miranda Delgado fourth in 28:37.

  • Christ Church of Arlington announced its 13th annual Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving Day, November 22, at 8:00 AM, starting at the church, 3020 North Pershing Drive. The race draws more than 4,000 hungry participants to benefit six Arlington charities. See or write to

    October 7, 2018

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  • With 35,000 entrants and 24,659 finishers under the two-and-a-half-hour cutoff, Army Ten Miler is the world's third largest 10-mile footrace, and one of the reasons recognized Arlington as the best city (oops, county) for runners in the USA in its article

    Two Kenyan-born runners won the men's and women's division -- both serving in the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

    Frankline Tonui, 25, outkicked his teammate Evans Kirwa, 29, by less than one second, to win the men's title in 50:23, ahead of Ethiopian-born U.S. Airman Girma Mecheso, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, third in 50:30.

    Among women, Susan Tanui, 31, triumphed in 56:33, ahead of Julia Roman-Duval, 36, of Columbia, Maryland, second in 57:17, and Emily De La Bruyere, 25, of Washington, D.C., third in 59:07.

    Among Arlington men, Matt Deters, 33, took 24th place in 54:47, running stride-for-stride with Graham Tribble, 30, 25th in 54:47, followed by Sean Barrett, 33, 30th in 55:38.

    Arlington's Lindsay (Goulet) Wilkins, 40, finished 17th among women in 1:03:16, with Cristina Burbach, 44, 30th in 1:06:02, and Amanda Barnett, 35, 37th in 1:06:47.

    A total of 1,542 Arlington runners finished the race. Only Washington, D.C., with 1,702 finishers and Alexandria with 1,659 had more participants than Arlington.

    Construction caused Military District of Washington to modify the course not to cross Memorial Bridge for the first time in the race's 35-year history. Instead, runners started on Route 110 east of the Pentagon and continued straight north to Key Bridge, and from there, onto Whitehurst Freeway, Rock Creek Parkway, Independence Avenue, and the 14th Street Bridge back to Arlington for the final miles past Long Bridge Park and back to the finish on Route 100 at the Pentagon's Mall Parking Lot.

    Wheelchair athletes and wounded warriors started at 7:50 AM, followed by 10 waves of 2,500 runners each starting at 8:00 AM and every six minutes thereafter. The booms from the U.S. Army cannon at each wave start could be heard all over Arlington and far into Washington, D.C.

    Eleven of the finishers were amputees, three were push-rim wheelers, 23 were hand-cyclers, 10 were on recumbent wheelchairs, and 30 more were disabled.

    Richard Williams, 82, of Coronado, California -- formerly of Arlington -- was this year's oldest male finisher in 1:50:10, and Rosemary Schwartzbard, 76, of Arlington was the oldest female finisher in 2:13:25. Jody Applegate, also 76, of Arvada, Colorado, finished in 2:21:52.

    In three weeks, on Sunday, October 28, Arlington hosts Marine Corps Marathon, the fourth largest 26.2-mile race in the USA, seventh largest in the world. Arlington Sun Gazette will cover that race also.

    September 16, 2018

  • As printed
  • Northern Viriginia Senior Olympics hosted more than 200 athletes aged 50 to 100 for its track meet at Thomas Jefferson Community Center.

    Arlington award winners included

  • At three-mile race walk,
        • Joe McIntosh, 76, finished 3rd male 75-79 in 40:29.
  • At 1600-meter run,
        • Dixie Duncan, 62, gold-medal winner among women 60-64 in 8:37;
        • Richard Viola, 57, 4th male 55-59 in 6:12;
        • Paul Ryan, 67, first male 65-69 in 6:05; ahead of
        • Jay Jacob Wind, 68, 2nd male 65-69 in 7:32.
  • At 800-meter race walk,
        • Janine Bland, 87, 1st woman 85-89 in 7:27; just ahead of
        • Alease Brooks, 85, 2nd in 8:18;
        • Joseph Sunday, 51, 3rd male 50-54 in 6:55;
        • Alan Dosik, 67, 2nd male 65-69 in 6:19;
        • Herb Levitan, 79, 2nd male 75-79 in 6:46;
        • Charles Partridge, 82, tied for 1st male 80-89 in 6:23;
        • Alan Wile Jr., 82, 3rd male 80-84 in 6:31;
        • Kent Halstead, 88, 2nd male 85-89 in 6:39; and
        • Tom Quinn, 86, 5th male 85-89 in 7:44.
  • In the 60-meter dash,
        • Leslie LaPlace, 58, 3rd woman 55-59 in 15.00;
        • Alease Brooks, 85, first and only female 85-89 in 27.00;
        • Rich Taylor, 55, won the male 55-59 group in 8.48;
        • Sky Webb, 67, ran the fastest time of the day, 8.03, to win male 65-69;
        • Jack Katosh, 71, 5th male 70-74 in 10.75;
        • Woody Hair, 78, 2nd male 75-79 in 12.10;
        • Kent Halstead, 88, 4th male 85-89 in 14.00.
  • At 400-meter race walk,
        • Diane Doolittle, 56, took 2nd among women 55-59 in 3:21;
        • Janine Bland, 87, won among women 85-89 in 3:37;
        • Joseph Sunday, 51, earned 4th male 50-54 in 3:25.0, ahead of
        • Dan Doolittle, 53, 5th in 3:25.4;
        • Alan Dosik, 67, 2nd male 65-69 group in 2:59.4;
        • Charles Partridge, 82, earned gold among men 80-84 in 3:05.7;
        • Kent Halstead, 88, finished 2nd among men 85-89 in 3:20.3, leading
        • Tom Quinn, 86, 6th in 3:39.4.
  • In 200-meter run,
        • Alease Brooks, 85, was first and only female 85-89 in 1:37;
        • Rich Taylor, 55, won his male 55-59 group in 31.25;
        • Sky Webb, 67, won male 65-69 in 28.62; followed by Jay Jacob Wind, 3rd in 54.0;
        • Jack Katosh, 71, ran 42.21 for 5th in his age group;
        • Woody Hair, 78, took silver among men 75-79 in 44.4; and
        • Kent Halstead, 88, won men 85-89 in 54.0.
  • At 400-meter run,
        • Dixie Duncan, 62, won female 60-69 in 1:23:97;
        • Jay Jacob Wind, 68, 2nd male 65-69 in 1:52.77; and
        • Kent Halstead, 88, won male 85-59 in 2:32.75.
  • In 1600-meter race walk,
        • Alan Wile Jr., 82, won men 80-84 in 13:47; ahead of
        • Charles Partridge, 82, 2nd in 13:54;
        • Kent Halstead, 88, 2nd male 85-89 in 15:01; and
        • Tom Quinn, 86, 3rd male 85-89 in 16:20.
  • At 800-meter run,
        • Richard Viola, 57, took 3rd in 2:57:5 and
        • Jay Jacob Wind, 68, 2nd male 65-69 in 3:40.3.

    June 7, 2018

  • As printed
  • Arlington tops ranking of best communities for runners

  • The Web site SmartAsset has ranked Arlington County the best running community in the country.

    According to the Web site, no location has more races relative to population size than Arlington.

    "On my blog, I say that my mission is to get Arlington recognized as a great place to run," said Jay Jacob Wind, who coordinates many Arlington Races. "Mission accomplished!"

    April 17, 2018

  • As printed
  • Braving temperatures in the 30s, a non-stop headwind, and intermittent rainstorms, 64 Arlington runners finished the 2018 Boston Marathon.

    Graham Tribble, 29, ran 2:30:06 for 23rd place among men; followed ten minutes later by Dustin Whitlow, 31, #156th in 2:40:49; and Jonathan Finer, 29, 333rd in 2:45:52.

    Megamarathoner Michael Wardian, 44, paced a blind runner to a sub-three-hour finish, 1167th in 2:56:23.

    Among women, Cristina Burbach, 43, covered the course 3:12:34, good for 362nd place among women; ahead of Liz Baugher, 30, 408th in 3:13:41; and Caitlin Koob, 26, 1076th in 3:23:03.

    Other men included

    Additional women included

  • Four Arlington runners finished at BAA 5K in Boston, Massachusetts, on Saturday, April 15:

    March 25, 2018

  • As printed
  • Entered in this year's Boston Marathon, the world's oldest and most prestigious running event, to be held Monday, April 16, are 77 Arlington runners: Cathy Ahn, Lauren Allison, Brent Allsopp, Matthew Angelico, Susan Ashcom, Liz Baugher, Jennifer Bell, Carlos Bonnett-Castillo, Amy Bowen, Cristina Burbach, Catherine Burke, Brittany Cain, Joel Cohen, Lavar Curley, James Defilippi, Jamie Delcore, Melissa Divecchia, Jaina Donberg, Carrie Dunn, David Everett, Jonathan Finer, Jacob Gilden, Michaela Hackner, John Hall, Sven Henningson, Matthew Howard, Nicole Irving, Emilie Johnson, Bradley Klimek, Margaret Klimek, Caitlin Koob, Gabrielle Labove, Daryle Lademan, Sean Laffey, Tammy Lamantia, Hannah Lee, Hilary Leister, Kimberly Markovich, Justin McCarthy, Lucy McCausland, Kathleen McDermott, John Meyer, Scott Milam, Stephen Mohr, Desta Beriso Morkama, Andrew Murphy, Michael Naff, Donald Names, Gabrielle Names, Matthew Olmsted, Donna O'Malley, Nicole Paraboschi, Rachel Penney, Pat Ramos, Jennifer Requist, Emily Rhoades, Deb Ryan, Juan Carlos Sanchez, Armand Silva, Alison Smith, Bradley Smith, Katie Sprinkel, Erica Stoltenberg, Anna Suhring, Yuko Takakusaki, Julia Taylor, Eric Tomao, Graham Tribble, Nick Turner, Shauna Waite, Cindy Walls, Laura Watchman, Dustin Whitlow, Sarah Whitworth, Reynolds Wilson, Jay Jacob Wind, and Brian Young.

    Morkama, 32, won last year's Marine Corps Marathon in 2:25:14, after finishing second in 2016 in 2:24:29.

    Whitlow, 31, was Arlington's third-fastest finisher at Boston in 2017, 257th male in 2:43:47. Divecchia, 27, led Arlington's women there, 143rd female in 3:04:51, with Stoltenberg, 30, second among Arlington's women, 176th in 3:06:30.

    For Wind, it's his 33rd Boston Marathon and 23rd consecutive, if he finishes.

    December 11, 2017

  • Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington hosts two indoor marathons each year, 211 laps on the utterly-flat 200-meter indoor track, making Arlington to only location in the USA to host two indoor marathons.

    The 6th annual Hawk Indoor Marathon is now in the record books, and ended with a surprise -- two-time winner Chuck Engle didn't win.

    Engle, formerly of Arlington and splitting his time between Sterling, Va., and Dublin, Ohio, owns the Guiness Book of World Records listing for the most lifetime marathon wins by an American, with more than 200 wins among his lifetime total of 400+ 26.2-milers. After 103 laps (12.375 miles) way out in the lead, seeking to improve his own world masters record at the indoor distance, Engle dropped out, claiming indigestion from his pre-race meal of calamari.

    "For all the good they did me," he said while walking it off, "I could have eaten squid."

    With Engle out, George Sefcik, 42, of Annandale inherited the lead and finished in 3:01:41, ahead of Mina Ebrahem, 29, of Abo Korkas, Egypt, currently a physical therapist living in New York City, second in 3:15:10, and Adam Jones, 32, of Ashburn, third in 3:43:18.

    Lindsay Hobson, 35, of Alexandria, a frequent 50-miler and 100-miler, dropped down to the marathon distance and finished first among women in 3:43:33, right behind Jones. Behind her were Casandra Oldham, 45, of Leesburg, second in 4:29:36. and Becki Spiering, 36, of Arlington, third in 4:40:36.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club conducts three indoor track meets on Thomas Jefferson Community Center's indoor track, 3501 2nd Street South, in Arlington, featuring races at 55 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, one mile, 3000 meters, and 5000 meters, plus race walks and clinics on race walking and shot put, on Sunday nights, January 14, January 28, and February 11, starting at 6:00 PM.

    The club moved the meets to Sunday evenings just for 2018 so that Grace Community Church could continue worship services on Sunday mornings at TJ's auditorium during construction on TJ's west-side parking area.

    The meets are free for students up to 8th grade, and they earn ribbons for finishing; $3 for high school students, and $5 for adults.

    For complete information about the meets, please see or call 703-927-4833.

  • On Sunday, December 24, at 12:00 noon, Safety And Health Foundation directs Mary Joy One-Mile Run & Walk. The race starts and finishes at Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, 1621 South Walter Reed Drive, and features traditional Ethiopian coffee ("buna") before the race and Ethiopian lunch with enjera and toppings post-race. The race course runs through the Nauck neighboor, along the Great Wall of Arlington. the historic fence that cuts Nauck in half. For complete information and pre-registration, see or call Lalibela's Tsapatos Belay at 703-485-7406 or SHF at 703-927-4833. Race-day registration opens at 11:15 AM on-site.

  • On Saturday, December 30, Tidal Basin Run presents New Year's Eve Eve Race at Madison Community Center, 3829 North Stafford Street.
  • At 2:00 PM: Registration opens, on-site only followed by 2:15 PM: 1500 meters, and 2:30 PM: 3000 meters, 5000 meters, and 8000 meters. All courses run along Old Glebe Road, Military Road, and (8K) Zachary Taylor Park's Donaldson Run Trail. Entry fees are $2 for members, $5 for non-members before December 22; $5 for members, $10 for non-members after December 22. For awards, please bring a gift to share (no used socks allowed). For more information, please contact James Scarborough at 703-536-7764 or e-mail to

    January 8, 2018

  • As printed

    Running columnist publishes first novel

  • Arlington Sun Gazette staff writer Jay Jacob Wind published his first novel on December 9, a techno-thriller entitled "The Man Who Stole The Sun," available now on Amazon Kindle.

    Written in style of the TV show "24" and set entirely in Arlington, the suspenceful story revolves around three Arlington runners planning to run Marine Corps Marathon the next day. One of them, a genius inventor, gets a fusion reactor up and running in a building that just happens at mile 25 of the marathon, the day before the marathon, with unexpected consequences.

    Along the way, readers learn quantum mechanics, astrophysics, the elusive "Theory of Everything," Internet history, a bit of Russian language, a lot of chess, what it takes to train for and then run Marine Corps Marathon, and how three families show their love in three very different ways.

    The book is available for $4.99 directly via or the author's web page

    One dollar of every sale goes to Old Dominion Eye Foundation.

    November 8, 2017

  • It was a dark and stormy night in 1978.

    I had moved to Arlington VA in June that year to work at American Management Systems, and I was running regularly on C&O Canal Towpath for 10 miles each night after work.

    It was the first Wednesday after the first Sunday in November. Back then, Marine Corps Marathon was the first Sunday in November, and I had just finished my first marathon there.

    I stood at the window next to my co-worker and fellow runner David Nelson, and I said, "I guess we don't get to run tonight."

    David replied, "No, let's go to TJ."

    "TJ?" I asked, "What's that?"

    "Come on. I'll show you," said David. We went down to his car and drove two miles west on Route 50, turned left at Irving Street, right on 2nd Street South, and right into a parking lot. We braved the rain, entered thru the main doors, and walked into ...

    ... a three-ring circus.

    Not just a 200-meter indoor track, but in the middle of track, volleyball and basketball, and on the outside of the track, a weightlifting area and a separate fully-equipped gymnastics area, complete with a trampoline. We ran together for eight miles -- 64 laps -- then David left. So I jumped on the trampoline, hoisted myself up the climbing rope, and pumped about 1,000 pounds of iron. Then I ran another mile -- 8 laps + 9.344 meters -- as a time trial -- in 5:56.

    I loved my new playground!

    That was TJ -- Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA 22204 -- and I've been coming back to train there ever since.

    That was exactly 40 years ago today!

    October 22, 2017

  • As printed
  • Arlington's Desta Beriso Morkama, 32, added another jewel to his crown by winning the 42nd annual Marine Corps Marathon in 2:25:14, more than two minutes ahead of his closest competition, Wesley Turner, 31, of Danville, Va., second in 2:27:25, with another Arlingtonian, Kieran O'Connor, 30, third in 2:28:07.

    Since coming to Arlington in 2016, Morkama has won races of every distance from 5K to marathon all over the region -- Annapolis, Baltimore, D.C., Leesburg, Rockville, Piney Point, Md., and Vienna to name a few.

    His training consists of a two-hour run in the pre-dawn hours every morning and speed training with Potomac Valley Track Club every Monday and Wednesday night.

    Coincidentally, his photo is on the cover of this month's RacePacket magazine, and he has clinched victory in RacePacket's 2017 Grand Prix race series.

    Morkama ran the first mile with Jeffrey Stein, 31, of Washington, D.C., who inadvertantly ran off the course at Lee Highway and continued onto Key Bridge in the absence of a lead vehicle. After a full minute of running alone, they realized their error and doubled back into the pack. Gradually, they both inched back to rejoin the leaders, and Morkama took the lead for good with two miles to go, as the course passed in front of Long Bridge Park. Stein ended up eighth in 2:30:53.

    Sponsored by Safety And Health Foundation, Boom Nutrition, and most recently, Seven-11, Morkama has been studying English at Arlington Mill and volunteering at local races when he's not running them. His next race is New York City Marathon.
        • Washington Post article
        • article
        • RacePacket cover

    A total of 753 runners from Arlington were among the 20,303 who finished the 26.2-mile race, billed as "The People's Marathon." Kenny Rayner, 27, ran 2:41:34 for 28th among men, followed by Randall Myers, 41, 41st in 2:45:09, and Matthew Howard, 26, 45th in 2:46:14.

    Among women, Sarah Bishop, 35, of Fairfax took the gold laurel wreath in 2:45:07, with Megan Curran, 31, of Fort Carson, Colo., second in 2:50:24, and Suzanne Hutchins, 37, of Gastonia, N.C., third in 2:53:36.

    Arlington's top women were Jessica Brown, 26, 42nd in 3:19:33; Krista Breitzman, 65th in 3:23:49; and Brittany Cain, 25, 87th in 3:26:13.

  • In the accompanying 10K, two Arlington men shared the podium -- Denzel Ramirez, 34, first in 32:17; and Craig Morgan, 26, second in 32:22. Erik McMillan, 20, from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, landed third in 32:50.

    Arlington's Jonathan Finer, 28, took eighth place in 36:00; with Ireland's Four Courts manager Dave Cahill, 46, 23rd in 38:36; Chris Cummings, 33, 24th in 38:39; and Monte Hawkins, 40, 25th in 38:43.

    Bethany Sachtleben, 25, of Alexandria, won the women's race in 34:07, ahead of Julie Tarallo, 28, of Washington, D.C., second in 38:01; and Amy Smith, 29, of Seattle, third in 38:55.

    Arlington women included Katharine Leigh, 24, 10th in 42:52; Washington Running Club president Silver Lumsdaine, 45, 15th in 43:39; Jocelyn Hubbard, 23, 18th in 44:03; and Megan Armstrong, 29, 19th in 44:25.

    A full 500 Arlington runners finished the 10K, among 7,061 total finishers.

    April 17, 2017

  • As printed
  • At the April 17 Boston Marathon, 66 runners from Arlington finished the race, including Michael Wardian, who was the county’s top place-getter in 45th in 2:27:35.

    Wardian’s time was faster than a year ago by about four minutes, but his place was lower. He was 38th in 2016’s race.

    Melissa Divecchia was the first female finisher from Arlington this year, 2002nd in 3:04:51.

    Arlington finishers are listed below, starting with their place, name, gender and age, and time.

  • 45 Michael R. Wardian, M 43, Arlington VA, 2:27:35
  • 149 Marty McCormick, M 36, Arlington VA, 2:38:24
  • 283 Dustin M Whitlow, M 30, Arlington VA, 2:43:47
  • 306 Kenny Rayner, M 26, Arlington VA, 2:44:16
  • 348 Ian A Blackwell, M 30, Arlington VA, 2:45:25
  • 430 William C Adams, M 33, Arlington VA, 2:47:15
  • 720 Jonathan K Finer, M 28, Arlington VA, 2:52:27
  • 862 Mario A. Garcia, M 31, Arlington VA, 2:54:25
  • 1165 Jacob C Gilden, M 28, Arlington VA, 2:57:51
  • 1729 Marshall D Martin, M 31, Arlington VA, 3:02:37
  • 2002 Melissa Divecchia, F 26, Arlington VA, 3:04:51
  • 2023 Justin Mccarthy, M 35, Arlington VA, 3:04:57
  • 2231 Erica A Stoltenberg, F 29, Arlington VA, 3:06:30
  • 2569 Bradley T Smith, M 41, Arlington VA, 3:08:48
  • 3534 Adam Pearlman, M 37, Arlington VA, 3:14:15
  • 4287 Scott J O'Neil, M 23, Arlington VA, 3:18:13
  • 4498 Sonja Hinish, F 31, Arlington VA, 3:19:16
  • 4537 Sean Laffey, M 27, Arlington VA, 3:19:27
  • 4919 Jeffrey Pasqual, M 35, Arlington VA, 3:21:15
  • 5018 Reynolds Wilson, M 45, Arlington VA, 3:21:43
  • 5477 Brian Danza, M 36, Arlington VA, 3:23:54
  • 6104 Rachel Penney, F 26, Arlington VA, 3:26:24
  • 6498 Andrew P. Scott, M 30, Arlington VA, 3:27:56
  • 6640 Michael J Pryce-Jones, M 39, Arlington VA, 3:28:28
  • 6814 Matt T Maccaroni, M 43, Arlington VA, 3:29:08
  • 7803 Jennifer Bell, F 45, Arlington VA, 3:32:55
  • 8581 Michael Naff, M 46, Arlington VA, 3:35:50
  • 8986 Katharine A. Endres, F 30, Arlington VA, 3:37:14
  • 9720 Daryle E. Lademan, F 46, Arlington VA, 3:39:53
  • 9885 Kristen Vretakis, F 23, Arlington VA, 3:40:28
  • 10014 Dale Galvin, M 46, Arlington VA, 3:40:56
  • 10371 Kelly E Buroker, F 35, Arlington VA, 3:42:15
  • 10408 Richard A Viola, M 55, Arlington VA, 3:42:21
  • 10572 Julia Taylor, F 45, Arlington VA, 3:42:59
  • 10598 Melissa L Hardt, F 40, Arlington VA, 3:43:05
  • 11176 Susan R Ashcom, F 51, Arlington VA, 3:44:56
  • 11412 Leslie A Kindling, F 44, Arlington VA, 3:45:43
  • 11504 Catherine Burke, F 34, Arlington VA, 3:46:01
  • 12617 Charles Shackelford, M 29, Arlington VA, 3:49:39
  • 12772 Cathy Ahn, F 42, Arlington VA, 3:50:11
  • 13492 Marcia Frazho, F 34, Arlington VA, 3:52:42
  • 13731 Krista M. Breitzman, F 25, Arlington VA, 3:53:26
  • 14212 Ashley H. Kraus, F 28, Arlington VA, 3:55:02
  • 14423 Melissa Bishop, F 45, Arlington VA, 3:55:48
  • 14794 Alexis Fairbanks, F 25, Arlington VA, 3:57:08
  • 15120 Scott S. Foster, M 41, Arlington VA, 3:58:13
  • 17481 Jose Ramos, M 37, Arlington VA, 4:09:07
  • 18416 Katrina D. Brubaker, F 47, Arlington VA, 4:13:54
  • 18427 Emmanuel F. Quinn, M 43, Arlington VA, 4:13:57
  • 19088 Melinda T Gish, F 47, Arlington VA, 4:17:38
  • 19224 Casey M. Shellenberger, F 29, Arlington VA, 4:18:15
  • 19317 Yuko Takakusaki, F 49, Arlington VA, 4:18:47
  • 20170 Claire Lewis, F 56, Arlington VA, 4:24:08
  • 20916 Donald Names, M 60, Arlington VA, 4:29:23
  • 21927 Katherine Price, F 23, Arlington VA, 4:37:44
  • 21960 Caryn Ginsberg, F 55, Arlington VA, 4:38:06
  • 22250 Tom Wheeler, M 60, Arlington VA, 4:40:47
  • 22629 Angelie Petersen, F 37, Arlington VA, 4:44:54
  • 22868 Sean J. Fitzmaurice, M 29, Arlington VA, 4:47:19
  • 22873 Taneen L Carvell, F 50, Arlington VA, 4:47:22
  • 23319 Jay Jacob Wind, M 67, Arlington VA, 4:52:32
  • 23342 Jordan A Thomas, M 46, Arlington VA, 4:52:47
  • 23410 Lauren Skowera, F 29, Arlington VA, 4:53:33
  • 24202 Melissa J Bodeau, F 50, Arlington VA, 5:04:25
  • 24843 Cindy Walls, F 59, Arlington VA, 5:16:12
  • 26277 Joanna Schmickel, F 55, Arlington VA, 6:00:43

    Wind, 67, ran his 32nd Boston Marathon, including 22 in a row. He was the oldest runner from Arlington to finish the race.

    In all, 76 runners from Arlington were entered in the race.

    March 16, 2017

  • United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) recently made public its Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for 2015, and four Arlington County facilities filed reports.

    The database lists both privately-owned and publicly owned facilities. A "facility" may include multiple buildings on adjacent land under the same ownership.

    The database lists on-site releases of toxic chemicals into the air, water, and disposal systems as well as transfers to off-site waste-handlers.

    The Pentagon Reservation was by far the largest facility listed in Arlington, releasing 170,878 pounds of toxic chemicals into the air, including 85,439 pounds of naphthalene; 56,959 pounds of N-hexane; and 28,480 pounds of ethylbenzene. All three are commonly-used industrial solvents.

    Allied Aviation Fueling Company at Ronald Reagan National Airport was the second-largest in Arlington. Its air emissions totaled 5,078 pounds -- 1,573 pounds of toluene; 1,258 pounds of mixed isomers of xylene; 629 pounds of methyl tert-butyl ether; 351 pounds of naphthalene; 321 pounds of ethylbenzene; 315 pounds each of benzene, cyclohexane, and N-hexane; and one pound of biphenyl. Its surface water discharges totaled 413 pounds -- 352 pounds of naphthalene and 61 pounds of ethylbenzene.

    Third on the list was Virginia Concrete Shirlington Plant with 0.00719 pounds of lead into the air and 182.25 pounds of nitrate compounds into surface water.

    U.S. Army Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall reported handling lead but with no releases to the environment.

    According to US EPA's TRI National Report, "reporting year (RY) 2015 is the most recent TRI data available. Facilities reporting to TRI were required to submit their data to US EPA by July 1, 2016, and the RY 2015 report to the public was published in March 2017. Users of TRI information should be aware that TRI data reflect releases and other waste management activities of chemicals, not whether (or to what degree) the public has been exposed to those chemicals. Release estimates alone are not sufficient to determine exposure or to calculate potential adverse effects on human health and the environment. TRI data, in conjunction with other information, can be used as a starting point in evaluating exposures that may result from releases and other waste management activities which involve toxic chemicals. The determination of potential risk depends upon many factors, including the toxicity of the chemical, the fate of the chemical, and the amount and duration of human or other exposure to the chemical after it is released."

    The same four facilities reported in RY 2014, with The Pentagon releasing 179,712 into the air; Allied Aviation releasing 5,317 pounds into the air and no water discharges; Virginia Concrete releasing 203.0806 pounds into the air and water; and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall reporting handling but no releases. The three facilities achieved reductions in toxic releases between 2014 and 2015.

    Source of this data is United States Environmental Protection Agency (2017) TRI Explorer 2015 Dataset, released March 2017.

  • TRI is now 30 years old and US EPA's best-known database. Reporting from all years is available on-line at

    March 12, 2017

  • As printed
  • Spring officially begins on Monday, March 20, but the spring racing season has already begun in Arlington.

  • At Barcroft Elementary School's Snowball Stride 5K, 97 runners of all ages took advantage of sunny but chilly weather. Dylan Klapper, 17, of Arlington led the pack in 17:08, outkicking Todd Burns, 36, of Arlington, second in 17:10. Stefan Shirley, 41, of Falls Church, finished third, three minutes back in 20:41.

    Former Barcroft teacher Samantha Cole, 48, of Arlington won the women's race, fourth overall in 20:57. Madeline Sullivan, just 10 years old from Arlington, took second ampong women in 25:38, with Jamile Shirley, 35, of Falls Church, third in 25:38.

    Barcroft's eagle mascot (principal Colette Bounet, 59th overall in 36:17) provided the pre-race instructions and post-race awards, joined by Geico Gecko (Anne Bodnar, 41, 59th overall in 36:17), Easter Bunny, and at least one green-bearded leprechaun (also pictured: Greyson Schroeher, 9, 25th overall in 29:08).

  • First overall at Thaw 5K in Bluemont Park was Cary Chaffee, 32, of Arlington, in 16:47, followed by frequent race director Travis Bishop, 27, of Fredericksburg, second in 19:18. First among women in 24:02 was Sushila Nanda, 55, of Arlington.

  • Desta Beriso Morkama, 31, of Arlington won Lower Potomac River Marathon in Piney Point, Maryland, running 2:34:11 over the rural riverfront roads.

  • Michael Wardian, 42, of Arlington, zoomed to third place of 1389 men in 2:30:40 at Rock'n'Roll D.C. Marathon. Bobby Peavey, 25, finished fourth in 2:38:56. Benn Thomas, 37, ran 2:50:10 for 10th place.

    Christie Wetzel, 29, covered the two-loop course through all eight wards in 3:04:01, earning first place among 984 women. Katie Smith, 28, took 15th in 3:21:01; with Kerry Dean, 40, 31st in 3:28:40.

    In the accompanying half marathon, Hicham Alaoui, 29, ran 1:08:42 for fourth place among 5214 men, ahead of Kieran O'Connor, 30, fifth in 1:09:39; and Graham Tribble, 28, sixth in 1:09:43.

    Maura Carroll, 27, matched fourth place among 7739 women in 1:22:11, outkicking Jessica McGuire, 36, sixth in 1:24:02; and Greta Stults, 34, 14th in 1:26:47.

  • RacePacket celebrates Spring 5K on Saturday, March 25, at Bluemont Park starting at 9:00 AM. See or call 703-486-1466.

  • In memory of W&OD Trail founder Walter Mess and longtime Friends of the W&OD president Roger Neighborgall, FoWOD and Safety And Health Foundation conduct the 8th annual W&OD Trail 5K at Bluemont Park on Sunday, March 26, at 10:00 AM. For full information, see or call 703-927-4833.

  • Crystal City 5K Fridays run on April 7, April 14, April 21, and April 28, all at 6:30 PM. Start line of the event Crystal City Courtyard Green, 2121 Crystal Drive. See or call 703-248-6883.

  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy hosts Opening Day for Trails on Saturday, April 8, at Bluemont Park, with a free 5K run or walk at 9:00 AM. See or call 202-331-9696

  • Potomac Valley Track Club conducts Easter Classic on Sunday, April 9, at Bluemont Park. The 5K starts at 7:50 AM, and the 10K goes off at 8:00 AM. See or call 703-481-3530.

  • Mercy Center Foundation U.S.A. runs their Mercy 5K on Saturday, April 29, at Bluemont Park, starting at 10:00 AM, preceded by an untimed 3K walk at 9:00 AM. For full information, see or call Adrianne Doherty at 703-309-6657.

    March 5, 2017

  • As printed
  • Entered in this year's Boston Marathon, the world's oldest and most prestigious running event, to be held Monday, April 17, are 76 Arlington runners: William Adams, Cathy Ahn, Susan Ashcom, Jennifer Bell, Melissa Bishop, Ian Blackwell, Melissa Bodeau, Krista Breitzman, Katrina Brubaker, Cristina Burbach, Catherine Burke, Kelly Buroker, Dave Cahill, Taneen Carvell, Huan-Chou Chang, Brian Danza, Melissa Divecchia, Carrie Dunn, Katharine Endres, James Engle, Alexis Fairbanks, Jonathan Finer, Scott Foster, Marcia Frazho, Dale Galvin, Mario Garcia, Jacob Gilden, Caryn Ginsberg, Melinda Gish, Melissa Hardt, Michelle Harlow, Sonja Hinish, Stuart Jones, Leslie Kindling, Ashley Kraus, Daryle Lademan, Sean Laffey, Claire Lewis, Matt Maccaroni, Marshall Martin, Beth McCann, Justin McCarthy, Marty McCormick, Michael Naff, Donald Names, Scott O'Neil, Sarah Park, Kimi Parkhill, Jeffrey Pasqual, Adam Pearlman, Rachel Penney, Angelie Petersen, Katherine Price, Michael Pryce-Jones, Emmanuel Quinn, Jose Ramos, Kenny Rayner, Joanna Schmickel, Andrew Scott, Charles Shackelford, Casey Shellenberger, Elyse Shimada, Lauren Skowera, Bradley Smith, Erica Stoltenberg, Yuko Takakusaki, Julia Taylor, Jordan Thomas, Richard Viola, Kristen Vretakis, Cindy Walls, Michael Wardian, Tom Wheeler, Dustin Whitlow, Reynolds Wilson, and Jay Jacob Wind.

    In 2016, Wardian, 42, was Arlington's top finisher, 38th male overall in 2:31:39 and second in his age group. Whitlow, 29, finished 103rd among men in 2:38:45. Keely Eckberg, 24, earned 204th place among women in 3:08:03.

    December 4, 2016

  • As printed
  • When Desta Beriso Morkama, 31, stepped to the starting line of Jingle All The Way 15K in Washington DC, he was filled with confidence once again.
  • In October, he finished second overall at Marine Corps Marathon -- his first 26.2-miler since arriving in the USA and Arlington on September 12 -- but he was disappointed with his fifth-place finish at Veteran's Day 10K in November. In the month between the races, he trained intensively on the steep hill up 20th Street off South Glebe Road, and he hoped the hard training would pay off.
  • All the way through 10 kilometers, he stayed in a lead pack with Kieran O'Connor, 29, also of Arlington, and Edward Mulder, 24, of Jersey City, despite their efforts to outrun him. In the last two miles, he broke away from the two to win the race in 47:47, a 5:08-per-mile pace. O'Connor held on to second in 47:55, with Mulder third in 47:59.
  • Other top Arlington men included Benn Thomas, 37, fifth in 54:29; Christopher Rom, 22, sixth in 55:07; and Alex Fleischner, 27, 26th in 1:01:37, among 450 male finishers.
  • Pacers Running Store owner Chris Farley, 40, won his age group, 10th overall in 57:40.
  • First overall among women in the 15K in 57:30 was Sarah Bishop, 34, of Fairfax, with three Arlington women in the top 10 -- Jessica McGuire, 36, fifth in 1:00:48; Erin Swain-Taylor, 34, sixth in 1:01:04; and Jilanne Doom, 25, seventh in 1:01:18.
  • Close behind was Emily Cole Chamberlin, 33, pushing young Wyatt in a running stroller, 16th in 1:07:37, among a total 725 female finishers
  • In the accompanying 5K, Amy Laskowske, 29, was led 1,911 women to the finish line, first place in 17:26. Jillian Pollack, 27, took fifth in 18:14; and Erin Swain-Taylor warmed up for her 15K, running sixth in the 5K in 18:42.
  • Nicolas Crouzier, 31, of Gaithersburg, won the men's 5K in 15:22, just ahead of Grant Langevin, 22, of Arlington, second in 15:41.
  • Behind them were Arlington runners Sam Starbuck, 26, 14th in 16:28; and Andrew Whitacre, 31, 17th in 16:41, among 991 male finishers.

  • Virginia Hospital Center - Arlington announced that Arlington Pediatric Center received a $100,000 contribution from the proceeds of the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Memorial 5K & Family Fun Day to support primary care for newborns.
  • J. Cooney, 40, won the race on the hilly north Arlington course at Arlington Knights of Columbus in 18:21, followed by Matthew Cypher, 39, second in 18:51; and Michael Finn, 17, third in 19:35.
  • Among women, Emily Schneider, 28, won in 20:00, ahead of Julie Monticello, 43, second in 20:41; and Antonia Stalling, 26, third in 22:03.

  • At Operation Turbo 5K at Bluemont Park, Ted Poulos, 54, of McLean, returned to the winner's circle after a long recovery from Achilles tenditis, leading the pack in 22:54, pacing Christian Spencer, 43, second in 23:25; and Daniel Demus, 30, third in 23:26.
  • The top three women were BB Parks, 28, first in 23:27 and fourth overall; Meghan Dorsey, 31, second in 26:21; and Brittany Jecko, 30, third in 26:46.

  • Arlington's Barrett Downs, 29, hammered home to win Jingle Bell Run 5K for Arthritis in 18:46, with Ryan Kobb, 35, fifth in 19:54; chased by Chace Ramey, 38, 10th in 20:53.
  • Eryn Caton, 35, of Falls Church, won the women's race in 19:15, pursued by Janay Prescod, 29, fourth in 20:59; and Alanna Ream, 29, seventh in 22:00.

  • Fifty runners will attempt to break world open and age-group records at Hawk Indoor Marathon, Sunday, December 18, starting at 1:00 PM at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South. Until April 10 this year, Arlington's Michael Wardian held the world record of 2:27:21 for 211 laps indoors, set at TJ in 2010, but on that date, at Armory New York City Indoor Marathon, two men ran faster: Malcolm Richards, 33 of San Francisco, first in 2:21:55, and Anthony Migliozzi 26, of Suffield CT, second in 2:24:02.
  • Wardian said he may be back to attempt an assault on the new record, and Desta Beriso Morkama, a 2:13 marathon at his peak, is already registered.
  •, published out of Arlington, directs the race, and Carb Boom! by is its sponsor. The event is free for spectators. Doors open at 12 noon, and the race has a six-hour time limit. See for complete information.

    MichaelAsElvis November 27, 2016

  • As printed
  • Arlington’s own marathon superhero Michael Wardian, 42, won Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon in 2:38:04, setting a world record for the fastest marathon run dressed as Elvis Presley.

  • With 3,402 finishers on November 24, the 11th annual Arlington Turkey Trot 5K, founded by Christ Church of Arlington, emerged this year as the county's biggest 5K race, surpassing Arlington Police, Fire, and Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K, which had 3,029 finishers in September.
  • 2011 winner John (JJ) LaPointe, now 21, returned home from Christopher Newport University to win the Turkey Trot in 15:45. His teammate, Matthew Burke, 20, of Vienna, ran just behind, second in 15:53; and Ethiopian star runner Desta Beriso Morkama, 31, took third in 15:57. TurkeyTrot
  • Also among the top 10 men were Arlington runners Nick Oltman, 28, sixth in 17:15; Douglas Hickey, 33, seventh in 17:16; Bryce Austin, 16, ninth in 17:34; and Adam Michalak, 20, tenth in 17:40,
  • Arlington runners drew the top four women's times: Kelly Hart, 19, first in 19:24; Sonja Hinish, 30, second in 19:40; Shaina Donahue, 36, third in 19:51; and Janel Kiley, 40, fourth in 20:06; with Lauren Merrill, 13, eighth in 20:49; and 2012 winner Sarah Angell, 20, tenth in 21:20.

  • Also on Thanksgiving Day, 4,329 runners complete Alexandria Turkey Trot 8K. Leading Arlington's contingent was David Wertz, 41, eighth in 26:00, followed by Grant Langevin, 22, tenth in 26:05; and Michael Wardian, 42, 12th in 26:38, not wearing a costume.
  • Top Arlington women included Amy Laskowske, 29, fourth in 28:17; Jenn Dietz, 31, 16th in 32:44; and Ann Battle, 33, 29th in 33:59.

  • At Philadelphia Marathon, in the city of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Devotion (yes, that's what the signs now say), Desta Beriso Morkama, 31, hung with the lead pack through 10K before finishing 13th in 2:27:02. Sean Laffey, 26, sailed 69th in 2:45:23; and Andrew Scott, 29, landed 87th in 2:47:52.
  • Keely Eckberg, 25, was Arlington's first female, 16th in 2:56:18.

  • At the 13 1/2th annual Potomac River Run Marathon & Half on November 20 in memory of Dean Shulman, Arlington's Michael Roy Nelson, 57, finished 14th among men in 4:51:11 at the 7:00 AM start; Jeffery Morris, 55, 11th in 4:16:15 at the 8:00 AM narathon start; Wes Mangum, 51, second in 4:17:40 at the 8:12 AM start; and Michael Englert, 35, eighth in 3:21:42 at the 9:00 AM start. To conform with Boston Athletic Association rules, each start time is treated as a separate race rather than an early or late start.
  • Matthew Dowd MacVicar, 35, had Arlington's top finish of the day, second in the 7:00 AM half marathon in 1:47:26. Maria Velazquez, 26, scored eighth in the 9:00 AM half marathon in 2:06:36.
  • The previous day, in the 13 1/4th annual Tyler Simcox, 25, hit 1:39:48 for seventh in the half marathon, ahead of Emily Kasabian, 26, 9th among women in 1:49:12; Katrina Nicholson, 24, 26th among women in 2:05:10; Lisa Larimer, 46, 28th among women in 2:05:55; and Shiva Shahabadi, 34, 31st among women in 2:11:59.

    November 13, 2016

  • As printed
  • Clint McKelvey, 24, is a rising star in Arlington running.
  • On Saturday, he ran 24:17 - a pace of 4:53 per mile -- to finish ninth in a world-class field at VCU Health 8K in Richmond. Behind him were Matt Maccaroni, 43, 55th in 31:45, and Redzep Ljiko, 30, 102nd in 36:09.
  • Among women, Allie Weissberg, 28, covered the course in 38:02 for 71st place. Bailey Wilson, 28, was a few steps back, 74th in 38:21, followed by Rennie Peddie, 41, 121st in 40:49.
  • In Richmond's American Family Fitness Half Marathon, starting 15 minutes later, Desta Beriso Morkama, 31, was Arlington's top finisher, sixth among men in 1:07:19, leading Noe Lopez, 24, 95th in 1:27:38, and Matthew Kurz, 33, 97th in 1:27:47.
  • Maura Carroll, 27, was Arlington's first lady, seventh in 1:19:46, ahead of Ann Battle, 33, 52nd in 1:33:55, and Kristen Vretakis, 23, 65th in 1:35:02.
  • In Anthem Richmond Marathon, billed as "America's friendliest marathon," Matt Deters, 31, took a top-ten slot, ninth in 2:32:03, just ahead of Kenny Rayner, 26, 15th in 2:36:28, and Mark Albertson, 25, 24th in 2:41:29.
  • Greta Stults, 33, matched his ninth place with a time of 3:01:58, with Melissa Divecchia, 25, 22nd in 3:10:57, and Liz Greenlaw, 29, 44th in 3:19:42.
    Richmond Marathon/Half/8K Roundup
    At Anthem Richmond Marathon on Saturday November 12, 2016, four of the top 10 men came from the DC area, and part of the list read almost like a TourBus map -- Alexandria, Kenya, Kenya, Kenya, Kenya, Alexandria, Pennsylvania, Alexandria, Arlingon, Ohio.

    Topping the field was Dadi Beyene, 28, an Ethiopian citizen living in Alexandria, first in 2:19:36. Right behind him in 2:19:41 was Peter Limo, 32, Kenya, second in 2:19:41. Also from Kenya were the next three finishers: Kennedy Kimei, 38, third in 2:20:03; Betram Keter, 29, fourth in 2:25:41; and Paul Sugut, 30, fifth in 2:27:05.

    Those five ran together for the first 20 miles of the race, hitting 33:34 for 10K, 1:10:05 for the half marathon, and 1:47:11 for 20 miles, before Beyene, Limo, and Kimei kicked into high gear.

    Behind them were Gregory Mariano, 31, Alexandria, sixth in 2:27:44; Steve Heagy, 33, Landsdale PA, seventh in 2:31:00; Thomas Rammelkamp, 27, Alexandria, eighth in 2:31:22; Matt Deters, 31, Arlington, ninth in 2:32:03; and Joseph Hengoed, 27, Athens OH, tenth in 2:33:32.

    Among women, Bizuwork Getahun, 27, another Ethiopian living in New York City, took first place in 2:37:51. She was among eight athletes -- seven Ethiopians and one driver -- who squeezed into a compact car for 90-mile drive from Arlington to Richmond.

    Susanna Sullivan, 26, Reston, scored second place in 2:42:34, her first marathon since the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles last February, where she finished 20th in 2:41:18.

    Third in 2:48:47 was Loice Kangogo, 34, Kenya, followed by Molly Nunn, 33, Winston-Salem NC, fourth in 2:51:31; Greta Sieve, 29, Williamsburg VA, fifth in 2:53:30; hometown favorite Tressa Breindel, 38, Richmond, sixth in 2:56:13; Kara Phelps, 26, Lewisburg PA, seventh in 2:59:26; Dara Steele-Belkin, 41, Atlanta GA, eighth and first master in 3:00:49; Greta Stults, 33, Arlington, ninth in 3:01:58; and Emily Eickhoff, 23, Chapel Hill NC, tenth in 3:02:09.

    International runners also dominated the accompanying American Family Fitness Half Marathon, with Girma Gebre, 23, Ethiopia, first in 1:04:41, outkicking Rachid Ezzounlou, 34, Morocco, second in 1:04:45; and Mark Leininger, 25, Greenville SC, third in 1:04:57.

    Two teammates from Durham NC notched the next two place, Shaun Thompson, 23, fourth in 1:04:58; and Clinton Cahall, 27, fifth in 1:05:03.

    Desta Beriso Morkama, 31, an Ethiopian citizen living in Arlington, another passenger in that compact car, took sixth in 1:07:19; ahead of Nicholas Kurgat, 37, Kenya, seventh in 1:07:49; Robert Reynolds, 26, Mechanicsville VA, eighth in 1:08:19; Mynor Lopez, 33, Mexico, ninth in 1:09:34; and David Angell, 40, Blue Ridge VA, tenth in 1:09:37.

    Kenyans dominated the women's half marathon, paced by Joan Aiyabei, 37, first in 1:12:25; Veronicah Maina, 27, second in 1:12:50; and Sophy Jepchirchir, 22, third in 1:15:38.

    The next two places went to Dylan Hassett, 23, Greenville SC, fourth in 1:16:03; and Lauren Smith Stroud, 25, Lake Jackson TX, fifth in 1:18:20.

    Back to Kenya was Letitia Saaymah, 24, sixth in 1:19:20; and rounding out the top ten were Maura Carroll, 27, Arlington, seventh in 1:19:46; Mary Aiken Barrow, 32, Raleigh NC, eighth in 1:21:25; Candace Harrison, 31, Durham NC, ninth in 1:22:28; and Julie Tarallo, 27, Washington Dc, tenth in 1:23:12.

    Leading VCU Health 8K was an American, John Crain, 24, Blowing Rock NC, first in 23:09.

    Behind him were Kenyans James Kibet, 28, second in 23:17, Julius Kogo, 31, third in 23:18; Pardon Ndhlovu, 29, living in Augusta GA, fourth in 23:33.

    Pulling down the next six slots were Austin Steagall, 23, Greenville SC, fifth in 23:34; Simion Chirchir, 32, Kenya, sixth in 23:35; Hillary Too, 37, Kenya, seventh in 23:38; Ryan Hagen, 25, Waynesboro VA, eighth in 23:53; Clint McKelvey, 24, Arlington VA, ninth in 24:17; and Darren Barlow, 23, Blacksburg VA, tenth in 24:35.

    Heading the women's 8K were two more Kenyans: Monicah Ngige, 23, first in 25:53; and Susan Jerotich, 29, second in 26:07.

    Hanson Project graduate Cally Macumber, 26, Rochester MI, took third in 26:09; holding off Amy Van Alstine, 29, Flagstaff AZ, fourth in 26:12 U.S. Olympic Marathoner Desiree Linden, 33, Washington MI, fifth in 26:28; Kathryn Harrison, 27, Richmond, sixth in 26:50; Zipporah Chebet, 28, Kenya, seventh in 27:01; Joanna Thompson, 24, Blowing Rock NC, eighth in 27:17; Kate Dodds, 23, Greenville SC, ninth in 27:48; and Daisy Kimeli, 21, Kenya, tenth in 27:57

    Turnout for the race included 4,060 in the marathon, 7,350 in the half marathon, and 1,721 in the 8K, plus tens of thousands of spectators and volunteers.

  • Morkama doubled the next day, earning fifth place in 32:24 at Veterans Day 10K in in Washington DC. Seven seconds back was David Wertz, 40, sixth in 32:31, and 19 seconds later was Grant Langevin, 22, 11th in 32:50.
  • Amanda Tine, 24, led Arlington's women, third in 37:10, with Jessica McGuire, 36, 14th in 40:46, and Liz Kohlway, 28, 22nd in 42:23.

  • Mary Murphy-Wojtasik, 27, ran 52:18 for 20th overall at On Eagles Wings 10K on Friday in Annandale. John Churchman, 73, won his age group, 26th overall in 53:58.

  • Marco Viola won Arlington Academy of Hope Global Strides 5K in 17:19, way ahead of Joshua Blanchard, second in 19:15, and Dexter Steis, third in 20:10.
  • Just ahead of Steis, first among women in 20:08 was Wendy Matthews, followed by Kayla Shelkey, second in 20:51, and Kristin Tamburro, third in 22:12.
  • Marco's dad, Richard Viola, 55, Arlington's Transportation Planning Section Supervisor, finished 7th among men in 21:26.

    November 6, 2016

  • As printed
  • Arlington's Michael Wardian, 42, ran 2:33:18 at New York City Marathon, good for 45th place among men.
  • Wardian has now completed all six 2016 World Marathon Majors -- Tokyo in 2:28:14 on February 28, Boston in 2:31:39 on April 16, London in 2:27:37 on April 24, Berlin in 2:28:19 on September 25, Chicago in 2:32:02, and now New York City.
  • The net result: Wardian has the best cumulative time in the six races of any runner worldwide, and he will win an award from Abbott, the sponsor of the six-marathon challenge.

  • At Encore Costume 5K in Arlington, Christopher Raymond took top honors, winning the male 13-18 first place award in 23:05. Kerstin Fagerstrom finished second overall, earning first place among females 13-18 in 23:11.

  • Global Strides 5K kicks off on Saturday, November 12, at 8:00 AM at Bluemont Park, 329 North Manchester Street, in Arlington, to benefit Arlington Academy of Hope, partners with Tuckahoe Elementary and Arlington Traditional School. See or write

  • Jennifer Bush-Lawson Memorial 5K and Family Fun Day starts on Saturday, November 19, at 9:00 AM at Knights of Columbus, 5115 Little Falls Road, in Arlington, to benefit Arlington Pediatric Center and Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Women’s Obstetric Clinic. See or write

  • Operation Turbo 5K runs on the same day, November 19, at 10:00 AM, at Bluemont Park, timed but not scored, supporting America's military by sending "boxes of home" to those deployed overseas. See or write

  • Arlington Turkey Trot 5K, one of the county's largest races, hits the streets of Lyon Park neighborhood on Thursday, November 24, at 8:00 AM, at Christ Church of Arlington, 3020 N. Pershing Drive, to benefit Arlington Food Assistance Center, Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, Arlington Thrive, and Bridges to Independence (formerly Alexandria-Arlington Coalition for the Homeless). See, write, of call 703-927-0328.

  • Jingle Bell Run 5K for Arthritis starts at 9:00 on Saturday, December 3, at Pentagon Row. See write, or call 202-787-5323.

  • Great Chocolate Race 5 Mile dips in on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 AM at North Kent Street and Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn. See or write

  • At 5th Annual Hawk Indoor Marathon, you can set a personal record for your fastest marathon ever on the indoor track at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, starting at 1:00 PM on Sunday, December 18. See or write

  • Potomac Valley Track Club announced its 2017 indoor track meet series dates: January 15, January 22, and February 5, 2017, all at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, 7:45 AM to 12:00 noon. For full information, see or call 703-927-4833.

    October 30, 2016

  • As printed
  • Baseball's October Classic is the World Series, and Arlington's is Marine Corps Marathon.
  • This year's edition -- the 41st annual -- featured a new course with twice as much distance in Arlington than in recent years, due to road construction in Rock Creek Park, a modified start open till 8:55 AM to allow starters to use Metro despite its 7:00 AM first trains, and some runners up front both familiar and new. MarineMarathonWinners
  • 2014 winner Samuel Kosgei, 32, of Junction City, Kansas, returned this year to win in 2:23:53. Just 36 seconds back in 2:24:29 was second-place finisher Desta Beriso Morkama, 31, who arrived in Arlington from Ethiopia in September. Finishing third in 2:25:03 was last year's second-place finisher, Oscar Ceron Santos, 33, an officer in the Mexican Navy.
  • Among Arlington men, Jerry Greenlaw, took sixth in 2:33:14; Michael Wardian, 42, won his age group, 11th in 2:34:29; Graham Tribble, 28, had no trouble, 14th in 2:36:34; Andrew Whitacre, 31, took 20th in 2:40:39, followed by Randall Myers, 40, 33rd in 2:45:29; Nick Oltman, 28, 47th in 2:49:22; and Chris Michael; 35, 72nd in 2:54:29.
  • Perry Shoemaker, 45, fourth place last year, became the marathon's oldest-ever female winner, clocking 2:51:48 after trailing Meghan Curran, 30, of Denver, Colorado, for 25 miles. Curran had to walk some of the last mile, but nonetheless finished second in 2:53:19. Nicole Irving, 24, of Arlington, almost caught Curran, notching third place in 2:53:32.
  • Arlington's Jenn Dietz, 31, capitalized on her prodigious training this fall with a 3:15:30 time for 35th place, with Christina McGrath, 23, 54th in 3:20:48; Erin Taylor, 34, and Margaret Klimek, 33, finishing together, 99th and 100th, in 3:28:04.
  • Of the 19,724 finishers -- 10,634 men and 9,090 women -- 1,156 hailed from Arlington.

  • At Monster Mash 5K in McLean, top women from Arlington were Emily Blagg, 22, 12th among women in 22:06 and first in her age group; Mary Kate Murphy, 27, 21st in 24:25; and Sara Crummett, 37, 58th in 30:19.
  • Top men included Ethan Kearns, 35, fourth in 19:01 at the top of his age group; Andrew Dober, 39, 12th in 20:13; and Paul Ryan, 65, 16th in 21:02, ahead of everyone else over 60.

  • At Kenmore School 5K in Arlington, Joey Cordaro, 10, showed his older competitors a thing or two, winning in 21:35, ahead of Chris Dempsey, 39, second in 21:37; and Brady Krohl, 11, third in 23:17.
  • Steph Dempsey, 39, led the women in 23:20, pacing her daughter, Attie Dempsey, 12, second in 24:34; and Lena Wood, 13, third in 25:00.

    October 9, 2016

  • As printed
  • This year's Army Ten Miler -- the 32nd annual -- featured many of last year's top stars, with the deck shuffled.
  • Just like last year, five men from Kenya snagged the top five places. Winning this year in 48:20 was Augustus Maiyo, 33, of Colorado Springs -- moving up from fourth place last year. In a photo finish, Robert Cheseret, 33, of Fountain, Colorado, finished less than one tick behind him, also in 48:20. Repeating in third place, just like last year, Shadrack Kipchirchir, 27, of Beaverton, Oregon, ran 48:22. Hillary Bor, 26, of Colorado Springs, moved up one place from last year, clocking 48:22 for fourth place, and Leonard Korir, 29, also of Colorado Springs, took fifth in 48:32.
  • Last year's seventh-place runner moved up one notch to be Arlington's top finisher -- Ryan Mahalskey, 23, sixth in 49:09. Arlington's Clint McKelvey, 24, rang up eighth place in 50:11; and Sean Barrett, 31, covered the course in 53:09 for 29th place.
  • Among women, Stephanie Reich, 24, of Frederick, Maryland, went into the record books by winning in 56:29. Behind her were Perry Shoemaker, 45, of Vienna, Virginia, second in 58:16; Kelly Calway, 32, of West Point, New York, third in 58:56; Kerry Allen, 28, of Washington DC, fourth in 59:34; Susan Tanui, 29, of Junction City, Kansas, fifth in 59:43; and Jillian Pollack, 27, Arlington's first female finisher, sixth in 1:00:29.
  • Other top women from Arlington included Maura Carroll, 27, 11th in 1:01:47; Melanie Bonarski, 26, 36th in 1:05:13; and Lauren Johnston, 28, 53rd in 1:06:48.
  • One of the largest races in the world, Army Ten Miler this year had 11,291 female finishers and 12,711 males.
  • Recognizing that Metro opened its doors at 7:00 AM this year, rather than 5:00 AM as in past years, race organizers staged the start in eight waves, every eight minutes between 8:00 AM and 8:55 AM, to allow everyone to get to the starting line.

  • At Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, Arlington's Keely Eckberg, 25, ran 1:26:02 for third place among women. Melissa Hardt, 40, won her age group in 1:39:39, 11th among women, with Shanna Miceli, 28, 17th in 1:42:39.
  • Matthew Hopkins, 33, took 17th among men in 1:35:07, ahead of Joshua King, 30, 39th in 1:40:53; and Marc Simon, 26, 77th in 1:48:31.

  • Three Arlington runners took gold, silver, and bronze at Wounded Warrior Caregiver 5K on Saturday, October 1, in Alexandria.
  • Tyler Andrews, 26, topped the field in 18:24, followed by Michael Englert, 35, second in 19:41. Mariana Liebman-Pelaez, 24, finished third overall in 19:57, first among women.
  • Brian Scullin, 30, eighth among men in 23:22, paced his wife Shannon Scullin, 27, to second place among women in 23:23.
  • Julie Breitfeld, 44, earned 11th place in 31:29.

  • At Chicago Marathon, Kevin Dastalfo, 23, ran 2:47:27 for 250th place among men; Dylan Bartlett, 30, finished in 2:58:21, 691st among men; Jessica Mcguire, 36, broke three hours, running 2:55:24 for 54th among women; and Cristina Burbach, 42, hit 3:09:21, 187th among women, all qualifying for 2018 Boston Marathon.

  • Desta Beriso Morkama, 31, set a new course record of 51:58 by five minutes to win Lower Potomac River Ten-Mile Run in Piney Point, MD, his fifth race victory since he moved to Arlington from Ethiopia in September.
  • Sean Ahearne, 39, who drove Morkama to the race, took 11th place among me in 1:18:23, with his wife Jenn Brown, 33, 30th among women in 1:43:04.

    September 17, 2016

  • As printed
  • Clarendon Day 5K and 10K, conducted by Pacers Events, has grown over the past five years to become Arlington's largest 10K and second-larget 5K.
  • "I love working this race," said associate race director Briana Taylor. "You see people from all over the area having a good time, and in my job, I get to do a little of everything."
  • In addition to competition in the individual races, entrants can double, with the 5K at 8:00 AM and the 10K at 9:00 AM. Both races started in Clarendon, ran downhill on Wilson Boulevard, out-and-back on Routh 110, and finished in Rosslyn. Last year, race organizers handed out Metro farecards to 5K finishers so they could rush back to start the 10K, but an unexplained 20-minute Metro delay stranded more than 200 runners who planned to double. This year, with the minimum balance of $10 on new farecards, the race couldn't buy farecards for everyone, but Metro ran on time, and anyone who boarded in Rosslyn by 8:45 AM made it to the start in Clarendon on time.
  • That plan worked well for Stewart Reich, 24, of Frederick MD, who finished in second place overall in both races -- 14:45 in the 5K and 31:40 in the 10K.
  • Ahead of Reich in the 5K was Clint McKelvey, 24, of Arlington, top overall in 14:36 on the downhill course. Behind them were Tripp Southerland, 31, of Washington DC, third in 15:11; David Wertz, 40, of Arlington, fourth in 15:31; and Ryan Witters, 28, of Washington, fifth in 15:34.
  • Leading the women were Maura Carroll, 27, of Arlington, first in 17:35; Jennifer Brill, 26, of Washington DC, second in 17:51; Elyssa Gensib, 22, of Alexandria, third in 17:54; Chelsea Bollerman, 29, of Silver Spring MD, fourth in 18:06; and Hannah Rowe, 25, of Silver Spring, fifth in 18:35.
  • In the 10K, Desta Beriso Morkama, 31, born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and arrived just this week to Arlington, led the 10K pack in 30:59. Desta, which means "sweet" in Amharic, said after the race, "I am very very happy to be in Arlington and in the United States."
  • Behind Morkama and Reich were Matthew Barresi, 33, of Palmyra VA, third in 31:42; Carlos Jamieson, 29, of Washington DC, fourth in 33:26; and Philip Royer, 25, of Silver Spring MD, fifth in 33:27.
  • Leading ladies in the 10K were Elena Barham, 23, of Washington, first in 36:16; Keely Eckberg, 25, of Arlington, second in 38:17; Barb Fallon Wallace, 42, of Alexandria, third in 38:25; Melanie Bonarski, 26, of Arlington, fourth in 39:02; and Amy Nichols, 27, of Arlington, fifth in 39:56.

  • Arlington's Michael Wardian, 42, has traveled the world in search of the perfect race. He found a good one, the tree-lined Parks Half Marathon in Montgomery County MD, finishing fourth overall in 1:13:44. Julia Taylor, 45, was Arlington's top female finisher, 53rd in 1:45:15.

  • Arlington 9/11 Memorial 5K is by far Arlington's largest 5K. Starting on Army-Navy Drive and looping around the Pentagon, the race memorialized the 184 victims at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and the thousands more lives lost that day in New York City and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Elected officials attend, along with hundreds of active duty military, veterans, police, sheriff's deputies, fire fighters, and other brave Americans.
  • Winning the race in 17:09 was Marine Capt. William "Cal" Ramm, who amazed the world in January by running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents, raising thousands of dollars for Semper Fi Fund.
  • Chasing him were Greg Swiatocha, 31, of Sterling VA, second in 18:13; Joseph Krzystofik, 27, of Alexandria, third in 18:19; Lawson Brannon, 17, of Bristow VA, fourth in 18:25; and Ryan Holtz, 22, of Alexandria, fifth in 18:26.
  • Among women, the top five were firefighter Bailey Kolonich, 20, of Springfield VA, first in 19:13; Erin Masterson, 33, of Alexandria VA, second in 19:47; Julie McTernan, 26, of Needham MA, third in 20:34; Helen Burns, 27, of Washington, fourth in 21:12; and Amanda Moore, 35, of Arlington, fifth in 21:40.
  • Of 3,027 finishers, 727 reside in Arlington -- 24%.

  • Arlington County is gearing up for the year's two mega-races -- Army Ten Miler on Sunday, October 9, and Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, October 30. Watch this column for results of those two world-class events.
  • Both races are affected by Metro's shortened hours and the possibility of station closures on race day. Since Metro now opens at 7:00 AM, runners who previously took the subway to the races will be hard-pressed to make the 8:00 AM starts for the first corrals.
  • “This should really only impact runners in corrals 1-4,” said Army Ten Miler's Maida Johnson. Runners in the first corral start at 8:00 AM, and subsequent corrals begin every eight minutes. “There should be little impact on runners in corrals 5-8 and no impact on spectators. All runners should leave their homes at least a half hour early, and we encourage that across the board.” In communications to entrants this week, Army Ten-Miler encouraged alternative transportation options beyond Metro.
  • Marine Corps Marathon changed its course to include more distance in Arlington and less in DC and announced that its starting line will remain open a full 40 minutes longer tham past years. Arlington Transit will open a bus line early. The race starts on U.S. 110, close to the Pentagon Metro station. The accompanying 10k will be run entirely in Arlington County this year.
  • According to RunWashington's Charlie Ban, "Hemmed in by an inflexible deadline to reopen the 14th Street Bridge to traffic, the race course will cut nearly two miles from what has traditionally come before mile 20, with that distance being made up in Crystal City and around the Pentagon parking lot. Runners will also change course early in the race, in the third mile, to complete and out-and-back on Kirkwood Road in Arlington before descending Spout Run Parkway.
  • The start will remain at 7:55 AM, but the timing mats at the starting line will remain in operation until 8:55 AM to allow for people to arrive late. The race ordinarily contracts with Metro to open the system at 5:00 AM, two hours earlier than the typical 7:00 A. Sunday start, but the SafeTrack accelerated maintenance plan, announced in May, included a moratorium on extended operating hours through April 2017, excluding January’s presidential inauguration.
  • Last year, long lines at malfunctioning metal detectors slowed runners’ approaches to the starting line in some directions. Race organizers attributed those complications to the rain and promised to improve their efficiency, and this year’s security checkpoints will feature more “wands.”
  • Over the last five years, all but one of the system’s early openings were to serve road races. MCM Operations Director Bret Schmidt said more than 21,000 people took advantage of the early opening in 2015.
  • The Metropolitan Police Department and Park Police denied the race’s request to add 30 minutes to the traditional “beat the bridge” time of 1:15.
  • “I looked for ways to cut as much as I could from the course before the bridge,” Schmidt said. “We could get cut a mile each way from Rock Creek Parkway by turning around near Waterside Drive.”
  • Schmidt would have liked to have simply extended the out-and-back section in Crystal City to make up the distance, but that would have blocked the exit route for area residents. So most of the distance came in the Pentagon parking lot,with just a little left over. He prioritized reducing the number of additional traffic control points in a course change.
  • That’s why a short out-and-back was added to the third mile, on Kirkwood Road.
  • “I don’t like a lot of turns and I really don’t like U-turns,” Schmidt said. “Kirkwood is flat, it’s scenic, but it’s a narrow road and it’s early in the race to have a lot of people there. I’m hoping the rolling start from the starting line being open longer helps cut down on the foot traffic.”
  • “(D.C.-area) residents have altered their commutes and adjusted entertainment plans in response to the surges that have shut down lines and reduced the service schedule,” Marketing Manager Marc Goldman said. “The MCM will ask for the same flexibility from runners during Marine Corps Marathon weekend.”
  • While Metro will not open early to accommodate the race, WMATA will increase traffic on the Blue and Yellow lines, which serve the Pentagon station, and have several eight-car trains in service. The race will operate shuttles between parking lots in Arlington, Prince George’s County, Md. and from the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., and Arlington Transit will run the ART 42 bus route, between Ballston and Pentagon City, early on race morning.

    March 30, 2016

  • As printed
  • Entered in this year's Boston Marathon, the world's oldest and most prestigious running event, to be held Monday, April 18, are 91 Arlington runners: Cathy Ahn, Megan Armstrong, Susan Ashcom, Mateo Ayala, Shannon Beebe, Shannon Beydler, Melissa Bishop, Tony Black, Melissa Bodeau, Samantha Bryant, Cristina Burbach, Kelly Buroker, Dave Cahill, Grace Chan, Huan-Chou Chang, Laura Chipkin, Taylor Coffey, David Colman, Brian Danza, Jack Dasilva, James Defilippi, Melissa Divecchia, Kate Dochelli, Jilanne Doom, Carrie Dunn, Keely Eckberg, Jim Economos, Alexis Fairbanks, Chris Farley, Jon Fulginiti, Brooke Gagnier, Page Griffith, Scott Guichard, Jeffrey Horwitz, Charmaine Jamerson, Miki Jamerson, John Kelly, Albert Kim, Daryle Lademan, Sean Laffey, Christina Lauer, Donna Lekang, Corey Letichevsky, Alexander Mackler, Steven Maguire, Rosalie Malsberger, Lynn Marcotte, Phoebe Markle, Emily Marsh, Marshall Martin, Jackie McCarthy, Justin McCarthy, Lucy McCausland, Brian McElhaney, Heather McGee, Rich Mendelowitz, Melinda Metz, Julieanne Miller, Gary Morgans, Elise Nelson, Andrew Orzel, Sarah Park, Adam Pearlman, Kyler Philbin, Daniel Pick, Michael Pryce-Jones, Ning Rui, Kim Rybold, Hannah Safford, Joanna Schmickel, Caroline Schopp, Dave Sherer, Robert Sindermann, Masha Sipina, Alison Smith, Bradley Smith, Sara Starck, Tatyana Steis, Rachel Stone, Anna Suhring, Yuko Takakusaki, Julia Taylor, Graham Tribble, Erin Valocsik, Shauna Waite, Cindy Walls, Michael Wardian, Dustin Whitlow, Bailey Wilson, Jay Jacob Wind, and Leah Yingling.

    Last year, in 2015, Wardian, now 42, was Arlington's top finisher, 60th overall and 52nd among men in 2:27:20. Phoebe Markle, now 32, was Arlington’s first female, 3,732nd overall and 257th among women in 3:05:41.

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    October 11, 2015

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  • Trevor Lafontaine, 22, of Cornwall, N.Y. looked around as he turned left from Independence Avenue onto the 14th Street Bridge and saw only spectators. He expected to run about 2:20 to win, but with his closest pursuer was far behind.
  • Lafontaine relaxed and enjoyed the scenery – a view of Potomac River, a music party at Crystal City, a brush alongside Long Bridge Park, a tour around Pentagon, and a gleeful finish up the hillside to U.S. Marine Corps Memorial to win the 40th Marine Corps Marathon in 2:24:25 on Oct. 25.
  • More than a minute behind was Oscar Mateo Santos, 32, of Mexico City, second in 2:26:06; followed by Brian Flynn, 32, of Rockingham Va., third in 2:26:24.
  • Arlington men who finished in the top 100 were Evan Fox, 33, 13th in 2:33:01; Chris Michael, 34, 44th in 2:47:44; Virgile Borderies, 30, 47th in 2:49:07; Randall Myers, 39, 62nd in 2:52:59; and Jonathan Finer, 26, 88th in 2:56:45. Sprinter Andrzej Sakaluk, 40, ran his first marathon in 5:37:04.
  • Jenny Mendez Suanca, 35, of San Jose, Costa Rica, had a similar experience, winning her race in 2:45:56, far ahead of Christine Taranto, 30, of Monterey, Calif., second in 2:53:30. Next were Maria Elena Jimenez, 32, of Mexico City, third in 2:55:35; Kara Waters, 40, of Great Falls Va., fourth in 2:55:53; and Magin Day, 29, serving America abroad, fifth in 2:56:28;
  • Arlington women among the top 100 were Lisa Gallagher, 32, 25th in 3:09:28; Melissa Divecchia, 24, 33rd in 3:14:46; Mia Van Heerden, 26, 47th in 3:22:26; Meilnda Metz, 38, 86th in 3:23:15; and Mary Kate Kearney, 25, 91st in 3:24:22.

    October 11, 2015

  • As printed
  • If you want to greet any of the top five finishers at Sunday's Army Ten Miler, say "Hujambo," if you want to congratulate them, say "Mesuri sana," and if you want to thank them for visiting Arlington, say "Asante sana."
  • All five were Kenyan athletes who moved to the USA in search of a better life and a prosperous future. No cash awards exist for Army Ten Miler winners, but this year's crop of winners certainly extended the race's theme of "A tradition of excellence."
  • Paul Chelimo, 24, of Beaverton, Oregon, was awarded the win in a photo finish in 48:19, less than a step in front to Nicholas Kipruto, 31, of Copperas Cove, Texas, also clocked in 48:19, and Shadrack Kipchirchir, 26, of Beaverton, third in 48:20.
  • Just a few ticks behind were Augustus Maiyo, 32, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, fourth in 48:29; and Hillary Bor, 25, also of Colorado Springs, fifth in 48:31.
  • Two Arlington runners nearly chased them down. Chris Kwiatkowski, 26, took sixth in 48:35, followed by Ryan Mahalsky, 22 seventh in 49:57.
  • The top five women were more separated. Tina Muir, 27, of Lexington, Kentucky, won the race in 55:20, with Perry Shoemaker, 44, of Vienna VA second in 57:31, Stephanie Bryan, 23, of Frederick MD third in 57:46, Alex Wang, 23, of Ellicott City MD fourth in 57:55, and Loring Crowley, 32, of Winston Salem NC fifth in 58:03. Arlington's top female finishers were Amy Laskowske, 28, ninth in 59:36, and Jessica McGuire, 35, 29th in 1:03:17.

    April 20, 2015

  • As printed
  • Led by Wardian, Arlington runners find success at Boston Marathon
  • Included in the 2015 Boston Marathon was the largest-ever contingent of Arlington runners – 128 – who finished the race, despite cold rain and headwinds on April 20.
  • Many have run the marathon numerous times.
  • The top male runner from Arlington was Michael Wardian. The 41-year-old finished 52nd in 2:27:20. Wardian is a multiple runner of the race.
  • Second was Dustin Whitlow in 180th in 2:37.24.
  • Phoebe Markle, 31, was Arlington’s first female finisher in 257th in 3:05:41. Second was Kate Magee in 697th in 3:15.05.
  • The complete list of Arlington's male and female finishers is listed below.
    Place, name, age, city, time
    257. Markle, Phoebe, 31, Arlington VA, 3:05:41
    697. Magee, Kate, 31, Arlington VA, 3:15:05
    1050. Alexander, Katherine H., 25, Arlington VA, 3:19:51
    1519. Delp, Amanda N., 30, Arlington VA, 3:24:03
    1528. Metz, Melinda J, 38, Arlington VA, 3:24:07
    1580. Malsberger, Rosalie, 28, Arlington VA, 3:24:33
    1657. Ko, Mindy S, 32, Arlington VA, 3:25:10
    1767. Taylor, Julia, 43, Arlington VA, 3:25:58
    2108. Haas, Jeanette, 46, Arlington VA, 3:28:20
    2139. Van Hook, Emma, 29, Arlington VA, 3:28:30
    2305. White, Shannon M., 30, Arlington VA, 3:29:21
    2306. Cohen, Carol, 38, Arlington VA, 3:29:21
    2313. Biggs, Amanda, 27, Arlington VA, 3:29:24
    2396. Borden, Maggie, 29, Arlington VA, 3:29:54
    2446. Coffey, Taylor S, 32, Arlington VA, 3:30:13
    2627. Clemmer, Sarah M, 27, Arlington VA, 3:31:18
    2792. Buroker, Kelly, 33, Arlington VA, 3:32:13
    3010. Swanson, Katie, 24, Arlington VA, 3:33:25
    3047. Ratzel, Jenny E., 29, Arlington VA, 3:33:36
    3087. Takakusaki, Yuko, 47, Arlington VA, 3:33:48
    3163. Bowden, Jessica R, 24, Arlington VA, 3:34:08
    3168. Stevenson, Dawn, 29, Arlington VA, 3:34:10
    3237. Heinz, Lara, 26, Arlington VA, 3:34:30
    3242. Kinealy, Colleen, 27, Arlington VA, 3:34:32
    3501. Hanley, Karen, 38, Arlington VA, 3:35:53
    3617. Brundage, Chelsea, 35, Arlington VA, 3:36:34
    3932. Penfield, Tracy J., 30, Arlington VA, 3:38:16
    3967. Oppenheim, Rebecca A, 26, Arlington VA, 3:38:26
    4024. Ashcom, Susan R, 49, Arlington VA, 3:38:47
    4146. Freeman, Mary H, 47, Arlington VA, 3:39:27
    4159. Perryman, Maricela, 26, Arlington VA, 3:39:30
    4319. Names, Gabrielle R., 25, Arlington VA, 3:40:17
    4459. Dunn, Carrie M, 39, Arlington VA, 3:40:58
    4512. Cales, Shaina M., 25, Arlington VA, 3:41:20
    4776. Chan, Grace, 45, Arlington VA, 3:42:44
    4930. Hixon, Kate, 29, Arlington VA, 3:43:36
    4961. Lademan, Daryle E., 44, Arlington VA, 3:43:46
    5536. Rybold, Kim, 32, Arlington VA, 3:47:05
    5808. Grady, Rebecca, 38, Arlington VA, 3:48:33
    5900. Park, Sarah L., 44, Arlington VA, 3:49:00
    6446. Kelly, Sarah, 29, Arlington VA, 3:52:17
    6535. Bristow, Courtney K., 35, Arlington VA, 3:52:50
    6742. Muller, Charlotte L, 31, Arlington VA, 3:53:58
    7125. Brubaker, Katrina, 45, Arlington VA, 3:56:20
    7555. Gagnier, Brooke C., 42, Arlington VA, 3:59:52
    8477. Schmickel, Joanna, 53, Arlington VA, 4:09:01
    8686. Walls, Cindy, 57, Arlington VA, 4:11:06
    8744. Bodeau, Melissa J., 48, Arlington VA, 4:11:45
    8761. Kinealy, Bridget, 25, Arlington VA, 4:11:58
    9429. Talarico, Lauren R., 33, Arlington VA, 4:21:05
    9698. McCausland, Lucy, 60, Arlington VA, 4:24:57
    10795. Winer, Jenna, 26, Arlington VA, 4:50:41
    11012. Mulvey, Sarah, 25, Arlington VA, 4:57:56
    11487. Starck, Sara J., 33, Arlington VA, 5:19:28
    11582. Halferty, Julie, 47, Arlington VA, 5:25:21
    Place, name, age, city, time
    52. Wardian, Michael, 41, Arlington VA, 2:27:20
    180. Whitlow, Dustin M., 28, Arlington VA, 2:37:24
    190. Whitacre, Andrew D., 29, Arlington VA, 2:37:32
    519. Smith, Bryson C., 26, Arlington VA, 2:45:30
    768. Defilippi, James, 37, Arlington VA, 2:48:47
    1498. McCarthy, Justin R., 33, Arlington VA, 2:55:05
    1698. Binnie, Randall M., 37, Arlington VA, 2:56:32
    1701. Buccino, Joseph, 41, Arlington VA, 2:56:32
    1789. Colman, David L, 29, Arlington VA, 2:57:00
    1930. Maguire, Steven B, 48, Arlington VA, 2:57:40
    2073. Schick, Jason, 40, Arlington VA, 2:58:17
    2344. Kelly, John A., 31, Arlington VA, 2:59:22
    2399. Finkle, Joshua B, 24, Arlington VA, 2:59:36
    2440. Chang, Huanchou, 42, Arlington VA, 2:59:46
    2795. Mattson, Michael, 32, Arlington VA, 3:01:39
    2858. Ballenthin, William R., 27, Arlington VA, 3:02:04
    3040. Danza, Brian, 34, Arlington VA, 3:03:02
    3066. Sanchez, Juan Carlos, 33, Arlington VA, 3:03:13
    3070. Naff, Michael T, 44, Arlington VA, 3:03:16
    3119. Kim, Albert D, 37, Arlington VA, 3:03:32
    3124. Snow, Chris A., 43, Arlington VA, 3:03:33
    3145. Pick, Daniel, 35, Arlington VA, 3:03:41
    3290. Brooks, James, 45, Arlington VA, 3:04:41
    3683. Kendra, John R, 52, Arlington VA, 3:06:54
    4214. Reed, Colin W., 22, Arlington VA, 3:09:50
    4452. Smith, Bradley T, 39, Arlington VA, 3:11:18
    4696. Matheson, Paul F, 47, Arlington VA, 3:12:48
    5088. Jones, Stuart C., 47, Arlington VA, 3:14:50
    5922. Stevenson, Michael R, 43, Arlington VA, 3:19:54
    5958. Johnson, Thomas S Jr., 29, Arlington VA, 3:20:06
    6366. Black, Tony, 52, Arlington VA, 3:22:32
    6375. Signore, Philippe, 47, Arlington VA, 3:22:34
    8665. Stevenson, Andrew M, 51, Arlington VA, 3:36:32
    8683. Mendelowitz, Rich, 56, Arlington VA, 3:36:41
    8748. Tyler, Sean F, 46, Arlington VA, 3:37:09
    9169. Malley, John C., 23, Arlington VA, 3:40:06
    9194. Names, Donald J., 58, Arlington VA, 3:40:16
    9195. Duffey, Timothy M, 54, Arlington VA, 3:40:17
    10820. Fumich, Frank A, 47, Arlington VA, 3:54:54
    12487. Wind, Jay Jacob, 65, Arlington VA, 4:19:51
    12540. Sindermann, Robert P Jr., 61, Arlington VA, 4:20:50
    13018. Belongia, Stephen A., 43, Arlington VA, 4:30:40
    13031. Quinzio, Thomas J, 67, Arlington VA, 4:31:02

    March 18, 2015

  • As printed
  • Entered in this year's Boston Marathon, the world's oldest and most prestigious running event, to be held Monday, April 20, are an all-time-record 116 Arlington runners: Katherine Alexander, Susan Ashcom, William Ballenthin, Stephen Belongia, Amanda Biggs, Randall Binnie, Tony Black, Melissa Bodeau, Maggie Borden, Jessica Bowden, Courtney Bristow, James Brooks, Rebecca Browne, Katrina Brubaker, Chelsea Brundage, Joseph Buccino, Kelly Buroker, Shaina Cales, Grace Chan, Huanchou Chang, Sarah Clemmer, Taylor Coffey, Carol Cohen, David Colman, Brian Danza, James Defilippi, Amanda Delp, Stephanie Denis, Stephanie Doles, Timothy Duffey, Jeanette Dumbrell, Carrie Dunn, Julie Elmer, Mark Fiegener, Joshua Finkle, Mary Freeman, Courtney Fulton, Frank Fumich, Brooke Gagnier, Rebecca Grady, Julie Halferty, Karen Hanley, Lara Heinz, Kate Hixon, Peggy Hoyle, Tracy Januzzi, Thomas Johnson Jr., Stuart Jones, Laura Jordan, John Kelly, Sarah Kelly, John Kendra, Albert Kim, Bridget Kinealy, Colleen Kinealy, Mindy Ko, Daryle Lademan, Kate Magee, Graham Magill, Steven Maguire, John Malley, Rosalie Malsberger, Phoebe Markle, Paul Matheson, Michael Mattson, Justin McCarthy, Lucy McCausland, Rich Mendelowitz, Melinda Metz, Michael Montgomery, Charlotte Muller, Sarah Mulvey, Michael Naff, Donald Names, Gabrielle Names, Andrea Nelson, Rebecca Oppenheim, Pedro Ossorio, Sarah Park, Maricela Perryman, Daniel Pick, Mitchell Potter, Thomas Quinzio, Jenny Ratzel, Colin Reed, Kim Rybold, Juan Carlos Sanchez, Jason Schick, Joanna Schmickel, Philippe Signore, Joe Simone Jr., Robert Sindermann Jr., Kate Skidmore, Alison Smith, Bradley Smith, Bryson Smith, Scott Smith, Chris Snow, Sara Starck, Andrew Stevenson, Dawn Stevenson, Michael Stevenson, Katie Swanson, Yuko Takakusaki, Lauren Talarico, Julia Taylor, Sean Tyler, Eddie Valentine, Emma Van Hook, Cindy Walls, Michael Wardian, Andrew Whitacre, Shannon White, Dustin Whitlow, Jay Jacob Wind, and Jenna Winer.

