Okay, runners – let’s get one thing straight – I don’t understand you. I don’t claim to, and I’m quite confident that I never will. And that’s okay. I try to imitate you with my once a year steadfast determination to “become” a runner. However, after many failed attempts (and lots of expensive running shoes that have seen the light of only a handful of runs), I’m convinced that becoming a runner is almost impossible – or at least very, very hard. Some people were just born to hit the pavement. To feel the dirt rise up as they thump, thump, thump their way along the trail. To enjoy the burn of their lungs when the going gets tough. Some people were meant to Pin motivational quotes and pretend that they might one day stop eating Cheetos and Cinnamon Toast Crunch for dinner. However, for those of you who are runners – or pretenders – this is the season to strut your stuff. There are plenty of races going on in the DC area this summer so if you’re “one of those” then lace up your sneaks and get ready, on your marks…
Here are some of the available races:
Dash-for-DASH 5K (July 29th 2017)
This quick jaunt is put on by DASH, the District Alliance for Safe Housing, celebrating the organization’s 10th anniversary. There’s a 5k version available for short-distance runners as well as a 1K run/walk just for fun if you are looking to go out and support a good cause. The race is taking place on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which is a flat, out-and-back course. DASH identifies as the “largest dedicated safe housing provider for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families in Washington, DC.
Riley’s Rumble Half Marathon & 8K (July 30th 2017)
Although this race is a little ways outside of the District, held in South Germantown, Maryland, it’s a great option for those looking for a hilly, humid, and all-around tough challenge this summer. This is likely not a good race for first-time half-marathoners, but the 8k is perfect for those training for a fall half or looking to dip their toes in the world of gritty running. In preparation for summer heat and a hard trail, there will be water, Gatorade, and ice available for runners every few miles along the trail. Runners at this race must hit an under 15 minute mile pace for the half marathon course.
The Great North American Nautical Beer Mile (August 5th 2017)
Okay, truth be told, if you’re a serious runner this race might be too fun-and-games oriented for you. However, if you’re a serious runner who is trying to find a race that your non-runner friend might possible agree too – this is it. This is also a great option if you’re just looking for some fun. The Beer Mile is just as it sounds – it’s simply a mile-long race, and at every 400-mark, you have you chug 12 ounces of beer. Feeling queasy yet? If you’re not up for four rounds by yourself, they offer a relay style race where you and three friends can each commit to one beer and one 400. While this might seem silly to some, some of the races can get quite competitive. Cheers!
Race to Beat Cancer 5k – Four Seasons Washington DC (September 16th, 2017)
This is the 37th race of this kind that these folks have put on – which means it’s got to be good, and it’s got to be for a great cause. This 5k benefits cancer research at Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington. Last year, the race brought in over $180,000 for its noble cause – and this year it could be even more. There are cash prizes for runners who place in the top slots as well as swag prizes for star fundraisers.
If none of these have your endorphins firing, fear not…this is just the tip of the iceberg. DC has no shortage of races to run this summer. You can find more on sites like Run Washington or Running in the USA. Run, DC, run!