In early 2013, Taylor Blake, Chaz Dawson, Matt Green and Carlin Myrick recognized the need for a running group in the District that was open to and welcomed all levels of runners.
In May of 2013, DRC hosted their very first event, the Midnight on Mars 5K. Midnight on Mars provided an opportunity for DC Runners to run the H-Street Corridor and beyond with a hundred of their closest friends at the midnight hour.
This unique take on the traditional 5K allowed participants to experience DC in a new and unique way. Following the success of Midnight on Mars, DRC hosted several other special events and themed 5K races throughout 2013.
To continue to grow the run crew movement in Washington DC, DRC began hosting weekly #runwithus runs out of The Coupe in Columbia Heights. From January until November 2014, more than 700 runners came out to use the streets of DC as their course, DRC members as their support, and successes as a runner as their motivation.
Our Why: We are looking to positively impact DC through running. We do our best to build a community of runners that reflects our beautiful city and its diversity. Our goal is take make running feel less like a chore, but a lifestyle. There are a lot of running clubs/groups that meet but we look to change some of the stigma that is associated with running.. We get a lot of people that say, “I’m not a runner, but I want to come out and join you guys.” Soon after, that same person ends up running a half marathon.
Our How: Our social media and digital footprint is a major focus of ours. We are showing people the beauty of running through the use of photos, connecting with runners across the world through the use of hashtags and supporting one another through comments and posts.