    April 8, 2014

  • Entered in this year's Boston Marathon, the world's oldest and most prestigious running event, to be held Monday, April 21, are an all-time-record 112 Arlington runners: Cathy Ahn, Audrey A. Anderson, Anthony Barnes, David Barr, Alexandra S. Barrage, Rebecca Barritt, Jeff Bedell, Kate Bernier, Ryan D. Bieshaar, Ian A. Blackwell, Bo Bloomer, Jessica M. Boucher, Jose M. Braz, Peter Bredemann, Melanie Y Brown, Jacob I. Brundage, Cristina Burbach, Kayley Byrne, Andy Cahoy, William J. Carty Jr., Taneen L Carvell, Grace Chan, Julie K. Chavanne, Jeramia Cibulka, Matthew J. Clark, Norris Cochran, Taylor S. Coffey, David J. Cote, Matthew Cypher, Michael D. Daley, Laura R. Danberg, Anthony Demario, James Donahue, Will Ellison, Charles Engle, Mark Fiegener, Mary Freeman, Frank Fumich, Lauren Gabler, Suzanne F. Garwood, Jonathan George, Mary V. Gibson, Richard L. Haley II, Amie N. Heap, Mark Henneberger, Elke E. Horn, Pamela M. Howze, Vince Jesaitis, Thomas S. Johnson Jr., Stuart C. Jones, John A. Kelly, John Kendra, Albert D. Kim, Faith Korbel, Daryle E. Lademan, Tammy B. Lamantia, Samantha L. Lauring, David L. Lee, Lisa R. Leonard, Caroline E. Lewis, Robert S. Loeb, Kate Magee, Steven Maguire, Patrizia K. Maness, Phoebe Markle, Paul Marsden, Marshall D. Martin, Paul F. Matheson, Jackie R. McCarthy, Justin McCarthy, Megan McCluer, Marty McCormick, William R. McKenney, Julie E. McTernan, Sarah Mennone, Abhaya N. Menon, Caroline Merena, Steve Messinger, Melinda Metz, Michael Montgomery, Gary A. Morgans, Andrea E. Nelson, Jacqueline C Nivet, Andrew Orzel, Cathryn R. Paine, Jacqueline Pau, Thomas J. Quinzio, Emily Rhoades, Deb Ryan, Kim Rybold, William O. Schaffer, Mallory Scott, Ben Shea, John L Simpkins, Robert P. Sindermann Jr., Kate Skidmore, Alison M. Smith, Bradley T. Smith, Jessica B. Summers, Julia Taylor, Daniel A. Tiernan, Eddie Valentine, Cindy Walls, Pamela J. Walsh, Michael R. Wardian, Brenton Wetmore, Andrew D. Whitacre, Jacqueline N. Wilkins, Brittany Williams, Reynolds Wilson, Jay Jacob Wind, and Gregory H. Wood.

    Boston Athletic Association allowed 36,000 to enter this year, up 50% from last year's 24,000, in response to a substantial increase in applications from runners who wanted to show their resilience after last year's tragic bombing.

    April 15, 2013

  • Because of the tragedy at the finish of the 2013 Boston Marathon, the last time runners were allowed to finish was about 4:40 into race. As of that time, here are the DC, MD, and VA finishers.
    57. Patrick M. Kuhlmann, Washington DC, 2:28:01
    64. Andrew Dumm, Falls Church VA, 2:28:33
    78. Cameron Hanlin, Hagerstown MD, 2:30:31
    109. Stefan M Kolata, Washington DC, 2:34:01
    128. Gregory F. Mariano, Alexandria VA, 2:34:57
    148. Jordan G. Tropf, Annapolis MD, 2:36:06
    149. Joe Kelly, Washington DC, 2:36:16
    152. Nathan E Brigham, Baltimore MD, 2:36:20
    158. Chris Carrier, Richmond VA, 2:36:31
    165. Mark R Foster, Virginia Beach VA, 2:36:58
    180. Dickson Mercer, Washington DC, 2:37:24
    190. Tripp Southerland, Washington DC, 2:37:44
    195. Benjamin M Hester, Richmond VA, 2:37:55
    221. Matthew C. Thomas, Alexandria VA, 2:38:33
    222. Alex G. Mund, Annapolis MD, 2:38:35
    235. John R. Ealy, Baltimore MD, 2:39:03
    262. Zach S. Garcia, Charlottesville VA, 2:39:55
    266. Philip J. Turner, Linthicum MD, 2:40:03
    278. Christopher Bain, Takoma Park MD, 2:40:28
    288. Jason M. Dwyer, Sterling VA, 2:40:53
    337. Daniel List, Powhatan VA, 2:42:20
    346. Daniel Lautzenheiser, Midlothian VA, 2:42:29
    378. Conrad F. Orloff, Columbia MD, 2:43:07
    383. Marty McCormick, Arlington VA, 2:43:17
    406. Seth F. Einterz, Arlington VA, 2:43:54
    439. Jeremy Lynch, Springfield VA, 2:44:41
    451. Matthew J Lofton, Winchester VA, 2:45:00
    493. Dean A. Black, Annapolis MD, 2:45:53
    524. Thomas R Rudowsky, Lexington Park MD, 2:46:30
    573. Christopher J Pirch, Fredericksburg VA, 2:47:18
    574. Trevor J Schmidt, Ashburn VA, 2:47:18
    596. Jeffrey M. Harrington, Lynchburg VA, 2:47:45
    598. Mark Torres, Chevy Chase MD, 2:47:46
    607. Brad Holzwart, Fairfax VA, 2:47:51
    613. Jesse M. Contario, Washington DC, 2:47:56
    623. Joseph Lamonte, Columbia MD, 2:48:04
    635. Clint Gebke, Portsmouth VA, 2:48:19
    652. Joey Hess, Fredericksburg VA, 2:48:29
    736. Steve Slaby, Virginia Beach VA, 2:49:30
    748. James Brennan, Arlington VA, 2:49:35
    753. Ken C. Motsay, Annapolis MD, 2:49:37
    757. Erik Thiele Orberg, Baltimore MD, 2:49:40
    766. Patrick McLoughlin, Baltimore MD, 2:49:45
    787. Lavar Curley, Washington DC, 2:50:07
    790. Miko Clark, Charlottesville VA, 2:50:07
    791. Joseph E Galvin, Vienna VA, 2:50:13
    792. Kevin D. Yates, Olney MD, 2:50:14
    803. Brennan R Feldhausen, Baltimore MD, 2:50:21
    825. Cory Herold, Arlington VA, 2:50:33
    827. Joel Gladfelter, Baltimore MD, 2:50:34
    837. Duncan Sheils, Glen Allen VA, 2:50:42
    847. Matthew J. Deters, Washington DC, 2:50:51
    869. William D. Mroz, Arlington VA, 2:51:11
    959. Scott D. Oberst, Annapolis MD, 2:52:30
    961. Nicholas C Haffenreffer, Chevy Chase MD, 2:52:31
    989. Jonathan P Hughes, Norfolk VA, 2:52:47
    1011. Nathan Delong, Alexandria VA, 2:53:00
    1023. Jordan A. Whitlock, Madison Heights VA, 2:53:13
    1029. Robert Beasley, Washington DC, 2:53:22
    1043. Michael Mazzarese, Reisterstown MD, 2:53:28
    1057. Marshall D. Martin, Mount Crawford VA, 2:53:40
    1097. Will Knox, Cockeysville MD, 2:54:10
    1102. Thomas F Jensen, Oakton VA, 2:54:12
    1110. Keith E Levasseur, Glen Burnie MD, 2:54:21
    1115. Michael J. Keefer, Washington DC, 2:54:23
    1128. Mark C Williams, Henrico VA, 2:54:30
    1166. David T Spalding, Columbia MD, 2:54:56
    1177. Jack A. Woodcock, Washington DC, 2:55:02
    1187. Daehwan Kim, Glenn Dale MD, 2:55:07
    1199. Patrick L. Wilson, Sterling VA, 2:55:13
    1200. Alexander K. Kammerer, Bel Air MD, 2:55:13
    1201. Jeffrey Greene, Leesburg VA, 2:55:13
    1248. Robert Tisch, Bel Air MD, 2:55:39
    1260. Alexander Wepsala, Washington DC, 2:55:44
    1268. Matt Koppenheffer, Washington DC, 2:55:47
    1272. Andy Watson, Frederick MD, 2:55:49
    1307. Andrew P Rose, Glen Allen VA, 2:56:05
    1316. John C. Jr. Heil, Alexandria VA, 2:56:07
    1333. Ethan Studiner, Annapolis MD, 2:56:15
    1362. Aaron Schwartzbard, Washington DC, 2:56:29
    1404. Brady M Smith, Richmond VA, 2:56:44
    1408. Vaughn Franklin, Gainesville VA, 2:56:45
    1447. Kris Simms, Baltimore MD, 2:57:01
    1449. Steven K. Claremon, Alexandria VA, 2:57:02
    1453. Steven W. Campbell, Richmond VA, 2:57:03
    1470. Brian Savitch, Washington DC, 2:57:10
    1485. Michael J. Davi, Richmond VA, 2:57:16
    1498. Clayton S Rogers, Washington DC, 2:57:23
    1535. Brian W Szabos, South Riding VA, 2:57:39
    1544. Rory Duffield, Fairfax VA, 2:57:42
    1548. Patrick M. Mahoney, Washington DC, 2:57:43
    1554. James M Cardosi, Springfield VA, 2:57:45
    1557. Andrew I. Philip, Silver Spring MD, 2:57:46
    1578. Matthew J. Clark, Reston VA, 2:57:52
    1579. Alan A Pemberton, Silver Spring MD, 2:57:52
    1595. Thomas S. Jr. Johnson, Arlington VA, 2:57:59
    1611. Deric Park, Charlottesville VA, 2:58:04
    1614. James P. Du Vernay, Falls Church VA, 2:58:05
    1634. Vince Jesaitis, Arlington VA, 2:58:12
    1644. William C. Honaker, Herndon VA, 2:58:15
    1655. Charles Shackelford, Arlington VA, 2:58:18
    1679. John A Kelly, Arlington VA, 2:58:27
    1683. William A. Keillor, Oakton VA, 2:58:29
    1705. Timothy O'Connor, Annapolis MD, 2:58:33
    1711. Ben Shea, Arlington VA, 2:58:37
    1719. Brian L Forehand, Washington DC, 2:58:39
    1737. Matthew Guise, Midlothian VA, 2:58:44
    1751. Neil V Cucuzzella, Ellicott City MD, 2:58:50
    1762. Albert D. Kim, Arlington VA, 2:58:56
    1784. Andrew Killian, Lorton VA, 2:59:03
    1811. Patrick L. Pannett, Washington DC, 2:59:09
    1833. Stephen P. Crago, Vienna VA, 2:59:15
    1836. Thomas F. Hattar, Davidsonville MD, 2:59:16
    1845. Doug Enzler, Arlington VA, 2:59:20
    1896. Yuichiro Hidaka, Radford VA, 2:59:35
    1926. John Whitridge, Rockville MD, 2:59:45
    1941. Mark J. Yost, Bethesda MD, 2:59:48
    1972. Garrett L. Gray, Annapolis MD, 3:00:02
    2011. Barry Hauptman, Bethesda MD, 3:00:24
    2012. Ryan Samuel, Washington DC, 3:00:25
    2016. Justin A Mosby, Radford VA, 3:00:26
    2017. Trevor Baine, Washington DC, 3:00:26
    2043. Benjay J Kempner, Norfolk VA, 3:00:36
    2063. Tyler Gruszewski, Washington DC, 3:00:42
    2077. Selemon Getachew, Reston VA, 3:00:47
    2088. David S Dawson, Arlington VA, 3:00:49
    2105. Jonathan K. George, Arlington VA, 3:00:54
    2119. Leonard Tchuindjo, Bethesda MD, 3:01:02
    2122. Mark J. Morelli, Baltimore MD, 3:01:03
    2128. David Phipps, Severna Park MD, 3:01:05
    2140. Adam M. Roggia, Buena Vista VA, 3:01:12
    2152. Benjamin C. Waite, Annapolis MD, 3:01:17
    2154. Nicholas Geboy, Washington DC, 3:01:18
    2170. Kevin D'Amanda, Bethesda MD, 3:01:22
    2173. Cornelius Griggs, Beltsville MD, 3:01:25
    2174. Jake G. Williams, Annapolis MD, 3:01:25
    2299. Chris R. Fussman, Annapolis MD, 3:02:25
    2307. Diarmuid J. Coughlan, Baltimore MD, 3:02:31
    2310. David Lieberman, Washington DC, 3:02:34
    2346. Bradley T Smith, Arlington VA, 3:02:50
    2358. Sean A. Hicks, Manassas Park VA, 3:02:56
    2361. Reynolds Wilson, Arlington VA, 3:02:56
    2438. Mike Cotterell, Bethesda MD, 3:03:29
    2444. Scott Call, Roanoke VA, 3:03:33
    2449. Gregg Viola, Ellicott City MD, 3:03:35
    2451. Daniel Pettibone, Ashburn VA, 3:03:36
    2454. Michael Shane, Chevy Chase MD, 3:03:39
    2481. Kevin C. Hennessey, Bel Air MD, 3:03:49
    2488. Andrew D Cutler, Yorktown VA, 3:03:52
    2494. Daniel Proulx, Hanover MD, 3:03:54
    2500. John K. Jr. Werner, Columbia MD, 3:03:58
    2510. Gregory J Stemberger, Chantilly VA, 3:04:02
    2534. Ignacio Moore, Blacksburg VA, 3:04:14
    2565. Rob E Meadows, Lansdowne VA, 3:04:26
    2583. William M. Decamps, Richmond VA, 3:04:41
    2599. Ian J Waters, Vienna VA, 3:04:48
    2602. Ted Waugh, Springfield VA, 3:04:49
    2609. James C. Uzel, Quinton VA, 3:04:53
    2627. Michael S Demko, Virginia Beach VA, 3:05:02
    2641. Phillip G. Autry, Alexandria VA, 3:05:09
    2670. Gene G. II Severtson, Gambrills MD, 3:05:21
    2675. Rohit Sharma, Annapolis MD, 3:05:23
    2761. Chad E. Wilkins, Virginia Beach VA, 3:05:59
    2783. Blaise F Brennan, Millersville MD, 3:06:08
    2791. Taylor Williamson, Silver Spring MD, 3:06:09
    2806. Andrew McDougall, Annapolis MD, 3:06:17
    2814. H. Stephen Nelson, Reston VA, 3:06:20
    2828. Sebastian Hack, Washington DC, 3:06:28
    2829. Jeffrey Damiano, Bel Air MD, 3:06:28
    2842. James M. Ficor, Richmond VA, 3:06:31
    2852. Michael J. Holland, Annapolis MD, 3:06:37
    2859. Jack E King, Henrico VA, 3:06:40
    2863. Kevin C Robertson, Mclean VA, 3:06:42
    2896. Mauricio E. Rodriguez, Vienna VA, 3:06:53
    2977. John J. Hartin, Mclean VA, 3:07:20
    2985. Max Huffman, Washington DC, 3:07:25
    3017. Joseph Shannon, Annapolis MD, 3:07:35
    3026. Jason M Miller, Catonsville MD, 3:07:38
    3042. Patrick Early, Woodbridge VA, 3:07:45
    3056. David A Tingler, Salem VA, 3:07:53
    3108. Matthew L Burdette, Churchville MD, 3:08:08
    3125. Jamie P. Hopkins, Ellicott City MD, 3:08:15
    3126. Andrew Orzel, Arlington VA, 3:08:15
    3134. Jeffrey Roth, Baltimore MD, 3:08:17
    3136. Scott Welch, Chesapeake VA, 3:08:18
    3141. Sean C. Wilson, Blacksburg VA, 3:08:18
    3171. John A. Ramsey, Washington DC, 3:08:27
    3188. James Davis, Mclean VA, 3:08:32
    3190. Paul W. Shifflett, Fishersville VA, 3:08:34
    3202. Ryan Novotny, Fairfax VA, 3:08:41
    3222. Matthew F. Dent, Baltimore MD, 3:08:48
    3241. Benjamin L Putbrese, Annapolis MD, 3:08:57
    3313. Brian Sweeney, Parkton MD, 3:09:22
    3314. Lee Firestone, North Potomac MD, 3:09:22
    3359. Stuart Nickum, Washington DC, 3:09:43
    3374. Randall M. Binnie, Arlington VA, 3:09:46
    3382. Kevin Almasy, Washington DC, 3:09:50
    3411. Gordon Lewis, Richmond VA, 3:10:00
    3424. Ron Voigt, Bowie MD, 3:10:04
    3433. Kai-Uwe Poessel, North Potomac MD, 3:10:08
    3437. Travis Gatesman, Richmond VA, 3:10:11
    3442. Ed Wilson, Ellicott City MD, 3:10:12
    3533. John L Adams, Norfolk VA, 3:10:45
    3553. Dan Kahn, Gaithersburg MD, 3:10:53
    3564. Steve L. Taylor, Bel Air MD, 3:10:56
    3570. William Tallent, Portsmouth VA, 3:10:58
    3582. Jonathan A Webster, Baltimore MD, 3:11:01
    3583. Jeffrey Murray, Richmond VA, 3:11:02
    3590. Chris J Keuleman, Edgewater MD, 3:11:05
    3676. Max A. Lockwood, Washington DC, 3:11:42
    3677. Dan Head, Vienna VA, 3:11:42
    3685. Andrew Wirth, Washington DC, 3:11:44
    3710. Ben Murphy, Washington DC, 3:11:54
    3722. Brian Demarco, Washington DC, 3:12:00
    3729. Theodore B. Bloomer, Yorktown VA, 3:12:03
    3733. Richard Rapine, Alexandria VA, 3:12:04
    3757. Chris Rankin, Cabin John MD, 3:12:11
    3797. Rich Harfst, Annandale VA, 3:12:26
    3801. Gregory Snyders, Washington DC, 3:12:27
    3857. Matthew A. Mace, Arnold MD, 3:12:51
    3885. Brian Walsh, Washington DC, 3:13:02
    3899. Seth C. Jayson, Annandale VA, 3:13:10
    3923. Jim Thompson, Richmond VA, 3:13:17
    3924. Dan Difonzo, Rockville MD, 3:13:18
    3943. John Longley, Troy VA, 3:13:24
    3945. Daniel Evans, Urbana MD, 3:13:25
    3959. Brian Larocco, Elkton MD, 3:13:32
    3978. Laurence V Jr. Parker, Glen Allen VA, 3:13:36
    3987. Michael D. Roberts, Washington DC, 3:13:40
    3993. Logan P O'Day, Lexington VA, 3:13:43
    4016. Jonathan W Gannon, Silver Spring MD, 3:13:51
    4042. David M Stevenson, Abingdon MD, 3:14:00
    4050. Thomas Hicks, Virginia Beach VA, 3:14:03
    4059. Robert Smith, Lavale MD, 3:14:06
    4105. Noam Neusner, Chevy Chase MD, 3:14:23
    4106. Argaw Kidane, Montgomery Village MD, 3:14:23
    4123. Ivan Sr. De Leon Hernandez, Washington DC, 3:14:30
    4131. Ryan McGrath, Baltimore MD, 3:14:32
    4146. John R Gorham, Fairfax VA, 3:14:38
    4148. Jeff Furr, Washington DC, 3:14:39
    4228. James G. III Harrison, Fredericksburg VA, 3:15:12
    4266. William G Jr. Walls, Hagerstown MD, 3:15:26
    4300. Bradford A King, Ashland VA, 3:15:39
    4320. Nathan N. Nudelman, Annapolis MD, 3:15:47
    4336. Kevin D. Frick, Baltimore MD, 3:15:56
    4362. Gregory A. Wolf, Alexandria VA, 3:16:05
    4378. Paul T Chekal, Newport News VA, 3:16:14
    4414. Mosi D. Smith, Annapolis MD, 3:16:27
    4418. Terry L Mcmanus, Williamsburg VA, 3:16:29
    4421. William A. Wiet, Arlington VA, 3:16:30
    4428. Tom J. Dekornfeld, Annapolis MD, 3:16:32
    4430. Kevin M. O'Hagan, Richmond VA, 3:16:32
    4450. Dmitri Iarikov, Gaithersburg MD, 3:16:38
    4456. Conrad Fernandes, Silver Spring MD, 3:16:40
    4459. Jack A Marmorstein, Harrisonburg VA, 3:16:41
    4463. Britt Kern, Baltimore MD, 3:16:43
    4518. Pat M Moffitt, Stone Ridge VA, 3:17:07
    4519. Scott Adams, Charlottesville VA, 3:17:07
    4585. Matt Anderson, Fairfax VA, 3:17:29
    4596. Youcef Ahmim, McLean VA, 3:17:32
    4598. William H Mikolajczak, Triangle VA, 3:17:33
    4621. Jamie Williams, Washington DC, 3:17:40
    4632. Matt Prescott, Roanoke VA, 3:17:45
    4671. Kenny D. Ball, Charlottesville VA, 3:18:02
    4697. Stefan M. Calos, Richmond VA, 3:18:09
    4715. Jim F. Wright, Gaithersburg MD, 3:18:17
    4726. Erik Price, Arlington VA, 3:18:20
    4730. Kei Sekiguchi, Quantico VA, 3:18:21
    4740. Mark E. Wright, Alexandria VA, 3:18:23
    4773. John L. Hagan, Lusby MD, 3:18:35
    4813. Paul F Matheson, Arlington VA, 3:18:50
    4837. Wayne M. Lundy, College Park MD, 3:19:02
    4842. Brian Beary, Washington DC, 3:19:04
    4876. Christian D. Creutzer, Parkville MD, 3:19:13
    4884. Paul Hackley, Leesburg VA, 3:19:15
    4892. Jamey Burden, Alexandria VA, 3:19:18
    4962. Kenneth S. Ames, Washington DC, 3:19:41
    4989. Leonard Ryan, Alexandria VA, 3:19:50
    5002. David D. Wild, Washington DC, 3:19:56
    5049. Henry Peck, Lutherville MD, 3:20:13
    5056. Ned P. White, Reston VA, 3:20:17
    5059. Craig W. Medlyn, Towson MD, 3:20:17
    5064. Vincent Ortiz, Chesapeake VA, 3:20:18
    5078. Christopher Britz, Sterling VA, 3:20:23
    5095. John D. Beckley, Leesburg VA, 3:20:31
    5107. Brandon Bruce, Richmond VA, 3:20:34
    5121. Steven G. Green, Mchenry MD, 3:20:41
    5154. Donnie Chapman, Clarksville MD, 3:20:56
    5173. Matt O'Brian, Baltimore MD, 3:21:03
    5180. Auke Mahar-Piersma, Silver Spring MD, 3:21:05
    5244. Thomas E. Osborn, Annapolis MD, 3:21:29
    5290. Jeffrey Fitch, Carrollton VA, 3:21:47
    5296. Tim Tobey, Alexandria VA, 3:21:50
    5301. Owen Graham, Olney MD, 3:21:52
    5304. Curry Graham, Annapolis MD, 3:21:56
    5314. Joe M. Amico, Glen Allen VA, 3:22:01
    5356. Scott Boylan, Baltimore MD, 3:22:17
    5369. Stephen M Gordon, Alexandria VA, 3:22:25
    5376. Jacques J. Lecuyer, Washington DC, 3:22:28
    5395. David Shaffer, Gaithersburg MD, 3:22:35
    5403. Tim Criscuolo, Midlothian VA, 3:22:37
    5405. James M. Whiteside, Washington DC, 3:22:38
    5413. Eprem Minasse, Washington DC, 3:22:41
    5470. Craig Beden, Vienna VA, 3:23:07
    5517. Steven Teplitz, Chevy Chase MD, 3:23:21
    5541. Alexander R. Butler, Washington DC, 3:23:29
    5545. Sean P. Reincke, East New Market MD, 3:23:30
    5550. Michael Y Lu, Bethesda MD, 3:23:33
    5565. Kevin Arthur, Baltimore MD, 3:23:39
    5584. Adrian Joye, Brandy Station VA, 3:23:44
    5624. Andrew Ross, Vienna VA, 3:23:57
    5625. Sean Oberle, Bethesda MD, 3:23:57
    5678. Christopher M. Johnston, Fairfax VA, 3:24:13
    5692. Jason P Mccaul, Ellicott City MD, 3:24:17
    5703. Charles A. Barnes, Vienna VA, 3:24:21
    5727. Dan Kuehn, Bethesda MD, 3:24:29
    5738. Christian M. Barry, Washington DC, 3:24:31
    5756. Matthew A. Levine, Woodbridge VA, 3:24:38
    5763. Andrew H. Baida, Baltimore MD, 3:24:42
    5776. Ken K. Dumm, Fairfax VA, 3:24:47
    5783. David Pattie, Ashburn VA, 3:24:50
    5844. Dan Nichols, Odenton MD, 3:25:16
    5852. Mike Hillen, Midlothian VA, 3:25:18
    5859. Brian D Maslyk, Midlothian VA, 3:25:21
    5889. Greg Ridlington, Alexandria VA, 3:25:33
    5894. Daryl Hultquist, Gaithersburg MD, 3:25:36
    5902. Paul A Ralyea, Washington DC, 3:25:40
    5915. Neil Albert, Washington DC, 3:25:43
    5929. Joseph M Vida, Reston VA, 3:25:49
    5936. Ernie Newland, Manassas VA, 3:25:51
    5976. William M Clem, Bethesda MD, 3:26:06
    6000. James Jr. Jordan, Lavale MD, 3:26:14
    6010. Alan Pobletts, Sykesville MD, 3:26:19
    6053. Lance D Crist, Bethesda MD, 3:26:37
    6080. Geoff Rosenthal, Millersville MD, 3:26:49
    6084. Steven N. Muchnick, Laurel MD, 3:26:49
    6117. Matt Witlin, Herndon VA, 3:27:00
    6120. Michael J. Feinberg, Bel Air MD, 3:27:02
    6153. John F Wojcik, Manassas VA, 3:27:18
    6158. Raphael V. Sollerer, Odenton MD, 3:27:18
    6173. David C. Webber, Alexandria VA, 3:27:26
    6178. Linas Zajankauskas, Baltimore MD, 3:27:26
    6184. Jerry Pisecki, Midlothian VA, 3:27:29
    6191. Larry Anthony, Washington DC, 3:27:31
    6209. Ben Wickham, Hydes MD, 3:27:36
    6215. Hugh R. Bethell, Baltimore MD, 3:27:38
    6317. John P IV Ackerly, Richmond VA, 3:28:15
    6325. Jose Martin S. Paiso, Centreville VA, 3:28:19
    6336. Jeffery Bowers, Ashburn VA, 3:28:22
    6362. Robert A. Broadbent, Fort Belvoir VA, 3:28:30
    6364. Michael Ruber, Bristow VA, 3:28:30
    6381. Tuan Nguyen, Silver Spring MD, 3:28:37
    6396. Richard Cavicchi, Washington Grove MD, 3:28:41
    6414. Ken Trombatore, Germantown MD, 3:28:50
    6416. Christopher Goetzman, Arlington VA, 3:28:50
    6472. Michael Newman, Silver Spring MD, 3:29:10
    6493. Nicolas Crouzier, Gaithersburg MD, 3:29:18
    6494. David E Jr. Montgomery, Takoma Park MD, 3:29:19
    6517. Matt Andrews, Virginia Beach VA, 3:29:29
    6522. Howard B Frost, Falls Church VA, 3:29:31
    6562. Rob T Jones, Reston VA, 3:29:50
    6589. Michael D. Meyer, Fredericksburg VA, 3:29:59
    6596. Mark Christopher Hampton, Charlottesville VA, 3:30:03
    6620. Rodney Taylor, Baltimore MD, 3:30:13
    6622. Peter Jackson, Monkton MD, 3:30:13
    6628. Marc Hermstein, Ellicott City MD, 3:30:16
    6639. Ian C. Griffin, Reston VA, 3:30:19
    6703. Marc A Edwards, Blacksburg VA, 3:30:52
    6733. Aaron Meadows, Christiansburg VA, 3:31:04
    6733. Aaron Meadows, Christiansburg VA, 3:31:04
    6771. Carl S Randall, Fredericksburg VA, 3:31:23
    6771. Carl S Randall, Fredericksburg VA, 3:31:23
    6799. Bruce Orosz, Warrenton VA, 3:31:37
    6799. Bruce Orosz, Warrenton VA, 3:31:37
    6815. William C. Bates, Washington DC, 3:31:44
    6870. Thomas R. Jennings, Lynchburg VA, 3:32:09
    6870. Thomas R. Jennings, Lynchburg VA, 3:32:09
    6874. George Cook, Lynchburg VA, 3:32:10
    6874. George Cook, Lynchburg VA, 3:32:10
    6886. Timothy Byram, Falls Church VA, 3:32:16
    6886. Timothy Byram, Falls Church VA, 3:32:16
    6896. Charles A. Romanello, Sykesville MD, 3:32:19
    7000. James Martin, Potomac MD, 3:33:11
    7005. Yasuo Oda, Elicott City MD, 3:33:13
    7038. David L Lee, Arlington VA, 3:33:30
    7038. David L Lee, Arlington VA, 3:33:30
    7039. Fred D Jr. Streb, Chantilly VA, 3:33:30
    7039. Fred D Jr. Streb, Chantilly VA, 3:33:30
    7084. Sean T Martin, Gainesville VA, 3:33:50
    7084. Sean T Martin, Gainesville VA, 3:33:50
    7096. Todd Flemming, The Plains VA, 3:33:55
    7114. Jeffrey J. Davis, Fairfax VA, 3:34:03
    7140. Bob Reinhold, Reston VA, 3:34:12
    7185. Matthew Kasprzak, Falls Church VA, 3:34:34
    7205. Steve H. Dunn, Washington DC, 3:34:40
    7216. David R. Phillips, Virginia Beach VA, 3:34:44
    7218. Todd A Kushner, Rockville MD, 3:34:46
    7220. Rafael Tineo, Chevy Chase MD, 3:34:47
    7252. Donald L. McCammon, Washington DC, 3:35:02
    7255. Rob Santoni, Baltimore MD, 3:35:04
    7267. Edgardo D. Academia, Fort Lee VA, 3:35:08
    7270. Mark P. Dickson, Arlington VA, 3:35:08
    7299. Harrison Grayson, Upper Marlboro MD, 3:35:25
    7343. Chris Laszlo, Great Falls VA, 3:35:49
    7362. Robert P. Piper, Baltimore MD, 3:36:00
    7373. Joseph P Donahue, Vienna VA, 3:36:09
    7386. Michael Gulden, Bristow VA, 3:36:15
    7402. Bradley A. Serwer, Rockville MD, 3:36:20
    7445. Clyde S. III Delong, Ashburn VA, 3:36:41
    7459. Thomas J Zorn, Millersville MD, 3:36:50
    7489. Terry C. Eickel, Germantown MD, 3:37:04
    7505. James I. Somerville, Deltaville VA, 3:37:11
    7521. Jonathan W. Kennedy, Columbia MD, 3:37:19
    7557. John E Shafer, Towson MD, 3:37:35
    7564. Jay Jacob Wind, Arlington VA, 3:37:39
    7569. Frank Fiorentino, Washington DC, 3:37:41
    7575. Mike Griffin, Lynchburg VA, 3:37:43
    7605. James Ryan, Charlottesville VA, 3:37:56
    7620. George F Rich, Charlottesville VA, 3:38:03
    7650. John Steele, Keswick VA, 3:38:14
    7678. Billy Mathis, Lanham MD, 3:38:28
    7692. Bob Clouston, Roseland VA, 3:38:33
    7724. Robert Yarchoan, Bethesda MD, 3:38:48
    7742. Andrew J. Winter, Gaithersburg MD, 3:38:55
    7745. Samuel M. Richman, Annandale VA, 3:38:56
    7881. Harry J Landers, Free Union VA, 3:39:52
    7902. Dale Riddle, Pound VA, 3:40:01
    7911. Larry Goldfarb, Great Falls VA, 3:40:06
    7940. Chris Stotler, Leesburg VA, 3:40:24
    7951. Scott Dillard, Richmond VA, 3:40:27
    7960. Lennie M Carter, Washington DC, 3:40:34
    7967. Barry M Young, Ruckersville VA, 3:40:38
    7983. Richard Wood, Salisbury MD, 3:40:47
    8068. Matthew S Resnick, Fredericksburg VA, 3:41:25
    8081. Jim Noone, Fairfax VA, 3:41:36
    8100. Timothy M. Davey, Richmond VA, 3:41:44
    8146. Rhys Williams, Reston VA, 3:42:09
    8156. Joon Ki Lee, Germantown MD, 3:42:16
    8168. Christopher Ratchford, Midlothian VA, 3:42:24
    8206. Chad F Houser, Crewe VA, 3:42:42
    8219. Yonas Yacob, Alexandria VA, 3:42:50
    8232. Silvester G. Mata, Severna Park MD, 3:42:53
    8252. Pierre M Donahue, Takoma Park MD, 3:43:01
    8282. Rupert J Hammond-Chambers, Bethesda MD, 3:43:18
    8292. Samuel Anderson, Richmond VA, 3:43:25
    8299. Michael B. Shourds, Richmond VA, 3:43:28
    8312. John P Buck, Bel Air MD, 3:43:36
    8319. Kenneth Sevik, Ellicott City MD, 3:43:40
    8328. Jeffrey Madison, Reston VA, 3:43:48
    8329. Gregory Ashe, Potomac MD, 3:43:48
    8357. Thomas F. Burns, Oak Hill VA, 3:43:59
    8358. Michael Sundquist, Arlington VA, 3:43:59
    8423. Miguel Valero, Potomac MD, 3:44:29
    8434. Chris J Nordeen, Bethesda MD, 3:44:35
    8452. Jay E. Johnson, Bethesda MD, 3:44:47
    8457. Dirk Plante, Alexandria VA, 3:44:49
    8483. Donald Riggins, Severna Park MD, 3:45:10
    8493. Steven R. Murray, Germantown MD, 3:45:17
    8506. David Croteau, Stafford VA, 3:45:22
    8519. Mark Engelbert, Hyattsville MD, 3:45:28
    8563. Philip M. Jr. Gibrall, Richmond VA, 3:45:49
    8612. Edwin J Avila, Manassas VA, 3:46:22
    8623. Judson E Stailey, Gaithersburg MD, 3:46:26
    8695. Hugh J Mcgregor, Potomac MD, 3:47:09
    8708. Michael A. Raithel, Bethesda MD, 3:47:19
    8709. Reid J. Novotny, Laurel MD, 3:47:20
    8734. Ken Schoppmann, Washington DC, 3:47:30
    8758. Terry G. Turner, Chester VA, 3:47:39
    8763. Timothy A Cohn, Reston VA, 3:47:43
    8804. Tj Ward, Alexandria VA, 3:48:08
    8819. William P. Loomis, Silver Spring MD, 3:48:14
    8840. Michael Glover, Falls Church VA, 3:48:22
    8847. Carlos Bachrach, Potomac MD, 3:48:24
    8878. George R. Neil, Williamsburg VA, 3:48:41
    8896. Andrew W. Reiter, Williamsburg VA, 3:48:47
    8900. Stephen T. Lucas, Washington DC, 3:48:49
    8916. Kevin McCall, Fort Belvoir VA, 3:48:54
    8941. Wilfred A Brown, Baltimore MD, 3:49:00
    8946. Carl Scheider, Vienna VA, 3:49:02
    8965. Rod Smart, Olney MD, 3:49:12
    9002. Steven Grufferman, Ellicott City MD, 3:49:33
    9005. Tom Visotsky, Midlothian VA, 3:49:35
    9019. John Ware, Vienna VA, 3:49:45
    9073. Aaron Borrelli, Washington DC, 3:50:32
    9086. Alan Cassedy, Baltimore MD, 3:50:44
    9119. Jose M Romero, Glen Burnie MD, 3:51:01
    9133. Ned Daly, Midlothian VA, 3:51:05
    9149. Winslow G. III Ballew, Crozet VA, 3:51:13
    9178. Jack E. Strausman, Silver Spring MD, 3:51:32
    9198. Brian C Hoard, Charlottesville VA, 3:51:46
    9204. Peter J Mulligan, Baltimore MD, 3:51:50
    9218. Lou King, Ijamsville MD, 3:51:56
    9269. Harry H Jr. Hudson, Dublin VA, 3:52:32
    9273. Dan Devlin, Silver Spring MD, 3:52:34
    9274. Jim Nagle, Reston VA, 3:52:35
    9302. Robert J Puleo, Chesterfield VA, 3:52:49
    9329. Norman B Sandridge, Silver Spring MD, 3:53:02
    9357. Daniel Aronowitz, Arlington VA, 3:53:22
    9361. Stephen L Sakry, Stafford VA, 3:53:23
    9363. Brian G Kim, Bethesda MD, 3:53:24
    9365. Stephan Keidel, Bel Air MD, 3:53:24
    9413. Rod Brana, Mclean VA, 3:53:48
    9420. Jim Duffy, Virginia Beach VA, 3:53:52
    9421. Sam Wittenberg, Virginia Beach VA, 3:53:52
    9422. Keith Alston, Chesapeake VA, 3:53:53
    9427. Daniel Moran, Arlington VA, 3:53:55
    9429. Thomas O. Gamper, Baltimore MD, 3:53:56
    9515. Liam Grieser, Virginia Beach VA, 3:54:48
    9532. Dave C. Orlik, Columbia MD, 3:55:02
    9568. Douglas A. Watt, Gaithersburg MD, 3:55:33
    9582. Ernest S. Wittich, Springfield VA, 3:55:45
    9602. Daniel P Taylor, Alexandria VA, 3:56:00
    9617. Kevin Boyle, Charlottesville VA, 3:56:07
    9623. Ronnie S. Wong, Baltimore MD, 3:56:10
    9637. Dave Fontaine, Washington DC, 3:56:18
    9645. David P. Diamond, Fairfax VA, 3:56:23
    9657. Scott Kothenbeutel, Bel Air MD, 3:56:29
    9713. James W Cheshire, Chesapeake VA, 3:57:01
    9754. Timothy W Freeze, Waynesboro VA, 3:57:27
    9769. Kevin Washburn, Centreville VA, 3:57:37
    9772. Jeff Jewell, Mechanicsville VA, 3:57:41
    9836. Andrew Knerr, Alexandria VA, 3:58:17
    9860. Mark A Graham, Roanoke VA, 3:58:29
    9866. Brian E. Carbaugh, Clifton VA, 3:58:33
    9870. Edward L. Klonowski, Baltimore MD, 3:58:35
    9897. Josh Stacher, Arlington VA, 3:58:51
    9914. Tom Scott, Mclean VA, 3:59:04
    9957. Patrick Murray, Alexandria VA, 3:59:38
    9964. Bill Mims, Richmond VA, 3:59:44
    9971. Fred W Ostlund, Singers Glen VA, 3:59:49
    9972. David B. Caunter, Henrico VA, 3:59:51
    9976. Wade Gaasch, Ellicott City MD, 3:59:52
    10010. Alan R Needle, Elkton MD, 4:00:25
    10029. Mike Gaffney, Charlottesville VA, 4:00:40
    10058. Richard R. Stallings, Fairfax VA, 4:01:15
    10070. Rob Waddell, Richmond VA, 4:01:31
    10132. Matthew O. Trangenstein, Arlington VA, 4:02:37
    10162. Jim Grover, Columbia MD, 4:02:57
    10167. Peter Tegroen, Quinton VA, 4:03:02
    10197. Chuck Coli, Manakin Sabot VA, 4:03:38
    10222. Rasool Anooshehpoor, Bethesda MD, 4:04:12
    10236. Alan Fischl, Washington DC, 4:04:28
    10267. Andrew Goldsmith, Takoma Park MD, 4:05:33
    10282. Thomas G. Keefe, Yorktown VA, 4:06:03
    10289. Robert P Jr. Sindermann, Arlington VA, 4:06:20
    10294. James Hozik, Great Falls VA, 4:06:30
    10301. Terry Pfab, Glen Allen VA, 4:06:42
    10328. Weldon Chafe, Richmond VA, 4:07:49
    10338. Marc Leager, Bethesda MD, 4:08:07
    10366. Richard J. Snyder, Annapolis MD, 4:09:00
    10380. Alan D Lear, Purcellville VA, 4:09:32
    10400. Benjamin Bachrach, Bethesda MD, 4:10:25
    10439. Darrell S Nagy, Smithfield VA, 4:12:42
    10455. Kevin R. Lynch, Severna Park MD, 4:13:21
    10456. Shad Deering, Burke VA, 4:13:26
    10467. Bob Fleshner, Bethesda MD, 4:14:24
    10471. Gerald J. Brown, Winchester VA, 4:14:36
    10484. Charles J. Brownlie, Laurel MD, 4:15:37
    10508. Barry N. Foland, Owings Mills MD, 4:17:06
    10510. Bob Burns, Columbia MD, 4:17:14
    10520. John Dougherty, Richmond VA, 4:18:21
    10563. Gerald L Epstein, Bethesda MD, 4:22:34
    10601. Peter J. Coppolino, Gainesville VA, 4:28:21
    10619. Kevin B Bedell, Mclean VA, 4:36:08
    25. Gina M. Slaby, Virginia Beach VA, 2:43:23
    44. Kristen L. Lawrence, Virginia Beach VA, 2:49:58
    59. Teal E Connor, Washington DC, 2:52:35
    60. Julie Tarallo, Washington DC, 2:52:50
    66. Melissa Rittenhouse, Charlottesville VA, 2:54:19
    71. Jessie Yester, Richmond VA, 2:54:47
    76. Megan Digregorio, White Marsh MD, 2:55:42
    100. Amy C Hamilton, Lebanon VA, 2:57:42
    112. Kaitlin E. Sheedy, Washington DC, 2:58:44
    113. Kara Waters, Great Falls VA, 2:58:50
    114. Perry Shoemaker, Vienna VA, 2:58:53
    127. Vicky L. Jasparro, Fredericksburg VA, 2:59:40
    144. Amy C. Martin, Charlottesville VA, 3:00:44
    154. Kelsey Budd, Oakton VA, 3:01:21
    216. Anna Bernal, Cabin John MD, 3:05:14
    217. Meghan Gebke, Portsmouth VA, 3:05:15
    224. Melani Hom, Washington DC, 3:05:31
    230. Nicole Terry, Arlington VA, 3:05:46
    268. Lauren E Shaub, Arlington VA, 3:07:27
    295. Raquel L Morgan, Washington DC, 3:08:56
    310. Annett M. Richter, Washington DC, 3:09:18
    316. Caroline Bauer, Columbia MD, 3:09:37
    363. Amanda Hicks, Washington DC, 3:11:11
    471. Stefani Watterson, Alexandria VA, 3:13:49
    474. Carly Page, Baltimore MD, 3:13:53
    485. Kayley K. Byrne, Arlington VA, 3:14:07
    487. Brittany S. Van Nielen, Norfolk VA, 3:14:09
    521. Maria C Kozloski, Bethesda MD, 3:14:51
    536. Andrea N Stone, Frederick MD, 3:15:14
    542. Molly Ritter, Arlington VA, 3:15:19
    550. Nancy M. Eiring, Washington DC, 3:15:34
    574. Diana Lewis, Washington DC, 3:16:00
    597. Jennifer Lyons, Baltimore MD, 3:16:21
    621. Anna E. Savage, Washington DC, 3:16:50
    645. Dani Mason, Hagerstown MD, 3:17:10
    648. Rachel M. Clattenburg, Washington DC, 3:17:18
    657. Danielle R. Terrenzi, Baltimore MD, 3:17:22
    713. Kristin Woodward, Washington DC, 3:18:19
    720. Suzanne Hurst, Baltimore MD, 3:18:27
    728. Gabrielle Mckenzie, Bethesda MD, 3:18:33
    734. Lisa Reichmann, Gaithersburg MD, 3:18:37
    752. Lauren E. Benoit, Charlottesville VA, 3:18:55
    758. Robin Watkins, Washington DC, 3:19:01
    762. Lindsay Cartin, North Bethesda MD, 3:19:03
    789. Emily Buzzell, Washington DC, 3:19:24
    800. Sarah E. Sisson, Montross VA, 3:19:35
    801. Tracy R. Spiess, Fairfax VA, 3:19:35
    824. Tamara A Sutherland, Glen Allen VA, 3:19:50
    859. Allison G. Palmer, Washington DC, 3:20:16
    901. Erin C Masterson, Alexandria VA, 3:20:45
    905. Anne E Jacoby, Richmond VA, 3:20:48
    935. Ashley Lowry, Falls Church VA, 3:21:04
    938. Cindy M. Wendt, Glen Allen VA, 3:21:07
    947. Katherine H Powell, Millersville MD, 3:21:13
    971. Jennifer Paul, Washington DC, 3:21:31
    980. Kristen Coia, Washington DC, 3:21:37
    982. Kristi Browning, Washington DC, 3:21:38
    986. Jessica A. Hofheimer, Reston VA, 3:21:41
    997. Melinda Metz, Arlington VA, 3:21:47
    1025. Rachel Ackerman, Washington DC, 3:22:13
    1030. Emily M. Trueschler, Lutherville MD, 3:22:15
    1047. Jacqueline N. Wilkins, Washington DC, 3:22:34
    1088. Kelsey Hearn, Virginia Beach VA, 3:22:57
    1100. Kathleen A. Luzier, Boonsboro MD, 3:23:01
    1105. Julie T. Stallings, Fairfax VA, 3:23:04
    1107. Teah Devan, Gaithersburg MD, 3:23:07
    1108. Cindy Conant, Kensington MD, 3:23:08
    1131. Dawn E Lobosco, Providence Forge VA, 3:23:26
    1172. Bryn Burkholder, Baltimore MD, 3:23:47
    1180. Sarah J. Whitworth, Washington DC, 3:23:53
    1211. Christy M Crais, Washington DC, 3:24:09
    1250. Amy N Smith, Fairfax VA, 3:24:32
    1299. Jean Traub, Alexandria VA, 3:24:59
    1303. Kailey Gotta, Alexandria VA, 3:25:00
    1311. Marie-France Penet, Baltimore MD, 3:25:04
    1336. Sarah Johnson, Bethesda MD, 3:25:23
    1378. Laura R. Chipkin, Arlington VA, 3:25:49
    1418. Meredith C. Carey, Chevy Chase MD, 3:26:12
    1432. Keary Johnston, Frederick MD, 3:26:20
    1434. Christine N. Guerrero, Annapolis MD, 3:26:21
    1479. Nicole K. Bates, Alexandria VA, 3:26:44
    1484. Heather Kloepping, Richmond VA, 3:26:48
    1490. Julia G. Schade, Olney MD, 3:26:52
    1501. Mary Nelson, Charlottesville VA, 3:27:01
    1516. Pamela Howze, Arlington VA, 3:27:07
    1562. Julie Thienel, Columbia MD, 3:27:42
    1613. Taneen L. Carvell, Arlington VA, 3:28:04
    1642. Emily Rhoades, Arlington VA, 3:28:19
    1644. Leanne C. Till, Potomac MD, 3:28:21
    1651. Olesja Ossipenko, Ashburn VA, 3:28:23
    1695. Jennifer Sample, Chevy Chase MD, 3:28:46
    1701. Julie Sapper, Rockville MD, 3:28:49
    1709. Lisa Fichman, Columbia MD, 3:28:53
    1722. Kirsten T Mosby, Radford VA, 3:28:58
    1723. Eleanor W. Kerr, University Park MD, 3:28:58
    1725. Lindsay F. Majno, Washington DC, 3:28:59
    1727. Charlotte Healy, Washington DC, 3:29:00
    1735. Jie Zheng, Reston VA, 3:29:02
    1741. Nicole Valentine, Germantown MD, 3:29:04
    1770. Amanda Poppleton, Baltimore MD, 3:29:19
    1779. Sarah H. Trundle, Charlottesville VA, 3:29:23
    1850. Jamie L Lewin, Washington DC, 3:29:55
    1866. Kristen E. Keller, Centreville VA, 3:30:02
    1893. Juliana J. Everist, Annapolis MD, 3:30:13
    1901. Stephanie Hugie, Arlington VA, 3:30:14
    1913. Ekaterina Volonsevich, Fairfax VA, 3:30:20
    1921. Christine Stephan, Silver Spring MD, 3:30:25
    1923. Kristine Johnston, Arlington VA, 3:30:25
    1980. Mary V. Gibson, Washington DC, 3:30:56
    2010. Ashley Bakelmun, Washington DC, 3:31:08
    2016. Maria C. Stidham, Washington DC, 3:31:11
    2040. Luz A. Blakney, Oak Hill VA, 3:31:21
    2040. Luz A. Blakney, Oak Hill VA, 3:31:21
    2046. Diane E Walsh, Ocean Pines MD, 3:31:25
    2088. Jill Burkholder, Arlington VA, 3:31:42
    2088. Jill Burkholder, Arlington VA, 3:31:42
    2103. Julie A Collins, Great Falls VA, 3:31:46
    2103. Julie A Collins, Great Falls VA, 3:31:46
    2104. Jennifer A. Woodward, Great Falls VA, 3:31:46
    2104. Jennifer A. Woodward, Great Falls VA, 3:31:46
    2117. Emily F Koski, Midlothian VA, 3:31:49
    2117. Emily F Koski, Midlothian VA, 3:31:49
    2135. Theresa Marie Green, Manakin Sabot VA, 3:31:58
    2135. Theresa Marie Green, Manakin Sabot VA, 3:31:58
    2140. Natalie R. Stoll, Washington DC, 3:32:02
    2162. Linda Johnson, Washington DC, 3:32:10
    2176. Gina L. Junkermann, North Chesterfield VA, 3:32:15
    2176. Gina L. Junkermann, North Chesterfield VA, 3:32:15
    2189. Molly E. Astudillo, Aldie VA, 3:32:24
    2189. Molly E. Astudillo, Aldie VA, 3:32:24
    2193. Sandra Bonilla, Kensington MD, 3:32:25
    2217. Carol T. Clark, Luray VA, 3:32:34
    2217. Carol T. Clark, Luray VA, 3:32:34
    2245. Alina Dawson, Winchester VA, 3:32:47
    2245. Alina Dawson, Winchester VA, 3:32:47
    2248. Emily A. Hurley, Baltimore MD, 3:32:49
    2270. Jennifer Sheely, Baltimore MD, 3:32:56
    2309. Elizabeth A. Johnston, Alexandria VA, 3:33:15
    2309. Elizabeth A. Johnston, Alexandria VA, 3:33:15
    2312. Katarina Whelan, Stafford VA, 3:33:15
    2312. Katarina Whelan, Stafford VA, 3:33:15
    2327. Bobbi M Moose, Leesburg VA, 3:33:20
    2327. Bobbi M Moose, Leesburg VA, 3:33:20
    2333. Katherine R. Hopper, Richmond VA, 3:33:21
    2333. Katherine R. Hopper, Richmond VA, 3:33:21
    2341. Laura Boudreau, Washington DC, 3:33:24
    2346. Rachael Chamberlin, Springfield VA, 3:33:25
    2346. Rachael Chamberlin, Springfield VA, 3:33:25
    2355. Karen L Claney, Annapolis MD, 3:33:28
    2380. Marissa A Piropato, Washington DC, 3:33:38
    2381. Brenda Stuart, Springfield VA, 3:33:39
    2381. Brenda Stuart, Springfield VA, 3:33:39
    2385. Jacquelyn Guy, Washington DC, 3:33:40
    2405. Cortney V Martin, Blacksburg VA, 3:33:53
    2413. Heather A. Suhr, Washington DC, 3:33:55
    2436. Heidi D Johannesen, Falls Church VA, 3:34:04
    2470. Lisa Saula, Columbia MD, 3:34:15
    2475. Lindsey N. Paola, Arlington VA, 3:34:17
    2495. Amanda J Helwig, Arlington VA, 3:34:25
    2534. Lydia G. Pelliccia, Washington DC, 3:34:40
    2570. Dagmar Salazar, Rockville MD, 3:34:57
    2601. Kristin C Shaw, Frederick MD, 3:35:07
    2613. Allison E Tully, Falls Church VA, 3:35:13
    2620. Lisa Farias, Catonsville MD, 3:35:17
    2626. Amy Shopkorn, Alexandria VA, 3:35:20
    2692. Marie Archer, Berwyn Heights MD, 3:35:45
    2701. Amanda An, Ellicott City MD, 3:35:48
    2713. Jennifer Guyton, Haymarket VA, 3:35:52
    2727. Libby Wile, Washington DC, 3:35:57
    2731. Megan E. Corrado, Washington DC, 3:35:59
    2733. Ellen Komesarook, Gaithersburg MD, 3:35:59
    2755. Amanda Dion, Sterling VA, 3:36:07
    2775. Emily G Gean, Baltimore MD, 3:36:14
    2782. Jacqueline M. Chimiak, Annapolis MD, 3:36:17
    2789. Carol J. Barresi, Falls Church VA, 3:36:21
    2825. Margaret Campbell, Rockville MD, 3:36:37
    2848. Jennifer Dietrich, Roanoke VA, 3:36:47
    2856. Megan Mcnew, Baltimore MD, 3:36:49
    2917. Jessica A. Meyers, Washington DC, 3:37:14
    2954. Mia Burki, Falls Church VA, 3:37:30
    2962. Miryam E. Coro, Oakton VA, 3:37:32
    2966. Amie N Heap, Arlington VA, 3:37:34
    2969. Andrea Hamlen, Fredericksburg VA, 3:37:35
    2979. Adrienne Davidson, Fulton MD, 3:37:39
    2990. Lisa G. Coyle, Vienna VA, 3:37:42
    2993. Kirsten J. Taylor, Washington DC, 3:37:43
    3018. Brenna S Creech, Midlothian VA, 3:37:54
    3025. Elizabeth Hagen, Alexandria VA, 3:37:56
    3026. Katie H. Ryan, Charlottesville VA, 3:37:57
    3066. Laine M Hardman, Alexandria VA, 3:38:08
    3108. Valerie Brandt, Virginia Beach VA, 3:38:23
    3119. Kristen Jaremback, Washington DC, 3:38:26
    3124. Yoko Stephens, Fairfax VA, 3:38:28
    3125. April M Snow, Roanoke VA, 3:38:29
    3180. Jane A. Imperatore, Mclean VA, 3:38:51
    3213. Erica Goodman, Washington DC, 3:39:01
    3216. Elaine Griesbach, Mount Airy MD, 3:39:03
    3255. Lauren J. Gabler, Washington DC, 3:39:17
    3282. Brooke Alsamman, Fairfax VA, 3:39:28
    3366. Eileen M. Giovanazi, Bel Air MD, 3:39:56
    3389. Christine S. Westcott, Chantilly VA, 3:40:03
    3405. Yardley E. Montague, Charlottesville VA, 3:40:10
    3408. Therese M. Bosnick, Freeland MD, 3:40:11
    3443. Melissa A Coenen, Preston MD, 3:40:25
    3456. Allison G. Maher, Annapolis MD, 3:40:29
    3458. Jessica S. Oldham, Washington DC, 3:40:30
    3501. Laura E Sildon, Kensington MD, 3:40:44
    3515. Catherine Camilletti, Washington DC, 3:40:51
    3518. Misti A. Jesson, Hagerstown MD, 3:40:52
    3527. Grace Tran, Columbia MD, 3:40:55
    3534. Kathleen Miller, Ellicott MD, 3:40:58
    3541. Mijiko A Phelps, Oak Hill VA, 3:40:59
    3561. Brynne Keith-Jennings, Washington DC, 3:41:06
    3563. Laura Magdeburger, Lusby MD, 3:41:08
    3577. Denice M Hall, Hampton VA, 3:41:12
    3600. Jill E Kratzer, Cape Charles VA, 3:41:23
    3622. Graham Magill, Arlington VA, 3:41:29
    3648. Amy Perkins, Leesburg VA, 3:41:36
    3678. Rebecca J. Sable, Washington DC, 3:41:48
    3696. Tammy J Rall, Stafford VA, 3:41:58
    3712. Lori Raymundo, Pomfret MD, 3:42:08
    3754. Deb Ryan, Arlington VA, 3:42:22
    3799. Christine Mcdonough, Washington DC, 3:42:43
    3830. Carly Stephens, Centreville VA, 3:42:52
    3857. Heidi E. Johnson, Charlottesville VA, 3:43:04
    3872. Miriam Becker-Cohen, Washington DC, 3:43:13
    3877. Kathleen Caggiano, Bethesda MD, 3:43:16
    3882. Anne-Marie Adams, Springfield VA, 3:43:18
    3911. Erica L Rubenstein, Potomac MD, 3:43:28
    3939. Caroline M Mcneely, Crozet VA, 3:43:42
    3951. Brittany L Tyler, Richmond VA, 3:43:44
    3966. Heather A. Purcell, Arlington VA, 3:43:49
    3973. Denise M Thomson, Henrico VA, 3:43:52
    3981. Shawn O. Fortner, Roanoke VA, 3:43:55
    3988. Amber Esplin, Alexandria VA, 3:43:57
    3996. Mary H. Klaff, Potomac Falls VA, 3:43:59
    3997. Alison J Gittelman, South Riding VA, 3:44:00
    4030. Abbie A. Trippe, Annapolis MD, 3:44:14
    4036. Michelle Wilke, Millersville MD, 3:44:17
    4038. Ariel C. Hayes, Washington DC, 3:44:17
    4072. Kara Williams, Charlottesville VA, 3:44:33
    4081. Elizabeth Bennett, Annapolis MD, 3:44:36
    4086. Beth Casey, Vienna VA, 3:44:38
    4104. Alla Danilkovitch, Columbia MD, 3:44:48
    4128. Jennifer A Shafer, Triangle VA, 3:44:59
    4156. Lynn K. Case, Silver Spring MD, 3:45:12
    4165. Tracey L. Black, Winchester VA, 3:45:17
    4200. Martha A Howar, Leesburg VA, 3:45:27
    4201. Patricia Graff, Westminster MD, 3:45:27
    4244. Alyssa Soumoff, Kensington MD, 3:45:45
    4262. Annette Green, Martinsville VA, 3:45:55
    4264. Beth Lowenthal, Laurel MD, 3:45:56
    4288. Jennifer K. Schwartz, Bethesda MD, 3:46:09
    4289. Jennifer Hellmers, Cockeysville MD, 3:46:10
    4295. Oriana Hargrove, Washington DC, 3:46:13
    4304. Erin M Lewis, Baltimore MD, 3:46:16
    4306. Pamela Geernaert, Frederick MD, 3:46:16
    4307. Crista S. Horn, Frederick MD, 3:46:16
    4308. Ann P Stanley, Richmond VA, 3:46:16
    4310. Louise E Uffelman, Lexington VA, 3:46:17
    4373. Pamela S. Rickard, Rocky Mount VA, 3:46:42
    4424. Nancy Ferris, Goode VA, 3:47:13
    4443. Christina E. Blevins, Powhatan VA, 3:47:19
    4451. Lisa M. Kelly, Centreville VA, 3:47:26
    4456. Anne Schuyler, Mclean VA, 3:47:28
    4473. Jane Marcus, Alexandria VA, 3:47:35
    4512. Laura Hartman, Pasadena MD, 3:47:55
    4521. Michele Landry, Washington DC, 3:47:58
    4554. Sarah E Grigsby, Alexandria VA, 3:48:12
    4581. Tracy Heichelbech, Potomac MD, 3:48:24
    4621. Cheyanne E. Warren, Glen Allen VA, 3:48:42
    4623. Jane M. Meyer, Annapolis MD, 3:48:43
    4642. Juda L. McGannon, Hunt Valley MD, 3:48:52
    4664. Julita M. Nolan, Elkton MD, 3:49:01
    4740. Elizabeth A. Ratliff, University Park MD, 3:49:31
    4747. Colleen Nelson, Washington DC, 3:49:33
    4770. Susan D'Addio, Fredericksburg VA, 3:49:45
    4776. Tania R. Misiaszek, Reston VA, 3:49:47
    4808. Mery-Angela S. Katson, Mclean VA, 3:49:59
    4881. Leslie Anchor, Rockville MD, 3:50:34
    4906. Candice A. Rhine, Glen Burnie MD, 3:50:46
    4946. Stephanie Ryan, Richmond VA, 3:51:03
    4991. Susan A Kinnecome, Bethesda MD, 3:51:19
    5077. Kate Spangler, Glen Allen VA, 3:52:03
    5080. Jill Devereux, Berryville VA, 3:52:05
    5081. Trish Jones, Virginia Beach VA, 3:52:06
    5084. Katrina M. Lessard, Arlington VA, 3:52:08
    5129. Patricia Eason, Derwood MD, 3:52:27
    5137. Yvette Rogers, Clifton VA, 3:52:30
    5151. Karen M Kalber, Crofton MD, 3:52:34
    5169. Tracy E. Ducker, Gaithersburg MD, 3:52:44
    5216. Leah Connor, Charlottesville VA, 3:53:07
    5220. Meghan Ferguson, Washington DC, 3:53:09
    5228. Katrina H Gewirz, Washington DC, 3:53:15
    5233. Jane Stinely, Charlottesville VA, 3:53:17
    5285. Jessica Holden, Arlington VA, 3:53:36
    5305. Elizabeth Bolton, Vienna VA, 3:53:44
    5308. Sarah A Boswell, Washington DC, 3:53:45
    5310. Zoe A. Romano, Richmond VA, 3:53:46
    5324. Nicole A. Weidensaul, Locust Grove VA, 3:53:53
    5325. Monica Cassier, Midlothian VA, 3:53:53
    5327. Katrina M Streeter, Bowie MD, 3:53:54
    5339. Jill Sible, Blacksburg VA, 3:53:59
    5378. Annalaura Mancia, Montclair VA, 3:54:17
    5382. Bridget B. Curtin, South Riding VA, 3:54:20
    5384. Meghan P. Connor, Annapolis MD, 3:54:21
    5394. Deb Hicks, Halethorpe MD, 3:54:25
    5423. Jennifer L. Quinlan, Annapolis MD, 3:54:35
    5425. Alexandra R. Todd Lippock, Washington DC, 3:54:37
    5426. Tammie S. Wonning, Severn MD, 3:54:37
    5462. Diane H Adams, Purcellville VA, 3:54:54
    5497. Sandi Simon, Perry Hall MD, 3:55:08
    5507. Theresa Gusman, Dickerson MD, 3:55:12
    5524. Elizabeth A. Baumgarten, Stone Ridge VA, 3:55:18
    5532. Judith L. Isbell, Glen Allen VA, 3:55:21
    5581. Leslie Buller, Richmond VA, 3:55:42
    5582. Laura R. Chessin, Richmond VA, 3:55:42
    5609. Holly M Dubbeling, Fairfax VA, 3:55:51
    5610. Judith A. Emmert, Hagerstown MD, 3:55:52
    5664. Karissa M Wright, Arlington VA, 3:56:27
    5670. Mary D. Lake, Columbia MD, 3:56:28
    5679. Malissa Zimmerman, Washington DC, 3:56:36
    5719. Jennifer B. Edwards, Glen Allen VA, 3:56:58
    5737. Giovanna Tosato, Bethesda MD, 3:57:07
    5746. Meredith D Kefauver Olsen, Baltimore MD, 3:57:09
    5752. Samantha A. Larson, Washington DC, 3:57:11
    5760. Erin C. Schisler, Bel Air MD, 3:57:15
    5762. Susan M Sheets, Virginia Beach VA, 3:57:15
    5771. Christine L Cavan, Midlothian VA, 3:57:20
    5774. Heather Cooke, Haymarket VA, 3:57:22
    5820. Gayle M Smith, Parkton MD, 3:57:45
    5824. Andrea C. Marsh, Baltimore MD, 3:57:47
    5832. Lee Hunter, Tazewell VA, 3:57:50
    5878. Christine Schaffner, Yorktown VA, 3:58:16
    5889. Lacey Balliet, Virginia Beach VA, 3:58:19
    5897. Jordana Ashe, Potomac MD, 3:58:22
    5919. Phyllis D. Sevik, Ellicott City MD, 3:58:33
    5998. Karen H. Marchant, Springfield VA, 3:59:14
    6001. Kathryn C. Ledwell, Baltimore MD, 3:59:16
    6010. Marcy C. Foster, Reston VA, 3:59:19
    6013. Karen E. Stamm, Silver Spring MD, 3:59:20
    6042. Chelsea D Brundage, Arlington VA, 3:59:37
    6056. Melanie C Swain, Richmond VA, 3:59:43
    6092. Laura P. Cummins, Warrenton VA, 4:00:06
    6098. Lynn C. Virgil, Alexandria VA, 4:00:09
    6128. Carol K. Byrne, Oak Hill VA, 4:00:26
    6150. Mary C Bowman, Silver Spring MD, 4:00:38
    6153. Heidi Walsh, Leesburg VA, 4:00:39
    6164. Kaia P. Turner, Alexandria VA, 4:00:46
    6173. Harriet Langlois, Ijamsville MD, 4:00:52
    6182. Susan Fazio, Barnesville MD, 4:01:02
    6205. Debbie Trainer, Henrico VA, 4:01:15
    6241. Kathy Shenasky Lambert, Virginia Beach VA, 4:01:44
    6252. Brenda Kalin, Norfolk VA, 4:01:50
    6262. Michiyo Ando, Chantilly VA, 4:01:55
    6272. Jessica Bolz, Baltimore MD, 4:02:01
    6273. Megan E. Gezen, Lynchburg VA, 4:02:02
    6300. Loree Lipstein, Washington DC, 4:02:24
    6322. Jill Looper, Columbia MD, 4:02:38
    6335. Lois Willcox, Great Falls VA, 4:02:48
    6336. Grace E. Ranson Dieter, Charlottesville VA, 4:02:50
    6339. Carolyn A Holland, Olney MD, 4:02:53
    6349. Deb A Minnick, Richmond VA, 4:03:00
    6350. Megan Murphy, Washington DC, 4:03:01
    6407. Sarah G. Christilaw, Arlington VA, 4:03:48
    6419. Trina Taylor, Fort Washington MD, 4:03:54
    6462. Jennifer McDonough, Arlington VA, 4:04:27
    6496. Elizabeth S. Karrmann, Falls Church VA, 4:04:48
    6568. Yuko Takakusaki, Manassas VA, 4:05:48
    6622. Christine M. Spann, Vienna VA, 4:06:38
    6623. Karen H. Viani, Vienna VA, 4:06:38
    6625. Sharon Farinholt, Stephenson VA, 4:06:40
    6649. Kristen Sullivan, Crofton MD, 4:07:02
    6696. Elizabeth E. Tollett, Salisbury MD, 4:07:48
    6722. Cindy Geisinger, Glen Allen VA, 4:08:22
    6728. Laura Travisano, Ellicott City MD, 4:08:31
    6736. Nicole Blanton, Richmond VA, 4:08:38
    6749. Jill Snyder, Annapolis MD, 4:09:00
    6757. Ellen Mannion, Herndon VA, 4:09:21
    6768. Vivian L Adkins, Potomac MD, 4:09:39
    6779. Leah W Harley, Burke VA, 4:10:08
    6790. Marian L Zobler, Bethesda MD, 4:10:43
    6791. Andrea M. Keane-Myers, Bethesda MD, 4:10:46
    6869. Jennifer Abelin, Charlottesville VA, 4:16:22
    6931. Annie E. Cecil, Washington DC, 4:24:43
    March 31, 2013

  • Entered in this year's Boston Marathon, the world's oldest and most prestigious running event, to be held Monday, April 15, are 82 Arlington runners: Talentino Angelosante, Daniel Aronowitz, Alexandra Barrage, Susan Benante, Randall Binnie, James Brennan, Chelsea Brundage, Jill Burkholder, Sarah Burnham, Kayley Byrne, Taneen Carvell, Keith Cassidy, Grace Chan, Laura Chipkin, Sarah Christilaw, David Dawson, Anthony Demario, Mark Dickson, Seth Einterz, James Engle, Marlene English, Doug Enzler, Jonathan George, Christopher Goetzman, Amie Heap, Amanda Helwig, Cory Herold, Jessica Holden, Eugene Holmes, Pamela Howze, Stephanie Hugie, Vince Jesaitis, Thomas Johnson, Kristine Johnston, Jason Jones, Stuart Jones, Katherine Katz, John Kelly, Albert Kim, David Lee, Lisa Leonard, Katrina Lessard, Graham Magill, Patrizia Maness, Paul Matheson, Michael McConnell, Marty McCormick, Jennifer McDonough, Rich Mendelowitz, Melinda Metz, Daniel Moran, William Mroz, Andrew Orzel, Lindsey Paola, Erik Price, Heather Purcell, Christine Rehwald, Emily Rhoades, Alyona Richey, Molly Ritter, Deb Ryan, Alison Searle, Charles Shackelford, Lauren Shaub, Ben Shea, Robert Sindermann, Bradley Smith, Josh Stacher, Tatyana Steis, Deborah Sterling, Neil Sullivan, Jessica Summers, Michael Sundquist, Nicole Terry, Natalie Thom, Matthew Trangenstein, Cindy Walls, Katie Walls, William Wiet, Reynolds Wilson, Jay Wind, and Karissa Wright. 

    December 9, 2012

  • Rediscovery 10K moved to Bluemont Park this year, after many years in downtown Washington.

    James Devernay, 32, of Arlington won by a wide margin in 36:58, ahead of Travis Cooper, 41, of Hamilton, second in 40:12, and Ben Paddock, 17, of Arlington, third in 41:13.

    Among women, Renee Clark, 36, of Hagerstown led in 50:34, passing Kathleen Pryce-Jones, 30, of Arlington, second in 51:09, and Emile Gilbert, 23, of Washington, third in 52:03.

    December 2, 2012
  • As printed

  • Thanksgiving is always the biggest day on America's running calendar, and Arlington Turkey Trot 5K has become one of the county's biggest races, with 2,667 finishers.

    Stephen Kersh, 21, of Arlington led the race, winning in 15:37. Chasing him were Paul Norland, 23, of Falls Church, second in 15:51; Todd Burns, 32, of Alexandria, third in 16:42, tied with Ryan Hart, 17, of Arlington, fourth in 16:42; and Ben Treweek, 23, of San Francisco, fifth in 17:01.

    Two Washington-Lee High School runners topped the women's race. Sarah Angell, 16, won in 20:02, outkicking Sarah Sears, 16, second in 20:05. Katie Yensen, 19, of Falls Church took third in 20:16, ahead of Erin Crow, 19, of Yorktown, Va., fourth in 20:19, and Emily Reuter, 32, of Arlington, fifth in 20:26.

    Christ Church of Arlington conducted the race, now in its seventh year, to benefit Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, Doorways for Women & Families, and Arlington Food Assistance Center. Dozens of Arlington restaurants and stores sponsored the race.

  • Douglas Hickey, 29, won Giving Thanks 5K in Vienna, covering the course in 17:26. Rebecca Grady, 35, grabbed eighth among women in 23:03.

  • Leah Twardzik, 27, captured her age group, finishing ninth among women in 44:51 at Ashburn Farm 10K. Less than one second behind her, also in 44:51, was Daniel Slaski, 31, 62nd among men.

    In the accompanying Ashburn Farm 5K, Casey Henderson, 22, scored 21:23 for eighth among women.

  • Justin Yeash, 25, ran 16:50 for sixth place at So Others May Eat Run for Hunger 5K in Washington. Britton Miller, 33, finished 12th among women in 19:22.

  • Valerie Moyer, 20, placed second among women in 19:23 at Herndon Turkey Trot 5K, just a step ahead of her proud papa, Steve Moyer, 54, 13th among men in 19:27.

  • David Wertz, 37, continued his stardom of local races, running 26:02 for seventh at Alexandria Turket Trot 5 Miler, just ahead of Colin Raunig, 28, eighth in 26:03.

  • At Race for Co-operative Development in Washington, Stephen Pilon, 27, put down 23:41 for 10th, ahead of Stephen Karl, 32, 11th in 24:16, and Chandler Robbins, 75, 12th in 24:22. Caroline Harpel, 16, charged to seventh among women in 25:45.

  • At DC Road Runners Club's Bread Run 10K at Glen Echo Park -- a challenging course with a 75-foot hill in the last mile -- Greg Chapuis, 34, ran 40:26 for sixth place, and Alison Smith, 25, won the women's race in 43:19.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club hosts three indoor track meets on January 13, January 27, and February 10, 2013, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South. See or call 703-927-4833.

    November 11, 2012
  • As printed

  • Cash prizes attracted top talent to National Race Against the Odds at Tuckahoe Park.

    Three Ethiopian men led the pack, with Mulugeta Genbere, 27, of Silver Spring winning in 16:20, just one step ahead of Dereje Tadesse, 28, also of Silver Spring, second in 16:21, and two ahead of Demesse Tefera, 29, of Washington, third in 16:23.

    The top three Arlington men went 5-6-7 -- Peter Accomando, 25, fifth in 17:48; Marty McCormick, 32, sixth in 18:51; and Christopher Chern, 26, seventh in 21:15.

    Marine Corps Marathon women's winner Hirut Beyene Guangul, 20, of Washington led the ladies in 19:02, followed by Kaitlin Sheedy, 29, of Washington, second in 19:56, and Katie Cranston, 31, of Lorton, third in 22:44.

    Close behind were Arlington's Stefanie Tocco Pilkington, 29, fourth in 22:57; Ruth Gordon, 43, fifth in 23:21; and Bailey Sterrett, 34, eighth in 23:54.

  • Arlington male and female runners dominated Tuckahoe Elementary and HB Woodlawn Secondary School 5K Race, with Gregory Cumming, 25, first in 18:04, Keegan McCurry, 16, second in 18:06, and Chris Snow, 41, third in 19:09. Among women, the medals went to Denise King, 47, first in 21:43, Cynthia Palmer Olsen, 46, second in 21:57, and Kiely Westhoof, 13, third in 22:24.

  • At Anything is Possible 5K in Bethesda, Erin Anderson, 30, won the women's race in 20:17. She started at 1:50 AM and finished at 1:10 AM, but she didn't run faster than the speed of light -- she took advantage of the onset of Eastern Standard Time, setting clocks back by one hour. Michael Nelson, 53, took second in his age group, 35th overall in 22:04.

  • Jack Williard, 30, scored 17:53 for fifth place overall at Goblin Gallop 5K in Fairfax, ahead of Keegan McCurry, 16, sixth in 18:18, and Daniel Ryan, 28, 9th in 19:04.

    Among women, Nina Sheppard, 29, ran 21:42 for 11th, with Ashley Kraus, 24, 18th in 23:25, and Stephanie Kiehart, 29, 30th in 24:29.

  • At Richmond Marathon, Jacob Gilden, 24, ran 2:49:37 for 42nd place among men, qualifying for the 2014 Boston Marathon. Eugene Holmes, 48, ran a sparkling 2:52.43 for 54th, with Dylan Bartlett, 26, 75th in 2:55:25.

    Among women, Jillian Goodwin, 23, placed 31st in 3:12:44, ahead of Jessice McGuire, 32, 35th in 3:14:03, and Melinda Metz, 36, 48th in 3:18:33.

    Jeremiah Doyle, 31, paced Arlington's men in the accompanying half marathon, 24th in 1:16:50, leading Haynes Cooney, 35, 57th in 1:24:43, and Matt Giorgis, 23, 120th in 1:30:47.

    Top women included Lauren Shaub, 28, 12th in 1:26:38; Sarah Mandes, 35, 16th in 1:28:33; and Jessica Chin, 26, 24th in 1:30:56.

    In the 8K in Richmond, Jason Myers, 27, clocked 25:20 for 24th place and Rachel Penney, 22, chipped in 37:36 for 54th among women.

  • Arlington's top five male finishers at Veteran's Day 10K in Washington were Colin Raunig, 16th in 32:27; David Wertz, 18th in 32:46; Joshua Kearns, 23rd in 33:09; Ethan Kearns, 26th in 33:40; and Seth Einterz, 31st in 34:16.

    Top five female finishers were Erin Taylor, 14th in 38:14; Kristi Markowicz, 17th in 39:02; Elizabeth Kohlway, 32nd in 43:20; Danielle Sgro, 33rd in 43:22; and Carolyn Yates, 48th in 44:43.

  • Joshua Wozniak, 25, ran 1:42:11 for 70th place at Virginia Running Festival Half Marathon in Newport News.

  • Barry Lawson, 50, took 115th place in 41:47 at Grapevine 8K in Mount Airy.

    October 28, 2012
  • As printed

  • A week after finishing a close second at Army Ten Miler, Augustus Maiyo, 29, of Colorado Springs won the 37th Marine Corps Marathon in 2:20:20.

    Maiyo was born in Kenya but is now an American citizen serving in the U.S. Army, This race was his first-ever at the marathon distance.

    He ran side-by-side with U.S. Army Cpl. Kenneth Foster, 26, also of Colorado Springs, through the 5K mark in 16:29, then took the lead for good, opening a gap of more than a minute by the half marathon point and more than two minutes by the finish. Foster held on for second place in 2:22:39.

    Behind them were Birhanu Tadesse, 26, an Ethiopian living in Ellicott City, third in 2:23:03; Charles Ballew, 28, of Washington, fourth in 2:23:42; and Jhovany Hernandez Juarez, 25, of Puebla, Mexico, fifth in 2:24:00.

    Arlington's first finisher, Olivier Leblond, 40, ran 2:49:42 for 51st among men, just ahead of Stephen Frederick, 39, 62nd in 2:51:50; Marc Minor, 33, 102nd in 2:56:27; and Matthew Dempsey, 27, 108th in 2:56:54.

    The top two female finishers -- Hirut Beyene Guangul, 20, and Wayinshet Abebe Hailu, 25, both of Ethiopia by way of Ellicott City -- also worked together for the first 15K, hitting that point in 57:06. From that point on, Guangul pulled away to win in 2:42:02, a full five minutes ahead of Hailu, second in 2:47:03.

    A month ago, Guangul took second behind former marathon world record holder Catherine Ndereba at Woodrow Wilson Half Marathon in September.

    In third place in 2:48:11 was Erin Richard, 27, of Rochester Hills, Mich., a Hansons-Brooks Project athlete and U.S. Olympic Women's Marathon trial competitor. Behind her were Patricia Munoz, 51, of Mexico City, fourth in 2:52:04, and Perry Shoemaker, 41, of Vienna, fifth in 2:52:22.

    Arlington's leading ladies were Margaret Smith, 32, 76th in 3;20:19; Michele Perez, 28, 92nd in 3:22:53; Alison Smith, 25, 121st in 3:25:49; and Taylor Coffey, 29, 160th in 3:29:39.

    13,484 men and 9,970 women finished the 26.2-mile race, making it the fourth largest in the U.S.A. and the ninth largest in the world.

    The simultaneous Marine Corps Marathon 10K started on National Mall in Washington and finished at the same place as the marathon, at U.S. Marine Memorial in Arlington, Scott Moore, 28, of Rochester Hills, Mich., won in 40:21, almost two minutes ahead of Jacob McComb, 26, of Washington, second in 42:17, and five minutes ahead of Devyn Kreb, 14, of Aldie, third in 45:05.

    Scott Fletcher, 26, was Arlington's first finisher, 15th in 47:18.

    Erin McAvoy, 41, of Jersey City, N.J., won the women's race, fourth overall in 45:08, ahead of Kristan Skendall, 33, of College Park, second in 45:24, and Rachelle Grey, 26, of Washington, third in 46:33.

    First woman from Arlington was Jamoya Jemison, 36, seventh in 47:44.

  • Three Arlington men topped the list at AIDS Walk Washington 5K Run. Travis Boltjes, 33, scored second in 16:35, with Zachary Barter, 28, third in 16:40; and Douglas Hickey, 29, fourth in 16:53. Kristina Lorr, 25. was Arlington's first female in 24:18.

  • National Rehabilitation & Rediscovery Foundation hosts Rediscovery 10K & 1 Mile/Run Walk, in Memory of Charlie Burroughs, on Saturday, November 17, at 9:00 AM at Bkuemont Park north shelter, 601 North Manchester Street. See for more information,

  • Ultramarathon champion Michael Wardian and his family host the second annual Kinhaven 5K on Sunday, November 18, at 9 AM at Bluemont Park south shelter, 325 North Manchester Street. See for more information.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club hosts three indoor track meets on January 13, January 27, and February 10, 2013, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South. See or call 703-927-4833.

    October 21, 2012
  • As printed

  • With 21,912 finishers, Army Ten Miler is Arlington's second-biggest race, topped only by next week's Marine Corps Marathon.

    International runners made this year's edition one of Arlington's most-competitive races in history. Last year's winner Tesfaye Sendeku Alemayehu, 29, an Ethiopian runner living in Antioch, Calif., and Augustus Maiyo, 29, born in Kenya, living in Colorado Springs and serving in the U.S. Army, ran together through 10 kilometers in 29:27. They hit the 14th Street Bridge stride-for-stride until the final turn from the Pentagon parking lot onto Route 110. There, Alemayehu delivered a finishing kick that Maiyo could not match to win in 47:48, with Maiyo just six seconds back in 47:54.

    Brazilian Olympian Franck Caldeira De Almeida, 29, gold medalist in the men's marathon at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, took third in 48:11. Finishing fourth in 48:44 and first American was Kyle Heath, 26, U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Carson, Colo. Fifth in 49:07 was Robert Cheseret, 29, another Kenyan-born soldier in the U.S. Army, now in Colorado Springs.

    Arlington's fastest male runner was David Burnham, 28, 25th among men in 52:00. Behind him were Gregory Mariano, 27, 41st in 53:34; John Hall, 26, 67th in 55:40; Garrett Martucci, 24, 101st in 56:56; and Chris Waltzer, 23, 167th in 59:00.

    Kerri Gallagher, 23, of Belle Harbor, N.Y., a Fordham University graduate and Olympic Trials 1500-meter competitor, ran 56:09 to notch a one-second win over 2010 Army Ten Miler champion Aziza Aliya-Abate, 27, of Ellicott City, second in 56:10. 2011 Marine Corps Marathon winner Tezata Dengersa, 32, also of Ellicott City, was just 16 seconds back, third in 56:26. Kelly Calway, 28, of Manitou Springs, Colo., a U.S. Amry Bronze Star Medal recipient who ran 25th at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials in January, pulled into fourth in 56:39. American University standout Erin Koch, 24, of Chevy Chase placed fifth in 57:18, the top local female finisher.

    Arlington's women included Karen Baum, 28, 47th among women in 1:05:22; Patricia Ekiring, 31, 50th in 1:05:52; Julia Taylor, 41, 101st in 1:08:40; Margaret Smith, 32, 110th in 1:08:56; and Julie Taylor, 26, 154th in 1:10:44.

  • Erin Taylor, 30, ran 19:12 at Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K in Reston, good for seventh place among women. Benjamin Lafko, 26, covered the course in 20:13, 20th among men.

  • Travis Tom Boltjes, 33, put his name in the record book as the winner in 16:56 of the first Monster Mask 5K in Washington. Emily Herson, 35, sped to 16th among women in 27:04.

  • Zachary Barter, 28, sprinted to the lead during the initial downhill over the cobblestones at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, winning Dead Man's Race by more than a minute in 17:06. Pia Duryea, 42, finished 14th among women in 25:49.

  • At Mental Health America 5K in Arlington, Bernie Becker, 33, of Washington scratched out an 11-second win in 21:41, ahead of Arlington's Tim Arnade, 55, second in 21:52. Third in 21:58 was Peter Godenschwager, 34, of Reston.

    The three women on the podium were Emily Godenschwager, 28, of Reston, first in 23:28; Julie Meyer, 55, of Washington, second in 23:33; and Carla Smith, 26, of Arlington, third in 24:30.

  • Leading Arlington's men at Baltimore Marathon was Jeffrey Pasqual, 31, 89th in 3:11:28, ahead of Justin Cole, 23, 91st in 3:12:08; and Jasper Cooke, 26, 140th in 3:18:20.

    Masae Tsukakoshi, 44, took fifth in her age group, 31st among women in 3:24:04, followed by Michelle Olaya, 35, 176th in 3:53:02; and Brianne Slizofski, 25, 188th in 3:54:26.

