1-HR Track Run; 20M/15K Reg. Open; Summer Training

Members & Guests:

We are fast approaching our besiest times of the year: Bunion Derby; Marathon, 10-Mile, and (new) 10-K Training programs for fall races; and preparation for 3 major late summer/fall races. Information on all these items follows -- please read carefully.

1. NEXT CLUB RACE: One-Hour Track Run, Tuesday May 20 AT 7:00 PM: The Club's annual 1-Hour Track Run will take place on Tuesday, May 20, at 7:00 pm at the Draper Track located on the campus of Saints Stephen & Agnes School (Upper School) in Alexandria. From I-395 South, take Exit 4 (Seminary Road) EAST to St. Stephen's Road. Turn right on St. Stephen's Road; School and Track will be on the right side. Special awards for any finishers who complete 10 miles or more. This is a 2008 Club Championship event!

2. 20-Miler Registration Open: Registration is now open for the DCRRC National Capital Area 20-Miler, on Sunday, September 28, 2008. Registration forms will be available at Wednesday night workouts, Club races, and in many area running stores and sports clubs. In addition, there will be on-line regsitration through RacePacket at the link below.

Please note that there is a 4-hour time limit for completion of the race. Also, no headphones are permitted. Also, discounted registration will end on August 31, 2008, and there is a 500-person entry limit for this race. Thanks to race director Chuck Evans, and his "technical directors" Bob & Delabian Thurston for all the work they put into this race.

VOLUNTEERS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED FOR THIS EVENT! If you can volunteer, please contact Delabian Thurston at delabian@aol.com

Also, if your school, church group, community group or other organization has "volunteer requirements" for high school students, this is an excellent opportunity to volunteer, get credit for the students, and get publicity for your organization. Please contact the Club President at president@dcroadrunners.org if you can help in this way.

Registration link: https://www.racepacket.com/secure/regmain.php

3. Larry Noel 15K Registration Open: The 50th Annual Larry Noel 15K will be run in Greenbelt Maryland on Sunday, August 31, 2008, starting at 5:00 pm. Registration is available through the same RacePacket address listed above for the 20-Miler.

There is a 2-hour limit for completion of this race. Also, absolutely no headphones permitted in the race, as in all DCRRC-sponsored events.

4. Marathon Training Program to Start in June: Our popular Marathon Training Program will be starting in early June. There will be a light track workout, followed by an orientation meeting (and a chance to sign up for those who have not done by that date) on Wednesday June 4, 2008, starting at 7:00 pm at the Washington-Lee HS track. (This is in conjunction with the Club's regular Wednesday night workout). the first long run will be Saturday, June 7, starting 7:00 am at the Iwo Jima Memorial.

Please note that SLR starts at 7:00 am during the summer months, and will do so on June 7. SLR meets at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington. On-street parking is available, but participants are encouraged to arrive early to secure a spot.

In addition to the Saturday Long Run, the program includes a regular Wednesday Night Track Workout, conducted at Washington-Lee HS in Arlington. Warm-ups start at 7:00 pm.

Kristin Dahling and Ben Richter will be coordinating the Program. They invite those interested in being trainees or coaches to sign up now. Trainees should, by early June, already have a solid running base (about 25 miles a week) and be able to run 10 miles without difficulty. Coaches should have completed at least one marathon, and plan to regularly attend track and SLR during the program.

If you think you would like to join the Marathon Training Program, but also want the option of a "safety valve" in case you decide mid-way that you want to race a shorter distance, you will be able (and welcome) to transfer into the DCRRC 10-Mile Training Program, starting in July. (See details below).

For further information or applications for the program, please contact Kristin and Ben at:

5. 10-Mile and 10K Training Programs: The annual 10-Mile Training Program will commence on Saturday morning, July 12, 2008, at 8:00 am. The program will meet for the first 3 weeks (July 12, 19, and 26) at the Gotta Run store on So. Joyce Street in Arlington (Pentagon Row shopping center). After that, locations will vary. The "goal race" for this program is the Army 10-Miler.

This year, we will run a 10K training program in conjunction with the 10-Mile program. The "goal race" for this program is the Rediscovery 10K, run in mid-October in West Potomac Park.

Peter Lamberton, the Club's VP for Training Programs, is the director of both programs. He can be contacted at: plamberton@ftc.gov

6. Bunion Derby 2008: This 8-race series, a mainstay on the Club, begins Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at Bluemont Park, with the Women's Distance Festival and "Run After the Women" 5Ks.

This should be a great start to our summer racing season. Due to relocation of our starting line and meeting point to the "south" pavilion (actually "east" on the W&OD and 4-Mile Run Trails from Wilson Boulevard), the newly-measured 5K course should be even faster than the former one.

The remaining races in the series will be:

Saturday June 21: Hugh Jascourt 4-Mile (Fletcher's Cove)
Friday, July 4: Age-Handicapped 4-Miler (Carderock)
Monday, July 14: Bastille Day 4-Miler (Fletcher's Cove)
Wednesday July 23: Belle Haven 8K (Belle Haven Park)
Tuesday August 5: Bluemont 5K (Bluemont Park again)
Sunday August 10: Club Picnic 3M (Bethesda, MD)
Tuesday August 19: P.Thurston 4.5M (Burke Lake, VA)

Details on all of these events are available under the "Race Calendar" page on this website.

Races are open to all. Free to DCRRC members; $5.00 to non-members. NO HEADPHONES at any Bunion Derby event! Registration opens an hour before each event; no pre-registration.

Doe to the nature of these races, most of which are run on trails which we share with the general public, we regret that we cannot offer the option of allowing competitors to race with baby joggers or strollers.

The Bunion Derby is scored for 5-year age groups. A minimum of three and a maximum of five races will be scored for each competitor. Age is fixed as of the date of the first Bunion Derby race on June 10th. In order to qualify for a Bunion Derby award (and as a measure of good Club citizenship!), you must volunteer in one of the following ways:

1. Volunteer (non-competitor) at the Bunion Derby Race. (We expect competitors to lend a hand with such matters as registration, moving equipment, bringing refreshments, etc.)
2. Volunteer (non-competitor) for the 20-miler or Larry Noel 15K.
3. Coach in either the Marathon, 10-Mile, or 10-K training programs.

Thanks for taking the time to catch up with all this information, and we will see you no the road, the track, and at the races!


Upcoming Events

DCRRC Age Handicapped 4-Miler
Wed, Jul 4th, 2018, @8:00am
Board Of Directors Meeting
Thu, Jul 12th, 2018, @7:00am
DCRRC Bastille Day 4-Miler
Sat, Jul 14th, 2018, @7:00pm
DCRRC Bluemont 5K
Wed, Jul 18th, 2018, @7:00pm
DC Road Runners Track Championship
Sat, Jul 21st, 2018, @5:00pm
DCRRC Larry Noel 15K Race and 3K Fun Run
Sun, Sep 2nd, 2018, @5:00pm
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The DC Road Runners Club is a member of the Road Runners Club of America and is also affiliated with USA Track & Field. We provide a year-round schedule of running events that offer everyone a chance to participate regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability.