#BTGLDN: Hackney Half Marathon







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This past weekend I had the pleasure of reuniting with an adolescent I saw some-what conceived and had nothing but a proud smile on my face to see the leaps and bounds it has made. Personified, District running collective is no longer a child in my eyes and I have to address that it is time for them to sit at the adult table and quite possibly lead the conversation.

 

I had vaguely heard of Bridge the gap events from my former race days living in DC when I started to cheat on my first run crew to support my good friend and former coworker from Nike. Ambitious, small, and with a lot of ideas on how they wanted to leave their print on the running world, DRC was formed and off the ground in the blink of an eye. This past weekend I saw the admiration and more importantly the respect of that foundation that was laid to get to this point.

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First my arrival, I was greeted at the door with a duffel bag that made me feel like it was Christmas in May. Being a previous athlete I was well aware (or thought I was) of what sponsored life was like, boy was I wrong. I couldn’t grasp why there was so many products for us to wear in this jam packed weekend but soon I stopped asking why and started asking where are we wearing it to. Flashy, eye catching, and a couple of those are Under Armour really? Comments were the norm as every time we stepped into an event we seamlessly merged the brand with our running crew’s identity. Although we were small in numbers the uniformity, outgoing spirits, and Alpha male mentality quickly left our mark on the weekend and if people started the weekend by asking who DRC was they definitely ended it with an everlasting positive impression. Being the life of the party became the immediate niche for us but it wasn’t just the up beat personalities we connected with the runners older and younger, expert and novice, black and white, and urban and blue collar. That was the essence of DRC, being from all over the country the five of us that represented in London couldn’t have made up a better nucleus of what the crew represented, simply put unity.

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Living in Paris, France it was a no brainer when my boys said that they were coming to this side of the pond to run the half marathon, of course I was going to join them. Although I haven’t run in close to a year since I moved from DC I immediately knew if my crew was coming I was running so I (foolishly) jumped in the half marathon with zero preparation, but it was like riding a bike. I have to add that wearing DRC branded kits and being shot out by random supporters that lined the London streets of the half marathon was probably the highlight of the weekend a sort of, “mama we made it moment.” I fell so hard back in love with running just from these past couple of days that I am getting on the plane on Friday to meet the crew in New York for the Half marathon this weekend, I guess old habits die hard. I have been to bridge the gap events in other places, even represented DRC in other countries, but this was the highlight of a dynamic partnership that is only going to get better and we have Under Armour to thank for making the trip that much better. As the crew walked away with the “Up Next” award out of all the run crews I know the award was nothing but admiration and affirmation. It is District Running Collectives turn now, and things will never be the same after it.

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  • Brandon J Gray

 

A Saturday Morning Run 4.16. 2016

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It’s 11a.m. on a Saturday and it seemed to be the first hot, sunny day in weeks. Runners gathered at Smith Public Trust in Northeast DC for “A Saturday Morning Run” with District Running Collective and Rock Creek Social.

The weather was perfect. The energy was lit and the turnout was even better. We were all ready to hit the pavement for a very-special 5K in NE DC.
However, this run was a bit different for me.

You see, normally I am regular participant in DRC Wednesday (Colony Club) and Saturday (various lcoations) runs. However, this time, I wore a different hat as an “honorary captain.” That’s right, another runner and I became part of the coveted “DRC All-stars” as captains.

What was my job, you ask? I mean, what every run captain does: guide runners during the route and provide encouragement.

It felt good. OK, I won’t lie. It felt GREAT!

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Once the Beats by Dre pill began to blast Future, we knew it was time for the run to start.
Running in this area was complete unfamiliar territory – but that’s a good thing. That’s one thing I love about running with DRC, you truly learn the ins and outs of DC geography and discover the city’s hidden gems.

Members of the community waved, smiled and murmured words of encouragement as they saw so many diverse, young Millennials running through their neighborhood.