    In the accompanying Baltimore Half Marathon, Chris Pruitt, 30, took the silver medal for second in 1:12:35. David Dawson, 24, hit the mat in 1:23:58, 34th among men, with David Kent, 40, 37th in 1:24:12.

    Lucy Escamilla, 44, earned fourth in her age group, 59th among women in 1:36:34, pacing Allyson Seger, 26, 94th in 1:39:03; and Casey McInerny, 26, 102nd in 1:39:19.

    In the simultaneous Baltimore 5K, John Best, 11, scored another personal record, 24th among men in 20:02 and second in his age group. Emily Maria, 32, ran 25:49 for 91st among women.

  • Peter Gurney, 24, now of Center Harbor, N.H., won the 20th annual New Hampshire Marathon in Bristol, N.H., in 2:39:17, his first marathon ever. Gurney was a 2007 Washington-Lee High School graduate and Virginia High School State Meet qualifier.

  • Meaghan Wolff, 33, spirited 46:31, eighth among women, at Boo! Run For Life 10K in Washington.

  • Morgen Walters, 34, placed seventh in 26:55 at Race to Rid SIDS 5K in Herndon.

    September 23, 2012
  • As printed

  • Clarendon Day 5K and 10K filled the streets of Arlington with more than 2,000 runners, starting at Clarendon Festival and finishing in Rosslyn.

    In the 5K, Jeff Branigan of Washington pulverized the race, winning in 15:08. Behind him were Tripp Southerland of Washington, second in 15:21; Edmund Burke of Burtonsville, third in 15:53; Ethan Kearns of Arlington, fourth in 16:21; and Chris Boyd of Gaithersburg, fifth in 16:33.

    Top men from Arlington included Zachary Barter, seventh in 16:48; Travis Boltjes, eighth in 16:50; and Paul Chapman, ninth in 17:16.

    Among women, Erin Koch of Chevy Chase of topped the field in 17:19, way ahead of Anna Bernal of Cabin John, second in 19:01; Alexandria teacher Phoebe Markle, third in 19:06; Vanessa Taylor of Washington, fourth in 19:21; and Allyson Seger of Arlington, fifth in 19:28.

    Top women from Arlington spanned Kate Skidmore, 10th in 20:28; Alyssa Dansereau, 11th in 20:38; and Caitlyn Murphy, 13th in 21:07.

    In the 10K, Scott Allen of Washington swept the race in 33:02, with Matt Deters of Washington, second in 34:05; Kerri Gallagher of Washington, third overall and first among women in 34:31; British Olympic marathoner Claire Hallissey of Arlington, fourth overall and second among women in 34:46; Chris Rom of Arlington, fifth overall and third male in 35:29; and Justin Kirk of Arlington, sixth overall and fourth male in 36:19.

    Arlington's leading men were Martin McCormick, sixth in 37:22; Gregory Lindquist, seventh in 37:37; and David Kent, eighth in 37:46.

    Pacing Arlington's women were Ashley Campbell, sixth in 39:02; Samantha Cole, ninth in 40:53 and first over 40; Eileen McKeown, 11th in 41:43.

    Part of the day's fun was to run the 5K at 8:20 AM, then race back up the hill to start the 10K at about 9:10 AM. At least 100 runners did the double.

  • Kristen Cheman, 29, won a cash prize for finishing second among women in 20:52 in the newly-revived Paul VI 5K in Fairfax. Katie Bukrinksy, 29, covered the course in 28:44, 29th among women. John League, 52, finished 85th among men in 31:35, with Mark Cancian, 61, 101st in 36:34.

  • David Burnham, 28, was overall winner at Navy-Air Force Half Marathon in Washington, leading the pack by more than two minutes in 1:10:11. Jeremiah Doyle, 31, ran 1:17:31 for seventh, and Hironori Makita, 33, took 24th among men in 1:23:57. Taylor Coffey, 29, was Arlington's top female, 17th in 1:35:18.

    In the accompanying five-mile race, Travis Boltjes, 33, scored 10th in 28:14; and Jessica Schwartz, 26, placed 12th among women in 33:49.

    At Run! Geek! Run! 8K in Washington, three top finishers hailed from Arlington: David Wertz, 36, sixth in 26:07; Christopher Pruitt, 30, seventh in 26:10; and Jason Myers, 26, eighth in 26:25.

    Emily Gartland, 25, ran 33:53 for 11th among women.

  • Falls Church Education Foundation's Run for the Schools 5K became one of the rare races won overall by a woman, Olympic Trials qualifier Samia Akbar, 30, of Alexandria, champion in 17:32. Arlington's Ben Hirsch, 26, took third among men in 18:58, with Bradley Lands, 27, 11th in 20:14; and John Bacon, 55, 13th in 20:40.

  • Joseph Ledvina, 24, trekked up to Presque Isle Marathon in Erie, Penn., one of America's most scenic courses, landing 73rd in 3:18:35. Sue Parrotte, 51, took 600th in 5:11:44.

  • Michael Myrtle, 30, ran 44:17 at Kensington 8K for 234th place.

    September 9, 2012
  • As printed

  • With 3,065 finishers, Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9-11 Memorial 5K is the county's third-largest race -- only Marine Corps Marathon and Army Ten Miler are larger.

    Patrick Fernandez, 25, of Alexandria led the 11th annual race wire-to-wire, winning in 15:14, ahead of Joseph Kelly, 26, of Washington, second in 15:48, and Gregory Mariano, 27, of Alexandria, third in 15:49.

    Arlington's top men included John Hall, 26, fourth in 15:51 and second male 20-29; Albert Kim, 34, 14th in 17:31; and Michael Godesky, 37, 18th in 17:58.

    Among women, former Arlington firefighter Jacqueline Gruendel, 37, now of Clifton, repeated as winner in 18:31. Her closest competitors were Kristin Tamburro, 36, of Arlington, second in 19:51; and Briana Benton, 36, of Manassas, third in 20:16.

    Arlington's speediest women were Vanessa Oseroff, 32, seventh in 21:08 and second female 30-39; Elizabeth Deegan, 38, eighth in 21:09; and Courtney Birst, 33, 11th in 21:21.

    John Best, 11, won the 13 & under age group in 20:37, his fastest-ever 5K. Said his mother Michelle Best, "He runs really well despite his autism. His performances vary -- when he's really focused on a race, he can be amazing."

    Other age-group award winners from Arlington were Gary Morgans, 59, second male 50-59 in 20:46; Jay Jacob Wind, 62, first male 60-69 in 21:19; Kenton Hamaker, 72, first male 70 & over in 30:24; and Janet Lekang, 70, second female 70 & over in 47:43.

    The scheduled 6:00 PM start was delayed by 20 minutes after a flash flood from a 4:00 PM thunderstorm left part of the course underwater. When the rain ended, Chris Farley of the Pacers Events team in charge of scoring the race rushed out on his bicycle to re-measure and re-mark the course.

  • Jon-Erik Huffman, 26, ran 19:44 for 31st among men at Chick-Fil-A 5K in Sterling. Katie Michelini, 22, earned fourth place in her age group and 39th among women in 26:11.

  • Jasper Cooke, 26, covered the challenging Larry Noel 15K in Greenbelt in 1:10:02, 11th among men.

  • At Potomac Valley Track Club's annual championship meet at Falls Church High School, Eric Carlson, 26, ran a lightning-fast 11.66 second for 100 meters and 23.66 for 200 meters, winning his age group at both. Elizabeth Row, 57, took second in her age group at 400 meters in 1:39.08. Vijay Iyer, 35, ran the one-mile in 5:02.73. Kia Habisreitinger, 45, overcame the 80-meter hurdles in 14.84 seconds, high-jumped 1.22m (exactly 4.0 feet), and threw the javelin 18.77m (61'07"). Daniel Kwon, 32, pole-vaulted 3.80m (12'05.5"). George Levendis, 70, threw the discus 31.25m (102'06").

    Potomac Valley Track Club invites young athletes in 1st to 8th grade to its Young Flyers youth track and field training program at Thomas Jefferson Community Center on Sunday afternoons, 3-5 PM, October 7 through December 9. See or call 703-927-4833.

    August 26, 2012
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  • Surviving thunderstorms and occasional gale-force winds, Justin McCarthy, 30, broke one hour at Annapolis Ten Miler, 14th in 59:48 among 3,862 finishers.

    Steve Hammel, 31, took 31st in 1:02:17, and Chris Snow, 40, ran 1:08:25 for 111th despite his six-minute late start.

    Faith Korbel, 33, started even farther back -- 10 minutes after the start -- to clock 1:08:19, 10th among women and third in her age group.

    Lindsay Larose, 30, flowered in 13th place in 1:08:36, with Sarah Mandes, 34, 38th in 1:13:57.

  • Arlington hosted two club races on August 23.

    At Safety And Health Foundation's Roosevelt Run 5K in Gateway Park, Gurmessa Kumssa Megerssa, 32, of Washington won in a sparkling time of 15:40, ahead of Blake Whitney, 30, of Washington, second in 16:48; Demissia Gulti, 28, of Washington, new to the DC area, third in 18:23; and Alberto Alvarez, 40, visiting from Madrid, Spain, fourth in 19:06.

    Tina Morrison, 27, of Washington, triumphed in the women's division in 19:36, leading Amanda Hicks, 28, of Washington, second in 20:40; Sian Mooney, 46, of Boise, Idaho, third in 24:33; and Alice Loughran, 45, of Washington, fourth in 25:23.

    At Northern Virginia Running Club's Run for the Coach 5K in Bluemont Park the same night, Jerry Greenlaw, 24, of Alexandria, led by more than two minutes in 16:51, with Mark Drosky, 51, of Alexandria, second in 19:33; Dennis Rojsuontikul, 34, of Springfield, third in 19:47; and Michael Sundel, 52, of Falls Church, fourth in 20:38.

    Four Arlington runners topped the women's field, Samantha Cole, 43, first in 19:41; Pamela Ricker, 48, second in 25:08; Lindsey Staszak, 26, third in 32:14; and Delight Buenaflor, 37, fourth in 32:15.

  • The following evening at Bluemont Park, Eric Whitaker, 43, of Fairfax won Pacer's Lost Dog 5K in 19:23, just 26 seconds ahead of women's champion Wendy Matthews, 35, of Arlington in 19:49. Sammy Schoenfeld ran with his dog, finishing fourth overall in 19:57; and Sasha Dietrich ran with hers, sixth overall in 21:42.

  • Kristine Johnston, 25, led Arlington's ladies at South Lakes 10K in Reston, taking fifth in 43:02. Dave Sherer, 32, cut 40:18 for sixth among men.

  • At DC Road Runners Club's Paul Thurston 4.5 Mile at Burke Lake Park, three fast Arlington men earned honors: Adam Rubinstein, 37, third in 27:04; Dylan Bartlett, 26, fourth in 28:08; and Walter Barrett, 36, fifth in 29:22.

    Wearing a flower in her hair like Olympan Alysia Montaño, Alison Smith, 25, of Arlington won the women's race in 31:27, outkicking Springfield's Sara Waugh, 13, second in 31:33.

    August 19, 2012
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  • At Leesburg 20K, Dustin Whitlow, 26, scored third place out 382 men in 1:09:31, more than two minutes ahead of his closest pursuer.

    Gregory Richards, 36, ran 1:20:00 exactly for 22nd place, with Eric Laurel, 26, 29th among men in 1:22:09.

    Jessica McGuire, 32, soared even higher, second among 341 women in 1:23:32. Stephanie Denis, 37, stamped out 1:36:04 for 25th place, pacing Carolyn Lewis, 31, 28th in 1:36:09.

    In the accompanying Leesburg 5K, Pat DeRocco, 29, broke 17 minutes -- a long-time target of his -- finishing fifth among 217 men in 16:58. Scott Gelletich, 25, placed 22nd in 20:25, and Jonathan Wabeke, 17, ran 23:31 for 46th.

    Jessica Chin, 26, smiled in 19:48, sixth among 302 women. Behind her, Jeannie Rose, 27, blossomed in 25:27 for 31st, outkicking Susan Quinn, 25, 33rd in 25:34.

  • At Hartwood 10 Mile in Stafford, Margaret Smith, 32, took second in her age group and eighth among women in 1:11:23, ahead of Veronica Nosko, 54, third in her age group and 40th among women in 1:24:56. Gary Guenther, 60, completed the course in 1:28:56, 100th among men, leading Brandon Eickel, 27 130th in 1:47:01.

  • At DC Road Runners Club's Steve Thompson 8K at Lake Accotink in Springfield, on a course with one of the steepest hills around, Adam Rubinstein, 37, gave it his best stuff and finished second in 31:12. Just three places back in fifth was Justin Verdirame, 33, in 33:47, then Walter Barrett, 36, sixth in 33:53.

    Audrey Perlow, 31, survived a brief wrong turn to take third among women in 36:26, just two clicks in front of Alison Smith, 25, fourth in 36:28. Tatyana Steis, 37, ran 41:51 for eighth place.

  • Five years ago, Arlington's Dane Rauschenberg organized the first Drake Well Marathon in his home town of Titusville, Penn., so that he could run his 52nd marathon in 52 weeks on Christmas weekend.

    Rauschenberg didn't make it to his marathon this year -- now in August to kick off fall marathon season early -- but Andrea Barker, 30, ran it in 4:51:34 for 106th overall.

    August 12, 2012
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  • At DC Road Runners Club's Bluemont 5K, Jacob Wiebel, 27, of Washington took the lead early and never looked back, winning in 15:54.

    Almost a minute back, Devin Kelly, 21, also of Washington, ran 16:47, outkicking Arlington's Bryce Wilk, 26, third in 16:51.

    Five Arlington men cracked 19 minutes -- Adam Rubinstein, 37, seventh in 18:12; Dave Cahill, 40, 11th in 18:28; David Barr, 27, 12th in 18:40; Dylan Barlett, 25, 13th in 18:45; and Peter Sikorsky, 15, 14th in 18:49.

    First among women in 20:23 was Arlington's Robyn Bernardy, 31, followed closely by Erin Masterson, 29, of Alexandria, second in 20:29; Alison Smith, 24, of Arlington, third in 21:42; Kristin Dahling, 36, of Arlington, fourth in 22:17; and Betty Blank, 59, of Falls Church, fifth in 22:20.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club's annual championship track and field meet is Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2, at Falls Church High School. The events on Saturday include a 5K run and a 5K walk for all ages, followed by a youth meet, with a full schedule of events for adults on Sunday. See or call 703-481-3530.

  • On Thursday, August 23, Arlington hosts two club 5Ks.

    Northern Virginia Running Club's Run for Jerry at Bluemont Park, 601 North Manchester Street, goes off at 6:30 PM.

    The race is on the two-mile segment of the W&OD Trail from Columbia Pike to Bluemont Park in Arlington, adopted by the club. A sign on the W&OD trail near the caboose identifies the club's segment. At least twice a year, NOVA members collect trash along the trail, doing their part to the keep the trail and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed clean. The club's web page is

    Safety And Health Foundation hosts Roosevelt Run that same evening at 7:00 PM, starting at the Mount Vernon Trail entrance at the Virginia end of Key Bridge in Rosslyn. See or call 703-927-4833.

    SHF next hosts Last Track to Boston Marathon on the track at Falls Church High School on Saturday, September 1, at 3:00 PM, after PVTC's youth track meet. The race is 26.2 miles, 105 1/2 laps, to give area runners one last chance to qualify for 2013 Boston Marathon, whose entries open on September 10.

  • Arlington's annual Police, Fire, and Sheriff 9-11 Memorial 5K is Saturday, September 8, at 6:00 PM in Pentagon City. The race attracts more than 2,000 participants, with Arlington's elected officials as official starters. See or call Capt. Matt Smith (Ret.) at 571-501-0722 or Sgt. Sean Bryson at 703-228-4117.

    August 5, 2012
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  • Arlington's Claire Hallissey, 29, represented her home country of Great Britain in the London Olympic Women's marathon, finishing 57th in 2:35:39 in a field of 107.

    She was the only British finisher, as her teammates world record holder Paula Radcliffe did not start and Mara Myers Yamauchi dropped out after 10 kilometers.

    Hallissey is originally from Watford, England. She attended Cambridge University and has a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Bristol.

    Hallissey is guest speaker on September 12 at Better Sports Club of Arlington's monthly meeting.

  • Mike Mattson, 29, ran Montgomery County Road Runners Club's Riley's Rumble half marathon in 1:34:11, good for 24th place. Faith Korbel, 33, took second among women in 1:34:37, just eight seconds behind winner Sarah Zielinski, 16, of Boonsboro, Md. first in 1:34:29.

  • At DC Road Runners Club's annual one-mile and three-kilometer championships at Washington-Lee High School, Sean Graham, 32, of Alexandria set a meet record 4:16.2 in the mile, ahead of Joey Wiegner, 30, of Germantown, second in 4:19.4; and Eyob Woldegeiorgis, 30, of Washington, third in 4:21.0.

    Arlington's Patrick DeRocco, 28, earned 12th place in 4:36.4, outkicking Bennett Stackhouse, 28, third in 4:40.4.

    Among women, Hanna Bartholemew, 29, of Stockholm, Sweden, won in 4:57.0, followed by Susanna Sullivan, 22, of Falls Church, second in 5:03.3, and Tinbit Gidey Gebremariyam, 24, of Washington, third in 5:09.8.

    Arlington's Kelsey Budd, 22, flowered in fifth place in 5:22.1, with Patricia Ekiring, 31, sixth in 5:22.6.

    The Mendelowitz brothers led the children's mile, with Dylan, 14, first in 7:41.3 and Jacob, 16, second in 7:47.4.

    Three Arlington runners conquered the three-kilometer (1.86 miles) -- Garret Martucci, 24, first in 9:17.3; Michael Wardian, 38, second in 9:26.3; and Bennett Stackhouse, 28, third in 9:28.0.

    Susanna Sullivan won the women's 3K in 10:12.3, pacing Kerry Allen, 24, of Washington, second in 10:38.9, and Jessica McGuire, 31, of Arlington, third in 11:16.0.

    July 21, 2012
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  • After three weeks of sauna-like temperatures and destructive thunderstorms, participants in Crystal City Twilight 5K, Arlington's biggest summer race enjoyed a little light rain in the mid-70s,

    Sean Graham, 32, of Washington outkicked a field of 739 men to win in 15:03, ahead of Frank DeVar, 24, of Washington, second in 15:05; Piotr Dybas, 25, of Richmond, third in 15:08; Steve Hallinan, 26, of Washington, fourth in 15:11; and Jeff Brannigan, 23, of Washington, fifth in 15:23.

    First from Arlington was 2008 Marine Corps Marathon winner Andrew Dumm, 27, 10th in 15:50; followed by Andrew Whitacre, 26, 27th in 17:04; and Geller Bedoya, 26, 31st in 17:32.

    Among 911 women, Maggie Infeld, 26, of Washington won in 16:52, ahead of Lauren Centrowitz, 25, of Washington, second in 17:20; Kerri Gallagher, 23, of Washington, third in 17:28; Erin Koch, 24, of Chevy Chase, fourth in 17:30; and Lindsay Donaldson of Washington, fifth in 17:46.

    Arlington's ladies were led by Elke Horn, 25, 21st in 20:22; Jenny Goransson, 29, 29th in 21:08; and Kathleen Sims, 24, 36th in 21:45.

  • Meanwhile, up at Rockville Rotary Twilight 8K, the top two men were in a photo finish, 0.04 seconds apart.

    Out of 1077 men, Christopher Mills, 22, of Falls Church nailed the win in 24:11.95, outleaning Eyob Alemu, 30, of Washington second in 24:11.99, with Tariku Bokan, 28, of Herndon third in 24:21; Demesse Tefera, 30, of Washington fourth in 24:22; and Temesgen Ilanso, 28, of Washington fifth in 24:52.

    Top men from Arlington were Garret Martucci, 24, 16th in 25:51; Michael Wardian, 38, 18th 25:55; and Bennett Stackhouse, 28, 25th in 26:18.

    Among 929 women, the top five were Aziza Aliyu, 26 of New York, first in 26:53 Hirut Beyene, 20 of Jackson Heights NY, second in 27:09; Tezeta Dengersa, 31 of Washington, third in 27:38; Tinbit Weldegebrael, 22 of Jackson Heights NY, fourth in 28:00; and Elena Orlova, 42 of Gaithersburg, fifth in 28:08.

    Arlington's women included Michaela Courtney, 28, 7th in 28:47; Jessica McGuire, 31, 21st in 31:52; Jillian Pollack, 23, 25th in 32:07; and Patricia Ekiring, 31, 27th 32:12.

    July 20, 2012
  • "Arlington Kids Place in State Track & Field Meet" -- in Arlington Mercury -- by Patrick McMenamin

    July 15, 2012
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  • Arlington megamarathoner Michael Wardian, 38, won his third consecutive Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon, 211 laps around the air-conditioned 200-meter track inside Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Community Center.

    His time of 2:53:21 was off his 2:21:21 world record set in 2010, but fast enough to hold off Potomac Valley Track Club coach Miles Aitken, 28, of Washington, second in 3:15:55, and Joshua Novack, 32, of Falls Church, third in 3:20:54.

    Three Arlington runners took the next three places -- Greg Chapuis, 34, fourth in 3:26:26; Reynolds Wilson, 40, fifth in 3:30:38; and Jay Jacob Wind, 62, sixth in 3:33:11.

    Another prolific marathon runner, Dana Casanave, 31, of Leesburg, repeated as winner of the women's race in 4:02:07, followed by Kristin Allen, 38, of Philadelphia, second in 4:07:55; and Ryn Morrison, 47, of South Boston VA, third in 4:24:48. Casanave made history in 2010 as the youngest woman to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks.

    Christopher Crawford, 35, of Ruckersville, Va., set a world record 3:53:51 for the fastest indoor marathon ever run while wearing a kilt. Barry Goldmeier, 47, of Rockville accomplished a feat never before attempted, an indoor marathon while juggling four balls, in 6:17:22.

  • Wardian was featured in a recent interview in Trail and Ultra Running Magazine. "I would suggest that everyone think about one super cool, outrageous goal/dream and then go for it," Wardian said in the interview. "It motivates me to try and explore my limits and choose lofty goals, and I hope my adventures can inspire others to do more than they think they can." See for the complete story.

  • To train for the indoor marathon, Miles Aitken won Potomac Valley Track Club's July 4 Go Fourth 8K (4.98 miles) in Bluemont Park, covering the hilly course in 29:34, ahead of David Cahill, 40, of Arlington, second in 30:54,

    After the two leaders made the correct left turn from Milestone 0 on westbound Custis Trail onto Bon Air Trail northbound, an Arlington Parks Division work crew showed up to repair an electric line downed on the course by the previous Friday's "Derecho" hurricane-force winds. They instructed course marshal Cliff Dewitt to direct runners across the soccer field at Bon Air Park, rather than to continue on Bon Air Trail. Thus everyone following the first two runners covered about 7500 meters rather than 8000 meters, leaving course marshal Don Riggs -- at the junction from Bon Air Trail northbound left onto W&OD Trail southbound -- wondering what happened.

    Kevin Pulliam, 16, of pushed to third place in 31:26, with Ryan Commins, 24, fourth in 31:37, both of Arilngton.

    Sara Gigliotti, 38, of Sausalito, Cal., won the women's division in 31:47, ahead of Erica Solway, 31, of Washington, second in 32:59. Arlington's Rachel Steinberg, 23, finished 11th in 38:55.

  • Bishop O'Connell High School rising senior John (JJ) Lapointe, 17, first appeared in this column in 2009 as a freshman, winning his age group in open races. Now he wins races overall. His 18:26 outpaced everyone at DC International Festival 5K on Anacostia River Walk in Washington DC.

    James Hoch, 30, placed seventh in 25:01, and JJ's proud papa Jon LaPointe, 52, took 12th in 26:11. Anne Marbarger, 29, ran 29:28 for 10th among women.

  • DC Road Runners Club's Bastille Day Four Mile was stormed by Matt Deters, 27, in 22:22 for the men and Kate Himes, 34, in 25:38 for the women, both of Washington.

    First from Arlington were Adam Rubinstein, 37, fourth male in 24:10, and Kristin Dahling, 36, third female in 28:33.

  • DCRRC's annual one-mile and three-kilometer track championships are Wednesday, July 25, starting at 6:30 PM, at Washington-Lee High School track, 1301 North Stafford Street.

    The club's annual Bluemont 5K, one of Arlington County's oldest races, is Tuesday, August 7, at 7:00 PM, at Bluemont Park south shelter, 325 North Manchester Street. See for full information.

  • Pacers Events presents Crystal City Twilighter 5K on Saturday, July 21, at 8:30 PM. The out'n'back course, free to spectators, is totally flat and attracts more than 1,000 athletes, including some of the top runners in the region. See or call 703-248-6883.

    July 8, 2012
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  • On Saturday, July 14 at 9:00 AM at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Tidal Basin Run conducts the third annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon.

    The 26.2-mile race, 211 laps on an air-conditioned flat 200-meter track, offers the opportunity for top athletes to try to break Michael Wardian’s 2:27:21 men’s world record, set at this race in 2010, and Melissa Gillette’s 3:08:53.8 women’s world record, set in Goshen, Ind. in February.

    Tidal Basin Run offers $200 each to the male and female winner, plus a $100 bonus each for a world record by the winner, male or female.

    Each finisher earns a pewter belt buckle, traditional for 100-mile races. (Runners may also buy extra belt buckles at the event’s web page.)

    World records may also be set by age group.

    Bob Platt of RacePacket provides electronic timing using Jaguar chips built into the bib numbers.

    July 1, 2012
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  • Fallen trees across the trail and 100-degree temperatures caused the cancellation of the official Christopher Carter Memorial 5K in Ballston, but didn't deter three hardy runners from unofficially tackling the course themselves.

    They renamed the event Storm's-a-Brewing 5K and got last-minute sponsorship from Georgetown Running Company.

    Mark Shannon, 27, of Arlington won the race in 25:28 -- including a stop for the red light at George Mason Drive and Wilson Boulevard, bushwhacking to get around a fallen tree on Bluemont Junction Trail, and climbs over and under at least eight fallen trees on the Custis (I-66) Trail. Ted Poulos, 50, of McLean took second in 25:38, and Jay Jacob Wind, 62, of Arlington blew in at 25:44.

  • At All-Ethiopian Sports Association (AESA) ONE Abebe Bikila 5K on Anacostia River Walk trail (near RFK Stadium) in Washington, Alene Reta, 30, of New York City, ran 14:07, the second fastest-ever off-track 5K in Washington DC history, to win $3000.

    Behind him were 2:10 marathoner Abiyot Endale, 26, second in 14:21, and Tesfaye Girma, 29, third in 14:37, both of Bronx, NY.

    Alemtsehay Misganaw, 31, of New York City won the women's race and $3000 in 16:38, with the next two women right behind her, Hirut Beyene, 20, second in 16:49, and Tezeta Dengersa, 31, third in 16:56, both of Washington DC.

    Georgetown Running Company donated $1,000 in gift certificates as awards. Participants enjoyed bananas and bagels donated by Whole Foods Market, Honest Tea, Mario's Pizza House vegan pizza, V8 V-Fusion wildberry 100% juice drink, bottled water from The Home Depot, all kept cool on a 100-degree day by ice donated by Harris-Teeter.

    Thomas Scott Johnson, 27, was Arlington's top finisher, 11th in 17:50. Liz Elko, 25, took 10th among women in 21:32. Andrew Jantzen, 30, ran 23:29 for 22nd place; with Phoenicia Lewis, 28, 19th in 25:36; and Robert Platt, 60, winning his age group and 33rd among men in 27:14.

    June 24, 2012
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    Edi Turco, 39, and his wife Simonetta Nussio, 38, bid arrividerci to Arlington with two multo bello races over the weekend.

    Turco, now a colonel in the Italian Air Force, sojourned here for three years, working for NATO in the Joint Strike Fighter Office program. This Friday, June 29, they fly back to Ghedi Air Force Base, north of Milano.

    During their years here, they ran countless races and won numerous awards, including DC Road Runners Club's outstanding male runner for Edi and DCRRC's most improved female runenr for Simonetta.

    Turco led a talented field at Potomac Valley Track Club's all-comers meet at Falls Church High School, winning in 9:56.49, and Nussio was first among women in 13:30.70. Turco also flew to a 4:50.59 mile, taking second place, with Nussio third among women in 6:41.3.

    "It ws nice to do my last race at this meet," said Turco, "because I know how hard it is to organize everything for an event."

  • At Saturday's Tim Harmon 5K in Fairfax, Turco finished fourth in 16:54, with Nussio 20th among women in 24:07.

  • At Dash for Dad Four Miler, Garret Martucci, 24, of Arlington outran all the competition, winning in 20:59. Way behind him were Eddie Valentine, 32, of Arlington, second in 22:22, and Alex Roederer, 14, of West Bethesda, third in 22:51.

    Jenni Fitzgerald, 32, of Woodbridge, won the women's race in 24:28, ahead of Mary Beth Chosak, 33, of Arlington, second in 26:20, and Melissa Wisner, 29, of Washington, third in 26:27.

  • Thomas Johnson, 26, of Arlington, won Queen of Apostles Soar Like an Eagle 5K in Alexandria in 17:04.

  • At DCRRC's Women's Distance Festival 5K at Bluemont Park, Robyn Bernardy, 31, of Washington, took the lead in 20:17, followed by Annie Grondin, 39, of Arlington, second in 20:34.

    In the accompanying Run After the Women 5K, Matt Deters, 25, of Washington, won in 16:53, galloping away from pony-tailed Karsten Brown, 38, of Front Royal, second in 16:59, and Edi Turco, third in 17:12.

  • Michael Wardian, 38, goes after another world record at Grant-Piece Indoor Mile on Saturday, July 14, at 9:00 AM at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, tryibng to best his world-record 2:27:21 time from 2010. Registration is open for the 211-lap race at, or call 703-927-4833. TJ Center hosts an open house that day.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club hosts Go Fourth 8K on Wednesday, July 4, at 8:30 AM at Bluemont Park south shelter, 325 North Manchester Street. See or call 703-481-3530.

    April 29, 2012
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    Claire Hallissey -- Photo by Getty Images
  • It's official -- Arlington is home to an Olympic athlete.

    British Broadcasting Co. reported that Hallissey's 2:27:44 at last week's London Marathon earned her the coveted third spot on the British 2012 Olympic Women's Marathon Team, alongside world record holder Paula Radcliffe and Mara Myers Yamauchi, the second fastest-ever female British marathoner.

    Hallissey faced tough competition from last year's fastest British woman, Jo Pavey, but Hallissey's London time was 40 seconds quicker than Pavey's 2011 time. At London Marathon, she beat back challenges from Britons Freya Murray, Louise Damen, and Liz Yelling.

    Hallissey moved to Arlington on a British visa two years ago and ran her debut race in the DC area in the 3K at Potomac Valley Track Club's all-comers meets at Falls Church High School in June 2010, setting a meet-record 9:44.38. Since then, she has set numerous course records, including 29:18 to win the women's race at 2011 Jingle All the Way 8K in Washington.

    "I'm absolutely thrilled," said Hallisey to BBC. "I think it's still sinking in. I'm very, very happy. It's a dream come true, it's what you aspire to, getting on to an Olympic team. (1) It is always difficult with a marathon because you can never tell until the finish if you can keep the pace going. There was no point coming out and running a conservative race. It was all or nothing really. I knew [Freya Murray] wasn't far off but I just kept my eyes on the line." (2)

    Arlington's last Olympian was swimmer Tom Dolan, who won a gold medal in 1996 and both a gold and a silver in 2000.

  • Sean Barrett, 27, won Race to Stop the Silence 8K in Washington, running 25:25, ahead of former Wold Championship competitor Kumsa Eticha. John Pigman, 35, took 14th in 32:51, and Michael Angelo, 30, winged in at 36:30, 33rd place.

    Natalie Allgeier, 28, placed 10th among women in 35:13, ahead of Alison Smith, 25, 18th in 38:14, and Tracey Stewart, 46, 23rd in 40:08.

    In the accompanying 5K, Robert Holczman, 37, made it a sweep for Arlington, winning in 21:14. Hilary Harding, 28, won her age group, fourth in 25:43, and Emily Mathison, 28, scored eighth in 27:20.

  • Crystal Run Friday 5K on April 27 drew another huge crowd of 1434 finishers, topped by Cabell Rosanelli, 24, of Washington, first in 15:39, followed by Richard Andrews, 25, of Washington, second in 16:04, and three Arlington men: Marshall Martin, 26, third in 16:37; Bryan Schneider, 26, fourth in 16:38; and Edi Turco, 39, fifth in 16:44.

    Among women, Ashley Campbell, 23, of Arlington canned a 18:40 to win the race, with Alexandria teacher Phoebe Markle, 28, second in 18:57; Kelly Devine, 28, of Alexandria, third in 19:42; and Laura Chipkin, 31, of Arlington, fourth in 20:07.

  • Run For Wakefiled 5K welcomed 107 runners to Ballston, led by Bobby Fuore, 21, of Woodbridge, first in 19:04. Representing Arlington were Alex Yuskavage, 29, seventh in 22:14; Benjamin Simon, 55, eighth in 22:25; and Paul Young, 30, ninth in 22:22.

    Michelle Cottrell-Williams, 30, won the women's race in 23:33, and Erin Pollard, 26, was Arlington's top finisher, fourth in 25:08.

  • Adam Rubinstein, 37, earned third place in 18:31 at Island Creek Elementary School 5K in Kingstowne, with Toula Christou, 39, 18th among women in 38:06.

  • At Run For Freedom in Washington, Alison DeBoer, 25, ran 19:59 for third among women, and Eric Merideth, 36, took 15th among men in 27:59.

  • Dustin Whitlow, 25, won another big race, Patriot's Cup 8K in Fairfax, clocking 25:44. Faith Korbel, 33, matched his win, first among women in 31:04.

  • Jillian Pollack, 23, spotted 38:03 for 17th among women at Pike's Peek 10K in Rockville. Jordan Zwick, 25, ran a quick 30:54 for 15th among men.

  • Arlington Science Focus School, 1501 North Lincoln Street, hosts its annual 5K on Saturday, May 5, at 8:30 AM. See and click "Race Form" or call 703-228-7670.

    April 22, 2012
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  • Dreams can come true in the world of running.

    At Virgin London Marathon, Arlington's Claire Hallissey, 29, a citizen of United Kingdom, ran 2:27:44, her best marathon ever by two minutes, placing 11th among women and first among British women by 26 seconds. With that world-class performance, Hallissey is a strong candidate to be chosen by the U.K. Olympic Committee to represent her homeland at the 2012 Olympics in London in August.

  • Two Arlington men cracked the top 10 at George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile in Alexandria.

    Jose Gonzalez, 33, took ninth in 55:34, outkicking Gregory Mariano, 26, 10th in 55:41, with Jeremiah Doyle, 31, 17th in 58:42.

    Michaela Courtney, 28, scored fourth among women in 1:02:23, leading Samantha Cole, 43, ninth in 1:04:47, and Allyson Seger, 25, 34th in 1:12:00.

    In the accompanying 5K, Miguel Matta, 27, held seventh place in 19:24, ahead of Matt Erskine, 42, 25th in 22:29, and John Lanzetta, 26, 31st in 23:37.

    Among women, former Arlington firefighter Jackie Gruendel, 37, now of Clifton, nearly won the race overall in 18:03, just 14 seconds behind the male winner. Blair Hagerty, 26, earned seventh in 24:16.0, pacing Laura Scott, 35, eighth in 24:33.

  • Joe Keffler, 15, covered Ashburn Village 5K in 27:11, 36th among men. Bianca Larios, 25, ended up just two seconds behind him in 27:13, 19th among women.

  • H-B Woodlawn graduate Will Viviani, 29, now of Alexandria, celebrated his school by running 18:47 to win H-B Woodlawn Trail 5K at Potomac Overlook Park. Douglas Hickey, 29, of Arlington took second in 20:33, with Noah Harrington, 15, of Arlington third in 22:53.

    Oriana Hargrove, 23, of Washington won the women's race in 24:21, chased by Kristen Cheman, 29, of Arlington, second in 24:40, and Samantha Hagerbaumer, 30, third in 26:49.

  • At Crystal Run 5K on Friday, April 20, Dustin Whitlow, 25, of Arlington was the champion, first in 15:40, leading Cabell Rosanelli, 24, of Washington, second in 15:51, and Potomac River Running Stores owner Ray Pugsley, 43, of Sterling, third in 16:01.

    Four-time Olympic Trials competitor Alisa Harvey, 46, of Manassas won the women's race in 18:22, just ahead of Tamara Shear, 26, of Washington, second in 18:38, and Kelsey Budd, 22, of Arlington, third in 18:48.

  • At the 116th Boston Marathon, 76 Arlington runners finished. Joe Kelly, 26, led Arlington's team, 75th among men in 2:40:13, ahead of Tim Fahey, 38, 108th in 2:43:38; Eddie Valentine, 32, 128th in 2:45:46; Edi Turco, 39, 139th in 2:46:35; and Marshall D. Martin, 26, 271st in 2:53:01.

    Among women, Elizabeth Gross, 30, finished 416th in 3:30:23; Melody Jones, 28, 575th in 3:34:35; Julie M. Taylor, 26, 664th in 3:36:41; Julia Taylor, 40, 670th in 3:36:49; and Tammy Lamantia, 40, 726th in 3:37:47.

  • A complete list follows.
    Elizabeth Gross, 30, 416th in 3:30:23
    Melody Jones, 28, 575th in 3:34:35
    Julie M. Taylor, 26, 664th in 3:36:41
    Julia Taylor, 40, 670th in 3:36:49
    Tammy Lamantia, 40, 726th in 3:37:47
    Gabrielle R. Names, 22, 779th in 3:38:36
    Amanda L Tyler, 39, 793rd in 3:38:53
    Shannon E. Clancy, 27, 932nd in 3:41:15
    Stephanie Remick, 26, 1265th in 3:46:51
    Jessica L. Schwartz, 25, 1606th in 3:51:12
    Elizabeth Dolan, 27, 1620th in 3:51:19
    Chelsea D Brundage, 32, 1852nd in 3:53:56
    Kirstee Hildebrand, 29, 2137th in 3:57:02
    Seiko Watanabe, 34, 2154th in 3:57:11
    Taylor S. Coffey, 29, 2266th in 3:58:17
    Rebecca A. Oppenheim, 23, 2292nd in 3:58:30
    Jessica M Peters, 26, 2715th in 4:02:53
    Mary K. O'Brien, 35, 3131st in 4:07:21
    Katie Tillman, 43, 3369th in 4:09:44
    Kymberly M. Jordan, 28, 4014th in 4:16:39
    Nagisa Tanaka, 34, 4278th in 4:19:21
    Syril Pettit, 38, 4286th in 4:19:25
    Michelle M. Lauzon, 49, 4781st in 4:24:40
    Dawn N Kawasaki, 42, 4915th in 4:26:11
    Sheila Cordaro, 41, 4928th in 4:26:18
    Julia Y. Oh, 35, 5037th in 4:27:31
    Lynn M Marcotte, 28, 5230th in 4:29:41
    Susan H. Benante, 48, 6047th in 4:41:13
    Abbe P. Steel, 43, 6077th in 4:41:46
    Carrie O'Brien, 35, 6933rd in 4:57:15
    Joanna Schmickel, 50, 7272nd in 5:06:27
    Elizabeth H Benoit, 33, 7319th in 5:07:45
    Cyndie Saucer, 47, 8205th in 5:40:05
    Amanda Borngen, 35, 8243rd in 5:42:06
    Jennifer L. Hanger, 27, 8263rd in 5:43:09
    Cindy B. Walls, 54, 8269th in 5:43:22
    Joe Kelly, 26, 75th in 2:40:13
    Tim Fahey, 38, 108th in 2:43:38
    Eddie Valentine, 32, 128th in 2:45:46
    Edi Turco, 39, 139th in 2:46:35
    Marshall D. Martin, 26, 271st in 2:53:01
    Erik R. Ruediger, 25, 482nd in 2:59:24
    John A. Kelly, 28, 498th in 2:59:50
    Christopher Goetzman, 31, 739th in 3:05:57
    Justin McCarthy, 30, 1272nd in 3:15:15
    Bradley T Smith, 36, 1619th in 3:19:33
    Aaron J Bock, 25, 1687th in 3:20:18
    Matthew Dempsey, 27, 1797th in 3:21:24
    Steven E. Andrews, 41, 2702nd in 3:30:22
    Brian W Danza, 31, 3258th in 3:36:08
    Charles Shackelford, 24, 3408th in 3:37:30
    Jonathan Abel-Millman, 24, 3655th in 3:39:23
    Jeff Bedell, 43, 3692nd in 3:39:39
    Nicholas Geboy, 30, 3932nd in 3:41:47
    John O'Sullivan, 34, 4042nd in 3:42:45
    Thomas F Lombardi, 33, 4765th in 3:48:58
    Michael T Naff, 41, 4810th in 3:49:17
    Will D. Mroz, 27, 5437th in 3:54:06
    James W. Engle, 51, 5866th in 3:57:16
    Jonathan Q. Kenney, 39, 6489th in 4:02:56
    Temesgen Habtemariam, 41, 6658th in 4:04:49
    Paul Marsden, 50, 6698th in 4:05:08
    Andrew J. Murphy, 39, 6775th in 4:05:53
    Mark Henneberger, 51, 7055th in 4:08:55
    Daniel C Villarreal, 28, 7073rd in 4:09:07
    Gregory D Richards, 35, 7480th in 4:13:18
    Matthew F Deacon, 29, 7627th in 4:14:48
    Jay Jacob Wind, 62, 7852nd in 4:17:20
    Robert Sindermann, 58, 8630th in 4:26:28
    Gary A. Morgans, 59, 8891st in 4:29:42
    Damon W. Taaffe, 35, 9329th in 4:36:24
    Thomas J Quinzio, 64, 9533rd in 4:39:28
    Tom Howard, 42, 9654th in 4:41:46
    Aaron R. Bastide, 36, 9956th in 4:46:40
    Barry Buchholz, 30, 10196th in 4:50:36
    David S. Trevino, 60, 11854th in 5:42:00

    April 15, 2012
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  • The first two Crystal Run Friday 5K Races, produced by Arlington's Pacers Events, each brought attracted more than 1,200 participants.

    Matthew Barresi, 29, of Falls Church, won the April 6 race in 15:21, followed by Arlington runners Christopher Pruitt, 29, second in 15:46; Dustin Whitlow, 25, third in 15:47; Marshall Martin, 26, fifth in 16:28; and Edi Turco, 39, sixth in 16:38.

    Among women, Arlington's Patricia Ekiring, 30, was crowned first in 19:33, narrowly leading Bridget Bowers, 41, of Alexandria, second in 19:37; Annie Grondin, 39, of Arlington, third in 19:49; and Laura Chipkin, 31, of Arlington, fourth in 20:13.

    At the April 13 race, H.B. Woodlawn graduate Will Viviani, 29, won in 15:37.0, ahead of Cabell Rosanelli, 24, of Washington; and four Arlington runners, Garret Martucci, 23, third in 16:07; Gregory Mariano, 26 fourth in 16:21; Bryan Schneider, 26, fifth in 16:36; and Edi Turco, 39, sixth in 16:37.

    Former Arlington firefighter Jackie Gruendel, 37, now of Clifton, won the women's race in 17:58, pacing Kerry Allen, 23, of Washington, second in 18:24; Michelle Miller, 31, of Damascus, Md., third in 18:46; Arlington's Samantha Lee, 23, fourth in 19:02; and Jillian Pollack, 23, fifth in 19:15.

    Pacers Events hosts two more Crystal City 5Ks on April 20 and April 27. See

  • Seeking out more competition, Edi Turco won Potomac Valley Track Club's Easter Classic 10K at Fort Hunt Park in 36:30. His wife, Simonetta Nussio, 38, ran 49:20 for third among women.

    Steven Inglis, 23, ran 22:03 for 11th at the accompanying 5K. The Barr family -- James, 44, carrying Olivia, 3; and James Sr., 61, finished the 5K together in 51:23.

  • Arlington Traditional School 5K on the Bluemont Junction Trail starting in Ballston starred Nicholas Birasa, 23, of Washington, winning in 17:16; Joe Praino, 27, of Newtown, Conn., second in 17:42; David Emery, 29, of Fairfax, third in 18:00. Connor Echols, 23, of Arlington, resounded at 19:09 in fifth place.

    Christina Hasson, 29, of Springfield earned first among women in 20:54, with Christina Stafford, 43, of Arlington, second in 23:23; and Mackenzie Ullom, 12, a student at Ashlawn School, third in 25:08.

  • Northern Virginia Running Club president Justin Buenaflor, 33, of Arlington took 21st place in 21:00 at St. Mary's Hospice 5K in Leonardtown, Md., and Delight Buenaflor, 37, of Arlington finished 38th among women in 26:15.

  • Three Arlington runners trekked up to Boston to run the BAA 5K, the day before the 116th Boston Marathon. Abigail Potter, 27, poured it on in 27:00, 743rd among women; Susie Fisher, 49, landed 1639th in 30:33; and Bethany Walls, 28, climbed to 2331st in 34:32.

    April 1, 2012
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  • Claire Hallissey, 29, a resident of Arlington but a citizen of United Kingdom, finished fifth in 54:37 among a star-studded field of women at Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington.

    Hallissey, from Hertfordshire, U.K., plans to run London Marathon on April 22 in her home country in a bid for the third spot on the U.K. women's Olympic Marathon team alongside Paula Radcliffe, current world women's marathon record holder, and Mara Myers Yamauchi, second fastest-ever female British marathoner.

    Hallissey ran 2:29:27 for sixth place at Chicago Marathon in October 2011, following her debut marathon at New York City Marathon 2010, where she ran 2:36:12, 18th among women.

    Hallisey's fifth place at Cherry Blossom also earned her the honor of first woman from the DC area.

    Jillian Pollack, 23, landed 23 and first in her age group in 1:01:57, with Jillian Goodwin, 22, 27th in 1:02:28; Michaela Courtney, 28, 30th in 1:02:41; Samantha Lee, 23, 39th in 1:03:36; and Sonja Hinish, 26, 41st in 1:03:37.

    Bert Rodriguez, 32, repeated as Arlington's top male finisher, 13th in 50:57, followed by David Burnham, 27, 17th in 51:23; Will Viviani, 29, 25th in 52:41; Luke Albertson, 23, 28th in 53:15; David Wertz, 36, 29th in 53:24; John Hall, 26, 38th in 54:41; and Peter Quinzio, 26, 39th in 54:47.

    Among all 7,161 male finishers, 792 came from Arlington; of the 9,699 female finishers, 1,072 hailed from Arlington.

  • Mike Kenny, 27, represented Arlington at Charlottesville 10 Miler, 127th in 1:09:31. Laura Brown, 23, was Arlington's first female there, 192nd in 1:12:39,

  • A week earlier, David Wertz ran 15:50 for third place at Chris4Life Scope it Out 5K in Washington, behind two Ethiopian star runners, Patricia Ekiring, 30, earned sixth place among women in 19:42.

  • Pacers Events announced this year's Crystal City Friday 5Ks, to be held April 6, 13, 20, and 27, all at 6:30 PM. See or call 703-248-6883.

  • Tidal Basin Run hosts the third annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon on Saturday, July 14, at 9:00 AM at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 3nd Street South in Arlington. In 2010, Arlington's Michael Wardian set the world record of 2:27:21 at this event, 211 laps around TJ's 200-meter track. See or call 703-927-4833.

    March 18, 2012
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  • For one man to win the same marathon twice is rare, but to win the same marathon six times is remarkable.

    That's what Michael Wardian, 37, accomplished at SunTrust Rock'n'Roll USA Marathon in Washington DC, renamed and re-branded from its first six years as National Marathon. Wardian's 2:26:35 put him more than two minutes ahead of his nearest competition.

    Benjamin Emmanuel, 28, new to the local running scene, took fourth place in 2:38:23, with Jesse Contario, 28, 10th in 2:46:59; Pacers Running Store owner Chris Farley, 35, 16th in 2:51:59; and Marty McCormick, 31, 23rd in 2:56:25.

    Among women, Elizabeth Bleuer, 22, was Arlington's first finisher, seventh in 3:16:37, ahead of Emily Gousen, 25, 32nd in 3:29:51; Leslie Kasmir, 36, 35th in 3:30:56; and Kaylan Wedekind, 26, 36th in 3:31:10.

    In the accompanying CareFirst Half Marathon, David Burnham, 27, had the power, fifth in 1:09:07, leading Joe Kelly, 26, ninth in 1:13:09; Tim Fahey, 38, 14th in 1:15:02; Eddie Valentine, 32, 18th in 1:16:02; and Edi Turco, 39, 19th in 1:16:56.

    Stacy Holden, 35, led Arlington's women, seventh in 1:24:21, pacing Jillian Pollack, 22, 20th in 1:27:11; Sarah Mandes, 34, 43rd in 1:30:57 Dawn Riebeling, 26, 65th in 1:33:40; and Tammy Lamantia, 40, 67th in 1:33:45.

  • Sean Barrett, 27, drove the other direction to Shamrock 8K in Virginia Beach, for 10th place in 24:45. Maggie Borden, 26, poured 37:53 for 150th among women.

    In Shamrock Half Marathon, David Sherer, 32, clipped 1:24:52 for 62nd among men, with Lorelei Gaus, 25, 130th among women.

    In Shamrock Marathon, Nicole Terry, 27, scored fifth place among women in 2:59:58, ahead of Jennifer Goransson, 28, 21st in 3:19:17. Jonathan George, 28, ran 2:53:30 for 22nd among men, and Troy Dewitt, 30, steamed in 3:15:35 for 121st.

  • Age was no factor at Nottingham Elementary PTA Run/Walk 5K. Ryan Hart, 16, of Arlington won in 16:58. Behind him were Brian Daugherty, 52, of Edgewater, Md., second in 18:26; Andy Juyan, 36, of Alexandria, third in 18:46; Caleb "Spider" Rossiter, 60, of Washington, fourth in 19:36; and Jack Kammerer, 49, of Washington, fifth in 20:03;

    The top five women were Arlington's Inga Middleton, 46, first in 21:12 and Kristin Tamburro, 35, second in 21:20; Meredith Bombella, 27, Sarasota, Fla, third in 21:44; Jessica Heinze, 35, of Arlington, fourth in 22:10; and Emily Barker, 29, of New York, N.Y., fifth in 22:57.

  • Arlington athletes swept DC Road Runners Club's top two 2012 club awards: Edi Turco, outstanding male runner, and Audrey Perlow, outstanding female runner.

    Janet Braunstein of Washington and Jim Noone of Fairfax received outstanding masters runner awards. Simonetta Nussio of Arlington and Mark Walchinsky of Alexandria won most improved runner awards. Paula Arevalo of Washington recevied volunteer of the year; and the club inducted the late Roger Peet of Fairfax, president of the club for seven years, into its hall of fame,

  • H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program hosts its second annual 5K Trail Run/Hike at Potomac Overlook Regional Park on Saturday, April 21, at 8:00 AM, with cash awards for top three overall male and female and prizes to age-group winners. Advance registration is $25 and includes chip timing, T-shirt, and reusable grocery bag. The race benefits to benefit H20 for Life, supporting water and sanitation solutions for children in Haiti. See or call Anne Coia at 703-241-0813.

  • As printed
  • To compete in the 116th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, Arlington sends a team of 85 runners: Jonathan Abel-Millman, Geoffrey Adleman, Steven Andrews, Alexandra Barrage, Aaron Bastide, Jeff Bedell, Susan Benante, Elizabeth Benoit, Aaron Bock, Chelsea Brundage, Barry Buchholz, Grace Chan, Kristen Cheman, Jessica Chin, Shannon Clancy, Taylor Coffey, Colleen Connell, Sheila Cordaro, Brian Danza, Matthew Deacon, Matthew Dempsey, Elizabeth Dolan, James Engle, Tim Fahey, Nicholas Geboy, Christopher Goetzman, Elizabeth Gross, Temesgen Habtemariam, Nicola Harrison, Keelyn Henderson, Mark Henneberger, Kirstee Hildebrand, Eugene Holmes, Tom Howard, Jason Jones, Melody Jones, Kymberly Jordan, Dawn Kawasaki, Joe Kelly, John Kelly, Tammy Lamantia, Michelle Lauzon, Daniel Lesniak, Thomas Lombardi, Lynn Marcotte, Paul Marsden, Marshall Martin, Justin McCarthy, Richard Mendelowitz, Gary Morgans, Will Mroz, Michael Naff, Gabrielle Names, Lee Nesbit, Carrie O'Brien, Mary O'Brien, Rebecca Oppenheim, John O'Sullivan, Jessica Peters, Syril Pettit, Thomas Quinzio, Stephanie Remick, Gregory Richards, Erik Ruediger, Cyndie Saucer, Joanna Schmickel, Jessica Schwartz, Charles Shackelford, Lee Sherbakoff, Robert Sindermann, Bradley Smith, Abbe Steel, Tatyana Steis, Damon Taaffe, Nagisa Tanaka, Julia Taylor, Julie Taylor, Katie Tillman, David Trevino, Edi Turco, Amanda Tyler, Eddie Valentine, Daniel Villarreal, Cindy Walls, and Jay Wind,

    March 11, 2012
  • As printed

  • Michael Wardian, 37, continues to amaze, running back-to-back marathons and ultras.

    On Saturday, March 3, he won $1000 for finishing second in 2:21:40 at Woodlands Marathon in The Woodlands, Tex. The very next day, Sunday, March 4, he placed second in 3:02:55 at the USA 50K Championship in Lloyd Neck, N.Y.

    A week later, Sunday, March 10, he earned $250 by winning Lower Potomac River Marathon in Piney Point, Md., running 2:34:20. Christopher Goetzman, 31, took sixth place there in 2:53:36.

    Wardian's next race is SunTrust USA Rock'n'Roll Marathon in Washington, D.C., a race he has won four times out of five.

  • Sean Graham, 32, of Alexandria cracked the winner's circle at Four Courts Four Miler in Arlington, running 20:10. Jordan Zwick, 25, of Arlington ran 20:24 for second place, followed by Matthew Barresi, 29, of Falls Church, third in 20:29. Other top Arlington finishers included Christopher Pruitt, 29, fifth in 21:17; Justin Kirk, 26, seventh in 22:15; and Andrew Whitacre, 26, eighth in 22:44.

    Lisa Thomas, 36, of Alexandria won the women's race in 24:03, ahead of Stacy Holden, 35, of Arlington, second in 24:26; Sonja Hinish, 25, of Arlington, third in 26:09; Brennan Hogan, 29, of Washington, fourth in 26:22; and Annie Grondin, 39, of Arlington, fifth in 26:22.6.

  • Drew Wiles, 25, covered Van Metre 5-Mile Run in Ashburn in 37:08, 55th among men, with Robert Mann, 24, 67th in 38:00 and third in his age group.

    Liz Hammin, 24, cooked up 36:08 for 15th among women. Alexis Tsonos, 28, ran 40:15 for 33rd among women.

  • At St. Patrick's Day 8K -- the largest 8K in Washington, D.C. -- Sean Barrett, 27, put down 25:24 for seventh place, leading Bennett Stackhouse, 28, 12th in 26:31, and Marshall Martin, 26, 15th in 27:13.

    Arlington's top women were Melody Jones, 28, 21st in 32:07; Melanie Yu, 30, 30th in 33:32; and Lorena Trejo, 28, 65th in 38:02.

  • At DC Road Runners Club's Burke Lake 12K, Edi Turco, 39, landed third in 45:09, outkicking Ben Danforth, 32, fourth in 46:27. Rebecca Nathan, 46, scored first among women in 51:58.

  • At Reston 10 Miler, Marshall Martin ran 57:05 for third place among men, and Julia Taylor, 40, punched out 1:10:33 for 10th among women.

    March 4, 2012
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  • Marathon season began in the DC area on February 19 with the 51st Washington's Birthday Marathon, the 10th oldest in the cpuntry. | List

    William Weidman, 28, led Arlington's team, sixth in 3:04:24. Robert Towne, 59, scored 15th in 3:26:42, leading Gregory Loomis, 37, 49th in 3:49:41.

    Kathleen Holmes, 29. opened 3:48:06, fifth place among women, pacing Andrea Nelson, 33, 12th in 4:02:35; and Maria Schwedhelm, 29, 31st in 4:36:00.

  • At B&A Trail Marathon, Emily Rhoades, 29, rode to 51st in 3:26:45, leading Frank Peschtrich, 31, 58th in 3:30:42.

    In the accompanying half marathon, Kathryn Davis, 28, placed 91st in 1:36:45; and Chris Muldowney, 39, ran 1:53:56 for 248th,

  • Edi Turco, 39, was Arlington's top finisher at Club Challenge 10 Mile in Columbia, Md., finishing 28th in 58:08. Dylan Bartlett, 25, flowered in 1:02:27, 70th among men, with Justin Verdirame, 33, 176th in 1:11:15; and James Engle, 51, 200th in 1:12:41.

    Audrey Perlow, 31, finished 29th among women in 1:12:13, ahead of Simonetta Nussio, 37, 107th in 1:23:53; Carrie Johnson, 32, 181st in 1:39:06; and Elizabeth Row, 56, 184th in 1:39:19.

  • Turco and Nussio also trekked up to Montgomery County Road Runners' Country Road Run 8K in Olney. There, Turco ran 30:57 for eighth place, with Nussio 126th in 45:58.

  • Hector Stoll, 53, ran 2:31:13 for 98th overall at Dahlgren Trail Half Marathon in King George, Va. Delinda Hood, 55, capped 101st overall in 2:34:53.

  • Pacers Events conducts Four Courts Four Miler on Saturday, March 10. See or call 703-248-6883.

    February 19, 2012
  • As printed

  • Multi-talented Michael Wardian, 37, chased Ethiopian star runner Gurmessa Kumssa Mergessa for 6.2 miles at George Washington's Birthday 10K in Alexandra, ending up second in 31:12, just three seconds behind Mergessa's winning time of 31:09.

    Jordan Michael, 25, scored seventh place in 32:31, and Tim Fahey, 38, landed 12th in 35:07.

    Among women, Stacy Holden, 25, held on to fifth place in 37:58, with Jessica Chin, 25, eighth in 30:48, and Erin Swain, 29, ninth in 42:14.

  • At Potomac Valley Track Club's By George 5K at East Potomac Park in Washington. Tiffany Bittenbender, 32, ran 24:25 for third place among women, ahead of the ageless Chandler Robbins, 74, 14th among men in 24:27, and her husband Mark Bittenbender, 33, 21st among men in 28:35.

    In the accompanying 10K, Italian Air Force Major Edi Turco, 39, flew to second place in 35:27, and Kristine Johnston, 24, won the women's race in 43:13. Turco's wife, Simonetta Nussio, 37, took third in 49:29, and John Thompson Stahr, 64, glowed in 52:14, 16th among men and second in his age-group.

    February 12, 2012
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  • Edi Turco, 39, doubled over the Valentine's Day weekend, seventh at Country Road Run 5M in Olney in 30:57 and first overall at DC Road Runners Club's Langley 8K in 30:00 flat.

    His bride, Simonetta Nussio, 37, ran 45:58 in Olney for 126th overall and 42:08 in Langley for 21st overall.

    Arlington attorney Ben Danforth, 32, took second in 30:21 behind Turco in Langley, followed by Rich Mendelowitz, 52, seventh in 36:19, and Robert Rodriguez, 55, eighth in 39:05 despite an unmarked turn that added 0.375 miles to his distance.

    Erin Bougie, 26, landed second among women there in 40:11, with Sarah Hunt, 32, fourth in 40:31.

  • Anthony Drake, 42, flew to 19th place in 20:28 at Run Your Heart Out 5K in Reston. Audrey Perlow, 31, scored 28th overall in 20:58.

  • Arlington's David Wertz, 36, zoomed in at 16:00 to win Have Have a Heart for Hoffman-Boston Elementary School 5K in Bluemont Park, so fast that he blew right past the finish line and into the parking lot before race officials could catch up to him to collect his bib tag.

    Charlie Ban, 29, of McLean, cruised into second in 16:17, and Arlington's Jerry Doyle, 30, and Thomas Scott Johnson, 26, squared off the top four in 17:20 and 17:25.

    Finishing fifth overall and first among women in 17:29 was Anna Holt-Gosselin, 23, of Vienna. Andrea Garvue, 27, of Chevy Chase nailed second in 17:59, with Maura Carroll, 22, of Washington third in 18:01. First female from Arlington was Bridget Carey, 24, 10th in 20:20.

    Directed by Hoffman-Boston teacher and marathon runner Samantha Kirby Cole, the first-time race drew 142 finishers.

  • Pacers Events' Love The Run You're With 5K in Pentagon City was a little larger -- 1,458 finishers -- led by Ryan Witters of Washington, first in 15:47; Paul Guevara of Alexandria, second in 15:55; and Tripp Southerland of Washington, third in 16:01. First male from Arlington was Justin Kirk, seventh in 16:59.

    Among women, Lauren Woodall of Washington won it in 19:29, ahead of Kelly Devine of Alexandria, second in 20:03; and Kristen Thomas of Newark, Del., third in 20:12.

    Four Arlington women took top-10 honors: Vanessa Taylor, fifth in 20:41; Heather Purcell, sixth in 20:42; Annie Grondin, seventh in 20:48; and Erin Taylor, 10th in 21:05.

    Pacers Events' next race in Arlington is Four Courts Four Miler on Saturday, March 10. See or call 703-248-6883.

    February 5, 2012
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  • Pacers Events, Arlington's largest race management company, has acquired Capital Running Company of Rockville, the DC area’s most esteemed road race management and promotions company.

    The merger of these two companies creates of the DC area’s largest road race management and promotions company with a portfolio of more than 60 road races, 75,000 yearly participants, and the Mid-Atlantic region’s monthly running magazine, Washington Running Report.

    “We are beyond thrilled to have Capital Running Company as part of the Pacers family,” said Kathy Dalby of Arlington, managing partner of Pacers Events. “Rick and Kathy Freedman [of Capital Running Company] have created an impressive multi-platform business, and we are excited to continue their tradition of delivering great service, events, and reporting to the DC running community.”

    For now, the two companies will operate under their existing names. Pacers Events conducts Love The Run You're With 5K on February 12 in Pentagon City; weekly races in Crystal City during the summer; a 5K and 10K in Clarendon; and numerous other races around the region.

  • Bryan Schneider, 25, was Arlington's top finisher at ING Miami Marathon, 27th among men in 2:52:34. David Dawson, 24, took 52nd in 3:06:17. JJ Lapointe, 17, won his age group in his first marathon, 226th male in 3:30:39. Alyona Richey, 32, placed fourth in her age group, 21st among women in 3:22:17. Maggie Mills, 24, ran 3:58:22 for 112th among women.

    Erik Price, 28, rang up 1:32:42 in the accompanying half marathon, 248th among males. Dara Fulstone, 24, rolled 2:04:21, 1477th female.

  • In Potomac Valley Track Club's final indoor track meet of the season at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, mile race winners included Jay Hall, 12, of Waldorf, 5:35.1 in the children's mile, with Natalie Perkins, 12, of Laurel, first among girls in 6:40.4; Katherine Mariska, 27, of Washington, first in the women's mile in 6:14.9; Bryan Kirby, 25, of Alexandria, tops in the open mile in 4:34.3; and Chris Chattin, 48, of Columbia champion in the masters' mile in 5:22.5.

    In the 3000 meter, Vinnie DeRocco, 32, of Fairfax ran 9:58.2 to outkick Arlington's Thomas Johnson, 26, second in 9:59.8, with Lillie Perella, 12, of Thurmont, first among women in 12:47.3.

    In the 5000 meter, just 10 minutes later, Thomas Johnson ran 17:05.9 to win by more than a minute. Lillie Perella doubled, winning among women in 22:48.6.

  • Dustin Whitlow, 25, of Arlington won High Cloud Snapple Half Marathon in 1:06:07, except the course was only 12.14 miles, short by about a mile. His pace of 5:27 per mile extrapolates to about 1:11:24 for a full half marathon. Versatile runner Thomas Johnson, 26, also of Arlington, took second in 1:12.29, a 5:58 per mile pace. Shinsuke Arita, 33, finished sixth among women in 1:25:47, a 7:04 per mile pace.

  • Arlington star marathoner Samantha Kirby invites runners to Have A Heart for Hoffman-Boston 5K, Saturday, February 11, at 9 AM at Bluemont Park, 325 North Manchester Street. See, e-mail, or call 703-856-2006.
    January 22, 2012
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  • In Potomac Valley Track Club's first indoor track meet of the winter season at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Community Center on January 8, Bryan Kirby, 25, of Alexandria sparkled in 3000-meter race, winning in 10:13, and Nicole Lyon, 16, of Alexandria roared to win the women's race in 12:54.

    Ted Poulos, 50, of McLean racked up a win in the 5000-meter in 19:10, ahead of Arlington's Lindsay LaRose, 29, first among women in 19:40.

    Gregory Mariano, 26, of Arlington won the men's mile in 4:43. Elizabeth Glidden, 32, of Washington won the women's mile in 6:10. Terry McLaughlin, 51, of Spotsylvania ran 5:32 in the masters' mile, outkicking Ted Poulos, second in 5:36. Oskar Wells, 11, of Vienna led the children's mile in 6:03, with Seneca Willen, 10, of Fairfax, first among girls in 6:52.

  • In PVTC's second meet of the season on January 22, Kevin Foley, 32, of Bethesda outpanned the competition in the 3000-meter, first in 10:25. Lillie Perella, 12, trekked all the way from Thurmont, Md., to finish first among women in 11:10.

    In the 5000-meter, Thomas Johnson, 26, of Arlington, spanned the track in 17:17, and Annaliese Ponzi, 10, of Alexandria led the ladies in 29:02.

    Bryan Kirby won the men's mile in 4:37; Lindsay LaRose, 29, won the women's mile in 5:38; Wayne Cottrell, 49, of Benicia, Cal., paced the master in 5:26; and Jay Hall, 12, scored in the children's mile in 5:36.

    PVTC offers one more indoor meet this season on Sunday, February 5. See or call 703-927-4833.

  • Albert Kim, 34, put some magic into his run at Walt Disney World Marathon in Orlando, Fla., breaking the three-hour mark in 2:58:54, 58th place among men. Lynn Marcotte, 28, ran 3:32:05 for 84th place among women.

    January 15, 2012
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  • Michael Wardian, 37, competed in the U.S. Olympic Men’s Marathon Team Trials in Houston on Jan. 14, his third time as a qualifier.

    Wardian finished 62nd in 2:21:50, running a steady pace. At the Olympic Trials in New York City in 2007, Wardian led the race for the first six miles before the pack caught up to him.

    The next day on Jan. 15, Wardian ran Houston Marathon (open to the public) and finished 14th in 2:31:17.

    Samantha Cole, 43, finished 38th among women in 3:04:18. Other Arlington finishers included Jacob Brundage, 34, 417th male in 3:12:33; Jay Jacob Wind, 62, 3rd among men 60-64 in 3:18:00; Chelsea Brundage, 32, 158th female in 3:28:00; Zachary Springfield, 29, 1042nd in 3:37:41; Ryan Demian, 28, 1312th in 3:45:57; Katie Tirronen, 1473rd in 4:40:59; and Nicole Truhe, 30, 1637th in 4:48:07.

    January 1, 2012
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  • Starting off the New Year right, DC Road Runners hosted its 14th annual Predictions and Resolutions 5K Run on January 1 on the Mount Vernon Trail starting in Rosslyn.

    Edi Turco, 38, of Arlington won in 17:51, holding off Kevin D'Amanda, 49, of Bethesda, second in 18:10. Evan Warner, 21, took third in 18:54.

    Hiruni Wijayaratne

    Fourth place in 19:05 and first among women went to Hiruni Wijayaratne, 20, a graduate of Herndon High School now at University of Kentucky. Dionis Gauvin, 37, of Washington hunted down second place in 20:32; and Win Persina, 51, landed third in 21:39.

  • Mark Hand, 45, punched in at 44:29, 22nd among men at REHAU Rotary Resolution 10K in Leesburg, Running together to finish in 57:11 were Lisa Jones Foose, 42, 52nd among women; Darla Gonson, 48, 53rd; and Margaret Stearns, 34, 54th,

  • Chris Godesky, 40, jingled in 40:39 for 11th place at Ringing In Hope 10K in Brambleton (Ashburn), Melissa Gliner, 39, ran 54:00 for 79th among women.

    In the accompanying 5K, Thomas Johnson, 26, bridged the course in 17:16 for second place. Alison Hoffman, 46, finished 37th among women in 28:39.

  • Kathleen Sims, 24, spun to eighth place among women in 21:47 at New Years Day 5K in Reston. Ryan Hart, 16, beat out 16:53 for third among men.

  • Andrew Whitacre, 26, lit up the Bull Run Festival of Lights 5K in Manassas, second overall in 17:27. Jamie French, 41, rolled in 89th among women in 30:05.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club hosts three indoor track meets on January 8, January 22, and February 5, 2012, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South. See or call 703-927-4833.

    December 18, 2011
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  • Claire Hallissey, 28, set a new event record of 29:18 to win the women's race at Jingle All the Way 8K in Washington.

    Monte Hawkins, 34, dealt 29:54, 30th among men, ahead of Kelly Swain, 26, fourth among women in 30:35. This year, the race moved from West Potomac Park to Pennsylvania Avenue, allowing the field to grow to 4,700 finishers.

  • Meanwhile, a quarter-way around the world, eight Arlington runners jetted to Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii. Among women, Masae Tsukakoshi finished in 3:32:13, 44th place, followed by Yuko Miyake, 1356th in 4:49:00; and Jo Rabbers, 2341st in 5:16:46. Among men, Robert Sanchez ran 4:18:47 for 1825th place, leading Boris Mordkovich, 2370th in 4:30:33; Roger Webb, 3501st in 4:52:30; Eric Sommers, 3372nd in 4:56:53; and Matthew Nestopoulos, 7315th in 6:21:22.

  • Andres Urbina set the pace in 16:51 to win YCF Jingle Bell Jog 5K in Arlington, with Matt Thatcher second in 18:26, and Jason Pembleton third in 19:16. Lisa Wonneberg topped the women's race in 22:05, ahead of Kimberly Townsend second in 22:12, and Bailey Wilson third in 22:37.

  • Edi Turco, 38, flew past the competition at Potomac Valley Track Club's Christmas Caper 10K in Washington, winning in 36:54. Jill Burkholder, 31, scored third among women in 42:41.

    In the accompanying 5K, Mike Peterson, 29, held onto 13th place in 18:52, and Lindsay LaRose, 29, bloomed into first place among women in 19:38.

    December 4, 2011
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  • Hot Chocolate 5K and 15K -- two new races at National Harbor in Maryland -- attracted more than 20,000 entrants.

    Unfortunately, only about 5,000 parking spaces exist in that area. The resulting traffic jam snaked all the way across Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Virginia, and the two races started an hour late.

    Two Arlington runners shared the winner's circle in the 5K. Bert Rodriguez, 32, won the men's race in 16:54, with Kelly Swain, 26, second overall in 18:46 and first among women.

    Darin Miller, 24, ground out sixth overall in 19:06, just ahead of Mike Staconis, 37 seventh in 19:09. Emily Gartland, 24, landed 37th overall in 20:57, and Amy Sanders, 23, ran 22:45 for 69th.

    In the 15K, Dustin Whitlow, 25, continued his string of top finishes, placing second 50:11. Brian Buechel, 28, blasted 54:12 for seventh, and Matthew Deady, 24, took 13th in 55:35.

    Beth Naff, 39, nabbed 40th place in 58:33; Kayla Renz, 24, broke one hour, 45th in 59:09; followed by Kelsey Mackay, 29, 72nd in 1:00:25.

  • Bluemont Park was the venue for Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell 5K, perhaps the biggest race there ever, with 538 finishers. Two runners from Fountain Valley, Calif., led the charge, Jay Bonthius, 17, first in 16:45, and Maurice Ottiger, 17, third in 20:00.

    Mindy Reese, 36, of Richmond, was a close fourth overall and first among women in 20:03, leading Lisa Lowry, 27, of Washington, second in 20:41. Third among women in 21:26 was Arlington's Deb Ryan, 39, ahead of Taylor Poling, 29, fourth in 21:46.

  • Louis Battuello, 33, represented Arlington at Christmas Town Dash 8K in Williamsburg, 257th male in 41:34, and Erin Bonnaure, 31, was 269th female in 45:58.

  • Thomas Johnson, 26, ran 17:36 to nail second place at St. Rita's 5K on the Four Mile Run Trail start and ending at Cora Kelly School in Alexandria. Melinda Greene, 41, sprouted 24th among women in 31:07.

  • Audrey Perlow, 31, won the women's race in 43:32 at DC Road Runners Club's Bread Run 5K in Glen Echo, Md. Right behind her was Robert Rodriguez, 56, eighth among men in 43:47.

    November 27, 2011
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  • JJ Lapointe, now 16, has been one of Arlington's top young runners since he was eight, improving his performance each year at Arlington Church of Christ's Turkey Trot 5K.

    This year, he won it all, clocking 17:31 for first place among more than 5,000 finishers.

    Chasing him were Pat Derocco, 28, also of Arlington, second in 17:37, and Luke Driscoll, 36, of Pearl River, N.Y., third in 17:40.

    Among women, Chelsea Bieber, 27, of Herndon dominated in 19:29, ahead of Robyn Bernardy, 30, of Washington, second in 20:04, and Tamara Shear, 25, of Washington, third in 20:27.

    Sarah Angell, 15, of Arlington pinned down sixth in 21:38, leading Sarah George, 24, eighth in 21:10, and Perrin Falkner, 16, 10th in 21:55.

  • Edi Turco, 38, carved up Montgomery County Road Runners' Turkey Burnoff 10 Miler in under an hour, winning in 59:49,

    His bride, Simonetta Nussio, 37, landed 17th among women in 1:22:09.

  • Mark Hand, 45, grabbed 19th place in 33:43 at Drumstix Dash 8K in Burke. Sushila Nanda, 50, won her age group, finishing seventh among women in 37:14.

  • Dustin Whitlow, 25, ran 16:11 for fourth place in a field of 4,000 at Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger 5K in Washington, with Justin Yeash, 24, ninth in 17:24 and Henry Duncan, 18, 16th in 17:34.

    Alison Deboer, 25, sparkled in ninth in 20:12, ahead of Jessica McGuire, 31, 12th in 20:21 and Kristine Johnston, 24, 18th in 20:58.

  • Brian Forman, 26, covered the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase Turkey Chase 10K in 48:24, 199th overall. Teresa Lent, 49, took second in her age group, 367 overall in 46:45.

  • Michael Wardian, 37, sprinted the Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Mile 25:13 in fourth place, ahead of Peter Quinzio, 26, 11th in 26:48 and Edi Turco, 38, 16th in 27:27.

    Monica Grillo, 47, was Arlington's top female finisher in 33:31, 106th overall, followed by Natalie Allgeier, 28, 199th in 35:34.

    November 20, 2011
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  • 'Tis the season for races at Bluemont Park.

    On Saturday, DC Capital Striders conducted Fast Feet for Food 5K, a benefit for DC Central Kitchen. Michael Proulx, 36, of Alexandria and Competitor magazine recorded the fastest time of 18:25, ahead of Michael Donovan, 31, of Bethesda, second in 18:58 and Dan Patterson, 38, third in 19:47. Christopher Gust, 44, swept into seventh place in 20:50.

    Win Persina, 51, of Washington won the women's race in 20:41, leading Alexis Tressler, 27, of Arlington, second in 22:35 Megan Nechanicky, 29, of Montgomery Village, third in 23:03, and Robin Schmid, 43, of Arlington, fourth in 23:52.

  • The very next day, Kinhaven 5K, to benefit the Arlington-based parent-governed independent pre-school, featured Arlington's Michael Wardian, 37, winning in 16:53, surrounded by his friends and family. Ariel Laguilles, 33, of Washington ran 17:12 for second, outlegging Keith Freeburn, 37, of Centreville, third in 17:15.

    Tiffany Torres, 31, of Stafford tore up the coure in 21:21, first among women, followed by Cara Fahey, 37, of Arlington, second in 21:26, and Betty Blank, 58, of Falls Church, third in 21:59.

  • Wardian's win came one day after his second-place finish in 5:43:24 at JFK 50 Mile, the nation's largest ultramarathon. Olivier Leblond, 39, covered that hilly course in 6:40:49, 16th among men. Ragan Petrie, 45, took fifth place among women in 7:08:00.

  • On Saturday, December 3, at 8 AM, Arthritis Foundation Mid Atlantic Region hosts the Metro DC Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis at Bluemont Park. Participants wear holiday-themed costumes, tie jingle bells to their shoelaces, and choose a competitive timed 5k run, an untimed 1 mile walk, or a kids fun run. See or call 1-800-365-3811 ext 4237 for information.

  • Damon Taaffe, 35, pulled third place in 18:45 at National Capital Hydrocephalus 5K in Washington. Jennifer Sauer, 48, ran a sweet 26:38 for 15th among women.

  • Arlngton's Edi Turco, 38, landed first in 35:54 at Potomac Valley Track Club Cranberry Crawl 10K in Washington, just two steps ahead of Todd Jarman, 41, of Sterling, second in 35:56. Turco's wife, Simonetta Nussio, 37, ran 47:22 for fourth among women.

    Eric Capito, 27, capped the accompanying 5K in 21:01, 13th among men, with Tiffany Bittenbender, 31, seventh among women in 24:00.

    Stacy Holden, 35, held second place in 1:20:41 at TCS Annapolis Half Marathon, just ahead of Kevin Kropp, 44, 24th among men in 1:20:57.

  • Julie Eckman, 32, won her age group and finished second among women in 22:17 at Thanksgiving 5K Prediction Run at Piney Point, Md.

    Mike Montgomery, 42, ran 20:37 for 24th place at Herndon Turkey Trot 5K, with Kate Kisenwether, 24, 131st overall in 25:56.

  • At Philadephia Marathon, Chris Pruitt, 29, paced Arlington's team of 84 finishers, 39th in 2:39:28. Behind him were Matthew Ampleman, 24, 114th in 2:52:34; Kate Dart, 32, 20th female in 2:53:23; Marshall Martin, 26, 160th male in 2:56:03; Pacers Running Store owner Chris Farley, 35, 249th in 2:59:40; and Christine Rehwald, 32, 39th female in 3:01:23.

    In the accompanying half marathon, Greg Lane, 25, picked up 62nd place in 1:20:52, and Lindsay LaRose, 29, blossomed to 35th among women in 1:27:09.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club hosts three indoor track meets on January 8, January 22, and February 5, 2012, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South. See or call 703-927-4833.

    November 13, 2011
  • As printed

  • Bert Rodriguez, 32, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, landed seconded in 30:53 at Veterans Day 10K in Washington, sailing ahead of a pack of 2,000 runners.

    Ever-improving David Wertz, 35, took 11th in 32:38, and Dave Cahill, 40, climbed to 40th in 37:58.

    Among women, Kristin Anderson, 28, also finished second in 35:04. Lindsay Wilkins, 33, fresh from her 2:53 at Marine Corps Marathon, earned eighth place in 37:30, and sisters Erin Swain, 29, and Kelly Swain, 26, paced to 14th and 15th in 38:31 and 38:32.

  • Tuckahoe Elementary School 5K drew 382 to the hills and dales of North Arlington. Chris Boyd of Potomac won in 17:51, edging out Chris Johnson, 30, of Washington, second in 17:56 and Ted Poulos, 49, third in 20:16.

    Arlington's Alex Fishbein, 21, placed fourth in 20:29, followed by Tim Arnade, 54, eighth in 21:33, and John Bacon, 55, ninth in 21:41.

    Jordan Selby, 15, won the women's race in 21:25, ahead of Monica Grillo, 47, second in 21:44, Cynthia Palmer, 45, third in 23:00, and Monica's daughter, Molly Crum, 16, fourth in 23:06.

  • Down in Richmond at HCA 8K, Christopher Loza, 39, finished 81st among men, fifth in his age group in 32:49. Elke Horn, 25, ran 33:41 for 19th among women, third in her age group.

    In the accompanying McDonald's Half Marathon, Daniel Villareal, 27, focused on 53rd among men in 1:24:24, with Jillian Pollack, 22, ninth among women, first in her age group in 1:24:38.

    In the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, Bradley Smith, 36, broke 2:50, running 2:48:29 for 27th place. Behind him were Dylan Bartlett, 25, 49th in 2:55:53 and Keith Cassidy, 39, 63rd in 2:57:56. Oriana Hargrove, 23, ran 3:29:17 for 53rd among women, leading Amie Heap, 44, 74th in 3:32:54 and Erin Mick, 25, 110th in 3:38:48.

    Bennett Stackhouse, 27, built up second place in 16:26 at Rockville 5K, and Ben Hine, 38, finished 22nd at Rockville 10K in 40:43.

  • Eddie Valentine, 31, sent home 2:45:04, 228th among men at New York City Marathon.

    October 30, 2011
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  • U.S. Army Lt. Charles "Chad" Ware, 27, of Wheeling, Ill., outlegged his teammates to win the 36th annual Marine Corps Marathon in 2:19:16, running unchallenged for the last six miles.

    Arlington's Michael Wardian, 37, passed everyone in the race except for Ware, finishing second in 2:23:46. Wardian has run Marine Marathon several times before, but this was his first competitive effort at the race. Patrick Fernandez, 24, of Alexandria, took third in 2:26:37.

    In eighth place in 2:32:10 was Sean Barrett, 26, of Arlington, and Erik Kean, 34, rounded out the top 20 in 2:37:25.

    Among women, Tezata Desalegn Dengersa, 30, of Ethiopia, living in Ellicott City, Md., led from start to finish, winning in 2:45:28. Behind her, Emily Shertzer, 31, of Jonestown, Penn., ran 2:45:55 for second place, qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials by five seconds. Ethiopian Getachew Shiferaw, 27, also of Ellicott City, landed third in 2:47:30.

    Arlington's Lindsay Wilkins, 33, scored sixth place in 2:53:28, with Nicole Terry, 27. 15th in 3:01:53, and Lauren Shaub, 27, 52nd in 3:14:51.

    In the accompanying 10K, Reuben Mwei, 25, of Acworth, Ga., dominated the field in 30:37, followed by Brian Dumm, 28, of Colorado Springs, Colo, second in 32:52, and Luke Belford, 29, or Nottingham, Md., third in 33:13.

    Arlington's Edi Turco, 38, flew to seventh place in 35:33, ahead of Jack Williard, 29, 21st in 37:30, and Alex Mischke, 24, 29th in 38:52.

    In the women's race, Amanda Rice, 27, of North Bethesda won by almost three minutes in 36:30, with Jennifer Perrottet, 31, of San Marcos, Cal., second in 39:22, and Arlington's Christine Rehwald, 32, third in 39:54.

    Behind them were Jessica Chin, 25, 13th in 42:52, and Blair O'Brien, 25, 17th in 44:03.

    Stuart McFarren, 55, finished 66th among men in 22:22.

  • Daniel Arboleda's 20:12 placed him seventh at AIDS Walk 5K in Washington.

