December 29, 2016 districtrunningcollective@gmail.com

A Year’s End

What can we say about 2016? It’s definitely been a rollercoaster, but we’ve finally made it to the end. In the midst of all of the changes we’ve seen this year, some things have remained the same – DRC’s passion and love for community.

And this passion and love were recognized by many. Every year, DRC grows in number, and this year wasn’t any different. We welcomed many new members and experiences, we hosted more events, and partnered with many folks in our community and beyond.

One of our most exciting accomplishments in 2016 was our partnership with Under Armour. We are beyond grateful for this dope opportunity, and we are excited that we were able to share the experience with those who run with and support us.

Speaking of Under Armour…

Can we talk about these two amazing Under Armour running camps that some of the captains had the chance to participate in? Whether there were cold and numbing conditions or hot and suffocating ones, participants were challenged to push past their limits and to rise to a new level of mental and physical strength. We are so honored to have experienced these challenges, and we’re ready for any more that UA throws our way. 🙂

Always trying to address the challenge of how to make the DRC experience better, we were also able to introduce paid membership. We took a leap of faith, and you all believed in us enough to invest. We’re glad we had the opportunity to provide some perks, and we’re looking forward to how official membership will evolve this upcoming year.

And of course, we participated in a number of races officially as a crew this year. We started with Miami in January and ended with Philly in November. In between, we had the International Women’s Day run, Rock and Roll Half, Broccoli City 5K, Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, Navy Air Force Half, and the Baltimore Running Festival.

We can’t forget the most important run of the year, Midnight on Mars – the reason why DRC exists today. We’re not sure how we’re gonna top it next year…but just know…2016’s was epic! With the help of Under Armour and many other partners, we were able to provide a weekend of fun activities that led up to a late-night run. We had yoga. We had a DJ. We had photoshoots. We had a cooking class. We had a pop-up store. We had an after-party that featured live music from Black Alley. And…we had Olympic gold medalist Natasha Hastings!

As you can tell, a lot has happened this year. Not only were there a lot of firsts for us as a crew, there were a lot of firsts for individual runners. Many of you completed your first Wednesday run, official 5K, half marathon, or full marathon. We want to congratulate you because it takes a lot of heart and dedication to be a runner.

Thanks to everyone who believed in us. Whether you ran, cheered, sponsored, or shared our story this year, we want to thank you. Y’all the real MVPs, and we couldn’t have accomplished all we have this year without the help of you guys. We definitely want to thank Colony Club for allowing us to host our Wednesday runs at their location. We appreciate you! We always want to make sure that we’re providing a positive space that promotes a passion for running and a connection to others. If we fall short of that, let us know.

2017…we’re ready for you. Let’s get these miles, y’all!