It’s empowering. It’s like we’re making a statement when we all run together. I would beg to say that we’re a “running militia.” We have a “no person left behind” motto during the run, so everyone felt encouraged throughout the entire run. Once folks crossed the “finish line” they were congratulated with screams of “Great job!” and high fives.

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After we were all able to catch our breaths, we were greeted with Muscle Milk, Gatorade, snacks and brunch. This is where the real fun happened. Conversing with so many new faces and being able to network with like-minded people who not only share a passion for running, but for community building. To me, that’s what “A Saturday Morning Run” was about. The folks at Rock Creek Social are looking to build a community within their organization, the same was DRC does. The collaboration makes sense.
I am already anticipating the next one. I got my running shoes set to go.

 

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About Nye:
Nye Davidson started running with DRC in September of 2014.

iRun DRC as a way to increase my fitness, stay healthy and active. I’ve always struggled with my weight and after losing 85 pounds some years ago, DRC has been a way to challenge myself and push my fitness to new heights. I’ve never been a runner and always love challenges – DRC gives me that. Along the way DRC has allowed me to develop and cultivate lifelong friends and be a part of a new found family.

BCFest 5K Recap

The 2016 Broccoli City 5k included 3.1 miles of absolute awesomeness paired with a few fun, healthy, and challenging post-run activities.  Upon arriving to the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion, participants gathered amongst themselves with the normal pre-run jitters, but there seemed to be an unusually densely populated area near a large Under Armor tent. For obvious reasons, my nosiness led me toward the masses, and I soon discovered that not only was Under Armor willing to check my bag, they were also allowing me (and the other runners) to try out a nice new pair of running sneakers. At that point, I knew we were going to be in for a treat that day!

As the DJ rocked on the ones and twos, folks began their race warm-ups with dancing, laughter and stretching. Shortly after, Captain Jason led us in an official “Sho-Nuff” good warm-up, then we headed to the start line. We were given the green light to go, and off we were along the beautiful Anacostia River.  With DRC having closed the route, runners were able to run comfortably without the normal interruptions of traffic, stop lights, and dog walkers!

After a strong finish with my homegirls, Goûter was there providing us with bottles of their delicious alkaline water, and Curate Snacks made sure we were fully supplied with four flavors of their snack bars (the sweet & tart quinoa berry was my personal favorite)! Per normal DRC tradition, we hung out near the finish line and cheered our friends on as they closed out their run.

Once everyone was rehydrated and refueled, we were invited to participate in fitness activations, which included hula hooping, boxing, and CrossFit training. I thought I would try the hula hoop first, as I knew it would bring back some fond childhood memories. I quickly learned from the burning of my abs that hula hooping as an adult is a little more difficult than it was as a child. Nonetheless, it was still a good time! While I was working my hips, my friends on the lawn adjacent to me were doing jabs, planks, v-ups, and other intense exercises. My curiosity led me in their direction, and I would say the activity was…EXTREMELY CHALLENGING! For roughly 20 minutes I experienced a full body workout, from my arms, to my abs, to my glutes, to my hamstrings. Let’s just say, I won’t be doing any push-ups for a very long time!

When it was time for us to wrap-up with our final activity, yoga, I was more than ready to center my mind, body, and spirit. The sun was high, and the energy from everyone was incredible, so the breathing exercises and salutations were the perfect way to end a wonderful and eventful morning.  Once again, District Running Collective outdid themselves, and provided their crew with tremendous experience. I am excited to see what next year brings, as I know DRC will definitely bring their A-game again!

 

About Brittany Henderson

I first started running DRC on March 12, 2015 (shout out to IG for now showing dates on pictures)!

iRun DRC because it gives me LIFE!!! I love being healthy and active around incredible individuals. We all support each other in not only our running endeavors, but in all aspects of life. DRC is my family, and has made my time in the District one that I could have never fathomed. I am an advocate for DRC, and wholeheartedly believe in its vision and mission. I feel incredibly blessed to have found this group – they have made my Wednesdays and Saturdays awesome!

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