  • At Race for Cooperative Development 5K at Bluemont Park, Sergio Flores, 26, snagged first place in 20:22, outkicking Dan Eddy, 60, of Alexandria, second in 20:30, and Lang Hoyt, 23, third in 21:00.

    Win Persina, 51, of Washington, won the women's race in 20:52, scampering away from Sarah Arneson, 33, of Washington, second in 22:57, and Adina Wadsworth, 43, of Washington, third in 23:29.

  • Two Arlington runners led Thomas Jefferson High School's team to victory at Liberty District Boys Cross-Country Championship at Burke Lake Park.

    Chris Rom, 18, ran 16:13 for fourth place on the 2.98-mile course, and Jacob Zucker, 18, took 10th place in 16:21. Jefferson's team also included Michael Wattendorf, third in 16:07; Dan Matson, eighth in 16:16; and Andrew O'Shea, ninth in 16:16 also.

    Next up for Rom and Zucker is the Northern Region cross-country championship this Thursday, November 3, at 3:15 PM, also at Burke Lake Park.

  • DC Capital Striders hosts Fast Feet for Food 5K at Bluemont Park South Shelter, 325 North Manchester Street, on Saturday, November 19, at 1:00 pm, to collect canned goods for DC Central Kitchen. See

    October 23, 2011
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  • Michael Wardian, 37, continued his dominance of ultra-marathon running nationwide, winning the 2011 USA 50 Mile Road Championship in at Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK, through central Pennsylvania's scenic Rothrock State Forest during peak fall foliage season. His 5:33:46 broke the standing course record by almost 10 minutes.

    A week earlier, he won Mount Desert Island Marathon in Maine, running 2:32:36. Jennifer Hamlin, 31, also ran that race, finishing 104th and third in her age group in 3:36:33.

    The week before that, Wardian took third in 2:21:43 at Hartford Marathon in Connecticut, and in September. he ran 9:20:01 for 100 kilometers (62.1 miles), good for second overall at Trail Runner Ultra Race of Champions at Wintergreen Resort, Va.

    The Wardian family hosts Kinhaven 5K on Sunday, November 20, at 9 AM at Bluemont Park. See for more information.

  • At Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause 8K, three Ethiopian athletes took the top three places, Girma Tola, 36, first in 24:07; Berhanu Feyissa, 29, second in 24:25; and Gurmessa Megerssa, 32, third in 24:27.

    Arlington's top finishers were Philip Allen, 17, 21st in 30:05; Michael Zinn, 29, 23rd in 30:36; and Josh Doan, 37, 26th in 30:49.

    Among women, two more Ethiopians scored in the top three -- Hirut Mandefro, 26, first in 28:26 and Afsaneh Azar, 41, third in 32:09, separated by Arlington's Jillian Pollack, 22, second in 31:20.

    Angel Stone, 33, floated in at 33:12 for sixth place, and Jessica McGuire, 31, nailed down 11th in 33:45.

  • Michael Kaplun, 25, ran 21:44 at Ellen's Run 5K in Chevy Chase, 49th overall. Kirsten Goldberg, 47, mounted 29:45 for 190th place.

  • Marshall Martin, 26, paced 65 Arlington runners at Baltimore Running Festival Marathon, running 2:47:13 for 22nd place among men. Catherine Hogan, 23, was Arlington's first lady, 81st in 3:42:12.

    David Kent, 39, landed second in his age group, 37th among men in 1:25:32 in the accompanying half marathon. Katherine Marder, 30, also earned second in her age group, 16th among women in 1:34:36.

    October 9, 2011
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  • Ethiopian star runner Tesfaye Sendeku, 27, of Ellicott City ran the third-fastest time ever at Army Ten Miler, leading an army of 21,980 runners on a loop starting and finishing near the Pentagon.

    Behind him, two Kenyans, Robert Cheseret and Augustus Maiyo, both 28 of Colorado Springs, ran together, taking second and third in 48:21.

    Will Viviani, 28, was Arlington's first finisher, 20th in 51:24. Just two places back was Sean Barrett, 26, 22nd in 51:48, with David Wertz, 35, 37th in 53:56.

    Three Ethiopians led the women's race, running the third, fourth, and fifth fastest women's times ever at Army Ten Miler. Tezata Dengera, 30, prevailed, winning in 56:35, just ahead of Serkalem Biset, 24, second in 56:40, and Shiferaw Tiringo-Getachew, 27, third in 56:44. All three live and train in Ellicott City.

    Kate Dart, 32, hit the target as Arlington's first female, 18th in 1:01:40. Patricia Ekiring, 30, rang 62nd in 1:07:27, and Melody Jones, 28, was 88th in 1:08:39,

  • 2008 Marine Corps Marathon winner Andrew Dumm, 26, was Arlington's top finisher at Chicago Marathon, 21st among men in 2:21:38. Italian Air Force Lt. Col Edi Turco, 38, ran 2:39:50 for 152nd, and John Kelly, 28, finished 242nd in 2:46:57.

    Arlington resident Claire Hallissey, a citizen of Great Britain, ran her best time ever -- 2:29:27 for sixth place among women. Lindsay Wilkins, 33, continued on the comeback trail, 37th in 2:50:41; and Varia Lvova, 34, followed in 2:52:16, good for 45th place.

    Alexandria's Lisa Thomas, 35, qualified for her second Olympic Trials, finishing 18th in 2:45:02, one of nine American women at Chicago Marathon to earn the right to compete for the USA Olympic Marathon team at the Trials in Houston on January 14.

  • Daniel Aronowitz, 44, ran Steamboat Marathon in Scranton, Penn., 179th in 3:20:01, and Lindsay Murphy, 29, finished 679th in 3:52:15.

  • Michael Wardian, 37, chose a smaller race -- Lower Potomac Ten Miler in Piney Point, Md. -- and won in 52:57.

  • Christine Hackman, 47, ran 22:04 for fifth place at Activate Alexandria YMCA 5K. David Scalzitti, 46, turned up just behind her, 15th among men in 22:34.

  • Joshua Doan, 37, downed 13th place in 18:36 at Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K in Reston. Stephanie Manchin, 27, chimed in with 21:26 for ninth place.

    October 3, 2011
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  • Runner Returns to Produce Race -- About Chris Farley -- by Dave Facinoli, Sports Editor
    October 2, 2011
  • As printed

  • Two Arlington men and two Arlington women topped the field at the season's final Crystal Run Friday 5K

    Edi Turco, 38, won the Pacers Running Stores event in 16:47, well ahead of Bryan Schneider, second in 17:18, and Richard Rapine, 36, of Alexandria, third in 17:29.

    Among women, Varia Lvova, 33, jetted to the front in 18:33, with Patricia Ekiring second in 19:39, and Phoebe Markle, 27, of Alexandria, third in 20:06.

  • Michael Wardian, 37, chalked up eighth place at Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, running 1:09:16. David Burnham, 27, finished two places and almost two minutes behind Wardian, 10th in 1:10:51. Patrick Kuhlmann, 40, won the masters award, 13th in 1:14:14.

    Sarah Brown, 24, placed 10th among women in 1:30:45, pursued by Lindsay Murphy, 29, 11th in 1:31:25; and Lynn Marcotte, 28, 14th in 1:33:40.

    September 28, 2011
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  • Growing every year, Navy Five Mile Run intends to make its mark alongside Army Ten Miler and Marine Corps Marathon, all starting and finishing near the Pentagon.

    Patrick Fernandez, 24, of Alexandria won this year's edition in 26:23, ahead of 1,949 other finishers. More than a half minute behind him was Navy midshipman Paul Hill, 21, of Annapolis, second in 26:57, and Chas Ballew, 27, of Washington, third in 27:51.

    First from Arlington was Nicholas Brown, 29, 20th in 32:00, with Jeremiah Doyle, 30, 29th in 32:45; and Brian Klesh, 27, 34th in 32:51.

    Arlington's Christine Rehwald, 31, won the women's division in 32:12, leading Anna Bernal, 23, of Quantico, second in 32:48, and Margaret Smith, 31, of Fort Belvoir, third in 33:22.

    Next to finish were Arlington's Emily Reuter, 31, fourth in 35:47, and Jessica Schwartz, 25, fifth in 35:57.

  • Clarendon Day 10K and 5K. presented by Pacers Running Stores, drew 1,500 runners to Arlington's busiest boulevards. In the 10K, Matthew Barresi, 28, of Falls Church, dominated in 31:28, pursued by Will Viviani, 29, of Arlington, second in 31:57, and Scott Allen, 24, of Washington, third in 32:56.

    Other top Arlington runners were Tim Fahey, 37, fifth in 34:22; David Kent, 39, seventh in 36:49; and Matthew Deady, 23, eighth in 37:43.

    Arlington's Samantha Cole, 42, swept away all the competition, winning the women's race in 39:11. A minute back was Sonja Hinish, 25, of Arlington, second in 40:39, followed by Ann Lacey, 30, of Falls Church, third in 41:03. Elke Horn, 25, of Arlington took sixth in 44:33.

    In the 5K, Ryan Witters, 23, of Washington ran 15:01, outkicking Evan Jurkovich, 25, of Washington, second in 15:11, and Sean Prinz, 26, of Wantagh, N.Y., third in 15:26.

    In fourth place in 15:28 was Arlington's top runner, David Wertz, 35. Rounding out the top 10 were Arlington's Michael Lofrumento, 26, eighth in 17:41; Erik Price, 28, ninth in 17:49; and Dan Surber, 24, 10th in 18:26.

    The first three women were Arlington all-stars: Kelly Swain, 26, first in 18:31; Tasha Stryker, 31, second in 19:08; and Melody Jones, 28, third in 19:11.

  • Army Ten Miler is set for Sunday, October 9, starting at 8:00 AM in Route 27 across from the Pentagon. With 30,000 participants, plus youth runs, Army Ten Miler is one of the biggest events in Arlington. See for schedules of activities and road closings.

    September 18, 2011
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  • As 4,200 runners headed south through Crystal City on the first mile of Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K, they watched in awe as three runners came sprinting back, hot on each other's heels.

    Patrick Fernandez, 24, of Alexandria led the charge in 16:01, just six seconds ahead of Chris Juarez, 40, of Alexandria, second in 16:07, and Jon Lindenauer, 23, of Bristow, third in 16:14.

    The top three men from Arlington were Joe Kelly, 25, fifth overall in 16:57; Michael Godesky, 36, 15th in 18:33; and Keith Hardwick, 25, 17th in 18:37

    Pacing the women in 20:06 was Ashley Duerr, 26, of Falls Church. Separated by just two steps were Emily Norton, 29, of Bethesda, second in 20:51; and Breanne Morton, 27, of Centreville, third in 20:53.

    A few seconds back was Catherine Hogan, 23, of Arlingon, fourth in 21:01, followed by Elke Horn, 25, eighth in 21:41; and Courtney Birst, 32, 10th in 21:46.

    Other Arlington age group award winners were John Best, 10, second in his age group in 24:13; Taylor Chamness, 16, first F15-19 in 25:23, two seconds ahead of MacKenzie Smith, 15, second in 25:25; Courtney Birst, 32, in 21:46, first F30-39; Mark Wigfield, 57, in 21:16, second M50-59; and Jay Wind, 61, in 22:20, first M60-69.

  • Will Viviani, 29, comes from a distinguished family. His mother Anne is a national champion triathlete, and his father Donn competes nationally as well. Will clobbered the field at Navy Federal Credit Union's 5K Run/Walk, winning in 15:20.

    Three minutes back in 18:01 was second-place finisher Eric Price, 28. Kevin Muse, 23, shone in seventh place in 19:45.

    Emily Williams, 28, starred in third place in 22:21, with Kelly Buroker, 30, fourth in 23:30; and Lia Simeone, 24, 12th in 25:54.

  • Held at Marine Base Quantico, Crossroads 17.75K celebrated the founding of the Marine Corps in 1775. Sterling Deck, 36, rolled in with a time of 1:22:46, 46th overall. Lorelei Gaus, 25, took third in her age group in 1:25:35, with Kevin Hagemam, 25, 65th in 1:25:58; and Kathryn Davis, 27, 83rd in 1:26:58.

  • The ever-improving David Wertz, 35, ran 26:05 for Run! Geek! Run! 8K in Washington, taking fourth place ahead of Italian Air Force Lt. Col. Edi Turco, 38, seventh in 26:51; and Eddie Valentine, 31, eighth in 27:31.

    Jennifer Cheng, 29, rang in eighth place there in 33:51, ahead of Sushila Nanda, 50, 12th in 34:58; and Kim Rybold, 28, 17th in 36:35.

  • Lester Polk, 40, ran 24:38 for 13th place at Run For the Door 5K in Sterling.

  • Faith Korbel, 32, uncorked 1:28:57 for 10th place at Montgomery County Parks Half Marathon. Ryan Stronczer, 27, was Arlington's first finisher in 1:33:13, 108th overall.

  • A week later, Korbel sparkled at Revenge of the Penguins 20 Miler at Carderock Recreateion Area, third among women in 2:28:39. Mickey Tveter, 32, ran 2:42:58 for 24th overall.

    In the accompanying 10 Miler, Abbe Steel, 43, nailed eighth place in 1:33:19,

  • Owen Lourie, 29, of Silver Spring won Cancer Prevention and Treament 5K at Bluemont Park in 19:21, just a moment ahead of John Pallasch, 36, of Washington, second in 19:26, and Mark Hand, 44, of Arlington, third in 19:44.

    Anna Bernal, 23, of Quantico won the women's race in 19:40, with Betty Blank, 58, of Falls Church second in 21:14; and Victoria Crognale, 30, of Arlington, third in 23:00.

  • Pacers Running Stores announced Crystal City 5K on Friday, September 30, at 6:30 PM. "We loved 5K Fridays so much we couldn't stand the thought of waiting until Spring to run them again," according to their web page Call 703-248-6883 for information.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club invites young athletes in 1st to 8th grade to its Young Flyers youth track and field training program at Thomas Jefferson Community Center on Sunday afternoons, 3-5 PM, October 2 through December 11. See or call 703-927-4833.

    August 28, 2011
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  • Italian Air Force Major Edi Turco, 38, keeps on flying through races.

    Turco won two of Pacers Running Stores' Lost Dog 5K races in August, leading the pack on August 5 in 17:12 and August 26 in 16:56.

    On August 5, James Davis, 21, of Springfield took second in 17:25, followed by Brennan Cain, 29, third in 17:47.

    Kathy Dalby, 33, of Arlington, scored first among women in 22:55, outkicking Turco's bride Simonetta Nussio, 37, second in 23:02, and Crystal Maguire, 30, of Arlington, third 23:48.

    On August 12, Jesse Contario, 28, also of Arlington, won in 16:32, pulling Turco to his fastest finish, 16:44, good for second place, with Brennan Cain third in 17:23.

    Simonetta Nussio finished first among women, sixth overall in 22:31, trailed by Joanna Kim, 31, of Arlington, second in 23:11, and Robyn Fickes, 30, of Washington, third in 24:18.

    On August 26, ahead of the gathering storm, Brennan Cain landed second in 17:25 and Denis Cloutier, 49, of Arlington, was third in 17:42.

    Among women, Annie Grondin, 38, of Arlington paced the field in 20:20, ahead of Kathy Dalby, second in 22:38, and Crystal Maguire, third in 23:08.

    The races benefitted Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation.

    Pacers' next race is Clarendon Day 5K, 10K, and Kids' Dash on Saturday, September 24. See or call 703-248-6883. As a change of pace, the race offers commemorative flip-flop sandals.

  • Michael Wardian, 37, finally stepped into the winner's circle at San Francisco Marathon after three tries, running 2:27:06, more than seven minutes faster than the second place finisher. Wardian tackles Kauai Marathon this Sunday, September 4, hoping to win at least $2500 by winning and finishing under 2:30:00. Last year, he won in Kauai but missed the time bonus -- and $15,000 -- by just 52 seconds.

  • Kumssa Ethicha, 26, of Washington ran 16:14 to win Northern Virginia Running Club's 5K Run For Jerry. Behind him were Charlie Ban, 29, of McLean, second in 17:17, and Jay Valentine, 45, of Grand Junction, Colo., third in 17:37.

    Laura O'Hara, 31, was the women's champion in 18:56, with Ali Piacente, 26, second in 19:32, and Erin Masterson, 28, third in 21:18 -- all three from Alexandria.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club's regional championship track & field meet is Saturday-Sunday, September 4-5. See or call 703-481-3530.

  • Arlington's biggest 5K race, the Arlington Police, Fire, and Sheriff 9-11 Memorial 5K, is Saturday, September 10, at 6 PM in Pentagon City. See or call Capt. Matt Smith (Ret.) at 571-502-0135 or Sgt. Sean Bryson at 703-228-4117.

    July 17, 2011
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  • Somewhat slower than last year -- 48 minutes, to be exact -- Michael Wardian, 37, won the second annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon at Thomas Jefferson Community Center in 3:15:19.

    Last year, he set a world record on 2:27:21 for the indoor marathon. This year, however, he ran this marathon just three days after finishing third overall (and first American) in 2:26:01 at Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon across Death Valley in California. (That's 26 hours, 22 minutes for 135 miles!)

  • Dana Casanave, 30, of Leesburg was the only female finisher, running 3:59:25, her all-time personal best -- breaking 4 hours for the first time. Last year, she made history by running 52 marathons in 52 weeks.
  • Second among men in 3:40:19, running his first marathon, was Abdelillah Razah, 45. He hoped to qualify for 2012 Boston Marathon by running sub-3:30:59, but first marathons are always a challenge. Pacing Razah for the first few mile was Jay Jacob Wind, 61, third in 3:45:31, finishing his 135th marathon. Dr. Ashis Roy, 79, of New Delhi, India, the first man from India to finish 100 marathons, took ninth in 6:59:37, a pending world record for his age group. Ted Hobart, 44, of Arlington rounded out the top 10 in 7:02:10, walking most of way but sprinting the last lap.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club hosts workouts open to athletes of all ages every Monday night at 7 PM at Washington-Lee High School, 1301 North Stafford Street. PVTC conducts all-comers track meets on Saturdays, July 23 and August 6 and Sunday, August 21, at Falls Church High School. The club's annual championship meet for the Potomac Valley region is Saturday-Sunday, September 3-4. See or call 703-481-3530.

  • Northern Virginia Running Club directs 5K Run For Jerry on Thursday, August 25, at 6:30 PM at Bluemont Park, 325 North Manchester Street. See www, for call Samantha Kirby Cole at 703-856-2006. NOVA runners train together each Tuesday at 6:30 PM at Wakefield High School track, 4901 South Chesterfield Road, under the supervision of Coach Jerry Alexander.

  • Italian Air Force Major Edi Turco, 38, fresh from a three-week trip back to Italy, zoomed to 41st place in 27:51 at Rockville Rotary Twilight 8K. Eddie Valentine, 31, carded 28:00 for 47th, and Douglas Hickey, 28, ran 29:03 for 64th place.

    Northern Virginia Running Club's Samantha Kirby Cole, 42, landed 24th among women in 32:08, ahead of Jacquie Vanderslice, 29, 36th in 34:53; and Caitlin Moore, 25, 54th in 37:03.

  • DC Road Runners Club's Steve Thompson 8K is rescheduled to Tuesday, August 30, at 6:45 PM at Bluemont Park. At DCRRC's Bastille Day Four Mile at Fletcher's Cove in Washington, attorney Ben Danforth, 31, represented Arlington, taking the fifth in 25:34. Michael Fox-Boyd, 31, chased him, 11th in 26:07, with Adam Rubinstein, 36, 13th in 26:19.

    Gabrielle Names, 21, called out third among women in 27:50, leading Simonetta Nussio, 37, sixth in 29:57, and Kim Kruse, 47, eighth in 30:14.

    July 10, 2011
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  • July 4 is the busiest day on the racing calendar.

    Here in Arlington, Potomac Valley Track Club celebrated with its Go Fourth race, announced as eight kilometers (4.97 miles) but closer to nine kilometers (5.6 miles) because of a course marshal out of place.

    Thomas Pesch, 21, of Elgin, Minnesota, clocked in at 31:55, ahead of Arlington's Cory Herold, 27, second in 32:21 and Edi Turco, 38, third in 32:54.

    2008 Olympic Marathon Trials runner Lisa Thomas, 35, of Alexandria, won the women's race in 32:34, good for third overall. Lindsay Wilkins, 33, of Arlington, on the comeback trail after a long injury layoff, ran 33:07 for second among women and fifth overall.

  • Bennett Stackhouse, 27, stormed Let Freedom Run 5K in Fairfax in 16:19, third overall. Stephanie Gresalfi, 23, took 19th among women in 22:07.

  • Thaddeus Jones, 17, ran 25:28 for 206th place at Autism Speaks 5K in Potomac. Sara Lopez, 31, scored third in her age group, 222nd overall in 25:15.

  • Lindsay LaRose, 29, bloomed fourth among women in 19:05 at Firecracker 5K in Reston. Ryan Hart, 16, beat out eighth place among men in 17:06.

  • DC Road Runners Club's Steve Thompson 8K on Wednesday, July 20, was originally scheduled to be the first race ever on the multiple-use trail alongside Four Mile Run alongside South Glebe Road in Arlington and Alexandria. Alexandria city officials rejected the club's permit application, however, so the club seeks an alternate venue for the race. Updated information will appear on the club's web site, Unchanged are the club's plans for its annual Bluemont 5K on Tuesday, August 2, starting at 7:00 PM from Bluemont Park SOuth Shelter, 325 North Manchester Street.

  • No word yet from Death Valley, California, where Arlington's mega-marathoner Michael Wardian tackled the Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon, dubbed "The Challenge of the Champions." Wardian earned USA and international honors last year as both USA Track & Field and International Association of Ultrarunning ultramarathon runner of the year.

  • Pacers Running Stores announced its fourth annual Crystal City Twilighter 5K on Saturday, July 23, at 8:30 PM. See or call 703-248-6883.

    April 3, 2011
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  • Luke Holman, 27, dreads the first mile of most races, because he knows he goes out too fast and burns up.

    He overcame that fear and ran a steady race at Cherry Blossom 5K, winning in 17:07, more than a minute ahead of the competition.

    Behind him, Matthew Stohler, 35, held on to 11th place in 23:41.

    Among women, Jillian Catalanotti, 32, captured sixth place in 23:10.

    In the big race, the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, Bert Rodriguez, 31, tried to repeat as first finisher from the DC area. His 50:25 bettered his 2010 clocking by 27 seconds, good for 17th overall, but David Nightingale, 25, an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier from Washington DC, took the local title in 48:39, 14th overall and $500 richer.

    Michael Wardian, 36, bounced back nicely from his SunTrust National Marathon win, finishing 22nd in 51:16, a personal best. David Burnham, 26, sizzled in 25th place, running 51:49.

    Among women, Claire Hallissey, 28, a citizen of United Kingdom living in Arlington, won $1000 for fifth place in 56:17. Laura Przydzial, 32, ran 1:04:34 for 33rd place, with Liz Elko, 23, 40th in 1:05:26.

  • Wardian made it five out of six at SunTrust National Marathon, winning for a fifth time in the six years of the event. His time of 2:23:01 was four minutes slower than the Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time he sought, but five minutes ahead of second place. Two other Arlington runners finished fourth and fifth -- Dustin Whitlow, 24, in 2:31:31 and Joe Kelly, 25, in 2:33:42.

    Julia Taylor, 39, was Arlington's first lady in 3:29:15, 405th overall, leading Kathleen Gallagher, 25, 470th in 3:34:52, and Keelyn Henderson, 23, 506th in 3:33:58.

    In the accompanying CareFirst Half Marathon, Edi Turco, 38, zoomed into 19th place in 1:15:01, pursued by Nathan Delong, 29, 38th in 1:18:33, and Hugh Owen, 33, 44th in 1:19:23.

    Varia Lvova, 33, paced Arlington's women, 10th in 1:23:13, ahead of Erin Swain, 28, 12th in 1:23:48, and Natalie Williamson, 30, 13th in 1:27:38.

    March 20, 2011
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  • Michael Wardian, 36, is working hard in his effort to qualify for his third Olympic Trials marathon.

    He gave it his best shot at Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, running 1:09:37 for the first half marathon, running alongside Bryan Morseman of Addison, N.Y., both trailing Chris Erichsen of St. Paul, Minn., by just 14 seconds.

    Erichsen, however, had the best second half, 1:09:01, to win in 2:18:24, qualifying for the Trials with a sub-2:19 time. Wardian's second half was 1:13:50 to finish in 2:23:27, third behind Morseman's 2:22:39, but not good enough to get his ticket punched to the Trials in Houston on January 14, 2012.

    Wardian tries again this Saturday at SunTrust National Marathon in Washington, a race he has won four times in five tries.

    Timothy Garland, 25, broke three hours at Shamrock, finishing 52nd in 2:59:27. Toni Diegoli, 32, ran 3:10:14 for 15th place among women, with Taylor Poling, 29, 36th in 3:26:34, and Melanie Yu, 29, 38th in 3:26:40.

    In the accompanying half marathon, Keith Giles, 34, took 31st place in 1:19:30, and Christine Rehwald, 31, nailed 14th among women in 1:24:46.

    In the 8K there, Adam Morse, 30, coded 278th among men in 38:10, and Andi Allen, 28, scored 138th among women in 39:45.

  • To warm up for Shamrock Marathon, Wardian ran 16:54 to win Nottingham Elementary 5K, on perhaps the hilliest course in Arlington. After the first hill, he never looked back. Far behind him were 15-year-old Ryan Hart, second in 18:40, and Chris Snow, 39, third in 19:06.

    First among women and sixth overall in 20:25 was Julie Monticello, 37, followed by Kelly Hart, 13, second in 22:25, and Macy Monticello, 9, third in 23:19, keeping two of the top three awards in the house.

    More than 320 runners finished on a glorious last day of winter.
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  • At Van Metre 5-Mile Run, Victor Belarmino, 33, rang in 97th place among men in 39:10, and Alexis Tsonos, 27, was lucky 13th among women in 37:51.

  • Bert Rodriguez, 31, chased Ethiopian star Gurmessa Megerssa for three miles at Scope It Out 5K in Washington, ending up second by just four steps in 14:59. Claire Hallissey, 28, a world-class athlete from Bristol, U.K., living in Arlington, won the women's race in 17:52.

  • Hugh Owen, 33, also finished second among men at Reston 10 Miler in 58:41, just 20 ticks behind the leader. Meredith Esbeck, 26, rounded the final turn in seventh place in 1:15:02.

  • Champion triathlete Robert Wade, 28, ran St. Patrick's Day 8K in Washington in 25:14, good for sixth place in a record field of 5,400 runners. Christine Rehwald, 31, shone in 11th place in 31:09.

  • Frank Devar, 22, of Washington smoked the field of more than 1400 at Four Courts Four Mile, breaking five-minute miles in 19:44. Arlington's Ryan Foster, 25, finished second in 20:09, ahead of Aaron Church, 35, of South Riding, third in 20:42.

    Meagan Nedlo, 28, trekked all the way from Charlotte, N.C., to win the women's race in 23:45, leading Michelle Miller, 30, of Damascus, Md., second in 23:46, and Olympic Trial qualifier Lisa Thomas, 35, of Alexandria, third in 24:08. Arlington's top females were Kristi Markowicz, 40, fourth in 24:31, and Erin Swain, 28, fifth in 24:35.

  • Wakefield 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, April 9, at 9 AM, on the Bluemont Junction Trail. See or call 703-228-6700.

  • Pacers Running Stores kicks off its Friday night Crystal Run 5K series on April 1 at 6:30 PM at 2121 Crystal Drive. The series continues on April 8, April 15, April 22, and April 29 -- no fooling! See or call 703-248-6883.

  • The 2011 Boston Marathon -- the world's oldest -- include 70 Arlington County runners: Daniel Aronowitz, Hina Ayub, Alexandra Barrage, Jeff Bedell, Susan Benante, Elizabeth Black, Elizabeth Brown, Brennan Cain, Taneen Carvell, Grace Chan, Laura Chipkin, Michael Coffman, Colleen Connell, Chip Coyle, Roger Cressey, Jon Dalton, Brian Danza, Edward Dawkins, Nathan Delong, Toni Diegoli, Theodore Dowd II, Will Ellison, Michael Feldhaus, Christopher Goetzman, William Goodrich, Christine Hackman, Lisa Haney, Sarah Harting, Daniel Hassouni, Cory Herold, Eugene Holmes, Diana Joaquin, Jason Jones, Christian Kammer, Dawn Kawasaki, John Kelly, Faith Korbel, Stephen Lebo, Daniel Lesniak, Kristen Lloyd, Varia Lvova, Nicholas Lynch, Reza Mahbod, Alan Martinson, Colleen Marzec, Charles McGinnis, Brendan McGinty, Stephen Messinger, Kristen Mirick, Hilary Moffett, Audrey Perlow, Christine Rehwald, Emily Rhoades, Sarah Rodis, Mark Shannon, Kate Skidmore, Bradley Smith, Scott Smith, Tatyana Steis, Heather Stevens, Megan Stewart, Ruth Stiver, Adam Stolzberg, Neil Sullivan, Allen Walker, Cindy Walls, Gregg Weltz, Jay Jacob Wind, Amy Wood, and William Wren.

    Arlington's team in Boston is smaller this year than previous years because the 2011 Boston Marathon filled up with 22,000 entrants after eight hours and three minutes on the first day registration opened, October 18, 2010. Registration never before closed so fast -- in recent years, registration stayed open for two months.

    In response, Boston Athletic Association changed the qualifying process for the 2012 marathon and tightened the qualifying standards for the 2013 edition. On September 12, 2011, BAA opens registration to runners with qualifying times at least 20 minutes faster than their standards or qualifiers who have finished 10 consecutive Boston Marathons, including 2011. If any slots remain, registration opens on September 14 to those at least 10 minutes faster than their standards; on September 16, to those at least five minutes faster than their standards; and on September 19, to all qualified runners. The number of slots available for 2012 will be about the same as for 2011, subject to permits from the municipalities the marathon traverses.

    For the 2013 Boston Marathon, everyone's qualifying standard is five minutes faster, and qualifying times do not include an extra 59 seconds.

    Similarly, the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon filled in just two days. Army Ten Miler, Arlington's biggest race, opens registration on May 1 to active duty U.S. service members and runners who have participated in at least seven Army Ten Milers, and then on May 15 to all others. See

    March 13, 2011
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  • Champion marathoner / ultra-marathoner Michael Wardian, 36, certainly has a sense of humor.

    Three weeks ago, he dreamed up the idea of setting the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon ever run wearing a superhero costume. He consulted his friend, fellow ultra-marathoner Ian Sharman, who claimed the world record at Napa Valley Marathon on March 6 in California, running 2:40:06 dressed as Spider-Man.

    In a similar costume, Wardian led Lower Potomac River Marathon in Piney Point, Md., winning in 2:34:56.

    If Guinness certifies the record, Wardian will display it proudly on his wall next to his world records for the fastest marathon pushing a baby stroller and the fastest on a treadmill, both records since broken by others.

    Christopher Goetzman, 30, won his age group, 13th overall in 3:17:15, and Robert Toonkel, 35, took 56th in 3:49:10. Toonkel has twice run marathons in all 50 states.

  • Edi Turco, 38, returned to the winner's circle at DC Road Runners Club's Fort Hunt 10K, running the four-loop course in 35:39. Tim Arnade, 54, scored 11th in 42:16. Elizabeth May, 30, brought home second place among women in 43:15.

    March 6, 2011
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  • Edi Turco, 38, tried really hard to win DC Road Runners Club's Burke Lake 12K in a driving rain on Sunday.

    At the halfway-point turnaround, he was close enough to splash the heels of leader Jimmy Sosinski, 28, but by the finish, Sosinski put a minute between them to win in 43:35, with Turco second in 44:34.

    Liliya Levina, 27, finished eighth among women in 1:01:59.

  • Andrew Miller, 23, took 10th among men in 19:58 at Vamos 5K in Washington, and Vanessa Oseroff, 30, passed a pack of womenwn t the end for fifth place in 23:46.

  • Raymond Matthews, 43, ran 3:17:45 at B&A Trail Marathon in Severna Park, Md., scoring 19th 18th among men, ahed of Robert Towne, 58, 25th in 3:23:14.

    George Cernat, 33, landed 60th in 1:35:49 at the accompanying half marathon.

  • Undaunted by long distance runs, Michael Wardian, 36, decided to try something new -- 1000 feet up the Empire State Building in New York City. He made the climb in 12:18 -- 14th overall -- just two days after running Miami Marathon.

  • Also running indoors, multisport athlete James Barr, 43, won the three events he competed at USATF PVA Open and Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships at Episopal HS in Alexandria. He earned gold at the 60-meter hurdles in 14.81 seconds, the long jump in 5.31 meters, and the shot put in 11.72 meters.

  • From there, Barr flew out to the big dance, the USA National Masters Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, where he placed fifth in the individual long jump in 5.21 meters, third in the shot put in 11.79 meters, fifth in the weight throw in 10.48 meters, fifth in the superweight in 6.31 meters.

    In the indoor pentathlon -- a separate set of five events -- Barr ran the 1,000 meters in 3:40.88, won the 60-meter hurdles in 10.15, won the high jump in 1.72 meters, won the long jump in 5.54 meters, and won the shot put in 11.80 meters, for a total score of 2908 -- and the national gold medal.

  • Arlington County's Saturday Morning Youth Track & Field kicks off on March 12 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, ages 6 to 8 at 9:00 AM, ages 9-14 at 10:15 AM. Cost is $75. See or call Jennifer Groner at 703-228-1809.

  • The luck of the Irish will be on display at Four Courts Four Miler on Saturday at 9:00 AM at Ireland's Four Courts Pub, 2051 Wilson Boulevard. The race is sold out, but it will be fun to watch. See

  • St. Agnes School 5K, 10K, and one-mile runs are Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 AM at 2024 N. Randolph Street. Contact Don Dougherty at or 703-447-6801.

    February 27, 2011
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  • Arlington's Michael Wardian, 36, received the world's highest award for an ultra-marathon runner, International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) Athlete of the Year, announced on February 9.

    Wardian's international successes in 2010 included third place at IAU's 50km World Trophy Final in Galway, Ireland, in 2:54:56; third in a very competitive field at IAU's 100km World & European Championship in Gibraltar in 6:49:18; and first at the USA 50km championship at Caumsett State Park in New York in 2:55:05, breaking the old meet record by 49 seconds.

    Wardian ran 2:23:41 for third place at ING Miami Marathon. At that race, Varia Lvova, 33, finished 20th among women, 199th overall in 3:18:54, followed by Neil Sullivan, 45, 180th among men and 200th overall, also in 3:18:54.

    In the accompanying Miami Half Marathon, Diego Rios, 24, was Arlington's top male, 493rd in 1:50:19; and Lynn Tanger, 37, hit the spot in 1:52:34, 362nd among women.

  • On Presidents' Day in Alexandria, a half hour before the parade, Pacers staged a one-Thoe race on the course, with thousands of spectators. Edi Turco, 38, finished a close second in 4:57.7, and Pacers owner Chris Farley, 34, took third in 5:18.7.

    Turco's wife, Simonetta Nussio, 36, ran fifth among women in 6:52.5, just ahead of Allison Rainey, 30, sixth in 7:00.4.

  • Two days earlier, Farley scored 10th place in 36:00 at Washington Birthday 10K in Alexandria. Blair O'Brien, 25, covered the course in 46:41, 16th among women.

  • Robert Towne, 58, ran a Boston-qualifying 3:26:18 for 19th place at Washington's Birthday Marathon in Greenbelt. Caroline Lauver, 29, also made the Boston cut, fourth among women in 3:40:54.

  • At Potomac Valley Track Club's By George 5K at East Potomac Park, Neil Gipson, 34, nailed down ninth place in 18:50. Mandy Zhang, 28, zinged to 18th among women in 26:19.

    In the accompanying By George 10K, David Wertz, 35, took fifth place in 35:07 behind four fast teammates from Georgetown Running Company. Christine Marie Rehwald, 31, shone fourth among women in 41:10.

  • Pacers also sponsored Love the Run You're With 5K on Valentine's Day weekend. Jordan McDougal, 23, of Culpeper sent home the win in 14:47.3, outkicking Frank DeVar, 22, of Washington, second in 14:47.8. Gerald Greenlaw, 23, of Alexandria broke 15 by 0.06 seconds, taking third in 14:59.4, and Arlington's Bert Rodriguez, 31, landed fourth in 15:02, just ahead of Ryan Foster, 25, fifth in 15:07.7.

    Michelle Miller, 30, of Damascus, won the women's race in 17:56, leading Arlington's Erin Swain, 29, second in 18:14. Pacers runner Michaela Courtney, 26, finished third, ahead of Kristi Markowitz, 41, fourth in 18:35, and Raquel Morgan, 25, fifth in 19:27.

  • H-B Woodlawn School announced the inaugural HBW 5K Trail Run on Saturday, May 21, at 8 AM at Potomac Overlook Park, a Service-in-Learning project to raise funds for H2O for Life, partnering schools in the USA with schools in developing nations in need of water and sanitation. For information, see or call 703-228-6363.

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  • Marathoner Wardian Honored by General Assembly

    January 9, 2011
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  • Michael Wardian, 36, took the early lead at Walt Disney World Marathon in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., covering the first five miles in 26:43 alongside Timothy Chichester of Mount Morris, N.Y., ahead of Brazilian star Fredison Costa's 26:58.

    By 10 miles, however, Costa caught and passed Wardian, then pulled away to win in 2:21:15. Wardian held on to finish second in 2:27:37, an improvement over his fifth place in 2010.

    Farther back, 25 men and 24 women finished the marathon in the Magic Kingdom. Robert Carlson, 38, zoomed to 3:25:04 for 362 among men, followed by Andy Berner, 36, 686th in 3:37:16.

    Farah El-Hadidy, 29, qualified for Boston Marathon with a chip time of 3:39:02 (finish time 3:42:19), 152nd among women. Kathryn Davis, 27, broke four hours, 339th in 3:56:15.

    In the accompanying half marathon, Chris Gust, 43, grabbed 213th among men in 1:34:02; and Alison Smith, 23, nailed 200th mong women in 1:47:00.

  • Edi Turco, 38, came within 30 seconds of making it four wins in a row at D.C. Road Runners Club races, taking second in 1:00:15 at Al Lewis 10 Miler in Kensington, Md.

    Arlington attorney Ben Danforth, 31, won the verdict for eighth place in 1:08:51; and DCRRC vice-president and scorekeeper Brian Danza, 30, ran 1:11:47 for 15th.

    Connie Dowler, 35, landed sixth among women in 1:18:22; and Simonetta Nussio, 36, hit 1:33:10 for 16th.

    Times were slow across the board after two inches of snow covered the trail alongside Beach Drive.

    January 2, 2011
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  • Arlngton's Edi Turco, 38, continued his dominance of D.C. Road Runners Club races, winning the club's Predictions & Resolutions 5K on New Year's Day in Rosslyn.

    Turco finished in 17:19, more than a minute ahead of Chris Zapple, 19, of Falls Church, second in 18:30. Third in 18:56 was Matthew Brake, 30, of Albuquerque, N.M.

    Neil Gibson, 34, ran 19:38 for sixth, and club vice president Brian Danza, 30, took 10th in 20:29.

    Annie Grondin, 37, made it an all-Arlington sweep, first among women in 20:53. Connie Dowler, 35, of Arlington rodded to second in 21:48, with Christy Sporidis, 42, of Potomac, Md., close behind in 22:07.

    Grace Chan, 41, landed sixth in 22:26, and Susan Aaronson, 56, celebrated the New Year with a 12th-place finish in 24:34.

  • The next day, Turco defrosted the Frozen 5K in Manassas, third in 16:44. His wife, Simonetta Nussio, 36, nailed 19th in 24:04.

  • Mark Hand, 44, grabbed 20th in 43:14 at Rehau Rotary Resolution 10K in Leesburg. Patricia Navin-Greenfield, 51, notched 39th in 55:00.

  • At New Year's Day 5K in Reston, Kelly Hart, 13, earned an age-group championship, ninth among women in 21:59. Cameron Vincent, 29, covered the course in 20:12, 11th among men.

  • At Fairfax Four Miler, the biggest New Year's weekend race in the region, Will Viviani, 27, outkicked everyone, first overall in 19:47, and Michaela Courtney, 26, nearly did the same, second among women in 22:49, only 23 seconds behind first.

  • At Potomac Valley Track Club's Christmas Caper 5K in East Potomac Park, Matthew Lowe, 30, hit high gear in 17:43 for third place. Naval Academy graduate and sub-four-minute miler Michael Ryan, 34, sailed into fifth in 18:02. His father, Paul Ryan, 60, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret), won his age group, 17th in 20:20.

    Among women, Ann Lowe, 32, placed ninth in 22:59.

    In the accompanying 10K, Gordon Simonett, 31, netted ninth in 43:20, and Mary Kay Queen, 33, reigned 15th in 54:54.

  • At PVTC's first indoor track meet of the season at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Shannon Lee, 12, of Gainesville won the children's mile in 5:35.0, and Jay Hall, 11, of Waldorf zoomed to first among boys in 5:52.7, outleaning his twin brother Jett Hall, second in 5:55.4. Arlington's Austin Stout, 11, steamed into fourth in 6:19.9, just ahead of his friend Quinn Smith-Perry, 12, fifth in 6:23.4. Alec Blagg, 9, finished 11th in 7:38.1.

    Another pair of twins, Ashlyn and Halsey Sinclair, 21, of Silver Spring, led the women's mile in 5:26.2 and 5:30.3. Alec's sister Emily Blagg, 16, turned in third in 5:46.8.

    Christopher Snyder, 22, of McConnellsburg, Pa., scored a pair of wins, first in the men's mile 4:38.9, and later in the 3000-meter race in 9:48.5. Arlington's JJ LaPointe, 15, ran 5:26.7 for seventh in the mile.

    Ted Poulos, 49, of McLean won the masters' mile in 5:29.2, ahead of resurgent Caleb "Spider" Rossiter, 59, of Washington, second in 5:33.9. JJ's father, Jon LaPointe, 51, punched 6:41.0 for seventh.

    In the 3000, Smith-Perry ran 12:56.5 for 10th place, and Stout took 12th in 13:29.4.

    Winning his second race of the day in 16:58.5 was Karsten Brown, 36, of Front Royal, with Arlington's Abdelillah Razah, 44, third in 20:49.6.

    PVTC hosts two more meet at TJ this season, Sundays, January 16 and January 30. The meets are free for students up to eighth grade. See or call 703-927-4833.

    December 19, 2010
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  • For the third year in a row, Arlington's Michael Wardian, 36, won the Ted Corbitt Memorial USA Track & Field Ultra Runner of the Year Award, presented at the national convention in Virginia Beach.

    Wardian had a splendid year, winning the 50-kilometer (31.1-mile) USA road championship; earning the bronze medal at both the International Association of Ultrarunners 50-kilometer and 100-kilometer (62.2-mile) world championships; taking third – the best finish ever by a U.S. man – at the Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara Desert in Morocco; and finishing as the top U.S. runner at Comrades Marathon (89 kilometers -- 55.3 miles). He also scored third in 6:31:14 at The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile in Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, just one week after Comrades. He posted six marathon victories in 2010 including ING Miami Marathon, National Marathon, Delaware Marathon (setting a Delaware state record & course record in 2:26:22), Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon at Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington (setting an indoor marathon world record of 2:27:21), Kauai Marathon, and ING Hartford Marathon on October 9 in 2:24:38. He was also 15th overall at USATF Men's Marathon Championships on October 3 in Minneapolis, posting a time of 2:21:18.

  • Anthony Lee, 37, ran 31:20 for 31st place at Celtic Solstice 5M in Baltimore. Caitlin Murphy, 25, landed 106th in 34:51.

  • At Jingle All The Way 10K in Washington -- the region's biggest run in December, Claire Hallissey, 27, won the women's race in 35:17, followed by Erin Swain, 28, second in 37:32. Among men, David Wertz, 35, rang in sixth place in 33:32.

  • Ellen Lolich, 26, covered Jingle Bell 5K Run for Arthritis in Baltimore in 28:48, 163rd overall.

  • At VA Runner Blue & Gray Half Marathon in Fredericksburg, Anthony Lee, 37, topped his age group, 12th overall in 1:26:58. Katie Davis, 26, placed third in her age group, 75th overall in 1:41:22.

  • Julie Eckman, 31, ran 22:28 for 59th overall at Jingle Bell 5K in Solomons, Md.

  • Edi Turco, 37, made it two in a row, winning D.C. Road Runners Club's second Snowball Series race, Bread Run 10K in Glen Echo in 37:36. Emily Gousen, 24, flew to third among women in 47:25.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club and DCRRC conduct their 32nd annual indoor track meet series at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, on Sundays, January 2, January 16, and January 30, including 800-meter, 1500-meter, and 3000-meter racewalks starting at 7:45 AM; 55-meter dash at 8:15 AM; one mile at 9:00 AM; followed by 400-meter, 800-meter, 200-meter, 3000-meter, and 5000-meter races. Registration is free for students up to 8th grade. See or call 703-927-4833.

    December 5, 2010
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  • Italian Air Force Edi Turco, 37, landed first overall in 1:19:16 at DC Road Runners Club's Gar Williams Half Marathon at Carderock, Md., more than a minute ahead of second place.

    Paul Ralyea, 43, rallied for fourth in 1:32:28, with Greg Chapuis, 32, ninth in 1:37:09, and Robert Rodriguez, 55, 11th in 1:38:08.

    Second among women in 1:39:05 was Connie Dowler, 35. Robin Martz, 40, ran 1:50:16 for 11th among women.

  • One week earlier, Turco took second in 27:52 at Drumstix Dash 8K in Burke. Kelly Buroker, 29, ran 40:08 there, 11th among women.

  • At Christmas Town Dash 8K thru Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Bryce Ferrara, 22, earned third place in his age group in 33:27, 24th among men. Tiffani Demarco, 37, ran 45:57, 150th among women.

  • Harry Ellison, 55, won his age group in 20:59, 20th overall, at Sea Colony Turkey Trot 5K in Bethany Beach, Del. Melissa Merson, 57, picked up second in her age group in 31:52, 113th overall.

  • Mike Toner, 35, rang 19:47 for 12th at Huff, Puff & Race for Pumpkin Pie 5K in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Nicole Toner, 38, placed 68th in 23:23.

  • Arlington runners gobbled up Turkey Trots all over the region on Thanksgiving Day.

  • At Christ Church of Arlington's Turkey Trot 5K, Christopher Marker, 21, won it all, first in 15:31, ahead of Ian McGinn, 19, of Oakton, second in 16:02, and Patrick Dannaher, 21, third in 17:36.

    Kristi Markowicz, 40, made it an Arlington sweep, winning in 18:26, with Samantha Cole, 42, second in 19:34, and Kelly Kingma, 18, of Reston, third in 19:46.

  • Will Viviani, 28, chased Ethiopian star Gurmessa Megerssa at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Turkey Chase 10K, finishing second in 31:10. Sarah Burnham, 26, made big plans and stirred up 20th among women in 44:52.

  • Dave Miller, 27, starred at So Others May Eat's Trot for Hunger in Washington, fourth in 16:23. Erika Nelsen, 29, ran 21:18 for 15th among women.

  • Sean Graham, 30, crackled at Alexandria Turkey Trot Five Mile, first among more than 3,000 runners in 24:14. Mark Drath, 25, followed fourth in 25:23 and the prolific Edi Turco, 11th in 27:37.

    Erin Swain, 28, earned the bronze medal, third among women in 29:50, ahead of Alexandra Karaer, 35, 15th in 33:25.

    November 21, 2010
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  • At the International Association of Ultrarunners 100K (62.1 miles) World Championships in Gibraltar on Sunday, November 7, Michael Wardian, 36, earned the individual bronze medal for third overall, leading the U.S. men to a team silver medal, its highest team placement ever.

    Wardian finished in 6:49:18, and four additional Americans placed in the top 25: Chikara Omine of San Francisco, ninth in 6:58:09; Matt Woods of Falls Church, 12th in 6:58:36, Chad Ricklefs of Boulder, Colo., 14th in 7:01:36, and Joseph Binder of Berkeley, Cal., 25th in 7:16:43.

  • Two weeks later, Wardian tried his legs at the 48th annual JFK 50 Mile Run in Boonsboro, Md., finishing sixth in 6:12:07 at the nation's largest ultramarathon -- 1014 finishers. "I just didn't have the snap," said Wardian. "I ran some eight-minute miles late in the race, but my last mile was under six minutes."

    Olivier Leblond, 38, covered the 50-mile course in 6:58:03, 27th overall, followed by Christopher Dempsey, 33, 259th in 9:21:12; Michael Blasinsky, 36, 290th in 9:29:07; John Mazur, 51, 298th in 9:32:12; and Robin Martz, 40, 304th overall and 45th among women in 9:33:36.

  • Wardian made a remarkable recovery overnight, running 16:34 to win Kinhaven 5K in Bluemont Park the next day. He looked back a few times before the finish at Alex Eversmeyer, 29, of Falls Church, second in 16:37. Taking third in 17:12 was Jordan Snyder, 44, of Rockville.

    Betty Blank, 57, of Falls Church happened to go through Bluemont Park at 8:45 AM on her morning run, entered the race on the spot, and won it -- and $100 -- in 22:26, 23 seconds ahead of Michael's sister, Mariele Wardian, 28, of Washington, second in 22:49.

    Geoffrey Adleman, 27, was Arlington's second finisher, sixth in 19:05, with Michael's brother Matthew Wardian, 34, eighth in 19:17.

    Wendy Pilch, 35, landed third among women in 23:40, just ahead of Jessica Tierney, 31, fourth in 23:45.

  • At Montgomery County Road Runners' Run Under the Lights 5K in Gaithersburg, Elizabeth Holtz, 30, ran 28:07 for 10th in her age group, and Thomas Dillon and Amber Dillon, both 33, finished together in 29:55.

  • Eddie Valentine, 30, shared his heart with the City of Brotherly Love, clocking 2:39:39 at Philadelphia Marathon, 37th overall. Pacers Running Store owner Chris Farley, 40, charged to 2:44:30, for 60th, with Nathan Delong, 28, 132nd in 2:53:57; George Perry, 30, 159th in 2:55:59; Adam Stolzberg, 34, 186th in 2:58:02; Dylan Barlett, 24, 226th in 2:59:01; and John O'Sullivan, 32, 223rd in 2:59:08.

    Kaitlin Sheedy, 27, earned 313rd overall in 3:03:08, with Kristen Cheman, 27, 782nd in 3:18:03; Elizabeth McGrath, 27, 1187th in 3:27:27; and Jacqueline Vanderslice, 29, 1378th in 3:30:19.

    In the accompanying half-marathon, Jason Jones, 30, unlocked 1:18:57 for 28th place; leading Matthew Aviles, 25, 53rd in 1:22:11; and James Miceli, 22, rounding out the top 100 in 1:26:17.

    Emily Weissler, 23, topped Arlington's women, 540th in 1:40:55, pacing Samantha Galpin, 31, 688th in 1:43:08; and Jessica Marsh, 24, 857th in 1:45:23

    At Rothman Institute 8K in Philadephia, Tina Andrews, 48, ran 1:21:53, 984th among women.

  • Doran Bosso, 27, took third place in 19:30 at Mount Vernon High School Turkey Trot 5K in Alexandria. Athelia Graham, 32, matched that finish, third among women in 23:22.

  • David Siders, 29, trotted to fifth place in 37:02 at Marine Corps Turkey Trot 10K in Quantico. Maria Solomon, 26, wisely ran 46:05 for ninth among women.

  • Michael Godesky, 35, sallied fourth in 37:14 at Potomac Valley Track Club Cranberry Crawl 10K at East Potomac Park in Washington. Maggie Musgrave, 27, ran 42:59 for third among women, outkicking Elizabeth May, 30, fourth in 43:05.

    In the simultaneous 5K, Tim Arnade, 53, poured it on for 13th among men in 19:53, and Emily Reuter, 30, hit 20:34, fourth among women.

    November 14, 2010
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  • At Runway 5K near Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, Arlington's Bert Rodriguez, 31, won the men's checkered flag, first overall in 15:06.

  • A week later, at Capital Running Company's Veterans Day 10K in Washington, Rodriguez finished ninth in 30:51, just five seconds behind Will Viviani, 28, eighth in 30:46. Dustin Whitlow, 24, covered the course in 32:56, 17th place, with Chris Pelliccia, 25, 32nd in 35:52, among 1,106 male finishers.

    Elizabeth Helland, 33, ran a heavenly 37:41 for fifth place among women, ahead of Liz Elko, 23, 13th in 40:37; Erika Nelsen, 29, 22nd in 43:20; Tammy Lamantia, 38, 26th in 44:04; and Kallie Sims, 22, 32nd in 44:20, among 1,239 female finishers.

  • Pelliccia won Get Your Rear in Gear 5K at Fort Hunt Park the previous weekend in 17:45, more than a minute ahead of second place.

  • At Richmond Marathon, Nicole Terry, 26, scored a top-10 finish, eighth place in 3:06:19, followed by Kristen Patton, 24, 83rd in 3:34:58; and Jessica Kelly, 24, 231st in 3:48:59.

    Bradley Smith, 35, took 12th among men in 2:41:05, pacing Patrick Myers, 28, 73rd in 3:01:39; and Troy Dewitt, 28, 77th in 3:02:35.

    In the accompanying half marathon, Clint Satterthwaite, 26, ran 1:26:32 for 59th place, leading Matthew McQueeney, 28, 90th in 1:29:10; and Bryce Ferrara, 23, 119th in 1:31:37.

    Kaylan Wedekind, 24, went 187th among women in 1:45:33, chased by Brittany Rhoney, 27, 206th in 1:45:48; and Emily Callen, 20, 235th in 1:46:57.

    In the Richmond 8K, David Wertz, 34, won his age group, 15th among men in 25:58. Behind him were Bryce Wilk, 25, 16th in 26:03; and Keyy Sherrard, 23, 23rd in 34:37.

    Among women, Laura McLellan, 22, battled for 64th in 38:19, pulling along Claire Kimmich, 22, 79th in 39:02; and McKenzie Butler, 24, 134th in 41:05.

  • At The Dash 5K in Rock Creek Park in Washington, Juan Moreno, 34, landed second overall in 19:06, in front of Brian Bachor, 26, third in 20:21; and Chad Krause, 25, sixth in 21:41.

    Donna Sumption, 47, assumed 10th place and won her age group in 26:23.

  • Chan Robbins, 73, stays young running races almost every weekend. At Edgemoor Classic 5K in Bethesda, he won his age group, 59th among men in 24:40.

  • Eugene Mulero, 31, ran 19:24 for eighth place at The Jack T. Farrar, Jr. 5K in Alexandria. Finish seventh, eighth, and ninth among women were Sarah Lynch, 28, in 24:25; Laura Clayton, 32, in 24:26; and Rachel Daniels, 27, in 24:35.

  • Arlington's Claire Hallissey, 27, a native of Hertfordshire, U.K., trained for her first marathon by winning a variety of local races and capped her season with an outstanding 2:36:13 at New York City Marathon, good for 18th place among women.

    Close behind her was Italian Air Force Major Edi Turco, 37, 121st among men in 2:40:53.

  • Michael and Jennifer Wardian host Kinhaven 5K on Sunday, November 21, at 9:00 AM, at Bluemont Park. See for full information.

    October 31, 2010
  • As printed

  • Security was high for this year's Marine Corps Marathon, with U.S. marshals on rooftops in Rosslyn, but a beautiful day and the challenge of 26.2 miles in Arlington and Washington D.C. brought out 21,855 finishers - 13,196 male and 8,659 female.

    Air Force 2nd Lieutenant Jacob Brodosky, 23, of Centerville, Ohio, stayed in formation with three other runners until the 20-mile mark on the 14th Street Bridge. There, he broke away to lead the race through Crystal City and around the Pentagon, winning in 2:23:30. Just 11 seconds behind him was Kenyan runner Ronald Kurui, 28, of Ellicott City, second in 2:23:41, who recovered from falling earlier in the race and bruising his knee and elbow. Third in 2:24:08 was U.S. Marine 1st Lieutenant Sean Barrett, 25, of Wilmington, N.C., running his first marathon.

    Megamarathoner Michael Wardian, 36, was Arlington's first finisher, 24th in 2:39:09, leading 623 men from the county. Hugh Owen, 33, owned 37th place in 2:42:14, followed by David Burnham, 26, 48th in 2:45:37; Oliver Leblond, 38, 81st in 2:50:51; and U.S. Army Brigadier General Steve Anderson, commanded 96th place in 2:53:08, second in his age group.

    Another Kenyan runner, Janet Cherobon, 32, now of Rome, Ga., won the women's race by more than four minutes, 27th overall in 2:42:38. 2010 has been a banner year for Cherobon, with four marathon wins -- in January, Mississippi Blues Marathon in Jackson, Miss., in 2:37:44; in March, Snickers Marathon Energy Bar Marathon in Albany, Ga., in 2:37:57; and in May, Cellcom Marathon in Green Bay, Wisc., in 2:37:39.

    Navy Lieutenant Gina Slaby, 29, of Tucson, Ariz., winner of the 2009 Kona Marathon in Hawaii, took the silver medal in 2:46:58, qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials by just two seconds. Ethiopian star Tezata Desalegn, 29, of Ellicott City, garnered the bronze in 2:48:35.

    Pacing Arlington's 458 female finishers was Erin Swain, 13th in 2:59:49, ahead of Samantha Cole, 42, 22nd in 3:05:39 and first in her age group; Christine Rehwald, 31, 26th in 3:07:27; Faith Korbel, 31, 27th in 3:08:23; Katherine Marden, 29, 37th in 3:11:16; Emma Mellamphy, 30, 53rd in 3:15:46; Katie Muething, 25, 54th in 3:15:55; and Annie Grondin, 37, 81st in 3:21:07.

    Alfred Richmond, 71, continued his streak of running all 35 Marine Marathons, finishing in 5:21:08.

  • In the Marine Corps Marathon 10K, Mark Pepple, 30, of Gainesville, Fla., was the first to make it from the start on the National Mall to the finish at the Marine Corps Memorial Monument (Iwo Jima), running 33:41.

    Behind him were Wyatt Boyd, 26, of Washington, second in 33:47; and Alex Knobloch, 22, of Rockville, third in 34:09.

    Edi Turco, 37, zoomed to seventh place in 34:33, pacing Arlington's contingent of 202 men, with Matt Lowe, 30, 15th in 37:12; and Vijay Iyer, 18th in 38:11.

    Alemtsehey Misganaw, 30, another top runner from Ellicott City, won the women's 10K in 34:43. Adriana Surfas, 35, of San Francisco, was credited with second place with a net time of 36:47; and Danielle Matteo, 23, of Valley Stream, N.Y., third in 38:56.

    Emily Reuter, 30, scored first of Arlington's 335 women, 14th in 42:14. Next was Elizabeth May, 30, finishing 30th in 44:07, just ahead of Heather Chapman, 29, 31st in 44:21.

  • At Goblin Gallop 5K in Fairfax, Anthony Drake, 40, flew to 29th place in 20:10. Back 20 seconds was Renee Cavallero, 27, eighth among women in 20:30.

    October 24, 2010
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  • What a difference a week makes.

    A week ago, Ethiopian runner Alene Reta, 28, of New York raced through the streets of Baltimore leading the Baltimore Marathon -- until the hills and the headwinds stopped him three miles before the finish.

    Just eight days later, at Army Ten Miler, Reta broke away from the pack of 21,621 runners and never looked back, repeating at champion in 47:10, ahead of his countryman Tesfaye Sendeku, 26, of Ellicott City, second in 47:58, and Kenyan Robert Cheseret, 27, of Colorado Springs, third in 48:20.

    Six Arlington runners placed in the top 100, paced by Sean Graham, 30, 13th in 50:31; Will Viviani, 28, 18th in 51:21; prolific marathoner Michael Wardian, 36, 21st in 51:56; Dustin Whitlow, 24, running his first 10 mile race, 37th in 53:48; John Hall, 24, 45th in 54:26; and David Wertz, 34, 64th in 56:00.

    Among women, Aziza Abate, 25, of Ellicott City won by more than a minute in 55:54, ahead of Kelly Calway, 26, of Manitou Springs, Colo., second in 57:20. Running her first-ever race longer than 5K, Arlington's Michaela Courtney, 26, took third place in 58:14.

    Blair Riggs, 49, finished 26th, second in her age group in 1:03:33, with Shellie Edge, 35, 31st in 1:03:52; Liz Elko, 23, 43rd in 1:05:23; Lindsay Larose, 28, 48th in 1:06:08; Makely Lyon, 25, 51st in 1:06:22; Karyn Isitt, 29, 59th in 1:06:39; and Jennifer Iosue, 24, 61st in 1:06:59.

    Back in Baltimore, 57 Arlington runners finished, paced by Troy Dewitt, 28, 63rd among men in 3:03:52; Andre Lobo, 36, 152th in 3:17:39; and William Joost, 195nd in 3:23:10. Lisa Haney, 29, landed 93rd among women in 3:40:11, followed by Brittney Pierce, 25, 101st in 3:40:48; and Chelsea Hamilton, 31, 111th in 3:43:14.

    In the accompanying half marathon, Edi Turco, 37, flew to third in 1:16:55, ahead of Andrew Jacobson, 32, fourth in 1:17:44; and David Kent, 38, 12th in 1:22:07. Melissa Dunn, 26, ran 1:41:27 for 58th, ahead of Taylor Poling, 29, 63rd in 1:43:54, and Stephanie McCann, 27, 112th in 1:45:52.

    In the 5K, Ryan Anthony, 27, pulled down 110th place among men in 23:38; and Amy Smith, 27, notched 452nd in 31:52.

  • The following weekend, Turco hit the target at Key School 10K in Annapolis, winning in 35:17. His wife, Simonetta Nussio, 36, ran 49:16, good for sixth among women.

  • Lindsey Gallo, 28, poured it on at 5K Race & Festival for World Peace in Washington, second among women in 17:03. John Bacon, 54, sizzled in 20:12 for 21st place among men.

  • Andrew Towne, 29, serving a tour of duty in Iraq, won one of Army Ten Miler’s shadow runs held on military bases around the world. His 1:06:34 conquered the 10-miler at Contingency Operating Base (COB) Marez in Iraq.

  • Michael and Jennifer Wardian host Kinhaven 5K on Sunday, November 21, at 9:00 AM, at Bluemont Park. See for full information.
    October 17, 2010
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  • Michael Wardian, 36, knows how to run a marathon.

    At the 17th annual Hartford Marathon in Connecticut, Wardian patiently waited as Pat Tarpy, 28, of Providence, R.I., set out at a blistering pace of 52:56 (5:18 per mile) for the first 10 miles. Wardian crossed the same point at 54:12, side-by-side with Jeff Howley, 30, also of Providence, and Brendan Callahan, 29, of Middletown, Conn.

    By 20 miles, Wardian moved ahead of those two, hitting the mark in 1:48:50, still almost two minutes behind Tarpy.

    With just a mile to go, Wardian caught up to Tarpy and left him behind to win in 2:24:48, 22 seconds ahead of Tarpy's 2:25:00.

  • In one of the fastest-ever races in Arlington, Andy Biladeau, 23, of Charlottesville, prevailed at Acumen Solutions The Race for a Cause 8K, winning in 23:43, a 4:46-per-mile pace. Close behind was Ethiopian star Gurmessa Megerssa, 31, of Washington, second in 23:57, and Arlington's Sean Graham, 30, third in 24:12.

    Bryce Wilk, 25, scored eighth in 27:15, and Hugh Owen, 33, rounded out the top 10 in 28:43.

    The women's race was even closer, featuring Alemisehay Mesganaw, 30, of New York City, in 28:55, just ahead of Meghan Ridgley, 31, of Reston, second in 28:57. Taking third in 30:38 was Lindsay Donaldson, 25, of Washington, followed by Arlington's Stephanie Gibson, 27, fourth in 30:45. Jessica McGuire, 30, acquired 15th in 35:42.

  • Ten Arlingtonians tackled their second Ragnar Relay, 182 miles from Cumberland, Md, to National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Team "All-In" included Christa Cothrel, Nikki Feinsot, Tom Hall, Laurie Granger, Bruce Hemstreet, Tammy LaMantia, Andy Lipscomb, Gregg Weltz, Amy Westhoff, Chadd Westhoff, and Vince Yasaki.

    "A full team is 12 but we knew we could cover the miles with 10," said Feinsot. "Much to all the participants' dismay, we reached record heat both days of the race which caused all teams to make adjustments and battle not only the course, but the high temperatures. We lost two of our teammates early in the race, one to severe dehydration (she ended up getting 5 IV bags of fluids at the hospital) but we pushed on and, despite the adversity, we finished 23rd out of the 226 teams and won our division (mixed team half male, half female; submasters - all over 30)."

  • At 73, Chan Robbins still breaks eight minutes a mile for 8K (4.98 miles). His 39:58 at Somerset Back-to-School 8K earned him 80th place overall and first in his age group.

    Jayna Murray, 29, ran 50:42 for 243rd place.

  • Patrick Donaho, 53, won his age group in 22:00 at Bishop Ireton Cardinal 5K in Alexandria. Kristen Mirick, 25, nicked 25 minutes by one second, fifth among women in 24:59.

  • Siobhan Dinkel, 28, took second among women in 28:40 at Prince George's Crime Victim's Fund Run 5K in Landover.

  • Team In Training local coordinator Ben Clausen, 34, ran 24:13 for 32nd place at Inter-County Connector 5K, a course on the newly-paved but not-yet-opened road bed in Montgomery County.

  • Jon Lapointe, 50, covered Stone Ridge 5K Run for Education in 23:12, 54th among men.
    October 10, 2010
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  • Two Arlington women dueled for the lead at Lower Potomac River Ten-Mile Run in Piney Point, Maryland.

    When the dust settled, Kristi Markowicz, 40, won the race in 1:03:54, with Erin Swain, 28, just 18 seconds behind in 1:04:14.

  • Sometimes the chip giveth, and sometimes the chip taketh away. Elizabeth May, 30, earned $150 at Star Kids 8K in Fairfax for running 34:48, the third-fastest women's time of the day. May was actually the second women to finish, behind Ethiopian runner Keneni Orgesa's 32:09. Race organizers awarded the win and $500 to Alaina Doiron, 17, of Leesburg, who started six minutes late and finished sixth among women with a clock time was 36:30, but her net time -- from the moment she started the race to the moment she finished -- was 30:54.

  • Michael Wardian, 36, ran Twin Cities Marathon in 2:21:18, just nine second off his personal best of 2:21:09, 15th out of 8,212 finishers. Wardian is the USA ultra-distance 50-kilometer champion and hopes to qualify for his third Olympic Trials marathon some time next year.

  • Arlington's David Wertz, 34, chased Ryan Foster, 25, of Washington for 6.2 miles at Boo! Run for Life 10K, finishing just four steps back, second in 33:32.

    Edi Turco, 37, back from three weeks home in Italy, turned in 35:17 for seventh place. Kate Dart, 31, hit the target in 37:37, second place among women.

  • At Gifts in Kind Charity Charge 5K in Alexandria, Scott Pospiech, 24, ran 19:24 for sixth place, edging Kevin Milsted, 25, seventh in 19:41.

    Fifth among women 23:35 was Jenna Dodds, 25.

  • Ted Poulos, 48, of McLean won yet another event in Arlington, Race for Cooperative Development 5K, in a time of 19:30. Sergio Flores, 25, of Washington blossomed second in 20:24, with Robert Barlow, 44, of Reston third in 21:09.

    Among women, Myra Washington, 53, of Montgomery Village outran everybody younger to win in 22:39, ahead of Katy Murphy-Lubowicz, 26, of Washington, second in 25:02.

    Paul Stornski, 40, was Arlington's first finisher, ninth in 24:02, followed by the ageless Chan Robbins, 73, 10th in 24:13, and Robert Berthold, 37, 11th in 25:17.

    Dana Slone, 29, took fourth in 29:18.

  • At Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K in Reston with more than 1,000 finishers, Lindsey Gallo, 28, emerged victorious, first among women in 17:11. Steve Andrews, 40, nailed 33rd place in 19:37.

  • Courtney Davison, 27, won her age group, 42nd overall in 21:08. Chan Robbins, 73, in his second race of the weekend, won his age group again, 80th in 23:39.
  • Up I-95 in Baltimore at Lake Montebello, Samuel Bleicher, 68, covered Marian House Run, Walk and Talk 5K in 40:50, 114th overall.
    October 3, 2010

  • Beautiful fall weather brought a hundred runners and walkers to Bluemont Park for Cancer Prevention and Tratment 5K.

    Running his second race of the day, Ted Poulos, 48, of McLean moved to the front to win in 18:33, followed by Mark Walchinsky, 31, of Alexandria, second in 18:57, and Jack Kammerer, 48, of Washington, third in 19:06.

    Arlington's Jim Casey, 45, motored to fifth place in 20:09, with Timothy Gerhart, 25, ninth in 22:09.

    Margaret Aker, 22, of Washington won the women's race in 22:23, just five seconds ahead of Karen Young, 42, of Boyds, Md., second in 22:28. Judy Abid, 30, of Alexandria took third place in 23:43.

    Arlgton's Helen Carroll, 10, ran a wonderful race, 10th overall in 28:34 and first 12 & under.

  • The top three men at McLean 5K all came from Arlington. Mark Drath, 24, won the gold in 15:45; Christopher Pruitt, 28, took home the silver in 15:57; and Philippe Rolly, 38, notched the bronze in 17:05.

    Michaela Courtney, 26, won her first race of the weekend, running 17:22, ahead of U.S. Olympic Trials participant Nikeya Green, second in 18:16.

  • You know you're running fast when everyone around you speaks Amharic or Swahili. At Hebrew Home of Greater Washington's Home Run 10K in Rockville, Robert Wade, 28, finished fourth in 32:45 behind two world-class Ethiopians and one Kenyan, and just ahead of a top Russian masters runner.

    Kyle Kwiatkowski, 23, nailed 17th place in 41:17, ahead of his brother Kevin Kwiatkowski, 25, 22nd 42:17.

    In the accompanying 5K, Michaela Courtney, 26, won her second race of the weekend, fifth overall and first among women in 17:37, ahead of Lindsay Gallo, 28, second in 17:54.

  • Chris Farley, 34, manager of Pacers Running Stores, ran a prize-winning race at Firefighter Benevolent Fund 5K in Fairfax, first overall in 17:56.

    Third among women in 24:01 was Laine D'Augustine, 27, outrunning Megan Sheahan, 26, fourth in 24:35.

  • Michael McCarthy, 42, elected to run Heritage Half-Marathon in Gainesville, Va., 25th in 1:30:38, ahead of fast-improving Mickey Tveter, 31, 29th in 1:32:51.

    Jacqueline Vanderslice, 28, chopped up the competition, seventh in 1:35:59.

    In the Heritage 5K, Jennifer Zielinski, 25, sailed to seventh among women in 22:36, and Dario Baratto, 45, ran 24:59 for 35th place among men.

  • David Wertz keeps getting faster, taking second place in 15:48 at AIDS Walk 5K Run.

  • Matthew Skibinski, 16, covered Becca's Run 5K in 21:45, 24th male, at St. Bernadette School in Silver Spring.

  • Tim Arnade, 53, won his age group in 33:43, 19th among men at Brain Aneurysm Race for Awareness Susco 8K in Reston.

    Jessica Buonaccorsi, 24, covered the course well in 40:18, good for 10th among women.

  • In the first marathon of the fall season, Troy Dewitt, 28, rang the bell at Freedom's Run in Shepherdstown, W.V., 17th in 3:10:52.

    Lauren Bullis, 41, scored second place among women in 3:22:32, 16 seconds ahead of Adam Vandervoort, 29, 30th male in 3:22:48.

    September 26, 2010
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  • Clarendon Day brought thousands of runners to the streets and boulevards of Arlington.

    In the 10K, Matt Debole, 25, of Washington led 1,118 down and up the hill in 30:24, just 13 seconds ahead of Ethiopian star Demesse Tefera, 28, also of DC, second in 30:37, and Arlington's Sean Graham, 30, third in 31:12.

    Among women, Laura Garrow, 22, of Fairfax starred in 37:27, heading off 2007 Marine Corps Marathon winner Krishan, 31, of Silver Spring, second in 38:13, with Keneni Chala, 28, of Washington, third in 40:18. Seventh in 42:57 was Jacquelyn Marchese, 23, of Arlington.

    In the 5K, with 844 finishers, Arlington's Bert Rodriguez, 31, returned triumphant in 14:58, outkicking Mark Drath, 24, second in 15:00. Earning the bronze in 15:02 was Dirk De Heer, 29, of Silver Spring.

    Michaela Courtney, 26, of Arlington, covered the course in 17:11 to win among the women. Wendy Matthews, 34, another Arlingtonian, took second in 19:51, ahead of Leslie Dimichele, 25, of Fairfax, third in 19:59.

  • Dustin Whitlow, 24, clobbered the competition at The Perfect 10 10 Kilometer in Reston, winning in 33:05, more than five minutes ahead of second place.

    In the accompanying Perfect 10 10 miler, Hugh Owen, 33, put down 1:00:37 to finish second overall among men.

    Elizabeth Helland, 32, matched that finish, second place among women in 1:05:01. Hina Ayub, 30, took 11th in 1:19:04; and Wendy Fite, 52, won her age group, 19th in 1:27:07.

  • Kate Dart, 31, hit the target to win the women's race in 18:45 at Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K in Washington. Alexandra Earnshaw, 23, raced to 28th in 29:39.

    Michael Hong, 41, scored 13th place in 23:28; and Jeffrey Bergin, 30, finished 38th in 29:10.

  • Andrew Miller, 23, nailed down 10th place in 41:47 at Dash for Dad 10K in Alexandria, ahead of Brian Luti, 35, 13th in 42:29; and Abraham Lanter, 26th in 43:13.

    Hallyn Brewster, 24, new on the scene, ran 46:42 for sixth place among women, followed by Beth Naff, 37, 12th in 49:54; and Adele Norton, 25, 15th in 50:52.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club hosts two low-key track and field meets at Wakefield High School on Sundays, October 3 and October 17. The meets feature a one-hour racewalk at 9:00 AM, a throwers meet including discus, hammer, javelin, shot put, and weight throws at 10:00 AM, and a 5K track run at 10:30 AM. Call 703-481-3530 for more information.

    PVTC Potomac Valley Track Club's invites young athletes in 1st to 8th grade to its Young Flyers youth track and field training program at Thomas Jefferson Community Center on Sunday afternoons, 3-5 PM, October 3 through December 12. See for full information or call 703-927-4833.

  • National Race Against the Odds Team Alexis 5K for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research returns to Bluemont Park on Sunday, November 7, at 9:00 AM, presented by The Cure Starts Now Foundation. See or call Thomas Martin at 703-795-7252.

    September 19, 2010
  • Robbie Wade, 28, is a man for all seasons. Born in Ireland and now a resident of Arlington, he emerged victorious despite a torrential rain at Nation's Triathlon in Washington DC, swimming 1500 meters (0.93 miles), biking 40 kilometers, and running 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) in a total time of 1:57:13.

    Fourth among women was Samantha Bird, 30, totalling 2:18:40.

  • Then a week later on an 85-degree sunny day at Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, Wade ran the 13.1 miles from Mount Vernon to National Harbor in 1:10:35, taking eighth place in an international field.

    Mega-marathoner Michael Wardian ran the Wilson Half in 1:08:52, one place ahead of Wade in seventh.

    In the top 10 among women were Kristi Markowicz, 40, sixth in 1:20:42 and first over 40, followed by Erin Swain, 28, seventh in 1:23:37.

  • Marathon Charity Cooperation's Revenge of the Penguins attracted runners for seven states and Washington DC for a low-key 10-mile and 20-mile race on the C&O Canal Towpath at Carderock, Md.

    In the 10 mile race, James Engle, 50, finished 11th among men and won his age group in 1:28:31. Shea DeKlotz, 26, also won her age group, fourth among women in 1:32:46.

    In the 20 miler, Mickey Tveter, 31, ran 2:34:51 for ninth among men, ahead of Charles Williams, 27, 14th in 2:42:08, and Michael Ralph, 43, 18th in 2:46:21 and third in his age group, in his first 20-miler ever.

    Elizabeth Williams, 27, notched 2:42:48 for fourth place among women.

  • At Reston Triathlon, Daniel Slaski, 29, swam a mile, biked 22.3 miles, and ran 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) in a total time of 2:30:12, placing 91st overall. Hope Hamilton, 34, covered the course in 2:38:34, 129th overall.

  • Joseph Kelly, 24, claimed 100th place in 1:15:53 at ING Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. Five Arlington women made the top 100: Varia Lvova, 40th in 1:23:23; Laura Przydzial, 51st in 1:26:21; Lindsay Larose, 61st in 1:27:30; Kaitlin Sheedy, 67th in 1:28:15; and Katie Muething, 74th in 1:28:47.

  • At Run! Geek! Run! 8K in Washington, David Wertz, 34, sparkled in fifth place in 26:40, ahead of Alex Caudana 25, sixth in 27:41. Samantha Cole, 41, earned fourth among women in 31:14.

  • Mason Leach Superstar Fund invites runners, walkers, family, and friends to its third annual 5K at Key School, 2300 Key Boulevard, on Saturday, October 16. to celebrate Mason's life and memory and to raise funds for Key School and for the Mason Leach Superstar Fund at Children's National Medical Center. Activities begin at 9:00 AM, and the race starts at 9:30 AM. See or call 703-228-4210.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club's invites young athletes in 1st to 8th grade to its Young Flyers youth track and field training program at Thomas Jefferson Community Center on Sunday afternoons, 3-5 PM, October 3 through December 12. See for full information or call 703-927-4833.

  • National Research Center for Women & Families presents its second Cancer Prevention & Treatment 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 3, at 11:30 AM at Bluemont Park. See for full information.

    September 12, 2010
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  • With 3,265 finishers, Arlington Police, Fire and Sheriff 9-11 Memorial 5K has become the third largest race in the county, attracting first responders and military runners from all over the nation.

    Jared Campbell, 24, of Alexandria pulled away the pack to win in 15:56, ahead of Sean Prinz, 25, of Wantagh, N.Y., second in 16:27, and sub-four-minute mile Scott Anderson, 36, of Washington, third in 16:28.

    Two Arlington runners finished close behind -- Greg Lane, 24, fourth in 16:32, and Joe Kelly, 24, fifth in 16:39. Denis Cloutier, 48, won his age group, eighth in 17:22, and Keith Giles, 34, followed, ninth in 17:28.

    Sarah McCarthy, 17, of Alexandria won the women's race in 18:58. Arlington's Alison Hoing, 24, scored second place in 19:20, and Laura Smith, 33, earned the bronze, third in 19:27.

    Arlington's Emily Blagg, 16, added another top finish to her growing list, fifth in 20:10. Gina Sansone, 23, logged ninth place in 21:03.

    McCarthy and Blagg are members of the state champion Bishop O’Connell High School girls cross country team.

  • Jordan Ricker, 16, emerged second overall in 18:18 at Run for the Schools 5K presented by Falls Church Education Foundation. Steven Leibowitz, 26, took fifth in 20:16, and James Engle, 50, won his age group, 12th among men in 21:33.

    Kristen Cheman, 27, chimed in fifth in 22:21, with Laura Toth, 40, 13th in 25:00

  • Michael Wardian, 36, freshly back from his win at Kauai Marathon, ran half the distance at Parks Half Marathon in Montgomery County, third in 1:10:16 behind two top Ethiopian runners. Edi Turco, 37, flew to 11th place in 1:16:46, with Pacers Runnng Store manager Chris Farley, 34, 17th in 1:20:13.

    Fourth among women was Christine Rehwald, 30, in 1:28:19. Faith Korbel, 31, fared sixth in 1:27:42, and Tammy Lamantia, 38, landed 16th in 1:36:21.

  • Chris Pruitt, 28, ran 1:13:45 to lead High Cloud Foundation's Abebe Bikila Day International Peace Half Marathon on the C&O Canal Towpath in Washington.

    James DuVernay, 29, covered the course in 1:25:25, eighth overall.

    Alexandra Steinberg Barrage, 34, blasted to seventh among women in 1:44:23.

  • Jessica McGuires, 30, clocked 19:41 to win Chick-Fil-A 5k to benefit the Freedom Alliance in Sterling.

    Among men, George Perry, 30, pushed to 12th in 18:55.

    September 5, 2010
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  • Michael Wardian, 36, ran a gem of a race on the Emerald Isle, finishing third overall in 2:54:56 and earning a bronze mdeal for the USA at the 50K (31.1-mile) World Championships in Galway, Ireland.

  • Just a week later, halfway around the world, Wardian won the Kauai Marathon in Hawaii in 2:30:52.

  • Running on his 11th wedding anniversary, Edi Turco, 37, flew to victory in 35:10 at Chaptico Classic 10K in southern Maryland.

    His bride, Simonetta Nussio, 36, landed ninth among women in 50:56.

    Coverage in Southern Maryland News including photo.

  • Samantha Cole, 41, won the masters women's division in 1:13:07 at the 35th annual Annapolis Ten Mile Run. Steve Hammel, 29, hammered 1:00:13 for 16th place among men, with Kenneth West Bradley, 27, 90th in 1:07:21.

  • Erica Nemmers, 38, cracked the one-minute mark for 400 meters at Potomac Valley Games on the track at Falls Church High School. Her time of 59.84 seconds was the fastest women's time of the day for the one-lap race.

    Earlier in the meet, Nemmers raced four-time Olympic Trials competitor Alisa Harvey in the one mile race, pulling away in the final lap to win in 4:59.27, four steps ahead of Harvey's 4:59.96. Elizabeth May, 30, ran 6:13.13 in that event.

    Blair DeSio, 39, nailed the 400m in 53.51. Mike George, 29, won his age group in the 200 meter dash in 23.95, and doubled in the 400m in 53.78. James Barr, 42, high-jumped 1.62m (5 feet, 3.75 inches).

  • David Wertz, 34, took 10th place in 16:27 at Kentlands-Lakelands 5K in Gaithersburg. Andrea Polonetsky, 30, was Arlington's first female, 333rd in 38:05.

  • Brennan Cain, 28, starred at the Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, 67th among men in 1:23:17. Sonja Hinish, 24, landed 76th among women in 1:36:10.

    August 29, 2010
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  • Two out-of-town runners headlined March of Dimes' Bolt for Babies 5K on the Bluemont Junction course ending at Marymount University.

    Chris Dietrich, 33, from Eatonton, Ga., hometown of "Uncle Remus" author Joel Chandler Harris, ran like Br'er Rabbit, winning in 19:48. Right behind him, Boriana Bakaltcheva, 25, of Charlotte, N.C., won the women's race, second overall in 20:10.

    Duane Novotni, 31, of Fairfax finished next, third in 20:24, with Jack Tade, 45, of Falls Church fourth in 20:45; Doug Landau, 50, of Oak Hill fifth in 21:00; and Marvin Reyes, 39, of Arlington shining in sixth place in 21:04.

    Second amond women 22:08 was Elisabeth Flores, 19, of Sterling, followed by Brenda MacKintosh, 45, of Springfield, third in 23:19; Jill Euteneuer, 24, of Washington, fourth in 23:25; Erin Patacsil, 39, of Alexandria, fifth in 24:41; Elizabeth Ottaway, 46, of Alexandria, sixth in 25:12; and Wendy Fite, 52, of Arlington, seventh and first in her age group in 25:51.

