About 3,000 runners took part in the 18th Annual Pike’s Peek 10K on Sunday, a race that took on special significance for some almost a week after the Boston Marathon bombings.
The race from the Shady Grove Metro station to White Flint Mall went off without a hitch and with an increased police presence as a precaution.
Participants and spectators braved a chilly morning for the race and food and activities in the White Flint Mall parking lot.
The top male finisher finished in 29 minutes, just off the race record 28 minutes and 11 second-run in 2011. Check the race website for race results.
Organizers of Sunday’s Pike’s Peek 10K say participants and spectators will notice extra police presence at this year’s race, though Montgomery County Police are saying they have no information regarding threats to the event.
The 18th Annual 10K will see about 3,000 runners make their way from the Shady Grove Metro station south along Rockville Pike to the finish line at White Flint Mall. The race typically attracts about 350 volunteers and includes a brunch, activities and a Fun Run for kids in the parking lot in front of the mall.
The beefed up security is a precaution the race and police are taking after Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings:
While we, and the country, keep all those involved in the most horrific tragedy in Boston in our prayers, we work closely with our partners, Montgomery County and the City of Rockville, to conduct a safe and enjoyable event. Safety is first and foremost with any road racing event and you will notice additional police presence in place at all aspects of the event this weekend. We ask for your patience and understanding during this time of heightened security measures.
On Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., avoid northbound Rockville Pike between Rockville and White Flint. Those lanes will be closed. The southbound lanes will be open, but crossing streets on Rockville Pike won’t be accessible. Traffic will be allowed to cross Rockville Pike after the last runners have past.
The Pike’s Peek 10K and Kids Fun Run is this Sunday, meaning part of Rockville Pike from the Shady Grove Metro Station to White Flint will be closed much of Sunday morning as runners make their way south.
The race starts at 7:50 a.m. on Sunday just south of Shady Grove and winds it way down to White Flint Mall, where brunch and festivities are planned. The 1K Run Around for kids and 50-meter Toddler Trot are set for around 9:30 a.m. in the Mall parking lot, which will be tight on parking with runners, food and other festivities planned as part of the 10K.
The Montgomery County Road Runners Club is organizing the event with sponsors Kaiser Permanente.
Organizers are asking runners not to take Metro to the starting location, but instead take Metro’s Red Line back to Shady Grove after the race.
For more information on registering and packet pick-up, visit the race website.
Photo via Pike’s Peek 10K
A Wider Circle’s 4K run/walk and tot trot fundraiser is set for April 27 at Meadowbrook Park (7901 Meadowbrook Lane) in Chevy Chase.
The Race To End Poverty will start at 9 a.m. and the Silver Spring-based charity is hoping to raise $20,000 through the event to help furnish 4,000 homes in 2013.
In 2012, A Wider Circle furnished 3,650 area homes. The organization provides beds, dressers, kitchen tables and other furniture to low-income households and counseling programs for recently-homeless parents and others in need of tips for job interviews.
The 4K race allows participants to enter as an individual or team and pledge money for different programs:
$33.00 ensures that one person can receive all of his or her basic need items, from beds and dressers to dishes, pots, and pans.
$80.00 fuels the change for an entire day. We spend $30,000 a year on fueling our trucks; a gift of $80 takes care of an entire day.
$250.00 provides a series of educational workshops at our new Center for Professional Development.
$500.00 funds a beautification project at a low-income school or neighborhood.
For more information and to register, visit the race site.
Photo by Joe Foley
Last Thursday marked the 30th annual Turkey Chase, the popular 10K race event benefitting the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and charities of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club.
Thousands of runners descended on Bethesda, temporarily closing down two lanes of Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road in pursuit of a lead car carrying the traditional turkey mascot, State Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Dist. 16), County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and his wife.
Ricky Flynn, 25, of Lynchburg, Va., was the top overall finisher with a time of 31 minutes and 13 seconds, earning him a $200 prize. Top female finisher Morgane Gay, 22, of Bethesda also took a $200 prize with a time of 36:14.
Former Walt Whitman High School runner and state cross country champion Caroline Guiot, 18, finished first in the female age 12-19 division with a time of 41:35.
More results can be found here.
The popular Thanksgiving morning Turkey Chase is in its 30th year after more than 9,000 runners participated in Montgomery County’s largest race in 2011.
