Together, We’re Stronger

We’re a strong community because of the people that support us. This past weekend, personal trainer/distance runner/coach/wellness writer (yes, all those things), Percell Dugger of Black Roses NYC, was able to join us for some of our workouts! Although many know him by different titles, we think of him as one of our very good friends. We definitely appreciate him for including us in one of his articles published on Huffington Post. Make sure you checkout the blog post he wrote for Black History Month! There may be a running crew that you recognize in there!

A Love Letter to Running

By Latosha Thomas

My Love,

When I first met you, I had doubts. To be quite honest, I may have even hated you a little bit. Some of my friends kept talking about you, and they pushed me to give you a chance, but I wasn’t interested.

But then one day, I tried you out. You weren’t as bad as I thought. Actually, I had fun. Who would’ve thought that with all of these crazy things I heard about you, I would start to like you!

I’m not going to bash you for all of the pain that you caused me initially. Sometimes I cried and whined, but you were right there waiting for me to give “us” another chance.

I can never stay away too long. The feeling I get from being apart from you is just too much to bear, so I get right back to it. Back like I never left…

When the challenges come, I still get up and keep going. Why? Because I’m committed. I know it takes a lot of work to be a part of this, and I take it seriously.

Sometimes the both of us need to be alone. Other times, we hang out with others and experience the euphoria that this relationship has to offer together.

I think about you all the time, especially when it’s suggested that we take a break (ugh!). I know it’s necessary, but I still feel the urge to get out there to see you.

Every time we see each other, you don’t ask for much–just a promise to never give up and never stop. You teach me something different every time we’re together, and that is not something to be taken for granted.

You’ve seen me laugh and cry. You’ve seen the good times and the bad. You’ve taught me reciprocity, tenacity, and perseverance. Thank you for being you and not requiring a lot of extra effort–just some running shoes, commitment, and lots of heart.

Your admirer,

A dedicated runner

A Message to the DRC Community


District Running Collective (DRC) is a running community built on the principle of inclusion. We have always been a crew that embraces athletes of all levels – from all communities and walks of life – it’s in our DNA and the reason we are who we are today.

As part of our journey, we have partnered with individuals, organizations and businesses to bring running, our way, to The District and beyond. We understand that every partnership must be carefully curated to ensure we maintain the integrity of our mission and our collective success.

We are deeply concerned about the comments recently made by Under Armour’s CEO because they are aligned with a perspective that challenges who we are and the values that we believe in. In light of recent news, public statements and concerns expressed by members of our community, we have been in close discussions with the Under Armour team and have determined that the best way to move forward at this time, is together. 

Each relationship we forge is a platform for our continued growth and a catalyst for the change we wish to see in our community. As a partner, we owe it to each other to have open dialogue, and we see our partnership with Under Armour no differently. In the days, weeks and months ahead, we will be diligent in engaging in conversation, resisting hurtful and hateful ideologies and standing up for the values that are important to us, and we believe are also important to Under Armour.

Above all else, we stand firmly committed to protecting the diversity and inclusivity of DRC – always putting our community of runners first.
We Run DC, We Are DRC


13.1 Ways to Run the Miami Half Marathon in the Rain and Wind and Not Catch Pneumonia

By Emma McNamara​​​​​​​

1. You’ll wake up at 4:15 a.m., warm up at 5:15 a.m., huddle with Artis and Perrinne until 5:55 a.m., hop a wall with Jenny and Xio at 6:05 a.m., but won’t actually start running until 6:45 a.m.

2. As soon as your corral’s gun goes off, it’ll start raining and you’ll worry that your armband won’t protect your 2011 iPhone 4s well enough.

3. Even though rain will be dripping down your face, you’ll smile because you never know when the sneaky photographers will make you #MiamiFamous.

4. The rain will subside and turn into mist. In the Florida humidity, you’ll think it feels like pure silk.

5. You’ll step in two big puddles and soak your feet. This will not feel like pure silk.

6. When you get to the hidden 10K flag, you’ll be glad that you didn’t cut across the Washington Avenue median, thus disqualifying yourself.

7. You’ll be prepared for Miles 7-9 to feel the longest and most tedious, but you’ll have a breakthrough and enjoy the race, not regret it.

8. You’ll tell yourself that you’ll walk a bit at Mile 8, then miss seeing the flag marker, and decide you didn’t come all the way here to walk during the last four miles.

9. You’ll tiptoe over the slick metal grates on the Venetian Causeway. The last thing you want is to fall and start a domino effect of everyone spraining their ankles.

10. Your legs will begin to hurt and feel like lead. After all, this is the furthest you’ve ever run, but you know that if you slow down or walk, your momentum will be shot, and you only have a 5K left!

11. You’ll know Cheer Squad is at Mile 11, so you’ll look for them and will be SOSO grateful for familiar faces. You’ll also realize that you’re glad to be running because you wouldn’t want to be waiting around in the rain for three hours.

12. When you see the 20K flag, you’ll think you have like 500m left, BUT YOU WON’T, and it will really mess up your entire life.

13. Courtney will run up behind you, pat you on the back, and you’ll both finish your first half marathon together, because first and foremost, this is what DRC is about.

.1. You’ll party in a penthouse suite in South Beach until 1:15 in the morning. Yes, you’ll have been awake for 21 hours at that point, but you’ll already start getting giddy for the next race, because those miles are NEVER not coming.

About Emma:

I started running with DRC after learning about them at a #FullMoon5K. Two months ago, I told my friend that I’d never be caught dead running longer than a 10K, yet here I am, having finished my first half marathon by running the whole way. This was a great way to celebrate my first anniversary with the squad.

I #RUNDRC because of the fellowship and group morale. In a city where we are known to constantly be “onto the next one,” DRC forces us to take a breath, reset, and #RunWithFight.


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