  • Italian Air Force Major Edi Turco, 37, living in Arlington for a year working with NATO, won Marathon Charity Cooperation's Roosevelt Run 4 Mile in 22:22, more than a minute ahead of prolific racer Ted Poulos, 48, of McLean, second in 23:25, and Erich Friedlein, 25, of Montclair, Va., third in 24:19.

    Arlington's Charlie Mercer, 40, claimed fifth in 25:16.

    Among women, Rebecca Freyvogel, 28, of Arlington won it all in 29:44, ahead of Alicia Borgess, 25, of Alexandria, second in 29:51; Kathryn Zaremba, 26, of Washington, third in 32:09; and Turco's wife, Simonetta Nussio, 36, of Arlington fourth in 32:36.

  • Turco took second place overall in 59:01 at Hartwood 10 Mile in Fredericksburg. Lee Nesbit, 67, earned second place in his age group, 128th overall in 1:29:20.

    Wendy Fite, 52, fought to third in her age group, 145th overall in 1:31:29; and Elizabeth Strickland, 29, finished 256th in 2:00:46.

  • Beth McCann, 50, and Jen Norris, 39, dueled for the honor of first female from Arlington at Prince George's Running Club's Woman's Distance Festival 5K in College Park. McCann prevailed, finishing seventh in 22:18, with Norris a few steps eighth in 22:25.

  • Beth Ward, 26, ran Run Around the Square 5K in Pittsburgh, Pa. 797th overall 29:49.

  • Six Arlington runners raced at Crim Festival of Races 10 Mile in Flint, Mich. Eugene Holmes, 45, led the charge, 126th among men in 1:02:32; with George Stratman, 37, 1335th in 1:24:22; Kevin Cronin, 27, 2051st in 1:31:27; Darcy Cronin, 24, 715th among women in 1:33:57, and Jay Hicks, 49, and Camilla Taft Hicks, 44, finishing together in 1:40:13.

  • Sometimes, one event spawns another. East Coast Surfing Championship in Virginia Beach hosted an 8K (4.98-mile) race this year, and John Feather, 42, rose to the challenge, finishing 34th in his age group in 46:17.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club leads season of youth track and field training, open to all young athletes in 1st to 8th grade at Thomas Jefferson Community Center on Sunday afternoons, 3-5 PM, October 3 through December 12. See for full information or call 703-927-4833.

    August 22, 2010
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  • From | Photo:

    Five male and two female invited athletes from the USA are set to take part in the World 50km Final in Galway, Ireland, August 29, 2010. Leading the American challenge is Michael Wardian, qualifying with the time of 2:55:50 to win the USA 50km title earlier this year. Michael is an amazingly diverse and talented runner. He has won the USA 50km title three times; he was third in the 2009 World 50km Final in Gibraltar; and he has won the USA National 100km title in 6:56:57. In 2010, he finished third in the famous Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert and set a world indoor record for the marathon of 2:27:21. He previously held the world treadmill record for the marathon when running 2:23:58. Joining Michael in the men's race will be compatriots Malcolm Campbell, Scott Jaime, Daniel Verrington and Ben Nephew. Mary Coordt and Jill Perry will participate in the women's race.

  • Jeremy Spiegel, 30, shined in 3:57:30 for 28th place at Drake Well Marathon in Titusville, Penn., directed by former Arlingtonian Dane Rauschenberg.

  • Ted Poulos, 48, led from wire to wire to win in 18:08 at Community Connections 5K at Bluemont Park, conducted by Northern Virginia Running Club. Laura O'Hara, 30, of Alexandria took first among women in 18:28 -- second place overall after passing Scott McCann, 29, of Alexandria, third in 18:51. Eldon Mack, 46, of Centreville ran 19:04 for fourth, holding off Charlie Mercer, 40, of Arlington, fifth in 19:23.

  • Running third, fourth, and fifth at DC Road Runners Club's Paul Thurston Memorial 4.5 Miler were three Arlington runners: Adam Rubinstein, 35, third in 27:30; Adam Stolzberg, 34, fourth in 27:43; and Dylan Barlett, 24, fifth in 28:16.

    Robin Martz, 40, snagged second place among women in 32:42, after outkicking Sonia Beckner, 37, recently landed from Bulgaria, third in 32:54.

  • Adam Rubinstein's 19:19 earned him fifth place at DCRRC's Cross-Country Race (approximately three miles) at Landon School in Bethesda. Matthew Chesnes, 31, pulled in 12th place in 21:04, with Michael Collins, 28, 13th in 21:14. Robin Martz ended up third among women in 22:38 after passing a half-dozen runners in the second loop.

  • March of Dimes Maryland - National Capital Area Chapter conducts its third annual Bolt for Babies 5K Saturday, August 28, at 8:30 AM, starting on the Bluemont Junction Trail behind the Holiday in at 4610 North Fairfax Drive and finishing at Marymount University, 1000 North Glebe Road. See or call 703-824-0111 ext. 18 for full information.

  • National Research Center for Women & Families presents its second Cancer Prevention & Treatment 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 3, at 11:30 AM at Bluemont Park. See for full information.

    August 15, 2010
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  • Arlington soon hosts two groups of runners on a mission.

    On Friday, August 20, SuSu Jennings of Berryvile runs through Arlington on an epic journey. From August 17 to August 31, she plans to run 15 marathons in 15 days -- nearly 400 miles -- to raise support for Teens Opposing Poverty. She starts in Winchester and runs through Front Royal and Chantilly. On Friday, she starts at Route 28 near Dulles Airport and takes the W&OD Trail to its junction at Bon Air Park. There, she turns onto the Custis Trail through Arlington and into DC. She crosses Key Bridge, runs through Georgetown, and finishes at McPherson Square. The next day, she runs the Mount Vernon Trail through Virginia, towards Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Charlottesville, finally ending in Lynchburg.

    Photos by Jay Jacob Wind of SuSu Jennings's adventure in Arlington, accompanied by her friend B.J. Freeman, her husband Steve Jennings, and her daughter Lindsay:
    1 entering Arlington | 2 | 3 | 4 at East Falls Church | 5 | 6 at Bon Air Park | 7 | 8 at Key Bridge Marriott | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 at Georgetown Running Company | 13 at McPherson Square after 27 miles | 14

    Along her journey, SuSu speaks at churches about her journey. For full information, see

    On Sunday, August 21, a group run from Washington DC to the gates of Arlington National Cemetery commemorates the third anniversary of National Run for the Fallen, where in 2008, runners from all across the country and across the globe completed a 4000+ mile cross-country journey to pay tribute to loved ones and placed a final flag in Section 60.

    Run for the Fallen was the subject of the documentary film "To Them That's Gone." For more information, see
    Adapted from their Facebook page:

    Join us as we run a 5K in honor and memory of our fallen soldiers. The run starts at the National Mall. Meet on the grass between 14th and 15th Streets. Starting at 10:30 AM, we will run/walk 15th Street north towards the White House, then we will take Pennsylvania Avenue West (along the White House) to 17th Street, then south on 17th Street to Independence Avenue. As we follow Independence Avenue running West, our route takes us past Korean War Memorial and then over Arlington Memorial Bridge. We will finish our run at the gates to Arlington National Cemetery, where participants can choose to enter and honor the fellow fallen soldiers of our loved ones, as well as Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with a changing of the guard at the tomb, including a 21-gun salute, every half hour.

    Meg Reedy will be running in honor of West Point Alumni 1st Lt. Tyler E. Parten, KIA 9/10/10 in Konar Province, Afghanistan.

    If you would like to join us in this run, please join on this event page and also e-mail/call Meg Reedy:, 540-270-8025.

    For more information or to order an event T-shirt visit

  • Tom Howard, 40, finished ninth in 19:54 at Vibha Dream Mile 5K in Reston, and Erika Nelsen, 29, scored third place among women in 21:37.

  • Sushila Nanda, 49, took sixth place among women in 22:23 at Summer Strides 5K at Carderock. Thaddeus Jones, 16, finished a half minute back, 19th among men in 22:54.

  • Schuyler Webb, 59, finished second in his age group at Maryland Senior Olympics in Columbia, running 12.65 for 100 meters behind record-holder Oscar Peyton's 11.89.

  • At Run Amuck 3.5-miler at Marine Corps Base Quantico, 2,224 men and women ran through mud, on their bellies under fences, and forded a creek in a military physical training-style race. Runners reported they actually enjoyed the race. Jeff Bedell, 41, emerged seventh overall, second in his age group, in 23:41, with Eric Winkofsky, 28, 12th in 24:15, and Kellen Walsh, 29, 30th in 25:45.

    Nine seconds back was Angel Stone, 32, 31st overall and first in her age group. Tasha Stryker, 30, struck in 29:32 for 155th overall, with Stephanie Rollow, 26, 163rd in 29:38.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club's annual regional championship track and field meet is Saturday, September 4, for young athletes, and Sunday, September 5, for athletes 15 & over, at Falls Church High School. See or call 703-451-3830.

    August 8, 2010
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  • At the turnaround of Sunday's Leesburg 20K, Michael Wardian, 36, trailed Evan Jurkovich, 24, of Washington, by about 10 strides.

    On the back half of the course, Wardian caught up by a step, then another and another, and by 10 miles, held a narrow lead.

    That was where the experienced ultramarathoner Wardian kicked into high gear, leaving the younger Jurkovich more than a minute behind. Coming up the final hill, Wardian ran 1:06:17, and Jurkovich took second in 1:07:37, just one tick ahead of journalist Dickson Mercer, 29, also of Washington.

    Behind them, Greg Lane, 24, landed seventh in 1:12:06, with Edi Turco, 37, eighth in 1:12:13, and Pacers Running Store manager Chris Farley, 34, 10th in 1:12:29.

    Kristi Markowicz, 40, notched the third-fastest women's time of the day, 1:15:13, followed by Samantha Cole, 41, sixth in 1:21:48; Elizabeth Helland, 32, seventh in 1:22:08; Emma Mellamphy, 30, 15th in 1:25:21; and Jessica McGuire, 30, 16th in 1:26:06.

    In the accompanying Leesburg 10K, Claire Hallissey, 27, scored a big victory, winning by more than four minutes in 33:54, fourth overall. Erika Nelsen, 28, finished 14th in 44:53.

    Among men, David Wertz, 34, worked his way up to sixth in 35:38, and Charlie Mercer, 40, ran 39:15 for 22nd place.

  • At DC Road Runners Club's Bluemont Park 5K, Collin Leibold, 17, of Falls Church triumphed in 16:30, ahead of two Arlington runners, Edi Turco, 37, second in 17:07, and Brian McGrail, 17, third in 17:53. Adam Rubinstein, 35, took seventh in 18:32, and Dylan Barlett, 24, penned 18:44 for ninth place.

    Arlington's Robin Martz, 40, won the women's race in 20:55, ahead of Jennifer Sample, 35, of Bethesda, second in 21:06, and Iris Warchall, 21, of Redwood City, Calif., third in 21:08.

    Elizabeth May, 30, ran a personal best 21:18 for fourth place.

  • David Monticello, 38, covered Catoctin 50K Trail Run at Gambrill State Park, in Frederick, 50th in 7:09:22.

  • The 9th annual Arlington Police/Fire/Sheriff 9-11 Memorial 5K is on Saturday, September 11, at 6:00 PM, starting from the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City and looping around the Pentagon. Register on-line at or call Captain Matt Smith (703-228-4069) or Detective Sean Bryson (703-228-7152).

    August 1, 2010
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  • Just a week after his second-place finish at San Francisco Marathon, Michael Wardian, 36, won Youth for Understanding USA's Battle for Ballston 5K in 16:12.

    He faced tough competition from Matt Logan, 24, of Grand Rapids, Mich., second in 16:47, and David Wertz, 34, of Arlington, third in 16:56.

    JJ LaPointe, 15, continued his age-group winning streak, eighth in 18:55, and first 19 & under. T.K. Yang, 34, rounded out the top 10 in 19:13.

    Elizabeth Young finished ninth overall in 18:59 to win the women's race, ahead of Lisa Reichmann, 36, of Gaithersburg, second in 19:23, and Keely Hollahan, 24, of Arlington, third in 19:56. Stephanie Manchin, 26, ran 23:03 for 11th place among women.

  • Italian Air Force Major Edi Turco, 37, flew to a fourth-place finish in 35:22 at Marathon Charity Cooperation's Friends of the W&OD 10K in Vienna. David Pittman, 25, earned 16th place in 40:52, with Benjamin Simon, 53, 41st in 46:47.

    Simonetta Nussio, 36, was Arlington's first lady, 69th overall in 50:44.

  • Bud Weiser, 39, said it all at Venus on the Half Shell 5K in Dewey Beach, Del., 17th in 18:51. Samia Brennan, 29, ran 46:50 for 428th place.

  • Marc Edmonds, 37, clawed to 12th place in 46:01 at Blue Crab Bolt Trail 10K in Gaithersburg. Sara Vincent, 27, notched 87th place in 58:58.

  • Matt Chandler, 22, sparkled at DC Road Runners Club's One-Mile Track Championship at Wakefield High School, winning in 4:30.8. Joe Racine, 32, ran his next-to-last race as an Arlingtonian, second in 4:41.6. He moves to Charlottesville this week to tear up the track there. Jonathan Weiss, 22, of Great Falls, looked smart in third place in 4:52.1.

    The top three women were are Arlington runners. Erica Nemmers, 38, saw that she could break five minutes with a hard last lap and pushed the pace to win in 4:59.9. Jessica McGuire, 29, placed second in 5:52.4, and Robin Martz, 40, was masters champion in 5:59.6.

    Ted Poulos, 48, of McLean, won the men's masters division in 5:39.8, followed by Arlington's Tim Arnade, 53, second in 5:45.6.

    In the accompanying 3K championship, Matt Chandler doubled in 9:46.0, and Joe Racine ran his very last race as an Arlingtonian, second in 9:54.4. Richard Rapine, 38, took third in 10:09.4.

    Among women, Jessica McGuire led in 12:04.7; Annie LaTour, 33, of Washington turned in 12:34.3 for second, followed by Karen Dickerson, third in 12:52.8, and Robin Martz, fourth in 13:25.0.

  • DC Road Runners Club hosts its annual Bluemont Park 5K on Tuesday, August 3, at 7:00 PM. See or call 703-241-0395.

    July 25, 2010
  • As printed
  • Running through the fog and hills of one of American's most challenging urban distance races, Michael Wardian, 36, of Arlington finished second overall in 2:25:21 at San Francisco Marathon.

    Wardian's indoor marathon of 2:27:21 on July 1 on Thomas Jefferson Community Center's 200-meter track was certified as a world record last week by Road Running Information Center.

  • Attracted by the modest cash prizes, international athletes from around the region competed at Pacers Running Stores' Crystal City Twilighter 5K.

    The first three to finish were Kenyans residing in Chapel Hill, N.C. -- Julius Kogo, 24, first in 14:03; Isaac Birir, 30, second in 14:44; and Kipyegon Kirui, 29, third in 14:49.

    From Arlington, Will Viviani, 28, took eighth in 15:22, with Erik Kean, 33, ninth in 16:20; and Mark Drath, 24, 10th in 16:30.

    First among women in 17:20 was Elena Orlova, 40, of Russia, living in Gaithersburg.

    Behind her were Lisa Thomas, 34, of Alexandria, second in 17:51; Kristi Markowicz, 40, of Arlington, third in 18:00; Ethiopian Naeliye Gurnu, 26, of Bronx, N.Y., fourth in 18:16; and Erin Swain, 28, of Arlington, fifth in 18:19; and Varia Lvova, 32, eighth in 19:04.

    July 18, 2010
  • As printed

  • Two Arlington men and an Arlington women topped the field at DC Road Runners Club's Bastille Day 4 Miler at Fletcher's Cove in Washington.

    Winning by just two seconds in 21:43.5 was Mike Crozier, 16, with Joe Racine, 32, two steps back in 21:45.3. Flying in fourth place in 22:32.5 was Italian Air Foce Major Edi Turco, 37. First prize was a bottle of French wine, which Crozier gave to his coach. Racine took home a loaf of French bread.

    Robin Martz, 40, won the women's race in 27:38.9. She kept her wine bottle.

  • Michael Wardian, 36, chased Ethiopian star runners twice in one day, finishing second in 15:52 behind Gurmessa Kumssa Megerssa's 15:34 at National Press Club "Beat The Deadline" 5K in Washington DC in the morning and seventh in 25:28 behind Abiyot Endale's 23:58 at Rockville Rotary Twilight 8K in the evening.

    At the Press Club race, Andrew Towne, 28, took fifth in 17:47, with Keith Giles, 34, sixth in 17:53.

    Finishing second among women was Sarah Taylor, 29, in 20:55, followed by University of Wisconsin grad Peggy Sue McNulty, 29, fourth in 21:29; Oriana Hargrove, 21, seventh in 23:37; and Amy Misakonis, 30, eighth in 23:08.

    At the Rockville race, Samantha Cole, 41, ran lucky 13th in 31:56, ahead of Britton Miller, 30, 19th in 32:23; and Lauren Shaub, 26, 22nd in 32:41.

  • Kyla Dunlavey, 39, ran 2:05:03 for 496th place at Presque Isle Half Marathon near Erie, Penn., described as one of the most beautiful courses in the country.

  • Doug Eldridge, 33, unlocked a total time of 59:51, breaking one hour for 3rd Annual BRATS Triathlon in Warrenton, 13th among men and first in his age group. Leigh Evans, 29, covered the swim-bike-run race in 1:17:27, 31st among women, followed by Patricia Brenes, 47, 33rd in 1:18:03. Linda Kirk and Terri Surabian, both 55, clicked 1-2 in their age group, 48th in 1:25:14 for Kirk and 76th in 1:38:03 for Surabian.

  • Christine Rehwald, 30, finished second among women and fourth overall in 30:46.5 at Caribbean Sounds 8K in Washington. Alicia Welch, 43, ran 40:10.4 for 46th overall.

    In the accompanying 5K, Tamara McFarren, 37, fared well, 23rd in 34:15.

  • Armi Legge, 16, outlegged the field in 47:58 to win The 14.06 in Manassas, at the unusual distance of 14.06 kilometers, about 8.74 miles. J.R. Stratton, 31, scored fifth in 52:50.

    Laura Toth, 40, chewed up the course in 1:00:42, good for ninth among women.

  • Sub-5-minute miler Erica Nemmers, 38, tested her speed at Potomac Valley Track Club's All-Comers meet at Falls Church High School, taking sixth at 400 meters in 1:01.19. Martin Kleiber, 33, won the mile in 4:57.31. James Barr, 42, won the javelin throw in 49.77m (163'03") and threw the shot put 11.88m (38'11.75") for fourth place.

  • On Saturday, July 24, at 8:00 PM, Pacers Running Stores and the Crystal City Business Improvement District host the third annual Crystal City Twilighter 5K, starting and finishing in Arlington's largest downtown, with twilight views of Arlington County. See or call 703-248-6883 or 703-415-0277.

  • On Saturday, July 31, at 8:30 AM, Youth for Understanding hosts Battle For Ballston 5K, starting on Bluemont Junction Trail west of Ballston Holiday Inn, 4610 Fairfax Drive. See or call 218-831-4818.

  • DC Road Runners Club hosts its annual Bluemont Park 5K on Tuesday, August 3, at 7:00 PM. See or call 703-241-0395.

    July 4, 2010
  • As printed

  • Michael Wardian, 36, put his name in the world record books on July 1, running the fastest marathon ever on a 200-meter indoor track.

    Cheered on by his family and friends, Wardian ran 2:27:21 for 211 laps around Thomas Jefferson Community Center's track, breaking the previous world record set in Boston in 1928 by Joie Ray, the 1924 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist. The race was named Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon, in honor of Wardian's two young sons, who watched his every lap.

    Following his win, Wardian ran the last few laps with each of the other three finishers, Andy Mason, 38, of Hagerstown, second in 2:50:47; Karsten Brown, 36, of Front Royal; third in 2:59:09; and Michael Tietz, 23, fourth in 3:25:23.

    Wardian has held two other world marathon records -- the fastest-ever 26.2 miles on a treadmill and the fastest-ever pushing a baby stroller.

  • A week earlier, pushing a double-baby stroller -- with a flat tire -- Wardian finished second at Run 4 Children 4 Mile at Carderock in 27:14.

  • Bert Rodriguez, 30, clocked 32:17 at Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, finishing 60th among men in a field of more than 40,000 runners.

  • Andrew Towne, 28, ran 17:19 at Autism Speaks 5K in Potomac, good for 11th place. Lindsay Larose, 28, blossomed fourth among women in 19:31.

  • Sushila Nanda, 49, scored third place in her age group, 16th among women in 21:38 at Firecracker 5K in Reston. Nathan Thompson, 16, also earned bronze in his age group, 14th among men in 18:34.

  • Sean Graham, 30, cracked 15 minutes at Independence 5000 in Fairfax, covering the 5K in 14:57. Behind him were a trio of Arlington runners: Will Viviani, 28, third in 15:12; Robbie Wade, 27, fourth in 15:23; and Mark Drath, 24, fifth in 15:33.

    The top two women were also Arlingtonians: Kristi Markowicz, 40, first in 17:54; and Erica Nemmers, 38, second in 18:01.

  • Michael Rooney, 24, earned third place in 23:43 at DC Road Runners Club's Hugh Jascourt 4 Mile at Fletcher's Cove in Washington. Ben Danforth, 30, took eighth place in 25:49.

    Elizabeth May, 30, won the women's race in 28:35, outkicking fast-closing Robin Martz, 40, second in 28:39.

  • Amazon Conservation Team's Run for the Rainforest 5K had its largest turnout ever, 722 finishers, led by John Hall, 24, of Arlington, first in 16:23; Matt Logan, 24, of Alexandria, second in 16:39; and John Kelly, 26, of Arlington, third in 17:09.

    Among women, Gretchen Chick, 29, of Washington, clicked 17:52 to win, ahead of Lindsay Ritchings, 22, New Jersey, second in 18:56; and Sarah Podmaniczky, 23, of Arlington, third in 19:53.

  • At Twilight Festival 4 Miler in Ashburn, Matt Deacon, 27, held onto 10th place in 23:52, and Erica Nemmers, 38, notched another second place among women in 24:46.

    June 13, 2010
  • As printed

  • Three Arlington women won the top three slots at Lawyers Have Heart 10K in Georgetown, a remarkable sweep of the podium.

    Kristi Markowicz, 40, led the pack in 36:58, just eight seconds slower than the course record for masters women. Erin Swain, 28, cruised in second in 37:42; and Mary Beth Chosak, 31, rounded out the top three in 37:59.

    For good measure, Kaitlin Sheedy, 27, took fifth among women in 38:38.

    Four Arlington men finished in the top 11, paced by recent Washington Post cover boy Michael Wardian, 36, fifth in 33:13; Joe Racine, 32, running well after recovery from injury, ninth in 34:47; Chris Pruitt, 28, 10th in 34:54; and Pacers Running Store owner Chris Farley, 34, 11th in 35:03.

    Over the past 20 years, Lawyers Have Heart 10K has raised more than $5.5 million for Arlington-based American Heart Association.

  • Erica Nemmers, 38, has been flirting with a sub-five-minute mile for five years since she moved to the area. At Sunday's Potomac Valley Track Club meet at Falls Church High School, she blasted right past that challenge, finishing in 4:57.

    At that same meet, Claire Hallissey, 27, newly landed from Bristol, England, obliterated the old meet record for women in the 3000 meter race, winning overall in 9:44.38 (fully automatic timing). Hallissey and her husband moved here three weeks ago. Her next goal is a 2:30 time at New York City Marathon in November.

  • Cresting the hill first overall in 1:03:37 at Crossroads 17.75K in Prince William Forest Park was Arlington's David Burnham, 26 (photo). He led the race from the start, two minutes ahead of second place.

    His wife, Sarah Burnham, 25, captured third among women in 1:21:38.

  • Mike Tipple, 34, was Arlington's top finisher at Survivor Harbor 7-Mile Run in Baltimore, 258th in 62:01. Dayani Scott, 35, ended up 274th in 62:47, 14th in her age group.

    Peter Stehm, 14, won his age group at the accompanying 4-Mile Run, 28th in 36:37. His proud papa, Jeff Stehm, 51, ran 42:18 for 81st place.

  • Finishing third in 28:58 at Rock the House 8K in Fairfax was David Wertz, 34. Allison Kaplan, 29, read 26th place in 47:52.

  • At Springfield 15K, Steve Hammell. 29, hammered the course to win it in 58:03. Natalia Kisiel, 29. ran 1:24:07 for 42nd place overall, third in her age group.

  • Arlington's Potomac River Running Store directs its fifth annual Twilight Festival 4-Miler in Asburn on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 7:00 PM. See or call 703-729-0133.

    June 6, 2010
  • As printed

  • Imagine running a race with 70,000 people behind you.

    That's what Matt Deacon, 27, did, finished ninth in 18:04 at Komen Global Race for the Cure 5K in Washington, the world's largest 3.1-mile race. Pacers Running Store coach Reza Mahbod, 37, ran 18:48 for 15th, and Benjamin Lookner, 22, saw 19:23, 26th male.

    Among women, Kaitlin Sheedy, 27, cruised into fifth place in 19:11; Rebecca Nathan, 44, scored second in her age group, 11th in 20:21; and Jessica McGuire, 29, took 18th in 20:25.

  • Allison Wiley, 27, went 'round the 6th Annual Matzohball 5K Run in Ellicott City, 210th in 36:54.

  • Sushila Nanda, 49 -- closing in on the big 5-0 -- is still running top times, with a 21:38 for 23rd at Herndon Festival 5K. In the accompanying 10K, Scott Geary, 36, meshed in 66th place in 52:53.

  • DC Road Runners Club hosted its annual Triple Crown at Wakefield High School track, a series of three races at the world-famous horse race distances. Christopher Johnston, 45, of Fairfax won all three races -- 7:37 at the 1.25-mile Kentucky Derby, 7:05 at the 1.1875-mile Preakness Stakes, and 9:17 at the 1.5-mile Belmont Stakes. Behind him, second in all three races, was Jay Jacob Wind, 60, of Arlington -- placing in 8:33, 8:23, and 10:31. Among the fillies, Jinhie Skarder, 15, of Silver Spring ran for the roses in all three races, winning in 8:38, 8:39, and 12:14. After the human races, a dark horse named Drosselmeyer, 3, surprised the racing world with a win at the real Belmont Stakes in 2:31.57.

  • JJ LaPointe, 15, continues to make his mark on the local scene. His 21:38 on the backwoods course at Fit Families 5K in Fairfax earned him third place overall. His proud papa, Jon LaPointe, 50, won his age group, 14th male in 27:42.

    Vicki Boykis, 23, was Arlington's fastest girl, 53rd among women in 44:32.

  • Ashleigh Covington, 26, ran 56:19 for 143rd among women at Civitans 10K in Fredericksburg.

  • Arlington runners rang up top performances at Potomac Valley Track Club's all-comers meet at Falls Church High School. Zachary Huber, 27, took 34th in the 100-meter dash in 13.91. Blair Desio, 39, blasted 24.06 in the 200m, seventh fastest of the day, with James Barr, 42, 18th in 26.65. Desio's 52.17 copped fourth in the 400m. Erica Nemmers, 38, covered the mile in 5:06.7, second among women. Lee Aulisso, 63, race-walked 21:35.6 for eighth in the 3000m walk. Barr's discus throw of 35.38m was the seventh-longest of the day, his 35.70m hammer throw landed sixth, and his 45.67m javelin toss placed him third. Mike George, 29, whirled the discus 33.89m for ninth and put the shot 11.81m, also sixth. PVTC's meets continue throughout the summer -- see or call 703-451-3530.

  • Joshua Pavluk, 31, pushed to ninth place in 32:08 at DC Capital Striders 8K in Georgetown. Emily Norton, 28, ran 35:44 for third among women.

  • Jenny Goransson, 27, ran Save The Trail 5K in Bethesda in 18:49, second among women, ahead of Samatha Cole, 41, third in 19:18. Jason Henderson, 30, trotted 21:03 for 44th overall.

  • David Kent, 38, rolled 38:09 at Cascades Firechase 10K in Sterling, ninth among men. Mary Beth Chosak, 31, shot to second among women in 39:21, ahead of her sister, Katie Muething, 24, fourth in 40:32.

  • Jennifer Keller, 32, legged 1:45:25 for 106th at Maryland Half Marathon in Timonium.

  • DC Road Runners Club's summer Bunion Derby Series kicks off with Women's Distance Festival 5K at 7:00 PM and Run After the Women 5K at 7:45 PM on Tuesday, June 8, at Bluemont Park. See or call 703-241-0395.

  • Run For The Rainforest 5K, conducted by Amazon Conservation Team, introduces a new course at Pentagon Row on Sunday, June 20, at 8:00 AM. See or call 703-522-4684.

    May 23, 2010
  • As printed

  • At Maryland Half Marathon in Baltimore, Jennifer Keller, 32, finished 106th in 1:45:25, ahead of her husband Charles Keller, 33, 157th in 1:49:19.

  • Scott Norris, 43, ran Run for the Animals 5K in Wheaton in 23:47, good for 39th place. Hina Ayub, 30, covered the course in 24:38, 46th overall.

  • Andrew Towne, 28, finished eighth among men at Spinal Research Foundation We've Got Your Back 5K in Reston in 17:17. Erin Swain, 28, took fourth among women in 18:23.

    May 16, 2010

  • Course records were made to be broken, and Michael Wardian was made to break them.

    In 2005, Wardian, then 31, set the record for the fastest marathon ever run in the state of Delaware, 2:27:49 at Delaware Marathon in Wilmington. On Sunday, Wardian, now 36, shattered that record in 2:26:22 -- almost a minute and a half faster.

    Wardian ran most of the race alone, way ahead of last year's winner Marco Capelli, 37, of Collegeville, Penn., second in 2:40:35.

    Robert Toonkel, 35, ran 3:38:28 for 103rd place. In 2009, he completed his second tour of marathons in all 50 states plus DC. "I'm not trying to do another round of states," said Toonkel. "I haven't run a marathon for four months. I'm glad today's race turned out so well."

    Megan Fickel, 24, took 213th in 4:03:3, and Ilisa Gertner, 40, turned in 4:14:09 for 272nd place. Jay Jacob Wind, 60, ran 3:33:32, 86th overall and second in his age group, his 131st marathon finish.

  • Thomas Rhodes, 26, hit the pavement at Capital Hill Classic in Washington, taking third in 33:45, behind two Ethiopian stars, Mohamed Awol and Gurmessa Megerssa, who tied for first place in 31:32.

    Italian Air Force Major Edi Turco, 37, flew high, seventh in 35:43; and Eddie Valentine, 30, ran a sweet 36:17 for ninth place.

    Kate Dart, 30, hit the target with 38:53 for third place among women. Marybeth (Muething) Chosak, 31, shot to sixth place in 39:54, ahead of her sister Katie Muething, 24, 13th in 41:34.

    In the accompanying short race -- called a 3K but closer to 2K -- JJ Lapointe, 15, ran 8:02 for third place, and Beth McCann showed she could at 50, winning the women's race 9:23.

  • Daniel Aronowitz, 42, ran 3:16:26 at Run for the Red Marathon in East Stroudsburg, Penn., 83rd overall, and Brooke Miles, 29, streamed in 3:37:17, 206t overall.

  • America On-Line sponsored the Inaugural AOL Spring Into Summer 5K, and Samantha Cole, 41, replied to the prompt in 19:28, first overall among women. Bruce Antley, 42, ran 21:00 for 16th place.

  • Steve Hammel, 29, scored a big win at Marine Corps Historic Half in Fredericksburg, outdistancing the competition in 1:14:40, ahead of 5,418 other runners. Steve Galusha, 34, pushed to 20th place in 1:24:57. Christine Keller, 43, saw a 1:42:45, 37th among women, and Jennifer Casey, 35, whistled 1:44:43 for 60th place.

  • At 72, Chan Robbins still chases down the younger runners, finishing 72nd in 41:01 at Germantown 5-Miler, 8:13 per mile.

  • Another runner defying age is Sushila Nanda, 48, fourth among women in 28:14 at Devotion to Children 4 Miler in Reston. Scott Tsuchitani, 24, took 11th there in 27:22.

  • Jesse Young, 28, started three minutes late at Maya Angelou Circle of Friends 5K in Washington, notching a net time of 25:26.

  • Alex Miller, 26, ran James River Scramble in 50:33, 53rd among men, with Aline Mays, 29, 289th among women in 1:18:31.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club begins weekly track & field workouts on Mondays at 7 PM at Falls Church High School. See or call 703-451-3530.

    May 9, 2010
  • As printed
  • Andrew Towne, 28, scored a big win at the 13th annual J.E.B. Stuart High School Raider Run 5K in Falls Church, running 17:51 to finish eight seconds ahead of race director Robbie Zapple's son Christopher Zapple, 18, second in 17:59.

    Tyler Holt, 29, took seventh in 20:23, and Jon Hiratsuka, 57, ran 22:00 for 14th.

    Samantha Cole, 41, finished fifth overall and first among women in 19:52, ahead of Christine Hackman, 46, second in 24:27.

  • Robbie Wade, 27, held off hard-charging Michael Wardian, 36, at Pacers Running Festival Half Marathon, starting in Clarendon and finishing in Rosslyn. Wade landed first in 1:09:33, with Wardian second in 1:09:42. Behind them was Matt Logan, 24 of Alexandria, third in 1:12:36.

    First among women in 1:26:27 was Laura Jenkins, 31, of Arlington, a minute ahead of Allison Fried, 26, of Alexandria, second in 1:27:21, and Laura Ramos, 31, of North Bethesda, third in 1:28:05.

    In the accompanying quarter-marathon -- a rarely-run distance -- everyone ran a personal record, led by Gregory Grosicki, 21, of Fairfax, first among men in 37:05, and Kristi Markowicz, 40, of Arlington, second overall in 39:59.

  • Nelson Mendes, 38, clocked 24:03 for 17th at Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer 5K in Reston. Heather Rabinowitz, 26, notched 24:29 for sixth among women.

  • Mark Hand, 43, clutched first place in his age group, fourth overall in 19:15 at Purcellville's Run for Research 5K.

  • At Arlington Cooperation Foundation's 7th Annual Potomac River Run Marathon at Carderock Recreation Area, event record holder Belay Kassa Teka of Ethiopia (2:34:58 in 2006) intended to run a half marathon, but when he realized the only competitive event at Carderock was the marathon … and he was already there with his friend Tamrat Debalke … and Alexandria was 25 miles away, and the time was 6:45 AM, he realized (as Henry Kissinger said) the absence of alternatives clears the mind beautifully.

    And beautiful it was to watch his long flowing running style as he cruised in unchallenged to win in 2:39:27, a dozen minutes ahead of Philippe Rolly of France, second in 2:51:21, with Debalke pulling away from Alex Bollfrass of Washington to take third place in 3:01:15, ahead of Bollfrass's 3:02:09.

    Arlington's Ann Abbott, 31, sliced up the women's field to win in 3:33:59. In fourth place in 3:56:31 and winning a $500 gift certificate from Arlington's Big Wheel Bikes was new mom Andrea Emshoff Nelson, 31.

  • At Dick's Sporting Goods Alexandria Running Festival Half Marathon, Ryan Forster, 28, covered the course in 1:33:12, good for 12th place. Finishing fourth among women in 1:39:40 was Lynn Marie Marcotte, 26.

    In the accompanying 5K, Timothy Zinka, 26, won his age group, eighth overall in 23:25. Allison Kaplan, 29, scored ninth in 26:49.

  • Families and friends of Arlington Science Focus School thronged to their annual 5K race. Among women, Taylor Poling, 28, of Washington pulled down first place in 21:09, followed by Mary Catherine Malin, 50, a newcomer to Arlington, second in 22:32; and Sushila Nanda, 48, also of Arlington, third in 23:15.

    Keith Giles, 33, won the men's race in 18:41, ahead of Christopher Zapple, 18, second in 19:05; and Denis Moffett, 26, third in 19:14.

  • Jay Jacob Wind, 60, won the gold medal at Virginia Senior Games 10K in Richmond, first overall in 46:06.

  • Starting May 13, Arlington County Office of Senior Adult Programs and Potomac Valley Track Club host Seniors on the Run, a series of four weekly workouts Thursdays at 11 AM at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. To join the program, write or call 703-228-4771. The workouts are open to all athletes 50+, from anywhere in the DC area.

    The workouts are designed to train athletes for Potomac Valley Track Club's all comers meets, kicking off Sunday, May 16, at 8:30 AM at Falls Church High School. See or call 703-451-3530.

  • Arlington Heights Civic Association holds a one-mile fun run on Saturday, May 22, at 11:30 AM at Patrick Henry Elementary School, 701 South Highland Street. To sign up, see

  • Potomac River Run Marathon photos
  • Photos of Arlington Science Focus School 5K, Saturday, May 1, 2010

    May 1, 2010
  • As printed

    Arlington Resident Wins National Title

  • Arlington resident Anne Viviani won the women’s 60-64 age group national title April 25 at USA Triathlon’s 2010 Duathlon Age Group National Championship.

    Viviani covered the course in 2:13:16 en route to her second straight age group victory.

    In addition to earning a national title, Viviani qualified to represent Team USA at the 2010 ITU Duathlon World Championships this September in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    The April 25 race was a part of USAT’s 2010 National Duathlon Festival, which featured a record field of nearly 1,800 competitors over two days of racing in scenic downtown Richmond.

    Duathlons are run-bike-run events, and April 25’s age group national championship was contested on a 5k-38k-5k course.

    Viviani’s husband Donn finished in the top 10 of his age group at the nationals.

    April 25, 2010
  • As printed
  • At Run for Wakefield 5K, Dinku Filagot, 17, of Arlington ran 18:51 to win, just ahead of Will Weidman, 26, second in 18:59. Third in 22:07 was Christer George, 17.

    Among women, Rebecca Powell, 32, led in 22:24, with Emily Burrell, 36, second in 23:47 and Edith Brashares, 54, third in 25:17.

  • At National Duathlon Festival Off-Road National Championship, a run-bike-run race in Richmond, Daniel Villarreal, 26, scored 23rd in 2:24:39.

  • Andrew Cann, 48, proved he could at AFCEA 5K in Columbia, Md., 44th in 22:46.

  • Andrew Duncan, 42, of Bethesda, showed he is aged to perfection, winning Pacers Running Stores' Crystal City Friday 5K in 15:57. Chasing him were Joe Kelly, 24, second in 16:12, and young Bryce Wilk, 11, of Burnt Hills, N.Y., third in 16:28.

    Among women, Kate Neeper, 26, of Washington took first place in 17:47, with Annie Feldman, 28, second in 18:58 and Jenny Goransson, 26, third in 19:07.

  • David Wertz, 34, ran 34:51 for 51st place at Pike's Peek 10K in Rockville. Toni Diegoli, 31, was Arlington's top lady, 11th in 38:26.
  • Arlington men posted five of the top 15 times at George Washington Parkway Classic in Alexandria. Will Vivani, 27, shot to sixth place in 52:29, ahead of Andres Urbina, 24, seventh in 55:28; Edi Turco, 37, ninth in 57:20; Cory Herold, 26, 12th in 1:00:16; and Jason Jones, 30, 15th in 1:02:20.

    Erin Swain, 27, continued slicing through local races, fourth among women in 1:01:39; and Emily Ferguson, 33, rounded out the top 15 in 1:08:25.

  • In the accompanying 5K, Kathryn Tyner, 28, ran 22:44 for fourth place, outkicking Laura MacNeil, 27, fifth in 22:45. Michael Person, 15, grabbed third in 18:56; and Ian Hage, 16, hung onto sixth in 20:05.

  • At the 114th Boston Marathon, 76 Arlington runners finished the 26.2-mile race, including six women and eight men in the top 1000: Katherine Walker, 31, 75th female in 2:59:19; Christine Rehwald, 30, 149th in 3:06:46; Anne Feldman, 28, 172nd in 3:08:22; Melissa Kuhlman, 28, 849th in 3:25:19; Sarah Taylor, 29, 910th in 3:26:07; Trista Neinast, 27, 973rd in 3:26:54; Michael Wardian, 36, 39th male 2:25:45; Tim Fahey, 36, 7th in 2:31:05; Shamus Brady, 28, 176th in 2:39:27; Bradley Smith, 34, 290th in 2:44:36; Eddie Valentine, 30, 353rd in 2:46:33; Matthew Cavanaugh, 30, 475th in 2:49:26; Michael Rooney, 24, 596th in 2:52:24; and Jeff Greene, 32, 998th in 2:57:56.
  • At BAA 5K in Boston, Abigail Potter, 25, conjured up 26:13 for 510th among 2483 females. Melanie Hunhoff, 31, hunted down 1137th in 29:36; with Andrea Jensen, 36, 1683rd in 32:20; and Danielle Sewell, 27, 1925th in 34:08. Matthew Haslinger, 30, represented Arlington in 34:07, 1638th among 1846 males.

    April 19, 2010
  • Direct to you from the streets of Boston, Massachusetts -- All Arlington VA finishers at the 114th Boston Marathon!
     75--Katherine H. Walker, 31, Arlington VA, 2:59:19
     149--Christine M. Rehwald, 30, Arlington VA, 3:06:46
     172--Anne Feldman, 28, Arlington VA, 3:08:22
     849--Melissa Kuhlman, 28, Arlington VA, 3:25:19
     910--Sarah V. Taylor, 29, Arlington VA, 3:26:07
     973--Trista B. Neinast, 27, Arlington VA, 3:26:54
     1019--Sonja G. Hinish, 24, Arlington VA, 3:27:22
     1249--Laura Chipkin, 29, Arlington VA, 3:29:24
     1254--Madeline Harms, 24, Arlington VA, 3:29:27
     1306--Kristen Patton, 23, Arlington VA, 3:29:57
     1483--Jennifer Hamlin, 30, Arlington VA, 3:31:29
     1668--Peggy Sue McNulty, 29, Arlington VA, 3:33:07
     1688--Heather Stevens, 36, Arlington VA, 3:33:17
     1848--Emily S. Rhoades, 27, Arlington VA, 3:34:33
     1886--Melinda J. Metz, 33, Arlington VA, 3:34:50
     1925--Christine Hackman, 46, Arlington VA, 3:35:10
     2198--Kate Skidmore, 30, Arlington VA, 3:37:06
     2667--Sarah J. Harting, 28, Arlington VA, 3:40:07
     2729--Mary H. Freeman, 42, Arlington VA, 3:40:34
     3134--Alyona Richey, 30, Arlington VA, 3:43:18
     3707--Caroline Merena, 44, Arlington VA, 3:47:12
     3710--Leah A. Twardzik, 24, Arlington VA, 3:47:13
     3810--Michelle M. Lauzon, 47, Arlington VA, 3:47:55
     4088--Emily Leary, 30, Arlington VA, 3:49:35
     4195--Colleen R. Marzec, 47, Arlington VA, 3:50:10
     4214--Kathleen E. Walters, 36, Arlington VA, 3:50:18
     4473--Molly Lawless, 34, Arlington VA, 3:52:09
     4526--Joleen Okun, 29, Arlington VA, 3:52:31
     4924--Sarah E. Andresen, 31, Arlington VA, 3:55:11
     5340--Julie Bradshaw, 29, Arlington VA, 3:58:02
     6471--Erin L. Valocsik, 29, Arlington VA, 4:08:51
     6527--Jane Middleton, 31, Arlington VA, 4:09:29
     6803--Amy Dural, 26, Arlington VA, 4:13:03
     6826--Darla Gonson, 46, Arlington VA, 4:13:21
     7661--Cindy Walls, 52, Arlington VA, 4:25:27
     8085--Gerri Walsh, 46, Arlington VA, 4:33:23
     39--Michael R. Wardian, 36, Arlington VA, 2:25:45
     79--Tim Fahey, 36, Arlington VA, 2:31:05
     176--Shamus Brady, 28, Arlington VA, 2:39:27
     290--Bradley T. Smith, 34, Arlington VA, 2:44:36
     353--Eddie Valentine, 30, Arlington VA, 2:46:33
     475--Matthew L. Cavanaugh, 30, Arlington VA, 2:49:26
     596--Michael J. Rooney, 24, Arlington VA, 2:52:24
     998--Jeff Greene, 32, Arlington VA, 2:57:56
     1359--Eugene Holmes, 45, Arlington VA, 3:00:49
     1402--Timothy Garland, 24, Arlington VA, 3:01:20
     1638--William Weidman, 26, Arlington VA, 3:04:00
     1733--Kevin A. Coleman, 44, Arlington VA, 3:04:52
     2232--Philip S. Runco, 27, Arlington VA, 3:08:31
     2554--Luke Ryan, 32, Arlington VA, 3:10:49
     2596--Ryan L. Boeka, 27, Arlington VA, 3:11:02
     2668--George Cernat, 32, Arlington VA, 3:11:32
     2785--Michael Zinn, 27, Arlington VA, 3:12:28
     2793--Brennan A. Cain, 27, Arlington VA, 3:12:30
     2864--Scott W. Smith, 30, Arlington VA, 3:12:58
     3385--Kenneth W. Bradley, 27, Arlington VA, 3:15:55
     4310--Daniel J. Lesniak, 30, Arlington VA, 3:21:39
     5315--Matthew S. Esq Haslinger, 30, Arlington VA, 3:27:28
     5839--Matthew Kasprzak, 32, Arlington VA, 3:30:14
     6159--Gregory Denkler, 51, Arlington VA, 3:32:03
     6299--Michael J. Penney, 50, Arlington VA, 3:32:51
     6514--David T. Sr. Higgins, 50, Arlington VA, 3:34:16
     6545--Gregory T. Fried, 40, Arlington VA, 3:34:27
     6637--Jeff Bedell, 41, Arlington VA, 3:34:56
     7786--Robert P. Jr. Sindermann, 56, Arlington VA, 3:42:46
     8417--Matthew T. Gill, 36, Arlington VA, 3:47:16
     8538--William G. II Smith, 41, Arlington VA, 3:48:11
     8597--Roger W. Cressey, 44, Arlington VA, 3:48:34
     8763--Chip Coyle, 47, Arlington VA, 3:50:06
     8766--Steve F. Messinger, 49, Arlington VA, 3:50:06
     8767--Miguel Penella, 41, Arlington VA, 3:50:07
     9138--Jay Jacob Wind, 60, Arlington VA, 3:53:30
     9876--William B. Johnston, 64, Arlington VA, 3:59:48
     10232--Scott S. Walker, 45, Arlington VA, 4:04:57
     12288--Anand C. Varadharajan, 32, Arlington VA, 4:51:06
     12461--John Rock, 31, Arlington VA, 4:57:35

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  • At BAA 5K in Boston, Abigail Potter, 25, conjured up 26:13 for 510th among 2483 females. Melanie Hunhoff, 31, hunted down 1137th in 29:36; with Andrea Jensen, 36, 1683rd in 32:20; and Danielle Sewell, 27, 1925th in 34:08. Matthew Haslinger, 30, represented Arlington in 34:07, 1638th among 1846 males.

    April 4, 2010
  • As printed

  • Bert Rodriguez, 30, repeated as the first DC-area finisher at Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, snagging 20th among men in 50:52, a full 15 seconds faster than his 23rd place in 51:07 last year.

    Rodriguez, a former Navy man, trains intensely early mornings on the Custis Trail alongside I-66 and occasionally with Pacers Running Store's training group on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 PM in Clarendon.

    John Hall, 24, opened up 54:57 for 56th, with Dylan Keith, 25, of Georgetown Running Company's Racing Team 60th in 55:33; Joseph Racine, 31, 79th in 56:47; Sam Allin, 29, 80th in 56:51; John Kelly, 26, 83rd in 57:01; David Wertz, 34, 95th in 57:36; Mike Niederhausen, 33, 98th in 57:52; and Gregory Mariano, 24, rounding out the top 100 in 58:02, among the 6,881 male finishers.

    Among women, Erin Swain, 28, just missed the one-hour mark, 19th in 1:00:59, just two strides behind 2004 Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist Joan (Benoit) Samuelson, 52, of Freeport, Maine, 18th in an American age-group record 1:00:52.

    Laura Jenkins, 31, took 33rd place among women in 1:04:02, one second ahead of Mary Beth Chosak, 31, 34th in 1:04:03. Behind them were Toni Diegoli, 31, 37th in 1:04:11; Kaitlin Sheedy, 27, 42nd in 1:04:37; Samantha Cole, 41, 49th and second in her age group in 1:05:33; Liz Elko, 23, 55th in 1:06:16; Beth Fahey, 24, 56th in 1:06:21; Jennifer Cunningham, 37, 68th in 1:07:15; Samantha Kinzer, 24, 72nd in 1:07:27; Lauren Shaub, 26, 74th in 1:07:33; Jean Doyle, 32, 87th in 1:08:25; Anna Chavis, 24, 88th in 1:08:27; Erin McMahan, 27, 89th in 1:08:35; and Julie Brickman, 27, 90th in 1:08:37, among the 8,813 female finishers.

  • Mega-marathoner Michael Wardian, 35, won the bronze medal for third place at Marathon Des Sables, a 12-day race across the Sahara Desert -- the highest finish in history by ananyone who doesn't live in a desert enviroment such as Morocco or Jordan. He covered the six stages -- 29 kilometers, 35.5K, 40K, 82.2K (almost twice a marathon), 42.2K (a marathon), and 21.1K, totalling 250K -- in 23:01:03 -- just three hours behind winner Mohammed Ahansal of Morocco.

  • Pacers Running Store's Crystal City Friday 5K series kicked off with a bang as Matthew Barresi, 27, of Falls Church stayed ahead of 1036 runners, winning in 15:40, ahead of Arlington's Greg Lane, 23, second in 16:39. Edi Turco, 37, flew into fourth place in 17:05, with Daniel Ball, 25, rolling in fifth in 17:17.

    First among the ladies was Kate Neeper, 26, of Washington in 18:04. Jenny Goransson, 26, of Arlington climbed to third place in 19:28, with Emily Ferguson, 33, fourth in 19:50.

    Future races in the series are Fridays, April 23 and April 30. See

    Pacers also hosts the second annual Pacers Running Festival: Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & Kid’s Dash on Sunday, May 9, at 8:00 AM, starting in Clarendon and finishing in Rosslyn. See or call 703-248-6883.

  • Arlington County Office of Senior Adult Programs announced "Seniors on the Run", a new interest group for people 50 or older who love to run track and want to train with other seniors. Contact Helen White at or 703-228-4771.

  • If you plan to run track & field events at Virginia Senior Games in Richmond, May 8-9, Office of Senior Adult Programs and Potomac Valley Track Club invite you to a get-together at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, on Thursday, May 6, at 11:00 AM for pre-meet preparation and one last workout. Please RSVP via or call 703-927-4833.

  • Arlington Cooperation Foundation announced plans for its seventh annual College of Running on Saturday, May 1, and three running events on Sunday, May 2. The free educational sessions at Alexandria Hilton, 1767 King Street, on May 1, include 1:00-6:00 PM – vendors, exhibits, and charity partner information tables; 1:30 PM – Nick Panebianco: “Fund-Raising 101 for Charity Runners”; 2:00 PM – Max Lockwood, Georgetown Running Company: “The Equipment You Need To Run a Fast Race”; 2:30 PM – Dr. Michael Moses: “Injury Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation”; 3:00 PM – Rebecca Scritchfield, RD: “Nutrition for Runners”; 3:30 PM – Walt Kline: “Active Dynamic Warm-up”; 4:00 PM – Dr. Ashis Roy, the Marathon Man of India, an eminent cardiologist: “The Joy of Running - How To Stay Fit Forever”; 4:30 PM - Old Town Sport and Health: “Pilates for Running Demonstration”; 5:00 PM – John Steitz: “Runner’s Hydration”; and 6:30 PM – pre-race pasta dinner featuring Dana Casanave of Leesburg, the first woman attempting 52 marathons in 52 weeks.

    The three races still have slots open: the seventh annual Potomac River Run Marathon (, billed as the easiest marathon in America, a Boston qualifier on the C&O Canal Towpath; and the inaugural Dick's Sporting Goods Alexandria Running Festival Half Marathon ( and 5K (

    April 4, 2010
  • As printed

  • Arlington County fields its second-largest-ever team at this year's Boston Marathon, to be held Monday, April 19. Beantown-bound are these 91 runners: Sarah Andresen, Keiranne Barnicle, Alexandra Barrage, Jeff Bedell, Ryan Boeka, Erin Bougie, Kenneth Bradley, Julie Bradshaw, Shamus Brady, Brennan Cain, Matthew Cavanaugh, George Cernat, Laura Chipkin, Kevin Coleman, Chip Coyle, Roger Cressey, Gregory Denkler, Robert Denmark, Theodore Dowd II, Amy Dural, Tim Fahey, Anne Feldman, Tricia Fintel, Brendan Fogerty, Mary Freeman, Gregory Fried, Timothy Garland, Matthew Gill, Darla Gonson, Jeff Greene, Christine Hackman, Jennifer Hamlin, Steve Hammel, Madeline Harms, Sarah Harting, Matthew Haslinger, David Higgins, Sonja Hinish, Eugene Holmes, William Johnston, Matthew Kasprzak, Katherine Katz, Caitlin Kinkead, Melissa Kuhlman, Lindsay Larose, Michelle Lauzon, Molly Lawless, Emily Leary, Teresa Lent, Daniel Lesniak, John Mallory, Colleen Marzec, Peggy Sue McNulty, Caroline Merena, Steve Messinger, Melinda Metz, Jane Middleton, Blake Monson, Trista Neinast, Joleen Okun, Kristen Patton, Miguel Penella, Michael Penney, Christine Rehwald, Emily Rhoades, Alyona Richey, John Rock, Michael Rooney, Philip Runco, Luke Ryan, Robert Sindermann, Kate Skidmore, Bradley Smith, Scott Smith, William Smith, Heather Stevens, Sarah Taylor, Leah Twardzik, Eddie Valentine, Erin Valocsik, Anand Varadharajan, Katherine Walker, Scott Walker, Cindy Walls, Gerri Walsh, Kathleen Walters, Michael Wardian, William Weidman, Shane Wentz, Jay Jacob Wind, and Michael Zinn.

    Only last year's team was larger, with 96 runners in the world's most prestigious 26.2-mile race.

  • To train for Boston, Michael Wardian, 35, is running Marathon des Sables, a 10-day race across Sahara Desert, April 1-10. Wardian’s eighth-place finish in 2009 was the best-ever by an American male. He hopes to improve on that finish. "My goal for Marathon Des Sables in 2010 is to win," said Wardian. "I am going to challenge the dominance of the Moroccans. My eighth place in 2009 just didn’t satisfy me, and I feel I can definitely improve in 2010."
  • At Potomac Valley Track Club's Easter Classic 5K under the cherry blossoms at East Potomac Park in Washington, Vincent McDonald, 50, finished 11th among men and second in his age group in 20:54. Right behind him was Scott Tsuchitani, 24, 12th in 21:08, and Andrew Spisak, 24, 15th in 21:29. Chan Robbins, 72, ran 23:00, an amazing time for a septuagenarian. Christine Hackman, 46, landed 14 among women in 23:18.

    In PVTC's Easter Classic 10K, Elizabeth May, 29, earned the bronze medal for third among women in 43:39. Emily Norton, 28, took fifth in 45:45, and Jessica Case, 29, locked up sixth place in 45:51.

  • Philip Runco, 27, ran 1:05:14 for 74th place among men at Charlottesville 10 Miler. Thomas Buck, 27, cashed in for 89th place in 1:06:43, and Mark Hand, 43, shook 102nd in 1:07:55. Colleen Connell, 27, caught 31st among women in 1:10:11, with Cathy Hayne, 27, 908th in 1:26:34, and Kathryn Pettine, 24, 368th in 1:28:46.

  • DC Road Runners Club conducts Capital Hospice races on Saturday, April 17, 12K (7.45 miles) at 10 AM, 3K (1.86 miles) at 10:10 AM. See or call 703-241-0395.

  • Wakefield High School Service Club and Wakefield Alumni sponsor Run for Wakefield 5K on Saturday, April 24, at 9:00 AM on the Bluemont Junction Trail, across from Marymount University, 1000 North Glebe Road. See or call 703-228-6700.

    March 28, 2010
  • As printed

  • At the Virginia Duathlon, Adam Stolzberg, 33, biked and ran 1:49:38 for 20th place. Michael McConnell, 28, matched his age, 28th in 1:52:17. Jeff King, 26, ran a royal 2:23:50, 136th.
  • The Marine Corps Marathon, set for Oct. 31, always sells out. To give runners an early opportunity to enter, the People’s Marathon offers a Run To Register 10K at Marine Base Quantico. Among the 1,796 finishers were 139 from Arlington, including Jaime Boast, 26, 81st in 43:16; Michael Ouzts, 51, 82nd in 43:18; Margaret Smith, 27, 91st in 43:34; and Andy Berner, 35, 97th in 43:49.

    In the accompanying Irish Sprint One Mile, Blair DeSio, 39, blazed in 5:13, fifth overall, nosing out John Kelly, 26, sixth also in 5:13. Wendy Fite, 52, took third in her age group, 64th overall in 8:01.

  • Shawn Monk, 23, of Fort Collins, Colo., won the Cancer Prevention 5K at Bluemont Park in 19:01, a minute ahead of Arlington’s Christopher Gust, 40, second in 20:40, and Jay Jacob Wind, 60, third in 22:17. Amy Bortnick, 20, of Berwyn Heights notched the women’s win in 22:35, outkicking Joanne Castillo, 25, of Alexandria, second in 22:37, and Ashley Kayser, 26, of Alexandria, third in 24:04.
  • At the W&OD Trail 5K in Falls Church, Chris Brock, 39, rocked in eighth place in 18:23.7. Matthew Sampson, 37, raced to 22nd in 20:40, ahead of Scott Kocher, 40, 23rd in 20:49. Adrienne Wichard-Edds, 36, ran 20:51 for seventh place among women, with Jen Norris, 39, 10th in 22:11.
    March 21, 2010
  • As printed

  • Michael Wardian's resume keeps getting better and better.

    The 35-year-old Arlington runner captured his fourth SunTrust National Marathon title on Saturday, running 2:21:58, five minutes ahead of last year's winner Patrick Moulton, 28, of Providence, R.I., second in 2:26:03. Wardian is now a four-time winner in the five years of the race.

    Arlington was well-represented at Saturday's races. Among National Marathon's 2,325 finishers, 162 (7%) hailed from Arlington, including Matthew Cavanaugh, 30, ran 2:40:44 for ninth place in the marathon, followed by Eddie Valentine, 30, 25th in 2:52:11; Olivier Leblond, 37, 30th in 2:53:46; Mary Beth (Muething) Chosak, 31, 34th in 2:57:32; Dylan Barlett, 23, 55th in 3:02:06; Adam Vandervort, 29, 69th in 3:05:17; Daniel Hassouni, 26, 70th in 3:05:05; Michael Ansell, 24, 86th in 3:06:50; and Katie Muething, 24, 98th in 3:08:49.

    Of National Half Marathon's 6,249 finishers, 621 (10%) came from Arlington, led by Tim Fahey, 36, 19th in 1:13:52; Edi Turco, 37, 28th in 1:15:49; Andrew Jacobson, 32, 44th in 1:18:21; Andrew Towne, 28, 58th in 1:20:18; Katherine Walker, 31, 75th in 1:22:04; Kate Dart, 30, 84th in 1:22:52; George Perry, 30, 91st in 1:23:37; and Daniel Villarreal, 25, 99th in 1:23:49.

  • Wardian did not rest on his laurels. Instead, he hustled up to Manhattan and ran New York City Half Marathon on Sunday, finishing 27th in 1:09:37, 12 seconds behind the first woman, Mara Yamauchi of Tokyo, and six seconds ahead of 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Deena Kastor. "It was hard getting my legs moving today," said Wardian after the race. "I'm running Knoxville Marathon next week, then Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara Desert April 1-6, then Boston Marathon on April 19. I'm definitely `ing on the door of the sub-2:19:00 I need to qualify for the US Olympic Men's Marathon Trials in Houston on January 14, 2012."

  • Meanwhile, on the other end of the country, Los Angeles Marathon featured eight Arlington stars: Dawn Kawasaki, 40, 1,639th in 3:48:50;  Peggy Hoyle, 44, 3,287th in 4:11:13;  Sara Shokravi, 27, 6,949th in 4:44:56;  Jeffrey Siew, 44, 9,109th in 5:02:57;  Rachel Johnson, 26, 9,890th in 5:10:18;  Robert Newbury, 36, 1,1817th in 5:27:00;  Gregory Wood, 43, 12,385th in 5:31:32; and Andrew Powers, 34, 16,216th in 6:12:38. 

  • Robert Toonkel, 34, trekked up to Caesar Rodney Half Marathon in Wilmington, Del., to run 1:35:41 for 188th place. Gary Guenther, 57, continued his road to recovery from hip replacement surgery, 576th in 1:50:50.

  • DC Road Runners Club presented its annual awards, including three women from Arlington. Kristin Dahling, 34, earned the club's outstanding volunteer award. Toni Marie Diegoli, 31, won the outstanding female runner of the year. Caitlin Kinkead, 27, copped the most improved female runner prize.

  • Scott Allen, 26, took 37th among men at Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, with Timothy Garland, 24, 54th in 3:08:49; Gregg Weltz, 43, 222nd in 3:34:56; and Charles Williams, 27, 27, 225th in 3:35:40.

    Among women, Varia Lvova, 32, scored seventh in 3:08:39, first in her age group. Susan Benante, 46, ran 3:49:01 for 87th; with Margaret Elder, 40, 121st in 3:55:47, and Alexis Tressler, 26, 130th in 3:57:50.

    In the accompanying half marathon, Damon Taaffee, 33, pulled 1:28:06 for 85th male, followed by Howard Brodbeck, 29, 110th in 1:31:03. Caroline Lauver, 28, turned a 1:35:14 for 39th among women, with Elizabeth Osburn, 26, 44th in 1:36:01.

  • National Research Center for Women & Families hosts the Cancer Prevention & Treatment Fund 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 27, at 9 AM on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail starting at Bluemont Park north shelter, 601 North Manchester Street. See to pre-enter if spaces available (no race-day entry) or call Emily Hartman at 202-223-4000.

    March 14, 2010
  • As printed
    Michael Wardian -- photo by
  • Michael Wardian, 35, won the USA 50K (31.1 miles) men's championship on Sunday, March 7, with a time of 2:55:50, his third consecutive USA title at that distance. Host of the race was Caumsett State Historic Park in Huntington NY, the fourth largest of Long Island's 25 state parks.

  • Wardian bounced back a week later to finish second in 2:48:48 at Lower Potomac River Marathon in Piney Point, Md. He wore a water pack on front and back, training for Marathon Des Sables, a six-day ultra across the Sahara Desert in Morocco starting April 1. He finished seventh there last year and hopes to win it this year.

    Sun Gazette staff writer Jay Jacob Wind, 60, ran 3:29:03, 15th overall and first over 60, his 128th marathon finish. Andrew Abban, 43, and Andrea Abban, 40, ran together in 4:51:06 and 4:51:07, 93rd and 94th.

  • Two Arlington men and two Arlington women finished in the top 10 at the DC area's biggest 8K race, ST. Patrick's Day in Washington. Robert Wade, 26, took seventh in 25:15, and Thomas Rhodes, 26, hit 25:41 for eighth place. Close behind was Greg Lane, 23, 15th in 26:56.

    Among women, Christine Rehwald, 30, shone in eighth, running 31:42, and Tsvetelina Boyd, 32, placed ninth with a net time 31:46 after a late start. Madeline Harms, 24, ran 32:52 for 14th.

  • Up the parkway in Baltimore at Kelly St. Patrick's Day Shamrock 5K Steve Hammel, 28, hammered 16:50 for 25th. Jennifer Sauer, 47, ran a sweet 28:53 for 1020th overall.

  • At the 32nd Napa Valley Marathon, described by some as the most beautiful marathon in America, David Mueller uncorked a 4:32:28 time, 1134th overall, followed by Paul Horan, 1329th in 4:48:06; David Sheridan, 1647th in 5:37:04; and Lara Lamprecht, 1718th in 5:58:08.

    On March 27, Mueller tackles his first 50-mile race, Buffalo Run, on Antelope Island in the Salt Lake, Utah.

    March 7, 2010
  • As printed

  • Three Arlington runners climbed the podium at D.C. Road Runners Club's Burke Lake 12K (7.45 miles).

    First among women in 53:31 was Elizabeth May, 29. "I thought another woman was ahead of me, so I kept pushing the pace," she said after race.

    Edi Turco, 37, was close behind winner Gareth Peteis, 30, of Fairfax for seven miles, taking second in 43:45 to Pateis's 42:56. Olivier Leblond, 30, earned the bronze medal, third in 46:36.

    James Engle, 49, finished 28th among men in 57:37, and Helen Krause, 28, held onto sixth among women in 1:01:11.

  • Kate Sheedy, 27, is rapidly improving as a distance runner. Her 18:56 won the women's division at =PR= Race for Haiti 5K in Reston, eighth overall. Kelly Buroker, 28, burned up the course in 24:09, 55th place. Mike Synnott, 27, was Arlington's first male, 65th in 24:52.

  • New on the scene, David Burnham, 25, sizzled at Van Metre 8K in Ashburn, sixth in 26:07. Behind him were frequent racers Bart Borghuis, 34, eighth in 26:48, and Andrew Towne, 28, ninth in 28:03.

    Among women, Christine Rehwald, 30, starred in fifth place in 31:05, pacing Rebecca Toler, 36, 20th in 35:39, and Jessica Case, 29, 21st in 36:15.

  • At B&A Trail Marathon in Annapolis, Michael Creadon, 42, a trumpeter in the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps at Fort Myer, played a classic 3:28:30 for 34th place overall Anita Dabrowska, 28, grabbed 71st in 3:46:19.

    In the accompanying half marathon, Charles Williams, 27, ran 1:34:04 for 57th place, with Mickey Tveter, 30, 73rd in 1:37:16, and Noah Simon, 34, 77th in 1:37:45. Elizabeth Humphrey, 46, broke two hours in 1:58:54, 296th overall, followed by Rebecca McDevitt, 28, 415th in 2:09:52.

  • Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Marathon in Damascus, Md., is a slow rough course even in good weather, but melting snows left great puddles and mudpatches to challenge the runners. Arlington's Mike Kenny, 25, splashed down in 4:44:52 for sixth place. Caroline Williams, 48, brought home 16th place in 6:24:25.

    For an extra challenge, 134 runners ran 50 kilometers (31.1 miles). William Weidman, 26, finished 39th in 5:37:54, ahead of Greg Loomis, 35, 47th in 6:01:42.

  • Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail Half Marathon was another wet course. Tyson Williams, 27, took the plunge in 1:38:00 for seventh place, after passing Murtuza Madarwala, 33, eighth in 1:38:19. Robert Corea, 31, captured 15th in 1:41:28.

    Laura Clayton, 31, placed ninth among women in 1:58:29.

  • At the 2010 World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships, in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, Arlington's James Barr, 42, represented the USA in the indoor pentathlon. In the five events, he took fourth in the 1000-meter run in 3:29.05, fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in 10.17 seconds, second in the high jump with 1.72 meters, third in the long jump with 5.62 meters, and first in the shot put with 12.48 meters, earning 3157 points for third place. He also earned a silver medal at the javelin, throwing 44.53 meters, and a bronze in the shot put with 11.69 meters.

  • If you plan to run track & field events at Virginia Senior Games in Richmond, May 6-9, you are invited to a get-together at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, on Thursday, May 6, at 10:00 AM for pre-meet preparation and one last workout. Please RSVP via or call 703-927-4833.

    February 28, 2010
  • As printed

  • Over the decades, Arlington has seen some great running rivalries on the roads. One of the greatest duels is currently brewing between Robbie Wade, 27, and Stephen Crane, 28, both sponsored by Pacers Running Stores.

    Wade prevailed at Love the Run You're With 5K in Pentagon City, winning in 15:23, with Crane second in 15:55. As the spring season approaches, expect more thrilling races between the two.

    Taking third in 16:07 was Adam Condit, 26, of Ashburn. Italian Air Force major Edi Turco, 37, living in Arlington, flew ninth place in 17:10.

    Katie Read, 24, added another jewel to her crown as one of Arlington's top female runners, winning in 17:32. Michaela Courtney, 25, followed close behind, second in 17:55, with Michelle Miller, 29, of Damascus, Md., third in 18:03. Rebecca Nathan, 44, took eighth place in 19:46, first among masters women.

    More than 1,300 enjoyed the race, postponed from Valentine's Day because of snow-covered roads.

  • Thomas Denney, 28, and Sarah Andresen, 30, represented DC Road Runners Club at Road Runners Club of America's Club Challenge 10 Mile in Columbia, Md., finishing 213th and 214th in 1:14:28.

  • Burke & Herbert Bank announced its commitment to be title sponsor of the inaugural Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, to be held Sunday, September 19. See or call 703-587-4321. Dick's Sporting Goods is title sponsor of Alexandria Running Festival Half Marathon and 5K and Potomac River Run Marathon. See or call 703-927-4833.

    February 21, 2010

  • As printed

  • Arlington's Michael Wardian, 35, trekked back to Florida for his third marathon of 2010 -- and his best time of the year -- finishing ninth in 2:23:57 at Run With Donna Marathon in Jacksonville Beach.

    Also visiting the Sunshine State were David Mueller, 38, 643rd male in 4:35:30; Veronica Sudekum, 26, 682nd female in 4:42:56; and Willeah Cato, 31, 1038th female in 5:10:10.

    In the accompanying half marathon, Brent Harris, 28, raised the flag 492nd in 2:03:10, with Gregg Adams, 65, 747th in 2:09:57 and fourth in his age group; Jenny Workman, 30, 899th in 2:16:54; Jon Sweet, 43, 1951st in 2:41:50; Kristen Sweet, 31, 2661st in 3:09:28; and Tanya Lewis, 25, 2735th in 3:17:03.

  • Down the peninsula in Fort Lauderdale, Mark Malan, 36, ran 3:51:37 for 126th place at A1A Marathon. Tony Ciano, 25, pushed to 47th among men in 1:32:12 at the half marathon, followed by Jeff Borghino, 31, 70th in 1:34:02. Among women, Lauren Peduzzi, 39, was 770th in 2:19:13, with Michelle McWhinney, 36, 845th in 2:22:26; Danika Ciano, 24, 953rd in 2:29:21; and Clarice Curto, 16, 1098th in 2:38:25.

  • Four Arlington runners tackled Houston Marathon and Half Marathon. Jose Castellanos, 22, finished the full marathon in 5:47:28, 3778th among men. Taylor Napier-Runnels, 22, ran the half in 1:54:59, 397th among women; Sandra Powers, 49, plowed to 783rd in 2:04:08; and Katie Tirronen, 27, tore up 846th in 2:05:25.

  • After three week of snow delays, DC Road Runners Club and Potomac Valley Track Club finally hosted their third indoor track meet of the season at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, and hundreds of runners came in from the cold.

    Matthew Simonson, 24, and Georgetown Day School coach Anthony Belber, 37, both of Washington DC, provided the heat in the open mile, taking first and second in 4:56.5 and 4:59.3. Behind them, JJ LaPointe, 15, was first from Arlington, 10th in 5:32.0; and Christopher Jaggett-Rowzee, 28, rode to 14th in 5:46.3.

    In the women's mile, Arlington's Emily Blagg, 15, blazed to gold in the women's mile in 5:46.7, with Kristin Harman, 29, of Newport News, second in 6:00.5.

    Tadd Morris, 42, came all the way from Camp Hill, Penn., to win the masters' mile in 5:16.1, a step ahead of Washington Cathedral School coach Malcolm Lester, 42, second in 5:17.8.

    Kevin Wegner, 11, of Columbia, Md., kindled the children's mile, first in 5:54.2, with Malcolm's daughter Page Lester, 10, second in 6:03.7. Arlington's Alec Blagg, 9, ran his first meet ever, finishing 16th in 7:43.5.

    Andrew Duncan, 42, of Washington sparkled in the 3000-meter in 9:20.1, more than a lap ahead of his closest competition, Wendall Brown Jr., 16, of District Heights, second in 10:28.6.

    Hometown boy Andrew Towne, 28, of Arlington burned up the 5000-meter winning in 17:38.0, followed by All-American athlete Maurice Pointer, 54, of Baltimore, second in 17:42.7. Abdelillah Razah, 44, of Arlington took fourth in 20:22.2.

    Cynthia Evans, 54, of Randallstown sped to first among women in 23:36.3. Arlington's Monica Anatalio, 29, qualified for National Half Marathon, finishing fifth in 30:32.2.

  • At Tidewater Striders 30K (18.6 miles) in Virginia Beach, Joseph McConnell, 49, ran 2:40:19 for 16th in his age group. Crystal Allison, 22, iced the course in 3:19:37, and Stephanie Riddle, 22, answered in 3:24:17.

    February 14, 2010

  • In a week when all local races were snowed out, 14 Arlington runners trekked to Austin, Tex., for some warm-weather running.

    Luke Ryan, 32, led a half-dozen Arlington marathoners in 3:12:25, 114th among men, with Nick Geboy, 28, 151st in 3:24:25. Emily Smith, 30, placed 84th among women in 3:39:26, ahead of Ruth Stiver, 28, 96th in 3:42:06; Alexandra Gehring, 39, 485th in 4:24:15; and Andrea Guidry, 912th in 5:00:52.

    Caroline Merena, 44, led Arlington's eight finishers in the accompanying half marathon, finishing 189th among women in 1:47:32. Nicole Debien, 23, was 1378th in 2:15:58. Finishing together in 2:19:59 were Melissa Green, 30, 1909th female, Mark Green, 29, 2050th male. Alice Till, 66, took sixth in her age group in 2:55:27, 3607th woman.

  • At another race down south, Jeremy Garrett, 28, shot to 104th place among men in 3:34:47 at Birmingham Marathon in Alabama.

    Jaymelina Esmele, 42, ran the accompanying half-marathon in 2:56:14, 1432nd among women.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club and D.C. Road Runners Club rescheduled their last track meet at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, to Sunday, February 21, starting at 7:45 AM. See or call 703-927-4833.

  • Pacers Running Stores rescheduled their Love The Run You're With 5K starting at Pentagon Row to Sunday, February 28. See or call 703-415-0277.

  • With Bluemont Park still covered by snow, D.C. Road Runners Club postponed their Capital Hospice 12K to a future date. See or call 703-241-0395.

  • Arlington-based Marathon Charity Cooperation announced its spring series of races, to include the 2nd annual W&OD Trail 5K in Falls Church on March 27; the 7th annual Potomac River Run Marathon in Carderock, Md., on May 2; and the inaugural Alexandria Running Festival Half Marathon, also on May 2. See or call 703-927-4833.

    February 7, 2010
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  • Running his second marathon of the month in Florida, Michael Wardian, 35, led wire-to-wire at ING Miami Marathon to win by more than seven minutes in 2:28:39.

    "I ran with the half marathon leaders up to 13 miles, but then I was alone," said Wardian. "My uncle in Miami passed away in December 2008, so I ran the race dedicated to him. When I took the lead, I thought something would happen -- a pothole, an alligator, heat and humidity -- but everything went perfectly. "

    Daniel Maass, 21, ran 3:29:36 for 172nd place among men, and Joanne Studer, 52, stomped 4:50:38 for 533rd among women.

    Among 32 Arlington finishers in the accompanying Miami Half Marathon, Kelsea Natoli, 24, nabbed 208th among women in 1:48:54, and Jim Ricca, 48, polished off 927th among men in 1:53:49.

  • Edi Turco, 37, flew to fourth place in 59:16 at DC Road Runners Club's Al Lewis 10 Miler in Kensington. Andrew Towne, 27, took sixth in 1:03:39. Faith Korbel, 31, popped a 1:06:36 for second place among women.

  • With snow on the ground and more in the forecast, DC Road Runners Club postponed its Capital Hospice 12K to Saturday, February 20, at 10:00 AM at Bluemont Park, followed by a 3K at 10:10 AM. Race director James Scarborough hopes that most of the snow is melted by then on the W&OD and Custis Trails. See or call 703-241-0395.

    January 24, 2010
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  • Edi Turco, 37, took second place in 1:12:46 at DC Road Runners Club's JFK 20-kilometer race on the Capital Crescent Trail in Washington, running at top speed despite icy patches on the trail. Leading the race in 1:10:02 was Rodee Schneider, 28, of Washington.

    Their finish reprised their race at the club's Predictions and Resolutions 5K in Rosslyn on New Year's Day, where Schneider won in 17:13, followed by Turco in 18:00. Third place went to Christopher Zapple, 18, in 18:34.

    Jessica Case, 28, won the women's race in 23:54, ahead of Ann Abbott, 31, second in 24:21, and Sarah Hunt, 30, third in 24:25.

  • DCRRC's next race is Capital Hospice 12K on Saturday, February 6, at 10:00 AM at Bluemont Park, followed by a 3K at 10:10 AM. The rolling, challenging course follows the W&OD and Custis bike paths alongside Four Mile Run and I-66. See or call 703-241-0395.

  • Erica Nemmers, 38, now a resident of Arlington, clobbered the competition in the one-mile race at Prince George's Sportsplex with 5:05.9, winning the race overall.

  • At Frostbite 15K in Richmond, Colleen Connell, 27, caught 36th place among women in 1:13:31; and Robert Andrukonis, finished 133rd among men in 1:15:25.

    January 17, 2010

  • At Potomac Valley Track Club's and DC Road Runners Club's indoor track meet at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, the Hall boys -- two sets of twins -- of Waldorf, Md., dominated the children's mile, with Jereamy Hall, 12, first in 5:47.1; Jay Hall, 10, second in 5:59.4; Joshua Hall, 12, third in 6:04.9; and Jett Hall, 10, took sixth in 6:14.1.

    First from Arlington was Samuel Kilmer, 8, 20th in 7:30.0.

    Kristin Harman, 29, of Newport News won the women's mile in 6:05.3, but Arlington's Samantha Cole, 41, ran faster -- 5:54.3 -- in the masters' mile.

    U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Steve Anderson, 53, of Arlington recaptured the masters' mile in 5:17.0, defending his position at the last meet.

    Luke Holman, 26, of McLean won the elite mile in 4:45.9, leading three lanky lads from Massaponax High in Fredericksburg.

    Dustin Whitlow, 23, of Ashburn, dusted the field in the 3000 meter in 9:10. Maurice Pointer, 54, of Baltimore won the 5000 meter in 18:01, ahead of Arlington's Abdelillah Razah, 44, third in 20:15.

    The clubs host One more all-comers meet on Sunday, January 31. See or call 703-927-4833.

  • Bryan Smeach, 28, covered P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Phoenix, Ariz., in 3:07:30, good for 166th place among men. Lily Yan, 26, ran 5:01:26 for 1,668th among women.

    Andrew Ciarfalia, 27, succeeded in the half marathon, 78th in 1:20:19. Caitlin Kinkead, 28, caught 128th place in 1:37:58. Six from Arlington finished in the marathon, and 29 in the half-marathon.

    January 10, 2010
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  • If you asked Michael Wardian where he last weekend, he would answer "I went to Disney World!"

    Wardian, 35, conquered the Magic Kingdom, taking finished fifth at Walt Disney Marathon in 2:27:19, to win the male 35-39 age group.

    He paced 70 finishers from Arlington, including Jon Dalton, 45, 221st among men in 3:17:48; Michael Naff, 39, 460th in 3:29:02; Stephen Messinger, 48, 486th in 3:29:53; Daniel Aronowitz, 42, 808th in 3:41:15; and Nathaniel Doan, 32, 1,323rd in 3:54:54.

    Among women, Erin Hoekstra, 28, finished 201st in 3:58:24; with Heather Stevens, 35, 459th in 3:57:51.

    The day before the marathon, Disney World hosted a half marathon. At that race, Doan, 32, did 1:41:24, 407th among men, ahead of Dustin Schnell, 27, 565th in 1:45:30; and Naff, 858th in 1:49:37.

    Among women, Stevens ran 1:53:50 for 353rd, with Sara Jones, 29, 396th in 1:55:05.

    Anyone who ran both races earned a special "Goofy Challenge" medal. Naff's double earned him 241st place in a combined time of 5:18:39. Doan earned his medal for 543rd in 5:36:18; and Stevens won hers for 714th in 5:51:41. Of the 5,902 runners who ran both races, 31 hailed from Arlington.

  • Samantha (Kirby) Cole, 41, ran her first race of the year, a strong 5:50.0 mile at Prince George's Sportsfest in Landover.

    Adam Alderton, 35, sparkled in the 60-meter dash, running 7.2 seconds. James Barr, 42, long-jumped 18'00" for seventh place in that event, with Korosh Yazdanpanah, 20, close behind, ninth in 17'11".

    The indoor season continues with meets on Sunday mornings, January 17 and January 31, at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South. See or call 703-927-4833.

  • Arlington-based Pacers Events and veteran runner Steve Nearman announced plans for Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, set for September 19. See or call 703-587-4321.

    January 3, 2010
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  • At the area's last race of the year, the Fairfax Four Miler, Robbie Wade, 26, put the star on the tree, winning in 20:03. Michael Wardian, 35, ran one last great race of 2009, finishing fourth in 21:10. Edi Turco, 37, landed two places back, sixth in 22:41.

    Rebecca Nathan, 44, matched Wardian's place, fourth among women in 26:12, and Emily Ferguson, 33, took sixth in 27:24.

    Cold rain and a wintry mix did not deter more than 1,000 from enjoying the race.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club and DC Road Runners Club hosted the first of three indoor track meets at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Before the start of the first event, the 3000 meter racewalk, David Talcott, 49, of Johnson City, N.Y., proposed marriage to Erin Taylor, 31, of Bergenfield, N.J. She accepted, amidst the crowd's cheers and applause. Then the happy couple tackled the 15-lap race, finishing second and third in 14:39 and 14:40. Trevor Barron, 17, of Bethel, Pa., won the race in 12:31. With their times, both Taylor and Barron qualified for the 3000 meter racewalk at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

    Andrew Duncan, 42, of Washington, ran the fastest mile of the day in 4:43. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Steve Anderson, 53, of Arlington, captured the masters' mile in 5:19. Gloria Roberts, 17, of Upper Marlboro, won the women's mile in 5:24. Cody Wellons, 14, of Midlothian, Va., lapped all but two runners in the children's mile, winning in 5:21. Brianna Kinder, 13, of Greenbelt, led the girls in 6:01.

    Ted Poulos, 48, of McLean, added another win to his lifetime list, taking the 3000 meter in 10:41. Elizabeth Webb, 23, of Middleburg, won the women's 3K in 11:18. Vance Berry, 23, also of Middleburg, picked the 5000 meter in 16:24, with Brittney Rooks, 15, of Baltimore, first among women in 20:16.

  • The Bauers celebrated New Year's Day at the YMCA Resolution Run 5K in Stafford. Jennifer Bauer, 28, ran 28:49 for 106th place; and Eric Bauer, 33, covered the course in 29:03, 112th.

  • Meanwhile, the Eckhauses popped the cork in Virginia Beach at Hair of the Dog 5K. Jeremy Eckhause, 34, finished 78th among men in 25:24; and Marion Eckhause, 28, walked 25th among women in 54:32.

