Friday, August 12, 2016

Double the Fun

Check out the latest Pacers blog entry by our fearless leader detailing the physiological benefits of back-to-back hard efforts in training. The article is highlighted by the description of the 2015 feat of GRC's own OT qualifier Kieran O'Connor in both the Clarendon 5k and 10k.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Rumble in the jungle-like weather

Photo by John Whitridge

A year ago, Kerry picked Riley's Rumble as her first race back after a long bout with plantar fasciitis. In fact, it was her longest run in nine months.

In the time since that jaunt, she has PRed in the marathon, half marathon and 10 mile, returned to the track for an indoor 5k, and won the George Washington Parkway Classic. Though the course in western Montgomery County seems designed to break the spirit of anyone who feels up to racing, her dominant win in 1:27:49 -- a margin of more than 11 minutes and a course record since the race was moved to the Maryland Soccerplex in 2009. Amanda Tiernan ran 1:32:31 in 2009.

Kerry took everything the course threw at her -- a back-breaking 12th mile, muggy air, and no photographers near the popsicle station, and triumphed in spite of, or perhaps thanks to, it all. Only against the winds of adversity may a kite take flight.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Coach Jerry Tells All

In an unprecedented display of forthcomingness, Coach Jerry revealed some key workouts our Olympic Trials qualifiers completed in their build-ups. Check out the Pacers Blog for the scoop:

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Crystal (Hot Town, Summer in the) City Twilighter 5k Results

Unfortunately, Saturday night's rough weather forecast lived up to the hype. While every racing member of GRC rose to the occasion, some fared better in the heat than others.

Frances Koons was the star of the evening, winning the women's race in an impressive 17:05. Her ability to withstand heat and humidity while harboring a summer cold can be best described as a superpower. Way to go, Frances!


5. Stewart Reich - 15:58
11. Chris Van Es - 16:08
12. Cabell Willis - 16:09
13. David Wertz - 16:11
21. Jeff Duncan - 16:40
23. Greg Oleginski - 16:48
25. Luk Oleginski - 16:50
26. Kyle Wagener - 16:50
33. Sean O'Leary -17:09
56. Colin Raunig - 18:11


1. Frances Koons - 17:06
4. Amy Laskowske - 17:24
5. Stephanie Reich - 18:05
6. Frances Loeb - 18:09
10. Maura Carroll - 18:41
16. Shauneen Werlinger + 1 - 19:24

Saturday, July 23, 2016

FLASH: Young Sets American Record for Medicare Fraud Bust

While many eyes have been trained on the professional running scene in anticipation of next month's Rio Olympics, GRC's own Beth Young has been busy in Miami supplementing her hard training with the hard prosecuting. On Friday, the U.S. Justice Department announced charges against the owner of a network of nursing facilities that have allegedly defrauded Medicare and Medicaid of over $1 billion, the largest case of health care fraud in U.S. history.

The national news media has been quick to take notice of Beth and her team's work, with front-page stories in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Although he declined to comment for the Times and WSJ, Coach Jerry offered this blog exclusive comment on the record-breaking case: "I've been a lawyer at DOJ for 25 years, and I can attest that success as a lawyer is like success as a runner, in that the results the public sees are the product of countless hours of hard work behind the scenes, and Beth certainly put in the work to achieve this great result."

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Weekend Preview: Saturday Night Fever

In what has become an annual rite of summer, both the men and women of GRC will field a solid crew for the Crystal City Twilighter 5k on Saturday night. Weather conditions are shaping to be uncomfortable, to say the least...

Heat be damned, Coach Jerry is still optimistic. "We're excited about bringing a large and talented group of athletes," he said. "No one is particularly sharp, and with the looming heat we're not going to see any PRs, but there will be some strong performances.  For the women, Frances Koons will make her return to competition after a long injury-induced layoff, and while she's not race fit, she is ready to give it a solid test run.  I'm also expecting strong performances from Steph, Amy, Frances L, Maura, and Kerry."

The women will also do their best to recreate their photogenic warmup from the 2014 rendition of the race:

It's likely that the men will make no such attempt to warm up in a horizontal line. Speaking about the men's propsects, Coach Jerry explained, "we're just getting back to work, and this will be a rust buster for the whole gang." 

A word to the wise for all spectators: stand far back from the course on Saturday, or risk being caught in a deluge of sweat from passing GRC runners.

Sweat 'em!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

FLASH: TK Runs Another Summer Track Mile, Loses Track of How Many He's Done

Sources report from the DCRRC Mile Championships that Tom Kelly has completed yet another summer track race. When pressed by the media, Tom refused to disclose how many races he's run in the summer months for GRC over the past few years. The number is believed to be in the hundreds. He finished in 4:31.3 for 6th in predictably awful July weather conditions.
Photo c/o "Noodles"
Despite a relapse of a serious foot injury in January, our beloved TK has made yet another impressive comeback in a short period of time. Tonight's performance was preceded by a 2:03.1 800m on 6/28 and a 4:31.9 mile last weekend.

Eyewitnesses also report that there was a Charlie Ban sighting in the men's elite heat, but our staff is still trying to corroborate the scuttlebutt.
Photo c/o "Noodles"

Sunday, June 26, 2016

OMG MGP 2nd in Marathon Debut

FLASH: Mary Grace Pellegrini made quite the marathon debut this morning, traversing a hot and hilly course to finish second among women and ninth overall in 3:20:24 at the Bay of Fundy Marathon. For her effort, Mary Grace was rewarded with a solid BQ and locally made pottery bowl.


UPDATE: Blur moves to Rhode Island, gets much older, finishes fifth:

Saturday, June 25, 2016

FLASH: USATF National Club Championships

While many of our harriers have already hung up their spikes until next year's track season, the fearless trio of Phil, Liz, and Alyson have kept up the hard training for the USATF National Club Championships at Franklin Field in Philly.

Men's 5000m
  5 Philip Royer                 Georgetown RC         14:52.54    5   

Women's 1500m
  6 Alyson McGonigle             Georgetown RC          4:41.44    3   
  9 Elisabeth Tawa               Georgetown RC          4:47.18                    

It seems that many potential audience members may have also already called it quits on the 2016 track season... 
A photo posted by Liz Tawa (@xolizardtower) on

Monday, June 20, 2016

FLASH: Grandma's Marathon Results

Full Marathon

22. Sam Luff 2:28:03
35. Dickson Mercer 2:35:59
37. Evan Jurkovich 2:36:32

Half Marathon

31. Pat Kuhlmann 1:11:34
62. Kyle Wagener 1:16:57