By Kimberly Kirby
Butterflies, smiles, and a racing heartbeat…
These were my feelings from the marvelous Midnight on Mars IV weekend. I could not wait to go to the Friday welcome party. As I walked into Lab 1270, I was blown away because it was absolutely perfect for a “runners lab.”
I loved everything about the beautifully rugged space. I felt right at home as I took pictures of all of the DRC swag. For me, it was DRC heaven. It was at that moment that I realized I truly was a part of something special. I always knew in my heart that DRC was special, but to see everything mounted on the walls and all around took my love for the squad to another level.
I was able to share my love for DRC with two inquisitive ladies. My main focus was to be able to influence one of the ladies to come out on Saturday! She was on the fence, and I was so happy that she took a risk and joined us. I was so excited to welcome a new person to our crew, and I absolutely could not wait to return on Saturday.
When I woke up the next morning, I had a million-and-one things to do before I could see my crew. All I could think was “Hurry up, lady. You have to get to your squad.” I knew that once I made it back to Lab 1270, everything would be right in the world again.
As I arrived back to the venue, I was SO IMPRESSED to see the professional photographer!!! I am in love with pictures, and I could not WAIT to take a picture (or two) in my DRC gear! This really sealed the deal for me. Not only did I get to spend two days with my crew, I was able to capture this very weekend all in a professional picture. I was truly in PURE BLISS!
Another thing that impressed me was seeing old and new faces all wearing the same shirts. This was a unifying moment for me. I didn’t know everyone, but I at least knew that everyone was here for the same reason — to run The District.
Fast forwarding to the actual night run…
We were separated into two waves, took our traditional group picture, and then we were off! All I remember were the memories that I made with my fellow running buddies and that dreadful 14th street hill. I really wanted to turn around and go back to Lab 1270, but I couldn’t. I had my whole squad there pumping their arms right alongside of me. Everyone was encouraging me to keep going, and so I did. The actual run was a complete struggle for me, but I didn’t give up. I actually ended up running one of my fastest 5Ks ever. I couldn’t believe that I did so well, even after the hill and feeling like death. As I ran to the finish area, my two friends were motivating me to sprint. Actually, they were yelling and I needed it! I sprinted all the way to the end to be welcomed by our awesome receiving line. I grabbed my medal, and all I could ask was, “Where’s the water?!”
Just as the run ended, we THEN were off to the DC Pavilion where we partied with THE Black Alley Band. This was the icing on the cake for me. There are two things that I love: dancing and running. I was able to do both of these things with the squad that I hold near and dear to my heart. Nobody really could tell me a thing! I was on Cloud 1000!
I really could go on and on about this past weekend. I’ll end this rambling post with one thought: Join our run crew and watch how you grow in running and in relationship-building. It’s truly a wonderful and freeing thing. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. THANK YOU, DRC!
I joined DRC in March 2016 and it was really “love at first run”. I actually quit running four years prior after a really hard race in Cape Cod. DRC allowed me to heal a wound I never wanted to heal. I never thought I would run again, and DRC has made me believe that I’ll never think about quitting anything else ever again in life. I’ll just keep trying harder to achieve my goals in all areas of my life. I feel blessed that my faith led me to a church where I met a friend who then led me to DRC. Life is good!