  • Kerk Brown, 43, rang in the year in 19:11, 11th among men, at Festival of Lights 5K in Centreville.

  • Scott Geary, 36, rolled 24:23 for 34th among men at BRATS Frozen 5K in Manassas. Christine Willett, 48, scored 55th among women in 30:32.

  • Pacers Running Stores announced Love the Run You're With 5K on Valentine's Day, Sunday, February 14, at 9 AM in Pentagon Row. See or call 703-415-0277.

    December 27, 2009
  • Sun Gazette ranks Rob Toonkel's and Michael Wardian's achievements among the top athletic accomplishments by individuals in Arlington County in 2009.

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  • As the year drew to a close, with races in the DC area snowed out, Michael Zinn, 27, ran Thunder Road Marathon in Charlotte, N.C., in 3:14:49, 84th overall.

    Anant Raut, 34, covered the course in 3:37:23, 220th overall.

    Tara Swenson, 27, finished the accompanying half marathon in 1:50:42, 510th place.

  • Jason Lamb, 37, grazed the Virginia Beach Seashore Nature Trail 50K (31.1 miles) in 5:29:23, 63rd place.

  • DC Road Runners club kicks off the new year with its 12th annual Predictions and Resultions (PR) 5K Run on Friday, January 1, at 12 noon, starting at the Mount Vernon Trail entrance at Gateway Park in Rosslyn. See or call 703-241-0395. To volunteer for the race, write race director Ben Richter

  • =PR= Training Programs, a Potomac River Running partner, offers a free run technique clinic on Saturday, January 2, at 8:30 AM at Washington-Lee High School track, followed by an introductory interval session, led by former U.S. World Championships team member Sam Burley. See or call 703-798-1582.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club and DC Road Runners Club host a series of three indoor track meets on Sunday mornings, January 3, Janury 17, and January 31, 7:45-11:45 am, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South. Events include racewalks, 55-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter, one-mile, and 3000-meter, plus long jump and shotput clinics. The meets are open to everyone of all ages and abilities, and free for children. See or call 703-927-4833.

  • Marathon Charity Cooperation (formerly Arlington Cooperation Foundation) opens its Walk-To-Run Program for new runners and its Winter Training Program for experienced runners with kick-off meetings at Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street South, on Saturday, January 9, at 9:00 am. See or call 301-807-8529.

    December 13, 2009
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  • Bert Rodriguez, 30, rang in a big win at Jingle All The Way 10K in Washington, running 31:08, ahead of more then 3,700 other finishers.

    Arlington women chimed in second and third. Katie Read, 23, continued her splendid autumn, second in 34:15, just one tick behind winner Maggie Infield. Veena Reddy, 31, took third in 37:06. Mary Beth Chosak, 31, took 10th in 39:08.

    Among men, Thomas Rhodes, 26, ran 32:28 for fourth place, and David Burnham, 25, sizzled in 32:42, fifth place, with Matthew Cavanaugh, 30, seventh in 33:14.

    Many runners wore holiday costumes, and most ran with bells on their shoes, courtesy of the race.

  • Later in the morning, the skies opened with a cold rain, turning the C&O Canal Towpath into mud for DC Road Runners Club's Bread Run 10K in Glen Echo, Md.

    Arlington's JJ Wetzel, 24, led the race in 38:58, ahead of Michael Rooney, also 24, second in 39:32. Finishing fourth in 40:19 was Gregory Richards, 33. Among women, Elizabeth May, 29, splashed into second place in 46:45. Ayisha Swann, 19, reached to fourth place in 48:06.

  • George Cernat, 32, ran 1:35:47 for 48th place at VA Runner Blue Gray Half Marathon in Fredericksburg. Charles Williams, 26, hit 1:40:33 for 71st place. Sara Jones, 29, picked up 239th among women in 1:59:27.

    Lauren Smith Janzen, 28, finished 65th in 29:47 in the accompanying Blue Gray 5K.

    December 6, 2009
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  • Andrew Towne, 27, went to Baltimore for the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis 5K and brought home the first-place trophy in 17:23.

  • Running at the front of yet another ultramarathon, Michael Wardian, 35, finished fifth at North Face Endurance Challenge Championship in Sausalito, Calif., in 7:09:00.

  • At DC Road Runners Club's Gar Williams Half Marathon at Carderock, Md., Brian Danza, 28, set up the timing mats in the cold rain and then ran the race 11th among men in 1:35:39. James Engle, 49, splashed down 15th in 1:36:58, just a week after his 3:40:11 at North Central Trail Marathon.

  • Christine Willett, 48, ran 1:48:03, 101st among women, at Montgomery County Road Runners Club's Turkey Burnoff 10M in Gaithersburg, Md. Paul Young, 27, covered the accompanying 5-mile in 44:33, 81st among men.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club and DC Road Runners Club host a series of three indoor track meets on Sunday mornings, January 3, Janury 17, and January 31, 7:45-11:45 am, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South. Events include racewalks, 55-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter, one-mile, and 3000-meter, plus long jump and shotput clinics. The meets are open to everyone of all ages and abilities, and free for children. See or call 703-927-4833.

    November 29, 2009
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    Photo courtesy of Michael Wardian
  • For the second year in a row, Arlington's Michael Wardian, 35, won national recognition as USA Track & Field's Ultramarathon Runner of the year, receiving the Ted Corbitt Memorial Award presented by USATF's Mountain Ultra Trail Council.

    Wardian earned the award by placing third at this year's World Championship 50K in Gibraltar; second at the USA 50 Mile Trail Championships in Enumclaw, Wash.; sixth at the 100-kilometer World Championship in Torhout, Belgium; and at the top of many shorter races.

  • Toni Marie Diegoli, 31, joined a pantheon of great East Coast runners by winning the women's race at North Central Trail Marathon in Sparks, Md., in 3:03:59. Sun Gazette sportswriter Jay Jacob Wind, 59, won his age group, 46th overall in 3:20:39. James Engle, 49, finished 113th in 3:40:11, ahead of Gregory Fried, 39, 132nd in 3:44:44 and Thomas Selsley, 42, 155th in 3:50:10.

  • Edi Turco, 36, chewed up the Drumstix Dash 8K in Burke Lake Park to win in 29:55. Turco is a major in the Italian Air Force detailed to the Pentagon's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program. Jason Murray, 35, ran 37:37 for 21st, with Paul Neville, 33, 29th in 38:34, and ageless Chan Robbins, 72, 32nd in 38:52.

    Marjorie Censer, 26, captured fourth place among women in 36:03, one place ahead of Sushila Nanda, 48, fifth in 36:54. Mary Klima, 33, claimed 11th in 40:32, with Simonetta Nussio, 35, 16th in 42:50.

  • In its fourth year, Christ Church of Arlington's Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day spread its wings to become one of Arlington's largest races, with 1681 finishers. Arlington men took four of the top five places. Will Viviani, 27, led the pack, winning in 15:27, ahead of Keith Warden, 27, of Hartsville, S.C., second in 15:46, and Michael Wardian, 35, third in 15:48.

    Christopher Marker, 20, checked off fourth in 17:18; followed by Patrick Dannaher, 20, fifth in 17:20; Will's brother Tony Viviani, 25, seventh in 18:06; and David Phillips, 47, eighth overall and first masters male in 18:11.

    Marny Homan, 29, of New York City ran 20:27 for the women's win, outkicking Arlington's Jamie Hagebaumer, 32, second in 20:31, and Kelsey Anne Coia, 16, third in 21:01. First masters female was Kitty Phillips, 44, in 21:45.

  • H.B. Woodlawn / Princeton graduate Peter Quinzio, 24, finished fourth in 26:28 at Alexandria Turkey Trot 5-Miler; and Joseph Racine, 31, ran 27:04 for sixth place.

    First among women and ninth overall in 28:04 was Katie Read, 23.

    U.S. Senator Mark Warner finished the race in 48:26.

  • Erin Swain, 27, swung into second place among women in 18:12 at So Others Might Eat (SOME) Trot for Hunger 5K in Washington, just one second behind winner Alisa Harvey, 44, of Manassas.

    Dale Anderson and Ron Benedict, both 35, both ran 19:39 for 40th and 41st place among men.

  • Bart Borghuis, 34, covered YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase Turkey Chase 10K in 34:00, ninth place.

  • At the region's largest Thanksgiving Day race, Virginia Run Turkey Trot 5K in Centreville, Matthew Aviles, 24, flew to 49th place in 19:16. Caitlin Kinkead, 28, finished 25th among women in 22:25.

    November 22, 2009
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  • Two Arlington women won bronze medals for third place in their age groups at Philadelphia Half Marathon.

    Lindsay LaRose, 27, earned hers for third 25-29, ninth among women in 1:26:03. Laura Jenkins, 30, matched that place, third 30-34, 12th among women in 1:27:17.

    Among men, George Perry, 29, finished 70th in 1:25:14, and Matt Przydzial, 25, was 150th in 1:32:10.

    Andrew Jacobson, 32, ran 2:39:40 for 37th place at Philadelphia Marathon. Eddie Valentine, 29, sent home a 2:46:16 for 59th; and Jason Jones, 29, sailed in under three hours in 2:58:59, 190th.

    Kate Dart, 30, tossed a 3:11:29 for 38th among women. Mary Verasin, 29, ran 3:15:52 for 55th; and Emma Mellamphy, 29, followed in 3:17:58, 67th.

    Dillon Foley, 23, led Arlington's men in the Philadelphia 8K in 37:16, 109th male. Clara Leigh, 27, ran 45:19 for 196 among women.

  • Pacers of Arlington manager Chris Farley, 33, tackled the JFK 50 Miler in Boonsboro, Md., finishing 118th in 8:25:28 in America's largest ultramarathon race. William Smith, 41, was close behind (in ultramarathon terms), running 8:52:10, 180th overall. Zahid Ahmad, 29, also broke 10 hours, 272nd in 9:28:02. Carolina Quiroga, 31, was Arlington's top female, 341st in 9:45:47. Andrea Nelson, 31, ran 10:19:46 for 460th; and Tracy Masuda, 26, covered the hilly course in 10:28:26, 491st.

  • Jennifer Fransen, 27, ran Scarecrow Classic 5K in Ellicott City in 30:32, 121st overall.

  • Two Arlington runners dueled at Potomac Valley Track Club's Cranberry Crawl 5K at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria. Andrew Ciarfalia, 27, ran 17:15 for the win, edging Andy Dana, 27, second in 17:17. Emily Reuter, 29, also won a loaf of cranberry bread for third among women in 20:37.

    In the accompanying 10K, Edi Turco, 36, toured the course third in 36:12. Right behind him was Brian Woodbury, 38, fourth in 36:36. Copley Ricca, 27, copped fourth among women in 45:06.

  • Jonathan Harris, 27, kept warm in 19:03, 23rd overall, at Freeze Your Gizzard 5K in Leesburg. Sushila Nanda, 48, ran 21:13 for third in her age group, 67th overall.
    November 15, 2009
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  • Silver and bronze went to two Arlington women at Veterans Day 10K in Washington.

    Arlington's Katie Read, 23, chased Samia Akbar, 27, of Herndon, all the way to the finish. Akbar won in 33:40, and Read scored another second-place in a major local race, running 34:55. The two women last locked horns at Army Ten Miler, where Read also finished second behind Akbar.

    Third place went to Veena Reddy, 31, also of Arlington, in 36:48.

    Erin Swain, 27, finished 10th in 38:32; and Toni Diegoli, 31, took 13th in 39:19.

    Among men, Bert Rodriguez, 30, rolled into fifth place in 31:41, behind four top international runners. Right behind him was Will Viviani, 27, sixth in 31:47. Taylor Smith, 24, rounded out the top 10 in 32:27; and Bart Borghuis, 34, ran 33:36 for 15th place.

  • Andrew Towne, 27, came within 4 seconds of winning MMRF Race For Research 5K in Alexandria, landing second in 16:47. Michael Englert, 28, covered the course in 20:24 for sixth place. Joyce Chung, 19, earned 31st among women in 28:41.

  • Kate Hudson Walker, 31, broke the three-hour mark at Richmond Marathon with a 2:59:45, fifth place among women, to head Arlington's delegation of 72 runners in the capital city.

    Arlington's leading man was Daniel Villereal, 25, 115th among men in 3:08:20. Behind him were Varia Lvova, 32, 21st female in 3:09:23; Taneen Carvell, 43, 43rd in 3:20:03; Grace Chan, 40, 211th in 3:49:08; Daniel Lesniak, 28, 147th male in 3:11:05; John Mallory, 36, 194th in 3:15:04; and Robert Key, 39, 223rd in 3:18:22.

    George "Ted" Hobart, 42, finished his 20th marathon and second this month in 6:17:56.

    In the accompanying half marathon, Makely Lyon, 24, won her age group and roared to seventh among women in 1:24:44. Alissa Bibb, 27, covered the course in 1:35:05 for 23rd; and Jamie Burden, 43, carried 1:35:46, 147th among men.

    In the HCA Virginia 8K, Andrew Dana, 27, surged to 28:31 for 27th among men; and Melody Parry, 26, took fifth in her age group, 19th among women in 35:47.

  • Tuckahoe School 5K welcomed 340 runners to the neighborhood. Robbie Wade, 27, of Arlington crossed the line first in 18:33, pursued by Ted Poulos, 47, of McLean, second in 18:48, and Dan Simonds, 42, of Fairfax, third in 18:54. Arlington women took first and second. Rebecca Nathan, 44, won the gold in 20:29, with Cynthia Olsen, 43, second in 21:55, and Lorraine Ross, 49, of Falls Church, third in 22:11.

  • At TLC King of the Road 5K in Rockville, Ben Barron, 24, was crowned 12th in 20:24, and Kate Gallagher, 23, reigned in seventh place among women in 22:20.

  • Women won both the 4K and 8K Potomac Overlook Trail runs. In the 4K, Emily Blagg, 15, conquered the hills and stream crossing in 19:42, two seconds off her own 19:40 course record from 2006 at age 11, a day after competing in a high school meet. First male finisher in 21:17 was Phil Ennis, 47, of Herndon. In the 8K, Martha Nelson set a course record 37:57, ahead of everyone else. Lukas McGowan ran 39:09 to lead the men. The race raised $1771 for Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center and $590 for Potomac Overlook Regional Park.

  • At 2nd Annual Tri-Delta 5K Turkey Trot at William and Mary University, Glenn Wicks, 43, was first male over 40, 25th overall, in 23:01; and Kitty Phillips, 44, was first female over 40, 26th overall in 23:02.

  • Christ Church of Arlington hosts its fourth annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, at 8:00 AM. See or call 703-527-0420.

    November 8, 2009
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  • Back from his third-place finish at the world championship 50K in Gibraltar, Michael Wardian, 35, ran a superb 1:09:33 for fifth place at Gynecologic Cancer Foundation Half Marathon in Washington.

    Jeremy Garrett, 28, took 26th in 1:27:20; and Jacob Dudek, 27, ran 1:29:17 for 30th.

    Veena Reddy, 30, continued running spectacularly, finishing fourth among women in 1:20:39, ahead of Elizabeth May, 29, 25th in 1:37:59, and Amy Wigmore, 39, 28th in 1:38:57.

    In the accompanying 5K, Kennedy Cliffe, 31, jumped to 14th in 23:19. Nina Palmer, 29, finished 11th in 25:53, followed by Erin Korte, 26, 12th in 26:23.

  • At Edgemoor Classic 5K in Bethesda, Antoine Brantley, 23, ran 19:39 for 18th place. Lindsay Hunter, 23, caught eighth place in 23:18.

  • At Race Against the Odds 5K in Arlington, sponsored by The Sun Gazette, Zachary Warren outdistanced the competition to win in 18:18. Cristina Burbach, 35, ran her fastest 5K ever to win in 19:46. "I've been trying to break 20 minutes for a while," said Burbach. "I ran the second half of this race much faster than the first half, with a 6:10 last mile."

    More than 400 ran to support Team Alexis for pediatric brain cancer research.

  • At Key School Mason Mile, Matthew Murtha, 33, won it all in 6:04, leading David Balick, 14, second in 6:15; and Christopher Palacios, 10, third in 6:24.

    Christopher's sister Rebecca Palacios, 13, was the first female finisher in 6:41, pacing Hope Mathias, 9, second in 7:29; and Carly Rivera, 8, third in 7:33.

  • Tuckahoe Elementary School at 6550 North 26th Street hosts a 5K run on Saturday, November 14, at 8 AM. Call 202-713-9593 or see for more information.

  • Virginia Happy Trails Running Club conducts Potomac Overlook Trail Runs, 4K or 8K, on Saturday, November 14, at 8:30 AM, at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 North Marcey Road. See for more information.

    November 1, 2009
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  • Rock-steady Michael Wardian, 35, won the bronze medal for third place at the International Association of Ultrarunners World 50K (31.1-mile) championships on the island of Gibraltar. Wardian finished in three hours and 56 seconds, averaging about 5:49 per mile. He led the race for 44 kilometers before yielding to Lucas Nonyana of South Africa (2:58:04) and Paul Molineaux of Great Britain (3:00:15).
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  • Veena Veena Reddy-Borghuis, 30, qualified for the 2012 USA Olympic Trials women's marathon by running 2:42:06 for 19th place at the 2009 USA Women's Marathon Championship, held at the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.,

    Former Arlingtonian Vanessa Hunter, 34, now of Seattle, Wash., also qualified for the Trials in 2:44:13, 23rd place.

    Mary Beth Muething, 31, finished in 2:53:49, 58th among women, ahead of her sister, Katie Muething, 24, 91st in 3:08:31. Between them was Faith Korbel, 30, 83rd in 3:04:49. Samantha (Kirby) Cole, 41, ran 3:15:47 for 114th place.

    Among men, Michael Wardian, 35, ran 2:23:13 for 18th.

  • Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause 8K drew 375 runners to Ballston on a rainy Sunday morning. Steve Magness, 25, of Vienna, held off hard-charging Demesse Tefera to win in 24:31. Tefera, 28, of Silver Spring, was just seven seconds back in 24:38. Behind them were Nathan Brigham, 26, of Laurel, third in 24:53; and Arlington's Will Viviani, 27, fourth in 25:04.

    Other Arlington men included Mark Drath, 23, eighth in 26:23; David Kent, 37, 11th in 29:45; and Steven Maguire, 42, 12th in 30:27 and first masters finisher.

    Olympic Trials marathoner Samia Akbar, 27, of Herndon, dominated the women's field in 27:32, ahead of Michelle Miller, 28, second in 30:03; and Kristin Andrews, 28, third in 30:20.

    Stephanie Tocco, 26, led Arlington's women, eighth in 24:26. Smiling in 11th place was Kat Cheshire, 24, in 37:09; with Laura Phelan, 23, 18th in 39:20; Mary Perrin, 28, 19th in 39:48; Heather Kauffman, 36, 20th in 39:57; Stephanie Manchin, 25, 21st in 40:05; and Sophia Lai, 27, 22nd in 40:10.

  • Alex Caudana, 27, ran 29:38 for third place at Run! Geek! Run! 8K, in Washington. Emily Reuter, 29, matched that feat, third among women in 33:55.

  • Chan Robbins, 72, won his age group by almost 10 minutes at Somerset Back to School 8K in Chevy Chase, with 39:24 for 50th place. Laura Jacobs, 26, was Arlington's top female, 52nd in 45:35.

  • Sushila Nanda, 48, put down 22:25 at Rockville 5K to earn seventh place among women. Stephen Kurtz, 29, ran 26:05 for 66th among men.

    In the accompanying Rockville 10K, Jen Norris, 38, took 10th in 48:06; and Brian Greene, 37, was 146th in 55:55.

  • Samantha D'Alessio, 36, dealt a 25:51 for sixth place at Dig In Your Heels 5K at National Arboretum in Washington. Brian Fisher, 45, caught 37:05, 45th place among men.

    October 25, 2009
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  • Runners from all 50 states and from 50 countries ran the 34th annual Marine Corps Marathon.

    U.S. Navy lieutenant commander John Mentzer, 33, of Kittery, Maine, took the Iwo Jima hill first in 2:21:47, more than three minutes ahead of his competition in 26.2-mile race.

    Jacob Johnson, 32, of Sherwood, Ark., U.S. Air Force, ran 2:25:02 for second, holding off fast-closing Salvador Miranda, 38, of Mexico, third in 2:25:24.

    Muliye Gurma, 25, of Ethiopia won the women's race by just 27 seconds in 2:49:48, shaking off Jaymee Marty, 42, a U.S. Air Force reservist from Sacramento, Calif., who was one step behind Gurma at 40 kilometers (25 miles). Marty finished second in 2:50:15. Kyla Barbour, 31, of Atlanta, Ga., ran 2:50:47 for third place.

    Of the 20,936 finishers, 1,355 came from Arlington. Steve Hammel, 28, led the brigade, 24th overall in 2:38:31. Edi Turco, 36, finished 30th among men in 2:40:50, followed by Bradley Smith, 34, 53rd in 2:45:17; John Kelly, 26, 57th in 2:45:59; Hugh Owen, 32, 59th in 2:46:55; Eddie Valentine, 29, 67th in 2:48:37; Steven Anderson, 53, 75th in 2:51:12, first in his age group; Michael Scoleri, 36, 86th in 2:53:58; Olivier Leblond, 37, 96th in 2:55:26; and Michael Wardian, 35, 138th in 2:58:28, running with a friend.

    Among women, Faith Korbel, 30, uncorked 2:58:36 for ninth place, ahead of Liz Elko, 22, took 25th in 3:07:31 to win her age group; Colleen Depman, 24, 36th in 3:12:47; Stephanie Kurtz, 24, 54th in 3:17:38; Rebecca Maier, 25, 86th in 3:21:45; Caitlin Harres, 23, 106th in 3:23:33; Anna Chavis, 23, 108th in 3:23:56; Sarah Rodis, 24, 121st in 3:25:09; and Stefanie Steinmetz, 25, 129th in 3:26:13.

    Alfred Richmond, 70, ran 5:33:08, one of only four "Ground Pounders" who finished all 34 Marine Corps Marathons.

    Wyatt Boyd, 25, of Washington, won the accompanying Marine Corps 10K in 32:54. Kim Magee, 26, of Bloomington, Minn., ran 39:20, first among women.

    Michael Kiselycznyk, 28, was Arlington's top finisher, 18th in 38:02. Stacey Pfarr, 31, covered the course in 42:11, seventh among women.

  • JJ Lapointe, 14, scored another age-group win at Goblin Gallop 5K in Fairfax, sixth among men in 18:44. Close behind was Gregory Richards, 33, eighth in 18:58. Erin Gabriel, 30, finished 32nd among women in 25:49.

  • David Wertz, 33, outkicked two-time Marine Marathon winner Jim Hage to earn sixth place among men in 17:26 at Race for World Peace 5K in Washington. Alissa Bibb, 27, ran 21:16 for seventh place among women.

    October 18, 2009
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  • Thomas Rhodes, 26, topped the field at Vamos 5K in Washington, first overall in 17:09. Anita Molina, 30, took 21st place among women in 30:02.

  • Michael Wardian, 34, ran a top-notch race at BAA Half Marathon in Boston, Mass., 1:09:15 for 15th place. His next target is the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) 50 km World Trophy championship race in Gibraltar on October 31. Wardian's U.S.A. and World Championship exploits were featured in an article in the fall 2009 MSU Alumni Magazine, his alma mater.

  • At Stone Ridge 5K Race for Education in Loudoun County, JJ LaPointe, 14, came in first in his age group and ninth overall with a personal record of 18:16, braving rain and temperatures around 40 degrees F. First among Arlington women was Gretchen Hine, 27, 44th in 27:23.

  • Philip Pommerening, 45, covered National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial 5K in Washington in 20:26, 22nd among men. Kristina Korobov, 37, copped fifth place among women in 23:43.

  • Capping Arlington's world-class month of running, Marine Corps Marathon draws 30,000 runners this Sunday. The course starts on Route 110 near Arlington Cemetary, heads through Rosslyn and up Lee Highway to Spout Run and back to Key Bridge in miles 1 to 4, returns to Crystal City between miles 22 and 24 back to Route 110, and finishes up the hill to the Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima) Monument. The first wave starts at 8:00 am, and the first finishers take the hill about 10:15 am.

    October 11, 2009
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  • Chris Farley, 33, led 58 Arlington runners at Baltimore Marathon, 21st among men in 2:53:35. Kathi Canese, 51, earned fourth place in her age group, 144th among women in 3:52:59.

    In the accompanying half marathon, Andrew Jacobson, 32, took home the bronze medal in his age group, eighth male in 1:17:39, first among 154 from Arlington. Ella Mellamphy, 29, landed 17th among women in 1:32:32.

    Chris Lin, 27, ran 18:59 in the 5K, 18th among men. Leah Twardzik, 24, was 8th among women in 21:37.

  • Brian Psolka, 30, pulled fifth among men in 31:07 at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Star Kid 8K. Lindsay Larose, 27, matched his place, fifth among women in 34:02.

  • Chadd Westhoff, 37, lit up the Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K, 20th male in 18:53. Jen Norris, 38, ran 22:59 for 32nd place among women.

  • At Boo! Run for Life 10K, Christopher Cassatt, 35, painted a 41:50 for 17th place among men. Nicole Eldredge, 29, clocked 43:46 for 10th place among women.

  • Michael Kaplun, 23, cover Ellen's Run 5K in 21:36, 42nd overall.

  • George Cernat, 31, ran 3:06:25 at Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, Penn., 94th overall. Amy Dural, 26, was Arlington's top female finisher, 583rd overall in 3:38:44.

  • The Race Against the Odds, a Team Alexis 5K for pediatric cancer research is November 8 at 9 am at Bluemont Park, followed by 50, 100, and 200 yard dashes for children at 9:15 am. See or call 202-239-5067.

    October 4, 2009
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  • Delightful cool fall weather greeted the 21,256 finishers at the 25th annual Army Ten Miler, starting and ending at the Pentagon.

    Ethiopian Alene Reta, 27, of New York City, overwhelmed the field in 46:59, a new event record time. Also ahead of the old record were his countryman Tesfay Girma, 27, of Ellicott City, second in 47:20; and past winner and U.S. Olympian Daniel Browne, 35, of Chula Vista, Calif., wearing #1, third in 47:49.

    Of the top 1,000 men, 67 came from Arlington and 27 more from Fort Myer, including Taylor Smith, 24, 22nd in 52:27;  Robert Wade, 27, 28th in 53:15;  Tim Fahey, 35, 32nd in 53:56;  Mark Williams, 28, 53rd in 55:47;  Reynolds Wilson, 37, 76th in 56:53;  John Kelly, 26, 77th in 56:53;  Eddie Valentine, 29, 110th in 58:16;  David Wertz, 33, 127th in 58:55; and Steven Anderson, 53, 140th in 59:21.

    Among women, Samia Akbar, 27, of Herndon set a new event record of 55:25. Taking second place in 56:39 was Arlington's Katie Read, 23, a recent graduate of University of Virginia, cheered on by her parents. Of the top 1,000 women, 59 were from Arlington and 5 from Fort Myer, led by Lauren Centrowitz, 23, daughter of U.S. Olympian Matt Centrowitz, landed sixth in 59:52, followed by Makely Lyon, 24, 30th in 1:04:35; Kaitlin Sheedy, 26, 36th in 1:05:13; Allison Thomas, 32, 45th in 1:06:19; Kate Dart, 30, 51st in 1:07:05;  Annie Grondin, 36, 57th in 1:07:43;  Alison Hoing, 23, 71st in 1:09:08; and  Melody Parry, 26, 95th in 1:09:58.

  • Kevin Milsted, 24, turned 20:19 for 27th at Page's Run 5K in Potomac. Lindsey Wray, 28, gleamed in 25:52, 24th among women.

  • Daniel Maass ran 17:57 for fourth place at AIDS Walk 5K in Washington.

  • Rosemary Schwartzbard, 67, won her age group and finished 109th overall in 1:26:45 at Great Allegany Run 15K in Cumberland, Md. Jack Chapman, 70, matched with a 70+ win in the accompanying 5K in 30:12.

  • Siobhan Dinkel, 27, won her age group, taking 10th overall in 29:03 at Prince George's Crime Victim's Fund 5K in Landover.

  • David Brenneman, 26, finished 50th in 25:22 at Bita's Run 5K in Olney.

  • Andrew Towne, 27, took second place in 17:28 at Becca's Run 5K in Silver Spring.

  • Cortney Erdman, 24, ran 1:30:36 for 329th place at Capitol 10 Miler in Richmond.

    September 27, 2009
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  • Steve Hallinan, 23, of Washington, ran 14:43 to lead the pack of 581 finishers at Clarendon Day 5K, downhill from Clarendon to Rosslyn. Dueling behind him were Murat Kayali, 22, of La Jolla, Calif., second in 15:02; and Arlington's Will Viviani, 27, third in 15:08.

    Katie Read, 23, cracked 17 minutes with a 16:54 to win the women's race, ahead of Erica Nemmers, 37, second in 17:16. Former Arlington firefighter Jackie Gruendel, 34, of Clifton, third in 18:10.

    Steve Crane, 28, of Alexandria, won the simultaneous Clarendon Day 10K in 30:57, just two seconds ahead of Michael Wardian, 35, of Arlington, second in 30:59. Matt Barresi, 26, of Falls Church, rounded out the top three in 31:45. The 10K had 884 finishers.

    Lisa Baumert, 22, of Princeton, N.J., sailed into first among women in 36:42, followed by Michelle Miller, 28, of Damascus, Md., second in 38:02. Arlington's Melody Parry, 26, tuned into third in 41:39.

  • Chris Farley, 33, manager of Pacers Running Stores, scored a win in 35:39 at Dash for Dad 10K in Alexandria.

    Kathryn Mulvey, 22, ran 47:51 for fourth place among women.

  • Gary Guenther, 57, covered the Kensington 8K in 39:07, 90th among men.

    Margaret Sherwood, 26, ran 40:48, 29th among women.

  • Bart Forsyth, 31, hammered 17:51 for second place overall at at Step Away from Cancer 5K in Washington. Kelly Salter, 28, peppered a 25:51 for 17th place among women.

  • Ryan Sweeney, 25, swam 350 meters, biked 10 miles, and ran 2.5 miles in 57:55 at BRATS Freedom Triathlon in Manassas, 10th overall. Alicia Kabiri, 41, covered the course in 1:10:06, 14th among women.

  • At DC Road Runners Club's National Capital 20 Mile, Robert Sindermann, 55, won his age group and finished 23rd overall in 2:34:41. James Engle, 49, landed 27th in 2:35:55. Jennifer Casey, 35, tracked 13th among women in 2:45:30.

    At the accompanying 5 Miler, Eric Capito, 25, capitalized on the good weather to finish 10th in 38:39, and Lana Leung, 39, ran 42:42 for second place among women.

  • Kristen Fitzgerald, 28, was Arlington's top finisher at Fort McHenry Tunnel Run 5K, 429th in 32:06, a race run mostly underground and underwater.

  • Emily Ferguson, 33, ran 1:06:37 for 49th overall at Virginia Ten Miler in Lynchburg.

  • Ephorm Freeman, 26, was Arlington's top finisher at Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race, 569th male in 46:28. Dana Slone, 28, ran 1:00:24 for 1,340th among women.

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  • Key School PTA sponsors Superstar Family Fun Day and Mason Mile Run/Walk on Sunday, October 17, at Key School, 2300 Key Boulevard in Arlington, in memory of student Mason Leach. The run/walk is non-competitive; everyone is a winner and receives a ribbon. Activities begin at 9:00 AM, and the race starts at 9:30 AM. See or call 703-228-4210.

  • US FreedomWalk Festival on Friday-Sunday, October 16-18, is a non-competitive social walking challenge bringing participants of all ages and abilities together for fun, fitness and international friendship. Starting at Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, walks of 6K, 12K, 21K, and 44K go past monuments and embassies. See or call 703-209-0174.

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  • The 2009 Army Ten Miler starts alongside the Pentagon on Route 27 this Sunday at 8 AM. A field of 30,000 will compete from all over the USA and other countries, including more than 400 from Arlington. Action kicks off at 7:10 AM with a parachute jump by the U.S. Golden Knights, and the post-race party and youth activities are open to all in the Pentagon South Parking Lot.

  • An Arlington Running Travelogue:

    In Arlington, our "Perimeter Parkway" starts in Rosslyn in front of Key Bridge Marriott (Milestone 4) alongside Lee Highway with the Custis Trail and follows alongside, over, and finally under I-66 at Bon Air Park. There, you can turn left to bathrooms, water fountains, and parking -- and I promise you a rose garden -- or you can turn right, pass a water fountain, and head northwest for two miles on the W&OD Trail back to Lee Highway, or turn around at Van Buren Street near Boundary Stone SW9, dating back to 1792. Turning around, you can head straight back to Bluemont Park for bathrooms and water. There the trail splits into the flat W&OD on the left (look for the old red caboose) and the rolling, shady Four Mile Run Trail on the right. After Glen Carlyn Park, stay on the low trail to cross under Columbia Pike, past and across a lovely rapids, and up a steep hill on the left. The paved trail continues past high-rise parking lots to a clover-leaf under George Mason Drive into Barcroft Park. The trail finally ends at Walter Reed Drive, where you cross to Four Mile Run Park and continue on paved trail for another mile to Shirlington Drive. You can cross the street and take a newly-opened paved trail under I-395 and South Glebe Road to a clover leaf under Mount Vernon Avenue, briefly into Alexandria, where you cross over the creek and head left on the Wayne B. Anderson Trail to Route 110, Jefferson Davis Highway. Take the bridge on the left, go down the ramp on the left, and you go under 110, under the George Washington Memorial Parkway, and up a ramp to National Airport onto the Mount Vernon Trail. Heading north to the left, you run under I-395 again at the 14th Street Bridge, under Memorial Bridge and Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, past Roosevelt Island, to a spiral ramp over GW Parkway and back to Rosslyn. Cross at the lights to go back the Key Bridge Marriott, and you've run 20 miles around Arlington crossing only two streets.

    The shorter Lubber Run Trail, similar to Burke Lake in its rustic feel and outdoor amphitheatre, connects George Mason Drive near Carlin Spring Road with Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) and Edison Street.

    For a trail run, start at Theodore Roosevelt Island and follow the blue blazes to Potomac Heritage Trail (PHT) under Key Bridge, which includes some segments next to GWM Parkway and some sheer-wall rock climbs, before ending up at Chain Bridge. The PHT continues west of Chain Bridge and heads through Fairfax County all the way to American Legion Bridge. PHT is part tame, part technical, a true challenge.

    For a total backwoods experience, explore the Potomac Overlook Trail off Marcy Road off Military Road. The trail covers about 4K of loops including switchbacks and creek crossings.

  • September 20, 2009
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  • It was a race to the finish at Montgomery County Road Runners' Parks Half Marathon, and when the dust settled, Steven Crane, 28, won the gold in 1:08:04, followed by Michael Wardian, 35, second in 1:08:13.

    Christine Rehwald, 29, took fifth among women in 1:28:17.

  • Bert Rodriguez, 30, flattened the competition at New Orleans Rebirth 5K in Alexandria, winning in 15:31. Mark Williams, 28, ran 16:51 for fourth place. The race to provide aid after Hurricane Katrina was founded by Pacers Runing Stores and their customer "The Ragin' Cajun" James Carville, 64, who wore #1 and ran 25:54 for 146th place.

    Marissa Fitzpatrick, 28, finished 13th female in 24:01.

  • At Navy 5 Mile Run, starting and ending at the Pentagon, Benjamin Ingram, 32, of Baltimore, won the battle in 26:37. Nick Crowell, 22, of the U.S. Navy out of Olalla, sailed into second. Edi Turco, 36, of the U.S. Air Force, was Arlington's first finisher, third overall in 28:04.

    Lyon Makely, 24, new to Arlington, won the women's race in 31:54. Sandra Griffin, 42, of Upper Marlboro grabbed second in 33:57. Beth Clokey, 37, of the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Myer, took the hill third in 34:28.

  • Robbie Wade, 26, doesn't just run -- he swims and bikes with the best of them.

    Winner of last week's Arlington 9-11 Memorial 5K, Wade finished eighth at Nation's Triathlon in Washington DC, where he covered the 1.5-kilometer swim in 27:47, the 40K bike in 58:52, and the 10K run in 32:13, for a total time of 2:01:58 including transitions.

    Connie Chow Dowler, 34, chewed up the course in 24:26, 1:07:44, and 42:09, totalling 2:18:32 with transitions, fourth among women and 120th overall. Among the 3,945 athletes in the river and on the roads, 295 were from Arlington.

  • Dylan Keith, 24, penned a 1:13:47 at Philadelphia Distance Run Half Marathon, good for 71st place among men. Michael Rooney, 24, ran 1:18:02 for 125th.

    Among women, Varia Lvova, 32, a newcomer to Arlington, covered the course in 1:24:13, 33rd among women, just ahead of Erica Nemmers, 37, 35th in 1:24:19.

  • James Engle, 49, ran 1:12:26 at Arlington Cooperation Foundation's Revenge of the Penguins 10 Mile at Carderock Recreation Area in Maryland, seventh among men and first in his age group.

    Elizabeth May, 29, made third place among women in 1:14:27.

    In the accompanying 20 Mile, Philip Runco, 26, ran 2:24:18 for fourth place, ahead of Michael Zinn, 27, fifth in 2:24:51.

    Monica Weaver, 23, placed 23rd among women in 3:25:35.

  • Two Arlington men duked it out at Navy Federal Credit Union 5K in Vienna. Andrew Towne, 27, outkicked David Wertz, 33, to take second in 17:41, with Wertz third in 17:49.

    Christine Hackman, 45, handled the course in 22:54, fourth among women.

  • Caroline Williams, 47, ran 4:44:07 at Presque Isle Marathon in Erie, Penn., 355th overall.

  • Pacers Events presents the inaugural Clarendon Day 10K on Saturday, September 26, at 9 am, starting on Wilson Boulevard in Clarendon and finishin in Rosslyn. See or call 703-248-6883.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club's Young Flyers track & field training program for young athletes in 1st through 8th grade begins on Sunday, October 4, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington. See or call 703-927-4833.

  • Arlington hosts 20,000 runners at Army Ten Miler on Sunday, October 4. See for the course and Arlington Sun Gazette for the top finishers.

    September 13, 2009
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  • Two Arlington stars won Life without Limits 10K in Lorton. Edi Turco, 36, captured first place overall in 34:44. Samantha (Kirby) Cole, 40, was first among women in 40:25.

  • Tim McCullough, 24, of Churchton, Md., visited Arlington to win March of Dimes Bolt for Babies 5K in 17:20.

    Second place went to David Aamidor, 25, of Carmel, Indiana, in 18:27. Third was O'Connell High School freshman John (J.J.) Lapointe, 14, in 19:03, improving his personal best by 54 seconds. First master and fourth overall was Neil Sullivan, 43, in 20:22.

    Among women, Brittany Zale, 21, of Washington sparkled in 21:59 for first place, and Jennifer Conors, 37, of Fairfax Station grabbed second in 22:48. Arlington's Heather Kauffman, 36, caught fourth in 24:02; and Katie Swearinger, 28, took fifth in 24:11.

  • The husband-and-wife team of Ray Pugsley, 40, and Cathy Pugsley, 40, owners of Arlington's Potomac River Running Store, triumphed at Run for the Door 5K in Sterling. Ray won the men's race in 15:27, and Cathy won among the women in 18:51.

  • Keith Giles, 33, punched all the right keys at National Press Club 5K in Washington, finishing 10th among men in 17:47, just ahead of Michael Niederhausen, 32, 12th in 17:50 and Andrew Towne, 27, 18th in 18:22.

    Peggy Sue McNulty, 28, ran 20:02 for fifth place among women. Mary Verasin, 28, took ninth in 21:11; and Julia Taylor, 38, was 11th in 21:28.

  • At Lehigh Valley Marathon in Pennsylvania, the first 26.2 miler of the fall season, Daniel Aronowitz, 42, ran 3:39:38 for 39th among men, and Katie Beringer, 22, rang in 38th among women in 4:12:39.

    In the accompanying half-marathon, Sarah Randle, 23, handled the course in 1:50:36, 44th among women.

  • Pacers Events presents the inaugural Clarendon Day 10K on Saturday, September 26, at 9 am, starting on Wilson Boulevard in Clarendon and finishin in Rosslyn. See or call 703-248-6883.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club's Young Flyers track & field training program for young athletes in 1st through 8th grade begins on Sunday, October 4, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington. See or call 703-927-4833.

    September 6, 2009
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  • Two Arlington runners topped the field at the 8th annual Arlington Police, Fire and Sheriff 9-11 Memorial 5K Run.

    Arlington's Robbie Wade, 26, grabbed the lead quickly and never looked back, winning by almost a minute in 15:29.

    Kristi Markowicz, 39, ran 17:56 to hold off Melissa Tanner, 28, of Alexandria, second in 18:00.

    Among men, second place in 16:23 was Andrew Duncan, 42, of Bethesda, and third went to Tim Fahey, 35, of Arlington in 16:34. Denis Cloutier, 47, closed in on sixth in 17:03, and Pacers Running Store owner Chris Farley, 33, finished ninth in 17:24.

    Among women, former Arlington firefighter Jacqueline Gruendel, 34, of Clifton ran 19:02 for third place. Alison Hoing, 23, held onto seventh in 19:59, with Caitlin Harres, 23, eighth in 20:05.

  • Steve Anderson, 53, ran 18:00.17 to finish second in his age group in the 5K at Potomac Valley Games at Falls Church High School.

    Erica Nemmers, 37, brought home the gold, winning the women's mile in 5:01.71. Andy Dana, 27, took fifth in the men's mile in 4:52.47


  • John Kelly, 26, led 474 runners from Arlington at Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, 38th among men in 1:17:27. Veena Reddy, 30, finished 11th among women and won her age group in 1:20:11.

  • Will Halstead, 28, was Arlington's first finisher at Kentlands - Lakelands 5K in Gaithersburg, 29th in 18:29. Sushila Nanda, 48, landed 110th overall in 21:54.

    August 30, 2009
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  • Arlington's Brian Rooney, 19, won the 2009 USA Junior 5K Trail Championships at FootRx Continental Divide Trail Run in Laurel Springs, North Carolina, on Saturday, August 29.

    Rooney ran 22:53 on an up-and-down course slippery with leaves and mud after heavy rains the previous night.

    His brother, Mike Rooney, 24, finished the accompanying USA 10K Trail Championships 22nd in 53:13. The full 10K course included 100 meters of rock climbing -- not uncommon on trail runs, but a real challenge for flatlanders.

  • Samantha (Kirby) Cole, 40, brought home the gold among masters women at Annapolis 10 Miler, finishing 103rd in 1:06:50.

    Other Arlington won Lucite sailboats for top-three finishes in their age-groups, including Jay Wind, 59, third male 55-59 and 179th overall in 1:09:45; Lindsay Larose, 27, second female 25-29 in 1:10:46; and Chan Robbins, 72, first male 70 and over and 1087th overall in 1:24:09.

    Steve Hammel, 28, pounded out 59:40 for 18th overall; Robert Denmark, 43, ran 1:04:49 for 68th; and Kenneth Bradley, 26, punched in at 1:06:44 for 99th. Nicola Dickinson, 32, notched 1:15:56 for 413th; Syril Pettit, 36, placed 471st in 1:16:50; followed by Molly Lawless, 33, 480th in 1:16:59.

  • Greg Loomis, 33, took third in his age group, 25th overall in 1:06:47 at Hartwood 10 Mile in Fredericksburg. Anne Loomis, 29, ran 1:23:46 for 129th overall.

  • Mala Lawrence, 27, tackled fifth place in her age group, 274th overall in 21:44 at Gatorade/Steelers 5K in Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • Kimberly Person, 44, covered Patrick Henry Half Marathon in Ashland, Va., in 1:49:37, seventh in her age group and 252nd overall.

  • James Engle, 49, flew over the hills and valleys of Larry Noel 12K in Beltsville, 31st in 56:15.

  • The 8th Annual Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9-11 Memorial 5K Race is this Saturday, September 5, at 6 PM in Pentagon City. To register, see or call Captain Matt Smith (703-228-4158) or Detective Dan Borrelli (703-228-4052).

  • Navy 5 Miler is Sunday, September 20, at 8 AM in the Pentagon North Parking Lot. See or call 202-685-0873.

    August 16, 2009
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    Culley finishes 7th at in her 5000-meter race
  • Arlington's Julie Culley, 27, represented the USA in the 5000-meter race at the 12th World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

    In her qualifying heat on Wednesday, August 19, she placed seventh in 15:32.33, just 11 seconds off her personal best. Alas, only the top six in her heat went on to the finals on Saturday, August 22.

    Previously, Culley served as head coach at Loyola University and assistant coach at American University before returning to competition in 2007. "The last three years, I've made three world championships," said Culley, "I never dreamed that I would end up in Berlin."

  • Steven Crane, 27, was the first American at Parkersburg Half Marathon in West Virginia, running 1:08:41 for seventh place behind three Ethiopians and three Kenyans. Paul Garrard, 54, finished 498th in 2:09:08. Jean Knaack, 37, executive director of Road Runners Club of America headquartered in Arlington, ran 2:26:21 for 670th place.

  • Michael Wardian, 35, scored another win at Gary Brown Memorial C&O Canal 5 Miler in Williamsport, Md., where he ran in 25:34.

  • Jeff Bedell, 40, led 32 runners from Arlington at RunStock 5K at Marine Corps Base Quantico, seventh overall in 18:48. Arlington's top female was Trisha Fintel, 29, third among women and first in her age group in 22:01.

  • The steep hills of Arlington Cooperation Foundation's Donaldson Run 8K didn't faze Brian Rooney, 19, as he cruised to victory in 27:15. Karsten Brown, 35, of Front Royal took second in 29:20 -- and then took photos. Mike Musiowski, 19, of Andrews Air Force Base flew to third in 31:33, and Arlington's Charlie Mercer, 39, chewed up the hills in 32:06.

  • Andrea Archer, 24, shot 30:50 at The Right Side Foundation 5K Run in Baltimore, 223rd overall.

  • Lauren Mogavero, 23, tackled Hamot 10K in Erie, Pa. in 50:43, 100th overall.

  • Roozbeh Mazhari, 36, and Sarah Schwettman, 26, finished one second apart in 35:34 and 35:25, 53rd and 54th place, at Vibha The Dream Mile 5K in Reston.

  • Andy Bacon, 31, sizzled at Blue Crab Bolt 10K Trail race in Clarksburg, Md., 12th in 51:15.

  • Pam Riker, 30, ran 34:12 for 127th place at Smart Smiles 5K in Newport News.

    August 9, 2009
  • As printed Wardian winning the 2008 50M Trail Championship
  • Neither long nor short distances daunt Arlington's Michael Wardian, 35.

    His latest ultra-marathon success came at the USA 50 Mile Trail Championships in Enumclaw, Wash., where he ran 6:51:50 for second place. He finished exactly one minute faster this year than his 6:52:50 last year, where he won the national championship.

  • A week later, Wardian tackled a shorter distance at Arlington Cooperation Foundation's Friends of the W&OD 10K, finishing second in 32:50. Edi Turco, 36, ran 35:13 for third place.

    Sixth among women in 40:36 was Samantha (Kirby) Cole, 40.

  • Three days after that, Wardian bounced back to win DC Road Runners Club's Bluemont 5K in 15:39, in front of Ethan Rissell, 19, second in 16:02. Arlington's Joe Racine, 31, raced to third in 16:32.

    First among women was Hilary Cairns, 38, of Washington, in 18:15, followed by Brittney Rooks, 15, of Baltimore 20:36, and Caitlin Kinkead, 27, of Arlington in 20:44. Elizabeth May, 29, finished ninth in 21:55, running her second 5K ever.

  • Five days later, Wardian earned victory at Leesburg 20K by a huge margin -- his 1:07:09 win was more than three minutes faster than Bart Borghuis, 33, of Arlington, second in 1:10:14.

    Mary Beth Muething, 31, led a quintet of Arlington women, taking fifth in 1:20:38, ahead of Kate Walker, 31, 10th in 1:23:19; Erica Nemmers, 37, 11th in 1:24:43; Katie Muething, 23, 12th in 1:25:52; and Toni Diegoli, 30, 13th in 1:27:20.

    In the accompanying Leesburg 10K, Britton Miller, 29, ran 41:16 for fourth place, and Sushila Nanda, 48, won her age group, 12th among women in 45:35.

    Arlington's top male in the 10K was David Treworgy, 42, 115th in 54:07.

  • Dylan Bartlett, 23, penned a 19:46 for fourth place at DCRRC's Cross Country 3+ Miler at Landon School in Bethesda. Caitlin Kinkead, 27, won the women's division in 22:27.

  • After a rainstorm just before the race, 2,000 runners got down to business at Crystal City Twilighter 5K, led by Demesse Tefera, 27, of Silver Spring, first in 14:35, and 2008 Marine Corps Marathon winner Andrew Dumm, 24, of Washington, second in 14:45.

    Robert Wade, 27, was Arlington's top finisher, ninth in 15:12, a few steps ahead of Brian McGovern, 27, 11th in 15:19. Bert Rodriguez, 29, took 17th in 15:40.

    Ethiopian star Hirut Mandefro, 23, led the ladies in 16:22, ahead of Arlington's Amanda Trotter, 24, second in 17:08. Wearing #1 and finishing fifth in 17:18 was last year's winner, Katie Read, 23, of Arlington.

    July 19, 2009 Photo by Victah Sailer
  • Arlington's Julie Culley, 27, will represent the USA in the women's 5000-meter race at the 12th World Championships in Berlin, Germany, on August 22, conducted by International Assocation of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

    She qualified for Team USA by running an 11-second personal best of 15:21.87 at 2009 Meeting International d'Athlétisme de la Province de Liège, Belgium, in second place, just one tick behind winner Renee Metevier-Baillie's 15:20.53.

    "I just made the World Championship Team! I just had to put it out there tonight," Culley said. She joins Olympian Jen Rhines on Team USA.

  • A week after taking sixth place at the 100-kilometer World Championship also in Belgium, Michael Wardian, 35, turned right around and ran Western States Endurance Run 100 Miler from Squaw Valley to Auburn, Cal., the premier trail 100 Miler in the world. finishing 15th in 19:32:07.

  • Wardian is fast at shorter races, too. His 25:13 at Rockville Rotary Run 8K earned him seventh place, ahead of Bart Borghuis, 33, 20th in 26:14; Brian Rooney, 19, 25th in 26:28; Billy Askey, 26, 33rd in 26:52; and Michael Rooney, 24, 36th in 27:06.

    Among women, Britton Miller, 29, brought home 20th place in 31:12; Samantha (Kirby) Cole, 40, took third in her age group, 23rd among women in 31:57; Caroline Merena, 43, ran 35:25 for 52nd place; and Sushila Nanda, 48, finished 71st in 36:46.

  • Faith Korbel, 30, uncorked a 1:00:38 to finish fifth in her age group at the Boilermaker 15K in Utica, N.Y. on Sunday, July 12.

  • At DC Road Runners Club's Bastille Day 4 Miler on Capital Crescent Trail at Fletcher's Cove in Washington, Patrick Dannaher, 19, landed ninth among men in 23:41. Caitlin Kinkead, 27, claimed sixth among women in 26:53.

  • Pacers Running Store hosts the second annual Crystal City Twilighter 5K on Saturday, July 25, at 8:00 pm. Last year's race had more than 1,600 finishers. See or call 703-248-6883.

  • DCRRC hosts two 5Ks at Arlington's Bluemont Park on Tuesday, August 4. Women's Distance Festival 5K goes off at 7:00 PM, and Bluemont 5K Open 5K starts at 7:15 PM. Bluemont Park north shelter is at 601 North Manchester Street, and south shelter is at 325 North Manchester Street. See or call 703-241-0395 for more information.

    July 12, 2009
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  • Arlington's Julie Culley, 27, was the first American at the 37th annual World Cross Country Championships, held in Amman, Jordan, finishing 21st in 28:08 for 8 kilometers (4.97 miles), 1:55 behind the winner.

    She qualified for the World Chamionship by finished finished second in 27:30 at the USA Cross Country Championships open women's 8K in Derwood, Md., on February 7.

  • James Barr, 41, won the silver medal for men 40-44 in the outdoor pentathlon at the USA Masters Track & Field Championships in Oshkosh, Wis. He amassed 2924 points with a 26.15 200 meter dash, 5.81m long jump, 11.55m shot put, 34.03m discus throw, and 5:51.15 1500 meter run.

  • Sushila Nanda, 48, captured 15th place in 21:43 at Howard County Striders' Women's Distance Festival 5K in Columbia, Md.

    July 5, 2009
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  • Arlington runners celebrated July 4 with a star-spangled banner of races around the region.

  • At Autism Speaks 5K, Robert Wade, 27, chased Gurmessa Megerssa over the hills and valleys of Potomac, Md., taking second in 15:27 behind the Ethiopian champion's 15:18. Mark Grgurich, 24, ran 20:34 for 81st place, with Will Ellison, 43, 89th in 20:40.

    Monica Grillo, 45, sizzled second in her age group, 94th overall in 20:56, ahead of Sushila Nanda, 48, third in the age group and 125th in 21:47.

  • At Potomac Valley Track Club's Go Fourth 8K at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria, Edi Turco, 36, wrapped up another age group win, fourth overall in 28:56. Anthony Lee, 36, charged into 14th place in 31:00, and Tom Carey, 32, ran 32:00 for 22nd.

    Melody Parry, 25, carried 35:46, eighth among women.

  • At African American Heritage Festival 5K in Baltimore, Vanessa Schaffer, 26, penned a 26:20, good for 19th place among women. Kresstopher Adamson, 27, sailed into 21st among men in 27:00.

  • At Dundalk Heritage 6K, Jennifer Hayashi, 39, finished 363rd all overall in 49:28.

  • Down the road a piece in Atlanta, Ga., David Drew, 29, led a contingent of 19 runners from Arlington among the 50,000 runners at Peachtree Road Race 10K, 1,699th among men in 46:54. Julia Eakes, 58, ran 1:00:59 for 4,150th among women.

  • Mark Grgurich, 24, was Arlington's top finisher at Damien's Run for Recovery in Columbia, Md., 35th in 20:40.

    June 28, 2009
  • Michael Wardian, 34, led Team USA with a sixth-place finish in 6:53:17 at the 100-kilometer (62.2-mile) World Championship in Torhout, Belgium.

    "The 100K World Championship was part of the Night of Flanders road races which included a 10K, Marathon, 100K run and 100K walk," said Wardian. "The races start at 8:00pm and all the races run concurently all night. People meet each other every year, much like we do with the 4th of July. (Our team) ran with probably 20 guys from Belgium, France, Italy, Slovenia, Japan, Mexico, Australia, and that is saying something, because in a USA Ultra, if you are running this type of pace, you are most likely going to be alone, so it was really exciting to be hammering with a large group of guys and knowing that everyone was there to win and represent their country to their utmost."

    Wardian's men's team did not win a medal, but the USA women's team won the gold medal. "It was incredible to see them getting their medals and inspired to me to work even harder to be up on the podium next year," said Wardian.

  • At Arlington-based Amazon Conservation Team's Run for the Rainforest 5K last year, temperature were so hot that many runners suggested a post-race misting station. At this year's edition, the 300+ participants enjoyed a steady mist for the whole race, and a genuine rainforest-like downpour for the awards ceremony.

    Arlington's Bart Borghuis, 33, pushed the pace from the start to win in 16:23, leading Jesse Johnson, 24, of Washington, second in 17:15, and Nathan Bruno, of Bronx, N.Y., third in 17:23.

    A trio of Arlington runners finished 9-10-11 -- Oliver Draskolzy, 17, in 20:21; Vitaliy Mikhaylov, 28, in 20:24; and Michael Person, 15, in 20:31.

    Leading the ladies in 21:06 was Elisabeth Flores, 18, of Arlington, with Melanie Nakagawa, 29, second in 22:12; and Kate Malone, 23, third in 22:48, both of Washington; and Erica Cook, 27, of Arlington, fourth in 23:25.

  • Borghuis repeated his success at Potomac River Running's Twilight Festival 4 Miler in Ashburn, finishing fifth in 21:11 in a talent-laden field. Douglas Hickey, 26, and Edi Turco, 36, ran together, 13th and 14th in 22:43 and 22:46, just ahead of Andrew Ciarfalia, 26, 16th in 23:06.

    Cynthia Eulate-Norris, 37, was Arlington's top female finisher, 60th in 32:49, followed by Simonetta Nussio, 35, 63rd in 33:08; and Tiffany Showman, 24, 97th in 35:38.

  • Sushila Nanda, 48, took 14th place in 22:34 at Women's Distance Festival 5K in Reston.

  • Nanda improved on that time at Tim Harmon 5K in Fairfax, 11th in 21:44.

    Jake Green, 24, scored second in 16:18 at the Tim Harmon race.

  • Michael Tipple, 33, ran 52:11 for 24th place at Fauquier Free Clinic Pacemakers 10K in Warrenton.

  • Ben Danforth, 29, laid down the law at DC Road Runners Club's Hugh Jascourt Memorial 4-Miler at Fletcher's Cove in Washington, finishing sixth in 24:52. Elizabeth May, 28, flew to fourth place among women in 29:41.

  • Richard Rose, 25, blossomed at University of Maryland Heart Center Baltimore 10 Miler, 48th in 1:10:56. Tasha Stryker, 28, hit 1:13:57 for 16th place.

  • Daniel Ackerman, 31, ran exactly 19:00 for seventh among men at Alexandria Waterfront Festival 5K, just in front of Varia Lvova, 31, third among women in 19:07.

    In the accompanying 10K, Olivier Leblond, 37, snagged ninth place in 39:07, with Elizabeth Emmart, 25, seventh among women in 44:25.

  • Page Warren, 45, was Arlington's first finisher at New Balance Jenny Smith Baltimore Women's Classic 5K, 84th in 25:29.

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  • Jeff Bedell, 40, notched 31:30 for four miles, sixth at Run Amuck in Quantico. Angel Stone, 31, floated in at 35:36, good for second place among women.

  • Brian McCabe, 23, finished sixth in 33:45, and Billy Askey, 26, was seventh in 34:06 at Lawyers Have Heart 10K, one of the biggest races in the DC area.

    Mary Beth Muething, 30, marched into fifth place among women in 38:29, with her sister, Katie Muething, 23, 15th in 41:23.

    June 7, 2009
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  • Edi Turco, 36, keeps on getting faster. His 16:37 time earned him third place ahead of 75,000 others at Komen Global Race for the Cure 5K in Washington, the world's largest 5K. Brian Buechel, 26, finished seventh in 17:43, and Mike Toner, 34, pitched 19:19 for 28th.

    Mia Burki, 28, led Arlington's women, seventh in in 20:09. Susan Benante, 45, burned a 22:23 for 32nd, and Karen Schulman, 36, placed 36th in 22:48.

  • DC Road Runners Club's Triple Crown Races at Fort Hunt Park are a series of three races at three famous distances -- Kentucky Derby 1.25 miles, Preakness 1.1875 miles, and Belmont Stakes 1.5 miles -- each separated by 20 minutes.

    Two Arlington runners won the trifecta -- Michael Rooney, 23, led the stallions in all three races in 6:49.3, 6:22.3, and 8:19.9. Elizabeth May, 28, was the fastest fillie across the board in 8:47.5, 8:11.8, and 10:39.5.

  • Eddie Valentine, 29, sent home another win, first in 17:41 at Run for Pride 5K in Washington.

  • Sam Quatromoni, 24, ran 33:40 for 18th among men at Rock the House 8K in Fairfax, a benefit for Alternative House. Marvin Weniger, 23, went 21st in 34:48, and Mark Boman, 53, strung up 23rd place in 34:30. The course started and finished amidst the Celebrate Fairfax festival.

    Susan Hammond, 25, sliced 27th place in 42:43, followed by Nikki Feinsot, 38, 31st in 43:33, and Heather Stockburger, 32, 32nd in 43:08.

  • Gary Guenther, 57, continued his post-hip-replacement comeback with a 1:48:20 at Maryland Half Marathon in Timonium, 201st overall.

    May 31, 2009
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  • Sometimes, running is a game of inches and seconds. Sometimes, it's a game of car lengths.

    Fifteen minutes before the 7 AM start of Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon, Arlington's Michael Naff, 38, found himself caught in traffic at a standstill around Navy Memorial Stadium in the midst of a torrential rain. He couldn't get to starting line of Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon until 15 minutes after the race began.

    Then -- for Naff -- the race began. He climbed all the way to fourth place, with a net time of 1:30:21 and a clock time of 1:45:25 for second among men, placing him ahead of Jacob Dudek, 26, whose net time was 1:30:44, good for third.

    Kathryn Tyner, 27, was Arlington's first lady, 21st overall in 1:39:41. Just behind was Stacia Zeimet, 37, 24th in 1:39:57.

    In the accompanying 10K, Elizabeth May, 28, led the pack 29th in 49:01 despite bruising her knee on her bike the day before. Sheila Cordaro, 38, matched her age, 38th in 50:08; and Christina Lohmeyer, 29, finished 56th in 51:29.

    Arlington-based Zooma was delighted that 1183 finished the half marathon, including 1103 women, and 1266 finished the 10K, including 1204 women -- and many were first-time racers.

  • "Iron" Michael Wardian, 35, won DC Capital Striders 8K in 26:38 on the Capital Crescent Trail in Washington. For the first mile, he tried to keep up with the PEDEGO electric bicycle leading the race at exactly 5 minutes a mile (12 MPH).

    Joshua Pavluk, 30, rang the bell in ninth place at 32:32. Julia Karpov, 38, finished with a big smile, 18th among women and 44th overall in 39:45.

  • Amazon Conservation Team is proud to announce its 2nd annual Run for the Rainforest 5K run/walk to benefit the conservation of the Amazon rainforest and the prevention of global climate change. This year's race focuses on educational opportunities for the indigenous children in the small rainforest village of Tepu, Suriname, the home country of Arlington Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy. Marymount University Ballston Campus hosts the race on Saturday, June 20, at 8:30 AM. See or call Lisa Hundley-Reeves at 703-522-4684.
    May 24, 2009
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    (Photo: Wardian wins third SunTrust National Marathon)
  • When the sun finally rose at Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, Arlington's Michael Wardian, 35, finished in second place in 2:21:09 -- a personal best.

    The qualifying window for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men's Marathon Trials opened on January 1, 2009. Wardian is knocking on the door of a 2:20, but even that's not enough -- the new qualifying standard is 2:19:00, a 1:05:00 half marathon, or a 28:30 10K. USA Track & Field eliminated the old practice of an all-expenses-paid "A standard" of 2:20 and a more lenient "B standard" of 2:22:00. See and

    That leaves Wardian chasing the mark over the next two years, after running the 2004 and 2008 trials, where he led the race for the first 6 miles.

    Wardian is accustomed to climbing mountains -- he won the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race and the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run.. USATF named Wardian the 2008 Ultra Runner of the year. "I am starting to really focus on the 100K World Championships on June 19, 2009, in Torhout, Belgium, and look forward to being able to represent the USA there along with my teammates," said Wardian.

    May 17, 2009

  • Chris Brock knows how to run, and now he knows how to push for his rights.

    Brock, 38, who recently moved here from Ponte Vedra, Fla., tackled the Delaware Marathon in Wilmington on Sunday. He knew he ran 3:05:06 -- the clock said so, spectators said so, and even the finish line photographer said so.

    The ankle-bracelet timing system, however, didn't say so -- no record -- it was like Brock didn't exist.

    Brock took his case to the race operations director and the race director. It took a while, but after they checked the photos, they determined that Brock not only finished in 10th place finish, he was 11 seconds ahead of the first woman and won his M35-39 age group.

    Jay Jacob Wind, 59, also won his M55-59 age group in 3:16:16, more than a minute ahead of the first M50-54 finisher. "I don't usually write about myself in my own column, but I was delighted by this finish and by the splendid volunteers all over this beautiful riverfront course," he said.

    Daniel Aronowitz, 41, took 60th place in 3:24:47; and Jessica Rich, 26, finished 259th in 4:10:22.

  • Where there's a way, there's Will Viviani, 27, fourth in 32:05 at Capitol Hill Classic 10K in Washington, behind three national-class Ethiopian runners. Edi Turco, 36, continued his tear through local races, eighth in 34:51, with Erik Jones, 26, 20th in 38:08.

    Among women, a new name on the scene, Kyle Widay, 27, ran 42:47 for 12th; Marjorie Censer, 26, ran 45:22, good for 24th; and Robyn Hoeschen, 27, landed 26th in 45:21.

  • Steven Crane, 27, raced second at Germantown 5-Miler in 25:16, followed by Greg Lane, 22, fifth in 26:41; and Jake Green, 24, sixth in 26:54.

  • Bart Borghuis, 33, grabbed ninth place in 21:08 at Spinal Research Foundation's We've Got Your Back 4 Mile in Reston. Kimberley Kruse, 44, returning to racing after a long break, won her F40-49 age group, 10th among women in 28:19.

    May 10, 2009
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  • Michael Wardian, 35, held the lead by just one second at Sunday's Pacers Running Festival Half Marathon at every turn -- except the last one.

    Wardian -- tall, thin, and pony-tailed -- could never shake Alexandria's Steve Mance, 25 -- broad-shouldered, shaggy, and blond. Wardian led by one second at 5K, 15:53 to 15:54; at 10K, 32:12 to 32:13; and at 15K, 48:38 to 48:39. At 20K, with just 0.7 miles to go, they were neck-and-neck at 1:05:28 -- but it's that last 0.7 that counts, and Mance ran it seven second faster, to win in 1:09:01 ahead of Wardian's 1:09:09.

    "He's a strong runner," said Mance of Wardian after the race. "I could never get ahead of him till the end."

    Wardian will represent the USA at the 100K World Championships on June 19 in Belgium. Long distances are his specialty -- in 2008, he won the USA 50K, 50M, and 100M national championships, and last month, he finished seventh at the six-day Marathon des Sables across the Sahara Desert.

    Edi Turco, 36, turned 1:16:27 for fifth place, and David Kent, 37, lit up 1:23:18 for 10th in the field of 900 finishers.

    Arlington women swept the top three places. Mary Beth Muething, 30, won in 1:26:34, ahead of Aussie-turned-Brit-turned-American Teresa Rider, 50, second in 1:31:40, and Rebecca Nathan, 43, just a coin-flip back in 1:31:58 for third.

    Steph Dempsey, 32, took 11th in 1:38:05.

    Jared Campbell, 23, of Alexandria won the accompanying 5K in 16:01. Mike Kenny, 24, of Arlington clocked 17:30 for third.

    Maureen Forsyth, 35, of Washington won the women's race in 18:28. Lindsay LaRose, 26, of Arlington, flowered fourth in 19:55.

  • Hundreds of Arlington students, parents, and others ran Arlington Science Focus School 5K, including six Arlington teachers: Melinda Metz of ASFS led the class in 24:46. Jessica Berg and Mignon Miller of ASFS ran together in 27:59, with Megan Fedorenchik right behind in 28:05. Katie Zimmerman of Williamsburg Middle School ran 30:29, and Susan Johnston of Carlin Springs Elementary graduated in 37:37.

    At the top of the class were Jake Green, first in 16:50; Reynolds Wilson, second in 18:44; and Christopher Zapple, third in 19:02.

    Leading the co-eds were Amanda Hodgson, first in 20:06; Adrienne Wichard, second in 21:56; and Sushila Nanda, third in 22:06.

    Fifth-grader Sam Wall was the A student in 24:52, and little Lacey McCormack in second grade led the ladies in 27:21.

    April 26, 2009
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  • No surprise -- Michael Wardian, 34, was Arlington's first finisher at the 113th Boston Marathon, 55th in 2:30:50.

    Veena Reddy, 30, started with the elite women and ran a superb race -- 16th in 2:45:46.

    Of Arlington's 96 registrants, 79 finished. Steve Hammel, 27, hammered out 2:44:51 for 260th among men. Eddie Valentine, 29, sent home a 2:51:33 for 512th. Also under three hours were John Mallory, 27, 951st in 2:57:24; Robert Denmark, 43, 1080th in 2:58:26; and Christopher Wilber, 28, 1131st in 2:58:53.

    Faith R. Korbel , 30, the 100th female finisher in 3:04:51, saw her name in big print in the Boston Globe. Anne Feldman, 27, ran 3:15:57 for 323rd place. Also under 3:30 were Amelia Kelly, 26, 596th in 3:22:26; Jennifer Davis, 27, 785th in 3:25:16; Stephanie Kurtz, 24, 814th in 3:25:44; Kendra Liebert, 31, 998th in 3:28:02; and Kate Skidmore, 29, 1138th in 3:29:19.

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    All Arlington male finishers:
    Michael R. Wardian, 34, #55 in 2:30:50
    Steve Hammel, 27, #260 in 2:44:51
    Eddie Valentine, 29, #512 in 2:51:33
    John L. Mallory, 27, #951 in 2:57:24
    Robert K. Denmark, 43, #1080 in 2:58:26
    Christopher A. Wilber, 28, #1131 in 2:58:53
    Ben W. Huron, 32, #1385 in 3:01:18
    Parker Terry, 25, #1392 in 3:01:21
    Scott D. Jones, 44, #1450 in 3:01:56
    Adam Vandervort, 28, #1622 in 3:03:25
    Cameron A. Smith, 26, #1641 in 3:03:39
    Darin A. Miller, 36, #2044 in 3:06:39
    Christian Kammer, 44, #2154 in 3:07:25
    Philip S. Runco, 26, #2551 in 3:09:54
    Charlie A. Mercer, 38, #2622 in 3:10:19
    Luke Ryan, 31, #2906 in 3:12:22
    Cameron R. Nelson, 26, #3668 in 3:17:01
    Scott W. Smith, 29, #3857 in 3:18:07
    Jeff Bedell, 40, #4555 in 3:22:08
    Jake Decoteau, 36, #5387 in 3:26:45
    Christopher R. Bennett, 49, #5497 in 3:27:14
    Jesus V. Cantu, 51, #5499 in 3:27:15
    Jay Jacob Wind, 59, #5914 in 3:29:12
    Paul Hasson, 40, #5954 in 3:29:21
    Robert P. Sindermann Jr., 55, #5995 in 3:29:33
    James Romag, 46, #6019 in 3:29:40
    Gregory Denkler, 50, #6888 in 3:34:33
    Robert S. Guidi, 45, #7318 in 3:37:21
    Ed C. Dawkins, 51, #7340 in 3:37:30
    Robert W. Bruce, 39, #7744 in 3:40:04
    Dan Laredo, 48, #8309 in 3:44:05
    Chip Coyle, 46, #8513 in 3:45:35
    Miguel Penella, 40, #8514 in 3:45:35
    Thomas J. Quinzio, 61, #8579 in 3:46:07
    Noah C. Hawk, 30, #9630 in 3:55:04
    Kenneth J. Lee, 52, #9879 in 3:57:08
    Emory R. Helton, 56, #10244 in 4:00:10
    Neil K. Hetherington, 47, #11747 in 4:23:59
    Brian Gray, 48, #11933 in 4:28:11
    Chadwick A. McHenry, 35, #12281 in 4:36:42
    Patrick M. Scanlon, 68, #12542 in 4:44:17
    David S. Trevino, 57, #12832 in 4:54:08
    Brian C. Stickel, 33, #13232 in 5:17:55

    All Arlington female finishers:
    Veena C. Reddy, 30, #16 in 2:45:46
    Faith R. Korbel, 30, #100 in 3:04:51
    Anne Feldman, 27, #323 in 3:15:57
    Amelia Kelly, 26, #596 in 3:22:26
    Jennifer E. Davis, 27, #785 in 3:25:16
    Stephanie D. Kurtz, 24, #814 in 3:25:44
    Kendra Liebert, 31, #998 in 3:28:02
    Kate Skidmore, 29, #1138 in 3:29:19
    Sarah Harting, 27, #1368 in 3:31:30
    Jennifer A. Skeen, 26, #1483 in 3:32:28
    Caroline D. Lauver, 27, #1525 in 3:32:50
    Katie Githens, 26, #1542 in 3:33:02
    Kristen Patton, 22, #1560 in 3:33:11
    Heather Stevens, 35, #2295 in 3:38:37
    Melanie E. Ziarko, 29, #2675 in 3:40:58
    Robyn M. Hoeschen, 27, #2924 in 3:42:41
    Erin Bougie, 24, #2971 in 3:42:57
    Nicole Eldredge, 28, #3337 in 3:45:32
    Erica L. Marshall, 25, #3541 in 3:46:49
    Michelle Horbaly, 31, #4113 in 3:50:42
    Diana Joaquin, 56, #4157 in 3:51:00
    Janae Atencio, 31, #4441 in 3:53:05
    Jacquelyn Molino, 25, #4467 in 3:53:14
    Colleen Marzec, 46, #4638 in 3:54:27
    Caroline Merena, 43, #4857 in 3:56:01
    Julia Karpov, 38, #4899 in 3:56:18
    Kendra P. Burlingame, 43, #5099 in 3:57:32
    Melinda J. McCrary, 47, #5262 in 3:58:34
    Amy E. Baquial, 48, #5320 in 3:58:59
    Jane Middleton, 30, #5488 in 4:00:11
    Cindy Walls, 51, #6181 in 4:06:53
    Challen Edwards, 42, #7045 in 4:17:44
    Bethany L. Huber, 29, #7093 in 4:18:21
    Janice L. Jacobs, 62, #7438 in 4:23:56
    Heather Wiggins, 31, #7784 in 4:30:41
    Doreen Solomon, 52, #8801 in 5:06:57

  • At Pike's Peek 10K in Rockville, Billy Askey, 26, answered 19th in 34:09. David Wertz, 33, ran 36:54 for 47th; and Gregory Richards, 32, was 80th in 39:06.

    Among women, Samantha Kirby, 40, smiled her way to 23rd in 40:23. Bethany Huber, 29, took 27th in 41:54; and Caroline Brown, 39, was 174th in 54:39.

  • Arlington-based Pacers Running Store conducted a corker of a race at the Parkway Classic in Alexandria, attracting 20 Olympic Trials qualifiers from all around the country. The 10-mile had 4044 finishers, and the 5K had 1047. "This is the largest turnout we've ever had," said Brian Farley of Pacers. "Everything ran smoothly because of the cooperation of National Park Service."

    In the 5K, tops from Arlington were Mark Drath, 23, second in 16:14; Cory Herold, 25, sixth in 18:15; and Michael Person, 14, 10th in 19:11; Jenny Parmenter, 28, 28th overall in 22:21; Tona Trice, 27, 39th in 23:16; and Janet Boutilier, 23, 41st in 23:03.

    In the 10M, Bert Rodriguez, 29, led Arlington's contingent, 15th in 52:33, right ahead of Will Viviani, 26, 16th in 52:41. Tim Fahey, 35, zipped to 22nd place in 55:01.

    First among all women in the 10M was Arlington's Amanda Trotter, 24, galloping 56:42, 27th overall. USA Cross Country Championship runner-up Julie Culley, 26, grabbed fifth among women, 36th overall in 1:00:57. Lindsay Gallo, 24, notched seventh, 53rd overall in 1:03:33.

  • Eric Welch, 37, ran 20:13 for fifth at Raider Run 5K at J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church. Sherry Khan, 39, roared 45th among women in 42:19.

  • Zach Starr, 27, shot in from New York to win the fourth Crystal Run 5K in 15:48. Edi Turco, 36, was Arlington's first finisher, seventh in 17:02. Emily Ferguson, 32, took second among women in 19:36.

  • Arlington Science Focus School's 5K is this Saturday at 8:30 am at 1501 North Lincoln Street. See or call 703-276-9746 or e-mail

    April 19, 2009
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  • Direct to you from the streets of Boston ...

  • In Sunday's pre-Boston marathon BAA 5K, two Arlington runners warmed up for the big race. Sacha Hales, 33, ran 31:17 for 1269th among women, and Thomas G. Martin, 66, took 1451st among men in 40:05.

  • "Iron" Michael Wardian, 34, ended up eighth overall in 18:44:49 and first American at Marathon des Sables in Morocco, a five-day trek across the African desert. His team, Dreamchasers USA, took third place.

    He finished 2:17:23 off the winner, Mohamad Ahansal, of Morocco, who had the home desert advantage.

    "I ran with the leaders almost every day and lost most of my time on the Long Day (91K) when I had some issues with dehydration and stomach problems," said Michael. His next goal is a good finish at Boston Marathon.

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  • At Van Metre 8K in Ashburn, Steve Crane, 27, earned another red badge of speed, finished second in 23:52 (a 4:47-per-mile pace) among a star-studded international field. In fifth place in 25:37 was Kenyan standout Elisha Tanui, 26, currently residing in Arlington.

    Caitlin Belford, 22, put down a 42:12 for 39th among women.

  • The same day, Elisha Tanui clobbered the competition at W&OD Trail 5K, winning the inaugural race in 15:51. Tanui's next adventure is Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tenn., where he hopes to win the race for his adopted home of Arlington.

    Jordan Ricker, 15, won his age group in 18:04, fourth overall.

    Second among women was the ever-smiling Samantha Jane Kirby, 40, in 19:16.

  • Daniel Slaughter, 23, sliced up the competition at Clyde's 10K in Columbia, 164th in 46:51. Alexandra Waranowski, 23, was 265th overall in 49:22.

  • At Mad 5K at Madison High School in Vienna, 12th in 20:39 was Craig Lewandowski, 26. Katie Hinrichsen, 25, hit 14th among women, 51st overall in 24:13.

  • Vanessa Schaffer, 26, penned 26:49 for 88th place at HopeWell Cancer Support Reach Out and Run 5K at Goucher College in Towson, Md.

  • At the 9th Annual Victim's Fund Run 5K at Patterson Park in Baltimore, Dara Schulman, 33, 24:37, good for 63rd place. The ageless Chan Robbins, 71, scored another age-group win in 23:06, 37th overall.

  • A long way from home, Wendy Hasenbalg, 40, ran 73:02 at St. Mary's Hospice 10K in Leonardtown, Md.

  • It was Chuck Engle, 38, of Dublin, Ohio, wire-to-wire at Charlottesville Marathon, winning in 2:38:58. Third behind him in 2:51:02 was Arlington's own Hugh Owen, 31. Curtis Cannon, 27, banged out a 3:22:34 for 25th. Erin O'Donnell, 24, cut 84th place in 3:51:14.

  • Robert Wade, 26, finally met his match at Pacers' Friday night Crystal Run 5K. After winning the first two editions, he finished second in 15:31 behind Steve Mance, 24, of Alexandria, who ran 15:28 to win. Edi Turco, 36, toured the course in 16:55, for eighth place, and Joe Cresko, 43, ran 17:35 for 11th. Erin McMahan, 26, handled the race in 21:04, 45th overall.

  • The low-key, high-spirit race goes off every Friday evening. See for details.

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  • County Board Member Mary Hynes on April 8 presented the annual proclamation at the Washington-Lee High School football stadium declaring April 20 as “Arlington Boston Marathon Day.”

    The proclamation was presented to a group of Arlington runners who competed in the 113th Boston Marathon, which was held on April 20. There were 96 runners from Arlington scheduled and registered to participate in the marathon. Look for results of how some of those Arlington runners placed in a future issue of the Sun Gazette and on the Web site at:

  • On Saturday, May 30, at 10 am, members of Arlington County Board, Alexandria City Council, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, many other environmental organizations, and Congressman Jim Moran attend the long-awaited ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the Four Mile Run Trail connector from Shirlington Road under I-395 and Glebe Road to the Wayne Anderson Trail, completing Arlington's "perimeter parkway." The event at 27th Road South and South Four Mile Run Drive is free and open to the public. For more information, see or call 703-228-3699.

  • Pacers of Arlington announced plans for the inaugural running of Pacers Running Festival, featuring a half marathon, a 5K run/walk, and a kids' dash, on Mother's Day, May 10. See or call (703) 248-6883.
    April 12, 2009

  • Marius Acker, 37, took second place in 34:09 at Potomac Valley Track Club's Easter Classic 10K at East Potomac Park in Washington DC. Robyn Hoeschen, 27, also won the silver among women in 45:46. In the 5K, Steve Robinson, 53, won the men's 50-59 division in 19:34, 10th overall. Denita Hekot, 29, caught fourth in 21:23.

  • At Dorchester YMCA Crab Run Half Marathon, Elizabeth Humphrey, 45, unshelled 01:46:12 for third in her age group, 39th overall.

  • At MCRRC Difficult Run Cross Country 8K, Sean Regan, 45, ran 43:20 for 26th place.

  • Pacers of Arlington kicked off a series of low-key Friday night races in Crystal City. Arlington's Robert Wade, 26, won the first and second editions in Robert Wade in 15:44 and 15:28. Tremendous triathlete Erica Nemmers, 37, triumphed at the first Friday in 18:55; and Olympic Trails marathoner Briana Whaley, 30, of Culpeper was top woman at the second in 17:38. See for future races.

  • Bert Rodriguez, 29, went fourth in 15:05 at Scope It Out 5K in Washington, and Bethany Huber, 29, hewed the line 10th in 20:30.

  • A week earlier, Rodriguez earned honors as the first DC-area finisher at Cherry Blossom Ten Miler, 23rd in 51:07. Eight slots back in 31st was Lewis Butler, 24, with a 52:59. Jason Dwyer, 29, finished 37th in 53:24.

    Amanda Trotter, 24, galloped to 20th place in 57:11, followed by another Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier Veena Reddy, 30, 24th in 59:22, and Mary Beth Muething, 30, 49th in 1:04:47.

    March 22, 2009

  • Michael Wardian, 34, came this close to winning his fourth consecutive SunTrust Marathon.

    Going through 10K in 33:28 and 13.1 miles in 1:09.47, Wardian was in a lead pack of six, including three Kenyans. By 20 miles, the pack dwindled to one followed by three -- David Cheromei of Kenya in 1:46:34, pursued by Wardian, New Englander Patrick Moulton, 27, and New Jersey-based Kenyan Solomon Too, all in 1:47:15. Coming out of Anacostia park, Moulton turned on the jets, blasting away from Wardian in 2:21:17. Wardian gamely held on to second in 2:22:15, outkicking Cheromei in 2:22:24.

  • Then Wardian did the impossible, but it took a little longer. He and his father Dick zoomed away to Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, the very next day, where Iron Mike turned in another dramatic performance -- third in 2:35:13, a scant two seconds ahead of fourth place. Another Arlington star won the race -- Lewis Butler, 24, carried off the gold in 2:26:37.

    Among women, Susan Benante, 45, took third in her age group in 3:32:04.

