Inside The Local Running And Racing Boom

Guest Host:

Marc Fisher
Inside The Local Running And Racing Boom

As runners lace up for the next Turkey Trot and Jingle Bell Run, we explore the growing popularity of running in our area and the tensions between serious and casual racers.

Whether you're a dedicated runner, a sponsor of friends who run in charity events or a resident whose street gets blocked off for races, the local running boom is hard to miss. But the sport's growing popularity is creating tensions between purists and casual runners. Race organizers try to accommodate everyone, while security and permitting make races more complex and expensive. With Turkey Trots and Jingle Bell Runs upon us, we explore the challenges facing the local running community.

Guests

Karen Kincer

President, Montgomery County Road Runners Club

Chris Farley

Owner, Pacers running stores; Partner, Pacers Events

Mary Pilon

Sports reporter, The New York Times

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Washington Area Running Clubs

It's often said that anyone can be a runner. With training and a well-fitting pair of shoes, just about every healthy person can accomplish a running goal. Whether you prefer to run alone or with friends, the Washington, D.C., region is home to many running clubs that act as a supportive social network. Some local clubs are free to join and often include training programs, regular group runs, discounts on running gear and more. Find a running in your neighborhood.

District of Columbia

DC Capital Striders

DC Road Runners

Georgetown Running Club

Potomac Runners

Maryland

Howard County Striders

Montgomery County Road Runners Club

Prince George's Running Club

Virginia

Arlington Road Runners Club

Kingstowne Striders

Loudoun Road Runners

Northern Virginia Running Club

Reston Runners

Shirlington Running Club

South Riding Running Club

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