courtesy of ‘Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie’
This weekend is the Marine Corps Marathon, one of the largest races in the Washington region. Over 30,000 people are signed up for the marathon and 10K, and many streets in Arlington and the District will be closed for the event. Good luck to everyone who is running!
But once the last runner crosses the finish line on Sunday, don’t think that running season is over in the District. We’ve still got several weeks of good road races coming up, including dozens of turkey trots in the area. Here’s the rundown!
‘Marine Corps Marathon madness’
courtesy of ‘BrianMKA’
October is the month for running in the DC area– you can’t beat the weather, and since it is near the end of the running season most runners are already in shape for races. There are all sorts of fantastic races scheduled in October– everything from 2-mile walks to a full marathon. Here are just a few highlights in the running world:
Saturday, October 2 is the 24th Annual AIDS Walk downtown at Freedom Plaza. This 5K features both a fundraising walk and a timed run, and proceeds go to benefit HIV/AIDS programs at the Whitman-Walker Clinic. If you can’t be there to run or walk, you can even be a ‘sleep walker’ and you don’t even need to show up on race day. Registration is $35 for the timed run and $25 for the walk.
The Capital Area Gulf Coast Relief Run, a 5K run/walk in Potomac, MD, will be held on Sunday, October 3. This event will start at Winston Churchill High School, and is sponsored by the school’s Key Club to raise money for communities devastated by the oil spill in the Gulf region earlier this year. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $15 for a Kids Fun Run.
courtesy of ‘theqspeaks’
As America’s fittest city, the District is home to a high concentration of athletes, and it seems like every week brings another road race or triathlon to town. With everything from 5Ks to marathons coming up in the next couple months, fall is a busy time for road races in the DC area.
If you’ve always wanted to start running, now’s the time to start– the weather can’t be beat, and a Couch Potato to 5K training program will have you ready for your first 5K in just 2 months! Don’t believe you can do it? Well, 2 years ago I couldn’t run more than two blocks without stopping, but I followed the training program, got bitten by the running bug, and now I’ve got countless 5Ks and 10Ks under my belt, along with a handful of half-marathons and triathlons.
Ready to race? Here’s what’s going on in the running world over the next month.
Registration is now open for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on June 5th, one of the area’s biggest events that raises millions of dollars for local community groups. Here at We Love DC (a pro-boobs organization), we think the event is so worthwhile that we’ve compiled the top ten reasons you should sign up for it:
10. You don’t even have to show up! You can register to run or walk the 5K, but you can also Sleep In for the Cure. And you still get a t-shirt out of it, while raising money for a worthwhile cause. All you non-runners out there– you can now participate in a charity run that doesn’t involve running!
9. You’ll be running for women everywhere. When you see the “In Memory Of” and “In Celebration Of” tags everywhere on race day, you’ll be reminded that virtually everyone knows someone that’s been affected by breast cancer. You’re running for mothers, sisters, daughters, girlfriends, wives, aunts, friends and co-workers everywhere.
8. You can be a part of DC’s largest athletic event. Last year, 45,000 people participated (by either walking, running, or sleeping in) in the Race for the Cure, and 50,000 are expected this year. And not only is it the biggest race in DC, it’s the largest 5K in the country.
courtesy of ‘philliefan99′
We’re just over a week out from Thanksgiving, so I hope you’re prepared for gluttony and overeating! There are all sorts of calculators out there that show you how many calories are in your Thanksgiving dinner and how much you’d have to exercise to burn them off. But forget about those, because a little light jogging on Thanksgiving morning is sure to burn every one of those calories off (that’s my reasoning, at least). Here are a couple area turkey trots to choose from:
courtesy of ‘ManWomanGradyBaby’
Just a heads up from Metro that the system will open two hours early at 5 AM on Saturday to accommodate the Race for the Cure. There are estimates of 50,000 people participating in this 20th anniversary event, so make sure you leave plenty of time to get there. Also, Metro reminds us that there will be track work on the Red and Orange lines, so add in twenty to thirty minutes of travel time to get to the race. And of course, we can expect many road closures in the area, so don’t even think about driving.
If you want to raise money for a great cause, there is still time to register– and you can even Sleep In for the Cure and avoid Metro altogether! I’ll be running the 5K Saturday– see you there!