The signature charity event of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club and the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase, the Turkey Run has raised more than $1.5 million for YMCA and Rotary charities since 1992.
Packet pick-up is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 20 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at City Sports (7121 Arlington Rd.). The race starts at the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase (9401 Old Georgetown Rd.)
The Edgemoor Classic 5K has become one of the area’s most popular race events, with runners winding through the tree-lined neighborhood near downtown Bethesda and raising money for Bethesda Elementary School and the Bethesda Library in the process.
This year’s 15th Annual Edgemoor Classic 5K will mark a milestone moment of sorts. The event has raised thousands of dollars for the library and elementary school, both of which border the neighborhood on Arlington Road.
The race is set for Sunday, Nov. 4 at 8:30 a.m. with a start and finish behind the elementary school. Through Oct. 28, the registration fee is $20 for adults and $10 for those age 18 and under. The adult fee then kicks up to $25 through race day.
The Edgemoor Citizens Association, which puts on the 5K, is celebrating the 15th annual race with a special race t-shirt ($15 for adults, $7.50 for kids) with designs from previous Edgemoor Classics.
The Jayna Murray 5K Run/Walk to honor the memory of slain Lululemon employee Jayna Murray was moved from its original date of Nov. 4 to Nov. 11 so it wouldn’t conflict with the Classic, Bethesda Patch reported last month.
To register, visit the race website.
Parents and others with ties to Kensington Parkwood Elementary School, North Bethesda Middle School and Walter Johnson High School will volunteer to organize the event, which also includes a 2-mile race and 1K run.
More than 500 ran last year’s race, which starts at the Kensington Town Hall and winds its way east of Connecticut Avenue.
The 2-Mile Challenge starts at 7:45 a.m., the wheelchair start of the 8K Race at 8:25 a.m., the 8K Race at 8:30 a.m. and the 1K Fun Run at 8:35 a.m.
Those interested are encouraged to register online. Before Wednesday, registration fees are $25 for the 8K, $13 for the 2-mile and $11 for for the 1K. Those rates will increase from Wednesday to race day.
In person registration and packet pick-up will happen at the Kensington Town Hall from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. on race day.
Visit the race’s official website for more information.
Bethesda man, 66, competes in his first triathlon — Bethesda resident Rick Linden turned 66 on Friday. On Sunday, he finished his first triathlon, part of the growing number of baby boomer-aged triathletes. Linden finished the Nation’s Triathlon in 4:12:24. [Washingtonian magazine]
B.F. Saul President Quits to Start New Development Company — B. Francis Saul III, the president of Bethesda-based developer Saul Centers and a descendant of the man for whom the company is named, is leaving to start his own commercial development firm, also in Bethesda. [Washington Post]
‘Discussions and Desserts’ Thursday in Town of Chevy Chase — NBC4 meteorologist Doug Kammerer and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate scientist Dian Seidel, both Town of Chevy Chase residents, will be giving a talk on weather-related topics at 8 p.m. on Thursday at Town Hall. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to the Town Office today.
Flickr pool photo by AmyMarieMoore
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School senior Greg Picard is bringing back the “Runners for the C & O Canal” 5K race to help raise money to preserve the C & O Canal trail, the scenic 184.5-mile biking and running path that runs along the Potomac River from Washington to Cumberland.
This year’s race is set for Sept. 16 at 8 a.m. at Meadowbrook Park. Last year’s inaugural race, the result of Picard’s love for the trail, cross-country experience and a project he completed as a LearnServe fellow, drew about 100 participants and raised almost $2,000 for the C & O Canal Trust.
“I visit there every summer, have a lot of great memories there. And I’ve run a lot of races,” said Picard, who runs cross-country at B-CC. “I was just kind of curious to see if that could all come together. The race last year would not have been possible without all the volunteers.”
This year, Picard is hoping to double the attendance. His cross-country teammates made up much of the race last year.
As a sophomore, Picard participated in LearnServe, a “social entrepreneurship” program for area high school students that culminates with a nonprofit-based social change project.
Registration costs $20 before Sept. 8, $25 from Sept. 9 to Sept. 14 and $30 on the day of the race. Registration includes a t-shirt and is available through the race website.