Raj Bhanot

Raj Bhanot

When did you begin running and why?

I began running in high school. I was part of a team sport, but the team rebelled with school management and did not participate in the tournament. So I ended up participating in track & field events that year and won a 3K race.

How did you find out about DCRR and when did you join?

My first race with DCRRC was the Alexandria turkey trot in 2004. I joined the club in 2010 to run all of the free races!

What are you training for right now?

In recent years I have not followed any training plans, I just run races. Short distance races work as training runs for marathons. My next race is the Sugarloaf Marathon in Maine on May 15, 2016.

What is the toughest run or race you've ever participated in?

I have completed 65 marathons/ultras. The longest distance I have done is 76 miles in 20 hours (during the Philly 24). The Skyline challenge 50K was the toughest race due to rough weather and very technical terrain.

What's your favorite part about being a DCRR member?

My favorite part is the camaraderie of fellow runners, volunteering. I also enjoy cheering runners in club races.

What's your favorite route in the area?

I love trying new trails and I really like the W&OD, C&O Canal, Mt Vernon, and FCC trails.

What's the most important lesson running has taught you?

Life can be very long when running ultra races, which has taught me about Taking responsibility and to Live in The Moment!

What race day traditions do you have?

I'm thankful to be at start line and pray.

What's your proudest running moment?

Winning a 10K race in college. I got cheated by a lap in the 5K and placed 2nd. I told my friends to show-up to make sure it was fair competition. The next day I won the 10K beating the 2nd place guy by 2 laps!!

What's your life like outside of running?

My family & non-running friends think running is my life! Being the VP of Races will add more fun to it. I am an IT Consultant, love traveling, outdoors, yoga, and working on house projects.

What is one thing you wouldn't run without?

Running Shorts! There are bunch of clothing-optional races.....

 

Upcoming Events

DCRRC Steve Thompson 8K
Tue, Aug 6th, 2019, @6:45pm
DCRRC Paul Thurston 4.5 Miler
Tue, Aug 20th, 2019, @6:45pm
nZone Back to School 5k
Sat, Aug 24th, 2019, @8:00am
DCRRC Larry Noel 15K Race and 3K Fun Run
Sun, Sep 1st, 2019, @5:00pm
Board Of Directors Meeting
Thu, Sep 12th, 2019, @7:00pm
National Zoo Fast & the Fierce 5K
Sat, Sep 14th, 2019, @8:00am
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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.