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  • Registered for the 2009 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 19, are an all-time record of 96 Arlington runners: Janae Atencio, Amy E. Baquial, Jeff Bedell, Susan H. Benante, Christopher R. Bennett, Erin Bougie, Robert W. Bruce, Kendra P. Burlingame, Jesus V. Cantu, Chip Coyle, Katie Craven, Jennifer E. Davis, Ed C. Dawkins, Jake Decoteau, Gregory Denkler, Robert K. Denmark, Mark K. Edelson, Challen Edwards, Nicole Eldredge, Anne Feldman, Katie Githens, Brian Gray, Robert S. Guidi, Steve Hammel, Madeline Harms, Sarah Harting, Paul Hasson, Noah C. Hawk, Emory R. Helton, Neil K. Hetherington, Robyn M. Hoeschen, Eugene Holmes, Michelle Horbaly, Bethany L. Huber, Ben W. Huron, Janice L. Jacobs, Diana Joaquin, Christopher T. Jones, Scott D. Jones, Christian Kammer, Julia Karpov, Amelia Kelly, Faith R. Korbel, Stephanie D. Kurtz, Dan Laredo, Caroline D. Lauver, Kenneth J. Esq Lee, Colleen Lester, Kendra Liebert, John L. Mallory, Erica L. Marshall, Colleen Marzec, Melinda J. McCrary, Charlie A. Mercer, Caroline Merena, Jane Middleton, Darin A. Miller, Jacquelyn Molino, Blake A. Jr. Monson, Cameron R. Nelson, Elsbeth A. O'Brien, Megan J. O'Brien, Kristen Patton, Miguel Penella, Michael J. Penney, Thomas J. Quinzio, Kami D. Ragsdale, Veena C. Reddy, Alyona Richey, Terea Rider, James Romag, Philip S. Runco, Luke Ryan, Patrick M. Esq Scanlon, Hillary V. Schaeffler, Robert P. Jr. Sindermann, Jennifer A. Skeen, Kate Skidmore, Cameron A. Smith, Scott W. Smith, Doreen Solomon, Heather Stevens, Brian C. Stickel, Gregg Sypeck, Sarah V. Taylor, Parker Terry, David S. Trevino, Eddie Valentine, Adam Vandervort, Cindy Walls, Michael R. Wardian, Tracy Waterson, Heather Wiggins, Christopher A. Wilber, Jay Jacob Wind, and Melanie E. Ziarko. Olympic Trials qualifiers Wardian and Reddy are seeded 49th among men and 19th among women.
    March 15, 2009

  • It's Michael Wardian vs. the world at this Saturday's SunTrust National Marathon.

    Wardian, 34, is the three-time defending champion at the 26.2-mile race around Washington DC. Last year, he ran 2:25:00, outdueling Samuel Gebremichael of Ethiopia, who had outkicked him 13 days earlier at Shamrock Marathon. This year, the affable pony-tailed Wardian faces another Ethiopian star, Birhanu Wukaw of Langley Park, who ran away from Wardian at last year's Akron Marathon with a 2:23:13 to Wardian's 2:26:52.

    At last year's SunTrust National Marathon, 105 runners from Arlington finished the full marathon, and 314 finished the half marathon. Almost twice that many are registered in this year's edition. More than 700 volunteers support the runners, and registration at is still open.

    Wardian, in cap, flanked by Rodriguez and Dwyer, in green hat start
  • Wardian was one of four Arlington runners in the top ten at last Sunday's St. Patrick's Day 8K. His 25:17 was good for fifth place. Will Viviani, 26, a graduate of Yorktown High School and University of Oregon, clocked 24:44 for second place. Bert Rodriguez, 29, was nine ticks back, third in 24:53, and Jason Dwyer, 29, finished sixth in 25:40.

    Among women, Emma Mellamphy, 29, landed 20th in 32:50; Lindsay Larose, 26, bloomed 26th in 33:56; and Lori Preston, 38, pushed to 32nd in 34:19.

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  • Robert Toonkel, 33, trekked up to Caesar Rodney Half Marathon in Wilmington, Del., and took 266th in 1:37:27.

  • Gary Guenther, 56, continued his comeback from two hip replacement surgeries, running 1:51:18 for 139th at Chambersburg Half Marathon in West Virginia.

  • Arlington's Hershey Track & Field Program for young athletes up to 8th grade kicks off this Saturday at 9 AM at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Call 703-228-5920 for information.

    March 8, 2009
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  • If you're in a race and you pass the last-place runner, what place are you in?

    It's a trick question -- you can't be behind last-place -- except if you are ultramarathoner Michael Wardian, the USA 50-mile and 100-mile champion.

    After making a wrong turn en route to Lower Potomac River Marathon in Piney Point, Md., where he was last year's winner, Wardian, 34, arrived 15 minutes late to the start.

    Undaunted, he chased after the pack. He caught the last-place runner about two miles into the race and began passing people one-by-one, then two-by-two. By the end, 26.2 miles later, he caught all but the first two runners, going from behind last to third overall in 2:51:22, 12 minutes behind winner Chuck Engle.

    Wardian wore a backpack the whole way, in training for the Marathon des Sables, a 6-day / 151-mile (243 km) endurance race across the Sahara Desert, March 26 through April 6, where he must carry his own water and provisions. After his finish at Lower Potomac, he turned around and ran part of the course again.

  • In a DC-area ultramarathon, Seneca Greenway 50K (31.1 miles), Gregary Loomis, 34, in Damascus, Md., endured in 5:19:48, 15th among men. Karen Talley, 26, took fourth among women in 5:42:54.

  • At the other end of the distance spectrum, Bart Forsyth, 31, finished sixth in 36:33 at No Rail on the Trail 10K in Bethesda. Rebecca Nathan, 43, was sixth among women in 41:33.

  • At DC Road Runners Club's Fort Hunt 10K, Arlington runners led both the men's and women's races. Ed Turco, 36, made his DC-area racing debut, winning in 35:40, ahead of Paul DeVar, 19, second in 36:22. Toni Marie Diegoli, 30, finished 11th overall and first among women in 40:24.

  • Pacers of Arlington announced plans the inaugural running of Pacers Running Festival, featuring a half marathon, 5K Run/Walk, and Kid’s Dash, on Mothers' Day, May 10. See or call 703-248-6883.

    March 1, 2009

  • A little bit of snow didn't slow down Toni Marie Diegoli, 30, as she won the women's race at DC Road Runners Club's Burke Lake 12K in 49:33, on a course that really ran over the bridge and through the woods.

    Sharing the podium was Grace Chan, 39, third in 56:33.

    Among men, Aaron Trent, 32, took eighth place in 48:29, and Michael Collins, 27, landed 10th in 49:19.

  • Paul Young, 27, finished 74th in 28:30 at Montgomery County's Run Aware 5K in Wheaton Regional Park.

  • Dylan Barlett, 22, representing DCRRC, was Arlington's first finisher, 64th in 1:02:26, at RRCA 10 Mile Challenge in Columbia, Md. Caitlin Kinkead, 27, came in 198th in 1:12:32.

  • At Colonial Half Marathon in Williamsburg, Va., Eddie Valentine, 28, ran something to write home about -- 15th in 1:19:53 in a national-class field. Behind him, Steve Hammel, 27, nailed 19th place in 1:20:50, and Robert Denmark, 43, won the fifth-place award among men 40-44, 34th in 1:24:31. Among women, Peggy Sue McNulty, 28, got 118th in 1:35:33.

  • Registration closes this week for the 2009 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, directed by Arlington-based Potomac Valley Track Club, Friday-Sunday, March 20-22. Among the world-class competitors is star pentathlete James Barr, 41, of Arlington. See to register or call 703-481-3530 for information.

    February 15, 2009
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    Matthew Lowe, 28, ran to new heights at Potomac Valley Track Club's By George 10K in Washington, winning in 34:45.

    Behind him, William Hinckley, 26, covered the course in 39:48, eighth place; and Pete Bernardy, 28, ran 42:10 for 15th.

    Robyn Hoeschen, 27, sprung to second place among women in 45:35; and Mary Lilley, 24, bloomed in fifth place in 46:40.

    In the accompanying 5K, Andy Dana, 26, launched into second in 18:08. Paul Ryan, 58, sailed into ninth in 19:42; and Tim Arnade, 52, ran 20:17 for 11th.

    Emily Reuter, 28, made the news, second among women in 20:51. Alissa Bibb, 27, ran fourth in 21:32.

  • The first two American runners at George Washington Birthday Classic 10K in Alexandria were from Arlington -- Bert Rodriguez, 29, third in 32:13, and Steve Mance, 24, fourth in 32:23.

    Arlington's first lady was Kimberly Person, 44, 15th among in 45:49.

  • How fast can Willy Viviani run a mile? The 26-year-old Yorktown High School and University of Oregon graduate ran 4:16.3 at Pacers Chocolate Mile in Fairfax. The chocolate prizes provided a sweet incentive. Mark Drath, 23, ran third in 4:33.1. Erin Swain, 26, took third among women in 5:06.4; and Toni Diegoli, 30, finished fifth in 5:45.6.

  • Caroline Lauver, 27, climbed the big hill at the end of the 48th annual Washington's Birthday Marathon in Greenbelt to finish in 3:26:22 -- second among women. Mary Pickering, 40, took 20th in 4:21:24.

    William Weidman, 25, ran 3:14:00 for sixth place among men, and this reporter, 59, ran 3:25:31 for 19th place, his 121st marathon finish.

    The race is the fourth oldest 26.2-miler in the country -- only Boston, Yonkers, and Culver City have older marathons.

  • Adults 30 and over are invited to a series of four sprint training workouts on Mondays, February 23 to March 16, at 7 pm, at TJ Center, led by USATF-certified coaches, to prepare Arlington senior athletes for the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 20-22 at Prince George's Sportsplex in Landover, Md., directed by Arlington-based Potomac Valley Track Club. The workouts are free, but you must be a member or guest of TJ to participate.

    February 8, 2009
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    Arlington has another international running star.

    Julie Culley, 27, finished second in 27:30 at the USA Cross Country Championships open women's 8K in Derwood, Md. The top 60 women in the USA competed in the race. Culley's finish earned her a spot among the six women representing the USA at the International Cross Country Championship in Amman, Jordan, in June. She also took home a $2,000 cash prize.

    In sixth place in 28:02 was Samia Akbar, 27, of Herndon, who competes frequently in Arlington. She will join Culley wearing the USA colors in Jordan.

    Also in the race was Emily Reuter, 28, 57th in 36:01.

    In the open men's championship 12K, two-time US Olympic Trials qualifier Michael Wardian, 34, finished 46th in 39:46. Bert Rodriguez, 29, took 58th in 40:41. Timothy Fahey, 35, of the US Navy sailed into 69th in 41:12. Three Arlington runners finished together -- Matthew Lowe, 28, 104th in 43:21, Joseph Racine, 30, 105th in 43:23, and Jesse Keith, 24, 107th in 43:28. Michael Rooney, 23, was 129th in 45:02; Billy Askey, 25, 132nd in 45:09; Charlie Mercer, 38, 145th in 46:46; and Anthony Lee, 36, 166th in 52:41.

    Scott Jones, 43, finished 45th in 32:21 in the masters 8K.

    Scott Pospiech, 22, posted 15:42 for 28th overall in the community 4K.

  • At the DCRRC / PVTC Indoor Track Meet at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, John Emil Quatroche, 19, of Salem, Conn., qualified for the USA Deaflympics, winning both the mile in 4:48.5 and the 3000 meter in 9:57.4.

    Hannah Elizabeth Scheren, 18, of Lovettsville ran 5:38.1, the fastest mile of the day. Shannon Marie Brady, 17, of Sterling led a bunch of women in the 3000 meter in 11:23.5.

    Arlington's Nick Garcia, 17, notched 5:22.8 for fourth in the high-school mile. Chan Robbins, 71, ran 6:57.7 in the mile -- still under seven minutes after seven decades. Steve Anderson, 52, scored fourth place in the 3000 meter in 10:25.8.

    February 1, 2009
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    Arlington's Steve Crane, in white
  • Arlington resident Steven Crane, 27, of the Pacers/Brooks Racing Team, finished 23rd in 1:05:27 in the men's race at the USA Half Marathon Championship in Houston, Tex.

    Aramco Houston Half Marathon hosted the USA Championship, and more than 100 of the top American men and women joined a record field of 11,000 entrants. Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi of San Diego, Calif., won the race in 1:01:25.

  • Arlington stars Michael Wardian and Toni Marie Diegoli were just super on Super Bowl Sunday, finishing two minutes ahead of their nearest competition at DCRRC's Capital Hospice 12K in Bluemont Park.

    Wardian, 34, scored with a 40:42 on the partly flat, partly hilly course. Wardian was USA Track & Field's 2008 Ultra Runner of the Year after winning the USA National Championships at 50K and 100K.

    Behind him were Jake Green, 24, also of Arlington, second in 42:31, and Karsten Brown, 34, of Front Royal, third in 43:58.

    Diegoli, 30, led the women in 48:49. Her closest pursuers were Sheila "Sparkle Plenty" Natho, 43, of Dallas, Texas, in 50:24, and Win Persina, 48, of Washington in 50:41.

    Ted Poulos, 47, of McLean won the accompanying 3K in 12:39, followed by Arlington's Dario Macieira Mitchell, 14, in 12:58.

    Among women, Ellie Halm, 11, of Alexandria won in 14:17, ahead of Arlington's Nadine Young, 49, in 16:50.

    The staging area pre-race and post-race was a field of ice, but the course itself was clear, and 50° temperatures made for a lovely day.

  • At ING Miami (Florida) Marathon and Half, Arlington's contingent included 10 in the full marathon and 32 in the half.

    In the 26.2-miler, Adam Rubinstein, 34, took 40th among men in 3:01:15, and Adam Vandervort, 28, finished 56th in 3:07:11. Amy Dural, 25, was 151st among women in 4:03:47; and Marjorie Henriquez, 35, ran 4:24:45 for 297th.

    In the half marathon, Kelsea Natoli, 23, brought home 164th place among women in 1:49:34; and Julia Karpov, 37, made the right move, 369th in 1:54:00. Reza Mahbod, 36, ran 1:43:11 for 277th male; and Timothy Enskat, 34, made it 301st in 1:39:18.

  • Samantha Kirby, 40, finished in the money at Houston Marathon, 10th place in a personal best time of 3:01:09, taking home a $1,000 prize.

    January 25, 2009

  • The next two events on the DC-area running circuit are in Arlington. DC Road Runners Club's Hospice 12K is Sunday, February 1, at 10:00 am, at Bluemont Park south shelter, 325 North Manchester Street. More than 100 are already registered for the race, held on the flat Four Mile Run Trail and the hilly Custis (I-66) Trail. See or call 703-241-0395.

    The last of Potomac Valley Track Club's winter all-comers track meets is at Thomas Jefferson Community Center on Sunday, February 8, from 7:45 am to 12 noon, including race walks, 55-meter dash, one mile, 400-meter, 800-meter, 200-meter, and 3000-meter, plus clinics for long jump and shot put. See or call 703-927-4833 for information.

  • Adults 30 and over are invited to a series of five sprint training workouts on Mondays, February 16 to March 9, at 7 pm, at TJ Center, led by USATF-certified coaches, to prepare Arlington senior athletes for the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, to be held March 20-22 at Prince George's Sportsplex in Landover, Md. The workouts are free, but you must be a member or guest of TJ to participate.

    January 18, 2009
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  • At Potomac Valley Track Club's indoor meet at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, two Arlington runners pulled away from the pack to take first and second in the 3000 meter race. Greg Lane, 22, won it in 9:27.8, followed by Daniel Bull, 24, in 9:36.8.

    Hilary Cairns, 38, of Washington was a double-winner, taking the women's mile in 5:30.1 and the 3000 meter in 10:50.9. Her husband, Malcolm Lester, 41, won the masters' mile in 5:13.2 Joshua Wagner, 10, of Chantilly, led the boys' mile in 6:06.8. Ana Malhotra, 11, of Wilmington, Del., ran the fastest mile among girls in 5:32.1. Andrew Duncan, 41, of Washington outran the field in the men's mile, winning in 4:45.9.

    The last of the winter's three meets at TJ is Sunday morning, February 8. See or call 703-927-4833 for information.

  • At DC Road Runners Club's JFK 20K on the Capital Crescent Trail in Washington, Aaron Trent, 32, ran 1:21:15 for third place. Gregory Richards, 32, finished 11th in 1:26:01. Among women, Toni Marie Diegoli, 30, on the comeback trail, took third place in 1:28:11.

    In the accompanying MLK 5K, Clare Orvis, 23, finished sixth in 26:31.

    January 4, 2009
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  • Arlington hosted both the DC area's first race and first indoor track meet of the New Year.

    At noon on New Year's Day, 118 runners gathered at Gateway Park in Rosslyn for DC Road Runners Club's 11th annual Predictions and Resolutions 5K on the Mount Vernon Trail alongside the Potomac River. Race director Joe Racine started the race by blowing on a New Year's party horn.

    Two young Arlington stars led the field, Michael Rooney, 23, first in 16:44, and John McGrail Jr., 19, second in 17:22. Rooney attended Gonzaga High School while growing up in Arlington and graduated recently from Colorado School of Mines. McGrail, an alum of Washington-Lee, is now a sophomore at Amherst College.

    Third place went to Ian Clements, 44, of Alexandria, in 17:54. Arlington's Sean Hawks, 27, stepped fourth in 18:04.

    The top three women were also Arlingtonians. Madeline Harms, 22, won in 20:01, followed by Susan Ashcom, 43, second in 21:37; and Erin Bougie, 23, one tick behind in 21:38.

  • Three days later, Arlington's all-comers winter track season kicked off with a meet at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, also conducted by DCRRC and Potomac Valley Track Club.

    Andrew Duncan, 41, of Washington, won both the one mile in 4:46.8 and the 3000-meter (1.86 miles) in 9:57. Arlington's Steve Anderson, 52, took second in the 3000 in an All-American time of 10:19. The Hall twins, Jereamy and Joshua, both 11, of Waldorf, decked the children's mile, finishing first and second in 5:59.1 and 6:17.5. Page Lester, 9, of Washington won the girls' mile in 6:12.3. Her father, Malcolm Lester, 41, won the masters' mile in 5:16.2. Gloria Roberts, 16, of Upper Marlboro, led the women's mile in 5:35.4.

    The next meet at TJ is on inauguration weekend, Sunday morning, January 18. See or call 703-927-4833 for a schedule of events. Children are free, and all finishers get am award ribbon.

  • Matt Lowe, 28, of Arlington, won DC Road Runners Club's Al Lewis 10-Miler in Kensington, breaking one hour to finish in 59:20. Sean Hawks circled into sixth place in 1:03:00, and Aaron Trent, 32, finished 14th in 1:07:47. Robyn Hoeschen, 27, took ninth among women in 1:15:45.

  • Rebecca Nathan, 43, celebrated New Year's Day with a fifth-place showing in 43:53 at Rotary Resolution 10K Adventure in Leesburg. Peter Comfort, 59, was Arlington's first male finisher, 139th in 55:03.

  • DCRRC's Hospice 12K is Sunday, February 1, at Bluemont Park. See or call 703-241-0395.

    December 21, 2008
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  • Brian Heitman, 31, climbed to sixth place in 18:51 at Potomac Valley Track Club's Christmas Caper 5K in Washington. Tim Arnade, 52, finished 10th among men in 20:17. Among women, Emily Reuter, 28, took fourth place in 21:06, and Jen Norris, 37, was ninth in 22:40.

    In the accompanying 10K, David Sandson, 42, ran 40:52 for 10th place, and Nora Kelly, 22, scored 21st among women in 55:56.

  • DCRRC kicks off the new year on Thursday, January 1, at 12 noon with its annual Predictions & Resolutions 5K at Gateway Park in Rosslyn, near Key Bridge, at the start of the Mt. Vernon Trail. See or call 703-241-0395.

  • PVTC's all-comers track meets at Thomas Jefferson Community Center are Sundays, January 4, January 18, and February 8. See or call 703-927-4833.

    December 14, 2008
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  • Arlington's Bert Rodriguez, 29, came within 9 seconds of winning Jingle All the Way 10K in Washington, taking second place in 31:13, behind John Butler, 24, of Syracuse, N.Y., who served up a course-record 31:04.

    Greg Lane, 22, ran 33:05 for ninth place, and Billy Askey, 25, responded 11th in 33:25.

    Third among women was Erin Swain, 26, in 36:35. Samantha Kirby, 40, won her age group, ninth in 39:45. Jenny Goransson, 25, finished 20th in 42:15.

  • Jen Norris, 37, ran 37:29 for 10th place at Rockville Jingle Bell Jog 8K.

  • Pete Lapp, 38, circled Fredericksburg's VA Runner Blue & Gray Half Marathon in 1:38:47, 45th overall. Gary Guenther, 56, finished in the top 100, 98th in 1:50:30.

  • Two Arlington women dueled for the win at DC Road Runners Club's Bread Run 10K at Glen Echo Park. Toni Marie Diegoli, 30, came from behind to take first among women in 41:41, with Jessie Sackett, 29, second in 43:14.

    Among men, Aaron Trent, 31, earned fifth place in 40:27, and Scott Smith, 28, finished eighth in 41:29.

    December 7, 2008
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  • By the mid-point of DC Road Runners Club's Gar Williams half marathon at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria, Arlington's Jake Green, 24, held a huge lead. After the turnaround, Pat Kuhlmann, 37, narrowed the gap but not enough to catch Green, who won in 1:16:50, with Kuhlmann second in 1:17:19.

    Win Persina, 47, ran a similar race, trailing Arlington's Rebecca Nathan, 43, at the turnaround, but pulled ahead in the final miles, winning in 1:30:40 ahead of Nathan's 1:31:17.

  • At Potomac Valley Track Club's Young Flyers meet at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Michael Key Derrios, 12, ran the fastest 55-meter dash of the day -- 8.1 seconds. Evan Binkley, 10, led the mile in 7:20.2. Eric James Carr, 13, won the 400-meter in 1:08.5, then doubled in the 200-meter in 30.8, plus long-jumping 10'05" and high-jumping 3'07". Casey Lauer, 9, won the turbo javelin in 44 feet and the discus in 41 feet.

    Among girls, Kendra La Shaun Mayweather, 13, was fastest in the 55-meter (8.6) and the 200-meter (36.2). She also long-jumped 8'11" and high-jumped 3'04". Bailey Renee Rump, 11, ran the mile in 7:27.1. Maggie Chen, 8, won the 800-meter overall in 3:06.9. Sahna Sabbakhan, 10, led her heat of the 400-meter in 1:11.8. Lianna Smith, 8, threw the turbo jav the farthest (23 feet). Aleyzza Medina, 10, spun the discus 30 feet.

  • Scott Nahrgang, 34, finished second among men in 24:34 at Girls on the Run Washington DC 5K. Sara Andrews, 31, was 11th among women in 30:04.

    November 30, 2008
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  • Michael Wardian, 34, receives USA Track & Field's 2008 Ultra Runner of the Year Award at its convention awards breakfast on December 6 in Reno, Nev.

    In 2008, Wardian won the USA National 50K Championship, the USA National 100K Championship, and the USA National 50 Mile Trail Championship. He finished 21st at the USA Mountain Running Championships and second at the USA National Trail Marathon Championships. He also posted wins at the 2007 JFK 50 Miler and the Lake City 50K.

    The award is named for Ted Corbitt, founder of American ultra-running.

  • The Viviani brothers took first and third at Arlington Turkey Trot 5K in Thanksgiving Day, among 1,130 finishers. Willy Viviani, 26, gobbled up the race in 15:19, and Tony Viviani, 24, relished third place in 16:58. Between them was Ethan Rissell, 18, of Alexandria, second in 16:15.

    Rebecca Nathan, 43, won the women's division in 19:33, ahead of Jeanette Dumbrell, 39, of Falls Church, second in 19:52. Arlington's Samantha Kirby, 40, was third in 19:54.

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  • Elizabeth Osburn, 25, fired up for sixth place among women in 19:25 at Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger 5K in Washington. John Olbrys, 19, breezed to 21st place among men in 19:37.

  • Steve Hammel, 27, finished 31st in 37:21 at YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase Turkey Chase 10K.

  • Michael Collins, 26, landed 39th among men in 19:18 Virginia Run Turkey Trot 5K in Centreville. Caitlin Kinkead, 27, came in 36th in 23:04 among women.

  • Two days after Thanksgiving, Paul Hasson, 40, ran 1:11:34 for 34th place at Montgomery County Road Runners' Turkey Burnoff 10-mile in Gaithersburg. Patricia Navin-Greenfield, 49, finished 56th among women in 1:32:46.

  • Alexandra Barrage, 33, was Arlington's first finisher at North Central Trail Marathon in Sparks, Md., 23rd among women in 3:52:38.

    November 23, 2008
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  • Fresh after his ninth-place finish at the World 100K Championships, Michael Wardian, 34, took eighth place at Philadelphia Half Marathon in 1:12:06.

    Laura Jenkins, 29, earned third place in her age group, 16th among all women, running 1:28:13.

    At Philadelphia Marathon on the same course, Marc Edmonds, 35, was Arlington's top finisher, 176th in 2:59:57. Colleen Depman, 23, ran 3:21:55 for 83rd place among women. At the accompanying Rothman 8K, Shelley Kavlick, 36, won the second-place medal in her age group, 27th among women in 37:37.

  • Jake Green, 24, led the competition by four minutes at Potomac Valley Track Club's Cranberry Crawl 10K at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria, winning overall in 34:15. Catherine Elizabeth Corradini, 24, was 16th among women in 54:34. In the accompanying 5K, Robert Simkins, 30, ran 21:17, seventh among men, and Nicole Zimnoch, 22, zipped to ninth among women in 25:19.

  • Lori Preston, 38, ran 21:20 for ninth place at Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K in Leesburg, just ahead of Sushila Nanda, 47, 11th in 21:57. Anthony Lee, 35, took 16th among men in 19:32.

  • Tony Studer, 52, finished 164th in 9:04:02 at America's largest ultramarathon, the JFK 50-Miler in Boonesboro, Md. Tanya Amos, 36, ws 474th in 10:41:45.

  • Christ Church of Arlington hosts its third annual Arlington Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, at 8 am, in front of the church at 3020 N. Pershing Drive at Highland Street. The event benefits two local charities, Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homless and Doorways for Women and Families. See, write racedirector Steve Clarke at, or call 703-527-0420.

    November 16, 2008
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  • Michael Wardian, 34, ran 7:06:35 to finish ninth at the World 100K (62.1-mile) Championships in Tarquinia, Italy.

    Wardian is the reigning American 50K, 50 Mile and 100K national champion. He averaged 6:51 per mile -- like running two sub-three-hour marathons non-stop, then another 10 more miles at the same pace.

  • Andrea Oaxaca, 17, ran 23:01 to win the USA Track & Field Potomac Valley Association youth cross-country 5K championship at Wakefield Park in Annandale.

  • At Marine Base Quantico, Thomas Gouard, 26, took the hill in 11th place with 39:21 at Turkey Troy 10K in the Marine Corps Marathon event series.

  • John Bacon, 52, sliced up the competition to finish third at Round Robinson 5K in Fairfax, running 18:56. Sushila Nanda, 47, took third among women in 21:36.

  • A week later, Bacon ran 19:24 for 15th among men at TLC King of the Road 5K in Rockville.

  • Monte Hawkins, 31, rolled the dice and came up third at Vienna Turkey Trot 5K, running 17:20. Twelve-year-old Sonia Lunn, ran 25:49 for 106th place.

  • James Engle, 48, ran Harrisburg Marathon in 3:28:30, 117th overall. John David Powell, 56, John Powell, 56, finished 417th in 4:14:05.

  • Chan Robbins, 71, won his age-group by six minutes in 42:21, 33rd male, at Pacers/MCRRC Cross Country Invitational 8K in Derwood, Md. Ann Lowe, 30, ran 45:33 for 18th among women.

  • Registration is now open for Potomac Valley Track Club's indoor track meets at Thomas Jefferson Community Center on Sundays, January 4, January 18, and February 8; and also for the 2009 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 20-22. See or call 703-481-3530.

    November 9, 2008

  • If runners all around him are speaking Amharic and Swahili, Steven Crane knows he's exactly where he should be.

    Crane, 27, finished second in 30:31 among 2,000 runners at Veterans Day 10K in Washington DC, behind Abiyot Abebe of Ethiopia and ahead of Wilson Komen and Hosea Kosgei, both of Kenya.

    Right behind them were Bert Rodriguez, 29, fourth in 31:18, and Willy Viviani, 24, sixth in 31:28.

    Arlington's top female was Erin Swain, 26, eighth in 37:48. Rebecca Nathan, 43, ran 40:04 for 15th, and Alison Dimon, 27, shone in 44:56, 25th place.

  • Arlington runners won both the men's and women's gold at Biliary Atresia 5K in Alexandria. Jesse Johnson, 23, took the lead in 17:42; and Jenny Goransson, 25, finished 10th overall in 21:05. Between them were Chris Farley, 32, fourth in 18:48; and William Watts III, 22, seventh in 19:59. Fourth among women was Jenny Keller, 31, in 22:47.

  • Dave Crawford, 58, ran 45th at Montgomery County Road Runners' Candy Cane 5K in a sweet 20:56. Jen Norris, 37, was 14th among women in 23:05.

  • Keith Mitchell, 37, rolled a 24:11 at Meals on Wheels 5K in Ellicott City, rounding up 17th place.

  • Jake Green, 24, finished Cardinal 5K in Kensington in 26:48, just two seconds behind the winner.

  • Christ Church of Arlington hosts its third annual Arlington Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, at 8 am, in front of the church at 3020 N. Pershing Drive at Highland Street. The event benefits two local charities, Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homless and Doorways for Women and Families. See, write racedirector Steve Clarke at, or call 703-527-0420.
    November 2, 2008

  • Runners at the inaugural Run! Geek! Run! 8K at West Potomac Park in Washington didn't have to wear glasses and pocket protectors, but some did, anyway.

    Dylan Keith, 24, was third nerd in 26:46, followed by Thomas Gouard, 26, 12th in 30:39, and Steve Andrews, 38, 27th in 32:44.

    Allison Carney, 24, was fourth nerdette in 32:43, ahead of Leah Twardzik, 23, sixth in 33:08; Jill Burkholder, 28, 10th in 34:31; and Cynthia Olsen, 42, 11th in 34:24.

  • Alex Filides, 32, flashed his baby blues at Washington Youth Garden Dig in Your Heels 5K at National Arboretum, third in 20:00 flat. Meaghan Lynne Walley, 26, climbed to fifth among women in 24:04.

  • Thomas Kelly, 56, ran Edgemoor Classic 5K in Bethesda in 23:47, good for 45th place.

  • Sushila Nanda, 45, won her age group at Rockville 5K, 47th overall in 22:28.

  • Reynolds Wilson, 36, wrapped up seventh place at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Star Kid 8K in Fairfax, running 29:42. Mark Hand, 41, reached 13th in 31:19, with Mike Toner, 33, 15th in 31:55, and John Bacon, 52, 16th in 31:57.

    Amanda Krawchuk, 30, shot to sixth place among women in 35:17, just ahead of Inga Middleton, 42, seventh in 35:27, and Robyn Hoeschen, 27, ninth in 35:58.

    October 27, 2008
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  • Two runners who had never run a marathon before won the men's and women's divisions at Sunday's 33rd annual Marine Corps Marathon.

    Dumm Andrew Dumm, 23, an American University graduate student whose longest race ever was a half marathon, sprinted to the lead at the halfway mark, ahead of 2006-2007 winner Ruben Garcia, and built up a 70-second lead to win in 2:22:44. C. Fred Joslyn, 24, of Rochester, Mich., a member of the Hanson's Running Team, took second in in 2:23:54; and Corey Duquette, 26, of Pensacola, Fla., duked it out for third in 2:24:40. Andrew's brother, Brian Dumm, 25, of Fairfax finished fifth in 2:26:00.

    Prolific marathoner Michael Wardian, 34, was Arlington's first finisher, ninth in 2:28:26. Steve Anderson, 51, won his age group and finished 55th in 2:46:49. John Kelly, 25, ran 2:48:43 for 64th; and Pacers Running Store owner Chris Farley, 32, was 66th in 2:49:00.

    Cate Among women, Cate Fenster, 37, of Wooster, Ohio, now living in Bethesda, surprised herself by running the 26.2-mile distance -- her longest run ever -- to win in 2:48:55. Just 11 seconds back was Arlington's Lindsay Wilkins, 30, second in 2:49:06.

    Mary Beth Muething, 30. ran 2:55:54 for sixth place; and Samantha Kirby, 40, smiled all the way into 19th place in 3:04:15.

  • Dylan Keith, 24, dialed a 16:55 for fourth place at Goblin Gallop 5K in Fairfax. Courtney Kenney, 25, won her age group with a 21:19, good for sixth place among women.

  • In March 2009, Michael Wardian will return to Morocco for Marathon des Sables, where he was the top American in 2000. Marathon des Sables is a 6-stage, 7-day race across the Sahara Desert (110-130 F). Competitors carry all their gear for the week, except for extra water and the Berber group tents where they sleep. Joining Wardian at the race are Arlington resident and ultramarathoner Bryon Powell, and Ted Archer of California, the top American at the 2008 Marathon des Sables, Wardian and Powell have entered the team competition running for the Dreamchasers Outdoor Adventure Club, which organizes trail races and adult running camps.

    October 20, 2008
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  • Arlington has lost a beloved ultramarathoner. Nan Irick, 52, died on October 14 after a brief illness. In 2006, Irick ran the Himalayan 100 Miler on the border between India and Nepal. A substitute teacher at Washington-Lee High School, Irick wrote frequently for running publications and local music reviews.

  • When the 105mm howitzer cannon booms at 8 am this Sunday on Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 110) at Marshall Drive, at the bottom of the hill leading up to Marine Corps War Memorial, 26,000 runners will start the 33rd Marine Corps Marathon, including more than 800 from Arlington.

    The race is the fourth largest 26.2-miler in the U.S., the seventh largest in the world, and attracts runners from all 50 states and dozens of countries. The race fills every hotel and restaurant in Rosslyn, Crystal City, and Pentagon City for the whole weekend.

    The runners turn onto Wilson Boulevard and Lynn Street in Rosslyn, uphill on Lee Highway to Kirkwood, downhill on Spout Run Parkway, and back to Rosslyn on George Washington Memorial Parkway to cross Key Bridge into Georgetown and DC. After 20 miles, they return to Arlington across 14th Street Bridge into Crystal City via South Eads Street, Army Navy Drive, and 12th Street South and Crystal Drive. A street music festival among the tall buildings inspires them for the next two lonely miles on Rotary Drive around the Pentagon and Washington Boulevard back to Route 110. Once the runners cross under Memorial Drive, thousands of onlookers greet them as they return to climb the hill on Marshall Drive and finish in front of the Iwo Jima monument.

    During the race, another 5,000 will compete in the Marine Corps Marathon 10K.

    Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run for children 6-13 is Saturday in the Pentagon North parking lot, Three waves of the one-mile race start at 10:30 am, 11:15 am, and 12:00 noon. Registration is $2 at the Health and Fitness Expo at DC Armory October 23-24, and participants receive a t-shirt, medal and snacks at the finish line.

    Every section of all three courses are open and free to spectators. See for course maps and other information.

  • Douglas Hickey, 25, clicked for third place in 35:41 at National Rehabilitation & Rediscovery Foundation's Rediscovery 10K in Washington. David Kent, 36, finished sixth in 36:28, just ahead of Reynolds Wilson, 36, seventh in 36:58.

    Third among women in 40:31 was Madeline Harms, 22; and Erin Bougie, 23, took sixth in 44:18.

  • Philip Mahoney, 28, represented Arlington at Race to Remember: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial 5K in Washington, 20th in 19:18. Jennifer Somma, 27, was ninth among women in 22:00.

  • At the 20th Annual Race for Cooperative Development in Bluemont Park, Kawai Washburn, 28, of Co-op Housing Foundation won in 17:54. Arlington's Charles Mercer, 38, an aficionado of downhill races, finished second on the flat course in 18:46, with Jesse Gaylord, 24, third in 19:17; Dwayne Rax, 26, of National Co-op Bank fourth in 19:18; and Arlington's John Bacon, 52, fifth in 19:39.

    Among women, Courtney Kenney, 25, won in 21:38, followed by Christina Strong, 24, of CHF, second in 21:43; Margo Fahey, 21, of NCB, third in 22:31; Arlington's Sushila Nanda, 42, fourth in 22:40; and Carrie O'Brien, 31, of NCB, fifth in 22:46.

  • Mark Pfizenmayer, 26, was Arlington's top finisher at Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 113th male. Hugh Owen, 31, held on for 183rd place in 2:50:33. Kaitlin Sheedy, 25, came in 38th among women in 3:01:04.

  • Darin Miller, 36, placed 76th at Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, Penn., in 3:03:59. Kendra Liebert, 31, ran 3:10:14 for 132nd overall and first in her age group.

  • Emily Leary, 29, discovered the Columbus (Oh.) Marathon in 3:38:59, 189th among women. Ryan Schreiber, 29, was 1327th among men in 3:57:01.

    October 13, 2008
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  • Julie Culley, 27, continued her amazing award-winning running career with a women's win at the Baltimore Running Festival 5K in 15:34, good for 10th overall.

    Culley is a 2004 graduate of Rutgers University, where she was an All-American cross country runner, and finished seventh at the 5,000-meter final at the 2008 Olympic Trials. Now she lives in Arlington and works at in McLean.

    Leah and Melissa Twardzik, 23 and 25, ran 20:17 and 22:27 for 11th and 33rd among women.

    Cory Cook, 29, smoked in 43rd place among men in 19:23. Matt Parsons ran 22:04, and Oliver Brock, 42, brought in 204th in 23:02.

    Jeffrey Greene, 30, covered the Baltimore Half-Marathon course in 1:26:21, 41st overall, with Erik Jones, 25, right behind, 42nd in 1:26:45. Thomas Gouard, 26, broke 1:30, running 1:29:11 for 61st.

    Heather Stevens, 34, was Arlington's top female, 445th in 1:46:29. Becca Waskey, 24, unlocked 745th in 1:50:25, just ahead of Michelle Zlakowski, 34, 746th in 1:50:42.

    Shamus Brady, 26, claimed 59th overall in 2:54:03 at the Baltimore Marathon. Michael Penny, 49, ran 3:08:49 for 105th; and Mark Kraby, 36, grabbed 192nd in 3:21:45.

    Kristin Dahling, 32, sweetly ran 3:22:30, 192nd overall. Robyn Hoeschen, 27, flew in 3:39:36, 444th; and Rebecca Neuschatz, 28, took 705th in 3:51:42.

  • The very next day, Gouard ran 39:53 for ninth place at Boo! Run for Life 10K in Washington. Kevin Prestwich, 36, was one place back, 10th in 40:08; and Tim Arnade, 51, nailed down 18th in 41:58.

    Mary Clare Peate, 28, took third among women in 41:11. Maggie Borden, 23, glued down seventh in 43:34; and Molly Lawless, 33, finished 13th in 45:33.

  • Steve Crane, 27, fully recovered from a bad day at Army Ten Miler, won Page's Run 5K in Potomac in 15:06. Sushila Nanda, 47, won her age group there, sixth among women in 21:49.

  • Robert Quinn, 53, ran 28:22 for 44th place among men at Knights on the Run 5K at Westridge Elementary School in Woodbridge. R. Wayne Hardie, 66, clocked 39:11 for 65th place.

  • On Saturday at 8 am at Bluemont Park south shelter, The Cooperative Development Foundation conducts the 20th annual Race for Cooperative Development 5K. To register, see or call 202-383-5459.

    October 7, 2008
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  • On Saturday, October 4, 2008, from 9 AM – 12 PM, the Key School PTA will hold its the Superstar Family Fun Day and ”Mason Mile” Fun Run/Walk in memory of Mason Leach, a five year old Key Elementary School student who died of brain cancer in October 2007. The morning will include playing sports, enjoying the outside, appearances by Washington Bayhawks lacrosse players and other activities. It will also include the “Mason Mile” a one-mile fun run/walk for adults and children down Key Boulevard, with ribbons for every child and first-place trophies for each grade through 5th grade. The race will be timed by Race Packets, and will start at 9:30 AM. There will also be a free raffle. The event is free, and there will be a donation table available for those who wish to donate to the Mason Leach Superstar Fund at Children’s National Medical Center and/or the Key School PTA.

    October 6, 2008
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  • Reginaldo Campos Jr., 21, took the lead eight miles into the Army Ten Miler and held it all the way to the finish line in 48:59, along with a Brazilian flag handed to him by his coach for the last 50 meters.

    Second place in 49:12 was Steve Hallinan, 22, a May 2008 graduate of American University, running his first 10-mile race. Campos's teammate Josueldo Nascimento, 27, held onto third place in 49:39.

    Arlington's Veena Reddy, 29, patiently chased runners who started faster, passing them one by one until moving into first among women at Mile 8 to finish in 58:08. Meseret Kotu, 26, an Ethiopian athlete living in Marietta, Ga., followed in 58:45; and Costa Rican Olympic marathoner Gabriela Traña, 28, also living in Marietta, finished third in 59:08.

  • Dylan Barlett, 22, enjoyed the cool weather at Hains Point in Washington to finish second in 18:32 at Women of Freedom Foundation Run for Freedom 5K. Tenth among women in 23:02 was Nicole Toner, 36.

  • Jesse Contario ran 18:10 for 10th place overall at AIDS Walk 5K in Washington.

  • Kevin Hare, 28, rushed to 55th place in 22:59 at Becca's Run 5K in Silver Spring. Jacqueline Heller, 24, sparkled in 44th place in 27:39.

  • Vincent McDonald, 49, finished 14th among men in 34:12 at Brain Aneurysm Race for Awareness 8K at South Lakes High School in Reston. Robyn Hoeschen, 27, took home ninth place among women in 35:22.

    September 29, 2008
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  • Every October, Arlington becomes the center of the running world for the nation's largest 10-mile race, Army Ten Miler.

    Thousands of spectators will watch 20,000 runners from all over the world, include many American and international military men and women, running for their countries. Best viewing on this side of the river is the 8:00 a.m. start on Route 27 facing the Pentagon northbound to Arlington Memorial Bridge and the finish off the 14th Street Bridge into the Pentagon South Parking Lot.

    Last year's winners return to defend their titles. Jose Ferreira, 32, of the Brazilian Army Team will wear #1; and Firaya Saltanova-Zhdanova, 47, of Marietta, Ga., will wear #2.

    Arlington's Steven Crane, 27, wearing #48, is the local top gun; and Samantha Kirby, 40, wears #57.

    Later in the month, Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, October 26, attracts 30,000 runners, and its accompanying 10K draws another 5,000.

  • Chris McGarrigal, 33, ran 1:08:37 to win Arlington Cooperation Foundation's Revenge of the Penguins 10 Mile by more than two minutes. Ian Wolfe, 24, was in the pack, fifth among men in 1:15:36.

    Wendy Allen, 56, took 18th among women in 1:56:14.

    In the accompanying 20 mile race, Kent Shigetomi, 46, was 18th male in 3:03:00; and Kirsten Reed, 22, was 13th female in 3:20:52.

  • John Bacon, 52, sizzled at Warhawk 5K at Madison High School in Vienna, finishing fifth overall in 19:29. Laura Flippin, 37, ran 36:25 for 50th place among women.

  • Growing every year is the Navy 5 Mile in Washington DC. Among this year's 918 finishers were Raymond Matthews, 41, 12th in 30:33; and Amanda Krawchuk, 30, ninth woman in 35:23.

  • Jordan Ricker, 15, won his age group in 20:44 at Falls Church Education Foundation's Run for the Schools 5K, third overall. Laura Toth, 38, pulled down 36th place in 24:46.

  • David Kent, 38, ran Kensington 8K in 29:39, good for seventh place. Mark Hand, 41, grabbed 14th place in 31:39. Julie Vachon, 22, finished 236th in 44:02.

  • It was three in a row from Arlington at Paul VI Runfest in Fairfax: John Arbab, 48, was 44th in 21:18; Stephen Grodek, 23, 45th in 21:23; and Ted Baca, 63, 46th in 21:24. Beth McCann, 48, finished in the money for masters, 58th overall in 22:53.

    September 22, 2008
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  • Bert Rodriguez, 29, leaves nothing on the table when he races. Two weeks after winning Arlington's 9-11 Memorial race, Rodriguez pulled away from another huge field to win in 15:31 at Gulf Coast Relief Run 5K in Alexandria.

    Marathon man Michael Wardian, 34, took third in 15:58, followed by a trio of Arlington men: Mark Williams, 27, sixth in 17:57; Rich Pica, 25, seventh in 18:08; and Edward Wilson, 36, eighth in 18:19.

    Among women, Kate Sheedy, 25, also scored third in 19:28, with Audrey Ting, 29, fifth in 19:40; and Stefanie Tocco, 25, 11th in 21:13.

  • John Bacon, 51, cooked in 19:36 for 11th place at Navy Federal 5K in Vienna. Jennifer Nelson, 33, wrapped up the women's win in 20:33.

  • Bobby Grohs, 34, swam 1.5 kilometers across the Potomac River, biked 40K, and ran 10K at Nation's Triathlon, for 26th in 2:15:34. Raymond Matthews, 41, splashed four minutes ahead of Grohs in the swim, but just finished behind him after the run, 26th in 2:15:40. Stefan Wiesen, 36, took 46th in 2:18:02; and Rob Urbach, 46, won his age group in 2:19:23.

    Among women, Samantha Bird, 30, landed fourth in 2:18:40. First woman 35-39 was Monica Robbers, 37, seventh in 2:25:04.

  • Mary Clare Peate, 28, ran 33:32 for fifth place among women over the rolling hills of Chevy Chase at Somerset Back to School 8K. Vincent McDonald, 49, finished 29th among men in 35:24.

  • Jason Dwyer, 29, blasted to 45th among men in 1:10:40 at ING Philadelphia Distance Run Half Marathon. He ran amidst the world's top women -- just ahead of Dwyer were the top two women, Liliya Shobukhova of Russia in 1:10:21 and Olympic Marathon silver medalist Catherine Ndereba of Kenya in 1:10:31.

    First among Arlington's women were Mary Beth Muething, 30, 30th in 1:23:47; and Lindsay Larose, 26, 68th in 1:29:43.

  • Tim Arnade, 51, always said 5K is his favorite distance, and he showed it at Super H 5K in McLean, finishing fifth in 21:08. Right behind him, Jenny Goransson, 25, was first among women in 21:15.

  • Sola Cole, 56, won two age-group gold medals at Northern Virginia Senior Olympics at Thomas Jefferson Community Center.

    Cole conquered the 200 meter in 28.9, well ahead of the field. In the 400 meter, he led for most of the race before Gary Presuhn, 54, of Burke outkicked him at the finish, winning in 1:06.8 to Cole's 1:06.9.

    Presuhn also won the 800 meter in 2:39.5.

    Arlington runners also won gold in the 200, Kent Halstead, 78, in 44.4; and Tiffany Curran, 82, in 48.4.

    Curran also won medals in the 400 in 1:52.4 and the 1600-meter race walk in 12:49.8. Herb Levitan, 69, won his division in the walk in 11:26.6. Michael Mele, 61, ran 1:30.7 for 400m, ahead of Levitan's 1:49.0.

    Among women, Charlotte Perdue, 60, tendered 39.8 for 200m, 1:36.0 for 400m, and 4:23.3 for 800m. Mary White, 62, painted 200m in 38.5 and 400m in 1:40.0. Alease Brown, 75, ran 200m in 1:16.7.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club's Young Flyers 10-week training program for students in 1st through 8th grade starts on Sunday afternoon, October 5, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. See or call 703-927-4833 for information.

    September 15, 2008
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  • Michael Wardian, 34, ran with the Kenyan and Ethiopians at Montgomery County Road Runners Club 's Parks Half Marathon, ending up ninth in 1:13:49.

    Jake Green, 24, took 19th among men in 1:18:51; and Andy Dana, 26, ran 1:26:53 for 39th.

    Ninth among women was Arlington's Samantha Kirby, 39, running 1:28:21. Kendra Liebert, 31, placed 17th in 1:32:42; and Amelia Kelly, 25, marked 23rd place in 1:36:18.

  • Michael Godesky, 33, ran an impressive 17:33 for sixth place at National Press Club 5K in Washington. Rex Henry, 26, finished 12th in 18:43; and Keith Giles, 32, glided in 18:54 for 18th place.

    Among women, Courtney Kenney, 25, counted 11th in 21:55. Sushila Nanda, 47, ran another great race, 13th in 22:06; and Brownrigg Snow, 30, stormed into 20th in 23:27.

  • Abigail Francisco, 28, swam, biked, and ran 1:32:20 at Sandman Sprint Triathlon in Virginia Beach, good for 59th place.

  • At March of Dimes Bolt for Babies 5K in Arlington, Luis Navaro was the top finisher in 17:43, followed by Jason Widstron, second in 18:02; and Jacob Firman, third in 20:01.

    Jennifer Burg, 36, finished seventh overall and first among women in 23:09. Alexis Merin, 31, took second in 24:14; and Carolina Pinto, 25, was third in 24:51.

  • Arlington Cooperation Foundation's Revenge of the Penguins 10-miler and 20-miler, the only 20-mile race in the DC area with no time limit, is on Saturday, September 27. See for information.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club's Young Flyers 10-week training program for students in 1st through 8th grade starts on Sunday afternoon, October 5, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. See or call 703-927-4833 for information.

    September 8, 2008
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  • The seventh annual Arlington Police/Sheriff & Fire 9-11 Memorial 5K drew more than 2000 finishers to the streets of Crystal City.

    Arlington's Bert Rodriguez, 29, sprinted to an early lead and never let go, winning in 16:22, despite just getting over a cold. Tim Fahey, 34, also of Arlington took second in 16:49; and Jon Torrance, 37, of Washington was third, a minute back in 17:27.

    Four more Arlington men finished in the top 10 -- Matt Lowe, 28, fourth in 17:31 and first military finisher; Steven Anderson, 52, sixth in 17:59; Michael Godesky, 33, seventh in 18:02; and Tod Burns, 27, eighth in 18:09.

    School Board chair Ed Fendley, 43, finished 58th in 19:50.

    Among women, Martha Merz, 45, of Annandale won in 19:02, then learned her husband had fallen at the start and rushed to his side at the hospital, where he was treated for a head wound.

    Ann Tripp, 22, of Fredericksburg picked up second place in 19:07. Arlington's Samantha Kirby, 39, ran 19:21 for third place outkicking Jenny Fitzgerald, 29, of Montclair, fourth in 19:24.

    Anisha Suterwala, 16, was fifth in 19:40; with Emily Talbot, 22, seventh in 20:02; and Jessica Chin, 22, 11th in 21:06.

    The course looped around the front of the new September 11 Memorial in front of the Pentagon.

  • Sushila Nanda, 47, won the women's race at CBTF Stride for Life in Reston, covering the 5K course in 22:19.

  • Michael Wardian, 34, and Bart Borghuis, 32, both of Arlington sparred for 12 miles at Abebe Bikila Day International Peace Half Marathon on Labor Day at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria, before Wardian broke away to win in 1:12:15, with Borghuis second in 1:12:49.

    Among women, Arlingtonian Veena Reddy, 29, took a huge lead to win in 1:19:55, ahead of Ethiopia's Yihunilish Delelecha, 26, now of Washington, second in 1:23:46. Third in 1:29:35 was Arlington's Kaitlin Sheedy, 25.

    Among the beneficiaries was Arlington-based Ethiopian Community Development Council.

  • Wardian also ran 1:52:56 to win Charm City Run 20 Miler the day before on North Central Trail in Freeland, Md. Two days earlier, he ran 15:12 for fifth place in an international field at Kentlands - Lakelands 5K in Gaithersburg.

  • Douglas Noreen, 23, won the mile in 4:39.04 at the 33rd annual Potomac Valley Games at Langley High School in McLean.

  • Justin Dietz, 25, ran 1:24:32 for 62nd place among more than 7,200 finishers at Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach.

    Emily Gousen, 22, picked up 18th place among women in 1:25:54; and Anne Feldman, 26, was 37th in 1:32:41.

  • First among women at DC Road Runners Club 50th annual Larry Noël 15K was Arlington's Madeline Harms, 22, in 1:05:07.

    Scott Jones, 43, ran 1:04:15 to finish 14th among men.

  • Ted Baca, 62, ran 45:24 for 23rd at Knights of Columbus 10K Run in Ellicott City. Amy Brewer, 30, finished 158th in 1:03:46.

  • John Digiovanni, 32, landed 14th in 58:46 at Annapolis 10 Miler. Kaitlin Sheedy's 1:04:51 earned her fourth place among women.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club's Young Flyers 10-week training program for students in 1st through 8th grade kicks off on Sunday afternoon, October 5, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. See or call 703-927-4833 for information.

    August 10, 2008
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  • Arlington runners dominated YMCA Loudoun County Leesburg 20K and 10K, sweeping three of the four top places.

    In the 20K, Michael Wardian, 34, ran 1:06:28 to win the men's division, and Bart Borghuis, 32, took third in 1:08:57, with Billy Askey, 25, fifth in 1:10:06.

    Veena Reddy, 29, won the women's race in 1:16:07, ahead of Lindsay Wilkins, 30, second in 1:16:44. Behind them were a quartet of Arlington women -- Marybeth Muething, 30, sixth in 1:21:43; Samantha Kirby, 39, seventh in 1:21:59; Andrea Manley, 29, eighth in 1:22:14; and Kelly Devine, 24, ninth in 1:23:18.

    In the accompanying 10K, Arlington's Katie Read, 22, won the gold in 35:44. Tom Heinemann, 39, was Arlington's first male, 23rd in 37:46.

  • At D.C. Road Runners Club's Bluemont Park 5K, Sam Blasiak, 28, of Falls Church outkicked Ethan Rissell, 18, of Alexandria, 16:33 to 16:37. Arlington's top three finishers were Peter Gurney, 19, eighth in 17:53; Mike Zinno, 41, ninth in 18:03; and Adam Stolzberg, 32, 11th in 18:23.

    First among women was Arlington's Madeline Harms, 22, in 19:24. Win Persina, 48, of Washington took second in 20:38; and Marie Sandrock, 36, ran a solid 20:48 for third.

  • Three Arlington men topped DCRRC's annual one-mile track championship in blazing fast times. Bert Rodriguez, 28, won in 4:21.6, just ahead of Willy Viviani, 26, second in 4:22.9; and Robert Wade, 26, third in 4:23.3.

    Marine Corps Marathon champion Kristen Henehan, 29, of Washington won the women's mile in 4:55.1; and Lindsay Wilkins, 30, ran 5:09.1 for second place.

    In the three-kilometer championship, Wade won by less than one second in 8:45.9, ahead of Viviani's 8:46.4.

    Henehan and Wilkins also finished first and second in the 3K, running 10:16.0 and 10:35.2.

  • Bart Borghuis, 32, finished second in 32:54 at Arlington Cooperation Foundation's Friends of the WO&D 10K, and brothers Willy Viviani, 26, and Tony Viviani, 23, had some fun while their parents were out of town at a triathlon, finishing third and fourth in 33:52 and 36:16.

    Veena Reddy, 29, finished second among women in 36:49; and Jennifer Dawn McKenna, 27, rose to fourth in 44:24.

  • The new Crystal City Twilighter 5K attracted 1,656 runners, led by Steve Crane, 26, of Silver Spring in 14:46. Robert Wade, 26, was Arlington's top male, third in 15:23; and Bert Rodriguez, 28, ran 15:45 for ninth place. Katie Read, 22, opened first among women in 17:14, just six ticks ahead of Lindsay Wilkins, 30, second in 17:20.

  • Michael Wardian, 34, won his third national ultramarathon title of 2008, the USATF 50-Mile Trail Championship at White River in Crystal Mountain, Wash., near Mount Ranier. His time of 6:52:50 was the third fastest in race history. With spectacular views along the White River and on the Noble Knob Trail in the Norse Peak Wilderness, the course has a total of 17,600 feet of elevation change. Wardian broke away from the field during the four-mile-long descent down the Ranger Creek Trail 27 miles into the race.

  • At the lovely San Francisco Marathon, Jay Jacob Wind, 58, took third in his age group, 239th overall, blowing in at 3:23:57.

    July 20, 2008
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  • Two Arlington women returning from the U.S. Olympic Trials scored in the top five at Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest 8K.

    Julie Culley, 26, won the women's race by nearly a minute, running 26:58. A 2004 graduate of Rutgers University and former Loyola College in Maryland women's track coach, she finished seventh in 15:34.43 at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials 5,000-meter final in Eugene, Ore.

    Veena Reddy, 29, finished fifth in 29:28. Born in Rhode Island, she earned her bachelor's degree at Wesleyan University and her master’s in architecture from University of Pennsylvania and worked as an architect in Philadelphia before moving to Arlington in spring. At the 208 U.S. Olympic Women's Marathon Team Trials in Boston in April, she ran a personal best of 2:38:08 for 15th place among the nation's best.

    Among men, Robert Wade, 26, Irish by citizenship, chased three Ethiopian and one Kenyan to notch fifth place in 25:08. Michael Wardian, 34, Arlington's male representative at the U.S. Men's Marathon Team Trials last November in New York City, took seventh in 25:30.

  • At Virginia Derby Day 5K downstate at New Kent, Va., Robin Hersh, 27, won her age group, taking fifth among women in 24:17. Making a family day of it, her brother Scott, 25, visiting from Arizona, and her daddy Bob Hersh, 54, followed close behind, 18th and 19th among men in 25:00 and 25:04; and her sister Caroline Hersh, 22, finished 18th among women in 28:06.

    July 13, 2008

  • Erin Swain, 26, brought home the bronze medal from MCRRC's Midsummer Night's Mile at Rockville High School track, finishing third among women in 5:19.98.

    Jon Hiratsuka still runs fast at 55. His 6:06.55 mile earned him 63rd place among men.

  • Eleven Arlington athletes tackled the 24th Annual Pohanka Cadillac Colonial Beach Triathlon. Among them, Ryan Strohl, 26, swam, biked, and ran the distance in 2:00:09, 26th among men. Shelby Lynn Peterson, 25, and Caroline Damon Lauver, finished within seconds of each other, 21st and 22nd women in 2:26:57 and 2:27:06.

  • At Pikesville 5K 3.1 Miles That Matter, Matthew Lucey, 27, ran 23:28 for 86th place.

  • Kendra Cobbins, 31, finished 203rd in 35:43 at Howard County Striders' Women's Distance Festival 5K in Columbia.

  • Christa Glassburn, 28, sparkled at Freedom 5K in Culpeper, 229th in 45:38.

  • Arlington Cooperation Foundation's second annual Friends of the W&OD 10K, Saturday evening, July 26, at 6:30 pm, following a day-long College of the Environment -- Green University at Vienna Community Center. See or call 703-927-4833.

  • D.C. Road Runners Club's Bluemont Park 5K in Tuesday, August 5, at 7:00 p.m. at the "south" pavilion off 4th Street North and North Manchester Street. See or call 703-241-0395.

    July 6, 2008
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  • Arlington runners declared their independence and ran races all over the region on July 4.

  • At Potomac Valley Track Club's Go Fourth 8K at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria, Andrew Ciarfalia, 25, drew 11th place in 32:11. Steve Andrews, 37, clocked 34:26 for 24th. Emily Dorsey, 25, unlocked 20th among women in 42:34.

  • Laura Sanchez, 25, ran the Yorktown Independence Day 5K in 27:16, good for 334th place. William Barnes Lawson Jr., 53, finished 503rd in 31:06.

  • At the 11th Annual Firecracker 5K in Waynesboro, Penn., Katie Manderson, 29, ran 41:27 for 352nd.

  • At Mt. Trashmore Family YMCA We Build People 5K in Virginia Beach, Paige Winebrenner, 23, covered the course in 36:06, good for 143rd place among women.

  • At Heritage Festival 5 Mile in Fredericksburg, Ray Roberson, 38, ran 38:17, 103rd among men. Maria McMillen, 37, also notched 38:17 for 31st female. Erin Quirk, 24, clicked 96th in 44:09; and Christine Willett, 47, was 163rd in 49:36.

  • At Heritage Independence 6K in Dundalk, Md., Karen Antoszewski, 30, placed 268th overall in 34:29.

  • The day after the 4th of July, At PVTC's track meet at Langley High School, Adam Alderton, 34, had quite a day -- eighth in the 100 meter dash in 11.5; tied for third in the 200m in 23.3; and second in the high jump in 1.65m (5'05").

  • Earlier, at Harbor Hustle 5K in Washington, Sean Hawks swooped in for third place in 18:12. Patrick Daniel O'Keefe took 15th in 21:19. Among women, Crystal Maguire finished in 27:52 for 17th place, just six seconds ahead of Kari Heikes, 18th in 27:58.

  • At Reston YMCA's Women's Distance Festival 5K, Sushila Nanda, 47, ran seventh overall and won her age group in 21:46.

    Robin Schmid, 40, finished 23rd in 23:36; and Marlene Daughtrey, 25, ran 30:19 for 111th place.

    June 29, 2008
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  • In the first big race of the summer, Twilight Festival 4 Miler in Ashburn, Bart Borghuis, 32, chased top local runners Steve Crane and Abiyot Abebe to finish third in 20:15.

    Right behind him were Lewis Butler, 23, fourth in 20:48, and Robert Wade, 26, fifth in 21:18.

    Finishing third among women in 24:04 was Emily Gousen, 22, with Mary Beth Muething, 30, 10th in 26:59, and Caroline Lauver, 26, 37th in 32:06.

  • To kick off MoCoRunning's summer cross-country series at Landon School in Bethesda, Jack Strabo, 15, covered the three-mile course in 18:19, good for fifth place.

    Strabo started as a football player at Landon Middle School, then tried cross country. His first 5k was 20:05, but by spring 2007, he ran 17:39 for sixth place at Landon Invitational. Then in November 2007, he topped his personal best, running 3 miles in 16:53 for ninth place at DC/MD Private School Championships.

  • Michael Wardian, 34, the 2008 USA 50K and 100K national champion, planned to run the 35th annual Western States 100 Miler in California. When the race was canceled, however, because of nearby wildfires, so instead he decided to attempt to break the current world records for the fastest marathon and 50K (31.1 miles) ever run on a treadmill. In December 2004, Wardian set a treadmill marathon record (2:23:58) at the grand opening of the Pacers store in Arlington, but his record was subsequently broken by Eric Blake's 2:21:40 in June 2006. (The 50K record of 3:10:19 was set by Helge Hafsas of Norway in December 2005.) Alas, Wardian's attempt -- this time at the Pacers store in Fairfax -- ended after 25.9 miles in 2:22 when the treadmill broke down.
    June 22, 2008
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  • After winning last weekend's Lawyers Have Heart 10K, Arlington's Robbie Wade, 25, encountered unexpected competition from Derryn Bray, 24, of Poquoson, at Run for the Rainforest 5K.

    The two took off together down Bluemont Junction hill and dueled neck-and-neck up the Custis Trail hills. Wade finally broke away on the last turn around the beaver pond back to Ballston to win by four seconds in 15:42.

    Brendan Brown, 25, had a similarly tough race, finishing third in 17:01, just one second ahead of Jon Torrance, 37, of Washington. Chris Lin, 26, took eighth in 17:51; and Patrick Hogan, 24, finished 10th in 17:59.

    Among women, 2007 Marine Corps Marathon winner Kristen Henehan, 28, of Silver Spring won in 17:23, ahead of Arlington's Lindsay Wilkins, 30, second in 18:01, and Erica Nemmers, 36, of Herndon, third in 18:54.

    Michelle Apotsos, 30, finished 11th in 22:12; and 17th among women -- and first 15-19 -- was Kelsey Anne Coia, 15, in 23:35.

    The race was the first non-school event to use the Marymount Ballston Campus course, which involves only one major street crossing -- Wilson Boulevard and George Mason Drive -- early in the race. Previously, Marymount University and Wakefield High School events used the course.

    "This was our inaugural race," said director Lisa Hundley-Reeves. "We are encouraging the community to think globally, act locally. Amazon Conservation Team (based in Arlington) has programs in Brazil, Colombia, and Surinam to manage and protect the rainforest. We teach indigenous people to use GPS to demarcate their territory and identify precious natural resources."

    "At our headquarters here in Arlington, we have 10 employees," said ACT director Tamar Datan. "We have 60 more in the field, including a team now in Brazil. In partnership with Google Earth, we help indigenous people to use technology to establish their rights. We also have a shaman apprentice program so valuable information is not lost. The inaugural Run for the Rainforest raised awareness of our programs. Everything went really well with the race today."

    Keeping with the theme of environmental protection, instead of the traditional disposable plastic goodie bag, the race gave participants a sturdy mesh shopping tote, colorfully imprinted.

  • Martin Kleiber, 31, ran 2:12.8 for 800 meters at Potomac Valley Track Club's meet at Langley High School, good for fourth place in the fast heat.

  • Rebecca Nathan, 42, broke 20 minutes for 5K twice in one week - first overall in 19:23 at D.C. Road Runners Club's Women's Distance Festival 5K at Bluemont Park and sixth in 19:42 at New Balance Jenny Smith Baltimore Women's Classic 5K.
  • At the Bluemont Park race, Kristin Dahling, 32, took second in 21:12; Alison Stone, 27, rocked in fourth place in 21:53; and Tatyana Steis, 33, ran 22:01 for fifth.
  • Following the ladies in the Run After the Women 5K, Karsten Brown, 34, ran a crackling-fast 16:22 to win. Thomas Gouard, 26, was sixth in 18:05; and Adam Stolzberg, 32, added eighth in 18:29.

  • At the new University of Maryland Heart Center Baltimore 10 Miler, Joe Lamonte, 27, ran 57:00 for third place, over the hills of Druid Park. Ben Huron, 31, was 12th in 1:02:51. Among women, Jennifer McKenna, 27, placed sixth in 1:11:57.

  • Anthony Viviani, 23, back in Arlington for the summer, covered D.C. Road Runners Club's Hugh Jascourt Memorial 4 Mile in Washington in 21:59, good for second place. Steve Maguire, 41, held on for 11th in 24:38, ahead of Adam Stolzberg, 32, 12th in 24:41.

    Caitlin Kinkead, 26, came in third among women in 29:41.

    June 15, 2008 (Father's Day)
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  • Justin Scarborough, 27, fared well at XTERRA Gwynns Falls Trail Run 5K in Baltimore, third in 20:30.

  • Rob Sheldon, 24, covered the hills and valleys of Greater Clarksburg 10K in West Virginia in 23:44, 67th overall.

  • The late Jack Turner, who died recently, was a true visionary. He was a longtime leader of the Arlington Parade, back in the days when it started at Stonewall Jackson School on George Mason Drive. Thus, he is the father of the parade we now celebrate on Neighborhood Day.

    In the last few years of the Arlington Parade, he invited us to run a one-mile footrace down Wilson Boulevard a few minutes ahead of the parade, creating the first road race on Arlington streets that wasn't the Marine Corp Marathon or Army Ten Miler.

    Thus, Turner was also the father of the Arlington festival race and the progenitor of events like the Battle of the Boulevard and the Police-Fire-Sheriff 9-11 Memorial race.

    Turner also owned a small sign business called Turner Signs. He was the first to outfit cabs and delivery vehicles in Arlington with rooftop signs. Finally, he was a lover of the classics and staffed a vounty fair booth every year promoting the learning of Latin.

    We will miss Jack Turner. He helped to shape Arlington.

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  • Jason Dwyer, 28, chased two fast runners -- Stephen Crane and Abiyot Abebe -- to finish third in 32:43 at Lawyers Have Heart 10K in Washington. He nearly caught Abebe after the Ethiopian runner stopped to massage a sore ankle, but couldn't close the gap after Abebe started up again.

    Joe Lamonte, 27, finished 18th in 34:48; and John Kelly, 24, was 22nd in 36:01.

    Fourth among women was Lindsay Wilkins, 30, in 37:26. Behind her was a quartet from Arlington -- Megan Sowa, 24, 11th in 39:34; Samantha Kirby, 39, 12th in 39:59; Annie Feldman, 26, 13th in 40:05; and Katie Muething, 22, 15th in 40:14. Katie's big sister, Mary Beth Muething, 29, finished 22nd in 41:17.

  • A week earlier, Wilkins's 17:51 placed her third in the world's largest 5K, Komen Race for the Cure, in Washington. Mia Burki, 27, finished 10th in 19:38; Sarah Taylor, 27, 12th in 19:53; and Katie Sheedy, 25, 13th in 19:56.

    Michael Murray, 27, placed 10th among men in 17:50; and Ben Treweek, 19, and Scott Milam, 36, tied for 24th and 25th in 19:22.

  • Michael Rooney, 22, fresh from Colorado School of Mines, dug in to win all three races of D.C. Road Runners Club's Triple Crown, covering the Kentucky Derby 1.25-mile distance in 6:47; the Preakness 1.1875-mile in 6:31; and the Belmont Stakes 1.5-mile in 8:03.

  • Chris Farley, 32, of Pacers sponsored Fit Families 5K in Fairfax -- and then won it in 17:59. Kathy Dalby, 30, matched the feat, first among women in 22:03.

  • Teresa Lent, 46, gave up nothing to finish fifth among women in 38:22 at Rock the House 8K in Fairfax. Brownrigg Snow, 29, plowed into ninth place in 40:28; and Casey Kohuf, 23, finished 17th in 42:08.

    Patrick O'Keefe, 21, matched that place among men, 17th in 37:03.

  • On Saturday at 8:30 AM, Amazon Conservation Team hosts the 5K Run for the Rainforest, their first race to reach out to the local community to think globally while acting locally to help stop climate change and global warming by preserving the Amazon rainforest. See or call Lisa Hundley-Reeves at 703-522-4684.

    June 1, 2008
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  • At Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon -- a huge first-time race -- Arlington's Rebecca Nathan, 42, chased Sheryl Kline of Arnold, Md., for 13 hot, hilly miles, finishing just 3 seconds behind her, third among women in 1:31:50.

    Amy Wigmore, 37, took 10th place in 1:38:40; and Kathy Dalby, 30, ran 1:45:48 as a pacer for a large group of women aiming for that time.

    Among men, Sun Gazette writer Jay Jacob Wind, 58, took third in 1:33:37. Brad Chin, 33, finished 22nd in 2:03:37; and Brian Kim, 38, was 23rd in 2:05:29.

    In the 10K, Page Warren, 44, turned in 39th place among women in 52:57. Adam Krumbholz, 36, ran 58:40 for 14th place among men.

  • Brian Rooney, 18, ran a strong second place in 16:44 at MCRRC Capital Crescent 5K in Bethesda. Carolyn Hanson, 35, was 37th woman in 25:43.

  • Rooney also ran second in 21:11 at Sue and Connie's 4 Mile Run on Memorial Day in Rockville, in memory of slain Montgomery County runner, Sue Wen Stottmeister, and the late Connie Barton, who organized the race in her honor.

  • Mark Hand, 41, grabbed 11th place in 40:35 at Herndon 10K. Robyn Hoeschen, 26, landed second among women in 43:55.

    Chris Lin, 26, finished third in Herndon 5K in 18:09.

  • Robert Wade, 26, and Olympic Marathon Trials leader Michael Wardian, 34, raced neck-and-neck at We've Got Your Back 4 Mile Run at Virginia Spine Institute in Reston, with Wade taking fifth in 20:13 and Wardian sixth in 20:20.

    Among women, Veena Reddy, 29, held off fast-closing Emily Rose Gousen, 22, for second place in 22:55, with Gousen third in 23:09.

  • Wardian tackled another race the same evening, finishing third in 24:49 at Georgetown Classic 8K. Jennifer Erin Davis, 26, was Arlington's top female, 60th overall in 34:03.

  • Wade's 15:38 placed him second at Remembrance Run 5K in Columbia; and Lindsay Wilkins, 30, won the women's race in 18:12.

  • Mary Beth Muething, 29, mustered 41:22 at Cascades Firechase 10K in Sterling for fourth place. Richard Arnold, 34, was 19th among men in 39:52.

  • Sean Clifford, 25, swam, biked, and ran 1:37:26 for 85th place at Pocomoke Triathlon

  • Elizabeth Conlan of Yorktown High School worked for two years to put together 5K for Congo Women at Bon Air Park. Her event raised more than $600 for Women for Women International. Leading the race was Alistair Reader, first in 19:01, followed by Dan Carroll in 22:50, Michelle Sutherland in 23:26, Kelly O'Briant in 23:38, and Wendy White in 24:19.

  • Fundraising for Whitman-Walker Clinic in memory of his friends Lollie Winans and Julie Williams, victims of a 1996 double murder, Ted Hobart ran Vermont City Marathon in 6:05:08, his fourth this year and second in May 2008.

    May 18, 2008
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  • On an unusually humid day at Capitol Hill Classic in Washington DC, Arlington's Lindsey Wilkins, 30, duked it out with Ethiopian star Yihunilish Bekele for 10 solid kilometers, nearly catching her at the end and finishing second in 37:43 -- just four seconds back.

    Mary Beth Muething, 29, ran just under a seven-minute-mile pace, good for 10th in 42:54; and "Big Red" Elizabeth Osburn, 24, was 18th in 44:22.

    Among the men, Robert Wade, 26, chased Bekele's teammate Birhanu Wukaw, also taking second 32:15 behind Wukaw's 31:58.

    Joe Lamonte, 27, took seventh in 34:09; and John Digiovanni, 31, was 14th in 37:03.

  • Mary Kate Bailey, 33, made history at Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg, winning the top prize in 1:23:59. Bailey, who won Marine Corps Marathon in 2004, qualified for the U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Team Trials held in Boston in April but missed the race, having given birth just three weeks earlier. The half marathon was her first race back -- perhaps an all-time record for a new mom.

    Steve Anderson, 51, was Arlington's top male finisher, 10th in 1:21:03 and first over 40.

  • Monica Grillo, 43, also was first over 40 at Germantown 5-Mile, fourth among women in 32:47.

    "Iron" Mike Wardian, 34, headed off speedster Bert Rodriguez, 28, running 25:26 for fifth place, ahead of Rodriguez's 26:15 sixth-place finish.

  • Kelly Baker, 47, cooked up an age-group win at Mark's Azalea Run 5K in Bethesda, sixth among women in 23:18.

    May 11, 2008
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  • Nearly 1,500 hit the streets at Arlington's second annual Battle of the Boulevard 10K, from Clarendon down Wilson Boulevard and Jefferson Davis Highway -- and back up, as part of the County's Neighborhood Day Celebration.

    At the turnaround, Stephen Crane, 25, of Silver Spring ran neck-and-neck with Arlington's Bert Rodriguez, 28, but coming up the hill, it was Crane all the way, winning in 31:46. Bart Borghuis, 32, of Ashburn outclimbed Rodriguez for second in 32:16. Rodriguez held on for third in 32:28.

    "Iron" Mike Wardian, 33, was right behind, fourth in 32:41; and three more Arlingtonians cracked the top 12 -- Scott Munro, 26, 10th in 35:52; Joseph Racine, 30, 11th in 35:55; and Daniel Sebhat, 17, 12th in 36:06.

    Caroline White, 22, of College Park and Erin Swain, 26, of Clifton ran most of the race together, before White washed the hill to win in 37:51, with Swain second in 38:25.

    Third in 40:04 was Arlington's Megan Sowa, 24. Behind her were Colleen Griesinger, 28, fourth in 40:58; Emily Sturm, 27, sixth in 41:17; and Anne Feldman, 26, 12th in 43:39.

    The post-race music and health festival served as the endpoint for the Neighborhood Day Parade in the afternoon.

  • Jack Williard, 26, broke the one-hour mark at Virginia Run Sprint Triathlon, finishing fifth in 59:38 at the swim-bike-run event.

    Robert Guidi, 45, covered the course in 1:01:41, 11th among men; and Brady Nelson, 29, was 13th in 1:03:17.

    Among women, Wendy Kengor, 29, took 13th in 1:13:10; and Regina Powers, 38, energized 26th place in 1:17:34.

  • At Angel Kisses 5K in Chantilly, Thomas Gouard, 26, ran another top race, sixth in 18:56. Rachel Shafer, 26, was 29th female in 26:00.

  • At Break the Silence 5K for Ovarian Cancer in Reston, Joel Tate, 29, was 19th in 23:23; and Erika Davis, 24, ran 29:02 for 35th place.

  • Up in Philadelphia at Blue Cross Broad Street Run, Joe Lamonte, 27, took 45th in 54:11; and Kelly Devine, 24, ran a heavenly 1:03:52 for 18th among women.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club's outdoor meets begin on Sunday morning, May 25. See or call 703-481-3530.

    May 4, 2008

  • Thomas Gouard, 26, is fast becoming one of the area's top 5K runners. On Saturday morning, he brightly began the day with an 18:27 for fifth place at Bright Beginning 5K is Washington DC. That evening, his 18:28 time at Frederick Twilight 5K earned him fifth overall.

    The next day, he tok 27th at Frederick Half-Marathon in 1:30:37.

    Kunal Kamra, 26, led Arlington's team at Frederick Marathon, 62nd in 3:28:45.

  • Like Athena bursting forth from the head of Zeus, Wendy Matthews, 31, burst onto the local racing scene with a 19:17 win at Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers Race for Hope 5K.
  • Arlington Cooperation Foundation's fifth annual Potomac River Run Marathon drew its usual contingent of international stars, but the start belonged to Michael Creadon, 40, as he played The Star Spangled Banner before the race, then jumped in to finish in 3:53:09, 15th overall, one of the five athletes who competed in all five years of the race. Sarah Csikos, 23, ran 4:57:07 for 62nd place.

    Olivier Leblond, 36, broke 90 minutes in the accompanying half marathon, 1:29:49 and 12th overall. Jennifer Yezek, 31, ran 1:38:54 for 27th place.

    April 28, 2008
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  • Racing against America's top female marathoners, former Arlingtonian Casey Smith, 28, showed she was still on track, finishing 24th in 2:40:53 at the U.S Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon in Boston. 2007 Marine Corps Marathon winner Kristen Henehan, 28, took 96th in 2:49:42.

  • The very next day, 26,000 runners ran the 112th Boston Marathon, including 75 from Arlington. "Iron" Michael Wardian, 34, ran another superlative race, 41st among men in 2:28:35. Robert Wade, 25, dipped in for a 2:33:36, 74th male. Jason Dwyer, 28, just missed the big print in the Boston Globe, finishing 101st in 2:36:07.

    Katie Muething, 22, placed 212th among women in 3:13:04. Laura Chipkin, 27, was 494th in 3:21:01; and Mary Beth Muething, 29, followed her sister's footsteps, 499th in 3:21:04.

  • At Darcars Pikes Peek 10K in Rockville, Lindsay Wilkins, 30, scored big, finishing eighth in 36:47. Kelly Devine, 24, ran a heavenly 39:12 for 18th place; and Megan Fogarty, 24, took 44th in 43:16.

    Just six days after Boston, Michael Wardian ran 31:22 for 11th place. Joe Lamonte, 27, finished 25th in 33:15; and Gene Yoshida, 33, was 129th in 41:12.

  • Meanwhile, down the road in Alexandria at George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile, Ethan Kearns, 26, covered the hills and valleys in 56:21, third overall. Steven Anderson, 51, ran an All-American qualifying time of 1:00:59 for 10th place. Kevin Coleman, 42, fired up for 19th place in 1:03:29.

    Megan Sowa, 24, ran 1:06:58 for 51st overall, just ahead of Colleen Depman, 23, 53rd in 1:07:24. Marissa Maier, 23, finished 78th in 1:08:43.

    In the accompanying 5K, Bert Rodriguez, 28, won it all in 15:34, 30 seconds ahead of second place. Meredith Glendening, 23, was Arlington's first lady, 43rd in 23:28.

  • At Northern Virginia Running Club's Run For Julia 5K in Bluemont Park, just three days after a difficult race in the heat at Boston Marathon, Adam Wytko, 27, ran 16:43 -- his personal best 5K -- to finish more than a minute ahead of second place. Rob Davies, 39, outkicked Bert Klein, 47, for 6th place in 19:12, with Klein 7th in 19:18.

    Diana Pu-Huai Tong, 17, led the women's race, also by more than a minute ahead of Cindy Sachs, 39, second in 23:16.

    Running and helping were many family members and friends of the late Julia Campbell, a Peace Corps worker murdered in the Phillipines in April 2007. At the pre-race gathering and post-race picnic, photos of Julia's life and work were on display.

  • More than 120 competed in Run for Wakefield 5K at Marymount University Ballston campus to raise money for Wakefield Scholarship Foundation (, which presents scholarships to students based on a combination of achievement and need, according to race director and Wakefield teacher Denis Babichenko.

    Tim Casey won the race in 19:00, followed by Michael Megargee in 23:00, and Tom Buell in 23:10.

    Among women, Camille Powell won in 33:21, edging Alma Robinson, 33:29, and Verlese Gastner, 34:11.

    "This was a nice day for a race," said John Abbott, Wakefield Class of '69. "The kids has great enthusiasm. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning."

    "My child doesn't do many outdoor activites, so this was her first race -- and her personal best," said Isabel Kaltenbach-Montemayor, Arlington's 2007 foster parent of the year.

    Some of the participants missed the last turn and ran long because no course marshal was there, but a splendid time was had by all.

  • Two Arlington traditions become one on Neighborhood Day, Saturday, May 10, at 9 AM. Building on last year huge turnout -- 1,314 for a first-time race -- the second annual Battle of the Boulevard 10K will be even bigger, this year incorporating the long-running Arlington YMCA Mother's Day 10K.

    The course, downhill from Clarendon to the Pentagon and back -- uphill -- finishes into a post-race party with entertainment hosted by Mr. Days Bar Sports Rock Café. The post-race festival is the centerpiece of Arlington's day-long celebration, serving as the end-point of the Neighborhood Day Parade.

    The race features an Arlington Neighborhood & Business Challenge. Arlington civic associations and businesses with the most participants registered win $500 donations to their favorite charities.

    See or call 703-623-9293.

  • Also on Neighborhood Day, May 10, at 8 AM, Race for Debbie 10K starts and finishes on the W&OD Trail at Columbia Pike. A benefit for ALS Foundation, the event ( is limited to 100 racers.
    April 14, 2008

  • Two Arlington runners pursued Ethiopian international stars at Pepsi's Race to Stop the Silence 10K at Anacostia Park in Washington DC.

    In the men's race, Robert Wade, 25, took third in 32:40 behind Abiyot Abera's 30:18 and Stephen Crane's 32:37. Right behind was Chris Farley, 32, fourth in 33:06.

    In the women's race, Rebecca Nathan, 42, was second overall in a her best 10K ever, 36:05, behind world-class runner Genet Gebretinsae's 34:35. Elizabeth Osburn, 24, sizzled in 40:16 for third place.

  • Matthew Beyea, 32, ran 38:41 for 23rd place at Springburst 8K in Greenbelt.

  • Ryan Dean, 23, graduated into 20th place in 21:57 at Westland Wild Dash 5km in Bethesda.

    April 7, 2008

  • A quintet of Arlington women paced the pack at Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, one of the world's foremost races at that distance.
  • Lindsay (Goulet) Wilkins, 30, left us in the springtime, 26th in 1:02:54. Newcomer Tara Zimmer, 25, finished 28th in 1:03:32; just ahead of Laura Jenkins, 29, 29th in 1:03:44; smiling Samantha Kirby, 39, 30th in 1:04:21; and Katie Sheedy, 25, 34th in 1:05:16.
  • Among men, three Pacers teammates finished in the top 25. Robert Wade, 25, was 16th -- and first American -- in 50:53, a 5:06 per mile pace. Three notches back in 19th place was Bert Rodriguez, with a 52:11. "Iron" Mike Wardian, 33, fresh from running two sub-2:30 marathons back-to-back last weekend, took 25th in 53:14,

    Joe Lamonte, 27, ran 55:18 for 36th; and Jared Lowry, 25, ran a jewel of a time, 56:09, for 44th.

    In the accompanying 5K, Audrey Ting, 30, won the silver, second woman in 19:16. Jeff Pelligrino, 22, was 15th among men in 24:09.

  • Ben Huron, 31, was great at MCRRC Difficult Run Cross Country 8K, fifth in 35:15.

    Ashley Payne, 25, felt good, running second among women in 41:14, while Libby Wile, 26, took third in 43:57.

  • Two Arlington traditions become one on Neighborhood Day, Saturday, May 10, at 9 AM. Building on last year huge turnout -- 1,314 for a first-time race -- the second annual Battle of the Boulevard 10K will be even bigger, this year incorporating the long-running Arlington YMCA Mother's Day 10K.

    The course, downhill from Clarendon to the Pentagon and back -- uphill -- finishes into a post-race party with entertainment hosted by Mr. Days Bar Sports Rock Café. The post-race festival is the centerpiece of Arlington's day-long celebration, serving as the end-point of the Neighborhood Day Parade.

    The race features an Arlington Neighborhood & Business Challenge. Arlington civic associations and businesses with the most participants registered win $500 donations to their favorite charities.

    See or call 703-623-9293.

    April 7, 2008
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  • Arlington's largest team ever will run at the Boston Marathon, the world's best-known 26.2-miler. The field for April 21 includes 83 Arlington runners: Christopher Bennett, Kimberley Bonsey, Shamus Brady, RB Brill, Taneen Carvell, Laura Chipkin, Maegan Conklin, Chip Coyle, Katie Craven, Kristin Dahling, Kate Dart, Edward Dawkins, Evan Day, Gregory Denkler, Robert Denmark, Stephen Donahue, James Du Vernay, Josie Duckett, Jason Dwyer, Will Ellison, Keith Giles, Matthew Gill, Katie Githens, Raleigh Griffith, Mark Hand, Ann Marie Harms, Sara Hawkins, Holly Herrington, Bryan Hickman, Sean Holman, Eugene Holmes, Elizabeth Humphrey, Diana Joaquin, Seth Johnson, Anne Jones, Christian Kammer, Yukiko Kato, Douglas Klein, Kristina Knight, Casey Kohut, Amanda Krawchuk, Caroline Lauver, Kenneth Lee, Charles Logan, John Mallory, Colleen Marzec, Brigitte Mayr, David Meek, Michael Mills, Katie Muething, Mary Beth Muething, Andrew Murphy, Amanda Neill, Michael Nockunas, Armando Olocco, Thomas O'Reilly, Miguel Penella, Kimberly Person, Thomas Quinzio, Katelyn Radack, Kami Ragsdale, Pamela Riker, Jessica Russell, Luke Ryan, David Sack, Matthew Salerno, Diana Schmidt, Martin Simon, Jane Sparnon, Heather Stevens, Tasha Stryker, Stefanie Tocco, David Trevino, Eddie Valentine, Mary Vecchione, Cindy Walls, Michael Wardian, Sarah Washabaugh, Chadd Westhoff, Heather Wiggins, Christopher Wilber, Mark Williams, Jay Wind, and Melanie Ziarko.

    March 30, 2008
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  • Never before has Arlington had an athlete like Michael Wardian.

    Then again, perhaps no town anywhere has had such an athlete.

    At SunTrust National Marathon in Washington on Saturday, Wardian three-peated, winning for the third straight time. In all its three years, the race has never known another champion but Wardian, 33.

    He won in convincing fashion, putting down challenger Samuel Gebremichael after just five miles. From then on, Wardian steadily extended his lead to win in 2:25:00, four minutes ahead of Gebremichael, who had soundly beaten Wardian two weeks earlier at Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach.

    Eddie Valentine, 28, showed heart, finishing 18th in 2:50:32. Thomas Cotton, 30, threaded to 37th place in 2:58:13.

    Among women, Anne Kirchner, 24, was 32nd in 3:41:26.

    In the accompanying SunTrust National Half-Marathon, Ryan Strohl, 25, ran 1:16:43 for 13th place among men. Justin Dietz, 24, finished 28th in 1:19:25. David Kent, 35, was super in 1:19:42 for 31st place.

    Danielle Messinger, 30, rattled off a 1:32:53 for 24th.

  • Right after the DC race, Wardian flew to Knoxville, Tenn., and there on Sunday, when every other National Marathon finisher was resting, Wardian led Knoxville Marathon for the first 24 miles before settling for third place in 2:29:50, just 20 second back of second place and a minute behind first. Back-to-back sub-2:30 marathons is a feat perhaps never before accomplished.

  • Finishing seventh at Madison High School 5K in Vienna was Michael Toner, 33, running 19:39 with perfect pitch. Frank Barca, 65, was 93rd in 38:40.

    Stephanie McJury, 22, went out in 25:59, for 12th place. Amy Knether, 33, was 40th in 29:32.

    March 23, 2008
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  • "Iron" Michael Wardian, 33, set a USA 50km (31.1-mile) championship race record 2:55:05 at Caumsett State Park in New York, breaking the old record by 49 seconds.

  • Two weeks later, Wardian ran another national class time of 2:24:55 to finish second at Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach.

    Christopher Jones, 24, hit the top 100, 97th in 3:09:38. Elena Richey, 28, was 62nd among women in 3:33:46. George (Ted) Hobart, 41, finished his 10th marathon at Shamrock -- 5:36:09.

  • Wardian's next challenge is to defend his two-time championship at SunTrust National Marathon this Saturday at RFK Stadium in Washington DC -- where he has to face Shamrock winner Samuel Gebremichael again. Then Wardian flies to Knoxville, Tenn., to tackle his second marathon of the weekend on Sunday. NBC-4 TV profiled Wardian last week, noting his Guinness world record of 2:42 pushing his baby in a stroller at Frederick Marathon last year. He is training for the trials to represent the USA at the 2008 World 100K (62.1 mile) Championship in Italy in November.

    From Arlington, 461 runners are registered for SunTrust National Marathon -- 344 in the half, and 117 in the full marathon.

  • A new name on the Arlington running scene, Michael Hissam, 24, ran 18:47 to win Race for Justice 5K in Washington DC. Chris Duncan, 28, took seventh in 23:28, just ahead of Matthew Stevenson, 37, eighth in 23:47.

    Katie Allen, 29, was seventh among women in 27:12; and Claire Schrader, 30, shredded the course in 28:30 for 12th place.

  • Thomas Gouard, 26, went from the word "Go" to finish in 18:50 fifth overall, third male, at Potomac Valley Track Club's Easter Classic 5K at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria. Joseph Chelak, 17, won his age group in 20:29.

    In the accompanying 10K, Olivier Leblond, 35, ran a classic 40:33 for fifth place. 57-year-old David Crawford, running on a bum foot, won his age-group in 43:44.

    Robyn Hoeschen, 26, was fourth among women in 44:47.

  • Sunday, April 20, the day before the Boston Marathon, Beantown hosts the 2008 USA women's Olympic Marathon Trials. Three Arlington women qualified for the trials. Vanessa Hunter, 32, moved to Arlington in February 2005 but is now training in Seattle. "There are so many great places to run in Arlington," said Hunter. "I was lucky because I lived very close to the W&OD trail, and I loved running there in the summer time in the evening when all of the fireflies were out. Hunter urges aspiring marathoners to "find satisfaction in the committment and dedication in takes to be a marathoner, but don't forget to keep balance in your life. Running is great but it's not everything!" She qualified with a 2:45:35 at LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in 2006.

    With a 2:40:12 qualifier at the same race, 2004 Marine Corps Marathon winner Mary Kate Bailey earned 24th seed at the Trials. Her baby is due between now and the Trials, so her participation is not expected.

    Heather Hanscom's 2:42:02 at 2007 Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn., followed her 2003 Marine Marathon win in 2:37:59, the second-fastest-ever woman's time on the course.

    In addition, former Arlingtonian Casey Smith qualified with a 2:44:58 at 2007 SunTrust Richmond Marathon, and Pacers Team's Kristen Henehan made the cut in 2:45:15 at 2008 P.F. Chang's Rock 'n Roll Arizona Marathon in Tempe, Ariz.

    March 9, 2008

  • Michael Wardian, 33, made the long trip worthwhile to Lexington Park, Md., winning Lower Potomac River Marathon in 2:34:46, ahead of three-time defending champion John Piggott.

    Among women, Andrea Emshoff, 29, a top local 5K runner training hard to extend her distance, broke four hours in the marathon for the first time, running 3:57:45 for fourth place. Erin Hellmold, 27, held on for eighth in 4:03:26.

  • Robert Wade, 25, is making quite a splash. After winning Run vs. Row 10K in Alexandria, he finished third in 25:14 amidst an international field at St. Patrick's Day 8K in Washington DC. Right behind him was Bert Rodriguez, 28, fourth in 25:18.

    Samantha Kirby, 39, enjoyed the luck of the Irish, eighth among women in 31:25. Allison Carney, 23, finished 13th in 32:43; and Colleen Griesinger, 28, was 15th in 32:45.

  • Attorney Ben Danforth, 28, laid down the law and finished second in 37:46 at D.C. Road Runners Club's Steve Thompson 10K at Fort Hunt Park. Roberto Rodriguez, 52, won his age group, taking ninth overall in 41:38.

    Elizabeth May, 27, celebrated third place in 46:09; and Grace Chan, 38, was sixth in 47:29.

    March 2, 2008
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  • Samantha Kirby, 39, recently burst onto the list of the current year's top 500 American women marathoners. Her 38th-place time in 3:02:56 at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn., placed her 517th on the list. Then her 26th-place finish 2:59:52 at Chevron Houston Marathon moved her up to 401st nationally.

  • Will Weidman, 24, went the distance -- 31.1 miles -- in 5:07:02 at MCRRC Greenway Trail 50K in Damascus, Md., on a rugged country trail. Challen Edwards, 41, finished sixth among women in 6:01:05; and Michelle Faucher, 30, was 16th in 7:01:33.

    Erik Ilif, 28, was Arlington's first finisher in accompanying Greenway Trail Marathon, 40th in 5:49:46.

    Jim Cavanaugh, 66, proved his mettle, running the 50K on Saturday in 6:45:14, 64th among men. Then at the B&A Marathon in Severna Park, Md., the next day, he ran 4:40:59, 190th overall, for a total of 57.2 miles of racing in two days.

  • Other Arlingtonians in the B&A Marathon were Raymond Matthews, 40, 18th in 3:10:02; Army band trumpeter Michael Creadon, 40, 45th in 3:28:13; and Michael Mills, 36, 66th in 3:36:40.

    In the simultaneous B&A Half-Marathon, Rebecca Nathan, 42, was first woman across the finish line, 28th overall, in 1:27:51. Laura Chipkin, 27, was 62nd overall in 1:35:10; and Marymount professor Monica Robbers, 36, finished 80th in 1:37:52.

    Among men, Marc Edmonds, 34, was lucky in 13th place in 1:23:35; and Hamilton Hardman, 39, nailed 79th overall in 1:39:04.

  • Attorney Ben Danforth, 28, laid down the law at DC Road Runners Club's DCRRC Burke Lake 12K, fourth place in 44:15.

    Matching that place among the women was Elizabeth May, 27, fourth in 56:02.

  • Jessica Hall, 32, ran 1:34:02 for third place in her age group, 351st overall, at Tim Kennard 10 Mile River Run at Salisbury University in Maryland.
    February 24, 2008
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  • Four Arlington men placed in the top 20 at the 2008 Maryland Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Club Challenge 10M in Columbia MD. Erik Kean, 30, took 12th place in 57:25, just ahead of Chris Farley, 31, 13th in 57:26. Less than a minute behind were Robert Wade, 25, 16th in 58:01; and Joe LaMonte, 27, 17th in 58:03.

    It was no country for old men, but a good race for Tim Arnade, 51, 100th overall in 1:06:39.

    Kathy Dalby, 29, was Arlington's first lady, 262nd overall in 1:16:38. Chris's sister, Denise Farley, 28, was 291st in 1:18:16; and Karen Oettinger, 30, finished 378th in 1:23:33.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club announced its 2007 honorees, to be presented at its 35th Anniversary Celebration and banquet on Sunday, March 9, 5:00 pm, at Holiday Inn, 2460 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria. Among the service award winners were Arlingtonians Jim Barr, Valerie Meyer, Andrea Oaxaca, James Scarborough, and Jay Wind. Barr and Wind also won outstanding athlete awards. See for a complete list or to attend the banquet.

  • D.C. Road Runners Club announced its plans to host its 2008 awards dinner at Clarendon Grill on Sunday, March 30. Guest speaker will be SunTrust National Marathon director Keith Dowling. See for details.

  • SunTrust National Marathon on Saturday, March 29, seeks volunteers as course marshals and water station captains. Arlington's Michael Wardian, 33, is two-time winner and returns to again defend his title. See to sign up.
    February 17, 2008
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  • Robert Wade, 25, won the biggest race of the weekend, George Washington Birthday 10K in Alexandria, running 31:15, clocking the same time as second-place Steve Mance, 23, of Alexandria. Right behind them were Olympic Marathon Trials participant Michael Wardian, 33, fifth in 31:50; and one of America's fastest milers of the year, Bert Rodriguez, 28, seventh in 32:10.

    Marine Corps Marathon winner Kristen Henehan, 28, won the women's race in 36:02. Arlington's Samantha Kirby, 38, took 15th place in 40:50; and Colleen Murphy, 29, was 20th in 42:15.

  • Togni Mamazza, 49, was Arlington's top finisher at D.C. Road Runners Club's 47th annual Washington's Birthday Marathon in Greenbelt, Md. fourth among women in 3:50:47.

    The race is the fourth oldest 26.2-miler in the U.S.A. -- only Boston, Yonkers, and Culver City Marathons are older. The hilly three-loop course around Beltsville Agricultural Research Center is the most challenging marathon course in the D.C. area.

    Andrea Nelson, 29, took 15th place in 4:22:16; and Elizabeth Klee, 35, painted 4:25:48 for 17th.

    Among men, David Terry, 41, finished 55th in 3:52:17. Right behind him, 57th in 3:53:24, was Temesgen Habtemariam, 36; and Old Dominion 100-Mile ultra-marathon champion John David Powell, 55, was 81st in 4:17:48.

  • At Potomac Valley Track Club's By George 10K at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria, Kevin Lucid, 21, won a clear victory in 35:56, just two seconds ahead of Noah Zaring, 36, of Washington, second in 35:58. Adam Brill, 36, shined in 11th place, running 43:57.

    Kristen Hird, 31, was seventh among women in 56:07.

    In the accompanying 5K, Andrew Dana, 25, earned the bronze medal, third in 18:39. Robert Simkins, 29, finished 13th among men in 21:34; John-Michael Kerwin, 24, cruised to 16th in 22:20.

    Jenny Goransson, 24, got fourth among women in 20:54, ahead of Alissa Bibb, 26, fifth in 21:32.

    February 10, 2008
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  • At D.C. Road Runners Club's Hospice 12K at Bluemont Park, Sam Blasiak, 28, of Falls Church ran with Sean Meissner, 34, of Sisters, Ore., for the first 5K, then blazed ahead to win by almost 3 minutes in 42:22, with Meissner second in 45:11.

    Just five seconds back in third place in 45:16 was All-American 50+ athlete Maurice Pointer, 52, of Baltimore.

    Matt Lowe, 27, was Arlington's highest finisher, seventh in 47:02. Mark Hand, 41, grabbed 11th in 48:12; and ultra-distance runner Bryon Powell, 29, took 14th in 49:11.

    In the separate women's start five minutes after the men, Jessica (Short) Laurent, 27, of Centreville had a long lead in 51:05. Win Persina, 47, of Washington chased her in 51:55; and Amanda Stickel, 25, stuck to third in 52:58.

    Arlington women scored fifth, sixth, and seventh places: Casey Kohut, 22, in 56:14; Terah Malette, 26, in 56:56; and Tracy Dooley, 38, in 57:00.

    At least 75 runners participated in their first race, hoping to qualify for National Marathon & Half Marathon. Sponsors of the marathon from Reebok and Olympian Marc Davis were on hand to welcome the marathon hopefuls.

    Race director James Scarborough presented post-race awards and thanked all the volunteers, including staff from Capital Hospice.

  • Two Arlington-based clubs announced plans for races in the spring and summer on the W&OD Trail. On April 24 at Bluemont Park, Northern Virginia Running Club will conduct Run For Julia, a memorial for Julia Campbell, a 40-year-old Peace Corps Volunteer who was murdered in the Philippines in April 2007. She was an avid runner who competed for W.T. Woodson High School and James Madison University. See or call 703-927-4933.

  • Arlington Cooperation Foundation will conduct the second annual Friends of the W&OD 10K on July 28, the Washington area's only "green" race. See

  • Mega-marathoner Dane Rauschenberg, 30, ran a shorter distance -- the Great Salt Lake State Park 10K in Utah -- finishing 12th in 37:57, a new personal best by 40 seconds, a week after running the Carlsbad Marathon in California in 3:09:59.
    February 3, 2008
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  • At DCRRC / PVTC's Indoor Track Meet at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Coach Anthony Belber, 35, brought his team from Georgetown Day School and showed 'em how, winning the mile in 5:01.5, just ahead of his student Anthony Huff, 15, second in 5:04.6.

    First male from Arlington was Alex Filides, 32, seventh in 5:24.9.

    Christina Lee, 16, of Sterling ran 5:17.5, won the women's mile, then doubled in the 800 meter in 2:18.7, good for second overall.

    Raymond Fan, 24, of Alexandria and Andrés Wright, 41, of Frederick, Md., lapped everyone in the 3000-meter, finishing first and second in 9:40.7 and 9:52.8. Charlie Mercer, 37, took eighth place in 11:07.2.

  • D.C. Road Runner's Club's Custis 12K Run for Hospice is Saturday, February 9, at 10 am at Arlington's Bluemont Park. See or call 703-241-0395 for more information.

  • Arlington Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources announced its Youth Track and Field Program for children 6 to 14, Saturday mornings, March 8 - May 17. Write Jennifer Groner at or call 703-228-1809. Participants will receive instruction and practice in sprinting, long jump, standing broad jump, softball throw, middle distance running, and relays. Sessions start at Thomas Jefferson Community Center in March and continue at Washington-Lee High School in April and May.
    January 27, 2008
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  • Running far from home, Arlington's Michael Wardian, 33, ran ING Miami Half Marathon as best he could despite stomach flu, finishing 39th among men in 1:23:04, nonetheless good for the fifth-place award in his age group.

    George Doumar, 46, was 381st in 1:43:10; and Linwood Ham, 41, sliced 1:51:52 for 933rd place. Among women, Peggy Hoyle, 42, was 375th in 1:58:28; and Beth Goulston, 35, rolled into 882nd in 2:06:21.

    In the ING Miami Marathon, Arlington's top finisher was Robert Guidi, 44, 190th place in 3:26:19. Joya Teemer, 25, was 246th female in 4:19:19.

    January 20, 2008
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  • At DCRRC / PVTC's indoor track meet at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Ethiopian star Solomon Haile, 30, ran the top performance of the day, winning the 3000m in 9:01.3.

    Mindy Thomas, 24, ran 5:22.2 for the fastest women's mile of the day, and Josh Hardin, 16, was fastest among men in 4:48.9. Steve Anderson, 51, placed sixth in the mile in 5:14.2; Mark Hand, 41, grabbed a 5:20.4 time; and Gretchen Gates, 25, closed on a 6:49.8 mile. Martha Merz, 45, doubled in the mile and 3000m in her first track meet in a few years, with 11:25 in the 3000m and 5:36 in the mile.

    Charlie Mercer, 37, ran 10:48.6 in the 3000m, good for fourth place.

    One meet remains in the three-meet winter series at TJ, Sunday, February 3, at 8 am. See or call 703-927-4833.

  • Arlington runners dominated the MLK 5K on the Capital Crescent Trail in Georgetown. Joe Racine, 29, was first overall in 16:57, followed by Alex Filides, 32, a minute later, second in 17:56; with Thomas Gouard, 25, fifth in 18:50.

    Rebecca Nathan, 42, was third female overall in 19:14; and Janna Schmickel, 45, finished seventh in 23:17.

    In the accompanying JFK 20K, Will Weidman, 24, was Arlington's top finisher, 10th in 1:21:11. Douglas Herman, 31, took 16th in 1:24:40; and Roberto Rodriguez, 52, won his age-group, 20th overall in 1:25:36.

    Kristin Dahling, 31, pushed to seventh among women in 1:34:31.

    Both races were qualifiers for National Marathon, to be held in DC on March 29. Arlington's Michael Wardian, 33, the two-time defending champion, will aim to make it three in a row at the fast-growing race.

  • DCRRC's Custis 12K Run for Hospice is set for Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m. See, or call (703) 241-0395.
    January 13, 2008
  • As printed

  • Arlington's Bert Rodriguez, 28, ran a stellar 4:20.8 mile at Prince George's Sportsfest Indoor Track Meet in Landover MD, one of the fastest mile races in the U.S. so far in 2008.

    Rodriguez's Pacers teammate, Mary Christopher, 23, ran a 5:26.5 mile, finishing fourth among women.

    James Barr, 40, cleared the bar at 1.71 meters (5' 7.5") in the high jump, good for fifth place. Providing the fireworks was Bruce McBarnette, 50, of Sterling VA, who set a men's 50-54 American record with a 1.87-meter (6' 1.75"). Barr's 11.99-meter shot put placed him fifth in that event, and his long jump of 18' 6.5" was 11th longest.

    Some of the same athletes will compete at Potomac Valley Track Club's indoor meets at Thomas Jefferson Community Center on Sundays, January 20 and February 3, with events starting at 8:15 am. See or call 703-927-4833.

  • In a change of policy, Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation moved D.C. Road Runners Club's annual Custis 12K Run for Hospice to the south pavilion at Bluemont Park, accessible of North Manchester Street and Arlington Boulevard. For 30 years, Bluemont Park races have started at the north pavilion, at Manchester and Wilson Boulevard. The Hospice 12K is set for Saturday, February 9, at 10 am. See or call 703-241-0395.
    January 6, 2008

  • Arlington's Bert Rodriguez, 28, rang in the new year with a 15:38 win at DC Road Runners Club's 10th annual Predictions & Resolutions 5K in Rosslyn on January 1.

    Rodriguez stayed ahead of both Thomas Edison High School star / Foot Locker South 2007 winner Leoule Degfae, 17, second in 16:31, and three-time defending champion Mudasar Haidat, 22, third in 16:32. The race started and finished across from Gateway Park and swirled down the footbridge to the Mount Vernon Trail on the Potomac Riverfront and back.

    Among women, with 100 meters to go on the bridge back to Rosslyn, Betty Blank, 54, of Falls Church, caught early leader Sita Nataraj Slavov, 33, of Los Angeles . Blank won in 21:23, ahead of Slavov's 21:29. Eight-year-old Page Lester of Washington was third in 22:36. Jennifer Westfall-McGrail, 52, was Arlington's first female, sixth in 24:00.

  • At DCRRC's / Potomac Valley Track Club's indoor track meet at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Jason Myers, 22, of Virginia Beach -- wearing a "Pre Lives" t-shirt -- won the men's mile in 4:40.0, then outran the competition in the 400m and 800.

    Running with the men, Christina Lee, 16, of Sterling ran 5:17.1, the fastest female time of the day. Elizabeth Jones, 30, of Falls Church won the women's mile in 6:19.8, then ran the open mile even faster, 6:16.4.

    Ethiopian star Abiyot Abebe, 20, new to Arlington, ran 8:49.5 in the 3000 meter, pulling Steve Mance, 23, of Alexandria to 8:55.0 -- two of the fastest times ever for this meet.

    Third behind them in 9:46.3 was Diribe Ayele, 23, also new to Arlington, who brought along her friend Elfenesh Alemu, 2003 Tokyo Marathon champion and fourth place finisher at the 2004 Athens Olympic Women's Marathon.

    Charlie Mercer, 37, ran 10:53.5 for ninth place.

  • Ben Danforth, 28, took second place in 1:01:08 at DCRRC's Al Lewis 10 Miler at KenGar Park in Kensington MD. Joe Racine, 29, was fourth in 1:02:27, and Robert Rodriguez, 52, finished 16th among men in 1:08:40.

    Toni Marie Diegoli, 29, ran 1:15:40 for fourth among women, and Kristin Dahling, 31, was fifth in 1:17:27.

  • Thomas Gouard, 25, finished seventh in 19:35 at New Year's Resolution Run in Baltimore.

  • Mark Hand, 41, earned applause, 14th in 39:33 at Rotary Resolution 10K Adventure in Leesburg. Leah Hilton, 36, was 44th among women in 57:12.

  • Less than a month after winning JFK 50-Miler in near-record time, Michael Wardian, 33, starred in a race at the other end of the distance spectrum, running 4:35 in sixth place at King Street Mile in Alexandria. Jared Lowry, 24, took 12th place in 4:47.

    Audrey Ting, 30, finished fourth among women in 5:15, and Lane Wollerton,18, ran 6:49 for 18th place.

  • Denis Brosnan, 25, pitched 19:01 for 12th place at Festival of Lights 5K in Centreville.

  • Adam Brill, 36, was Arlington's top finisher at PVTC's Christmas Caper 5K in Alexandria, 10th in 20:30. Mary Pickering, 39, was 10th among women in 25:01.

    In the accompanying 10K, William Ellison, 41, ran 41:15 for seventh place, and Heidi Hiller, 24, found 11th place among women in 51:16.

  • Amy Kuether, 33, took 13th in 38:56 at Jingle Bell Jog 8K in Rockville.
    December 23, 2007

  • Michael Wardian, 33, chased Stephen Crane for six miles at Rudolph's Red Nose 10K in Fairfax VA before settling for second place in 32:26.

    Behind them Erik Kean, 30, took third in 35:17, and Pat Kohlmann, 36, finished fifth in 35:55.

    Among women, Sushila Nanda, 46, was 10th in 45:33; Taylor Snook, 23, took 14th in 46:12; and Julia Taylor, 36, ran 49:55 for 30th place.

    Runners enjoyed the post-race bonfire, cookies, cider, and hot cocoa, and the race benefitted the New School of Northern Virginia.

  • Joe LaMonte, 27, ran 26:57 for fifth place at Celtic Solstice Five-Mile at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore. Tracy Kneisler, 39, was Arlington's first female, 389th overall in 38:07.

  • Dennis Towberman, 38, pulled down 26th pace in 23:49 at LifeTime Fitness Reindeer Run 5K at Westfield High School in Chantilly. Deborah Frye, 30, sizzled in 28:35 for 40th place amng women.

  • Laurel Gillis, 51, won third place in her age-group at Kiawah Island Marathon in South Carolina, running 3:54:19, 259th overall.

  • D.C. Road Runners Club continues a tradition of conducting the first race on the New Year in Arlington on Tuesday, January 1, at 12 noon, the Predictions & Resolutions 5K starting at Gateway Park in Rosslyn and heading down the Mount Vernon Trail and back. Registration is race-day only. For information, see or call 703-241-0395.

  • DCRRC and Potomac Valley Track Club collaborate on three indoor track meets this winter at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, on Sundays, January 6, January 20, and February 3. Events begin with a race-walk at 7:45 am, 55-meter at 8:15 am, one-mile at 9 am, followed by 400-meter, 800-meter, 200-meter, and 3,000-meter. All events are free for children up to 8th grade, and they receive ribbons for finishing. See or call 703-927-4833.
    December 9, 2007

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  • At Potomac Valley Track Club's Young Flyers Indoor Track Meet, young athletes from all over the region competed at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Community Center.

    In the 55-meter dash, Shakeem Copeland, 13, of Fort Belvoir, ran 6.5 seconds, the fastest of the day, and his 27.7 won the 200-meter race. Viktor Green, 10, was Arlington's fastest finisher in both events, with 9.7 seconds for the 55m and 40.0 for the 200m. Green's 8'05" long jump placed him fourth in that event, behind Markel Harrison, 8, of Vienna and Dwight Lomax Jr., 11, of Woodbridge, who tied with 9'06".

    Sebastian Bouroncle, 11, of Washington won the mile in 6:31.0, with Arlington's Tyler Spicer, 9, fourth in 7:06.9. Spicer won the 800-meter race walk 6:29.7, outraced Linnea Bouroncle, 8, of Washington, second in 6:30.8.

    Roy Rinberg, 11, of Arlington ran 1:30.9 to win his heat of the 40-meter dash. The fastest in that event was 1:00.3, by Genamarie McCant, 13, of Fairfax Station.

    Katie Franke, 10, of Falls Church won the discus throw in 32'06", with Sarah Keyser, 10, of Arlington second with 23'00".

    The young athletes trained for the past 10 weeks for this track meet to get ready for PVTC's all-comers indoor meets at TJ on Sundays, January 6, January 20, and February 3. See or call 703-927-4833.

  • Thousands of runners wore bells on their shoes at Acumen Solutions Jingle All The Way 10K, and Michael Wardian, 33, was ahead of all but one, finishing second in 31:43, behind Kenyan runner Solomon Semunguse, 20, who won in 31:30. David Kent, 35, ran 35:46 for 12th place; and Brian Geary, 39, rolled to 23rd in 37:27.

    Arlington's Vanessa Hunter, 32, won the women's race by more than a minute, running 35:26. Lindsay Goulet Wilkins, 29, stepped fourth in 37:12, and Samantha Kirby, 39, rounded out the top 10 in 39:37.

  • Michael Collins, 25, orbited the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run 5K Run/Walk in Baltimore, finishing 12th in 19:56. Erin McLaughlin, 25, ran 24:22 for 60th place overall.

  • Mark Hand, 41, shook it up at Reston Runners Fall into Winter 10K, 12th in 37:21. Sushila Nanda, 46, ran 44:17 for 34th overall.

  • Ben Danforth, 28, made a good case at DC Road Runners Club's Break Run 10K at Glen Echo, Md., second in 37:52. Jason Jennings, 24, finished fourth in 38:16; and Charlie Mercer, 37, was seventh in 39:18. Toni Marie Diegoli, 29, took second place among women in 45:16. Wet footing on the Macarthur Boulevard path and C&O Canal made the race harder than usual, but fresh-baked bread at the post-race awards made it all worthwhile.

  • Arlington attorney Ben Danforth, 28, represented himself well at D.C. Road Runners Club's Gar Williams Half Marathon at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria, finishing 10th in 1:26:34 and winning the 20-29 age group. Matt Rodjom, 27, took 12th in 1:28:02, and William Ellison, 41, was 22nd in 1:33:21.

    Among women, Elizabeth May, 27, finished fifth in 1:42:54, just an eyelash ahead of Kristin Dahling, 31, sixth in 1:42:57. Jenny Keller, 30, was eighth in 1:44:46.

    December 2, 2007

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  • In the second annual Arlington 5K Turkey Trot conducted by Christ Church of Arlington, Jake Green, 23, of Falls Church was first to finish in 16:18, followed by Jared Lowry, 24, of Arlington, second in 16:32, and Christopher Marker, 18, of Arlington, third in 16:32.

    Washington-Lee High School graduate Sarah Weber, 18, back in town for Thanksgiving, was first woman in 19:04, outkicking Lisa Frischknecht, 22, of Fairfax, second in 19:09. Third place went to Arlington's Alison Stone, 26, in 21:38. The race attracted 954 finishers and benefitted Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless and Doorways for Women and Families.

  • Two hours later and five miles the road, Joe Racine, 29, pushed to eighth place in 28:22 at Alexandria Turkey Trot 5-Mile at Cora Kelly School. David Kent, 35, landed 12th in 28:43, and H.B. Woodlawn / Princeton grad Peter Quinzio, 22, was 16th in 29:04.

    Katherine Newberry, 29, of Williamsburg won the women's race in 27:59, ahead of Arlington's Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier Vanessa Hunter, 32, second in 28:41. Rebecca Nathan, 42, won the masters women's division, 15th in 33:03, with Monica Grillo, 43, second 40+ and 18th woman in 33:38.

  • Scott Munro, 26, and Megan Sowa, 24, made a joint effort to win Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell 5K in Ellicott City, Md.

    Munro finished almost three minutes ahead of second place to win in 16:41, and Sowa was third overall and first woman in 19:24. Just four seconds faster would have placed her second overall.

  • Chris Farley, 31, paced into third place at Metric Marathon in Columbia, Md., running 1:37:28, ahead of his Pacers teammate Erik Kean, 30, fifth in 1:37:37. Joe LaMonte, 27, rounded out the top 15 in 1:44:42.

    Mary Beth Muething, 29, took fourth among women in 1:54:13, and Jennifer Yezek, 31, was 13th in 2:06:43.

  • Tracy Kneisler, 39, ran 35:09 to finish 11th at Montgomery County Road Runners Club's Frozen Slopes Cross Country 6K at Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville.

  • Registration is now open for Arlington's indoor track meet series, conducted by Potomac Valley Track Club and D.C. Road Runners Club at Thomas Jefferson Community Center on Sundays, January 6, January 20, and February 3. Pre-register at or call 703-927-4833.
    November 25, 2007

  • Michael Rooney, 22, has come a long way since his days as a top young runner at Arlington's St. Charles School and Gonzaga College High School in Washington. Now Rooney studies at Colorado School of Mines in Golden. At YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase Turkey Chase 10K -- the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the region -- Rooney finished second in 33:05, just two seconds behind first place. Right behind Brian was his younger brother Brian Rooney, 17, fourth place 33:46.

    Carrie O'Brien, 30, finished 73rd among women in 51:58.

  • Bill Bartko, 27, new to Arlington, ran 15:29 to win Virginia Run Turkey Trot 5K in Centreville, ahead of Olympic Trials qualifier Eric Post, 28, of Centreville, second in 15:39. Kerry Mauger, 26, took 44th among women in 23:09.

  • Richard Rose, 20, bloomed at Lake Ridge Turkey Trot 10K, running 44:43 for 17th place.

  • Nathan McBee, 29, buzzed to 50th place finish in 21:50 at Turkey Day 5K Run in Westernport, Maryland.

  • Temesgen Habtemakiam, 36, was Arlington's first finisher at Montgomery County Road Runners' Turkey Burnoff 10 Miler at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, 39th in 1:13:32.

    Among women, Elizabeth Klee, 35, ran 1:36:40 for 56th place.

    In the accompanying five-miler, Robert Platt, 56, was 37th in 39:32, and Erin Steinhagen 26, finished 74th among women in 50:39

  • John Chestnut, 35, roasted the North Central Trail Marathon in Sparks, Md., in 3:49:17, good for 159th place.
    November 18, 2007

  • Michael Wardian, 33, ran 5:50:34 over the hills of the Appalachian Trail to win the 45th Annual John F. Kennedy 50 Mile Race in Boonesboro, Md., America's largest ultra-marathon. His time was the second fastest time in the 45-year history of the event. His win came three weeks after he led the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials for the first 10 kilometers, and one week after he won North Carolina's OBX Marathon in 2:24:16.

    The course record is held by Eric Clifton who ran 5:46:22 in 1994. The previous second-best time was Howard Nippert's 5:51:28 in 2005.

    Bryon ("Goat") Powell, 29, a perennial at the race, finished 25th in 7:13:45; and William Weidman, 24, was 66th in 7:51:57.

    Lana Leung, 38, ran 10:39:32 for 573rd place; Tammy Huck, 43, was 636th in 10:47:52; and Sarah-Amanda Lewis, 33, finished 656th in 10:52:25.

    Lucia Davidson won the 60-69 age group in 12:22:56. Anstr Davidson's 12:23:01 was his 25th finish in a row. Ed Demoney, 73, finished in 13:16:40.

    Hagerstown Herald-Mail story with photo of Wardian

  • At Philadelphia Marathon, Phil Reutlinger, 28, declared independence as one of Arlington's top runners, finishing 20th in 2:36:37. Thomas Cotton, 30, sewed up 87th place in 2:51:37.

    Lindsay Goulet, 29, ran 2:51:16 for 15th place among women -- just four minutes away from qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Kaitlin Sheedy, 24, was 34th in 3:00:11.

  • David Sandson, 41, ran a smooth 19:31 for 27th at King of the Road 5K in Rockville.

  • Ray Springsteen, 37, was the boss at Potomac Valley Track Club's Cranberry Crawl 10K, fourth place in 38:55. Vincent McDonald, 48, finished seventh in 42:35; and James Knaack, 36, notched ninth place in 43:07.

    Sandra Jean Kudrecki, was fourth among women in 51:51.

    Andrew Ciarfalia, 25, ran 21:33 to take the fifth in the accompanying 5K. Alissa Bibb, 25, was fourth woman in 22:06.

  • Bert Rodriguez, 28, covered the turf in 15:12 to win Herndon Turkey Trot 5K and take home a Thanksgiving turkey. Caroline Fitzgerald, 11, won a pumpkin pie for her third-place age-group finish, 76th among women in 21:39.

  • Kevin Coleman, 42, ran 17:39 at Vienna Turkey Trot 5K, good for sixth place overall and second in his age group. Mark Hand, 40, pumped out an 18:16, taking third in that age group, ninth overall.

    Sarah Trotter, 24, covered the course in 20:56, second among women. Sushila Nanda, 46, was third in 21:27.

  • Sushila Nanda, 46, ran 21:54 for fourth place woman at Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K in Leesburg, ahead of Bruce Antley, 39, 22:30, 45th male.

  • Washington-Lee High School cross country coach Laura Jenkins practiced what she teaches, finishing 229th at New York City Marathon in 3:17:06.

  • Christ Church of Arlington at 3020 North Pershing Drive hosts the second annual 2007 Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk at 8 am on Thanksgiving Day, this Thursday, November 22, around Lyon Park and Ashton Heights neighborhoods. "The mission of the Arlington Turkey Trot is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy a fun, healthy Thanksgiving activity together, and to raise support for two local charities, Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (AACH) and Doorways for Women & Families," said race director Steve Clarke. See or call 703-527-0420.
    November 11, 2007

  • Bert Rodriguez, 28, scored another top finish at Veterans Day 10K in Washington with seventh place in 31:41 among a top international field. Behind him, Jason Dwyer, 28, ran 32:13 for 12th place, and David Kent, 35, flew to 29th in 35:45.

    Among women, Britton Stackhouse, 28, also placed in the top ten, taking ninth place in 38:29. Rebecca Nathan, 42, earned third in her age group, 16th overall in 39:55; and Jacquelyn Beckley, 24, was 30th in 43:23.

  • Julie Culley, 26, ran the Ntelos Richmond 8K in 26:53, 23rd finisher and second among women among almost 5,000 finishers. Christopher Loza, 35, was Arlington's top male, 199th overall and 103rd among men in 32:30.

    At Richmond Marathon, Keith Giles, 31, was 169th male in 3:10:02; and Wendy Moltrup, 33, starred 48th among women in 3:23:45.

  • At Run Through The Grapevine 8K in Mount Airy, Md., Megan Sowa, 24, sewed up fourth place in 35:54.

    November 4, 2007

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    Wardian in the lead

  • When Michael Wardian, 33, stepped to the starting line at the Olympic Trials Marathon in New York City on November 3, he had one goal in mind -- to make the team and represent the U.S.A. at the Beijing Games in 2008.

    Profiled by New York Road Runners in a pre-race article titled "Can an underdog make the Olympic team?", Wardian knew that others in the field had personal best times 10 minutes or more faster than his 2:21:37 qualifying time. So he chose to take his best shot and lead the race from the start as long as he could. He went through the uphill first mile in 5:21 -- notably slow for a world-class field -- but sped up considerably in the downhill second mile to 9:36, well ahead of the pack behind him in 10:10. His 16:20 at 5K put him 24 seconds ahead of the pack, and he still held the lead at 10K with a 32:22. By then 24 runners clustered behind him just 3 seconds. The first of his pursuers caught Wardian at 35 minutes, and he hung on courageously to finish 92nd in 2:30:54.

    Other area finishers included Christopher Raabe, 28, Washington, 16th in 2:17:01; Jacob Frey, 26, Oakton, 22nd in 2:18:19; Eric Post, 28, Centreville, 38th in 2:19:25; and Christopher Banks, 29, Washington / Albuquerque, 89th in 2:30:22.

  • Bert Rodriquez, 28, ran three minutes ahead of his closest competitor to win Arlington YMCA Trick or Trot 5K in 15:56. Joshua Posilkin, 23, of Washington, was second in 18:47; and Eric Karlins, 30, of Arlington, took third in 19:00.

    Adugna Desalegn, 15, of Alexandria, ran 20:03, outkicking Arlington's Jacquelyn Beckley, 24, by one second to win the women's race. Meghann Proir, 26, of Arlington, was third in 21:19.

  • Bridget Bowers, 37, ran 19:20 to take a bow in second place at the 32nd annual Rockville 5K. Jen Norris, 36, took fourth in 21:43. Among men, Jeffrey Gasta, 44, was 115th in 28:29.

    In the accompanying Rockville 10K, Mark Hand, 40, grabbed 11th place in 39:20. Kimberly Kroszner, 25, was 31st among women in 52:05.

  • Steve Andrews, 37, placed fifth in his age group, 33rd overall, in 1:14:25 at Yorktown Battlefield 10 Miler.

  • Marc Rehmann, 23, radiated in fourth place in 20:02 at American Classic 5K in Washington. Carissa Mirasol, 25, finished 17th among women in 27:16.
    October 28, 2007

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    Tamrat Ayalew

  • Tamrat Ayalew, 33, a native of Ethiopia but now a resident of Atlanta, Ga., won the 32nd Marine Corps Marathon in 2:24:20, exactly two minutes ahead of last year's winner, Ruben Garcia, 36, of Mexico.

    Ayalew is in the U.S. at the invitation of Arlington Cooperation Foundation. "We are brothers -- we are family," said Ayalew after the race.

    First from Arlington was Shamus Brady, 61st in 2:46:00. John Kelly, 24, took 78th place in 2:49:10; and Pacers owner Chris Farley, 31, ran 2:50:24 for 85th.

    Kristen Henehan, 28, of Silver Spring won the women's division in 2:51:14, just ahead of Alexandria's Lisa Thomas, 31, second in 2:51:40.

    Last year's fourth-place finisher, Samantha Kirby, 39, was Arlington's first lady, 15th in 3:06:55. Jenae Avallone, 29, nailed down 60th place in 3:16:47; and Katie Githens, 24, got 87th in 3:22:15.

    Marathon man Dane Rauschenberg, 31, ran his personal best marathon, 115th in 2:55:34, after running 52 marathons in 52 weeks last year.

    Washington DC mayor Adrian Fenty, 36, finished his second marathon of the year, covering the course in 4:10:53.

    The marathon drew 20,667 from all over the world to Arlington, making it the fourth largest marathon in the U.S. and the seventh largest in the world.

    In the accompanying 10K, Sean Barrett, 22, of Quantico, won in 33:06, three scant seconds ahead of Bradley Smith, 41, of Warrenton, second in 33:09. Erik Kean, 30, was sharp in third place, running 35:03. Alisa Harvey, 41, of Manassas, repeated as women's winner in 37:12. Kelly Devine, 23, led Arlington's women, fifth in 40:08.

  • As printed

  • At the Goblin Gallop 5K in Fairfax, Jason Dwyer, 28, came in just 17 seconds behind the winner, 15:47 for third place. Scott Munro, 26, finished fifth in 17:04; and Kyle Berseth, 25, took eighth place in 17:54.

    Megan Sowa, 24, matched Dwyer's third place, finishing in 19:30. Sushila Nanda, 46, continued her comeback, running 21:34 for 12th place; and Kara McInroy, 17, was 23rd in 23:15.

  • Maureen Delaney, 28, finished 93rd and second in her age group in 29:21 at Jimmy K 5K Run in Baltimore.

  • Thomas Gouard, 25, ran 32:43 for 21st place at Star Kid 8K in Fairfax. Savannah Jenkins, 22, was 33rd among women in 41:25.

  • Mike Flanagan, 26, pitched a 1:18:12 for 11th place at EX2 Backyard Burn Trail 10-Miler in Triangle, Va.

  • James Scarborough, 49, scored fifth place in 23:05 at Potomac 5K.

  • Kristin Schulz, 23, scored fifth place in 22:15 at Becca's Run 5K in Silver Spring.

  • Bert Rodriguez, 28, won Run With the Eagles 5K at Edison High School in 15:42.

  • Connie Philpot, 52, won her age group at Blue Ridge Hospice 5K, 57th overall in 25:26.

  • Nick Pietrowicz, 32, traveled to the Staunton 10 Miler to take 11th place in 1:09:52.

    October 14, 2007

  • Bert Rodriguez, 28, followed up his solid 53:57 18th place at last week's Army Ten Miler with a 20:12 to win MCRRC Little Bennett's Revenge Cross Country 6K (3.72 miles) at Agricultural History Farm in Derwood.

    Behind him was Ethiopian star Zereu Kelele, 26, second in 20:25. "I didn't realize it was a cross country race," said Kelele. "I wore my road shoes, and he outran me in the last mile." Erik Kean, 30, finished fifth in 21:51.

    Among women, Audrey Ting, 30, was second in 25:38, behind international star Alisa Harvey, 42, who won in 23:07.

  • Not far down I-270, Michael Wardian, 33, continued his run-up to the Olympic Marathon Trials on November 3 with 15:37 win at Page's Run 5K in Potomac. Jason Dwyer, 28, scored third place in 16:03. Mary Pickering, 39, was Arlington's first female, 47th in 27:19.

  • Molly Jacobs, 26, surprised everyone at the Boo! Run for Life 10K in Washington, winning the women's race in 40:46.

    Kirstin Michel, 25, was 15th in 47:19; and Raffaella Valentino, 30 sent a 48:52 for 23rd place.

    Kevin Coleman, 42, scared up second place among men in 35:40. Scott Branham, 24, finished 13th in 40:13, just ahead of Thomas Gouard, 25, 14th in 40:26.

  • At the 9th Annual 5K Run for Kathy at Allen Pond Park in Bowie, Chris Prentice, 36, ran 23:22 for 41st place.

  • Matthew Haslinger, 27, tossed 20:42 for 23rd place at Stone Ridge 5K Run for Education. Rhonda Ford, 40, ran exactly 30:00 for 93rd among women.

  • Jen Norris, 36, ran 23:18 for second place at Elite Fitness Concepts' 5K.

  • Despite a wrong turn that cost him a half-minute, Arlington mega-marathoner Dane Raushenberg, 31, has a new personal best time of 2:58:33, set at Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, good for 36th place. Ahead of him, Keith Cassidy, 26, ran 2:47:13 for 21st, and behind him, Kendra Liebert, 30, ran 3:17:13 for 139th overall and second in her age group.

  • Britton Stackhouse, 28, chased two of her training partners to third place, sixth overall, in 18:29 at Race for Cooperative Development 5K in Washington DC. Audrey Ting, 30, was 13th in 19:00, and Tom O'Reilly, 30, ran 20:12 for 18th.

  • Ben Danforth, 28, ran 18:29 to win the Walter Tejada 5K for Health in Bluemont Park. Andy Leighton, 60, took second in 24:49, and County Board member Tejada, 50, finished third in 24:58.

    Sarah Bessin, 38, led the women in 25:44, followed by Dana Raphael, 12, second in 27:06; and Joanne Gabor, 34, fourth in 27:22.

  • Mark Wills, 32, was Arlington's top finisher at the 27th annual Terrapin Trot 5K in College Park, 112nd in 27:10.

  • Julie Culley, 26, scored a big win at the Baltimore Running Festival 5K, first among women in 16:59. Robert McCrone, 29, took 80th among men in 21:35.

    In the Baltimore Half-Marathon, Roberto Rodriguez, 51, was 79th in 1:31:31, and Kate Skidmore, 28, was 39th woman in 1:36:53.

    Luke Ryan, 30, covered the challenging Baltimore Marathon course in 3:08:06, 74th among men. Lauren English, 24, hit her Boston-qualifying pace exactly in 3:40:00, 63rd among women.

  • Get ready to welcome 23,000 runners to Arlington on Sunday, October 28, for the 31st Marine Corps Marathon and its accompanying 10K. The marathon starts at 8:15 am on US 110 near the Pentagon, streams by the Iwo Jima Marine Memorial, through Rosslyn, up Lee Highway, and back on the George Washington Parkway to Key Bridge. After 20 miles in Washington DC, runners return to Arlington via the 14th Street Bridge to a street festival in Crystal City before turning back up Route 27 past the Pentagon to finish up the Iwo Jima hill.

    October 7, 2007
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  • A field of 7,488 women and 10,145 men completed the 2007 Army Ten Miler, the 23rd annual event and the nation's largest 10-mile race.

    The race started and finished in Arlington, Firaya Sultanova-Zhdanova, 46, of Atlanta, Ga., became the race's oldest-ever women's winner, coming home in 58:31. "I have the greatest respect for soldiers who protect their country," said Zhdanova after the race. "I was inspired to see so many people running this race after losing a limb in the war. I am grateful to my sponsor, Foot Solutions, for inviting me here and keeping me healthy." Born in Russia, Zhdanova has long dominated masters running in the U.S.A.

    Arlington's first female finisher, Samantha Kirby, 39, ran 1:06:43 for 28th place. Kaitlin Sheedy, 24, was 32nd in 1:09:00; and Jenae Avallone, 29, finished 53rd in 1:10:11.

    Of the top 10 men, five were Brazilian, three Ethiopian, and two Kenyan. Jose Ferreira, 31, of Rio De Janiero, led the pack in 49:21.

    Bert Rodriguez, 28, ran 53:57 as Arlington's pace-setter, finishing 18th. Mark Williams, 26, ran 58:17 for 62nd place; and Glenn Voelz, 37, broke one hour, clocking 59:49 for 85th place.

    Washington DC mayor Adrian Fenty, 36, crossed the river to finish 467th in 1:08:53.

  • Pete Bernardy, 27, ran 20:09 for eighth place at Whitman-Walker Clinic AIDS 5K at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC. Robyn Hoeschen, 26, was third among women in 20:54.

  • Joe Lamonte, 27, braved the record heat of the LaSalle Chicago Marathon to run 3:00:27, and John Mallory, 26, finished in 3:13:37. Among women, Toni Marie Diegoli, 29, ran 3:47:38, and Hillary Schaeffler, 39, ran 3:48:31. Because of the heat, race officials closed the marathon course at the halfway mark three hours into the race and allowed only runners who had made that mark to complete the course. Of Arlington's 67 starters, 59 finished.

  • Michael Wardian, 33, continued his run-up for the Olympic Marathon Trial on November 3 with a 15:24 win at Zack's Run 5K in College Park. Philip Mahoney, 27, was 54th in 22:43; and Kimberly Rymsha, 24, was Arlington's top women, 127th overall in 27:46.

    September 30, 2007
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  • The running world comes to Arlington this week, as 26,000 runners from everywhere arrive for the 2007 Army Ten Miler, the nation's largest 10-mile race.

    Jared Nyamboki, 30, last year's winner in 48:24, is back to defend his championship. He enjoyed his visit to Virginia so much that he moved here in August and now lives in Fairfax.

    Also returning is Alisa Harvey, 42, of Manassas, who won last year's women's race in 59:00, her fourth Army Ten Miler crown.

    Arlington's top male entry is Bert Rodriguez, 29, a graduate of United States Naval Academy and winner of Arlington's 2007 Custis 12K in 38:11. He will wear bib #35. Among women, Rebecca Nathan, 42, wearing bib #26, wins her age group at many local races and was first female in 19:27 at Arlington YMCA 2005 Trick or Trot 5K.

    Best viewing on this side of the river is the 8:00 a.m. start on Route 27 facing the Pentagon northbound to Arlington Memorial Bridge and the finish off the 14th Street Bridge into the Pentagon South Parking Lot.

    Before the start, parachutists from the US Golden Knights and Canadian Skyhawks will jump from planes onto the Pentagon parking lot at 7:10 a.m. A health fair and youth activity zone will be open to the public all morning from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

  • As part of Homecoming Weekend, Marymount University revived its Marymount Challenge 5K and attracted 199 finishers. Gregory Holden, 28, of Washington DC won in 16:47, and Arlington's Benard Korinko, 20, was second in 17:27. Maggie Gentry, 16, of Nokesville was first female in 18:20, with Arlington's Jeannie Choi, 20, second in 20:43. "This race raises funds for our cross-country team," said women's head coach and race director Caroline Tynan. "It's the first event of Marymount Homecoming Weekend, where old friends come to meet each other. We hope to get more neighbors to join us over the years, both alumni and members of the Arlington community."

    Finisher #199 in 58:51 was University president James Bundschuh. "Once again, this was fun to be out with all the people," said Dr. Bundschuh.

  • Eric Kean, 30, ran 33:54 to win Rediscovery 10K at West Potomac Park in Washington DC. His Pacers training buddy, Christopher Farley, 31, took fifth in 35:35. Second among women in 42:16 was Sushila Nanda, 46. The race benefitted Arlington-based National Rehabilitation & Rediscovery Foundation.

  • The Muething sisters, new to Arlington, dominated D.C. Road Runners Club's National Capital 20-Miler in Alexandria. Katie Muething, 21, won the women's gold medal, first place in 2:21:22. Mary Beth Muething, 29, took the bronze, third in 2:24:49.

  • A generation ago, Chan Robbins took up running to boost his tennis game. Robbins, now 70, still competes in masters tournaments and nets road race wins with equal success. His 22:17 earned him ninth place among men at Women of Freedom Foundation Run for Freedom 5K in East Potomac Park in Washington, ahead of Robert Wolcott, 26, 11th in 23:14, and 120 others.

    Three Arlington women ran together -- Amy Haak, 26, third in 24:58; Megan Fedorenchik, 27, fourth in 24:59; and Elise Haupt, 26, fifth in 25:00.

  • Robert Denmark, 41, was Arlington's top finisher at ROCKS 5-Miler, fourth in 31:15. Better Sports Club secretary Rich Arnold, 34, ran 31:36 for fifth place.

  • Arlington mega-marathoner Dane Raushenberg, 31, is guest speaker at the Club's meeting on October 10 at 7:30 pm, open to the public, at Knights of Columbus, 5115 Little Falls Road. Call Jim Smith (202-973-4288) or for reservations.

  • David Hollander, 32, ran 38:59 for 52nd place at Somerset Back to School 8K in Chevy Chase. Lindsay Leone, 28, roared to 34th among women in 41:22.

  • Daniel Ackerman, 29, ran 17:18 to win Hebrew Home of Greater Washington Home Run 5K in Rockville. Ali Hochreiter, 27, finished 34th in 27:42. Adam Lesser, 27, was 26th in 43:49 at the accompanying 10K, and Elizabeth Klee, 35, was 86th in 54:30.

  • The indefatigable Michael Wardian, 33, won the Kensington (Md.) 8K in 25:47. His race at the Olympic Trials Marathon in New York City is just four weeks from now. David Kent, 35, ran 28:10 for seventh place. Jill Johnson, 41, was 149th in 41:16.

  • Adam Wytko, 26, fully recovered from his recent illness, ran 17:25 at Northern Virginia Running Club's last 5K of the season at Bluemont Park in Arlington, outkicked prolific racer Ted Poulos, 45, of McLean, second in 17:45. Charlie Mercer, 37, was third in 18:48.

    Marymount professor Monica Robbers, 36, won the women's race in 21:25, just ahead of Karen Young, 39, Boyds, Md., second in 21:31. Jinny Lay, 40, of Falls Church was third in 22:37.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club hosts its annual Young Flyers Training Program for athletes in 1st through 8th grade, Sunday afternoons 3-5 pm starting October 7 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. See or call 703-218-2726.
    September 23, 2007
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  • Each week, two Arlington runners move one step closer to the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

    Vanessa Hunter, 32, finished second in 1:18:31 among an international field at Parks Half Marathon in Montgomery County. Earlier this year, she qualified for the U.S. Trials, to be held Sunday, April 20, 2008, in Boston.

    Michael Wardian, 33, who runs the Trials in New York City on Saturday, November 3, ran 1:08:08 for fourth place.

    Behind Wardian were Chris Farley, 31, 14th in 1:14:47, and Marc Edmonds, 34, 37th in 1:23:43.

    Among women, in eighth place was Lindsay Wilkins, 29, running 1:24:32, and ninth was Cheryl Carr, 24, in 1:26:05.

  • Just one day earlier, Wardian finished second in 15:27 at New Orleans Rebirth 5K in Alexandria. Right behind him were Bert Rodriguez, 29, third in 15:59; and Mark Williams, 26, fourth in 16:49.

    Kelly Devine, 23, finished third among women in 18:57; and Kaitlin Sheedy, 24, shot to fifth in 19:40.

  • Tom Heinemann, 38, ran 38:15 for sixth place at Bluemont Fair 10K in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Commemorating September 11, St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore hosted Run To Remember 5K. Scott Munro, 25, ran 17:24 for seventh place.

  • Pennsylvania native Dane Rauschenberg, 31, returned to his home state to run Erie Marathon in 3:05:41, good for 18th place. After running 52 marathons on 52 weekends last year, Rauschenberg now excels at all distances.

  • At Philadelphia Distance Run Half Marathon, Joe Lamonte, 27, ran 1:13:38 for 83rd place among men; and Laura Jenkins, 28, took 73rd among women in 1:29:20.

  • At Paul VI Runfest in Fairfax -- said to be the fastest 5K in Northern Virginia -- 13-year-old Emily Blagg finished 12th among females in 20:53. Courtney Kenney, 24, was 13th in 21:09, and Sushila Nanda, 46, took 14th in 21:15.

    Among men, Philip Pommerening, 42, was 36th in 21:20; and John Arbab, 47, was 40th in 21:37.

  • Tim Arnade, 50, won the bronze at Falls Church Education Foundation Run for the Schools 5K, finishing 3rd in 20:22. Laura Toth, 37, took fifth among women in 24:32.

  • Keri Wondergem, 24, won her age group in 27:52 at J'Brians Taproom Challenge 5K in Falmouth, Va.

  • Chris Jones, 24, ran 29:21 for 90th place at Habifest 5K in Columbia, Md. Lisa Durkin, 23, was 101st woman in 35:49.

  • Bert Klein, 46, isn't just tall -- he's also fast, finishing 10th at Navy 5 Miler in Washington in 31:44. Chris Lin, 25, was 14th in 32:25, and Kamron Fazel, 22, came in 17th in 32:49.

    Among women, Kimberly Person, 42, took fourth in 35:38. Amy Kramer, 32, ran 38:04 for 12th, and Ligia Rodriguez-Rosado, 32, was 24th in 39:41.

  • Julia Taylor, 36, finished fourth among women in 23:46 at Warhawk 5K at Madison High School in Vienna, just ahead of Karen Tosti, 25, fifth in 23:53 and first among Madison faculty women.

  • Arlington's Megan Sowa, 24, won the women's race at Navy Federal Credit Union 5K in Vienna, running 19:22. Sushila Nanda, 46, nailed fifth place in 21:33, and Cynthia Eulate-Norris, 36, was 20th in 25:20.

    Four Arlington men finished in the top 10. Kevin Coleman, 42, led the pack, fourth in 18:33. Mark Hand, 40, was fifth in 18:55, followed by Scott Munro, 25, sixth in 19:21, and John Bacon, 50, seventh in 19:25.

  • Sean Duffey, 27, was seventh among men in 17:30 at Thomas G. Labrecque Classic Run as One 5K in Washington. Anthony DeAngelo, 23, finished 22nd in 19:55, and Will Beam, 41, shone in 26th place at 20:05.

    Winning her age group and 10th among women in 19:09, was Rebecca Nathan, 42. Katelyn Radack, 21, racked up 16th place in 21:44; and Megan Carroll, 23, was 18th in 22:07.

    September 9, 2007
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  • More than 2,500 runners finished the 6th annual Arlington Police, Fire and Sheriff 9-11 Memorial 5K Run, the county's third largest footrace.

    Jorge Medina, 22, of Falls Church took the lead after the first mile around Crystal City and pushed his advantage on the loop around the Pentagon, winning in 15:14. Eight seconds back in 15:22 was Arlington's Michael Wardian, 32. Allen Carr, 24 of Herndon drove to third place in 15:29.

    Right behind them were a trio of Arlington runners -- Bert Rodriguez, 28, fourth in 16:26; Erik Kean, 30, fifth in 16:34; and Jared Lowry, 24, sixth in 16:52.

    School Board member Ed Fendley, 42, finished 52nd in 19:44. Race co-director Detective Dan Borrelli, 48, ran 21:51 for 122nd place. County Board member Walter Tejada, 50, was 311th in 23:49.

    Among women, Lauren Manero, 26, of Ft. Belvoir, was the gold medalist, 15th overall in 17:49, winning women's law enforcement division.

    Arlington's Tonya Dodge, 32, took second in 18:14; and Martha Merz, 44. of Annandale was third in 19:00.

    Gabby Grebski, 36, grabbed eighth among women in 20:18; Mary Christopher, 23, ran 20:30 for 10th place, just ahead of Megan Kehoe, 34, 11th in 20:50.

  • John P. Bacon, 50, was Arlington's front-page finisher at National Press Club 5K in Washington, 16th overall and first in his age-group in 18:50. Tim Arnade, 50, took second in that age group, 27th overall in 19:36 . Jenny Goransson, 24, was right behind him, 28th overall and sixth among women in 19:49.

  • Jason Steltenpohl, 34, ran Erie (PA) Marathon in 4:19:24, good for 262nd place among men.

  • Samantha Kirby, 38, won the women's division at Poolesville Day 5K, running 18:58, eighth overall.

    Jim Markovich, 31, ran 20:44 for 23rd place.

  • Challen Edwards, 41, was 12th overall and second in her age group in 1:57:29 at Virginia Happy Trails Running Club's Women’s Half Marathon Trail Run at Fountainhead Regional Park.

  • Tamara Collum, 39, ran 1:06:11, 226th place, at Hampton Bay Days 10K. Jessica Weiss, 24, finished 259th in 1:15:35.

  • Alex Filides, 32, took fifth place at Dewey Beach Lions Club 5K in 17:54.

  • On Labor Day weekend, Michael Wardian was hard at work. On Saturday, he ran 15:32 for fifth place at Kentlands - Lakelands 5K in Gaithersburg. On Sunday, he won Charm City Run 20 Miler on North Central Trail in Freeland, Md., leading by almost eight minutes in 1:49:10. On Monday, he ran 1:13:45 for third place at Arlington Cooperation Foundation's Abebe Bikila Day International Peace Half Marathon at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria.

    Will Ellison, 41, ran 18:41 for 28th place at the Kentlands 5K, and Chan Robbins, 70, was an age-group champion in 22:15, 128th overall.

    Kristin Dahling, 31, was Arlington's top female finished at the Charm City 20 miler, 68th overall in 2:36:30.

    Megamarathoner Dane Rauschenberg, 31, ran 1:28:26 at the Bikila Half Marathon, 10th among men and first in his age group. Grace Chan, 38, was eighth among women and won her age group in 1:43:01.

  • Melanie Ziarko, 28, zoomed to sixth place among women in 1:13:59 at DCRRC's Larry Noël 15K in Greenbelt.

  • Ellen Voss, 60, ran 45:31 at Charlottesville 4 Miler.

  • Jared Lowry, 24, placed 46th in 1:14:13 in an international field at Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach. David Wertz, 31, was 114th in 1:23:02. Among women, Jess Short, 26, ran 1:32:07 for 32nd place

  • Adam Alderton, 33, scored 3014 points to win the pentathlon at Potomac Valley Games at Langley High School in McLean. His marks were 23.38 for 200 meters, 4:53.79 for 1500 meters, 6.29m (20' 7.75") for long jump, 28.05m (92') for discus, and 50.25m (164'10") for javelin.

  • Potomac Valley Track Club hosts its annual Young Flyers Training Program for athletes in 1st through 8th grade, Sunday afternoons 3-5 pm starting October 7 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. See or call 703-218-2726.
    August 26, 2007

  • Michael Wardian had a busy weekend as he trains for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in November.

    On Saturday, Wardian, 33, ran 25:22 to win 26th Annual Gary Brown Memorial C&O Canal Five Mile Run in Williamsport, Maryland.

    On Sunday, he ran 53:01 to win WaWa 10 Miler at Hartwood in Fredericksburg, more than a minute ahead of second place.

    Bruno Fernandez, 30, finished 135th at WaWa in 1:25:13; and Phillip Johnson, 42, was 174th in 1:28:50.

    Lyndsey Gunn, 28, won her age group, 107th overall, in 1:21:31. Elizabeth Strickland, 26, struck 257th in 1:42:36; Christine Willett, 46, took 277th in 1:46:00; and Anne-Marie Garcia, 43, ran 1:57:32 for 317th.

  • Joe Lamonte, 27, covered the hills, valleys, and bridges of the 32nd annual Annapolis Ten Miler at a 5:49 pace to finish third overall in 58:12.

    Matthew Rodjom, 27, ran 1:04:08 for 30th place. Keith Giles, 31, took 59th in 1:06:39; Will Ellison, 41, was 72nd in 1:07:00; and Naval Academy graduate and former admiral Paul Ryan, 56, cruised into second place 55-59, 91st overall in 1:08:14.

    Among women, Katie Sheedy, 24, took sixth in 1:08:49, second 20-24, followed by Monica Grillo, 43, eighth in 1:09:05 and winning her age group. Danielle Messinger, 29, stamped 1:12:05 for 21st place, third 25-29.

  • Sushila Nanda, 46, finished seventh in 21:32 at Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Women's Distance Festival 5K in College Park.

  • Sara Knupp, 25, ran Patrick Henry Half Marathon in Ashland, Va., in 2:18:14, 257th among women. Kelly O'Briant, 19, was 456th among men in 2:23:16; and Mark Parrotte, 50, finished 462nd in 2:24:16.

  • Jen Norris, 36, won her age group at Stonewall Jackson 5K in Manassas, running 22:29 for 58th overall. Steven Andrews, 37, was 70th in 22:58.
    August 19, 2007

  • Sub-4-minute miler Scott Anderson, 33, made quick work of the Country Mile, looping twice around the Arlington County Fairgrounds in 5:22, ahead of Craig Chasse, 37, second in 5:32, and Arlington's Charlie Mercer, 37, third in 5:36. Henry Phillips, 15, finished fifth in 6:17.

    Arlington's Rebecca Nathan, 41, won the women's race in 6:19, followed by Grace Chan, 38, also of Arlington, second in 7:00. In the masters' mile, Henry's mom, Kitty Phillips, 42, was first female and second overall in 6:59.

  • Adam Alderton, 33, continued his pursuit on top track and field marks at Potomac Valley Track Club's all-comers meet at Langley High School, notching 22.80 for 200 meters and 17.90 for the 110 meter hurdles, both good for second-place finishes. Bert Rodriguez, 27, dominated both the mile in 4:32.7 and the 3000-meter in 9:30.0. James Barr, 39, won the javelin in 162'02" (49.42m). He also cleared the bar at 5'08" (1.72m) in the high jump and threw 41'02.5" (12.56m) in the shot put, both second place marks.

    PVTC's last meet of the season is the regional championship Potomac Valley Games, Saturday-Sunday, September 1 and 2, at Langley High. See or call 703-481-3530.

  • Scott Branham, 24, placed 97th at Parkersburg (W.Va.) News and Sentinel Half Marathon in 1:31:55.

  • Arlington mega-marathoner Dane Rauschenberg enjoyed the season's first Downhill Mile so much that he announced plans for a second, to be held Tuesday, August 28, at 7 pm, from 26th Street North across from Marymount University, down the Donaldson Run Bike Trail to Zachary Taylor Nature Center on Military Road, a 230-foot net drop. See or call 703-203-7007.

  • Northern Virginia Running Club hosts its monthly low-key 5K on Thursday, August 30, at 6:30 at Bluemont Park. Registration is race-day only 6:00 pm to 6:15 pm.
    August 12, 2007

  • By late summer, after runners have trained through heat and humidity, weather becomes less of a factor and performances improve.

  • Charlie Mercer, 37, broke his own course record, running 3:53 at the Downhill Mile (perhaps a little short), a 230-foot drop down the Donaldson Run Trail finishing at Zachary Taylor Nature Center. Mega-marathoner Dane Rauschenberg, 31, took second in 4:10, and event director James Scarborough, 49, was third in 5:25.

  • At Leesburg 20K, Vanessa Hunter, 32, finished more than two minutes ahead of her closest competition, winning the women's race in 1:15:57. Lindsay Wilkins, 29, took fourth place in 1:20:25; and Samantha Kirby, 38, was fifth, winning her age group in 1:21:39.

    Phil Reutlinger, 28, and Jason Weber, 30, both of Arlington, challenged each other for 12.4 miles, finishing in second and third place overall in 1:08:51 and 1:09:14. William Schaffer, 40, took second in his age group, eighth male, in 1:15:59; and Erik Kean, 30, rounded out the top 10 in 1:17:56.

    In the accompanying 10K, Matthew Salerno, 26, finished 16th in 36:52, followed by Tom Heinemann, 38, 26th in 38:28; and Paul Steenen, 44, 47th in 41:20.

    Sushila Nanda, 46, won a cowbell for finishing third in her age group and 13th among women in 43:40. Kate Abrey, 27, opened up 23rd in 45:56; and Jessica Gunn, 27, targeted 58th in 52:03.

  • David Martz, 36, and Robin Martz, 37, starred at DC Road Runners Club's Landon School Cross-County 3-Mile in Potomac. David took 11th place in 21:36, and Robin was first among women in 22:08.

  • Adam Alderton, 33, ran 11.0 seconds for 100 meters at Potomac Valley Track Club's all-comers meet at Langley High School, just 0.72 seconds off the U.S. Olympic Trials "B" standard, and the second-fastest of the day. His 400m time of 50.0 second was the fastest of the day.

    Arlington athletes brought home a slew of second places. Douglas Carl, 31, took second in the mile in 4:53.1. Emily Blagg, 13, snagged second among women in 5:56.5. Neil Fairclough, 50, Arlington, earned silver in the 400m hurdles in 1:09.2. Jeff Spugnardi, 37, pole-vaulted 10 feet, for second, and Alderton' 6.20m (20'4") long jump was the second-farthest of the meet.

    The last all-comers meet of the season is Saturday, August 18, and the championship meet is Saturday-Sunday, September 1-2, all at Langley High School. See or call 703-481-3530.

  • Arlington Cooperation Foundation's Country Mile is this Sunday, August 19, at 9 am at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Its Abebe Bikila Day International Peace Half Marathon is Monday, September 3, at 9 am at Belle Haven Park & Marina in Alexandria. See or call 703-218-2726.
    August 5, 2007

  • DC Road Runners Club's annual Bluemont Park 5K is one of the club's longest-running races, dating back at least 30 years.

    David Atkiss, 24, of Centreville won this year's edition in a fast 16:28, despite the heat. 1984 Olympic marathoner John Tuttle, 48, of Villa Rica, Ga., vied for second place for most of the race before dropping back to sixth place in 17:16, behind Greg Holden, 27, of Washington, second in 16:50; Stan Walsh, 20, of Burke, third in 16:58; and Arlington's Joe Racine, 29, fourth in 17:09.

    Among women, Mindy Thomas, 23, of Stafford finished first in 18:48, ahead of the defending champion, Arlington's Toni Marie Diegoli, 28, second in 19:39. Abbey Blume, 24, flourished to fifth place in 22:21.

    More than a dozen high school and middle school students ran the race, plus at least one elementary school student -- Jamie Fendley, 8, ran 29:05, with his mother Joyce alongside, as his father, Arlington School Board member Ed Fendley, zipped from point to point by bike to cheer for him.

  • At Riley's Rumble Half Marathon in Poolesville, Md., Toni Marie Diegoli was the women's winner, conquering the hilly course in 1:30:09. Andrew Simpson, 37, was 57th overall in 1:36:50, Arlington's first male finisher.

  • Arlington's two qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon took second at two major races in July. Michael Wardian, 33, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge at the San Francisco Marathon to finish second in 2:28:50. Vanessa Hunter, 31, ran 36:14 for the silver at Arlington Cooperation Foundation's Friends of the W&OD 10K in Vienna.

    Erick A. Jordan, 37, finished 10th among men in 39:16 at Friends of the W&OD 10K, and Niko Tombras, 28, took 22nd in 45:43.

  • At Northern Virginia Running Club's 5K at Bluemont Park in July, Adam Wykto, 26, of Alexandria, dug deep to win by five seconds in 16:59. Charlie Mercer, 37, was Arlington's top finisher, ninth in 18:56. Martha Huizenga, 40, of Washington was top female in 22:37, with Arlington's Colleen Creighton, 34, seventh in 31:33. NOVA hosts another low-key race at Bluemont Park on Thursday, August 30, at 6:30 pm.

  • Arlington's Bert Rodriguez, 27, won DCRRC's annual track championship mile race at Wakefield High School, outkicking Jorge Medina, 22, of Falls Church, second in 4:29.2, and Arlington's Joe LaMonte, 27, third in 4:32.2.

    Kerry Meagher, 23, of Washington, won the women's mile championship in 5:05.8, with Arlington's Mary Christopher, 22, sixth in 5:24.6.

    In the masters' (40+) mile, George Buckheit, 50, of Reston ran 4:54.0 to win. Paul Ryan, 56, was Arlington's top finisher in that race, fifth in 5:22.4.

    In the 3000-meter (1.86-mile) championship race, Medina turned the tables, winning in 8:56.7, ahead of Rodriguez's 8:59.9. Arlington's Tonya Dodge, 32, won the women's 3K championship in 10:22.7.

  • Another long-standing tradition resumes in Arlington after a three-year hiatus. The Country Mile, Sunday, August 19, circles the Arlington County Fairgrounds at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, with a one-mile walk at 9 am, followed by a women's mile, men's mile, masters' mile, children's mile, and 200-meter tot trot. See or call 703-218-2726.

  • The 6th annual Arlington Police/Sheriff & Fire 9-11 Memorial 5K on September 8 at 6:00 pm includes open awards and team prizes for law enforcement, fire fighters, military, running clubs. Proceeds benefit charities who focus on the healing of military personnel and civilians directly affected by the war on terrorism and the attacks against America on September 11, 2001. See or call Captain Matt Smith (703-228-4158) or Detective Dan Borrelli (703-228-4052).
    July 22, 2007

  • Michael Wardian, 33, ran well in two races in one day last weekend.

    Bright and early on Saturday morning, Michael won Rock 'n Run 8K at Fort Hunt Park in 26:32. Arlington's Samantha Kirby, 37, won the women's race in 32:17.

    Then Saturday night, at Rockville Rotary Twilighter 8K, he finished 14th in 25:20 in a stellar international field.

    Behind him there were Joe Lamonte, 27, 42nd in 26:35; and Chris Farley, 31, 52nd in 26:52.

    Toni Diegoli, 28, was Arlington first female finisher, 28th in 31:48. Megan Sowa, 24, took 38th in 32:50; and Jessie Sackett, 28, was 43rd in 33:07.

  • Four Arlington runners earned top 10 positions at DC Road Runners Club's Steve Thompson 8K at Fort Hunt Park. Mike Fox-Boyd, 28, was sixth in 31:30; Adam Stolzberg, 31, seventh in 31:33; Robin Kane, 44, eighth in 31:44, and Toni Marie Diegoli, 28, 10th overall and second among women 32:50.

  • July 15, 2007

  • Arlington runners fared well at Potomac Valley Track Club's all-comers meet at Langley High School.

    Mega-marathoner Dane Rauschenberg, 31, proved his versatility by running a 1:03.3 400-meter, and a 5:10.8 mile, good for seventh place. Douglas Carl, 31, finished second in the mile in 4:51.1. Adam Alderton, 33, ran 100 meters in 11.2 -- fifth place in an excellent time -- then ran the 110 meter hurdles in 20.2.

    Vaclav Malek, 24, long-jumped 1.93 meters (6'4") for second in that event; and James Barr, 39, took fourth with 1.73m (5'8"). Barr also threw the shot put 12.99m (42'7.5") for second place and won the javelin in 49.05m (160'11"), ahead of Alderton's 47.8m (156'10").

    Still to come this season are meets on July 21, August 4, August 18, and the annual championship September 1-2. See for a schedule of events.

  • Emily Blagg, 13, took second place in the Virginia Hershey's Track and Field Championship 13-14 Girls Mile with a time of 5:44.90 on June 23 in Charlottesville.

  • Ted Hobart ran 5:35:12 at Vermont City Marathon, in memory of Lollie Winans and Julie Williams. His next challenge is San Francisco Marathon on July 29, and he plans to organize the Bounder 50K on October 27.

  • Ben Danforth, 27, laid down the law at DC Road Runners Club's Bastille Day 4 Mile at Fletcher's Cove in Washington DC, finishing fourth in 22:08. John McGrail Jr., 17 and college-bound, was 12th in 23:47; and Alex Filides, 32, took 15th in 24:19.

    Toni Marie Diegoli, 28, ran a come-from-behind race, moving from fifth place to first among women in 26:02. Robyn Hoeschen, 26, was sixth in 27:43; and Alissa Bibb, 25, ran 29:07 for ninth place, with her whole family in town from Jericho, Vt.

  • Bobby Grohs, 33, ran, biked, and ran the Blackwater Traverse Duathlon (Run 12K - Cycle 73K - Run 8K) in Cambridge, Md., finishing 22nd in 3:15.44. Michele Buckley, 40, took 28th among women in 4:08.10.

  • Michelle Laino, 39, ran 39:41 for 239th place at HCS Women's Distance Festival 5K in Columbia, Md.

  • Joe Racine, 29, ran the fastest net time at DCRRC's Age-Graded 4 Mile at Carderock, finishing in 22:44 net. Age-grading set him back by 18 minutes and 44 seconds, so he finished eighth. Toni Marie Diegoli's 26:29 net time was the fastest among women, but her 15:47 handicap placed her third among women.

  • First from Arlington on July 4 at Dundalk Heritage Independence 6K was Jennifer Hayashi, 37, 375th overall in 50:59.

  • Meanwhile, at Cure Autism Now 5K in Potomac, Md., Michael Wardian, 33, showed the rocket's red glare, finishing third in 16:01. Vanessa Hunter, 31, won the women's race, eighth overall in 17:21.

  • Samantha Kirby, 38, sparkled at Potomac Valley Track Club's Go Fourth 8K, winning the women's division in 32:53.
    July 8, 2007

  • All over the country, Road Runners Club of American sponsors Women's Distance Festival 5Ks to showcase female runners. Elizabeth Osburn, 24, took second place at Reston's Women's Distance Festival 5K, running 19:58.

    Behind Osburn in 10th place was Sushila Nanda, 46, finishing in 21:27 and winning her age group. Jill Metzger, 29, was 44th in 25:58.

  • Similarly, Northern Virginia Running Club conducts a series of small races all summer on the last Thursday of each month at Bluemont Park. Ted Poulos, 45, of McLean, won the June edition in 17:52. Arlington's megamarathoner Dane Rauschenberg, 31, finished third in 18:45, followed by Charlie Mercer, 37, fifth in 18:58, Bert Klein, 46, seventh in 20:35 and first 40-49; and Chuck Grasmeder, 36, eighth in 21:26. Among the women, Elizabeth Jones, 30, of Midland VA took the gold in 22:03, and Arlington's finishers were Debra Edmond, 57, sixth in 27:51 and first in her age group; and Colleen Creighton, 34, sixth in 31:51.

    The next race in the series in Thursday, July 26, at 6:30 pm at Bluemont Park. See

  • Arlington Cooperation Foundation announced plans for two low-key races in August, the Downhill Mile on Tuesday, August 7, at 6:30 pm, from Marymount University to Military Road, limited to 25 participants; and the County Fair Mile, " Sunday, August 19, at 9:15 am, around the fitness trail and County Fairgrounds at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. See or call 703-218-2726.

  • DC Road Runners Club's one-mile and 3000-meter track championships are on Wednesday, July 25, at Washington-Lee High School, and its Bluemont 5K is Thursday, August 2, at 7 pm at Bluemont Park. See or call 703-241-0395.
    July 1, 2007

  • Joe LaMonte, 26, dominated Potomac Valley Track Club's outdoor all-comers meet at Langley High School on Sunday. Early in the meet, he outran a talented field in the mile, clocking 4:37.4. His win was the fastest mile of the season thus far. Later in the day, in the 3000 meter (1.86 miles), he opened up a ten-second margin to win in 9:31.8. Tonya Dodge, 32, won the women's division of the 3000 in 10:41.5. Her closest competition was rising star Emily Blagg, 13, second in 11:39.2. Potomac Valley Track Club hosts meets every other Saturday in July and August. See for the summer schedule.

  • Richard Balzanio, 42, new to Arlington, rolled 18:34 to finish second overall at Harbor Hustle 5K in Washington. Tom O'Reilly, 30, took fifth in 18:44; and George Neyarapally, 29, was 12th in 20:51. JC Lightcap, 31, was Arlington's top women, fourth in 21:38.

  • Yorktown High School graduate, now Pacers owner Chris Farley, 31, sprinted to sixth place in 22:08 at Twilight Festival 4 Miler in Ashburn. Mark Hand, 40, finished 36th in 25:13; and Richard Harfst, 43, was 53rd in 26:48. Jessica Marquis, 32, was sixth among women in 26:36; Amy Lang, 23, stepped to 39th in 31:10; and Michelle Dandeneau, 42, ran a 32:42 for 53rd place.

  • Matt Rogam, 27, ran 24:09 -- just off 6 minutes a mile -- to finish ninth at DC Road Runner's Club's Hugh Jascourt 4 Mile at Fletcher's Cove in Washington. Adam Stolzberg, 31, was 13th in 25:14; and Paul Ryan, 56, cruised to 16th place in 25:54. Dara Schulman, 31, was Arlington's top women, eighth in 30:31.

  • Megan Goodman, 24, was Arlington's top finisher at the New Balance Jenny Smith Women's Classic 5K in Baltimore, 322nd in 30:47.

  • Arlington Cooperation Foundation announced plans for two small races in August, a downhill mile on Tuesday, August 7, at 7 pm, starting from Marymount University, limited to 25 participants, with a net elevation drop of 238 feet; and the County Fair Mile on Sunday, August 19, at 9:15 am, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. See for information.
  • As printed
    Other articles by (or about) Jay Jacob Wind:
  • "Tips for Hot Weather Running: It's hot out there, but take precautions and run sensibly this summer" -- by Jay Jacob Wind in Washington Running Report
  • "18 Strength Exercises Runners Can Do at Home" -- by Jay Jacob Wind in Washington Running Report
  • "Pacing 101" -- by Jay Jacob Wind in Washington Running Report
  • "The Elements of Running Style" -- by Jay Jacob Wind in Washington Running Report
  • "Training for Your Best Marathon" -- by Jay Jacob Wind for Potomac Valley Track Club Newsletter
  • "Jay Wind and Ted Poulos: These Guys Are Nuts! More Characters of Washington Running" -- by Jim Hage in Washington Running Report
  • "Running Clubs: DC Road Runners Club" -- by James Moreland in Washington Running Report
  • History of Delaware Marathon™
    5K courses near Arlington VA:
  • Key Bridge & Mount Vernon Trail, 1201 Lee Highway, Arlington VA
  • Bluemont Park, 399 North Manchester Street, Arlington VA
  • East Potomac Park Golf Course entrance, 972 Ohio Drive SW, Washington DC
  • Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC
  • Other courses: